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 11 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, program 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

  • Ben Claypool


    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.

  • Patrick Perkins

    Vice President

    Patrick Perkins

    Patrick joined the board of directors in May 2015. He owns and operates his own building company specializing in residential remodeling, commercial tenant finish and investment homes. Patrick worked as a project manager for an Atlanta based commercial contracting company before attending and graduating from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Law School in 2007. He has two sons with his wife Lindsay. His eldest son is a member of Children’s House 2 at GMA.

  • Alisa Fritchey


  • Becky McElduff


  • Ann Bowley

  • Brette Humphreys

  • Kimberly Jolley

    Kimberly Jolley

    Kimberly joined the GMA Board in May 2015. She is currently attending school to obtain her degree in Elementary Education with a focus on urban education. Kimberly and her husband Geoff have two daughters, one currently enrolled at GMA and the other soon to be. She is excited to have found a great school for her girls. 

  • 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 as the VP Branding and Promotions on the Kansas City Direct Marketing Association Board. Bob and his wife Colleen have two sons and one daughter enrolled at GMA. Bob believes strongly in the power of Montessori education and is excited to help GMA grow.

  • Casey Liddle

  • Jo Mettenburg

    Jo Mettenburg

    Jo has been a GMA Board Member since September 2011. She served as Treasurer to the Board of Directors in 2012, President to the Board of Directors from 2013–2014, and Vice President from 2014-2015. 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.

  • Sara Soseman