Meet our Board of Directors

Brett Casey

President

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Brett Casey has over 15 years’ experience in the Information Technology industry. He has been a successful leader in both digital media start-up’s as well as corporate IT for Fortune 500 companies. Brett holds a Bachelors of Business Administration degree in Computer Information Systems from Florida Atlantic University. Brett has led the successful development of innovative digital products, as well as large business transformational projects & programs. Brett is currently the Director of the IT Program Management Office at Wyndham Vacation Ownership where he supports strategic technology programs.

Brett is a native of Atlantic Beach, Florida and has been a resident of Central Florida since 2009. He is an avid runner, enjoys competing in marathons and triathlons and spending as much time at the beach as possible. Brett and his amazing wife Samantha are the proud parents of 3 children, 2 attending Innovation Montessori, and spend their time on life’s adventures with them. They believe strongly in the Montessori method to instill a life-long passion for learning, individuality, creativity and a caring for others and their environment.

Stacey Williams

Vice President

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Stacey has been in education for over 15 years, teaching at all levels from elementary through high school. She holds a Masters in Educational Leadership and currently is a Principal with Florida Virtual School. There, she supports students and teachers with strengths in management, leadership, and technology. She works with leadership to streamline procedures and improve efficiency for all students. Stacey has served on several boards in different educational settings and has a background in fundraising as well. She taught geometry and coached cross country, track, and soccer for Olympia High School. She continues to value a healthy lifestyle and has completed multiple marathons and triathlons.
Currently, she and her husband Ryan coach for the Winter Garden Soccer league and support local organizations. Stacey and Ryan have two children, Lincoln and Kennedy who love to swim, play soccer, and play outside. Stacey has spent time at IMO gardening, supporting classroom activities, and reading with students. She knows it takes a partnership between the school and families to help students succeed. Parents have an opportunity to support the school and their child’s education by engaging in the school community and activities. Stacey’s skills will help provide an additional service to continue the great work of this school and ensure the continued progress of Montessori Education for students in our community.
Kristin Chase

Secretary

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Kristin Chase is the Senior Director of the Organizational Development department for Universal Orlando. She has contributed to Universal since 2003 through consulting and leading employee feedback surveys, performance and talent management, leadership development, mentoring, selection assessment tool and competency model development, employee research, facilitation, and team effectiveness. She is a 2003 graduate of the UCF Masters’ program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Kristin has been active in developing herself professionally as a member of the Advisory Board for the Greater Orlando Organization Development (GOOD) Network (www.goodnetwork.us) since 2013, and has been involved with the group as a founding member and in several leadership team roles since 2003.

Kristin served her community through her volunteer work as 2016-18 BOD Communications Chair and 2014/15 PTO President. As PTO President, Kristin fostered communication and collaboration throughout the school community by leading the creation of a school-wide newsletter and raising $20,000 in Planned Giving to support Specials programs, $4000 in Pizza Fridays, $2000 for classroom supply grants, and $2500 for playground improvements. She also led the execution of numerous community-building events such as Fall and Winter Fest, our first entry into the Winter Garden Christmas Parade, Healthy Family/Healthy Planet Day, Spring Concert/Dance Party, and other smaller events such as Spirit Nights, Worthwhile Wednesdays, and Fun Fridays.

Kristin is loving life in Winter Garden, Florida with her husband Nathan, a freelance web designer and past Communications Chair for the PTO in 13/14 and 14/15, and two children, Cameron and Jillian who attend IMO. The Chase family supports the Montessori way every day as they encourage independence, creativity, and education of the whole child.

Philip Gallina

Treasurer

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Philip has 15 years of experience in corporate accounting working for several large corporations in their shared service groups.  His focus has been navigating the complexities of corporate needs and requirements, while evolving processes to achieve high levels of efficiency and accuracy. These roles have helped him to develop skills in finding solutions to complex situations through understanding the needs and desires of the others involved.

Philip and his wife, Carolyn, have been part of the community since fall 2012 when their oldest started at the school in kindergarten. Their two children are currently enrolled at the school.

Philip believes that contributing locally is how we all make the world a better place, and also that building community has inspired him to be involved in the school. He and his wife have been active volunteers at the school for 5+ years at many levels, including BOD and PTO positions, room parents, and volunteer labor. His favorite parts about volunteering in the school is getting to know many of the wonderful families that make up our school community, and getting to see little bits of our community culture and practices that he and his family had a part in creating through the years.

Community only exists through the choice of individuals to join in and be part. Philip is honored to be part of such a vibrant community, and to have an opportunity to continue the growth of our wonderful school.

Betsy Sorg

Member

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Betsy is a mom and a wife, an assistant small business owner, the former Vice President on the Innovation Montessori Ocoee board of directors, a board member of the Falcon Pointe Homeowner’s Association, a new member of the West Orange Chamber of Commerce, and an avid lover of anything outdoors. She has volunteered at each of her son, Owen’s, previous 3 schools, served as team mom for his Winter Garden Soccer team, team mom in Winter Garden Little League, and supported various other sports and activities. She loves to meet new people and wants to continue to build a strong social network within the Central Florida community. Betsy and her husband own and operate Ridge Masters Roofing, a small roofing company with employees that are like family.

Betsy attended University of Florida and obtained her AA after high school in Panama City, FL. Betsy then obtained a degree in Health Education from Florida State University, so she stresses the vast importance of “alternative/ supplemental” classes throughout a child’s education. Betsy spends time working for the state of Florida Department of Elder Affairs providing health education to the elderly across 14 counties in North Florida. While working, she went to school to become an Emergency Medical Technician, went on to become Nationally Certified and hired by Leon County EMS. Betsy left EMS for a pharmaceutical sales job selling various medications for different disease states. Later, she moved on to rare wine sales where she had interaction with high net worth individuals, which taught her how to ask many types of people to help her achieve her goals. Betsy’s diverse work history has provided her with exposure to people of many different types, and she learned from each.

Betsy firmly supports the growth of Innovation Montessori and is honored to be a part of making the decisions to keep this outstanding organization on the leading edge of education. She will continue to dedicate her time and energy to help develop IMO and to help provide the resources it needs to thrive.

Kevin Stone

Member

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Since 2006, Kevin Stone has been with Stone & Gerken, P.A. acting as outside general counsel to government, school, and public pension clients while also counseling businesses operating in construction, development, and facility management. Kevin earned his B.S. in business in Decision Sciences and Marketing as a National Merit Scholar at Miami University in Oxford, OH, then his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati. After wrapping up his education, he immediately escaped the Midwest to rejoin his extended family in the warmer clime of Central Florida and to start a family of his own.

Kevin’s practice has involved representation of both charter and Montessori schools. After discovering the qualities of each kind of school, IMO stood out against the crowd as a place to provide service, and as an environment to nurture his children through Montessori work and materials. His daughter started her kindergarten year in 2020, and at least some of her three brothers are likely to join her in the IMO journey. Since becoming involved and creating relationships in the IMO community, Kevin is more convinced than ever that the future for growth and development for the school and its students is bright.

Kevin also provides community service to the Florida Bar court rules committees, the board of the Educational Foundation of Lake County, and several private schools. When he’s not running around in the yard with the kids, Kevin likes to run around the neighborhood, read spy novels, or enjoy an expansive variety of music.

IMO/IMHS Board of Directors Seeking 7th Member

The Board of Directors for Innovation Montessori Ocoee and Innovation Montessori High School (tuition-free public charter Montessori schools in Ocoee, Florida) are seeking an addition to our board!  Are you passionate about supporting alternative education for children in Central Florida that is accessible and encourages innovation and cultivates independent thinkers of the next generation?  Do you have some free time on your hands going into 2021?  Then this opportunity might be just what you were looking for to give back and serve during this challenging time.  We would love to have you send a cover letter and resume to our Board Secretary at sec-bod@innovationmontessori.com so that we can speak with you further about how you can best apply your time and talent. 

Note that this is a volunteer position. 

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