Board of Directors 2017-2018

Emily Hopta, Board Chair

Emily Hopta is a graduate of WV Wesleyan College and earned a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Emily coordinates our alternative recycling program and also serves on the boards of Read Aloud West Virginia and First Presbyterian Church Preschool. Emily and her husband, Jack Hoblitzell, are parents of two Charleston Montessori students.

Ellen Bullock

Ellen Bullock 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 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 is Vice President at Gaddy Engineering Company for financial and personnel issues. She is an active volunteer 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 M.A. from the University of Georgia in 2008 and works in community development with the goal of improving the educational outcomes for the greater Kanawha Valley region.  Stephanie is the co-chair of Philanthropy WV’s Education Affinity Group and 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, instructing patients with chronic illnesses in chair yoga.  Stephanie’s son, Jack, attends Charleston Montessori and her partner, John, provides afterschool enrichment activities at the CMS 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.

Joe Pugh

Joe Pugh is the father of two 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 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 a member of the Children’s Home Society Board of Directors and a member of the WVU College of Law Visiting Committee. She has two children attending Charleston Montessori.