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 anyone with a passion for children or Montessori education is invited to apply to become a Board Member. Board elections occur in April 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. GMA Board Committees for 2013–2014 include the Strategic Planning Committee, Finance and Governance Committee, and Parent Council Formation Committee. Each Board Member serves on a committee.

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Current Board Members

  • Jo Mettenburg


    Jo Mettenberg

    Jo has been a GMA Board Member since September 2011. She served as Treasurer to the Board of Directors in 2012. 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 student in the Rainbow Room and is now a happy student in the Elementary Room. Her son is a student in the Galaxy Room. Jo is passionate about Montessori education and is very excited about GMA’s future. Jo co-chairs the Strategic Planning Committee with Jodie Nolen, GMA Executive Director.

  • Genna Stowe

    Vice President

    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 and was elected to serve as Treasurer to the Board of Directors January 2013. 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 in the Primary program and looks forward to many more years as part of the GMA family. Nathan co-chairs the Finance and Governance Committee.

  • Kim Randell


    Kim Randell

    Kim Randell grew up in Oklahoma, where she went to Oklahoma Baptist University then the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. She came to Kansas City for general pediatric training at Children’s Mercy Hospital. She then spent three years in Kentucky where she completed a Masters in Clinical Investigation Sciences and specialty training in pediatric emergency medicine before returning to Kansas City. She works in the emergency department at Children’s Mercy Hospital. The Randells have been at GMA since 2009 and have two daughters currently enrolled at GMA. Kim co-chairs the Finance and Governance Committee.

  • 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.

  • Karen Bleier

    Karen Bleier joined the Board of Directors in 2013.

  • Christie Davis

    Christie Davis joined the Board of Directors in December 2013.