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.
2022-2023 Board of Directors
John Cunningham is the Chief Strategist and co-owner of The RoviSys Company, a process control engineering firm with offices throughout the USA, in Asia and in Europe. 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 homes with family members for children who move into state custody. John is also a co-founder of and the guiding teacher for Insight Meditation of Cleveland, an organization that provides 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. John is married to Laurie Cunningham and is the father of three sons, one of whom is a student in middle school at Hershey’s Huntsburg campus.
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Scott is the Chief Lending Officer for The Cornerstone Fund, a faith-based nonprofit lender focused on supporting impactful community-driven initiatives. After graduating from Cornell University, Scott began his career in finance with Blackstone and then co-founded Swander Pace Capital, a private equity firm focused on building branded consumer businesses. Driven by a passion for using the tools of finance for the good of those who need it most. Scott then worked for the Nonprofit Finance Fund and RSF Social Finance, two San Francisco Bay organizations at the forefront of the impact investment sector. Scott also serves on the board of the Fine Arts Association.
Jane and her husband, Fritz Neubauer, Jr., own Sugar Pines Farm, a Christmas tree farm in Chesterland, Ohio. Prior to purchasing Sugar Pines in 2012, she was the founder and president of Maple Alley Market Research, a market research and business planning consulting firm. Before launching Maple Alley in 1999, she held marketing and finance positions with Avery Dennison Corporation and Procter & Gamble. Jane serves on the board of The Western Reserve Land Conservancy; as Chairperson of The Lake-Geauga Fund Advisory Committee of The Cleveland Foundation; as Chairperson of the Distribution Committee for The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation; and as board member of The Real Christmas Tree Board (appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture). Jane earned an M.B.A. in Marketing from the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management (1995) and a B.A. in Economics from Denison University (1991). She is a member of the Leadership Geauga Class of 2001. She and her husband have two children, Fritz III (age 17) and Sam (age 14). Her interests include hiking, camping, kayaking, fishing, making maple syrup, playing guitar and piano, and spending time with her family.
Jeffrey Embleton is an experienced trial lawyer with extensive experience in Labor and Employment, Civil Litigation, and Environmental Law. Jeff has is a former Trustee, serving on the boards for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association – Greater Cleveland Chapter. He has also served as President for West Geauga Recreation Council. Jeff and his wife Patti reside in Geauga County. They are avid gardeners and beekeepers. They love hiking and snowshoeing, and enjoy music and the arts. They often travel to visit their five children and come home to spoil their two dogs.
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. She now has two granddaughters who attend Hershey. Debbie currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation. She served on the Hawken School board for 13 years and the Holden Forests and Gardens board for 28 years. Debbie is the visionary behind Stonebrook Montessori, operated as a public charter school for five years and now merged with Cleveland Municipal School District serving urban children in the city.
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