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.

Ellen Bullock

Ellen Bullock was born and grew up in New York City.  She earned a B.A. from Hunter College in Health and Physical Education and an M.S. in Motor Learning from Penn State, and has taught at Penn State, Virginia Tech, Beckley College, Roanoke College and WV State University. She was a Red Cross volunteer for 29 years, teaching basic, instructor, and instructor trainer classes in First Aid, CPR, swimming, lifeguarding, and more. Ellen was also a competitive swimmer through college in both synchronized swimming and racing.  She met her husband, John, on a whitewater rafting trip in the New River George and moved to WV in 1983. She served as both Town Recorder and then Mayor of Thurmond in the late 1980s.  Ellen returned to school for accounting at the University of Charleston, and is currently a Vice President at Gaddy Engineering Company for financial and personnel issues. Ellen and John have three children in their twenties.  She currently volunteers at Mary C. Snow Elementary School and with the West Charleston Kiwanis Club.
Stephanie Hyre
Stephanie Hyre is a Program Officer at The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation.  She earned an MA from the University of Georgia in 2008 and she currently works in community development with the goal of improving the educational outcomes for those living in the Greater Kanawha Valley region.  Stephanie is the co-chair of Philanthropy WV’s Education Affinity Group; she also serves on Generation WV’s Policy Committee.  In 2013, Stephanie graduated from the Om Seva School of Yoga’s teacher training program.  She leads a guided practice at Lifespring Yoga and Wellness and also volunteers at WV Health Right by instructing patients with chronic illnesses in chair yoga.  Stephanie’s four-year-old son, Jack, attends Charleston Montessori’s primary class, and her partner, John, provides afterschool enrichment activities at the CMS’s Village.

John Meadows 

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

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

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

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.