Board of Directors 2015-2016
Ian McIlvaine, board chairperson
Ian McIlvaine is a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC. He received a B.A. in Communications from Oral Roberts University with a minor in Human Resource Development. Ian and his wife, Nikki, live in Charleston and have three children. Ian and Nikki come from families with multiple generations of teachers. Both have personal experience with public, private and homeschool environments and are dedicated to helping make exceptional educational experiences available in the local area. They are very excited to be a part of the Charleston Montessori family and see the wonderful growth and development of both the children and all involved.
Emily Hopta coordinates our Read Aloud program and our school and community-based TerraCycle recycling program. She is a graduate of WV Wesleyan College and earned a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Emily also serves on the board of Read Aloud West Virginia. She is employed by the Office of Communications in the WV Department of Health & Human Resources. Emily and her husband, Jack Hoblitzell, are parents of two Charleston Montessori students.
John J. Meadows is an attorney with Steptoe & Johnson PLLC in the energy litigation division. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond – T.C. Williams School of Law, Georgia Regents University, Augusta, (B.A., M.P.A.) and Hampden-Sydney College. He is also the treasurer of the Charleston West Side Neighborhood Association and a Community Board Member of womanSong Chorale. John and his wife, Becky McClintock, have lived in Charleston since 2003, and have two a sons: Charlie, a CMS elementary student, and William (two years old). John joined the Board in 2013 to continue his interest in benefiting the school for his sons and the entire community.
Lata Menon has been a Charleston Montessori Board Member since 2010, and a Montessori mom since 2004 when her oldest child began preschool at the Montessori Early Learning center in Elkins, WV. Her youngest child started her Montessori education at the age of 3 and both children are now alumni of Charleston Montessori. Lata holds a Masters of Public Administration, as well as a Masters of Social Work, from WVU and is the State Director for Outreach Services for Home Base Inc.
Amy Postalwait grew up in the Kanawha Valley. She earned a B.S. in Communications from West Virginia State University and a Master’s in Leadership Studies from Marshall University Graduate College. Her professional experience has included work in radio and television broadcast, public relations, and nonprofit management. She is employed by the West Virginia Humanities Council as grants administrator. With her husband, she owns Orange Vine, LLC, a wholesale pumpkin and vegetable farm. Amy enjoys serving her community and is excited to be on the Charleston Montessori Board.
Joe Pugh is the father Jackson and Katherine Pugh, elementary students at Charleston Montessori. Joe earned his B.S in Mining Engineering from Virginia Tech and M.B.A. from West Virginia University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in West Virginia and has spent the last 15 years working for a regional mining company, in various roles in Engineering, Operations Management, and Continuous Improvement.
Joe and his wife Angela are passionate about Montessori education and cherish the impact it has made on their children and family. He believes in reassessing traditional paradigms of education and contemplating what skills and competencies the world of tomorrow will require from the children of today. Joe enjoys biking, skiing, kayaking and camping with his family in the wild and wonderful hills of West Virginia. He also coaches the CMS Robotics team.
Marisa Moss Staten
Marisa Moss Staten is the parent of a lower elementary student and joined the board in February 2012. She chairs the Parent Teacher Committee. Marisa is a graduate of Marshall University Graduate College with M.A. in Clinical Psychology and is a Quality Assurance Specialist for the Division of Rehabilitation Services. “We enrolled our son at Charleston Montessori School the summer of 2011. I observed him in the classroom, familiarized myself with the faculty and began to understand that we were not just sending our son to school; we were a part of a community! I wanted to support our son’s education and the school so I started attending board meetings as a parent. Our son continues to thrive in this creative and supportive learning environment.”