The MSBG Board of Directors is a volunteer board comprised of people who are active in the community and have a passion for Montessori methodology as well as the Montessori School of Bowling Green. A governance board, such as the MSBG board, primarily focuses on setting strategic direction, establishing policies, and providing oversight to ensure the organization’s goals are met. This role differs from that of a management board, which is typically more involved in the day-to-day operational decisions of an organization. At MSBG, our governance board members have varied professional expertise and share their talents which plays a crucial role in steering the organization towards its mission and ensuring long-term success.
Danielle is a Director of Development at Bowling Green State University. She was first connected with MSBG as a staff member in 2016 where she experienced the welcoming and nurturing environment Montessori education and the school provides its students. Her professional experience is in fundraising and volunteer management. She has her BA from BGSU and her MS in nonprofit leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. Danielle believes in the power of holistic education and the impact it has on students’ lives and our communities.
Allie is a Senior Financial Analyst for Owens Corning in Toledo. Through this, she has an extensive background in financial planning and analysis including budgeting and forecasting. However, she also has a family history with education. Allie was looking to become more involved with the Bowling Green community and discovered MSBG through family members who attend. She has a tremendous respect for the educational process and states, “Although I’m not a teacher, my husband, mom, brother, grandmother, aunt, and uncle are all teachers. Through them, I’ve seen how important the education process can be and how it takes parents, educators, and the community to be involved to make the school successful.”
Steve Conlin has spent his entire career in the travel industry and is now mostly retired. Steve and his wife, Pam, relocated to Bowling Green in October 2018 from McKinney, Texas where they lived for 26 years. While in McKinney, they raised two sons, and were very active in the local community, schools, and their church. In McKinney, Steve served on the board of the Convention & Visitors Bureau, and on the meeting planners advisor board for Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, headquartered in Toronto. Steve and Pam actively participated in the fundraising efforts of their church, and all those school booster clubs.
In Bowling Green, Steve serves on the board of the BG Rotary Club and on the Foundation Board of the Wood County District Public Library (WCDPL). During the early days of COVID Steve volunteered for Ohio’s Medical Reserve Corps and worked several days helping Ohioans get vaccinated.
Although Steve hasn’t attended a Montessori school, their son Brad and now their grandson, Sawyer, have benefited from a Montessori education. Steve is a 1979 graduate of Miami University, B.A. Economics, and is still involved with his fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi, leading the capital campaign to renovate the 110-year-old historic chapter house. Certainly, Steve’s expertise is travel, but when it comes to business and the business of fundraising, he’ll bring some great ideas, energy, and perspective.
David Neely is a two-time graduate of Bowling Green State University, earning a
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Accountancy degree.
David and his wife, Ann, are lifelong Northwest Ohioans, growing up in the area. He is
currently the Property Accounting Manager at Welltower Inc. (FKA Health Care REIT).
While this is David’s first experience with Montessori schools, he possesses a passion
for learning and has a deep appreciation for the value education provides to a
community. David is also a member of the Young Alumni Board for BGSU’s
Schmidthorst College of Business.
Kathy is a Sr. Regional Director for Express Scripts. She has been affiliated with MSBG since 2001 when the first of her three children began in the Early Childhood program. All of her children attended MSBG, she has served as board president and was an active member of the PTO. Her professional experience and academic background includes marketing, strategic planning and business development. She has a Masters degree in Management a is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Vocational Services at Sunshine, Inc. Kathy is a member of the EPIC Steering Committee at St. Aloysius Church and President of the Arts Parents Club as well as a member of the Advancement Committee at Notre Dame Academy. Kathy says, “Having attended a Montessori school as a child, I have a strong commitment to Montessori education and a great desire to see our school community grow and thrive.”
Randy is an insurance agent with First Insurance in Bowling Green and formerly owned Huber, Harger, Welt and Smith Insurance Agency from 1982-2007. He is a graduate of Miami University and holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration, is a certified insurance counselor, an Ohio certified volunteer naturalist and a certified interpretive guide. Randy has a strong belief in education and lifelong learning. He states, “My passion for nature and education blend well with Montessori education.”
Sandy is the Assistant Dean of Assessment in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Findlay. She has a strong educational background and a passion for Montessori methodology. Her husband, Rodney Rogers, is the president of BGSU. Their twin sons are alumni of MSBG and 2016 graduates of St. Johns Jesuit. When asked about Montessori School Sandy says, “I very much believe in the Montessori Method and in particular this school. My boys left here loving to learn at age 12. How can you top that?”
We are extremely excited to share with our community our strategic plan. This document, which is required by the Ohio Department of Education and American Montessori Society, is our guiding document to help the school continue on a positive direction for years to come. We have provided information below on both the strategic plan and the role of our board of directors.
Our strategic plan overview provides insight to our over arching goals and plans to ensure MSBG has the strongest future possible.