Rock Prairie Montessori School Board of Trustees | June 2017– May 2018

 

Austin lueck - chair

Austin Lueck joined the Rock Prairie Montessori school board of trustees in 2015. Austin graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 2001. He also lived abroad in Seville, Spain where he studied International Business. He has been employed at Fertilizer Dealer Supply in Milton, WI as the Parts Manager for 13 years. Austin and his wife Jennefer of 8 years reside in Harmony, WI. Jennefer is employed at Veterinary Emergency Service as a Certified Veterinary Technician. Austin and Jennefer, have a daughter, Peighton, who has attended RPMS since 2011. Austin, Jennefer and Peighton live with their dog Luna, cats Oliver and Elsa. In their spare time they enjoy spending time outdoors and vacationing in the Caribbean.

erin hamburg - Vice Chair

Erin Hamburg joined the Rock Prairie Montessori School Board of Trustees in 2016.Erin grew up on a farm outside of Clinton, WI and graduated from UW-Madison with a B.S. in agricultural journalism. She earned her Master’s degree in communication from UW-Whitewater. For the last ten years, she has coordinated the marketing communications, advertising and events in her family’s business, The DeLong Co., Inc. She and her husband, Scott, have three children, all of whom attend RPMS. Their family enjoys traveling, gardening and golfing together. .

Gabrael Burke - Secretary

A proud Wisconsin native, Gabrael Burke moved from the sandstone bluffs of LaCrosse to Rock County in 2007 to join the DeLong Company. When he is not fighting the perils of in-terminal demurrage on far-flung harbors the world over, he enjoys spending his spare time with his beautiful wife Amy, his son August (current Montessori Student), daughter Molly (current Montessori Student) and daughter Eleanor (future Montessori Student). His hobbies include woodworking, electronics, network security and learning anything new that he can.

Gabe is an active non-voting member on the board of directors for The DeLong Co., Inc. while also managing their Export Logistics, Export Traffic, and Software Development since 2007. The DeLong Company is consistently among the top ten exporters of containerized goods in the United States and is operated by the 4th and 5th generations of the DeLong family.

David Jeppsen-Treasurer

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David joined the Rock Prairie Montessori School Board of Trustees in 2016.  He received a BS in Computer Science from Northern Illinois University and an MBA/Finance from the University of Loyola in Chicago.  He is a career business consultant, and is currently a Director with Cognizant Consulting.  Tracey Hall, his wife, teaches at Rock Prairie Montessori School.  They have four sons, all of whom have attended Montessori schools during their primary/secondary education.  David, Tracey and Zachary live on a small farm south of Whitewater.  Alex, Ian and Nathanial attend various Universities.  In his spare time (of which there is little), David enjoys doing farm labor, building woodpiles and playing music.

 
 

Martha Carver-Head of School

Ms. Martha joined the Rock Prairie Montessori School staff in 1998 and has been teaching since 1987. She is currently the Head of School at Rock Prairie Montessori School. She received her American Montessori Society preprimary certification from Seattle University, certification in Montessori Applied to Children at Risk from Southern Methodist University, and a Wisconsin Early Childhood Administrators Certificate and Inclusion Certificate. Ms. Martha was appointed a trustee of the McHenry County Conservation District in Illinois and is a frequent Montessori conference presenter and teacher trainer. She and her husband share a love of nature and have two grown children who attended Montessori schools and three grandchildren.

Jason Kamler – Member

Jason joined the Rock Prairie Montessori School Board of Trustees in August 2012. He received a BA in political science from DePauw University in Greencastle, IN, a MA from UCLA and his MBA from UW-Madison. He is currently Vice President-Investments and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner with Wells Fargo Advisors, in Janesville, WI where he has been helping clients with their retirement planning since 2006. Jennifer Drach, his wife of 11 years, recently became the librarian at Rock Prairie Montessori School after teaching 1st grade and kindergarten in the public schools for over 15 years. They have a 4 year old son, Samuel, who currently attends Rock Prairie. They are avid outdoor enthusiasts and spend time camping and hiking throughout Wisconsin. Jason, Jen and Sam live with their bulldog, Casey, in a 125 year old Victorian house in the Courthouse Hill District of Janesville.  (Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC. Member SIPC.)

Josh Gray

Joshua D. Gray has been involved with RPMS since 1996. He is a past member of the School Board for six years, and currently resides on the Governance Board.  Josh is President and CEO of GOEX Corporation, founded in 1983 in Janesville, Wisconsin.  GOEX is an international manufacturing leader of custom extruded rigid plastic sheet. These plastic products are used in a variety of Packaging and Printing applications.

Josh provides leadership at GOEX in the development of new products and their introduction into the market.  He oversees the company operations and is responsible for profit and loss.  A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Platteville, Josh held several corporate positions at GOEX before being named President in 1995.  He and his late wife, Lisa, have three children, all of whom attended RPMS.  His son, Adam, attends UW Whitewater, son Jacob is at Craig High School and daughter Hannah attends St. John Vianney in Janesville.

The family resides in Janesville and enjoys traveling and spending time at their cottage on Crab Lake in Northern WI.   Josh also enjoys classic cars and collecting nostalgic memorabilia.

Oakleigh Ryan

Oakleigh Ryan is a long term supporter of Montessori Education having attended Lausanne School in Memphis Tennessee as a young child. Both her children attended Rock Prairie Montessori and graduated from the Elementary Program. As a former board member and now Chair of the Governance Committee, Oakleigh has provided many years of support to RPMS. Oakleigh is a principal at Whiton House, a boutique consultancy focusing on strategy, organizational development and communication.

The RPMS Board of Trustees consists of parent/guardians and local community members elected by the membership. Trustees shall be elected for three-year terms at annual meetings of the members of the corporation. Terms are staggered as that three trustees shall be elected each year. No trustee shall serve more than two consecutive terms with the exception of the Head of School.