Our Board of Directors


Lynn Valinetz, President


Lynn Valinetz spent her 36-year teaching career as a public Montessori teacher at IPS Rousseau McClellan School #91 and has now been retired for four years.  Lynn completed her undergraduate and graduate work at Indiana University, but she considers her Montessori Certification work at Xavier University as the highlight of her education.  She now spends her time tutoring children through the Orton-Gillingham method and supporting teachers who are going through Montessori certification training.



Jeff Berebitsky


Jeff's son was a member of Village Montessori's inaugural class in 2010. Jeff's son spent three wonderful years at Village before matriculating on to kindergarten. Jeff has been a part of the Indianapolis community since 2010. Jeff serves as an Insurance Archaeologist for his company, Restorical Research, LLC. To learn more about Jeff and his family, feel free to pick up the book written by his late wife, Jenni Berebitsky, called "ALS Saved My Life" or rent her award winning short documentary, "Grateful:  The Jenni Berebitsky Story." Jeff is currently working on his next movie centered around building community, caregiving, physical well being and loss.



Abby Frantz, Secretary


Ms. Frantz graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History (Magna Cum Laude and with Honors), and a minor in French from the University of New Hampshire in 2000.  She completed her Master of Arts in European History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003. Ms. Frantz and her husband, Ted, moved to Indianapolis in 2003 and have raised their two boys in Broad Ripple.  Her oldest son, Colin, was a member of Village Montessori's inaugural class in 2010 and her son Alex followed his education at Village Montessori to Rousseau McClellan Montessori School #91.  Ms. Frantz is employed by Village Capital Corporation as a developer of affordable housing.  She has worked at Pedcor since 2004 and also serves as Vice President, Assistant Secretary, and Senior Compliance Officer of Pedcor's two bank holding company structures.  In that role, Ms. Frantz is responsible for board meetings, board minutes and consents, and banking regulatory compliance for the holding companies. She is an active member of the School #91 MPTA and has served on the school's silent auction committee and as Treasurer.  She is excited to serve on Village Montessori's Board of Directors as the Secretary to help ensure Village stays true to the Montessori method and the spirit in which it was created in 2010



Julia Tipton Hogan


Julia has two sons who attended IPS School 91, one of the Montessori magnet schools within the IPS system.  During those years, she fell in love with the Montessori method and was active in volunteer positions at the school.
Julia graduated from Hanover College and has a Master of Public Affairs degree from IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She worked for the State of Indiana in the Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning as a policy analyst for seven years.  Subsequently, she held various positions at the Indiana Perinatal Network, a non-profit organization working to improve  mother/baby health in Indiana.  She worked with IPN for 18 years.


David Alan Brown


David Alan Brown has been part of the Montessori community since his children began pre-K (many years ago). A graduate of New York University, David returned to Indiana to work in youth leadership development and non-profit management. David delivers training, facilitation, organizational development consulting and keynote presentations to organizations across the country. He has presented at several national conferences, including the International Association of Facilitators, the National Association of Teen Institutes and the Association for Humanistic Psychology and teaches leadership and facilitation to corporate executives as an affiliate of Interaction Associates. Recently he has developed and implemented programs to help progressive congregations welcome LGBTQ people into their space. Previously, David sponsored several of his own events, inviting the public to invest in developing a stronger self awareness of their personal potential. He is also the author of three books and several stage plays.


Lauren Gillott


Lauren Gillott is a graduate of Butler University and is the Administrative Assistant at Scout Advocacy, LLC. Lauren and her husband, Matthew Gillott, live in Indianapolis with their two boys, Daniel (7) and Andrew (6). Her family began their Montessori experience in Mishawaka, Indiana with their oldest, before moving back to Indianapolis in 2020. There they enrolled both boys at Village Montessori. Lauren believes that the Montessori principles and methods increased their sons’ curiosity and love of learning before graduating to Rousseau McClellan #91 and later Center for Inquiry #70. She is an avid supporter of Montessori education and hopes to lend her experience as an alumni parent to the board.  


Luis Alcarez



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