Golden Oak Montessori Of Hayward

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Board of Directors

The Golden Oak Montessori School Board of Directors is comprised of parents, Montessori experts, and community members who have the desired mix of experience and expertise to ensure that the Board of Directors has the necessary skills to ensure the school’s success.  Board members are selected based on their expertise and skills, their commitment to Montessori education, and their desire to represent the school’s student population and uphold the school’s mission.   



Kristin Rodriguez, serving as Board Chairman through July 2020

(Current term December 2016 – November 2019)

A seasoned executive with expertise in knowledge management, communications and process improvement, Kristin brings professional experience in leading organizations governed by stakeholder-derived boards.  In addition, Kristin has experience in grant writing, strategic planning, and product development.  With two children who have blossomed in the Montessori classroom, Kristin is passionate about Golden Oak Montessori School’s mission and vision.


 Jorge Espinosa, serving as Board Vice Chairman through August 2020

(Current Term: Nov 2018 - October 2021)

Very active in the Hayward business community, Jorge is involved in several cultural and civic organizations and has served on boards for other non-profit agencies including Ruby’s Place, a non-profit agency located in Hayward that provides shelter and support services for women and children. Jorge’s business skills are an asset for the GO Board and he currently serves on GO’s Finance Committee and Audit Committee. In Mexico, Jorge was quite involved with a Montessori school owned by his aunt. Three of his children attended Montessori schools.


Mynor Morales, serving as Board Treasurer through July 2020

(Current term March 2018 – February 2021)

Mynor is a seasoned accountant specializing in restaurant finances with over 20 years experience in budget management and cost control. He has been the CFO for several successful restaurants in the SF and Bay Area. He is currently a partner in his own accounting company and one of the owners of Nomica Japanese restaurant located in San Francisco.  He has served at his local restaurant associations and trade organizations. He was born in Guatemala, speaks fluent Spanish, and grew up in San Francisco.  He has been a Montessori parent since 2013.


Amy Compani, serving as Board Secretary through July 2020

(Current term May 2018 – April 2021)

Amy has ten years of professional experience as an Investigator in the Public Safety sector. She has developed a diverse skill set including attention to detail and organization that she brings to the Board. She understands the importance of high quality education programs, as she is a first generation college graduate. She is involved in supporting facility improvements at Golden Oak and is accessible to staff, students, and parents through her on-site volunteer work in the classroom and library. Amy has been a resident of Hayward for over ten years, and her husband owns a small business in the City. Her two daughters attend Montessori programs.


Meher Van Groenou, serving as Montessori Chair through June 2019

(Current term July 2016 – June 2019)

Founder and Director of Montessori School at Five Canyons Preschool and Kindergarten, and Director of the Montessori Institute Teacher Education Program, Meher additionally serves as Vice President of the Montessori California Council and is on the Advisory Committee for California’s Early Learning Challenge. Meher has deep beliefs in Montessori education and philosophy, and is actively involved in national and international Montessori associations. Meher is from India, speaks several languages, and has two children who attended Montessori.


Jackie Moses

(Current term July 2016 – June 2019)

Jackie grew up in Hayward and attended the local public schools.  She is an involved parent and community member and is committed to making the Montessori method available to families of all backgrounds.  In addition to coming up with the idea of starting a charter school with Meher and Aneema Van Groenou, Jackie led the Outreach Committee during the school’s startup years.  Jackie was instrumental in getting the current Golden Oak site as a member of the Board's Facilities Committee, serves on the Finance Committee, and remains a great resource in the Hayward and parent community.  Her sons, Hayden and Carson, attended Montessori from preschool through 8th grade.


Roman Stearns

(Current term August 2018 – July 2021)

Roman offers 30+ years of diverse work experience as a professional educator, starting as a classroom teacher and advancing to serve in the capacity of leadership coach, trainer, and consultant. He has served in the settings of public school district, county office of education, university system administration and educational non-profit, mainly in California but also nationally and overseas. Roman has substantial experience on non-profit boards, as well as dozens of advisory committees and councils. He is committed to equity, access, and choice. Roman's wife, Annette, is a talented artist and designer from Uganda, and his sons, Eli and Issac, attend Golden Oak.


Luz Casquejo Johnston

(Current term May 2019 - April 2022)


Nikitha Madison

(Current Term May 2019 - April 2022)


Joe Schenone

(Current Term May 2019 - April 2022)

Joe is a finance professional, currently serving as Corporate Treasurer and Division CFO for a public FinTech company based in San Francisco. With his professional background, he brings extensive experience in strategic planning, risk management, and corporate governance. Joe grew up in Hayward, attended local public schools, and became the first member of his family to graduate from a university when he earned his degree from UC Santa Cruz. He has been a Montessori parent since 2015.



Looking for ways to get involved?

The Task Force for Board Recruitment is always accepting applications from qualified individuals with time and expertise, who want to support the Golden Oak Board Montessori School of Hayward through board service.  More on Board Service.