Dave Anderson – Dave has worked in the nonprofit sector for 30 years, including 20 years as the director of several state and national organizations. He is currently the executive director of the National Manufactured Home Owners Association. He previously led organizations designed to involve students in community service and public policy. Dave has a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, a Doctor of Education in Leadership from the University of St. Thomas, and was selected as a Bush Fellow in 2020. He has extensive experience with community engagement, government relations, project management, strategic planning, fund development, and staff training.
Jason Eggers – Jason started his career with Infinite Campus where their mission was to bring individualized education to every child, leaving a lasting impact on the importance of a thoughtful, strategic approach to improving education. From there he has started a number of companies where he further developed the skills needed on the Founding Board. In addition to skills such as finance, marketing, and human resources, that startup experience brings the Founding Board a sense of urgency to form a strong culture of accountability and academic success.
Matt Howell – Matt has been supporting the efforts of the Oak Hill Montessori as a Trustee for the past 7 years and as a Treasurer for the past 5. With a background as an officer in the United States Army and over 15 years’ experience in Fortune 500, Matt has the experience of a financial executive that has developed strategies that accelerate growth, improve cost discipline and increase fiscal health.
Lillyan Hoyos – Lillyan brings close to 20 years professional experience in Business Development and Marketing which allows her to bring to the Founding Board leadership, partnership development, strategic planning, and project management skills. As a member of the Oak Hill Montessori Board of Trustees for 8 years, Lillyan has acquired knowledge in all the components that are needed to form a successful school – curriculum, staff, enrollment, leadership, facilities, and strategic financial planning. During her tenure, Lillyan chaired the Facilities Task Force as well as the Committee of Trustees and now serves as Board Chair of the founding Board of Directors for OHMCS.
Heidi James – Heidi brings over 10 years of experience working and teaching at Oak Hill. She started as a lower elementary teaching assistant in 2011, and quickly grew to love the Montessori educational environment. She completed her AMI Montessori elementary training in 2015 and holds a Master of Arts in Montessori Elementary education from St. Catherine University. Heidi has taught both Lower and Upper Elementary levels at Oak Hill. She is excited and honored to be representing staff voice on the OHMCS board.
Chris Kindler – Chris Kindler is a development and communications professional with nearly 20 years of nonprofit experience. Most of his work has been with international humanitarian organizations. Chris’s career includes roles in development strategy, project management, writing, event planning, public, and media relations. He is currently the Global Communications Director at Alight. Chris holds a BSFS from Georgetown University and an MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. Chris has lived and worked in Japan, Turkey, Uganda, Rwanda, and Sudan. He has volunteered for several years with One Heartland. He has been a member of the Oak Hill Montessori Board of Trustees for the past two years and brings his diverse professional experience to the founding board of Oak Hill Montessori Community School.
Juli Rubin – Juli joined the Oak Hill Montessori Board of Trustees in 2017, and now serves as Board Secretary for the founding board of OHMCS. Juli has a Master’s of Business Administration degree with a focus on international business and consulting within the medical industry. She has over 15 years of professional experience in Regulatory Affairs, Quality Systems, Clinical Research, Business Management, and Non-Profit Management within academic, non-profit, and industry organizations. Juli has worked in a variety of positions within Academia and the Medtec. In addition to her current role on the Oak Hill Montessori Board of Trustees, Juli also has previous non-profit leadership experience serving on the Area Sports Management Team for Special Olympics MN and on the Board of Directors for a Minneapolis community theatre. In her professional role within the regulatory field, Juli develops and implements strategies, provides expertise to cross-functional teams, and manages negotiations with regulatory authorities.
Kim Vappie – Kim has over 20 years’ experience working in corporate, entrepreneurial and non-profit sectors. Kim is a licensed attorney in the State of Minnesota. She is a consultant to many non-profit organizations in MN and has served on two other non-profit boards. Kim has a background in strategic planning, leadership development, technology and diversity and inclusion. Kim has owned two businesses and is an early stage investor in a software company.
Mary Wilcox – Mary recently retired from her role as Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of Medtronic, plc. having been in that organization for over 30 years. Prior to her years at Medtronic, Mary worked as a Certified Public Accountant. Mary has volunteered her skills to Oak Hill Montessori as a member of its Finance Committee and more recently as a Trustee. Mary brings extensive experience in the school operations and management from her six years as a board member of Totino-Grace High School. During her tenure, Mary was Chair of the Finance Committee and Co-President of the Board of Directors.
Anne Wussler – Anne Wussler’s early experiences in Montessori education, both in the Casa and elementary programs, inspired her to pursue her own teaching career. Supporting her parents as they founded Lake Country School, a Montessori program in south Minneapolis, Anne learned as a teenager how to share Montessori principles with others. After completing her undergraduate degree at Macalester College, she began working at Lake Country School. Eventually receiving her AMI Montessori diploma from Bergamo, Italy. She taught 5 years in the lower Elementary and 4 years in the Junior High. She went on to get her teaching license and master’s degree from University of St Thomas. She taught at World Learner Charter Montessori school in Chaska and Crossroads Public Montessori in St Paul before coming to Oak Hill. Anne has been teaching in the elementary program at Oak Hill since 2000. Anne is excited about bringing her experience to help found Oak Hill Montessori Community School.