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.



Kara Faris, Vice President


Kara began her Montessori journey in her mid-twenties when she started reading about the Montessori method of education.  She decided then that if she had children, she'd enroll them in a Montessori school.  Several years later she became mother to Elaine. Elaine was in the first class of Village Montessori students in the fall of 2009.  Elaine completed the three year cycle at Village as a result of that formative experience its staff and fellow families have become some of Elaine's and Kara's lifelong friends. It is now Kara's pleasure to serve as the vice president of the Village board.



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



Rachel Wood Patten, Treasurer


Rachel received her undergraduate education at Auburn University where she studied Communication and Psychology.  She worked in a variety of corporate jobs until she listened to her inner voice, calling her to education.  She had realized her desire to work with children, but felt the traditional education system in the United States was overlooking some important components, like teaching social awareness, community building, and a worldly view.  She was also concerned about the traditional methods of teaching, and her own experiences with seeing how they did not work for many people.  She had a wonderful professor at Butler who listened to her concerns and introduced her to Montessori and IPS #91, where she found her home.  She student taught at Rouseeau McClellan IPS 91 with Lynn Valinetz, and had the honor of teaching 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade there for over a decade while getting a Master’s Degree in Montessori Education, which she treasures. 


Her husband, Justin, is an artist and art teacher.  Together they live in Zionsville, IN with their two boys, Lyle (10) and Troy (8), their cat, Buckman (18), their dog, Wrigley (2), and 5 chickens of various ages.  They enjoy baseball, soccer, and pretty much all sports and traveling and exploring the world. 


Her son, Troy, attended Village Montessori for kindergarten and had the most fantastic experience.  He still talks about his time there.  She feel grateful for the opportunity to serve on the board of this beautiful school.



Cameron McEllhiney


Cameron McEllhiney is the Director of Training and Education for National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE). Ms. McEllhiney has assisted with the growth of the organization over the last 20 years - as it has moved from a fully volunteer organization to one with paid staff - and is responsible for the designing, coordinating, delivering, and evaluating of NACOLE's annual conference; academic symposia; regional training and networking events; and webinars.  She has also worked on developing training specific to the needs of different jurisdictions working on issues related to the implementation of oversight including Newark, Baltimore, and Mexico. In addition to this work, she provides support to the committees and members of NACOLE, works with the Director of Operations to draft the Annual Budget and provides strategic and developmental assistance to the organization as a whole.


Ms. McEllhiney first became involved with NACOLE in 1998 while she was a member of the Indianapolis Citizens' Police Complaint Board. She served with this Board as a Mayoral appointee for six years, including two as President. She also has worked for many years with local civic organizations throughout the Indianapolis area in the role of either Board member or volunteer.  For these organizations she has planned special events, done fundraising and membership drives, and worked on budget, succession, and governance issues.


Both of Cameron’s daughters attended Village Montessori for 3 years and then entered 1st grade at Rousseau McClellan IPS 91.


Cameron received her undergraduate degree in political science from DePauw University and resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband and two daughters.


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.

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