Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is charged with the ultimate responsibility for financial, legal and strategic planning and policy issues. The WHMS Board sets policy to be implemented by the administration and staff. Furthermore, the Board ensures the integrity of Montessori philosophy within the school.


The WHMS Board consists of seven WHMS members (parents with children in the school), the immediate past president, one teacher trustee selected by the faculty, and six additional persons appointed by the elected trustees. At least three of the appointed trustees shall be chosen from the community at large (not parent members).

  Board of Trustees 2022-2023

 Julie Massry KnoxJulie Massry Knox, President

Sales and Marketing Manager, Tri City Rentals


Solomon ErikaErika Solomon, Vice-President

Business Advisor, Cognitive Process Services, IBM


Carlos Elguero MD Community Care Physicians 400x500Carlos Elguero, M.D., Treasurer

Physician, Albany Family Medicine


Logan MichaelMichael Logan, Esq., Secretary

Managing Assistant Counsel, Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY)


 Gatchell Tamara 2020Tamara Gatchell, Immediate Past President

Principal, Cadence Creative


shaylasawyerShayla Sawyer Armand, Ph.D.

 Associate Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Armstrong Elizabeth Armstrong

Senior Director, Clinical Management, Otsuka Pharmaceutical 


Gilman WendyWendy Gilman

Vice-President for Business and Finance, SUNY Cobleskill


Eric LedetEric Ledet, Ph.D.

Vice President, Research & Development, Center for Disability Services


401 WHMS 21Nicole Lenihan, Teacher-Trustee



Staff Andrew McClainAndrew McClain

Retired WHMS Upper El teacher 


EDU PieterseA 2018Alex Pieterse, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Doctoral Training Director, Counseling Psychology at The University at Albany


RobertsJesse Roberts

Senior Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services


Sara StevensSara Stevens

Vice President, Healthcare Economics and Analytics Operations, CDPHP


Rex TienRex Tien, Ph.D.

Neural Engineering Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Colorado