Board Member Bios

Deb Kreutzer is President of the Board. She was first introduced to Montessori Education during a kindergarten tour of a Seattle public school in 2005, and tells us, "It was a genuine “Aha” moment – the bead chains, the pink tower, the cylinder blocks – children happily focused on their tasks, working independently, and learning about their place in the universe." Deb arrived at LMS in 2010 and has 3 children, 2 of whom have graduated from the Middle School and 1 who is a current 5th grader. Deb holds a BA in Chemistry from Wheaton College and a PhD in Molecular Toxicology from M.I.T. Since joining the LMS Community, Deb has enjoyed volunteering in many capacities – as a Room Parent, a Parents’ Association Co-Chair, Parent Association representative to the Board, and as a co-leader of the most recent Long Range Plan. She has previously served on the Community Development Committee and the Committee of Governance, and as the Treasurer and Vice President of the Board. 

Brian Roberts is Vice President of the Board of Directors. He is an LMS parent and the proud father to Cooper (class of ’24) and Shane (class of ’26). Since arriving at LMS in 2014 he has been involved in the Sustainability Committee, co-chaired the Montessori Outside Committee for the Long Range Plan (LRP), and co-chaired the Campus Master Plan task force. He also served as the Board Vice President since 2017. In his professional life, Brian is General Manager and co-owner of Landmark Services, a historic renovation and sustainable building solutions firm in Wellesley, MA, and the founder of HomeBase, a worker-owned cooperative that develops sustainable, energy positive communities. He graduated from Trinity College in Connecticut with a degree in Philosophy and Creative Arts. In his free time Brian is an avid mountain biker, snowboarder and all around outdoor enthusiast.  
 
Sue Lehman has been a member of the LMS community since 1995 when her daughter Kara enrolled in Children’s House as a first year.  Kara’s brothers, Scott and Daniel, soon followed, joining the Toddler Room in 1996 and 1999. Sue was President of the LMS Board from 2004 – 2007, has been a member of the Finance Committee for the past 8 years, and currently serves as Treasurer.  Sue is a financial services professional with over 30 years of experience in Product and Risk Management. Most recently, she was a Senior Vice President at Santander Bank, where she was responsible for managing Operational and Compliance Risk for the Bank’s Commercial Banking Division. Sue received a BA from Middlebury College, and an MBA from Boston University.  After her years of significant service to LMS, Sue was awarded the Maria Montessori Award in 2009.

Liz Nee is Clerk of the Board of Trustees. She grew up Montessori from preschool to grade 6 and credits that experience with fostering a lifelong passion for learning and discovery that led her to earn both a BA in Molecular Biology and Genetics and an MA in Teaching Science at Cornell University. She is currently a progressive educator at the Cambridge School of Weston where she teaches high school math, science and integrated courses. Liz is the parent of two LMS children in lower and upper elementary. In addition to her Board work, Liz has been a room parent in toddler, CH, and lower and upper elementary classrooms. Liz enjoys leading canoeing and hiking trips, playing in orchestras, working on stain glass creations, listening to folk music, reading and napping.

Ava Archibald has spent nearly 20 years in independent school education. First as an English teacher and then as a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion practitioner. “What draws me to Montessori education is the way in which its principles naturally fit, hand in glove with DEI."  Ava holds two bachelor degrees from Taylor University in English and Mass Communications and a Masters in English from Harvard University. She joined the community in 2013 and currently has two children in LE. Ava also holds a Grand Diploma of Culinary Arts from the International Culinary Institute and spends every chance she gets doing the thing she loves most, cooking. 

Judy Bose is parent to Kamala, a current 6th grader who came to LMS for 2nd grade after completing Children's House at Concord Montessori School. Judy and Kamala have lived in Carlisle, MA for over 10 years and despite the drive time, are wholeheartedly devoted to the LMS community. Judy was a Room Parent for LE and has served as the Parent Rep to the Board, where she co-facilitated the Parent Engagement Committee. Judy is an active singer and has been working in the arts education field for over 20 years as educator, workshop leader, international consultant, faculty member of various organizations (including the Peabody Institute in Baltimore and Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA) and teaching artist (with over a decade at Lincoln Center Education in NYC). She is also active on the board of her late husband's company, Vanu Inc., and with the Unitarian church in Carlisle. When not singing, teaching and taking Kamala to the barn to ride a horse, Judy enjoys being in the garden and hiking with faithful doggie, Max.
 
Tuna Chatterjee joined the LMS community with her daughter in 2014, and now also has her son here. Although Tuna’s introduction to Montessori was unusual (she went to high school at Kodaikanal in India, where Maria Montessori was interned during World War II), she fell in love with the Montessori whole child philosophy once she saw it in action within the thoughtful and thought-provoking school community of LMS. In support of this approach, Tuna has served on the LMS Board for several years and is going into her second year co-leading the Parent Engagement Committee. Tuna also serves on several boards for area nonprofit organizations whose missions focus on children and community-building -- a deeply held passion that started while pursuing a BA in History at Haverford College, and continued at Northeastern University, where she received her JD. After enjoying careers as a software developer and as an attorney, Tuna now focuses full-time on her family.  In her free time, Tuna is an avid quilter and photographer, and always ready to join any creative pursuit with others, as long as coffee is involved.
 
Corinne Foster started out in Montessori School at the age of four months. Her mother, Linda, was completing her Elementary Internship, and she was allowed to bring her new baby to school with her. Since then, Corinne has been a Montessori student, a teacher, a teacher educator, and most recently a parent. Two of her three kids joined LMS in 2018, and her youngest one will be in TD starting this fall. Since joining LMS she has been a room parent in CH5, served on the Parent Engagement Committee, and worked with the development office to help coordinate the Culture Fair, the CH Snowball, and the Teacher Appreciation Lunch. Corinne is currently a full time mom who loves giving her extra time to LMS. She has an MA in Minority and Urban Education from the University of Maryland and is Montessori Lower Elementary certified. She lives in Belmont with her husband and three children. 
 
Jennifer Haines-Butler was thrilled to join the LMS community in 2015 and now has three daughters in the school. Jennifer served on Board committee "LMS Amplified" and has volunteered in various classrooms; she especially enjoys helping Admissions share with families the elegant power of a Montessori education and the joy of LMS. Jennifer earned her AB from Princeton; her EdM from Harvard's Graduate School of Education; and her Montessori certification from CMTE, NY. She has worked in a number of Boston-area independent schools, including Cambridge Montessori, where she led the Elementary program and built and launched the Middle School program. Being a part of the LMS community makes her "heart happy!"

Jiahan Li has been an active member of the  LMS community since his son was admitted to Children’s House two years ago. He enjoys helping with various events, and most recently, serving on the LMS Finance Committee. He likes to bring his professional knowledge and passion for education into LMS. Jiahan moved to Boston in 2014 and is a senior investment analyst at Grantham, Mayo, van Otterloo (GMO) LLC, an investment management firm in Boston that provides portfolio management service to institutional investors. He helps manage investment strategies across different funds. He is one of the mentors in the firm who helps junior professionals in their early careers. Previously, he was an assistant professor of Statistics at the University of Notre Dame, where he taught courses, published more than thirty academic papers, and supervised numerous students. His research has focused on macro investing and won research awards from the investment industry. He received a PhD in statistics from the Penn State University in 2011. He was born in China and is now a US citizen, living in Winchester with Tingting and their two kids, Nolan in CH and Audria who is under a year old. 
 
Xiang Liu, PhD, Director/Analyst, is a member of BlackRock’s Active Equity Group. His son, Henry, is currently in Lower Elementary. Xiang is responsible for coverage of the medical devices and specialty pharmaceuticals sectors. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2008, Xiang was a partner and biotech analyst at Mehta Partners. From 2002 to 2005, he was a Director in the corporate development department at Cubist Pharmaceuticals. Xiang began his professional career in 2000 at the Boston Consulting Group as a health care consultant. Xiang earned a BS degree in Chemistry from the University of Science & Technology, China in 1993, a PhD degree in Chemistry from Yale University in 1997, and a MBA degree in finance, strategy, and accounting from the University of Chicago in 2000.
 
Christina Mamlouk joined the LMS family in 2014 when her oldest daughter, Claire, was entering 2nd grade. She is also a mother to daughter Lilly. When not taxiing her daughters around town or volunteering, she can be found keeping herself busy as a Pediatric Dietitian at Boston Children's Hospital and the Campus School at Boston College. She received her BS in Nutrition from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY and her MPH from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. She loves family time, cooking, talking about her home town, New Orleans, and traveling.

Stephen Opie established OpieDesign in 1992, specializing in product design, brand creation and most recently creating an innovation-based design methodology for Asia's largest manufacturer of footwear. He has taught at Rhode Island School of Design, won three Industrial Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), awarded numerous (15) patents, and in 2004 his industrial boot product was featured in the Museum of Modern Art.  he and his partner in life and business, Charlotte Heim, have recently created a new company called Sweetmobility focusing on mobility products for the actively aging population.  Steve and Charlotte reside in Arlington and have two LMS graduates, Chris and Graham.  

Taylor Pierce attended LMS from 1998-2005. From here, he went to Beaver Country Day school in Chestnut Hill for middle and high school, and he graduated from Middlebury College in 2015, with a major in American Studies and a minor in Education. He then participated in the Tuck Business Bridge Program at Dartmouth College, and he worked in recruiting at an asset management firm in Connecticut for 2 years. Presently, Taylor works at the Tufts University Career Center on their Employer Relations team, where he fosters relationships between students and employers to help increase opportunities for internships and post graduate careers. Taylor is politically engaged. He volunteers for political campaigns and facilitates an affinity group for African American undergraduate students at Tufts. Taylor is also an avid skier and surfer, passions that were realized during his time at LMS.

Michael Scalese, Co-Head Teacher in LE2 and Lower Elementary Coordinator, joined LMS in 1998 as the Assistant Director of the Summer Camp. The following year he joined the LMS faculty full-time as the Director of the Before and After School Program. Before coming to LMS Mike worked extensively with children in a camp setting, as well as supervising staff, planning programs and development efforts for the Jimmy Fund. He also worked at Fidelity Investments. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Hampshire where he majored in English with a concentration in Education and has completed his 6-9 Montessori credential at CMTE/Lexington.

Matthew Vernick and his family have been members of the LMS community since 2011. His wife Pamela teaches in LE1. His son, Ryan, graduated from LMS this past June and his daughter, Penelope, is in UE. Professionally, Matthew is the IT Director at Boston Research Technologies where he works with talented folks to help companies with their market research needs. Matthew received his BA in Economics from the University of Massachusetts. 


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