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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 financial 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.

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.

Monica Hoffer, Vice President and 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.

Liz Clayworth-Scott, Secretary

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.

Tom Darlow

Tom Darlow lives in Seattle with his wife, a scientist, and two school aged children. He loves walking, kayaking and reading. He 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.

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 a 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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