Board of Trustees

2019-2020 Board of Trustees
 
Officers​

 

Valerie Diden Moore, President

 

Dominique Arrieta, Vice President​

 

Jean Soderkvist, Secretary

 

Lisa Berg, Treasurer​

 

Members

 

   Dominique Arrieta

   Lisa Berg

   Chris Cobb

   Valerie Diden Moore

   Ben Flynn-Goodlett

   Rosemarie Henkel-Rieger

   Irma Paz-Bernstein

   Nate Zeitlin

   Sherry L. Knott, Ex-Officio

 

To contact the Board, please address communication to:

     Board of Trustees

     c/o  Abintra Montessori School

     914 Davidson Drive

     Nashville, TN  37205

     board@abintra.org

The mission of Abintra Montessori School is to assist in the development of the individual child and adolescent by providing a quality education based on Montessori principles and philosophy. In our vision, Abintra develops confident, self-motivated learners who creatively meet the challenges of life.

 

Abintra is a 501 (c)(3), nonprofit organization that is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees. Abintra's current Board of Trustees is comprised of parents of Abintra students, parents of former students, and members from the community at large. Board members are selected based on their life experience and expertise, their commitment to help Abintra succeed, and the personalities, skills, and perspectives needed to round out the Board as a whole.



The Board of Trustees exists to support and assist Abintra Montessori School in fulfilling its vision. The Board serves as a governing body to oversee long-range planning, to create policy for the school, to approve the annual budget, and to hire and evaluate the Executive Director.

Valerie Diden Moore, President

Valerie Diden Moore is an attorney at Butler Snow LLP and is a member of the firm's commercial litigation practice group. She focuses on business litigation, government investigations, and securities litigation and is admitted in state and federal courts in Tennessee and New York. Prior to joining Butler Snow in 2013, she practiced at Dechert LLP in New York City and was a judicial law clerk for United States Magistrate Judge Joe B. Brown in Nashville. Valerie co-chairs the Nashville Bar Association's Federal Courts Committee and is a Fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2001, with a degree in environmental policy and German, and she received her J.D. from Vermont Law School in 2004. Valerie and her husband, Dustin, have been Abintra parents since 2013, and their daughter is currently in Upper Elementary. Valerie is in her second year of her second term on the Board. 

 

Dominique Arrieta, Vice President

Dominique Arrieta, AIA, is CEO of GHP Environmental + Architecture. With more than 18 years of industry experience, Dominique is a born builder and passionate about cultivating strategic, sustainable development. She has extensive expertise in master planning, design, programming and construction oversight of educational, and other forms of architecture. She earned her Master of Architecture from Savannah College of Art and Design and has been a committed supporter of local arts and culture.  Additionally, Dominique has been involved in ACE Mentor Nashville, establishing the ACE Mentor program at Antioch High School and she partnered with Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of Education and the Nashville Public Library to develop a program where students learned to create their own spaces and ultimately design a Learning Lab together. Dominique is in her second year of her first term on the Board.

 

Jean Soderkvist, Secretary

Jean Soderkvist is a software engineering manager working at Campaign Monitor on the Emma email marketing platform. Previously, she worked as a software engineer in Chicago for over 15 years in industries including investment banking and online travel. Jean graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.S. in Computer Science. She and her husband, Lars, have been Abintra parents since 2014. Jean is in her second year of her first term on the Board.

 

Lisa Berg, Treasurer

Lisa Berg is a Senior Manager in the healthcare group at LBMC, PC, a top-50 accounting and business consulting firm based in Nashville. Lisa is responsible for managing and conducting audits in the healthcare and non-for-profit segments, researching and implementing new accounting pronouncements and is well-versed in the complex financial accounting and reporting requirements for mid-size and large private companies and healthcare companies for over 11 years. She earned her bachelor degree from Trevecca Nazarene University and is a Certified Public Accountant in Tennessee. Lisa is in her first year of her first term on the Board.

Chris Cobb

Chris has been fiercely dedicated to cultivating grassroots music ecosystems since moving to Nashville in the late 90’s. His professional achievements include his company JR Facility Management, which owns and operates various Nashville locations including Exit/In, Hurry Back, and Marathon Music Works; The Signal in Chattanooga; and The Truman in Kansas City, Missouri. Additionally, Chris has been integral to Live On The Green since its inception in 2009, has booked Nashville Earth Day Festival since 2008, re-launched Elliston Place Street Fest in 2016 as part of Exit/In’s 45th anniversary, and books and produces various other regional events each year. Chris’ passion for music is only shadowed by his passion for family. Chris most loves being outdoors with his wife Telisha, son Bob, parents Joy and Cal who recently moved to Nashville, and fur-baby Nikki. This is Chris' second year of his first term on the board.

Ben Flynn Goodlett

Ben is a technology and business Recruiter at IQTalent Partners, a talent acquisition and executive search firm based in Nashville. He consults with companies across the country and in a variety of industries to streamline their hiring process and implement creative methods to attract top talent. Ben previously worked in politics after graduating from Bard College with a B.A. in American Studies. He is an Abintra alumnus and Montessori student for over ten years. He and his wife Kirsty live in East Nashville where they love to spend time outside with their dog Charlie. Ben is in his first year of his first term on the Board.

Rosemarie Henkel-Rieger

Rosemarie Henkel-Rieger is a Montessori teacher and parent. She recently relocated to Nashville after spending many years with her husband and twin daughters in Dallas, TX, where she taught lower elementary for several years before homeschooling her daughters while traveling to Europe, South Africa, and South America as a family. Rosemarie is a graduate of the University of Tuebingen, Germany with an M.S. in Plant Physiology and a graduate of Loyola College with an M.Ed. in Montessori Education. After careers in biotech and teaching, she has been working with community, faith, and labor groups as a community organizer addressing issues of worker justice. She has lectured on these topics nationally and internationally and co-authored a book. Rosemarie is in her first year of her second term on the Board. 

Irma Paz-Bernstein

Irma Paz-Bernstein is co-owner of Las Paletas Gourmet Popsicles in Nashville. Ms. Paz-Bernstein is Chair of Electric Power Board of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County and was previously Vice Chair and Director. Ms. Paz-Bernstein was a television producer for nine years before relocating to Nashville. She graduated with a communications science degree from Univa in Guadalajara before attending the University of California, Los Angeles to finish her education. This is Irma's first year of her second term on the board. 

Nate Zeitlin

Nate Zeitlin is an Abintra graduate and hails from Nashville, Tennessee where he spends a lot of time thinking about design. After graduating from Bard College, Nate served as an AmeriCorps VISTA where he developed after-school and summer science programs for under-resourced middle school students in the Hudson Valley. Inspired by the sustainable farm community he saw there, Nate moved back to Nashville to develop his family farm. Since then, he has co-founded organizations focused on collaborative and regenerative design: Tennessee Grown, LLC — advocating for regenerative agriculture and farmer-owned goods with a focus on industrial hemp, and MZA | Studio — a collaborative and mission‐focused design firm that engages community development projects centered on equitable and resilient solutions to rapid urbanization, socioeconomic disparities, and climate change. This is Nate's second year of his first term on the board. 

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