BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Meghan Newberry, Board Chair

Since elementary school, Meghan has had a passion for education. Although she does not teach second grade, as she once thought she would, her career path has provided her with numerous opportunities to train, coach, and support. 

Currently, Meghan is a Leadership Development Coach at CSC in the Digital Brand Services division where she focuses on global leader development, as well as creating, supporting and implementing strategic initiatives.

Prior to CSC, Meghan was the Director of Communication, Alumni Engagement and Development Support for Leadership Delaware, Inc. (LDI), a program she graduated from in 2015. Her career journey has also included roles in leadership, training, fulfillment, project management, and customer service.

Meghan 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 to serving as Board Chair at First State Montessori Academy, Meghan also sits on the Advisory Board of Make-A-Wish (Delaware), is a member of the CSC Gives Back Taskforce, and CSC’s Strategic Equity Alliance (SEA). 

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, two young sons, and their sweet pup!

Courtney Loughney

Loren Holland

Loren is a Deputy Attorney General for the Delaware Department of Justice where she serves as General Counsel to Delaware’s Department of Labor. She also serves as the Assistant Unit Head for the Departments and Agencies Unit in the Civil Division, and the chair of the Department of Justice’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. In addition to her position at the Department of Justice, Loren teaches Introduction to Law for Paralegals through University of Delaware’s Professional and Continuing Studies program.
Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Loren worked for the City of Wilmington Law Department and spent six years in private practice at two law firms in Wilmington.

Loren graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University School of Law and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Delaware.  She is admitted to practice law in Delaware, New Jersey, and New York.

Although she is a native New Yorker, Loren has made Delaware her home. She currently serves in various leadership roles, including the Executive Board of the Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Section of the Delaware Bar Association, the Litigation Section of the Delaware State Bar Association, the Nominations Committee of the Delaware State Bar Association, and the Delaware Barristers Association. Loren is an active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and serves as a mentor with the Big Brothers and Big Brothers Sisters program.

Natalie N. Marchiani

Natalie N. Marchiani, M.Ed. has been involved in Montessori Education for the past 31 years, the last four spent at First State Montessori Academy (FSMA). Natalie became involved in the world of Montessori when she was in college at West Chester University. Natalie is a native Delawarean as is her husband of 26 years, Henry. Natalie has two daughters: Amelia who lives in New York City and Katie who is an eighth grader.

After her first daughter was born, she knew she had to be a Montessori teacher, and the mother of a Montessori child. Natalie is trained in Elementary I and II, as well as Secondary I. She has completed three different program levels to avoid teaching her own child, which eventually happened. Natalie has found her passion in the middle school age group of 12 to 15 year olds. She started the first Montessori Middle School in the State of Delaware in 2003. When FSMA first opened its doors, Natalie knew she had to be part of “The FSMA Revolution” where the Montessori method has the chance to reach so many more students and families. Natalie has taught at Montessori Training Programs in New York and Delaware, and loves what she does for a living.

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.

Matt Petrin

Matt Petrin was elected to the FSMA Board in Sep 2020. He is a CPA with over 26 years of experience in Financial Services, most recently as Controller and then as Head of Business Planning and Analysis at Mercury Financial.   Matt lives in North Wilmington with his wife and two children who are currently enjoying a Montessori education at FSMA. In addition, Matt has been serving on the Citizens Budget Oversight Committee for the past year. He also serves on the Siegel JCC Board of Directors. 

Matt is originally from Indiana but has been a happy Delaware resident since 1989.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Purdue University.  In his spare time, he enjoys golf, basketball, chess, travel and playing with his children.

Becky Phillips

Becky began her career in Sales and Marketing for a local homebuilder over 12 years ago after graduating from the University of Delaware’s, Alfred Lerner School of Business and Economics. She has since worked in publishing, hospitality and healthcare-related industries, focusing on client relations and management. Joining the Cancer Support Community of Delaware (CSCDE) Board of Directors in 2011, Becky served on the Executive Committee for 3 of her 5 years with the organization.

After starting a family in 2015, Becky furthered her passion in the non-profit sector by resigning from the board to serve as the Development Coordinator at CSCDE. Becky has been with the Nemours Fund for Children’s Health since April 2017, working in Partnership Development and Cause Related Marketing. She enjoys representing the philanthropic arm of Nemours and looks to educate the community about Nemours, while cultivating and stewarding donors of Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.

A Delaware native, Becky resides in the city of Wilmington with her husband, Jarred and daughter, Lauren. When she is not fundraising for a great cause, she can be found teaching barre at Lovering Studio or walking to Rockford Park with her family, including her handsome chocolate lab, Pelle.

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.

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.

Sara Stabb

Sara Stabb, 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.

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