BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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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.

Angela
Angela Angeny
Angela Angeny is a born-and-bred Wilmingtonian. 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 be be based in the City of Wilmington, working with clients around the globe and around the corner, for profit and non-profit, business-to-business and consumer accounts.After more than 20 years in the agency-based marketing and communications business, Angela now deploys her talents on her terms, balancing the rational with the emotional, doing branding and strategic planning projects through her company AHA Consulting while also serving as FSMA’s PTO President, on the FSMA Board of Directors and as a Parent Captain for the Delaware Charter Schools Network. Angela enjoys time with her family: doing anything outdoors,baking and is still an avid learner: researching, reading and writing whenever possible.

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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.

Jed Donohue
Jed Donahue
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 has been a Delaware resident since 2009 and served as Secretary of FSMA’s Board of Directors since 2015. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts from Hood College and a Master’s degree in Public Relations from Syracuse University. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the College of Education at Wilmington University.
Chanda is an assistant professor of communication at a liberal arts college in Pennsylvania. She primarily teaches courses in public relations, speech rhetoric and media studies. She also serves as internship coordinator for the communication program which puts her in contact with various nonprofit and for-profit organizations in the tristate area.
Before entering higher education, Chanda worked in communication departments at various nonprofit organizations and has served as a public relations consultant to educational charter schools in Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; and Wilmington, DE.

Zeke
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.

Aubria Phillips
Dr. Aubria Nance is a tenured Associate Professor/Counselor at the Community College of Philadelphia where she has been employed since 2010. As a counselor at the college, she helps students with academic issues, career exploration, transfer preparation and provides support for personal concerns. She has also been an adjunct psychology instructor at Harcum College. Aubria has been extremely involved in her community through her sorority, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., West Chester University Black Alumni Association, The Franklin Institute and other non-profit organizations in the New Castle County. Dr. Nance received her bachelor and master’s degrees from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Wilmington University. She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor.

Janine Salomone, Esq.
Janine was elected to the Board of Directors of First State Montessori Academy in 2017. Prior to her election as a director, Janine spent 19 years in private practice in Wilmington, DE, most recently as a partner at the law firm of Potter Anderson & Corroon, LLP and as an associate at Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A. prior thereto. Janine’s practice focuses on advising boards of directors and officers of Delaware corporations with respect to (i) their fiduciary duties under Delaware law, (ii) matters of corporate governance and (iii) corporate transactional structures.

Janine received her B.S. summa cum laude from The Pennsylvania State University in 1992, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the University Scholar’s Program, and her J.D. cum laude from The Dickinson School of Law in 1995, where she was a Senior Editor of The Dickinson Law Review and a member of the Woolsack Honor Society. Janine previously served as a member of (i) the Executive Committee of the Delaware State Bar Association and (ii) the Board of Directors of Serviam Media, Inc., a non-profit corporation formed for the purpose of creating educational programming and digital media designed to foster human understanding, multi-cultural appreciation and positive interaction in a variety of community settings. In addition to serving on the FSMA Board, Janine currently serves as President and as a member of the Board of Directors of Profundo Bono, Inc., a nonprofit corporation formed to present live theater productions for the cultural education and entertainment of the community, the proceeds of which are donated to other third party charitable organizations.

Janine also serves as an assistant teacher for the parish religious education program (PREP) at St. Mary of the Assumption in Hockessin and a coach and commissioner for the Piedmont Girls Softball League. She is also the proud mother of a FSMA student.

Michael Reilly
Mike Reilly is the father of three children who all benefited from the strong foundation provided by a Montessori education. By making available Montessori education to more students, particularly in the City of Wilmington, FSMA is an energizing, positive organization on which Mike is excited to serve as a director.
Mike lives in Wilmington and works in Philadelphia, where he is Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of FMC Corporation. At FMC, he serves as the lead lawyer for FMC’s global Agricultural Solutions business. Outside of work, and in addition to FSMA, he is active in Philadelphia VIP, the area’s premier provider of pro bono legal services, for which he served as a director for many years. He has also served as a director of the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group, which is dedicated to increasing fostering diversity and inclusion for minority and women lawyers in Philadelphia. Mike is originally from New York, but has been happily resident in Delaware since 1992. He received his bachelors degree from Columbia University and his law degree from Harvard Law School. In his spare time, he enjoys singing in his church choir, cycling, hiking, and skiing.

Sarah Nagle
Sarah Nagle lives in the Triangle neighborhood in the city of Wilmington with her husband, two small children, and yellow lab. She was born in Montreal, Canada, grew up in Virginia and moved to Delaware in 2000. Sarah is Vice President of Strategy & Planning for Christiana Care Health System and has nearly twenty years of experience in strategic planning and business development. She leads the market research and planning activities that support executive decision-making, advance Christiana Care’s mission and guide resource allocation.
Sarah holds a Master of Health Administration from the Medical College of Virginia campus of Virginia Commonwealth University of Richmond and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia. She is a fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives, a graduate of the Advisory Board’s fellowship program and completed the Leadership Delaware program in 2012.
Sarah is passionate about education and she has just completed a six year term on the board of the Charter School of Wilmington. She enjoys reading, cooking and traveling.

Sara Grant
Sara Grant, a teacher representative on the board is a mom to 3 amazing boys (who got that way in part because of their exposure to Montessori education starting at a very early age). Sara holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, with a concentration in Fiber Art. She began her post-college career as a stitcher and builder of puppets and sports mascot costumes, before discovering her love of teaching. She has worked in Montessori education since 2003 and holds a Montessori credential from Princeton Center for Montessori Education. After working with children under the age of 3 for over a decade, Sara moved to elementary education at FSMA when it opened its doors in 2014. Sara worked in a 2/3 classroom at FSMA while finishing her Masters in Education, then moved to a K/1 classroom. She has served on a reaccreditation committee for the American Montessori Society and has worked as a field consultant for Montessori teachers in training for the Montessori Institute for Teacher Education. Outside of school, Sara enjoys various creative endeavors. Cooking, sewing and other crafts, and attending arts performances such as concerts and her fiancé’s improv comedy shows fill her time. She also enjoys traveling with her boys and fiancé.

Meghan Newberry
Meghan Newberry moved to Delaware from Maryland in 2013. After 12 years of commuting between states, she desired to live in the community where she was dedicated to making a difference. Meghan is a business professional, with a varied skill set which has allowed her to take on various leadership and training roles with companies such as AAA MidAtlantic, Aberdeen Proving Ground, and CSC.
Currently, Meghan is the Director of Communication, Alumni Engagement, and Development Support for Leadership Delaware, Inc. (LDI), a program she graduated from in 2015. She has been fortunate enough to be surrounded by incredible mentors throughout her career and feels passionate about sharing her lessons learned through serving as a mentor to youth and young leaders in the Delaware community.
In addition, she owns, and is the lead photographer for, Meghan Newberry Photography. Photography is a passion which allows her to capture special memories for families and give back to the state in a unique way. She lives in North Wilmington with her husband, young son and two dogs.

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