Board Member Bios

Tucker Taft is the President of the Board of Directors and an alumni parent. He has been on the LMS Board in two stints (the more recent encompassing the past eleven years). Tucker and his wife Phyllis have two daughters who attended LMS from 1990 to 2002. During that time, he served as a Board member and as Clerk of the Corporation. Tucker was actively involved in the expansions of the Jane Mack building, including the construction of the second floor of the Upper Elementary classroom. He also participated in the 1998 Long Range Planning process that led LMS to purchase the Lawrence Lane properties, one of which is now the site of the Middle School Building. Tucker was a 2002 recipient of the Maria Montessori Award. In his professional life, Tucker is Vice President and Director of Programming Language Research at AdaCore, an international software company, with dual headquarters in New York City and Paris. He holds a B.A. Summa Cum Laude in Chemistry from Harvard College.

Brian Roberts is Vice President of the Board of Directors, he and his wife Kathy Robinson are the parents of Cooper, now a proud kindergartner, and Shane, future class of '26.  Since Cooper's start at LMS last year, Brian's involvement with LMS has included active participation in the LMS Sustainability Committee as well as spirited encouragement of LMS Annual Fund development efforts for CH4.  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.  He graduated from Trinity College in Connecticut with a degree in Philosophy and serves on a fundraising committee for a nonprofit family services organization in Cambridge.  In his free time Brian is an avid mountain biker, snowboarder and all around outdoor enthusiast. 
 
Deb Kreutzer is Treasurer of the Board of Directors. 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 as a Lower Elementary parent; her oldest daughter will be in the Middle School this coming September, middle child in Upper Elementary, and youngest entering Children's House. Deb attended Wheaton College where she received a BA in Chemistry and then earned a PhD in Molecular Toxicology from M.I.T. After a few years of teaching Chemistry at Boston College and Wheaton College, she chose to focus full-time on her family. 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, Community Development Committee, and the Committee of Governance.

Liz Nee is Clerk of the Board of Directors. 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 three LMS children in lower elementary and children's house classrooms. Within the LMS community, Liz has been a room parent in the toddler classroom and in CH3, the Parent's Association representative to the board, member of the Outside LRP Committee and the chair of the Community Building Committee. Liz enjoys leading canoeing and hiking trips, playing in orchestras, working on stain glass creations, listening to folk music, reading and napping.
 
Tiesha Booker has been a parent at LMS since 2011, when her son Damien entered Lower Elementary. She and her husband (also Damien) enrolled their daughter Naya in toddler in 2014 (now in CH4), and their daughter Merrit will start in toddler in September 2017.  Tiesha volunteered on the Amplified Committee for the LMS Long Range Plan and was an active participant in the LMS Word of Mouth campaign started in 2015.  Tiesha currently works as Accounts Payable Specialist at Sage Therapeutics in Cambridge, a firm that develops medicine to treat rare, life-threatening disorders of the central nervous system. Her previous experience was also in the pharmaceutical industry at Alkermes and Cubist. Tiesha earned her B.A. in Marketing from Pine Manor College.
 
Heather Gearan is a research consultant who currently works at Rexer Analytics, a small firm offering data mining and business analytics to clients in a variety of industries.  She is also a founding partner of The Professional Survey Group, a firm offering survey research to non-profits, small businesses, and Montessori schools. Heather attended Williams College where she received a B.A. in Psychology and then went on to obtain a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Heather is the parent of two LMS Alumni, Peter, and Catherine.  Her daughter Catherine was one of the pioneer Middle School students, graduating in the very first class (of three!) in 2009. In the past Heather has served as Vice President of the Board, co-chaired the PA and the Admissions Committee, chaired CoG, the Enrollment Committee, and the Committee on Sustainability. She also co-chaired the most recent Long Range Plan and once upon a time worked as a room parent in the Lower Elementary.

Margie Gibbons first arrived at LMS in 1997 as a Children’s House parent, volunteering for the Art Show and substituting in Art classes. She was hooked -- and joined the teaching staff in 2005 as an Art Teacher. Margie currently teaches Middle School and Upper Elementary students. A graduate of Wellesley College with a degree in Art History and History, Margie taught Art and Art History at the Castilleja School, a girls’ school in California, led private art and ceramics classes to both children and adults, and currently maintains an art studio for her work in printmaking, painting, and mosaics. Margie served for three years on the Ithaca Montessori School Board of Directors and currently co-chairs the LMS Board's Development Committee. She and her husband, Bob, are parents to three grown children, all Montessori alums. 

Jennifer Haines-Butler was thrilled to join the LMS community in 2015 when daughters Charlotte and Annabelle enrolled (daughter #3, Madeline, will join LMS's Toddler class in 2017). 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!"

Xiang Liu, PhD, Director/Analyst, is a member of BlackRock’s Active Equity Group. He 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.

Anne McClintock is Executive Director of University Planned Giving at Harvard University. As a charitable gift planning specialist for over 25 years, Anne enjoys the privilege of helping individuals grapple with the complexities associated with money and legacy. Prior to joining Harvard, Anne was a corporate loan officer at Bank of Boston (now part of Bank of America). Anne holds an AB in economics from Smith College and has studied Family Systems Theory developed by Dr. Murray Bowen. Anne has a daughter Mimi who is going into Upper Elementary this fall. She also has a Norwegian Elkhound and 2 Pugs. At LMS, Anne has served as a member of the Community Development Committee for the past three years.
 
Christina Mamlouk joined the LMS family in 2014 when her oldest daughter, Claire, was entering 2nd grade. She is also mother to 7 year old Lily. 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 footwear 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. Prior to OpieDesign, Stephen worked for Nike as the Running Designer, for Converse as Design Manager, and for StrideRite as the Design Director. Stephen also founded the Timberland Academic Alliance Program as well as running internships with MassArt. He has helped to create many new brands including ULU, BZees and Cleatskins. Steve resides in Arlington and is enjoying an empty nest with his wife, Charlotte Heim, while their two LMS graduates, Chris and Graham, are off enjoying the college experience.

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.

Jack Schilling and his family have been at LMS since 2011. His daughter Juliet and son Finn are two bubbly children in Lower Elementary, and will be very happy to talk to you about anything and everything. The Schilling family’s decision to join LMS was cemented during the Open House, when they were amazed by the ability of the MS and UE tour guides to present the benefits of LMS with joy, poise, and maturity. Jack’s career has led him to the development and manufacturing of sterile pharmaceuticals. He is currently the Principal Engineer of Sterile Technology at Moderna Therapeutics, a company whose mission is to deliver on the promise of mRNA science to create a new generation of transformative medicines for patients. Jack holds an undergraduate degree in Chemical and Biotechnology Engineering from Tufts University. Jack’s interest in all things science led him to serve on the Montessori Applied subcommittee in support of the next Long Range Plan.

Matthew Vernick and his family have been members of the LMS community since 2011. His wife Pamela is training to be a certified Montessori teacher and can be found most days somewhere at LMS substituting.  His son Ryan is an inquisitive fourth grader and his daughter, Penelope, is an opinionated Kindergartener. 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. 

Steven Wang and his family have been with the LMS community since 2014 and his two sons are in the toddler classroom and Children’s House. Steven is a Director of Investment Strategies for CYS Investments, a NYSE-listed Real Estate Investment Trust.  Prior to CYS Investments, he was a portfolio strategist for various fixed income products at Morgan Stanley headquarters in New York City. Steven holds a masters degree in Operations Research from Cornell University and he is a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) charterholder. In his spare time, he likes playing basketball and golf, and he is also enthusiastic about skiing.


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