Fundraising Committee Chair
Sarah is originally from Saginaw, Michigan. She made the move to Leelanau County in 1996 to pursue an education in nursing. She attended Northwestern Michigan College School of Nursing. She has worked at Tendercare of Leelanau as a CNA and as an activities team member. She now is a full-time homemaker and extremely active with The March of Dimes organization, representing the Traverse area as The Ambassador Family of 2011.
Sarah resides in Lake Leelanau with her husband Joshua and their three children. They co-own the VI Grill in Suttons Bay, MI.
Finance Committee Co-Chair
Sarah was born and raised in Northern Michigan. She is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a degree in Finance and Marketing. Sarah spent 11 years working in the investment industry in San Diego, CA and Chicago, IL before returning to Suttons Bay with her husband Steve and their son Logan (3) in 2014. They co-own and operate Hop Lot Brewing Company in Suttons Bay with Steve’s brother Drew.
Sarah enjoys the outdoors, listening to music, traveling and spending time with her family.
Governance Committee Chair
Anita Abbott and her husband Bill Chaney and their two children moved to Leelanau County in 2014, and were delighted to find a public Montessori option for their Kindergartener in their new hometown. Over the years while her son was at Leelanau Montessori, Anita served on the Grants Committee and the Facilities Committee, and enjoyed volunteering in the classroom and on field trips.
Anita served as an officer and an attorney in the United States Coast Guard, and is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and Georgetown University Law Center.
Marketing Committee Chair
Tom lives near Leland, Michigan and is the owner of McConnell & Associates, a Traverse City marketing communications firm that was founded in 1981. McConnell & Associates handles clients that manufacture products and provide services for local, regional, national and international marketplaces.
Tom has served as Vice President of the Traverse Advertising Club and also currently serves as Board Vice President of The Old Art Building in Leland. He has a BFA from Art Center College in Los Angeles, California.
Academic Excellence Committee
Kate Korroch (she/they) lives in Suttons Bay with her spouse and child. New to the area, they were most recently located in Santa Cruz, CA. Inspired by the work at LMPSA and her child’s growth there, Kate now serves on the Academic Excellence committee and is especially focused on expanding the anti-bias and anti-racist resources at the school.
Professionally, Kate is writing her doctoral dissertation for a PhD in visual studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has taught at the university level for several years and spent some time teaching elementary school in South Korea. Kate’s previous degrees are from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Indiana University, Bloomington.
Deb Kuhn and her husband Ray moved to Leelanau County in 2008 after raising their family in Bath, OH and Highland Park, IL. They live on their farm near Cedar where they grow wine grapes and raise sheep. Deb recently retired from her duties as a speech-language pathologist, assigned to several schools in the region over the years. Deb worked alongside the Leelanau Montessori staff from 2010 - 2015 to support their students with communication needs. Deb developed a great respect for the Montessori program and witnessed first hand the opportunities for growth and development amongst the students.
Deb has previously served as a board member for Leelanau Children's Center, and the Coming Together Project in Akron, OH before joining the Leelanau Montessori board.