Meet our Board of Directors
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.
Betsy is a mom and a wife, an assistant small business owner, the 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.
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 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.
Carrie began her career in education over 30 years ago with a focus in early childhood education and adult education. Carrie is currently the Director of the Montessori Teacher Training Program at Loch Haven, an MEPI( Montessori Educational Programs International) Affiliated program. She is also an adjunct with the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County, teaching the national Child Development Associate program. Carrie is presently completing work in the Early Childhood Education: Advanced Montessori Studies program at St. Catherine University. She holds an NCME (National Council for Montessori Education) primary Montessori credential and an A.A. in Early Childhood Education. Carrie is active in the international Montessori community and national early childhood education community as a frequent conference presenter. She has presented at the MEPI, IMC, and NAEYC’s annual conferences in addition to numerous local and state events.
Carrie believes that children should be given the freedom to grow and develop in the most natural and supportive environment at their own rate. She knows that the Montessori Method allows children to find joy and a love of learning within their uniquely prepared environment.
As an educational leader, Carrie understands the importance of quality educational programs for children and the impact strong community partnerships play in developing successful educational experiences. She strives to inspire others to learn more about how they can contribute to developing quality Montessori experiences for our children and the community.
Carrie and her family live in Apopka. She and her husband Jack are parents to two adult sons, and their youngest son, Jack attends IMO. They enjoy tackling household projects together and have spent countless hours riding dirtbikes and bicycling throughout Central Florida. She has a passion for photography and outdoor environmental education through her volunteer work with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Carrie is honored to be a part of the IMO family and excited about the opportunity to support the growth and development of IMO’s vision in providing Montessori education to our children, families, and the community.
Some areas of expertise sought for our Board Members include:
- PTO/Community Liaison
- Building/Facilities Development
- Fundraising/ Events
- Community/Govt. Relations