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.

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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 and younger son is in the Toddler Community.

  • Alisa Fritchey


    Alisa Fritchey

    Alisa joined the Board of Directors in May 2016. She holds a Masters Degree in Accounting from Kansas State University. She currently works as an accountant in private industry in Kansas City, MO. She and her husband, John, have a daughter enrolled in the Elementary program at GMA. Most recently Alisa served on the Parent Council for the school. She has seen her daughter learn and thrive here, and is dedicated to a strong future for GMA.

  • Becky McElduff


    Becky McElduff

    Becky joined the Board of Directors in May 2016. She has been active in GMA’s Parent Council since 2013. She is Assistant Director and Counsel for the Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Commission having graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and School of Law. Her daughter is a student in Children’s House 1 and her son is in Children’s House 3. Becky is excited to support GMA in the classroom and the community.

  • Bob Lafferty

    Bob Lafferty

    Bob joined the GMA Board in 2014 and lends his photography and design skills to help promote the school. Bob is a partner at Lagom Design, a branding and web development firm located in the Crossroads Arts District. He received a Bachelor of Science 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 Crossroads Community Association Board and as the VP Branding and Promotions on the Kansas City Direct Marketing Association Board. Bob and his wife Colleen have two sons and two daughters enrolled at GMA. Colleen is very active in GMA’s Parent Council. Bob believes strongly in the power of Montessori education and is excited to help GMA grow.

  • Kimberly Jolley

    Kimberly Jolley

    Kimberly joined the GMA Board in May 2015. She has a degree in Elementary Education with a focus on urban education and teaches in the Kansas City, MO school district. Kimberly and her husband Geoff have two daughters, both currently enrolled at GMA. She is excited to have found a great school for her girls. 

  • Brette Humphreys

    Brette Humphreys
  • Ann Bowley

    Ann Bowley

    Ann joined the board of directors in May 2016. She is a Human Resources professional with the bulk of her career being spent not-for-profit healthcare. She has two children attending GMA. Her daughter is in her second year in the Lower Elementary classroom and her son is in his last year as a Children’s House student. Her family has enjoyed being part of the GMA community and Ann is excited to support the growth and continued success of the school.

  • Casey Liddle

    Casey Liddle

    Casey joined the GMA Board of Directors in May 2016. Casey has spent the past the 10+ years working in higher education, partnering with Colleges and Universities helping them plan and budget for student recruitment, student retention, and operations planning. Casey graduated from Valparaiso University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing. Casey and his wife Melissa have one son who is a Children’s House student at GMA. The Liddle family has been ecstatic with the experience of GMA and Casey is looking forward to sharing his enthusiasm for education with the broader GMA community.

  • Sara Soseman

    Sara Soseman

    Joining the board in 2016, Sara has been part of the GMA community since 2014, when daughter Emily joined the toddler classroom in the basement of Unity Temple on the Plaza. Together with her husband Paul, she co-founded and actively manages a KC-based experiential marketing firm, with offices in the Crossroads Arts District of downtown Kansas City. Sara holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas, and has served on the executive board of various professional organizations. A long-time Prairie Village resident, she is looking forward to helping Global Montessori Academy continue to grow.