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, 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.

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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.

  • Bob Lafferty

    Vice President

    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.

  • Davinia Santimano


    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.

  • 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.

  • Shelly Kinnune

    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.

  • Patrick Perkins

    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.

  • 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. 

  • Tammy Brand

    Children's House 1 Lead Teacher and Board Teacher Representative

    Tammy Brand

    Tammy received her Montessori certification through the American Montessori Society (AMS). Before she followed her dream of teaching, she worked as a broker in the health insurance industry for the over 30 yrs. Tammy has over five years of Montessori teaching experience and has been with GMA since 2010.