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).


WHMS Board of Trustees 2021-2022

Gatchell Tamara 2020Tamara Gatchell, President

Principal, Cadence Creative


Julie Massry KnoxJulie Massry Knox, Vice-President

Sales and Marketing Manager, Tri City Rentals


Logan MichaelMichael Logan, Esq., Secretary

Senior Associate, Hodgson Russ, LLP 


Solomon ErikaErika Solomon, Treasurer

Business Advisor, Cognitive Process Services, IBM


Allen JasonJason Allen

Director, Allen Power


shaylasawyerShayla Sawyer Armand, Ph.D.

 Associate Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


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

Physician, Albany Family Medicine


Gilman WendyWendy Gilman

Vice-President for Business and Finance, SUNY Cobleskill


Eric LedetEric Ledet

Vice President, Research & Development, Center for Disability Services


00228Andrew McClain, Teacher-Trustee



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