Board of Directors


The Downtown Montessori Academy Board of Directors provides strategic leadership in support of the school’s mission, philosophy and goals. The Board makes long-term decisions, provides financial management and communicates regularly with the Executive Director, Ian Spanic, the Head of School, Virginia Flynn, and Assistant Head of School, Amy Goodenough, to ensure that the school’s program and operation are faithful to the terms of its charter, and that the school is a viable organization.

As the administrative team manage the day-to-day activities, the Board’s mission is to preserve and protect the financial health and well-being of the school, as well as working with the school’s administration to determine annual goals and objectives. The Board develops the long-term strategic plan that sets the annual agenda for the board and determines the annual goals and objectives for the Executive Director and Head of School.

Michael Moore

Michael Moore is the President of the Board of Directors at DMA and has extensive business operations and legal experience. He spent 13 years on a public school board in Fox Point, where he was President, Treasurer and chaired the Personnel Committee. He is the president and founder of Moore’s Law, as a professional coach who specializes in helping lawyers and law firms.

Travis Rhoades

Travis Rhoades is the Vice President of the Board of Directors. He is an attorney and shareholder at Crivello Carlson, S.C., where he focuses on litigation. He is the proud father of four children.

Heather Heaviland

Heather Heaviland is the former Director of Real Estate Services for Wisconsin for IFF. Heather works with nonprofit agencies, primarily schools, plan and execute real estate development projects. She has expertise in government programs, finance and strategic planning.

Michelle Hake

Michelle Hake serves as Treasurer of the Board of Directors and is a management professional with over 10 years of experience in both Big Four public accounting and commercial industry. 

Howard Austin

Howard Austin serves as a Director and has a background in academic leadership and human relations, having worked as a professor at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) for more than 35 years.

Carmen Gagliano

Carmen Gagliano serves as a Director and has extensive experience in non- profit marketing. Carmen is the proud parent of a former DMA student.

Lindy Meer

Lindy Meer serves as secretary and has a background in finance and non-profit. She is currently employed at the Urban Ecology Center, and is a proud parent of four children who currently and previously attended DMA.

Founded in 1976, the Downtown Montessori Academy currently enrolls more than 300 students age 3 to grade 8. Downtown Montessori Academy is one of Milwaukee’s oldest and most diverse charter schools.

Located in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood, the Downtown Montessori Academy resides in the beautiful and historic St. Augustine Church school building built in 1888.

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