Board of Directors 2017-2018
Emily Hopta , Board Chair
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 and First Presbyterian Church Preschool. 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 sons attending Charleston Montessori. 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.
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.
Victoria Wilson is a 2004 graduate of Spelman College and a 2007 graduate of the WVU College of Law. She is an attorney at Samuel I. White, P.C. in Charleston, WV. She is a member of the Children’s Home Society Board of Directors and a member of the WVU College of Law Visiting Committee. She had a daughter, Gabrielle, enrolled at Charleston Montessori in the Primary Class. Her son Jonathan will joining the school in the Fall of 2017.