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.

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Current Board Members

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Nathan Haas

    Nathan Haas

    Nathan has been a GMA Board Member since 2011. Nathan is a Client Services Supervisor at DST and received his Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas. Nathan’s family has been a part of the GMA family since January 2009. He and his wife Melanie are very passionate about education and GMA and have worked hard with other families to guide GMA’s vision and success. He has two daughters, Callan in the Rainbow Room, and Evyn in the Elementary room.

  • Brigitte Wright

    Brigitte Wright

    Brigitte has been a Board Member since 2010. She served as Secretary of the Board for 2010 and 2011. Brigitte developed a keen interest in GMA when her eldest child joined the school. Brigitte brings sales, marketing and operations experience together with a sustained interest in the area of education to the GMA Board team. Brigitte currently works for Sprint as a Partner Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Mathematics from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra and a Masters in Finance and International Business from the University of Miami.

  • Ryan Nicholson

    Ryan Nicholson

    Ryan has been a Board Member since January of 2012. He has served as a Strategic Planning Committee lead. Ryan is a freelance photographer specializing in environmental portraiture. His worked has been featured in a variety of editorial publications including Fortune Magazine and the Wall Street Journal and for corporations like Cold Stone Creamery. Ryan received his Bachelor of Science in American Studies and Secondary Education from Oklahoma City University. Ryan’s two daughters are currently enrolled at GMA. Ryan serves on the Strategic Planning Committee.

  • Jeremy McElduff

    Jeremy McElduff

    Jeremy McElduff joined the Board of Directors in 2013.

  • Christie Davis

    Christie Davis

    Christie Davis joined the Board of Directors in December 2013.  She is the Auction and Fundraising Committee chairs.  Christie has a child in the Children’s House program at GMA.

  • Bob Lafferty

    Bob Lafferty

    Bob joined the GMA Board of Directors in April 2014.