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 a maximum size of 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:
Governance
Finance
Development

Special Committees:
Facilities
Strategic Planning

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.

Jeremy Prose

Nicolette Evan

Claire Henning

Anne Estes

Anne joined the Cathedral Hill board in August of 2019. She is excited to be a part of the development committee this year and to learn new ways to support CHMS. Several years ago, Anne led parent-infant classes at CHMS and is enthusiastic to return in her new role as board member. Anne began life as a Montessori child at Lake Country School and in her 20s reconnected with her Montessori roots. For nearly two decades since then she has furthered her education and experience in Montessori education, serving as a guide to children from the ages of 8 weeks to 7 years old as well as teaching adults at the university level. Anne has a BA in English Writing from the University of St. Thomas, both the AMI Primary (3-6) and AMI A to I (birth to 3) diplomas, a Masters in Education from Loyola University Maryland as well as an MA in English from the University of St. Thomas, and recently completed her Doctorate of Education from Hamline University. She wrote her dissertation on adult child collaboration in Montessori toddler environments. She currently serves as Head of School at Mayflower Montessori in Minneapolis. Anne grew up in South Minneapolis and now lives in Plymouth with her partner and two young children. She enjoys spending time with family, heading up North to the cabin, and the wonderful arts and culture of the Twin Cities.