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 Sr. Director of IT Program Management at Travel + Leisure Co. where he oversees 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 4 children, 3 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.
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.
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.
A.J. worked for Hyatt Hotels for 13 years and was in a senior leadership position at one of the largest convention hotels in Orlando. Using the leadership, organizational, and people skills from his tenure with Hyatt, he has transitioned to financial planning as a Financial Advisor with Virtus Financial Partners. His passion for personal finance, working alongside individuals as a guide, and forging long lasting relationships has worked to his advantage as he has started this journey.
A.J. is originally from Bradenton, FL and has been a resident of Central Florida since 2004 where he attended the University of Central Florida Rosen College to earn a Bachelors in Hospitality Management. He enjoys playing golf, tennis, running, volunteering at his church, and spending time with his family. He is married to his beautiful wife Mariuxi and is a proud father and step father to 3 children. A.J. believes in devoting his time to his family, community, and friends. This is possible with a strong commitment to work/life balance and following through with the priorities he believes in.
His Mom has been an elementary school teacher for 25 years and this instilled in him the value of education. After discovering IMO and the Montessori way, he was hooked on the approach towards a child’s journey through school. He is honored to bring his professional and personal skill set to the Board allowing him to give back to the school and community.