"If education is protection to life, you will realize that it is necessary that education accompany life during its whole course."

- Maria Montessori

"If education is protection to life, you will realize that it is necessary that education accompany life during its whole course."

- Maria Montessori

More About Our Board...

The MSC Board of Trustees is entrusted with the school’s governance and strategic direction. It oversees financial management, policy formulation, long-term planning, and appointment and evaluation of the Head of School. While the Board appoints the Head of School, it typically does not engage in other staffing, operations, or academic decisions. The Head of School assumes the role of day-to-day operational leadership, implementing the Board’s strategic vision and managing the school’s administrative and educational functions. This distinction ensures a collaborative partnership between the board and the Head of School, with the Board setting the overarching direction and the Head of School executing it effectively to advance the school’s mission and goals.

Steve Gibson

Board Member

Steve has been a parent at MSC since 2015.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Darla Moore School of Business at USC.  For the last 23 years he has been a Product Engineering Manager with Rapala-VMC Corporation.

Mary Lucas

Board Member

Mary has been a parent at MSC since 2020 and works as a digital rights lawyer for the Open Technology Fund. She was a triple major in college and graduated cum laude from law school before serving as law clerk to the Chief Justice at the Supreme Court of South Carolina and as the Chief Information Security Officer/Chief Privacy Officer for several government agencies. Mary is a proud graduate of the Clemson Montessori School, where she attended from 3K – 6th grade.

Kim Andrews

Board Member

Kim has been a parent at MSC since 2020 and works as a leadership development coach and learning facilitator. She previously spent 15 years in public education – in teaching, district administration, and nonprofits. She holds Bachelors of Arts degrees in Political Science and Communications from Penn State University’s Schreyer Honors College.

Conetta Griffin

Board Member

Conetta has been a parent at MSC since 2020 and works as a Program Manager of Commercial Incentive Compensation for MSC Industrial.  She received her bachelors in Accounting from Clemson University and Masters in Healthcare IT from the University of South Carolina.  She has over 18 years of Accounting and Auditing experience.

Chanda Booker

Board Member

Chanda has been a parent at MSC since 2020 and works as the Associate Director of Special Admissions and Testing for Midlands Technical College. She received her Bachelor’s in English from Benedict College and dual Master’s degrees in Human Resources Management and Human Resources Development from Webster University. She has 15 years of service in the field of Higher Education.

Bryan Boroughs

Board Member

Bryan has been a parent at MSC since 2017, and he works as the COO and General Counsel for the Institute for Child Success (ICS). He holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Furman University and a Juris Doctor and Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University.

Charles Dibble

Board Member

Charles first became a Montessori parent in 2000. Today his son and daughter are now out of college, in their 20s, and making their way in the world. Charles, meanwhile, continues his relationship with MSC, frequently adding a bit of “institutional memory” to discussions. He is a lawyer and Of Counsel to the Belser Law Firm. After finishing Davidson College, he lived in France for three years, working at the Paris edition of the New York Herald Tribune and later at Agence France-Presse, the French news agency. He then lived for four years in Tehran, working as an editor of an English-language daily. Returning to South Carolina, he enrolled in law school at U.S.C. and received a law degree three years later. He and his wife Susie, a former Richland One Board member, live near Five Points.

Ginny Warren

Board Member

Ginny is the primary licensed psycho-educational specialist and owner of Blooming Minds, LLC. She has nearly 25 years of experience working with students in various capacities from preschool through college age and has served students in independent schools, public schools, and colleges. Ginny received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Francis Marion University and her Master of Arts in School Psychology and Specialist in Education from The Citadel.

L. Kobie Wilkerson

Board Member

L. Kobie Wilkerson a.k.a L. Kobie Da Wiz is an award-winning author, poet, speaker, presenter, storyteller, edutainer, master teacher, and powerful transformer of schools and organizations. He ingeniously converts resistance to change into receptiveness for growth. He is a leading authority on helping schools and organizations cultivate relationships that support a healthy culture and climate. Kobie works with schools and organizations where it is his goal to see them systematically operate at their best, so they can effectively impact those they serve. Passionate about continuous growth, he decided to pursue education to shape and mold the values of children by inspiring them to love knowledge and to be life long learners. Mr. Wilkerson has a B.A. in Education and a B.S. in Sociology from Kentucky State University. He obtained his Masters in Education Administration from Kansas State University. Kobie is a graduate of the Les Brown speaker training program and was also selected as a South Carolina Educational Policy Fellow, a program of the Institute for Educational Leadership out of Washington, D.C.
Kobie has taught in Topeka, Kansas and Cincinnati, Ohio (where he was born and raised). During his time in Cincinnati he founded Camp Gye Nyame, a summer camp that focuses on reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. He has presented in South Africa, and most recently participated in a Kenyan delegation put together by Utengo, whose goal is strengthening impoverished Christian churches and schools so that they become places of healing and restoration for Kenyan youth. Currently, Kobie serves as chief consultant of the Love II Learn Educational Group and Love II Learn Music where they work to empower teachers to engage students to transform our world through literacy and music. He is also President of Love II Learn Books and CEO/President of the newly founded Love II Learn Foundation. Kobie has a passion for relationships and personal development, and a sincere desire to see all who he comes in contact with become their very best.

The MSC Board meetings take place monthly on Tuesdays at 6:30pm in MSC’s Building B. Please see the dates of the December to June 2023-2024 Board meetings below. The previous meeting’s minutes are approved at the start of each new Board meeting, and as they are approved, they will be linked to the meeting’s date here.

Tuesday, 5 December 2023

Tuesday,  30 January 2024

Tuesday, 27 February 2024

Tuesday, 26 March 2024

Monday, 29 April 2024

Tuesday, 28 May 2024

Tuesday, 25 June 2024

 

To contact the Board, email board@montessoricolumbia.com, or see individual Board members’ contact information below. 

Bryan Boroughs

bryanboroughs@gmail.com

 

Kim Andrews

klevengoodandrews@gmail.com

 

Mary Lucas

maryealucas@gmail.com

 

Conetta Griffin

conettarogers@gmail.com

 

 

Steve Gibson

steve@segibson.info

 

Chanda Booker

chandajbooker@yahoo.com

 

Charles Dibble

dibblelaw@msn.com

 

Ginny Warren

ginny@bloomingmindssc.com

 

L. Kobie Wilkerson

lkobiedawiz@gmail.com