Board of Directors and Committees


The Casa Esperanza Board of Directors (“Board”) regularly meets once a month on the dates denoted on the Casa Family calendar, and is governed by the organization’s bylaws. If you would like to offer your talents or service to help build Casa Esperanza Montessori, please consider volunteering on one of the board committees – see descriptions below.  The Board represents the nonprofit organization, established in 2000 to make a language-studies based, Montessori education available to children in the Triangle area of North Carolina.  This education is provided through a private preschool and a public elementary and middle grades charter school, which serves students ages 3-14 years.  The Board of Directors is responsible for writing the Casa strategic plan to guide the growth and development of the school, including excellence in academic performance, fiscal responsibility, managed growth, community involvement, and clear leadership.

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held at the school, located at:

2600 Sumner Boulevard #130 – Raleigh, NC 27616.

Meeting Dates

The Board Meetings for the 2017-2018 school year will be held on the following dates throughout the year. The annual retreat was held on Thursday, July 13, 2017 for the current school year. All meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. and are held at the school. If a meeting date needs to change, the update will be shown on the calendar; please refer to the calendar to confirm meeting dates.

 August 15, 2017*  November 16, 2017 February 15, 2018  May 17, 2018
 September 14, 2017  December 21, 2017  March 15, 2018  June 21, 2018
 October 19, 2017  January 18, 2018  April 19, 2018

*This meeting will be on a Tuesday evening.

Minutes of the board meeting are posted on the school website after the meeting in which they are approved.

Committee Structure

Committee Name Committee Chair Meeting Days & Time
Finance/Human Resources Alice Ward & Dr. Allen Cannedy Second Thursday at 5:00 p.m.
Board Affairs Awamary Khan & Seth Wood Second Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Communications Monique Taylor & Mike Slipsky Second Thursday at 6:00 p.m.
Development Traci Cortez & Krisy Sims Third Thursday at 5:00 p.m.
Board Meetings Awamary Khan Third Thursday at 6:00 p.m.
Strategic Planning Cindy Appleby & Dr. Norma Quinones TBD
Executive Awamary Khan Second Wednesday at 8:00 a.m.

All board meetings and committee meetings are listed on the school’s shared, family calendar. Any changes to the regular schedule will be made there.

If you are interested in serving on a committee, please contact our Board Affairs Chairperson, or the Chair of the committee you wish to serve!  View Board Information & Contact.

Board Committee Descriptions

Board Affairs Committee
The Board Affairs Committee monitors compliance and governance matters related to the Board, including self-assessment. Committee members also assist the Board in identifying potential Board members, and in reviewing and recommending governance standards or guidelines applicable to the school.

Communications Committee
The Communications Committee supports the school’s efficiency and overall climate by fostering appropriate information within the school community that is relevant to the school’s mission. The Committee reviews methods of internal and external communication, helps to coordinate announcements, and makes recommendations, including the use of technology, to improve communication.

Development Committee
The Development Committee ensures that the school’s overall fundraising and capital strategy is met through philanthropy and fund development. The Committee works with faculty, parents, and the Board to set fundraising and capital development goals, set fundraising policies, and assess progress toward meeting our goals. The Committee also is involved in cultivating major gifts and corporate prospects, providing support for special events, examine development trends, and identify new potential grants for the school’s mission related work.

Executive Committee
The Executive committee primarily consists of the officers of the Board, and the Head of School. This Committee reviews high-level business matters and ensures that the appropriate information is provided and organized to present to the Board.  It often acts as a steering committee to outline the agenda for the upcoming Board meeting.

Finance & Human Resources (HR) Committee
The Finance & HR Committee ensures the financial stability of the school by providing oversight on its budget, financial statements, audits, and investments. Committee members personally and actively support the budget to funding sources, monitor adherence to the budget and keep the board regularly informed of the general financial status of the organization. This Committee also approves the annual budget, approves key financial policies and internal controls and reviews any proposals that require a long-term commitment of the school’s resources.

Strategic Planning Committee
The Strategic Planning Committee develops a 5-year roadmap for the school and Board to follow in order to clarify and prioritize CASA’s goals for the future. The strategic plan describes how goals will be achieved through the use of available resources, guiding members of an organization to envision its future and develop the necessary plans, procedures and operations to achieve that future. As part of this work the Committee will also articulate milestones so progress can be measured and reviewed on a regular basis.