The Team

The board of directors

The work of AMI/USA is guided and supported by a board of directors that assists the organization to tailor its services and activities in the United States. Board membership is comprised of recognized leaders from business sectors and the Montessori community across the country. The AMI/USA board is a working board providing leadership and guidance for projects of AMI/USA.

Adam Lewis (San Francisco, CA) is a lawyer with special expertise in bankruptcy jurisdiction (including bankruptcy consumer class actions), environmental law, telecommunications, intellectual property, high tech and biotech, preference or fraudulent conveyance actions, and other bankruptcy litigation. He holds his B.A., M.A., and J.D. from the University of California.


Mary Mary Levy, Head of School at Mountain View Montessori School in Reno, Nevada, brings a unique combination of experiences to the Board. Mary has worked in Montessori for the last eighteen years, the past twelve at Mountain View Montessori. Prior to her Montessori experience, Mary worked in banking and business. Mary holds a B.A. in History from Knox College, has completed graduate work in education at the University of Nevada, completed University of Nevada Non-Profit Professional Studies Program, and is certified in Positive Discipline.


Debby Riordan is the founder and Head of School at Southlake Montessori, in Southlake, Texas. Debby received her AMI Elementary diploma from the Montessori Training Center of Minnesota.  She helped to complete the Common Core Curriculum Mapping, published by AMI/USA in 2014, and is co-chair of the Implementation Support Team. Debby also serves as co-chair of the Montessori Alliance of Texas Guiding Coalition, is a member of the Montessori Institute of Texas board, and is an inspector for the AMI Teachers of Texas.


JamieRue Jamie Rue is an elementary auxiliary trainer at Washington Montessori Institute. Jamie received a B.A. in English and religion from Augustana College and an M.Ed. from Loyola University Maryland. She holds an elementary diploma from Washington Montessori Institute and a primary diploma from the Montessori Training Center of New England. Jamie is a lecturer, past vice-chair/treasurer of AMI/EAA.  She is the treasurer of the AMI/USA board.


GretchenHall Gretchen Hall serves as the director of training at the Montessori Training Center of New England (MTCNE). Gretchen holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Michigan State University. She received her AMI primary diploma from Washington Montessori Institute and an M.Ed. from Loyola University Maryland. She is the director of the Montessori Magnet School, a urban public Montessori school in Hartford CT. Gretchen brings 18 years of Montessori experience to her role with the AMI/USA board of directors.  She currently serves as the president of the AMI/USA board.


Roger Ochs (Irving, TX) is the president of HD Vest Financial Services where he manages the day-to-day operations of the company. Named by Accounting Today for seven years as one of the top names to know in the accounting industry, Roger also serves as the vice chair on the Independent Firms Committee of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). Roger is a Montessori parent.



Bonnie Beste is the executive director of AMI/USA.  She holds an AMI primary diploma from the Teacher Training Center in Northern California, and a B.A. in English literature from the University of California, Davis. Bonnie worked as an Associate Director for a research organization in marketing and member relations before beginning her career in Montessori education. She subsequently served as a primary guide and parent education liaison at a private AMI school in Northern Virginia until 2010. Since that time, she helped to establish an integral position with the District of Columbia Public Schools as the Early Childhood Montessori Specialist for their public Montessori program. Bonnie oversaw the AMI recognition of the primary classes, as well as forging professional partnerships, collaborating with government agencies and other education associations.