Board of DirectorsHershey Montessori School is an independent non-profit school, governed by a Board of Directors. Our Board of Directors is comprised of parents, grandparents, alumni parents, and community members.
2020-2021 Board of Directors
C. Fraser Elliott
Patty Emond’s youngest child is a Hershey alumnus, and her two grandsons are students in Children’s House and Parent-Infant. Patty is the Vice President, Total Rewards, at Parker Hannifin Corporation. In this role, she leads Parker’s Global Total Rewards organization which includes Compensation, Healthcare & Wellness, Human Resource Information Systems, Mobility and Retirement Plans. Parker’s operations extend to 48 countries with 50,000 employees supporting 120 divisions and 300 manufacturing locations. Parker manufactures highly engineered components and systems that facilitate motion and the controlled flow of liquids and gasses for a wide variety of global markets. Prior to joining Parker, Patty’s most recent work experience included the roles of Senior Vice President, Executive Compensation at National City Corporation and Senior Manager at KPMG LLP. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Case Western Reserve University. She is also a Certified Public Accountant (inactive). Patty and her husband, JP, reside in Northeast Ohio.
Debra Hershey Guren
Since 1990, President and CEO of The Hershey Foundation Debbie Guren has supported over 220 organizations to fulfill the mission of The Hershey Foundation to benefit children in NE Ohio. As an avid supporter of Montessori, Debbie has provided leadership for Hershey Montessori School since 1984 and Montessori Development Partnerships since 1990. Debbie has three children who attended Hershey Montessori and pioneered the Young Child Community and the Adolescent Program. Debbie also sits on the Board of Directors for Holden Forests and Gardens and the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation. She served on the Hawken School board for 13 years. Debbie is the visionary behind Stonebrook Montessori, a public charter school for five years and now merged with Cleveland Municipal School District serving urban children in the city.
Candace Goforth DeSantis
Sedlock’s professional career includes positions in both private (energy and health insurance) and public sectors (higher education and health care). He most recently served as Vice President for University Advancement at Shepherd University, and was Senior Development Officer and Manager of Strategic Community Initiatives at University Hospitals of Cleveland.
Sedlock’s expertise includes organizational development, strategic planning, management, revenue generation, nonprofit fundraising, marketing, communications, public and community relations, and public-private partnerships.
John holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and Bachelor of Computer Science degree from Cleveland State University, and a Master of Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University.
John has served on the board of Kinnect (formerly known as Waiting Child Fund) since the organization started in 2006. Kinnect works at the state level to help find family for children who move into state custody.
John is also a co-founder of and the guiding teacher for Insight Meditation of Cleveland, and organization that leads mindfulness meditation sitting groups and retreats throughout northeast Ohio. He studied meditation for more than 20 years and has taken 6 years of Mediation Teacher Training from Matthew Flickstein of The Forest Way. John also studied with several other teachers, including Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, and Amita Schmidt.
As a parent, John was active in several school support groups as well as Boy Scouts of America.