Erin Scheessele (rhymes with Nestlé or Presley) – President

Erin Scheessele is serving as President of the CMS Board of Trustees for the 3rd year of her term. Erin studied biology at Duke University, where she met her husband, Evan. They came to Corvallis in 2000 for Erin’s doctoral research in ecology and amphibian declines. She has taught at Duke, OSU & Willamette University. In addition to serving on the CMS Board, Erin currently serves on the planning committee for Corvallis Spring Roll, a bike and trike ride and festival for kids… dreamed up by a CMS alum! Erin recently incorporated a nonprofit, Orgelkids USA, to bring a music education program from the Netherlands to the States. In a parallel universe, she is a field ecologist who reads and knits (simultaneously) in her ample free time. Her two sons, Peter & Simon, attended CMS in both the primary and elementary programs from 2011 to 2016. Erin joined the Board in 2014. 


Tanya Carone – acting Secretary 

Tanya Carone currently serves as Secretary of the CMS Board of Trustees. Tanya holds a BS degree in Chemistry from Harvey Mudd College and an MBA from OSU.  She is currently working as a consultant helping small medical device companies obtain required approvals from the FDA and other regulatory agencies.  She lives with her husband and two children in Corvallis.  Both of her children attended Oak Hill Montessori in Minnesota.  Her youngest child, J.D., also attended CMS from 2011-2013.  J.D. is currently a 7th grader at Cheldelin Middle School and Alicia is a freshman at Lafayette College. Tanya joined the CMS Board of Trustees in 2014. 



Steve Hoelscher – Treasurer 

Steve Hoelscher currently serves as the Treasurer of the CMS Board of Trustees.  Originally from Colorado, Steve attended the University of Oklahoma where he earned a BS in Zoology and a BBA in Accounting.  After college, Steve worked at KPMG in assurance and audit services and then spent the next ten years of his career in financial and operational management roles in the high tech sector at Seagate Technology (computer hardware), Alcatel (telecommunications equipment & software), and i2 Technologies (supply chain optimization software).  In 2008, Steve transitioned from high tech to higher education by accepting the first of three successive financial management roles at Oregon State University (OSU).  Currently, Steve is the Director of Finance & IS for OSU’s $54 million University Housing & Dining Services organization.  Steve is finished an MBA at OSU in June, 2016 and spends his spare time exploring Corvallis and Oregon with his wife, Jodi, and son, Matthew.  Matthew is in his third year at CMS and is a student in the Bamboo Room.  Steve joined the Board in 2015.

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Andy Roberts –Member at large 

Andy Roberts is a native Oregonian who grew up rural Eastern Oregon, and has made Corvallis his home for the past ten years with his wife, Rachel.  He works at Oregon State University as an IT Manager, and recently completed his MBA at OSU.  He enjoys gardening, running, biking, and palling around with his two daughters, Maya (Willow Room) and Grace.

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Annie Hommel – Vice President (done)

Annie is a newly appointed CMS Trustee and is currently serving as Vice President of the Board. She is a 3rd year doctoral student in Health Policy at OSU. Before moving to Corvallis 2 years ago, Annie was coordinator for the Oregon Reading Ready Project in partnership with the Center for Response to Intervention in Early Childhood. She holds a BA (U Oregon) and MA (U Washington) in Geography as well as a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management (U Oregon). Annie’s previous leadership experience includes service with the Downtown Springfield (OR) Redevelopment Community Advisory Board, Moss Street Child Development Center (U Oregon) and New Voters Project (U Oregon). Annie and husband Demian have a 10yr old son, Oscar, in 5th grade at Jefferson Elementary and a 3yr old daughter, Huxley who joined the Maple Room this year after a wonderful first year at CMS in the Toddler house.

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Jiyao Chen - Member at large

Jiyao is father to Bryan and Richard, former Ginkgo students, and it an assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, College of Business Oregon State University.  My research and teaching interests include technology and innovation management. As an educator, I believe in a student-centered active learning approach that places learning at the center of education rather than instruction and allows students to construct their own knowledge through active engagement in the learning process. Accordingly, I highly appreciate Montessori’s education philosophy and practices.

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Jon Kalodimos – Member at large

Jonathan Kalodimos currently serves as a Member at Large of the CMS Board of Trustees.  Originally from Kansas, Jonathan attended Kansas State University to earn a BS in Physics, then chose to study finance and earned a Master of Finance from University of Florida and a Doctorate from University of Washington. His career in finance includes working at Wachovia Bank (now Wells Fargo) as a financial analyst and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as a financial economist. He moved to Corvallis in 2014 to join Oregon State University’s College of Business as an assistant professor of finance. While Jonathan, his wife Lindy, and their two sons Parker and Hunter are relatively new to Corvallis they are well acquainted with the PNW culture of hiking under rainy skies, enjoying the chilly beaches of the Pacific Ocean, and bringing their dogs everywhere. Parker is currently a student in the Toddler House and Hunter is looking forward to joining next year when he becomes old enough.

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