Board of Trustees

The Westmont Montessori School's 

2017-2018 Board of Trustees

Elizabeth Ewing, Board Chair

Moving from Chicago, the Ewings settled in New Jersey in 2001.  They joined our Westmont family soon after that.  Liz holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Vermont, and an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. Liz is currently a partner in the Financial Officer Practice with Heidrick & Struggles International. Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, she had 18 years of corporate finance experience as Treasurer of Nalco Chemical Company and as a Vice President with JP Morgan Chase. All three of Liz's children are Westmont alum.

Dan O'Donnell, Vice-Chair

Dan is long-time resident of Chester Township who's two sons, now in college, are Westmont alumni.  Dan previously served on the Westmont Board from 2000-2004.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Stephen F. Austin University and completed the Tuck Executive Program at Dartmouth College.  Dan works at Honeywell International in Morristown.  He is a strong supporter in Montessori early childhood education and the benefits that Westmont offers to the local community.  He also currently serves as a member of the Chester Township Council.

Alexandra Zawadiwsky, Treasurer

Born in Bloomington, Indiana, Alexandra lived in Brooklyn to age 8, then became a New Jersey resident.  A Rutgers graduate with a Bachelor’s degree, she was in investment banking and technology for 21 years.  Her son's, Nicholas, quality of education, social learning, and individual attention at Westmont "was an incredible experience" and she would like to give back by applying her professional skills to assist any way she can. 

Christine Gefaell, Secretary

In addition to appreciating the benefits of a Montessori education, Christine and her husband, John, were impressed at Westmont's reputation among elementary school teachers and administrators in the community.  Christine joined Westmont's Board of Trustees with an B.A. from Holy Cross, a M.A in History from Brown University, and a J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law.  She has two boys; her oldest son is a graduate of Westmont's Kindergarten program and her youngest son is currently in Westmont's Early Childhood program.

Stephanie Caravela, Member at Large

Joe Galea, Member at Large

Jessica Golumbeski, Member at Large

A local resident, Jes's two sons, Andre and Teddy, graduated from Westmont's Kindergarten program.  She has a DVM degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin and Molecular Biology degree from the University of Colorado.  "What kept us at Westmont was seeing how both of our children continued to love learning and how they were developing a almost innate sense of self and self-confidence.  They had a clear sense of who they are, respect for others, and the environment.  I believe that this confidence is the basis that has helped to propel them successfully through their lower and now middle school careers.  Westmont provided the foundation for this journey and I hope to help new children and families experience a similar, exceptional education."

Lisa Safran, Member at Large

Lisa holds a B.A., double major in Communications and English from Queens College City University of New York.  She is a professional writer with over 26 years of experience in direct marketing.  In her present role as freelance writer, she works with Fortune 500 companies, international retailers, and major publishers.  Lisa's daughter, Renee, is a 2005 Westmont Kindergarten graduate who returns to Westmont each summer to participate in the Junior Camp Counselor Program.

Adam Wazeter, Member at Large

A Board of Trustee member since 2014, Adam has a B.S. in Business Administration and Public Policy from Ramapo College and has worked in the medical device sales business for 10+ years.  "From the moment my wife and I visited Westmont, we knew it was the best fit for our children. Becoming a Board member provides me a unique opportunity to give back to Westmont."   Adam's daughter is a graduate of the Kindergarten program at Westmont, and his son is currently in the Early Childhood program.

Monica Whitmore, Member at Large

Monica is a school administrator in the West Morris school system.  Her daughter, Kathleen, is a graduate of Westmont's Kindergarten program and her son, Ryan, is currently in our Early Childhood program.  Monica holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Villanova University and a Masters in Elementary Education from Rosemont College. Monica became a Board of Trustee member because she wanted to give back to the school community that has done so much for her family.  She is a strong believer in Montessori philosophy and is dedicated to promoting Westmont and all it has to offer.  Monica resides in Long Valley with her husband, Alann, and their three children, Kathleen, Ryan, and Marion.

Tracey Wishert, Member at Large