There are currently openings on the Board of Directors. If you are interested in serving, please review the Board FAQ and other materials on this page  You may also click here to learn more and express your interest in serving on our board.

The Lewis & Clark Montessori Charter School is organized as a nonprofit organization under the laws of Oregon and under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. As such, the School is managed by a Board of Directors, which has the primary responsibility for fulfilling the school’s mission and is legally accountable for its operation.

The Board of Directors sets strategic goals, establishes school policies, is responsible for the organization’s financial health, and ensures compliance with the Charter Agreement between the School and the Gresham-Barlow School District. Click here to read more about the role and expectations of a Board of Director.

Additionally, the Board hires the Executive Director to develop the programs and carry out the School’s day-to-day operations. The Executive Director attends all Board meetings as an ex-officio member, reports on school operation and submits strategic recommendations.

All meetings and activities of the Lewis & Clark Montessori Charter School Board of Directors are subject to the State of Oregon’s open meeting and public records laws. Our parent community and the public are welcome to attend any meeting of the Board of Directors. For an up-to-date list of Board of Director and Board Committee meetings, please click on the calendar tab located on this page to view our official meeting schedule.

Photo of Erik Israelsson Erik Israelsson Director

Erik has been a part of the LCMCS community as a parent since 2010 when his oldest child, Hanna, began attending the school. Since that time, Erik has seen firsthand the benefits of Montessori education for both Hanna and Morgan. In 2017 he was invited to join the school finance committee and subsequently joined the school board in 2018.

Erik has over 20 years of experience in the field of mechanical engineering and development most recently as a Senior Project Engineer.…

Photo of Stephany Lo Stephany Lo Community Engagement Committee Chair

Stephany Lo joined the Board of Directors during the 2018-2019 school yea0r, bringing with her experience on the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) Board. As a parent of 4, Stephany has successfully juggled being an active parent in the LCMCS community for 6 years, the chair of the Community Engagement Committee for 2 years, and served on the Board of the PTO for 3 years prior.

Stephany has run a successful catering business, daycare business and is currently studying for her college degree.…

Photo of Carolyn Luke Carolyn Luke Secretary

Carolyn joined the LCMCS community in 2017 when her son, Sage, entered the primary program.  As a child, Carolyn attended a children’s house program and she believes that a Montessori approach to public education has the potential to build a better future for our children and our world.

Carolyn holds a B.S. in Zoology from Oregon State and has ten years of experience as a non-profit leadership professional managing animal welfare programs.  She currently manages her family’s small organic farm which supports food access to local low-income families and partners with the Clackamas County Juvenile Justice Department to provide restorative justice opportunities for local youth.…

Photo of Courtney McWilliams Courtney McWilliams Executive Director
(503) 427 – 0803

Before Courtney came to our school, she worked for over 20 years in corporate executive and leadership roles for various Fortune 500 companies. Her interest in Montessori began when her son went to a toddler program at Mead Montessori. Courtney has a BS in Organizational Development from Austin Peay University, M.Ed from Loyola, and is AMI trained at the Elementary level from Montessori NW. She moved here from Knoxville with her son, Ben. They love to travel, ride bikes, and anything to do with trains!

Photo of Sara O’Brien Sara O’Brien Vice-Chair & Treasurer

Sara joined the LCMCS community as a parent in 2016 and now has two daughters in primary and lower elementary. She attended a Montessori school in her hometown of Cedar Falls, Iowa, through age 7 and is passionate about Montessori education as a path to peace, social justice, and lifelong learning. Sara is executive director of Willamette Partnership, a non-profit conservation group based in Portland, and she and her husband Chris have a family farm in Eagle Creek.…

Photo of Brian Pasko Brian Pasko Chair
(503) -704-2188

Brian Pasko and his wife, Kim Kelly, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Kiana in the Osprey Classroom. Brian served on the LCMCS Finance committee prior to joining the Board of Directors in 2017. He holds a Juris Doctorate from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. And a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Biology from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin.

Brian has served as a plaintiff’s litigation attorney, in both the public and private sectors, working primarily in the areas of administrative and environmental law.…

Photo of Open Position #3 Open Position #3

Board Position #3
Term Ends: June 2019
Joined Board:

Photo of Open Position #4 Open Position #4

Board Position #4
Term Ends: June 2020
Joined Board:

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Board Position #9
Term Ends: June 2019
Joined Board:

Photo of Julia Tomes Julia Tomes Director

Julia joined the board of Lewis and Clark Montessori Charter School in January 2017. She’s had a long career working in education which began when she did her Montessori training at the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in 1992-1993. After moving to Portland, Julia attended Lewis and Clark College and received an M.A.T. which allowed Julia to bring her love of working with children into the public sector.

Julia went on to teach public middle and upper elementary school in the Portland, Newberg, and Centennial School Districts.…

How can I contact the Board of Directors?

To contact the Board for items within their scope, you may:

  1. Call or e-mail the School Board Chair, Brian Pasko, at 503-704-2188 or bpasko@lcmcs.org.
  2. Email the board as a whole: board@lcmcs.org
  3. Call the school’s office at (503) 427-0803 to arrange a meeting with the Board Chair or to make a special request of the Board.

Items within the School Board’s scope are outlined on this page. For questions regarding administrative functions or day-to-day activities, please send your inquiry to the School’s Front Desk or Executive Director as appropriate.  The Front Desk may be reached at 503) 427-0803 or info@lcmcs.org.  Executive Director, Courtney, McWilliams, may also be reached at (503) 427-0803 or cmcwilliams@lcmcs.org. Questions regarding a student’s educational experience should be addressed to the Director of Education, Tami O’Kinsella at (503) 427-0803 or tokinsella@lcmcs.org.

How can I speak at a Board meeting?

Anyone can speak at a Board meeting, and written comments are also welcome.

Board meetings at the Lewis and Clark Montessori School are generally small and informal. However, when the Board has a full agenda or there are a large number of attendees, more formality may be required. The Board Chair has discretion, with the advice and consent of the Board, to adjust the protocols for parents and the public to speak and engage with the Board during any meeting of the Board of Directors.  his includes setting a time limit for public comment and regulating when during the Board’s agenda the public may address the Board.

If you would like to formally address the Board of Directors during a meeting, we request that you make a written request to the Secretary.  This can be done in advance of the meeting by emailing Carolyn Lunke at cluke@lcmcs.org, or you may deliver a physical copy to the Secretary at the meeting.

Written requests sent in advance help us to adjust our meeting schedule and allow us to to give more meaningful attention to any person who wishes to discuss an issue with the Board of Directors.

For general requests, the Board of Directors or the Board Chair may designate a specific section of the meeting for public comment.  In cases where the request is related to a specific item on the Board’s agenda, the Board Chair may decide to include an opportunity for public comment as part of that agenda item for purposes of efficiency.

What does the Board do in executive session?

Pursuant to the School’s bylaws and state law, the board may discuss certain confidential matters in executive session. These matters include personnel issues, negotiations, litigation, expulsions, exempt records, and real estate matters. Due to the confidential nature of the topics discussed, executive sessions are not open to the public. However, while the Board may discuss certain issues in private, the Board may NOT make decisions or vote during an executive session. Any formal decisions or voting must take place during the public portion of a meeting of the Board of Directors.

What do the Board of Directors Do?

Click here to read about the roles and expecations of members of the Lewis and Clark Montessori School Board of Directors.

How do I become a School Board member?

New members of the Board of Directors are elected by the existing Board of Directors pursuant to Section 3 of the Lewis and Clark Montessori School Bylaws. The Board’s executive committee is tasked with recruiting, interviewing, examining the qualifications of, and recommending potential new members to be elected by the full Board of Directors.

When evaluating potential Board of Directors, the executive committee not only considers an individuals skills and commitment to the School but also assesses the needs of the Board as a whole, including the types of skills or experiences needed to ensure that the School continues to be led by a well-rounded and competent Board of Directors.

If you are interested in serving on the Lewis and Clark Montessori School Board, please click here for ore information and to “express your interest.”

How are Board members compensated?

School Board members are appointed in accordance with the Lewis and Clark Montessori Charter School’s bylaws and serve without pay or other compensation. Their service is voluntary, and they do not have offices in school buildings.

The Board of Directors currently operates with three standing committees: the (1) executive committee, (2) community engagement committee, and (3) diversity equity and inclusion committee. Additionally, the Board or Board Chair may appoint additional ad-hoc committees or task forces to complete certain goals, tasks or projects.

(1) The Executive Committee (ExCom)

The Executive committee (ExCom) is comprised of the Board Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and Community Engagement Committee Chair. The Committee serves as an advisory resource for the Board of Directors and the Executive Director and assists these entities in advancing the mission, values and strategic plans of the Lewis and Clark Montessori Charter School (LCMCS).

Pursuant to Section 6.1 of the LCMCS Bylaws, the Executive Committee is responsible for the affairs of the organization between meetings of the Board of Directors. During these intervals, the Executive Committee has the powers of the Board of Directors within the general policies, program, budget, and specific directions established by the Board of Directors.

For more information about the Executive Committee, please contact the Chair of the Board of Directors, Brian Pasko, at bpasko@lcmcs.org.

(2) Community Engagement Committee (CEC)

The Community Engagement Committee seeks to strengthen our school community by building relationships among parents and staff, promoting a culture of engagement and volunteerism, and creating opportunities to show appreciation for our School’s educators.

The CEC is comprised of a Chair (appointed by the Board) who works with school staff to select 1 or 2 room parents from each School classroom to serve on the CEC with the Chair. The Board of Directors may also appoint additional members to the CEC at the request of the CEC Chair.

To learn more about the CEC and how you can participate, please contact CEC Chair Stephany Lo at slo@lcmcs.org.

(3) The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee advises and assists the School and its Board of Directors in our collective efforts to embrace diversity and create an inviting and inclusive environment for all members of our community.

The Board of Directors is in the process of establishing the membership of the DEI Committee.  For more information or to express interest in serving on this committee, please contact the Chair of the Board of Directors, Brian Pasko, at bpasko@lcmcs.org.

Ad Hoc Committees and Task Forces

Section 6 of the School’s Bylaws provide the Board of Directors with broad authority to establish additional committees of the Board. In addition to the three Standing Committees established above, the Board will appoint additional ad-hoc committees during the course of the school year to implement specific projects or activities that advance Executive Director-Board of Director’s shared priorities.

Reunification Task Force

The reunification Task Force has been asked to develop and recommend to the Board a policy and set of procedures related to student/staff/visitor reunification processes in the event of an emergency that requires the evacuation of the school grounds. The Board of Directors is in the process of establishing the chair and membership of the Reunitification Task Force.  For more information or to express interest in serving on this task force, please contact the Chair of the Board of Directors, Brian Pasko, at bpasko@lcmcs.org.

Meet the Board
Photo of Erik Israelsson Erik Israelsson Director

Erik has been a part of the LCMCS community as a parent since 2010 when his oldest child, Hanna, began attending the school. Since that time, Erik has seen firsthand the benefits of Montessori education for both Hanna and Morgan. In 2017 he was invited to join the school finance committee and subsequently joined the school board in 2018.

Erik has over 20 years of experience in the field of mechanical engineering and development most recently as a Senior Project Engineer.…

Photo of Stephany Lo Stephany Lo Community Engagement Committee Chair

Stephany Lo joined the Board of Directors during the 2018-2019 school yea0r, bringing with her experience on the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) Board. As a parent of 4, Stephany has successfully juggled being an active parent in the LCMCS community for 6 years, the chair of the Community Engagement Committee for 2 years, and served on the Board of the PTO for 3 years prior.

Stephany has run a successful catering business, daycare business and is currently studying for her college degree.…

Photo of Carolyn Luke Carolyn Luke Secretary

Carolyn joined the LCMCS community in 2017 when her son, Sage, entered the primary program.  As a child, Carolyn attended a children’s house program and she believes that a Montessori approach to public education has the potential to build a better future for our children and our world.

Carolyn holds a B.S. in Zoology from Oregon State and has ten years of experience as a non-profit leadership professional managing animal welfare programs.  She currently manages her family’s small organic farm which supports food access to local low-income families and partners with the Clackamas County Juvenile Justice Department to provide restorative justice opportunities for local youth.…

Photo of Courtney McWilliams Courtney McWilliams Executive Director
(503) 427 – 0803

Before Courtney came to our school, she worked for over 20 years in corporate executive and leadership roles for various Fortune 500 companies. Her interest in Montessori began when her son went to a toddler program at Mead Montessori. Courtney has a BS in Organizational Development from Austin Peay University, M.Ed from Loyola, and is AMI trained at the Elementary level from Montessori NW. She moved here from Knoxville with her son, Ben. They love to travel, ride bikes, and anything to do with trains!

Photo of Sara O’Brien Sara O’Brien Vice-Chair & Treasurer

Sara joined the LCMCS community as a parent in 2016 and now has two daughters in primary and lower elementary. She attended a Montessori school in her hometown of Cedar Falls, Iowa, through age 7 and is passionate about Montessori education as a path to peace, social justice, and lifelong learning. Sara is executive director of Willamette Partnership, a non-profit conservation group based in Portland, and she and her husband Chris have a family farm in Eagle Creek.…

Photo of Brian Pasko Brian Pasko Chair
(503) -704-2188

Brian Pasko and his wife, Kim Kelly, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Kiana in the Osprey Classroom. Brian served on the LCMCS Finance committee prior to joining the Board of Directors in 2017. He holds a Juris Doctorate from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. And a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Biology from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin.

Brian has served as a plaintiff’s litigation attorney, in both the public and private sectors, working primarily in the areas of administrative and environmental law.…

Photo of Open Position #3 Open Position #3

Board Position #3
Term Ends: June 2019
Joined Board:

Photo of Open Position #4 Open Position #4

Board Position #4
Term Ends: June 2020
Joined Board:

Photo of Open Position #9 Open Position #9

Board Position #9
Term Ends: June 2019
Joined Board:

Photo of Julia Tomes Julia Tomes Director

Julia joined the board of Lewis and Clark Montessori Charter School in January 2017. She’s had a long career working in education which began when she did her Montessori training at the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in 1992-1993. After moving to Portland, Julia attended Lewis and Clark College and received an M.A.T. which allowed Julia to bring her love of working with children into the public sector.

Julia went on to teach public middle and upper elementary school in the Portland, Newberg, and Centennial School Districts.…

Board FAQs

How can I contact the Board of Directors?

To contact the Board for items within their scope, you may:

  1. Call or e-mail the School Board Chair, Brian Pasko, at 503-704-2188 or bpasko@lcmcs.org.
  2. Email the board as a whole: board@lcmcs.org
  3. Call the school’s office at (503) 427-0803 to arrange a meeting with the Board Chair or to make a special request of the Board.

Items within the School Board’s scope are outlined on this page. For questions regarding administrative functions or day-to-day activities, please send your inquiry to the School’s Front Desk or Executive Director as appropriate.  The Front Desk may be reached at 503) 427-0803 or info@lcmcs.org.  Executive Director, Courtney, McWilliams, may also be reached at (503) 427-0803 or cmcwilliams@lcmcs.org. Questions regarding a student’s educational experience should be addressed to the Director of Education, Tami O’Kinsella at (503) 427-0803 or tokinsella@lcmcs.org.

How can I speak at a Board meeting?

Anyone can speak at a Board meeting, and written comments are also welcome.

Board meetings at the Lewis and Clark Montessori School are generally small and informal. However, when the Board has a full agenda or there are a large number of attendees, more formality may be required. The Board Chair has discretion, with the advice and consent of the Board, to adjust the protocols for parents and the public to speak and engage with the Board during any meeting of the Board of Directors.  his includes setting a time limit for public comment and regulating when during the Board’s agenda the public may address the Board.

If you would like to formally address the Board of Directors during a meeting, we request that you make a written request to the Secretary.  This can be done in advance of the meeting by emailing Carolyn Lunke at cluke@lcmcs.org, or you may deliver a physical copy to the Secretary at the meeting.

Written requests sent in advance help us to adjust our meeting schedule and allow us to to give more meaningful attention to any person who wishes to discuss an issue with the Board of Directors.

For general requests, the Board of Directors or the Board Chair may designate a specific section of the meeting for public comment.  In cases where the request is related to a specific item on the Board’s agenda, the Board Chair may decide to include an opportunity for public comment as part of that agenda item for purposes of efficiency.

What does the Board do in executive session?

Pursuant to the School’s bylaws and state law, the board may discuss certain confidential matters in executive session. These matters include personnel issues, negotiations, litigation, expulsions, exempt records, and real estate matters. Due to the confidential nature of the topics discussed, executive sessions are not open to the public. However, while the Board may discuss certain issues in private, the Board may NOT make decisions or vote during an executive session. Any formal decisions or voting must take place during the public portion of a meeting of the Board of Directors.

What do the Board of Directors Do?

Click here to read about the roles and expecations of members of the Lewis and Clark Montessori School Board of Directors.

How do I become a School Board member?

New members of the Board of Directors are elected by the existing Board of Directors pursuant to Section 3 of the Lewis and Clark Montessori School Bylaws. The Board’s executive committee is tasked with recruiting, interviewing, examining the qualifications of, and recommending potential new members to be elected by the full Board of Directors.

When evaluating potential Board of Directors, the executive committee not only considers an individuals skills and commitment to the School but also assesses the needs of the Board as a whole, including the types of skills or experiences needed to ensure that the School continues to be led by a well-rounded and competent Board of Directors.

If you are interested in serving on the Lewis and Clark Montessori School Board, please click here for ore information and to “express your interest.”

How are Board members compensated?

School Board members are appointed in accordance with the Lewis and Clark Montessori Charter School’s bylaws and serve without pay or other compensation. Their service is voluntary, and they do not have offices in school buildings.

Committees

The Board of Directors currently operates with three standing committees: the (1) executive committee, (2) community engagement committee, and (3) diversity equity and inclusion committee. Additionally, the Board or Board Chair may appoint additional ad-hoc committees or task forces to complete certain goals, tasks or projects.

(1) The Executive Committee (ExCom)

The Executive committee (ExCom) is comprised of the Board Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and Community Engagement Committee Chair. The Committee serves as an advisory resource for the Board of Directors and the Executive Director and assists these entities in advancing the mission, values and strategic plans of the Lewis and Clark Montessori Charter School (LCMCS).

Pursuant to Section 6.1 of the LCMCS Bylaws, the Executive Committee is responsible for the affairs of the organization between meetings of the Board of Directors. During these intervals, the Executive Committee has the powers of the Board of Directors within the general policies, program, budget, and specific directions established by the Board of Directors.

For more information about the Executive Committee, please contact the Chair of the Board of Directors, Brian Pasko, at bpasko@lcmcs.org.

(2) Community Engagement Committee (CEC)

The Community Engagement Committee seeks to strengthen our school community by building relationships among parents and staff, promoting a culture of engagement and volunteerism, and creating opportunities to show appreciation for our School’s educators.

The CEC is comprised of a Chair (appointed by the Board) who works with school staff to select 1 or 2 room parents from each School classroom to serve on the CEC with the Chair. The Board of Directors may also appoint additional members to the CEC at the request of the CEC Chair.

To learn more about the CEC and how you can participate, please contact CEC Chair Stephany Lo at slo@lcmcs.org.

(3) The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee advises and assists the School and its Board of Directors in our collective efforts to embrace diversity and create an inviting and inclusive environment for all members of our community.

The Board of Directors is in the process of establishing the membership of the DEI Committee.  For more information or to express interest in serving on this committee, please contact the Chair of the Board of Directors, Brian Pasko, at bpasko@lcmcs.org.

Ad Hoc Committees and Task Forces

Section 6 of the School’s Bylaws provide the Board of Directors with broad authority to establish additional committees of the Board. In addition to the three Standing Committees established above, the Board will appoint additional ad-hoc committees during the course of the school year to implement specific projects or activities that advance Executive Director-Board of Director’s shared priorities.

Reunification Task Force

The reunification Task Force has been asked to develop and recommend to the Board a policy and set of procedures related to student/staff/visitor reunification processes in the event of an emergency that requires the evacuation of the school grounds. The Board of Directors is in the process of establishing the chair and membership of the Reunitification Task Force.  For more information or to express interest in serving on this task force, please contact the Chair of the Board of Directors, Brian Pasko, at bpasko@lcmcs.org.

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