Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of The Portland Montessori School works with the school administration, the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) and other school stakeholders to ensure the school fulfills its mission and purpose. The following individuals currently serve on our Board of Directors:
DONALD S. RUSHMER, PH.D., PRESIDENT
Educated as a research scientist, Donald worked for 20 years in research and research administration. He developed the concept, obtained funding from a private foundation, created research facilities and became the first executive director of the Neurological Sciences Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center in Portland. He has also served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of Pacific University in Oregon. His consulting work with NXT Consulting Group focuses on strategic issues identification, environmental scanning, visioning, strategic planning and organizational development for higher education institutions and non-profit organizations primarily involved in education. Dr. Rushmer has a B.S. in biological sciences from Antioch College and a Ph.D. in neurobiology/physiology from the University of Rochester. He was also a Senior Fellow of the International Executive Forum of the Western Behavioral Sciences Institute, La Jolla, California.
RACHEL WEISSHAAR, VICE PRESIDENT
Rachel Weisshaar is an Assistant Attorney General with the Oregon Department of Justice. She holds a B.A. in English from Pomona College and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School. She lives just a few blocks from The Portland Montessori School with her husband, Jonathan, and her cat, Dinah.
PATRICIA BUDO, TREASURER
Patricia Budo is recently retired from Providence Health and Services where she served as the Executive Director of Children’s Developmental Health. Pat first learned about Montessori education when the Portland Montessori School, then known as Providence Montessori School, was sponsored by Providence and reported to her. Pat has an MSW from San Diego State University and a J.D. from Hastings College of the Law. She has a particular interest in strengthening the diversity of the school and in sharing her knowledge and experience in non-profit management, marketing and finance.
KEN WELLS, MEMBER
Ken Wells is an innovative leader with over 25 years of success and ground breaking achievement in senior executive and consulting positions with a wide range of well-known brands ranging from Fortune 100 to internet startups. He is known for his award winning marketing and advertising work, and a recognized change management consultant. Ken has worked with brands including Discovery Channel, Harry and David and Big Fish Games.
MICHAEL KUBLER, MEMBER
Michael Kubler leads the Providence Health & Services Emergency Management department. He returned to the Pacific Northwest in 2007 after 9 years in the Navy where he practiced public health and emergency preparedness from Iceland to Diego Garcia. In addition to his work with Portland Montessori Michael also volunteers as the board president for the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup and as a member of a number of organizations and committees usually focused on emergency management and education issues.
SAM ANDEMARIAM, MEMBER
Bio coming soon!
STEFANIE LINCH, MEMBER
Stefanie Linch is a research scientist turned non-profit grant writer at the Providence Foundations in Oregon. She has a special interest in science and medicine, receiving her PhD in Immunology and Microbiology from Oregon Health and Science University and BS in microbiology from Colorado State University. Stefanie’s interest in the Montessori Method is cultivated in science and she values that it provides children with respect and freedom, to be themselves without too much adult interference. Her son attends The Portland Montessori School and she greatly values the sense of community and the diversity her family finds there. Stefanie brings to the board grant writing and development experience, through her role as Foundation Relations Director at Providence and her volunteer efforts with the Susan G Komen Foundation.
"I am so happy that my son is spending his kindergarten year in a Montessori environment where his knowledge, self-control, kindness, sense of purpose, and confidence have all grown by leaps and bounds."
"What takes me aback every day is the exceptional commitment of every single staff member to the nurturing environment that this school provides. The care, understanding, and compassion that they show is and unwavering and is unique to each and every child."
"If it's true what Maria Montessori said, that the test of the correctness of an educational approach is the happiness of the child, then this school is succeeding beyond our wildest dreams. Both our boys are so happy to go to school and so proud of their work."
"Our son's vocabulary, spelling, reading and social skills have grown by leaps and bounds under the Montessori method."
"When our son started kindergarten at The Portland Montessori School, his behavior problems stopped almost immediately. That’s because he had interesting, engaging work to do. He’s so proud to show us the work he’s done when we pick him up after school."