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. He currently serves as the president of the AMI/USA board.
Tom LePoutre-Postlewaite (Santa Cruz, CA) holds an AMI elementary diploma from Bergamo and has been administering an adolescent program at the Santa Cruz Montessori School for many years. Tom is a past member of the AMI Elementary Alumni Association and is the vice president of the AMI/USA board.
Pat Forte (San Francisco, CA) is a seasoned principal, serving for 20 years in a public school district prior to her current teaching position. Pat is a committed advocate for the urban child. She earned her AMI elementary diploma at The Montessori Institute of Milwaukee and currently serves as the secretary of the AMI/USA board.
Harris Gordon (Boston, MA) is the retired managing consulting partner for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and is vice president for the managing consulting division of KPMG. He is the treasurer of the AMI/USA board.
Janet McDonell (Silver Spring, MD) is the director of primary training at the Washington Montessori Institute at Loyola University Maryland. Ms. McDonell has an M.Ed. in Montessori education from Loyola College and serves on the AMI Training Group Committee. In addition, she holds AMI elementary and special education diplomas and earned her B.A. in comparative literature from the University of Wisconsin.
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.
Virginia McHugh Goodwinis the executive director of AMI/USA, the Primary Operational Affiliate in the U.S. of the Association Montessori Internationale. Virginia received her AMI primary diploma from the Maria Montessori Training Organization in London. She is an AMI consultant and speaks and consults nationally. In addition to her extensive background in administration and Montessori pedagogy, she has received training in Emotional Literacy from Yale University. She is a board member of the Council for American Private Education CAPE.

Currently she is leading an effort to obtain a national voice for Montessori Education.