Board of Directors


Global Montessori Academy, as a nonprofit corporation, is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that ranges in size from 7 to 10 members. GMA’s Board is primarily comprised of parents, but welcomes community members who have a passion for Montessori education to seek election to the Board. Board elections occur in May of each year although interim appointments to the GMA Board are made as needed. GMA’s executive director and a faculty member serve on the GMA Board in an ex oficio, non-voting capacity.

The GMA Board possesses a wide range of expertise and is deeply committed to GMA’s vision and mission of providing high-quality, authentic Montessori education to children in the Kansas City Metropolitan area. Board responsibilities include the following: engaging in long-term strategic planning for GMA; approving GMA’s annual budget and oversight of GMA’s finances; defining governance processes; setting policy for GMA; and supporting GMA’s executive director in the execution of GMA’s vision and mission.

Download Board Application (PDF)

For more information about the GMA Board, email

Current Board Members

  • Genna Stowe


    Genna Stowe

    Genna was elected to serve on the Board of Directors as Vice President in January 2013. She works for DST Retirement Solutions as an Application Analysis Consultant. Genna graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in History and received her Master of Science in Management from Baker University. The Stowes have been part of the GMA family since January 2007, and currently have a son in the Toddler room and daughter in the Elementary program. Genna and her husband Andrew believe strongly in the benefits of a Montessori education and are so glad they found GMA! Genna chairs the Parent Council Formation Committee.

  • Jo Mettenburg

    Vice President

    Jo Mettenberg

    Jo has been a GMA Board Member since September 2011. She served as Treasurer to the Board of Directors in 2012 and President to the Board of Directors from 2013–2014. Jo was integrally involved in the purchase of GMA’s new home at Cherokee Christian Church. Jo is an attorney for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Law. She also received her Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Kansas. Jo’s family has been a part of the GMA family since August 2010. Her daughter was a Children’s House student and is now a happy student in the Elementary Room. Her son is finishing his last year as a Children’s House student. Jo is passionate about Montessori education and is very excited about GMA’s future.

  • Ben Claypool


    Ben joined the Board of Directors in May 2014. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications Management from DeVry University and is a Java Programmer at American Century Investments. Ben is an active member of the City of Prairie Village’s Environment Committee. He has two children enrolled at GMA and is committed to the school’s long-term success.

  • Jeremy McElduff


    Jeremy McElduff

    Jeremy joined the GMA Board in 2013. He has been a Spanish teacher at Rockhurst High School and a soccer coach for Rockhurst High School and Saint Teresa’s Academy since 2000. Jeremy received his bachelor of arts degree in classics with a minor in chemistry in 1997 and his masters degree in Spanish in 2000, both from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Jeremy has a daughter who is a happy GMA Children’s House student and an infant son.

  • Shelly Kinnune

    Shelly is a senior executive and business leader in the agriculture industry, currently serving as Executive Catalyst and Partner at OneRiver Consulting in Overland Park, Kansas providing change management, executive coaching and employee engagement for small to large organizations. Shelly holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University and an MBA from Marylhurst University and has served on multiple industry boards and advisory committees. Originally from Oregon, the Kinnune family (Shelly, John, sons Morgan and Cooper) relocated to Kansas two years ago from Sacramento, California. Both sons have been educated in Montessori and bring wide exposure to different Montessori schools and educators. Shelly’s extensive background in leading through change will help our board serve GMA in moving through our current transformation and growth as a community.

  • Bob Lafferty

    Bob Lafferty

    Bob joined the GMA Board in 2014. Bob is a partner at Lagom Design. In 1993, he received a bachelor of science degree in business management from the University of Central Missouri. Bob has served on a variety of community boards and associations and currently serves on the Kansas City Direct Marketing Association Board. Bob has two sons enrolled at GMA and a daughter who will soon be enrolled in the GMA toddler program. Bob believes strongly in the power of Montessori education and is excited to help GMA grow.

  • Davinia Santimano

    Davinia joined the board in May 2014. She works as a Strategy Implementation Analyst in the Global Strategy Office at DST Systems. Davinia recently completed her bachelor’s degree in Public Administration at the University of Kansas. She is excited about the school’s growth and is looking forward to helping increase GMA’s community impact.