The OMA Board consists of an Executive Committee as well as committees for Communications, Professional Development/Events, Community Outreach, Financial Stewardship and Advocacy/Public Policy. OMA also has Regional Liaisons, representing regions of Oregon and SW Washington. As well as an Administrator’s, In-Home & Toddler Groups. If you would like to contact the board, please send us a message.
2018 | 2019 Board Members
Board Executive Committee Members:
Mary Hicks – President & Chair Financial Stewardship Committee
Mary holds an AMI Primary diploma, as well as a Master’s in Education, from Loyola College in Maryland and a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is also an Oregon Registry trainer. A former legal administrator, Mary made a career change in 1995 once she’d experienced Montessori as a parent. After 14 years guiding primary children, she blended her talents to become a Montessori administrator. In 2013, she led the successful transition of Providence Montessori School to become The Portland Montessori School, an independent nonprofit. Mary’s dog Paris accompanies her to school every day where she has served as Executive Director/Head of School for the past 7 years. A life-long student of cultures – ethnic, urban, organizational – Mary loves to travel, play in her garden, read contemporary fiction and debate current events with her husband, Doug.
Tammy Ulrich – Vice-President / Workshop & Advocacy Committees
Tammy first came to Montessori as a child of 2 ½ at the Wee Wisdom Garden School. As an adult, Tammy has been involved in Montessori education for the past 35 years. Tammy is AMI trained with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and Master’s in Human Studies. She is a former Executive Director and a past President of OMA. She is the Founder of Child’s View Montessori in SW Portland where she was the Administrator for 24 years. Tammy is also a part-time Instructor at Portland Community College, an AMS Field Consultant, an Oregon Registry Master Trainer, and serves as a MACTE verification team member. Tammy’s most cherished role is as the mother of 4 amazing, now adult kids, and as a grandma.
With a passion for Montessori and Early Education, Tammy believes strongly that “if we are to have real peace in this world… we will have to begin with the children” (Gandhi @ Montessori Training College) and that our work with and for children makes a difference for our future.
Tammy enjoys reading, hiking, snorkeling/scuba diving, tropical vacations and time spent with family and friends.
David Cannon – Treasurer / Admin Group & Advocacy Committee
David Cannon taught in the elementary classroom for 8 years and has been a school administrator for 27 years. In 2010 he opened a new school in the South Waterfront neighborhood. Montessori Children’s House serves toddlers and primary-aged children.
David worked in public administration before teaching. Besides the OMA board, David has served on the MINW Board, three Montessori school boards, and as a city planning commissioner.
Jennifer Pierz – Secretary
Kim Greer – Chair, Advocacy Committee
Kim Greer first discovered Montessori in 1985 while working as a summer assistant for a Montessori School in her hometown of Yakima, WA. She went on to pursue a business degree from the University of Washington only to discover that her passion lay in education, specifically the Montessori Philosophy. Kim received her AMS Primary Diploma from the Montessori Teachers Institute of Tidewater in 1992 and began teaching in her first classroom that fall. Kim has over 20 years of classroom and administrative experience and currently works as the Head of School for Harmony Montessori School. Kim brings a deep commitment that all children deserve honor and respect, and that only through education that focuses on the whole child — body, mind and spirit — will we begin to see a world-wide shift towards peace. Her other interests include reading, cooking, sewing, and spending time with her husband Dave, her daughter Martinique, and her large extended family.
Judi Simmons — Co-chair Workshop Committee
Judi is both AMI Primary and Elementary trained.
She also holds a Washington State teaching credential and a Masters in Education from Loyola. She is most proud of her two children who attended Montessori Schools for a long time.
She is now retired after teaching for over 30 years in both Seattle and Portland Montessori Schools. She enjoys retirement but still mentors teachers in several area schools. She says that serving on the board is both an honor and a privilege which allow her to help the continued growth and support our of our existing community. She lives in Hood River and is always open to visitors and gives a great tour.
Joline Bassett – Co-chair Workshop Committee
Joline realized her love for young children while still a child herself, and began babysitting neighborhood children when she was ten years old. It was when Joline was invited to be a last minute substitute in a friend’s Montessori school that the pieces fell together. She continued working as an assistant while completing her Primary Associate Certification at the Montessori Education Institute of the Pacific Northwest in Seattle, Washington in 2004. Joline has over ten years of experience in the Montessori classroom, as an assistant, intern, Co-Teacher, and Lead Teacher. She currently works as a lead teacher at Harmony Montessori school in East Portland. Outside of the classroom, Joline enjoys spending time with her husband Brendon and their two boys, Loic and Simeon, and Percy the fluffy dog. She loves discovering new crafts to dabble in, and recently discovered that she actually enjoys running.
Jamie Edwards – Chair, Administrators Group