Board & Committees

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.

2020 | 2021 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.

Joline Bassett – Vice-President , 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.

Kim Greer – Treasurer, 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.

Tammy Ulrich – Secretary, 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.

Board Members:

Virginia Stone Rogers

Virginia Stone Rogers has been around Montessori since birth, as the child of two Montessorians. She started working in classrooms in high school, and never went back! Virginia has a degree in Science, Technology and Society from the University of Puget Sound with a focus on environmental education and complete her Assistants to Infancy training (AMI) at Montessori Northwest in 2015. After leading a toddler program for 5 years Virginia took a year off to spend with her newborn son and is now returning to a toddler classroom as an assistant.

After attending MANY board meetings, both OMA and others, in her youth, Virginia is finally able to give back to the community and be a board member herself! In her spare time she enjoys knitting, cooking and learning about children.

Emily Westberg

Emily works to honor and support the natural process of growth for children, families and surrounding communities through the creation and sustaining of loving and professional Montessori environments where we are each seen for our strengths and can work joyfully to realize our potentials. Emily has been working in Montessori education since 2002 when she received the AMI Assistant training and has been a lead AMI primary guide since graduating MNW in 2005. She has had the opportunity to work in several other roles as well including as an assistant, in administration, all day programs and subbing at toddler and elementary levels. She has presented workshops on a variety of topics for schools, for OMA and for the Montessori for Social Justice Conference.  Originally from Minneapolis, MN, she has lived in Portland, OR (mostly) since 2001. She has a deep reverence for nature and is actively working to create more outdoor education opportunities for children. Emily loves permaculture, herbalism and mycology, making music, health and fitness, dancing and enjoying the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Emily is currently a primary guide at The Portland Montessori School.

Jamie Edwards – Chair, Administrators Group

Dalia Avello 

Janice Mayer