Board of Directors
ROBERT L. WEINBERG, PRESIDENT (RWeinberg@StonebrookMontessori.org)
Bob Weinberg is a Cleveland area native and received his engineering degree from Cleveland State University. Now retired, he was a founder and VP of Engineering
with a manufacturing company for 27 years. Civic and education volunteering have been a constant interest and priority for Bob. He has been a Village Council member for 20years, and has served on the charter commission, finance and architectural review boards of his community. As an avid follower of renewable energy systems, Bob was a key member of the Green Energy Ohio team who conducted wind energy research over Lake Erie. As a parent, 3 of his sons went through Montessori school from the earliest age through 12 or 14 and are now in various professions. Bob served Hershey Montessori School as a trustee and officer for 9 years, gaining experiences with its business operations and building construction projects. Presently Bob serves on a committee at Lakeland Community College.
REBECCA BERNSTEIN, VICE PRESIDENT (RBernstein@StonebrookMontessori.org)
Rebecca brings many years of experience as a social worker, family therapist and educator to the Stonebrook Board. She holds a M.Sc. in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University and a B.A. in Social Work from Ohio University. Currently, as an Adjunct Instructor at Case Western Reserve University, she teaches Family Systems Interventions and Mental Health Practice with Children and Adolescents. In addition, Rebecca is a Supervisor for OhioGuidestone, providing clinical and administrative supervision for a team of twelve master’s level therapists. At OhioGuidestone, she develops and facilitates agency trainings on topics including early childhood mental health and adoption mental health. Her work as a Family Therapist at Groza Consulting focuses on adoption-focused family therapy, strengthening and preserving adoptive families.
CHERYL L. NOVISKI, CPA, TREASURER (CNoviski@StonebrookMontessori.org)
Cheryl has many years of experience as a CPA, specializing in not-for- profit accounting. She is currently the Controller of Notre Dame College, formerly the Accounting Manager of Laurel School, and CFO of United Way of Lake County. She has had oversight of annual operating budgets over $25M and endowments over $7M.
In Montessori education, Cheryl was a part of the Hershey Montessori School community, as Treasurer of the Board, staff member and parent of four children who were enrolled for a total of 19 consecutive years. She also served 3 years as CPA for North American Montessori Teachers’ Association. She has a BBA in Accounting from Kent State and serves as a Board member of the Rotary Club of Mentor and spiritual care volunteer for Hospice of the Western Reserve.
NATE MCDONALD, SECRETARY (NMcdonald@StonebrookMontessori.org)
Nate McDonald is an attorney at the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights in Cleveland, and the former Head of School of Montessori High School at Universoty Circle. Nate was raised on a farm in Chardon, Ohio and his family has deep roots in Cleveland. He earned his Montessori Elementary Teacher’s Diploma in Bergamo, Italy, and was a member of the founding faculty at the Hershey Montessori School Adolescent Program on the Farm. This experience inspired Nate to go to law school, where he graduated first in his class at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. After law school, Nate worked as an Associate at a large business litigation firm and as a Judicial Law Clerk for Federal Judge Kathleen M. O’Malley. Most recently, Nate worked as an Assistant Public Defender in the Cuyahoga County Public Defender’s Office, representing indigent criminal defendants before Cuyahoga County courts and in the Ohio Supreme Court. While deeply committed to indigent defense as a critical component of social justice, Nate believes education is the most important social issue of our time and views his work against the backdrop of Maria Montessori’s unifying insight: the ultimate goal of education is peace.
JOHN O. ANOLIEFO, MEMBER (JAnoliefo@StonebrookMontessori.org)
John Orakwue Anoliefo is the Executive Director of Famicos Foundation, a non-profit Community Development Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio chartered to service all of Cuyahoga County. Prior to joining Famicos Foundation, John was the Executive Director of Buckeye Area
Development Corporation for 8 years. While at Buckeye, John
facilitated the development and the implementation of neighborhood revitalization plans and projects resulting in the creation of more than 200 units of housing, acquisition and renovation of more than 60,000 sq. feet of commercial space leveraging private public dollars. John has earned a Masters’ Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics. He is also a graduate of the 2004 Achieving Excellence in Community Development at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. John is a recipient of numerous awards most notably Key to the City of Cleveland, Jaycee’s Outstanding Young Men of America, and Kaleidoscope Magazine for “Making a Difference in Cleveland Communities and Community Development.”
ANTOINNE M. MC KINNEY, MEMBER (AMcKinney@StonebrookMontessori.org)
Antoinne M. McKinney, an alum of Cleveland State University, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies from the Maxine Goodman Levine
College of Urban Affairs. He is also a high school graduate of Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the founder of Young A.D.U.L.T.S. Inc., a nonprofit corporation focused on youth development, education, scholarship management, and college preparation. While emerging deeper into his professional career, he enjoys engaging in his community and interacting with young people as they begin to enter new stages of life. He is a young man of multiple skills and interests; some focused within the areas of design in architecture, engineering and web design; mentoring youth; and helping to establish business opportunities. His mission is to inspire youth in the community and to become a leader of change and innovation in the City of Cleveland.
TARA J. ROSE, MEMBER (TRose@StonebrookMontessori.org)
Tara J. Rose is an alum of the University of Akron where she received her Bachelors in International Business. As it was her dream to be an attorney since her youth, Tara went on to earn her J.D. from Florida International University College of Law in Miami, Florida. While in law school and shortly thereafter, Tara gained real world experience in the areas of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Social Security Disability, Personal Injury, and Workers’ Compensation. Tara now practices commercial real estate with the law firm of Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC, where she handles a wide array of real estate and litigation issues. In her spare time, Tara enjoys volunteering regularly with the Special Olympics of Ohio and spending time enjoying all that the great City of Cleveland has to offer.