Board of Directors
As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, CMSAA is governed by a Board of Directors. This Board is responsible for the continuing well being of the school. The decisions they make now are not just for our children, but for our children’s children as well.
The Board’s main role is to provide oversight and set the long term direction and strategy for the school. Like a corporate board, they do not generally need to be involved with the day to day operations of the school, but are responsible for ensuring its fiscal health. They work closely with the Head of School, who reports to the Board, to ensure that sound decisions are made for the school’s longevity.
Our Directors serve on a volunteer basis and make a significant impact on the school through their generous gifts of time, energy, and talents. Board members are chosen based on their skill set and ability to serve the larger mission and vision of the school.
Current Board members bring with them expertise in human resources, business and finance, marketing and communications, legal services, and building and facilities management.
The Board is always accepting applications from individuals interested in serving. For consideration, please send the Board an updated resume and a cover letter explaining why you value a Christian and Montessori education.
The Board can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ugo Buzzi is an Immigration Adviser at the University of Michigan, advising and processing non-immigrant and immigrant visa petitions for incoming and current faculty and staff. He has previously served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Chicago, Illinois, and has also practiced law in the area of commercial litigation. Ugo attended graduate school at the University of Michigan prior to attending law school at Michigan State University College of Law. Ugo is originally from Lima, Peru and is fluent in Spanish. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and is an avid soccer fan.
Karen owns Brightgirl Designs in Dexter, providing web design, redesign, and ongoing site maintenance services to several dozen local and national small business and nonprofit clients. Karen has a BS from Michigan State University in Psychology, dual MS degrees from Indiana University in Higher Education Administration and Counseling Psychology, and dual Certificates in website design from Washtenaw Community College. Karen was born and raised in Ann Arbor, and now lives in Dexter with her husband and son (a CMSAA alumnus).
Lori Gehl Ferris
Lori was born and raised in Hartland, Wisconsin, and graduated from Marquette University with a BS in Nursing in 1987. She then lived in San Francisco and Chicago, before ending up in Ann Arbor. Lori has been married to her husband for 27 years, and they have 4 children (all CMSAA alumni).
Paula Gimotty is a certified early childhood Montessori educator, with a BA in secondary education and American Studies. Paula has taught in both the United States and United Kingdom. Over a period of 15 years, she and her husband Brian have lived in Europe, Africa and Asia. She spent several years as a Humanitarian Aid Program Director in Central Africa and Central Asia. Paula has four children who have attended CMSAA over the past eight years, including two daughters currently enrolled in the Elementary program. Paula has a vibrant Christian faith, and enjoys grant writing, fund raising, networking and managing programs.
Melissa is a Student Administration & PhD Program Manager at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. She specializes in community outreach, program development, academic advising, budget management, funding opportunities, curriculum scheduling and development, alumni mentoring and networking, global engagement, and overall process improvement. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in nutrition & public health, as well as Master’s degrees in high school teaching (grades 7-12) and education (behavior management and student engagement) from Edith Cowan University. Melissa is Australian, and she enjoys spending time with her husband, son (current CMSAA student), and two Boston Terrier-Frenchie mixes. She loves traveling, hot yoga, and cooking.
Meagan Ranson is an experienced communicator with a background in Graphic Design and Marketing. Currently a stay-at-home mom (domestic engineer/Montessori-at-home-momma), Meagan most recently was the Director of Communications and Marketing for a multi-site church in Southeast Michigan. Over the past decade, she has worked in both the business and non-profit sectors, providing unique insights into strategy, branding, communications, and operations. Meagan, her husband, and daughter (CMSAA alumna) reside in Saline.
Tiffany has spent the past six years in sales leadership for Thomson Reuters located in Ann Arbor. She specializes in sales coaching, go-to-market strategies, strategic partnerships and implementing sales initiatives. She has a BS degree from Northwood University. Tiffany joined the board in the beginning of 2017 and co-chaired the annual auction. She resides in Dexter with her husband and two daughters (current CMSAA students).
Consultants to the Board
Laura is the current Head of School at CMSAA. She provides insight to the Board concerning marketing, staffing, enrollment, and facilities at the school.
Arlene is the current Finance Manager at CMSAA. She provides insight to the Board concerning the school’s finances.