Cathedral Hill Montessori School

"A person is what he is, not because of the teachers he has had, but as a result of that which he has done for himself."
– Dr. Maria Montessori

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Meet Our Board

Cathedral Hill Montessori School is a registered nonprofit organization run by the Board of Directors. The board has up to nine members, including the Head of School, parents, and community members, who support the school’s mission and goals.

Board members serve two-year terms which start in August and participate in plenary board meetings on the third Monday of every other month in addition to serving on at least one of the committees of the board. The board is self-perpetuating with new members nominated by the Governance Committee and are elected by the board. If you would like to serve on the board or a committee, please contact the Head of School or email the board at .

Standing Committees:

2018-2019 Special Committees:
Strategic Planning

Board events:
State of the School (May 2019)
Annual Meeting (June 17th, 2019 6pm)

Lara Bergman, President

Meet Our BoardLara Bergman joined the board in August of 2017. She comes to the CHMS board with a passion for Montessori and an interest in providing Montessori education to children from all kinds of backgrounds. She has a Master’s degree in Education and is a trained Montessorian with experience teaching at several schools around the Twin Cities and one in Thailand. She has settled back in her native Minneapolis where both of her children attend a Montessori school close to home. A Montessori child herself, Lara is excited to see Montessori schools serving communities all around the Twin Cities and is happy to be on the board to ensure a continued commitment to high quality Montessori at CHMS.

Lora Horgen, Vice President

Alex Jude, Treasurer

Meet Our BoardAlex joined the CHMS Board as Treasurer in August 2016. His interest in joining stems from his family’s increasing involvement in the CHMS community, as he now has
his youngest daughter attending CHMS. CHMS has been an integral part of both his daughters’ development, and he looks forward to making sure that CHMS continues to thrive, particularly by helping the Board tell the school’s financial story and by maintaining a meaningful financial dialogue with families.

Alex’s strong financial background makes him an ideal fit to fulfill the Treasurer role on the Board. He earned a B.A. in Economics from St. John’s University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Minnesota before going on to work in commercial banking, helping small businesses and non-profits secure funding. Currently, Alex manages financial planning and analysis for 3M’s Health Care Business Group.

Oriana Leishman, Secretary

Meet Our BoardOriana Leishman joined the board in August 2018. Oriana has been a CHMS parent since 2014 and currently has one child enrolled and one child graduated, Allison (CH2) and Caroline. Oriana is continually energized by the dedication of the guides at CHMS, the experience her daughters have had with a Montessori education, and the strong CHMS community. Oriana currently leads an R&D team at Ecolab, developing new products to continually improve food safety in industrial food production. She received a bachelors degree in Medical Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Wisconsin Madison, an MPH in Environmental Health from the University of Minnesota, and a PhD in Food Science from the University of Minnesota.

Mandy Perna

Meet our BoardMandy joins the Board with a passion for bringing Montessori education to children of all backgrounds. She has been a Montessori teacher in private and public Montessori schools since 2005. Mandy holds a B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education, AMS certification in Elementary I and I (ages 6-12), a MAEd, a certificate in Urban Education and a K-12 Reading License. Mandy enjoys working with MAEd candidates in the AM2 program at St. Catherine University and with teacher candidates at the Virginia Montessori Teacher Education Center-MN Branch. In her spare time she enjoys reading, camping, sewing, cooking, cycling, yoga, and spending time with her family and taking her niece Olivine on adventures.

Jeremy Prose

Nicolette Evan