The Board of Directors is the governing body of our incorporated not-for-profit school and endeavors to protect and develop the school community. Its primary concerns are the financial and program functions of the school, for which it defines a program mission and operating policies. Operations are delegated to the Head of School and administrative staff. The corporate power of this school is vested in the Board of Directors, acting in accordance with the written bylaws.
The Board of Directors is composed of seven to eleven voting members plus the Head of School, who serves as a non-voting ex officio member. Whether appointed or elected, Board Members are selected for their commitment to the mission of the school and for their ability to contribute particular expertise or experience. Board members model the respect and mutual support that is central to the philosophy of this Montessori school.
Allison O’Boyle (President)
Allison has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and, prior to starting a family, worked for the Virginia Department of Corrections as a program analyst and part-time counselor. She brings to BMS prior Board experience at the Montessori School of Iowa City, where she was a Board member for two years and served as Board President for one year. At BMS she has been engaged in a number of fundraising activities prior to joining the Board. She and her husband moved to Bloomington with their children and dog in May 2017, and both children are enrolled at BMS.
Leslie Thomas (Vice-President)
Leslie is honored to contribute her diverse skills to the Board, including experience in management and real estate. She and her husband Mike have been fortunate to witness first-hand the benefits a Montessori education brings to children’s development, with one child currently enrolled at BMS and a second who attended previously. Her commitment to the Board and BMS is fueled by the inspired learning that happens every day at Bloomington Montessori. She is excited to continue offering her contribution as part of a talented team of caring individuals who work hard to ensure our children’s well-being. She encourages families to become involved with the school community and to take full advantage of the lifelong benefits of Dr. Montessori’s philosophy.
Phuong Thang (Treasurer)
Phuong is an accounting professional who currently works for Cook Group, a medical device company in Bloomington. Prior to that, she worked at Platformatics, a Bloomington-based tech company focused on providing “smart” lighting solutions through Power over Ethernet (PoE), and also for two of the big four accounting firms in Indianapolis. Raised in The Netherlands, Phuong obtained her undergraduate degree from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and her M.S. in Accounting from the Kelley School of Business at IU. She and her husband Matthijs have two children enrolled at BMS. Phuong is excited to help contribute to the BMS community as Board Treasurer and is looking forward to work together with the other Board members.
“I have always wanted to give back to the BMS community after witnessing the important role it plays in helping develop our kids into intelligent, independent, and caring individuals. I hope my background and experience in accounting will allow me to be of added value to the Board.”
Amanda Cook (Secretary)
Amanda holds a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Marian University and brings teaching and writing experience to her work on the Board. After receiving her degree, she taught briefly before becoming a full-time parent in 2006. After moving to Bloomington in 2008, she joined the Bloomington Moms Meetup Group, becoming a co-organizer and running many events and activities. A lifelong reader and occasional blogger, she turned to fiction writing in 2009 and self-published her first novel in 2014 under her imprint, A. Cook’s Books. Her second novel, When We Were Forgotten, a speculative fiction story set on a space station, was self-published in September 2017. It won the 2018 Bronze Medal for Best Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror E-book from the Independent Publisher Book Awards. She and her husband have two sons, who are current BMS students. Amanda is looking forward to her sixth year on the Board of Directors.
Todd Schnatzmeyer (Board Member)
Todd is a registered architect in the states of Indiana and Texas and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He is also a LEED ® Accredited Professional and a member of the U.S. Green Building Council. As Executive Director of the Indiana Limestone Institute, he represents its member quarries, fabricators, and associate members by promoting the industry and assisting architects, masons, and end users on the best use and care of this historically significant stone. Todd earned his Architecture degree from the University of Kansas at Lawrence in 1988 and practiced in Texas until moving to Indiana in 2003. Todd and his wife Tami have two daughters currently at BMS.
Janelle Terkhorn (Board Member)
Janelle grew up in Indianapolis, moving to Bloomington in 2006. She graduated from Indiana University in 2010 with a degree in English. Her coursework was mainly focused on research and education. She and her husband currently homestead on their small hobby farm on the outskirts of Bloomington. They have one son at BMS and are pleased to be part of the Montessori family.
Christine Lovelace (Board Member)
Christine’s educational background is in French, Secondary Education, Psychology and Art Therapy. She has been an Executive Assistant to various companies throughout the country. She brings a high level of organizational skills to the Board and has good coaching and leadership skills. Christine has one child at BMS.
Russ Clark (Board Member)
Russ is a Faculty Lecturer at IU’s Kelley School of Business in the Operations and Decisions Technology Department, with expertise in strategic planning, transformation, change management, and process improvement. He has over 25 years of experience in the business sector in consulting, management and executive roles.