The role of the Board of Trustees (hereafter referred to as the Board) is to adopt a clear statement of the school’s mission, vision, and strategic goals and to establish policies and plans consistent with this statement. The Board is the guardian of the school’s mission. It is the Board’s responsibility to ensure that the mission is relevant and vital to the Richmond Montessori School community and to monitor the success of the school in fulfilling its mission. The Board selects, supports, nurtures and evaluates, the head of school. As leader of the school community, the Board engages proactively with the head of school in cultivating and maintaining good relations with school constituents as well as the broader community and exhibits best practices relevant to equity and justice.
2016 – 2017 Board of Trustees
- Chair: Allison Held
- Vice-Chair: Tara Casey
- Secretary: Chris Campbell
- Treasurer: Jerry Larkin
- Head of School: Grainne Murray
Allison Held, Chair
Allison Held is currently Legal Advisor to the State Corporation Commission. She serves as Chairman Christie’s chief legal advisor and liaison to the public utility, securities, insurance and banking industries regulated by the Commission and provides legal and policy advice to the Commission. Ms. Held is a founding member and managing attorney with Medical Legal Partnership – Richmond at VCU, and has served as both a Board member and volunteer for LINC, serving as Chair of the Board of Directors from 2001-2003. Ms. Held is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Committee on Trustees. She has two boys at Richmond Montessori School, Elijah (8th grade) and Sam (5th grade).
Tara Casey, Vice-Chair
Tara Casey is the Director of the Carrico Center for Pro Bono Service at University of Richmond School of Law, where she also teaches in the field of public policy. She and her husband, Alan Dow, have lived in Richmond since 2000 and have been engaged with Richmond Montessori School since their daughter, Sylvie, started in Primary. Now with two children (Sylvie and Ezra) enrolled in Lower Elementary, the whole family is looking forward to the next chapter of learning, discovery, and enjoyment.
Chris Campbell, Secretary
Chris has been a Richmond Montessori School parent since 2008 and joined the board of trustees in 2015. He is a community volunteer who has served as an Richmond Montessori Parent Association officer since 2013. Chris has an extensive background in sales, marketing and distribution having held various Affiliate Relation positions at Comedy Central and MTV Networks. He earned a Bachelor of Arts at Clemson University, double majoring in philosophy and psychology.
Jerry Larkin, Treasurer
Jerry Larkin works at Genworth Financial as VP Sales and Business Development. He has worked at GE/Genworth for 16 years, during which he has led six sigma quality, e-business, and key client account management. Prior to Genworth he worked at 3M and Intel Corporation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in risk management from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He lives in Richmond with his wife and three sons. He has had children at Richmond Montessori School since 2006. He enjoys most sports and has many years experience coaching youth baseball, basketball and soccer.
Rob Davenport currently works for The C.F. Sauer Company, a family owned and operated food manufacturing company founded in Richmond in 1887, and manages the company’s international business with a concentration of business in Africa and a growing business in 12 other countries throughout the world. In addition to his professional life, Rob enjoys working with nonprofit organizations. Both of his daughters have graduated from the Middle School program at Richmond Montessori School where he has been on the Board of Trustees since 2000. Rob has lived in Richmond since 1990, and he and his family reside in Midlothian.
Sonny is a co-owner of a Richmond based Information Technology Consulting and Recruitment firm, Daybreak IT Solutions. They formed Daybreak in 2009 and have been fortunate to be recognized as one of the fastest growing firms in Richmond by RVA BizSense and were previously recognized by the INC5000 for growth. Sonny obtained his Bachelors Degree from Virginia Tech in 1997 in Business Management with a minor in psychology and has been a part of the Richmond Technology community since. He serves on two volunteer committees to help attract and retain technology initiatives in our region: RichTech (Richmond Technology Council) and WIT (Women in Technology). Sonny and his wife Harshna joined RMS in 2009 when their son, Avi, was in Miss Felicia’s toddler class.They now have two children at RMS; little Aria is a primary student with Ms. Pryor, and Avi is flourishing as a 4th grader with Miss Linton.
Aaron McClung works at the University of Richmond as Director of Development where he oversees the University’s major and planned giving programs. He has worked in higher education and finance for the past 15 years. Prior to Richmond he worked at Albion Investors, the University of Maryland Smith School of Business and Virginia Tech. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Richmond. Aaron serves on a variety of education, community and philanthropic boards. He lives in Midlothian with his wife and two sons.
Lia C. Mooney is entering her third year as a member of the board of trustees. Lia moved to Richmond in 2005 and has two young sons. She and her husband have been Richmond Montessori School parents since 2011. Her younger son is entering the Primary level as a P1. Lia earned her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and her doctorate in child psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She conducted post-doctorate research at the University of Virginia. Currently, she spends most of her time focusing on her boys, volunteering at Richmond Montessori School and watching college basketball.
Elena is a Director of Benefits & Capital Markets at Altria. In this role, Elena oversees administration of Altria’s pension assets and long-term capital funding programs. Elena has been employed by Altria since 1999 and worked in various roles in Treasury. Elena relocated with her husband and daughter from New York to Richmond in 2008 and since then had another child. Elena received a PhD in Economics from the Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education in Prague, Czech Republic, an MA in Economics from the University of Birmingham, UK, and a Bachelors degree in International Economics from the State Academy of Management, Moscow, Russia.
Kay Quagliano is the parent of a rising 8th grader in the Richmond Montessori School Middle School classroom and the parent of an RMS graduate who went on to high school at St. Christopher’s School and will be attending The College of William and Mary in the fall. Kay is a veterinarian who works for the Richmond Animal League. She is an alumna of The College of William and Mary. She later graduated from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and has been practicing veterinary medicine in Richmond for 25 years. Kay has served on the board of trustees for six years. She has served on the Buildings and Grounds committee, Committee on Trustees, and was a member of the Enrollment and Marketing Task Force.
Falcon and his wife, Nicole, have been Richmond Montessori School parents since moving to Richmond in 2012. Falcon has degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland and is currently completing a doctorate in educational research and evaluation at VCU. He also owns and operates a small business that consults with higher education faculty on the development and evaluation of research into STEM education. His two daughters regularly exploit his weakness for
building Legos, and he awaits the day he has the free time to return to tinkering with cars in the garage.
Shannon currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees. She has been a member of the board since 2011 and has served as a member of the Committee on Trustees, the Building and Grounds Committee. Shannon is Vice President and General Counsel for the University of Richmond. Prior to coming to Richmond, she was senior vice president and general counsel at Inova Health System, a five hospital, not-for-profit health system located in Northern Virginia. She has a bachelor of arts from the University of Virginia. She went on to earn her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania and later earned the master’s of public health from Harvard University. Her professional experience includes higher education law, non-profit governance, employment, privacy, tax, contracting, litigation, real estate, land use, and regulatory compliance law. Shannon’s daughter, now a third grader in Jean Vencl’s class, started at RMS as toddler.
Brie Starke heads a consulting firm specializing in private family office management with a focus on investment administration and IT management. Since graduating from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland with a degree in Business and Economics, she has worked in account management at The Martin Agency and IT systems administration at both the Virginia State Corporation Commission and Albemarle Corporation. She and her husband Rhett, a Richmond native, have two children at RMS in both Upper and Lower Elementary.
Jenn Walker joined the Richmond Montessori community when her daughter, Hana, started Primary. She has been an active member of the Richmond Montessori Parent’s Association, serving as the RMPA President for the past two school years. Jenn earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Virginia Commonwealth University, and she is currently working toward her Orton-Gillingham Certification. Jenn joins The Riverside School this fall as a Language Fundamentals Teacher.
John Wick is a Senior Private Banker and Senior Vice President for the Greater Virginia market of Wells Fargo Private Bank, with primary responsibility for coordinating complex/customized/personalized credit, deposit, and treasury management solutions for individual and family clients. John has been aff liated with Wells Fargo and its predecessor banks i since 1989, beginning his career in the Richmond, VA area. He most recently served as Director for the MidAtlantic Region where he led the Private Banking businesses for the Virginia, Maryland, and DC markets. He and his family returned to Virginia in July of 2010 after five years from Northern Virginia. Education: Roanoke College, B.A. International Relations, McIntire Business Institute, University Of Virginia and Cannon Financial Institute. Civic and Community Service: International Hospital for Children and Richmond Technology Council.
Tom has four children attending Richmond Montessori School. He is an educator by profession and has spent the last 15 years focused on helping educators and students use technology to improve learning in both K-12 and universities. His experience includes 10 years in Henrico County Public Schools, a large 1:1 laptop environment, as a classroom teacher, an instructional technology resource teacher, and the Director of Instructional Technology. Currently he is the Associate Director of Learning Innovation in VCU’s Academic Learning Technology Lab. He consults on technology integration nationally for a variety of partners including Dell, Apple, Discovery, and The International Society for Education (ISTE).