Kelly is a health care professional with the majority of her experience working with cancer patients in a variety of roles, most recently in international immunotherapy education. She is currently working as the Director of Education for a well‐established family business supporting vulnerable individuals desiring to maintain independent living.
Kelly is a former Vice President of a local marketing/public relations firm specializing in not‐for‐profit hospice marketing nationwide and the former Executive Director of a local not‐for‐profit cancer wellness center, working directly with a Board of 25. Kelly has two children, Jake and Alex, who both attended WSM through eighth grade. Jake graduated from WSM in 2003 and currently works as a stock trader/analyst for a wealth management firm out of Dayton and lives in the Cleveland area. Alex graduated from WSM in 2006 and is currently working as a public relations coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville, FL.
Kelly is a former president of the WSM Parents' Association and she was an active volunteer for many years at WSM.
Catharine Calder is the founder and teaching principal (Head of School) at Meadow Montessori. Catharine has been active in the world of Montessori for many years, and she is very happy to serve on the Board of Trustees at West Side Montessori. Catharine joined the Board in 2014.
Catharine served on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Montessori Society (MMS) for more than twenty years. She has been a workshop presenter for AMS, MMS, and in her community. Additionally, she has been a teacher trainer at Seton Montessori Institute (Chicago), Houston Montessori Center (Texas), and the Michigan Montessori Teacher Education Center. Catharine holds a BA from Oakland University, an MA from University of Michigan, and an AMI 6 – 12 diploma from Bergamo, Italy.
Catharine continues to teach and act as an administrator, knowing that teaching is the more important of the two tasks. She shares her love of all things Chinese with her students, along with her love of writing, gardening, knitting, art, music, and the outdoors. In turn, she looks forward each and every day to what her students will share with and teach her.
Omar manages legal issues relating to Owens Corning’s Board of Directors and investors. His legal career has included positions as in-house counsel at publicly-traded companies, as an attorney at the law firms Latham & Watkins and Butzel Long, and as a judicial clerk in the United States District Court. Omar has a BA from Middlebury College in Economics and History, an MA from the University of Michigan International Institute and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School.
This is Omar’s first year on the Board and he is the parent of four current West Side students: Nadia, Sofia, Amir, and Nora.
Senior V.P. / Principal
Vice President of Philanthropy, President of Toledo Zoo Foundation
West Side Montessori is an independent, accredited Montessori school educating children 13 months through 8th grade (preschool, kindergarten, elementary school and middle school). We are one of the leading private schools in Toledo, and the nation.