Board of Directors

Board Members

Cynthia Stauffer, Board Chair
Cynthia is an insurance broker and mom of two children, one a former and the other a current MECC student.

Laurie Davis, Member
Laurie Davis is a licensed social worker and public policy consultant with a number of early childhood clients; also the mom of two Montessori kids.

Scott McConnell, Secretary
Scott is a professor of Educational Psychology and affiliate of the Center for Early Education and Development at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches and conducts research on early childhood development and intervention programs. He has worked in and around preschool programs for many years, and his children attended Montessori schools.

Kevin Myren, Treasurer
Kevin is a certified public accountant. He currently serves as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Administration at CommonBond Communities – the largest non-profit provider of affordable housing in the Midwest, headquartered in St. Paul. His son is an alum of MECC.

Nicole Olson, member / Search Committee Chair
Nicole Olson is the administrator at the Montessori Center of Minnesota in St. Paul. She is the parent of a child at MECC and holds her AMI Montessori Primary degree as well as a M.Ed from Loyola University Maryland.

Syd Williams, member
Syd is the parent of a kindergartner. He serves as VP of Client Services and Sales Operations and has an MBA from the University of St. Thomas and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota.

Beth Kittelson, member
Beth Kittelson works in inclusion at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, having spent the majority of her career in finance.  She is a member of Mayflower Church and studied economics and journalism at the University of Minnesota.

Pete Hendrixson, member

Peter Hendrixson is a retired trial lawyer and Managing Partner of Dorsey and Whitney in Minneapolis, where he has lived most of the last 36 years.  He is a long time member of Mayflower Church and was a member of the group that formed MECC.  He has served on a number of boards, including LaCreche Early Learning Pre School and Children’s  Law Center (also served as interim executive director for CLC) which advocates for foster children.

Committees of the Board of Directors

Parent Involvement
The Parent Involvement Committee facilitates and encourages parent participation in school projects and events. We strive to build a sense of community among our families. This committee oversees and coordinates various activities and acts as hosts at school functions (open houses, orientations, parent workshops, family social events).

The Development Committee coordinates all fundraising efforts for MECC.  It sets policies for receiving gifts and conducting fundraising.  In consultation with the director of the school, it recommends to the board annual priorities for use of funds according to the school’s mission and plans. This committee approves all fundraising events, and may appoint ad hoc committees to implement specific events.