Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The Board manages the affairs of Desert Montessori School (DMS) and is responsible for overall policy, direction as well as financial oversight.  It delegates responsibility for day-to-day operations to the Director and Committees.  The Board also assumes the responsibility of discussing, developing and implementing long-term strategic plans to ensure continuity of the School and its Purpose and Mission.


Melissa Brown, Director,  Missy started at DMS as a parent in June of 2004 and by August of 2006 was hired on as the Associate Director.  She completed her Montessori Teacher Training in 2007 and took over as Director in June of 2008.  Missy has a B.A. in Geology from Miami University.  She worked as a geologist in Wyoming and Tennessee, but switched to retail when she moved to Santa Fe.  Missy had her own shop downtown for a number of years before becoming a mom.  Melissa oldest child graduated from Desert Montessori last year (current enrolled at Santa Fe Prep), and her youngest is in 4th grade at DMS.



AutumnAutumn Wise, Teacher Representative,  Autumn has taught at Desert Montessori School for 7 years. (please see our faculty page for more information about Autumn’s extensive experience and teaching philosophy)



Colleen McCalla, At Large,  Colleen has taught at Desert Montessori School for 5 years. (please see our faculty page for more information about Colleen’s extensive experience and teaching philosophy)



Jeremy Jones, At Large,  Jeremy is a partner at Sommer, Udall, and Sutin Law Firm.  Jeremy received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Fordham University, and his Juris Doctordegree from the University of San Francisco.  He also studied International Law and Comparative Civil Law at Oxford.  He handles civil litigation involving business, estates and trusts, banking, real estate, debt collection, insurance and construction matters. Since 2006, Jeremy has served as an Adjunct Faculty Member at the University of New Mexico where he teaches Business Law and Business Ethics to undergraduates seeking their degree in business technology.


Juliette Mattila, At Large, Juliette is a retired school administrator and college professor.  Juliette received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of California Berkeley.  She also has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago.