Governance

Like many other non-profit, private schools, Hilltop Montessori School is run by an administrative structure that includes a Head of School and a Director of Finance/Operations, as well as a complete administrative support team. The administration works in conjunction with the Board of Trustees to support the mission of the school which is to light the flame of learning to achieve a lifetime of success.

The Board of Trustees comprises community leaders that serve in an advisory role and hire the Head of School who is charged with overseeing the daily operations of the campus.

Administration/Office Positions:

Dave DeHarde, MSA
Head of School

Theresa Fox
Director of Business and Operations

Shiela Jones
Front Office Manager

Cindi Stehr
Director of Early Childhood Programming

Dama Nichols, M.A. Ed
Director of Elementary and Middle School Programming

Dorothy Ewing
Admissions Director

Board of Trustees and Advisors include:

Eric J. Fox, CFA
MBA, University of Texas at Austin
Board President
PayRx, Inc.
Executive Vice President

Matt Brennan, CIC
Board Vice President
Development Director at the Magic City Acceptance Center
Development Director at Birmingham AIDS Outreach

Nicole Saia, J.D
Attorney at Law
Specializes in Family, Custody, Criminal and Civil Litigation
Samford University, Juris Doctor

Peggy Dupuy
Retired Director of Finance and Operations at the Altamont School


Cindi Stehr
Founder Emeritus/Advisory Role
AMS certification, Bachelor of Science in Biology

Stewart Waddell, M.D.
Mind Matters, LLC
Adolescent and Pediatric Psychiatrist

Bill Segrest, AIA, LEED AP
Principal, Vice President
Williams-Blackstock Architects

Lyndsay Gunn
Parent Representative
Montessori administration experience