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Board of Trustees

Summit Montessori School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit institution governed by a board of trustees.

2016-2017 Board of Trustees

Trustees Emeriti

Thom Greenlaw
Michelle Marino

Geoffrey Pierson, President

Trustee since July 2009

Geoff Pierson is retired and was, most recently, for fourteen years, head of the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights, New York, and before that director of the American International School in Vienna, Austria.  For the prior twenty years he worked in Brookline, Newton, and Lexington public schools, where he served as assistant superintendent and superintendent.  His undergraduate degree is from Wesleyan, and his MAT and Ed.D from the Harvard Graduate School of Education of Education.  Geoff has been on the Summit Board since 2009, is chairing the Strategic Planning Committee, and is Chairman of the Board of Trustees.  He and his wife, Rosemary, also a retired teacher and administrator, have three married children and six grandchildren.  

Jessica Mooraj, Vice President

Trustee since July 2013

Governance Committee Chair

Jessica earned her BA in English and American Literature from Brandeis University before starting her career in pharmaceutical software sales at McKesson.  After receiving her MBA from Northeastern University, Jessica spent more than six years in the financial services industry and then in higher education working for Babson College.  Her responsibilities included coordinating and managing recruiting events as well as managing ongoing marketing and operational functions within the Graduate Admissions Office.  Jessica, and her husband, Hussain, reside in Framingham with their two daughters, Laila and Danya, both students at Summit. 

Krissy Davis, Treasurer

Trustee since July 2014

Finance Committee Chair

Krissy is a Certified Public Accountant and partner in Deloitte & Touche LLP’s Advisory practice.  She has 18 years of experience providing operational, compliance and technology-related risk and control services to clients in the financial services industry.  Krissy has also been actively involved with the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley serving in a number of leadership roles over the last ten years.  She currently serves as a member of the Board at the United Way as well as vice chair of the Community Impact Council.  She is also on the Board of Directors of Ellis Memorial & Eldredge House which offers early education and childcare programs for children and an adult day program for frail, elderly, and disabled adults.  Krissy has a BS in Business Administration from Stonehill College.  She and her husband, Evan, have two daughters at Summit.  

Rebecca Crawford, Secretary

Trustee since July 2015

Rebecca Crawford is the Manager of Academic & Family Programs at the USS Constitution Museum in Boston. As such, she has created programming aligned with national, state, and local standards and been on the exhibit-building team since 2008. She holds an MA in Museum Education from the Rhode Island School of Design and a bachelor’s degree from Smith College. She has worked for a variety of non-profit organizations including Citizen Schools as an Americorps Teaching Fellow. She resides in Framingham with her family, including two children. One is a Kindergarten student at Summit Montessori and the other will join the Beginners program in the fall of 2015.

Allie Altman

Trustee since July 2013

Allie is currently a part-time and interim CFO for non-profit organizations.   She spent 11 years as a public school business administrator and many years as a financial administrator for small growing companies.  She was a parent at Lexington Montessori School for 13 years where she was a board member for 8 years (including Treasurer, Vice-Chair and Chair) and an active parent volunteer.  Allie took part in LMS’s first long range planning process which led to expansion of the campus and the addition of a middle school.  She holds a B.A. and Master of Engineering from Cornell University.  Allie and her husband, Carl Drisko, have two children; a daughter who is a Studio Art major at Colorado College and a son working on his PhD in Experimental Physics at the University of Maryland.  In her “spare” time Allie enjoys knitting and ice dancing.

Dennis Campbell

Trustee since July 2014

Dennis has been on the faculty of the Harvard Business School for the past 10 years where he has taught in the MBA, Doctoral, and Executive Education programs. He is currently chairing the required MBA course Financial Reporting and Control and teaches in a variety of HBS executive programs in both the U.S. and China.  His teaching, research, and case writing focus on the intersection of performance measurement, management control systems, and strategy execution within organizations. He received his doctoral degree from Harvard Business School and his bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and economics from the University of Redlands. Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, he worked at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C. on research and policy related to the structure, conduct, and performance of U.S. banking institutions and markets. Dennis and his wife, Teresia, live in Sudbury with their son and daughter, Dennis III and Dacey.  Dennis III is in the Upper Elementary classroom and Dacey in the Lower Elementary classroom in September.  

Philip Dixon

Trustee since July 2015

Facilities Committee Chair

Phil is a technology executive presently employed by Google. He has extensive experience building and managing engineering teams in Information Technology, Data Security and Network Operations.  Phil, along with his wife Jill, has co-founded a nonprofit organization committed to providing children with access to quality early childhood education.  His vision is that every child in America will attend preschool.  Phil and his wife reside in Southborough with their two children, Tyler and Alex, both students at Summit.   

Maria Ganong-Bauer

Trustee since July 2011

Maria is currently the Director, Compensation, Benefits & HRIS at HeartWare, Inc. in Framingham, MA.  She served one year as the Secretary of the Summit Montessori Parent Association, and has been a Summit Board member since 2011, serving three years as President of the Board of Trustees.  She has over 20 years of global human resources experience within the financial services, medical devices, legal and software industries.  Maria holds a B.A. from Wheaton College, and is currently pursuing her M.S. at Emmanuel College.  Maria and her husband, John, have three children; all of whom are Summit alumni.

Josh Grossetti

Trustee since July 2013

Josh has held a number of leadership positions within the Information Technology space, and has over thirteen years of IT experience with project management, procurement and contract management, managerial responsibilities and strategic and tactical planning. Josh graduated from Northeastern University with a BS in Finance and Accounting management.   Josh and his wife, Pamela, live in Wellesley with their two children, one of whom is a Summit student.

Robert Kamanitz

Trustee since March 2009

Robert Kamanitz joined the Summit Board in February, 2009, and served as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee for the 2009-2010 school year.  For the past 20 years, he has provided business valuation and related financial consulting for Gordon Associates, Inc.  In this role, he has analyzed, valued and created complex financial models for more than 1,000 privately-held companies for purposes including mergers and acquisitions, ESOPs, estate planning, issuance of stock options, buyouts of minority interests and financial reporting.  His clients have included companies in nearly every industry sector, varying in size from start-ups to companies with in excess of $1.0 billion in revenue.  Robert holds an M.B.A with high honors from Boston University with a concentration in Finance, and a B.A. from Brandeis University in Political Science.  Robert and his wife, Darcey, are parents of two children; Kevin and Callie, both former Summit students.

Joyce Nett

Trustee since July 2016

Joyce Nett is a Montessori teacher with certification in Elementary I-II and Secondary I. She is currently the lead middle school teacher at Cambridge Montessori School in Cambridge, Mass. Joyce has published and presented at conferences on bringing children into nature. Before coming to CMS in the fall of 2014, Joyce worked for 12 years at Lexington Montessori School. At LMS, she lead the Upper Elementary program and served on the board.  Joyce was also a parent at LMS, where both of her daughters attended. Joyce has a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and an Master of Education from Lesley University. Joyce and her husband Bill live in Waltham, where Joyce is active in the community; she served on the board of the Waltham Land Trust for 5 years. Joyce and Bill enjoy traveling and eating!

Kingsley "Chip" Norris

Trustee since July 2011

Development Committee Chair

Chip Norris is retired from St. Mark’s School in Southborough where he worked for 32 years primarily as Executive Director of Development and Alumni/ae Relations.  Chip began his career in education as a teacher and then Director of Admission and Director of Development at the Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, MA.  He has a B. A. from Amherst College.  Chip and his wife, Kit an educational consultant in mathematics education, live in Southborough and have two married children and six grandchildren.

Martha Torrence, Head of School

Martha has over 30 years of teaching and administrative experience in Montessori education, including serving as Principal of the Xavier University Montessori Lab School and founding/administering Our Children’s Center in State College, PA. She was most recently the Director of Toddler and Primary Programs at Cambridge Montessori School in Cambridge, MA. Ms. Torrence served on the American Montessori Society Board of Directors for 11 years, serving as Teachers’ Section Chair, on the Executive Committee, and as Board President. Martha is a sought-after teacher trainer and speaker, having presented trainings and conference sessions in 22 states and 5 countries. She has written award-winning articles on her research topic, play. Martha currently serves as Board Vice President for the Montessori Schools of MA.