Board of Directors, 2020-2021
Jan Kaufman, President, Alumni Parent
Jan is Director of Health Promotion at Washington and Lee University. She has a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a specialty in Health and Human Behavior. Jan has been involved with WCM since her early years in Lexington and is the proud parent of two early graduates, Allyson who is now 29 and Ben, 27. Jan’s husband, Art Goldsmith was instrumental in the initial renovation of the Schillington House and served on the board for many years. Jan is thrilled to serve on the WCM board, to see the school thrive and continue to be an educational resource for so many families in Rockbridge County.
Tim Braddick, Vice President, Current Parent
Tim currently serves as a Home Mortgage Consultant for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in downtown Lexington. Prior to employment with Wells Fargo, he served as the Director of Fraternal Operations for Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc. Tim has an extensive background in non-profit management, executive leadership, strategic planning, risk assessment and abatement, education, insurance, and human resources. He was born in Cleveland, OH and received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, with a focus in law enforcement and addiction studies, from the University of Cincinnati in 2005. He resides in Lexington, Va. with his wife and family. Tim is active in the community having served on the Board of Directors for the Rockbridge YMCA, Lexington-Rockbridge Chamber of Commerce (Treasurer 2018), and Woods Creek Montessori. Tim also served as a youth group director at his local church from 2012-2014. He enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, any exercise activity, college football and golf. He cheers for all professional Cleveland sports teams, as well as the UC Bearcats and Ohio State football.
Ned Norland, Secretary, Current Parent
Ned Norland is a member of the IT staff at Washington and Lee University. He grew up in central New Jersey and after completing his B.S. in Computer Science at Rutgers University he ventured south to Chapel Hill, NC. A chance online meeting with W&L faculty member Mary Abdoney first brought him to Lexington in 2008 and three years later he moved to Lexington permanently. Their son Emmett is in the Primary I classroom at Woods Creek.
Zander Tallman, Treasurer, Community Member
Megan Hobbs, Current Parent
Megan moved to Lexington in 2012 for work at Washington and Lee, where she currently serves as an associate dean of students. She and her husband, Bobby (Commercial Lender at CornerStone Bank), are mom and dad to Anabelle, enrolled in the toddler and after school programs at WCM. Megan was pleased to be offered the opportunity to serve on the WCM Board because she believes in the intimate approach to teaching and learning at WCM.
Kevin Green, Current Parent
Kevin is dad to Nellie and Cyrus, both of whom happily attend Woods Creek Montessori, and husband to Amanda, a Lexington native and accomplished chef who, after working in restaurants in Seattle and Washington, DC, now devotes her talents to the Lexington and Rockbridge community. Together, they all live at Yonderyear Farm, a true work-in-progress in Rockbridge Baths, focused on restoring the health and vitality of this little place on earth. In his day job, Kevin is Senior Director of the Center for Behavior & the Environment at Rare (www.rare.org), a global conservation organization based in Arlington, VA that works around the world to inspire change so that people and nature thrive. He is proud to be a part of Woods Creek Montessori, which is such a valuable and important piece of our thriving Rockbridge community.
Matt Boaz, Current Parent
Matt is dad to Nan, who is in Primary I at Woods Creek with Ms. Farishte, and Mary Fraser, who is in the infant class at Yellow Brick Road. Matt is married to Mary Mason, a native of Virginia, who works for EdFuel, a non-profit which promotes equitable hiring and compensation practices in school districts throughout the country. She is an expert on Bravo, rom-com lit, and a number of other very serious subjects. Matt is a Professor at the Washington & Lee School of Law, where he teaches the Immigrant Rights Clinic. His most recent, all-consuming habit is ridding their home of a small family of industrious and persistent stink bugs. Prior to moving to Lexington, Matt and his family lived in Brooklyn, NY. They love the Lexington community, the mountains, the bluegrass music scene, and the community that has embraced them at Woods Creek.
Delea Bowerfind, Community Member
Delea serves as Director of Integrated Care with Rockbridge Area Hospice and Connections Plus. She earned her Bachelor of Social Work at the University of North Alabama and Master of Science in Social Administration at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Delea’s experience includes the development of new programs, teaching in early childhood education, and promoting awareness and prevention of abuse. She built an educational program for children ranging from age three months to five years creating curriculum, overseeing and guiding the program and teachers for the youngest children while implementing the program for the older children.
Delea and her husband, Tuck (Rector, Grace Episcopal Church, Lexington) moved to the Lexington area in December, 2019. They have four grown children and one grandchild. Delea is thrilled to work with the board of WCM, to continue her commitment to the support of education of our youngest learners as they grow, discover their strengths and passions, and develop their sense of self and their love of learning in a safe environment.
Stephanie Johnson, Alumni Parent
Stephanie is mom to two Woods Creek Montessori graduates: Anders, age 7 and Olin, age 5. After having kids attend WCM for the last 5 years, Steph wasn’t quite ready to let this special school go and is thrilled to serve on the board. Before becoming a mom, Steph taught middle school English at Lylburn Downing Middle School in Lexington. These days, when she’s not chasing two very active little boys, Steph is an intermittent writing tutor and adjunct writing instructor at VMI. Although she originally hails from Minnesota, Lexington has been home for the past 13 years. Steph, her husband Dan, and both boys are endlessly grateful for the community they’ve found in Woods Creek Montessori.