Board of Directors

Mike Bress

Mike Bress
Mike has been a Board member since 2009 and serves as the current Treasurer. Born and raised in Washington DC, he attended a Montessori school through kindergarten. He holds a bachelor's in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA, specializing in finance and strategy, from Georgetown University. A specialist in corporate finance, Mike moved to Madison from Washington (where his two children also attended Montessori) to be a group CFO and to head up the corporate finance function at CUNA Mutual Group. Since 2010, Mike has run his own financial strategy and analytics business, also providing part-time/interim CFO services to clients across multiple industries.

Brandon Baldock

Brandon Baldock
Brandon joined the MCMS Board in 2012. He and his wife, Jen, are the parents of three MCMS students, Maggie, Ella, and Owen. Brandon studied at Luther College and Arizona State University and holds a master’s degree in mathematics. He is currently a product manager at Epic, a healthcare software company, where he has worked since 1998.

Wade Fransson
Joining the Board in 2013, Wade manages technology vendor contracts and relationships for Kohl's. He holds a master's in business administration from Keller Graduate School of Management, and has focused on the integration of technology into business strategy and operations. Past experience includes vendor management for CUNA Mutual Group and strategic planning for Countrywide's Administration and Real Estate (CARE) division. Wade has lived in several different countries and is fluent in German, French and Swedish. Prior to his corporate career, Wade worked in the non-profit sector and taught fourth and fifth grade for two years at a private school. Wade is also a published author, and the father of two children who attend MCMS. 

Erin Freiberg

Erin Freiberg
Board Member since 2011 and current President, Erin is the mother of three children at MCMS (Grace and Ben in Lower Elementary, and Isaac in Children's House). She has a bachelor's in history from Messiah College in Pennsylvania, and a JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Erin has a private law practice focusing on estate planning and general business law. Erin also serves on the leadership team of the mother's ministry and human resources committee of her local church. She and her family have lived in the Madison area for 10 years.

Justin Harkins

Justin Harkins
Board member since 2012, Justin has two sons who attend MCMS - one in Lower Elementary and another in the Children’s House. He holds a bachelor's in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is currently a director for a group of companies in energy conservation and renewable energy industry. Justin and his wife also operate a business that imports Montessori and other educational materials into Japan, where they have helped to open new Montessori Children's Houses.

Dagny Knight
Board member since 2013 and current Board Secretary, Dagny and her husband, Michael, have two children at MCMS (Jack and Ellery, both in Upper Elementary). Dagny attended a Montessori school through the primary program in the Chicago suburbs where she grew up. She has lived in the Madison area since 1987, where she earned a both a bachelor's and a master's in nursing from the University of Wisconsin. Currently, Dagny divides her time between managing a busy family and learning to be an aquaponics farmer.

 

Teri Meyer
Teri joined the Board as an alumni parent in 2013. She and her husband, Luis Pinero, have one son, Emilio, who attended MCMS and graduated from the adolescent program in 2011. Teri has a bachelor's from Marquette University and a master's degree in nursing from UW-Madison. She has 35 years of experience working with children and their families. She is currently a clinical nurse specialist and case manager at the American Family Children's Hospital in Madison. She is also a member of the Building and Grounds committee at MCMS.

 

Judith Olingy

Judith Olingy
Judy has been a board member since 1993 and currently serves as the Board Vice President. Her son started in the school's Toddler Program in 1993 and graduated from the Adolescent Program in 2005. Judy graduated with a bachelor's from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvani and holds a JD from Antioch School of Law in Washington, DC. She held the position of Clinical Law Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School from 1988 until her retirement in April 2011. Other previous positions include: Trial Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice; Staff Attorney, Division of Enforcement, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; and private practice specializing in complex federal litigation.

Nancy Viscovich
Joining the Board in 2013, Nancy and her husband, James, have two children who are MCMS students, James and Marissa. Nancy studied at the City University of New York, completing a Ph.D. program in clinical psychology, with a specialty in neuropsychology. She completed her residency through the Harvard-Longwood residency program and is currently a pediatric neuropsychologist at the Dean clinic - Fish Hatchery, where she has worked since 2005.

 

Michelle Wallach
Michelle has been a board Member since 2013 and is the current chair of the Development Committee. Michelle and her husband, Daniel, have two children at MCMS (Sam in Lower Elementary, and Noah in Upper Elementary). Michelle holds a bachelor's degree in voice, a certificate in Jewish studies from UW-Madison, and an associate's degree in medical assisting from Herzing University. A former preschool teacher, Michelle is currently a pediatric CMA with the UW Medical Foundation.

 

Dorothy Zografi

Dorothy Zografi
Dorothy graduated with a bachelor's in education from State University of New York at Oswego in 1957 and went on to teach fourth grade in the Michigan public schools from 1957-1960. After several years at home raising four children, Dorothy returned to school, attending Midwest Montessori Institute and received her AMI primary certification. At MCMS, she was a children's house guide from 1978-1989, Head of School from 1984-2006 and on the Board as Head of School Emeritus since 2007. Dorothy's daughter, Anna is also an AMI trained guide who has been a teacher at MCMS since 1993. Dorothy also has two grandchildren, ages 9 and 13, who attend MCMS, and one grandson, age 17, who attended MCMS for 11 years and is now a junior in high school.

 

Photos courtesy of Amy Jester Photography