BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Kyara Panula
Though Kyara has traveled to far away continents and back, she remains a devoted, native Wilmingtonian. As a graduate of Tower Hill School and the University of Delaware (Psychology {Neurobiology} and Anthropology), she has worked in various fields with a multifaceted competence. From training and coaching, research and grant writing, editing books and digital submissions, civic involvement with local government, all the way to wellness counseling at Harvest Market Natural Foods, she maintains her commitment to health and social services and the community.Her mother and father, a farmer and musician, respectively, instilled within her the need to live and work sustainably, always striving to energize society with both humor and enthusiasm. She and her husband, Jeremy, believe in the wisdom of traditional living, and are avid permaculturalists, homebrewers, herbalists, and folk artists. Such endeavors brought Kyara to the world of Montessori and Waldorf education, co-founding a Montessori-inspired outdoor homeschool co-op in 2008. In 2009, she founded Delaware’s first chapter of Slow Food USA, a non-profit committed to conviviality and access to good, clean food. Years later, and filled with even more gusto toward uniting people with their path, she kicks off her Master’s degree program in Mental Health Counseling, while supporting her husband’s artisan business and their two boys, Jonah Kai and Sebastian. Kyara is thrilled to develop the aforementioned aspects within the FSMA family, and to continue the legacy of connectivity, stability and positivity in Delaware Education.

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Erin Carroll
Erin, who is a native of Delaware, lives in Wilmington with her husband and children. Her youngest son attends FSMA which has fostered in him a love of learning. Erin earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health and a National Certified Counselor.

Erin’s professional experience includes positions mostly within non-profit organizations and our State system. Additionally, Erin has worked as a mental health therapist. Her passion is working with children and youth focusing on emotional health and well-being.

Erin was a Founding Board Member of FSMA and enjoys her continued service as a Board of Director.

Beth Carter
Beth Carter
Beth Carter is a resident of Centreville, Delaware.  She relocated to Delaware shortly after college.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Child Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Wilmington University.  She is employed in the Special Investigative Unit at State Farm Insurance Company where she has been employed for over twenty years.Beth was introduced Montessori education when her daughter attended Pre K at Ursuline Academy.She is on the Governance Committee and has provided insight with the Insurance Contract, the School Nutrition Program, and the Transportation Contract.Beth is a founding Board member.  She enjoys spending time her husband, their daughter and dog Sophie. The family rescued their dog from Faithful Friends in Wilmington.  Beth is an avid sports fan, (being from the City of Champions).

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Gina Castelli
Gina Castelli has been teaching adults and children for over 15 years and is also a certified Responsive Classroom trainer. She has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Wilmington University.  Gina is currently working as an adjunct professor for the University of Delaware.  She specializes in focusing teachers’ learning on how to balance teaching the social and academic curriculum.  Gina is working to create innovative learning experiences for students in the state with her board experience and believes strongly that every child deserves a joyful and engaging classroom experience.  Gina is highly qualified in creating and executing teacher training in topics such as Common Core State Standards, co-teaching, Responsive Classroom, and classroom instruction in addition to Responsive Classroom.  Gina is a first year teacher mentor and guide.  She is also an educational author.

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Meala Duckworth
As a parent director at FSMA I hope to help make an already strong community stronger. FSMA has a foundation built by very dedicated and passionate people. I’m blown away regularly by what and how our dedicated teachers teach our children every day. I believe if we as parents get more involved, create an even stronger PTO, and encourage other parents, FSMA will become stronger and most certainly create successful, contributing, life-long learners. My passion has been sparked by this school and I sincerely can’t wait to do more to support it. I have been team oriented all of my life. I was a member of Temple Women’s gymnastics team and today, I work on a real estate team. My goal as an agent is to always help navigate my clients through the transaction as smooth and stress free as possible. I focus on problem solving, meeting their individual needs, and guiding them through until the end. This is meaningful for me and something that I carry through my entire life. I enjoy and thrive in a team environment, learning from others, problem solving, and focusing on common goals. As a parent volunteer at FSMA, I have been organizing and directing the lunch room help and schedule since the school opened. Our amazing lunch team, made up of parent volunteers, feeds our kids every day!

Jed Donohue
Jed Donohue
Jed Donahue is vice president at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, a nonprofit educational organization based in Greenville. There he runs the publications program and serves as editor in chief of ISI Books. In addition, he oversees the organization’s messaging to students and donors. Prior to moving to Delaware in 2008, Jed served as senior editor at Crown Publishing, a division of Random House. He became involved with Montessori education when he and his wife began exploring educational options for their son and daughter. His children now attend a local Montessori school. A graduate of Georgetown University, Jed lives in Wilmington with his family.

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Chanda Gilmore
Chanda Gilmore lives in North Wilmington with her husband (an urban education consultant) and their three young daughters.  Her oldest two children have attended a local Montessori school for three years, which has installed a passion for reading and helping others.  By fostering an already imaginative and curious mind, her oldest children have been integrating Montessori teachings into their family life.  It has also stimulated a love of ballet and soccer in them!Chanda Gilmore has worked in the communication departments at various nonprofit groups, hospitals and educational charter schools in Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; and Wilmington, DE for over 10 years and recently served as Department Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Communication at Rosemont College for four years.  Her areas of expertise include social media fundraising and crowdsourcing, public relations as a relationship management function, fundraising and public speaking.Chanda is currently a higher education doctoral candidate at Wilmington University and received her master’s in public relations from Syracuse University and her bachelor’s in communication arts from Hood College.

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Angela Angeny
Angela Angeny is a born-and-bred Wilmingtonian. Growing up as a proud second-generation Brandywine School District attendee, with many and diverse educational opportunities, helped stimulate her passion for learning. After receiving her undergraduate degree in English Literature, with a minor in Psychology from the University of Delaware, Angela went on to a much-loved career in Integrated Brand Communications, eventually serving as an Advertising Agency Partner, shaping Agency Operations and Procedures, specializing in Brand Development for businesses large and small, plus, New Business Acquisition. It was her pleasure to work with clients around the globe and around the corner, for profit and non-profit, business-to-business and consumer accounts.After more than 25 years in the communications business, Angela and her husband Barry embarked on their best project yet~being parents to their daughter. Angela now deploys her talents on her terms, balancing the rational with the emotional, as a Wellness Facilitator for the YMCA of DE and BE WELL Life Coaching, doing branding and strategic planning projects through her company AHA Consulting and serving as FSMA’s PTO President and a Parent Director to the FSMA Board, as well as a parent captain for the Delaware Charter School Network.Angela enjoys running, baking and is still an avid learner: researching, reading and writing whenever possible.

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Elihu Ezekiel “Zeke” Allinson III, Esq.
Zeke holds an undergraduate engineering degree from Lafayette College.  While working on his master’s at UD, Zeke commenced 11 years of service in the executive branch of state government.  In 1987, he began four years with the Budget Office (now OMB) of Governor Michael N. Castle (R) as a Fiscal and Policy Analyst preparing the executive’s K-12 public education budget recommendations.  After completing his Political Science degree, Zeke transferred to the Department of Public Instruction (now DOE) in 1991 where he implemented Medicaid cost recovery for school-based health services, supervising a staff of 13, while attending law school at night.  After graduating cum laude in 1995, Zeke was selected by Governor Thomas R. Carper (D) to participate in the Governor’s Management Fellows Program where he was seconded to a judicial clerkship with President Judge of the Delaware Superior Court, Henry du Pont Ridgely.  Upon his admission to the Delaware Bar in 1996, Zeke commenced practicing law under the auspices of the Department of Justice as DPI Administrative Hearing Officer and Special Counsel to the State Board of Education.

Zeke began his private legal practice in restructuring, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights with Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP in 1999.  He became associated with Bill Sullivan in 2006 and a founding member of Sullivan · Hazeltine · Allinson LLC in 2008, where he maintains a corporate bankruptcy and general commercial litigation practice.

Wife, Susan Kenney, teaches at a Montessori school where their son attends.

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Yvonne Nass
Yvonne is a Delaware Certified Parent Educator and Certified Adlerian Family Counselor who has developed  and taught parent education curriculum to a diverse group of parents and caregivers for forty years. She is  currently a self-employed parent education consultant teaching classes, facilitating workshops and counseling  families individually. Prior to building her own business, Ms. Nass worked in the non-profit sector for twenty-five years.Ms. Nass brings a unique set of skills and perspective on education to the FSMA Board. As part of  her career portfolio, she has developed and facilitated training workshops in classroom management for  teachers including Montessori educators. Ms. Nass is the mother of three, stepmother of five, grandmother to  twelve and now has guardianship of a great grandson who attends the Wilmington Montessori School.

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DaWayne Sims
DaWayne, a native New Yorker, moved to Delaware in 2002. He lives in Wilmington with his two daughters; of which his youngest daughter attends FSMA. As one of the families enrolled since the school’s opening, DaWayne has watched his daughter mature into a lover of learning, with a focus on global minded citizenry, under the direction of the staff and administrators at FSMA.

DaWayne is a graduate of Temple University, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. His professional experience spans an 18 year career across a number of corporate and entrepreneurial endeavors. For the past 12 years, DaWayne has built a career in Corporate and Private banking at Citigroup; with a managerial focus in Global Loan Syndications and Treasury and Trade Solutions for Large-Cap Corporations.

DaWayne is a founding member of the FSMA Citizen Budget Oversight Committee, serving as the Committee Secretary since inception. He also serves on the Board’s Governance, Finance and Development Committees. He is an avid sports fan, and former youth volunteer basketball coach. As an active member of the Downtown Wilmington Civic Association, he enjoys cooking, traveling, the arts and all matters of civic engagement, education and equality. Above all else DaWayne enjoys spending quality time, and creating life-long memories, with his two daughters, immediate family and friends.


Ryan Connell
Ryan Connell works as a Deputy Attorney General in the Civil Division at the Delaware Department of Justice. In that role he has handled a wide range of work including litigation, employment law, bankruptcy, and procurement. Ryan has an interest in education and has been active in the Delaware Law Related Education Center’s high school mock trial program as a coach. He has also taught and coached swimming for almost 20 years. Ryan developed an interest in Montessori learning when his son attended a local Montessori school and developed an interest in educational choice when exploring educational options for his oldest son. A graduate of Colby College and the University of Alabama School of Law, he lives in Wilmington with his wife and two sons.

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