RiverRun Community Montessori is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by a 5-person Board of Trustees. Monthly meetings of the Board of Trustees are held monthly at the school. Meetings are open to the public, though only board members may vote.
Our 2017-2018 Board
Ruth Lindenfelser, President
Jacqueline Foster, Vice President
Bridget McGivern, Treasurer
Martin Bryan-Tell, Secretary
Holly Loth, Member-At-Large
Board Member Bios
For 31 years Jacqui provided psychological services to students at all grade levels Kindergarten through High School in the Schenectady City School District. For the last 12 years of her tenure at the Schenectady City School District, Jacqui chaired the Committee on Special Education for both school age and preschool students. As a parent, Jacqui participated in the establishment of the Open School in 1971, an alternative school within the Schenectady School District.
Jacqui completed her undergraduate study in Psychology and French Literature at Douglass College at Rutgers, New Jersey. Doctoral study in Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, NYC. Her clinical Internship was conducted at the VA Hospital, NJ, and Educational Psychology at State University of New York at Albany.
Ruth has over 15 years of experience as a social worker, both clinically and as a researcher. She has a keen understanding of culturally, ethnically and economically diverse children and families in the home and school setting. Her clinical experience has included work in mental health clinics, public and private schools. As a researcher, Ruth has been involved with behavioral health and social science research at both the federal and state level overseeing many aspects of data collection and data use.
As a parent, Ruth finds the Montessori Method to be a wonderful way to invite children into the greater community of humanity. “I truly believe that this investment in our future is a process; the ups, downs, successes and failures are all part of creating future citizens and I am happy to be on this journey with the RiverRun community.” Ruth and Greg live in Schenectady, NY with their two daughters and their dog.
As a seasoned independent school educator with eighteen years of multi-divisional and cross-department teaching experience, Bridget brings passion and commitment to individualized and child-centered education. She is currently the science team leader at St. Thomas School in Delmar. Previously, she held various teaching and administrative roles at the Susan Odell Taylor School and the Albany Academy for Girls.
She is the founder of the Tech Valley Center of Gravity, a makerspace dedicated to STEM activities in Troy, NY, where she currently serves on the Board of Directors. She was a Fellow in the Nonprofit Leadership Development Group at Union Graduate College in Schenectady.
Bridget earned her Bachelor of Arts in Bachelor of Arts, English Literature and Writing from Empire State College. She is in the executive MBA program at University at Albany.