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 and the Head of School, Virginia Flynn, 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 Head of School and Executive Director 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.

Board Members 2017-18

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 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, ranging in age from 2 to 8 years old.

Heather Heaviland is the 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 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. Michelle is Client Services Director at Resources Global Professionals, a professional services firm.

Bruce Thompson is a founding parent of DMA, and a longstanding member of the Board of Directors. He is a professor at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) and a former member of the Milwaukee Public School Board.

Carmen Gagliano serves as a Director and has extensive experience in non- profit marketing. Carmen is the owner of a Bay View graphic design studio and is the proud parent of a DMA student.

Lindy Meer serves as secretary and has significant finance and non-profit experience. She is currently employed at the Urban Ecology Center, and is a proud parent of three DMA students.