Montessori Country School is organized as a non-profit 501 (c) 3 corporation, governed by a Board of Trustees. The Head of School is hired by the Board and is in charge of the day-to-day operation of the school, as well as the hiring of the faculty and staff. The Board of Trustees sets policy, approves the budget, and oversees the general operation of the school.
Our current board members are:
Tim Thomas, President
Tim is an alumni parent of Montessori Country School and a long-time resident of Bainbridge Island. He is also the Director of Research at Badgley Phelps Investment Managers. In this role, he helps to develop investment strategy and serves as a co-manager of numerous investment vehicles. Prior to joining Badgley Phelps, Tim worked at Threshold Group where he helped families to manage their wealth with a strong emphasis on sustaining family values, socially responsible investing and philanthropy. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Washington and has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Tim enjoys spending time with his family, travel, skiing and cycling.
Tim Bailey, Treasurer
Timothy Bailey is the Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees. He is a father of three children at the Montessori Country School and long-time resident of Bainbridge Island. Timothy is a partner at McKinsey & Company, the global management consultancy, and leader in his firm’s advisory practice serving hospitals and health systems in North America. Prior to joining McKinsey & Company, he was a Captain in the Marine Corps and a helicopter pilot. Timothy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University and a Masters in Business Administration from Yale University.
Hilary joined the Montessori Country School community in 2005 and has worked as a classroom teacher and a science specialist. She is a Montessori credentialed Primary teacher and holds a M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Washington. Hilary joined the MCS board in 2010.
Hilary is a native Washingtonian and attended Bainbridge High School followed by a few years on the east coast for college. She returned to the NW for a graduate program at Islandwood and the UW. Hilary currently lives on Bainbridge with her husband and two sons, both students at MCS.
Allyson Brown began her career at Starbucks, where her work early in the brand’s life gave her insights into what motivates people – the core nature of how we choose things that make a difference in our lives. She developed and managed a number of Starbucks favorite products, including Starbucks Ice Cream and Frappuccino Blended Beverages. In recent years, her leadership has extended as a Marketing and Campaign Director at IslandWood, an award-winning outdoor center, and most recently at One Call for All as the Executive Director. Allyson has a Master in Public Administration from the Evans School and a BA from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. She is currently the Chair of the Family Advisory Council at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. Born and raised in Kitsap County, Allyson’s passion for supporting the community began at an early age. From civic activities while growing up in Bremerton, to exploring the nooks and crannies throughout the region, she feels blessed to live and raise her family in such a special place.
Jan Rasmussen has been a Bainbridge Island resident since 1983. She earned a BA degree in Psychology and a Registered Nursing degree. She has worked in a variety of medical settings with an emphasis on community mental health. Her nursing career has spanned 30 years and she is currently working in a managerial role at Peninsula Dermatology. Jan and her husband Eric raised their two sons on Bainbridge Island. Their early school experiences began at Montessori Country School where the family made life long friends. Jan believes the heart of a vital community lies in its vibrant, dynamic schools. She has participated as a volunteer in the public and private schools of Bainbridge Island at every stage of her children’s lives. She and her husband also contributed time and leadership to the sports programs of Bainbridge Island.
Jan is happiest hiking and biking in the Northwest with her friends and family.
Neil Rose and his wife, Lisa, have three children at Montessori County School. They moved from Honolulu to Bainbridge Island in 2012. Neil is Chief Investment Officer of Cadinha & Co., a Honolulu-based registered investment adviser, where he oversees investments and works with families and institutions to preserve and grow wealth. Neil has an undergraduate degree from Harvard and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Todd and his wife, Angela, have lived on Bainbridge since 2006. Their son, Jack, started his Montessori Country School career as a first year pre-schooler in Cheryl’s class. Jack is currently a fourth-grader at MCS.
Todd was born in Heidelberg, Germany and grew up in Shoreline, Washington. He is a partner in the Bainbridge Island law firm of Morrow Kidman Tinker Macey-Cushman, where he practices personal injury law.
Before joining the MCS Board, Todd was the last president of the Voyager Montessori Elementary School Board. He is the former President of Kitsap Cancer Services (2008-2012), a local non-profit organization dedicated to supporting patients, family members, friends, and caregivers in their fight against the emotional and physical effects of coping with cancer. He is also an active member of the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island, where he serves as Club Secretary, Scholarship Committee Chair, and Manager of the Furniture Department at the Rotary Auction.
Paul, and his wife Peggie, were MCS parents in the 1990’s when their children Annie and Sam experienced that magical and life-changing journey. Paul comes out of an advertising and marketing background in New York and San Francisco, settling in Seattle 30 years ago to eventually start his own promotional marketing agency. He currently works on branding campaigns for clients throughout the United States
Paul is a graduate of the University of Vermont, loves to ski and sail, and can be found in a ceramics study when life’s pressures need to be put in perspective. He has spent many years teaching marketing, and even more years coaching youth sports on Bainbridge Island.