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Board of Directors

New – January 31, 2018: The CRMS Board Development Committee is now accepting applications for new Board members!

Are you passionate about Montessori education and the importance of connecting to the natural world? Are you looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity where your time and expertise will be respected and harnessed to create real, positive change in children’s lives, our communities, and in our ecosystem? If so, our board development committee would love to talk with you!

We are actively recruiting and interviewing for several new board member positions to onboard in the spring of 2018. Individuals from all cultures and communities are encouraged to apply. Please click below to read our Board of Directors job description (PDF), and to begin the application process by completing a brief contact form. The board development committee will be in touch with you shortly – thank you!


CRMS Board Job Description

Begin the board application process here!


Cedar River Montessori Board of Directors Biographies

The Board of Directors is responsible for the financial stability of Cedar River Montessori School. It also informs and guides CRMS’ adhesion to its Mission. Tasks of the board include: engage in the strategic planning process, network within the broader community for advancement opportunities, and hire and evaluate the Head of School. The Board of Directors is made up of no less than five members who serve three year terms.

Kathy Imahara, Board Chair

Kathy is an attorney licensed in California and Washington and is active as a pro bono attorney for the King County Bar Association’s Neighborhood Legal Clinics. Kathy is the mother of Aiko Luckasavage, a CRMS Alumnus. Kathy spent many years active in the PTSO and is now serving on the Board of Directors.

Monica Hoffer – Treasurer

Monica is currently the Director of Finance for thyssenkrupp Aerospace NA in Kent, WA. She has been with thyssenkrupp for over 16 years. Most of her career has been in the accounting or finance areas, and she has both a BS and MBA in accounting. The Montessori concept is new to her and learning about it has been very rewarding. In her free time, she likes to hike, bike, and sail and spend time with her family.

Hans Reifanrath

Hans is a parent of two Montessori children and attended a Montessori program as a child. His love for learning and games has guided his career through several fantastic companies such as Wizards of the Coast, PopCap Games, and his current position as Staff Site Reliability Engineer at LinkedIn. Hans actively supports CRMS through after school programs, IT support and participating on the Board.

Crystal Pearson

Crystal attended a Montessori School for 7 years starting at age 4. She continued to stay active at that Montessori school, first through volunteering in the summers, and then through working there during high school. She has integrated her love of teaching into her career and has been an instructor at Bellevue College, The PPI group, and she currently works as a Training Manager at Aronson Security Group in Renton. Having been a Montessorian, and as a parent of a soon to be Montessorian (hopefully), she is focused on the children’s experience and providing the best possible environment for learning. Crystal enjoys performance, travel, and spending time with her family.

Sherrie Marston

Sherrie Marston is a retired Montessori teacher. She has been in Montessori education for over 30 years and is AMS Certified. Sherrie has acted as teacher, lead teacher, pedagogical supervisor and director for several schools in Asia, the US and the Tulalip Native American reservation. Sherrie endeavors to create spaces that allow the teacher to follow the child. She believes the Montessori philosophy encourages lifelong learning and supports the whole child. Sherrie loves to travel, enjoys spending time with her family and motorcycling all over the great Pacific Northwest.

Liz Clayworth-Scott

Liz Clayworth-Scott’s daughter attended CRMS from pre-school through middle school. Raised in the Pacific Northwest and a graduate of the University of Washington, Liz is a SHRM & HRCI certified Human Resources professional. She has worked over the past 25 years in the hospitality, healthcare (non-profit), and aerospace manufacturing industries. Her free time is spent with family (near and far), at various pools supporting swim team activities, hiking, traveling, and hunting for antiques.

Dee De La Paz

Dee De La Paz is a nonprofit professional with over 15 years of experience working within the education and nonprofit communities.  Dee specializes in PreK-12 Education, STEM, Evaluation and Reporting, Grant/Contract Management, Donor Relationship Management, Strategic Planning and Grant/Proposal Writing.  Along with her professional responsibilities, Dee served on the board of directors for the Shady Lake Community as well as Media Foundation and is an active volunteer within the community. In her spare time, Dee enjoys traveling with her family, running, snowboarding, hiking, SUP and a good glass of wine. Dee and her husband Greg have a daughter Sierra who is in the early childhood program at Cedar River.

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