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Cedar River Montessori Board of Directors Biographies

Cedar River Montessori School (CRMS) is governed by a board of directors that is responsible for guiding and assessing the effective implementation of the CRMS mission:

Cedar River Montessori School fosters the innate curiosity of the child, presenting learning experiences that cultivate independent, creative thinkers who continuously build their understanding of themselves and the world around them.

The Board of Directors is responsible for the governance and fiscal stability of Cedar River Montessori School. 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 fewer than five members who serve three year terms.

Board Officers, 2019

Kathy Imahara, President

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.

Tom Darlow, Vice President

Tom Darlow lives in Seattle with his wife, a scientist, and two school aged children. He loves walking, kayaking and reading. Tom has been an educator since 1996 first teaching in his home country of England and then moving to the USA in 2000. He has worked in a variety of private schools both large and small, dual language, all-girls and gifted to name a few. His roles have included Head of Lower School, Technology Director and of course Classroom Teacher. Presently, Tom is Head of Lower School at Seattle Country Day School.

Scott M. Manson, Treasurer

Scott M. Manson is both a CPA and an Attorney. Mr. Manson is currently Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel of Blacklist Holdings, Inc, Tacoma WA, a soon to be publicly traded Cannabis company. He is also both Managing Member of Greyzdorf LLC, a real estate investment firm, and a Legal and Financial Consultant to American Energy Transport, a transporter of petroleum products and operator of convenience stores. Prior to this, Mr. Manson has been Chief Financial Officer of numerous public and private companies. Scott also is Treasurer of five other nonprofit organizations, including Cancer Response Team that provides resources to children with cancer. Mr. Manson also serves as a financial and legal advisor to numerous other not-for-profits including Image Impact, a provider of resources to first- generation college students. Mr. Manson received a BBA cum laude from Hofstra University and his Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law. Mr. Manson is also an amateur musician and songwriter.

Barbara Chattin-McNichols, Secretary

Barbara Chattin-McNichols holds her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Master’s degree in Child Development and Early Education from Stanford University. Barbara is a passionate Montessorian who has been an assistant teacher in Montessori early childhood classrooms, a lead teacher in a Montessori lower elementary classroom, and the director of a Montessori childcare center at the University of Washington. She has also been a consultant working with family childcare providers and childcare center providers in general early childhood education, and she had her own puzzle repair business repairing and creating Montessori map puzzles.

Howard Lakougna

Howard moved to the Seattle area in 2015 after living in the Midwest for college and graduate school (Wichita State University, University of Utah, Northwestern University) for 10 years, and in West Africa before that. He is a biomedical engineer currently working as a technical product manager, building software in the healthcare group of General Electric. Howard’s previous experiences include designing diagnostic devices for malaria at local non-profit (PATH) and developing HIV transmission inhibitors at the University of Utah. In his free time, Howard enjoys hiking, travelling, and learning about various cultures through foods and insightful conversations.

Noah Prince

Noah Prince is a top-tier, recognized talent in helping business and organizational leaders consider culture, relationships and personal growth with a focus on equity and inclusion. He brings a consultative approach that focuses on engaging people in an impactful way. Noah has 15+ years of experience as a leader in equity, inclusion and leadership development work. Noah works with Fortune 500 companies, tech start-ups, education groups, non-profits and individual clients. He holds a BA in Black Feminist Thought from Evergreen State College, Tacoma and a M.Ed. from Temple University.


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 always interested in meeting with people who share our passions and would like to learn more about serving on our Board of Directors! 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!

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