MBMA Board, 2020
We are thankful for the Moreton Bay Montessori Association Inc. (MBMA) Board for their ongoing strong governance of our School. The Board is currently represented by:
- Nick Willemsen – Chair
- Shanan Brandis – Deputy Chair
- Jo-Anne Chaplin – Treasurer
- Kerstin Berkan – Secretary
- Randall Burrow
- Roelie Hartwig
- Helen Spry
Kerstin and her family migrated from Germany to Australia in September 2005. She now has dual citizenship and calls Australia her home.
In Germany Kerstin worked in a professional career as a Social Security Administrator in upper case management and held an honours appointment as a legal advisor to the Federal Insurance Institution for Employees in Berlin until her migration to Australia.
In Australia Kerstin completed several courses in Financial, Business, and IT and received an Academic Excellence Award for the completion of an Adult Tertiary Program. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Health Science with a major in Applied Environmental Health at the University of the Sunshine Coast and will complete her degree at the end of 2020.
Kerstin has been working with the MBMA Inc. Board since February 2010 and is contributing in her role as Board Secretary to the growth of Caboolture Montessori School.
Kerstin’s oldest son graduated from CMS in 2014 and her youngest son attends Cycle 3.
Kerstin loves practicing yoga and body balance. She also enjoys travelling, reading, and is taking any opportunity to engage in learning.
Shanan holds a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. Shanan was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2003. Following her admission, Shanan practiced predominantly in the area of family law until starting a family with her Husband, Cameron.
In 2011, Shanan and Cameron began a start-up Electrical Engineering business, Brandis Industries. The business has now diversified so as to include both an electrical services division, as well as a specialized electrical test equipment hire division. Shanan has three sons, all of whom attend Caboolture Montessori School.
Shanan would like to contribute to the collaboration of the School Board and assist in making Caboolture Montessori School the very best it can be, for the ultimate benefit of the children who attend.
Randall is a lifelong educator with significant experience in school leadership. He has strong beliefs about the need for the purposeful engagement of students, teachers and the community, underpinned by authentic values-based leadership.
He was a school Principal for 33 years in Queensland state schools and was appointed the foundational Principal of 2 schools, the last being Mountain Creek State School. His leadership experiences also includes a Principal-exchange program in Ontario, Canada in 1991.
Randall has lectured at the University of the Sunshine Coast in the primary teacher education program. His post-graduate studies focussed on the role of resilience in early-career teachers.
Randall is married with two children and two grandchildren. He currently works as an educational consultant focussing on school improvement.
Jo-Anne holds a Bachelor of Business, is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants and a Registered Tax Agent. Jo-Anne is Principal of a business advisory practice based on Bribie Island, which specialises in assisting small businesses with their financial and taxation matters.
Her professional career spans many years and a broad range of experience in public practice, small businesses and semi-government positions.
Jo-Anne has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Board of the Caboolture Montessori School over the past few years and will continue to work with this pro-active group of people for a further term.
Personally, she and her husband love the ocean & fishing, diving and water sports, so Bribie is the perfect place to live.
Roelie holds a Diploma of Teaching (Primary), a Bachelor of Education, a Master of Education (Montessori) (Loyola University) and both 0-3 & 3-6 years AMI Diplomas.
Over a decade ago, Roelie, Brisbane born and bred, gave up city living and moved west and now enjoys clear blue skies, RM Williams boots, inland river systems and small town living. A qualified primary teacher with experience in state and private schooling, she now lives and works in Longreach. As well as being President of the Longreach Arts and Cultural Association she is an active community member with all events cultural.
Roelie has taught in schools overseas and in Queensland, including 3 years at Brisbane Montessori School. She was the founder of the Montessori Infants’ Playgroup in a small church in Auchenflower (inner suburb of Brisbane) and for nearly a year ran a Montessori program for the Indigenous teenagers at Wadja Wadja High School at Woorabinda , outside Rockhampton
Roelie now works part time for the Montessori Australia Foundation as the Events, Marketing and Relationship Manager for the Montessori Ageing Support Services (MASS). She also works part time for the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) as the International Relationship Manager.
Roelie loves to get on a plane and go (anywhere); share her unique patch of the outback; listen to great music and yarns around a camp fire and spend time with friends. She is thrilled to be part of the ever growing, dynamic and fabulous Board of the Caboolture Montessori School as Yvonne leads this community to a future that is exciting as well as challenging.
Brisbane born, Helen and her husband Neil moved to Caboolture in 1995 looking to raise their children in a country environment. Blessed with two boys, Jack and William attended the Montessori Children’s House before starting at Caboolture Montessori School. Helen has operated her garden design consultation business over the last 12 years and has now established an online garden planning business. Greatly influenced by her great-grandfather and grandfather who were both garden designers in their time, Helen has had the advantage of a lifetime of learning and is passionate about the work that she does. Her online garden planning site runs an annual Schools Gardening Grant to support the education of primary aged children in Environmental Studies and Sustainability. With nearly 20 years of running her own businesses, Helen is experienced in many areas including strategic planning and her decisive, practical nature ensures positive outcomes are achieved.
Regularly volunteering within the Caboolture Montessori School community, Helen has been involved in the development of the school’s land since 2006. She is dedicated to the education of children in food production and was heavily involved in the development of the C.M.S. Community Productive Gardens also offering ongoing support to staff and students so that everyone can benefit from this wonderful outdoor classroom.
Helen worked with the M.B.M.A. in 2011 and 2012 when she was called on to consult with the board in relation to the development of the school’s land. Returning as a Board Member after a short break, Helen looks forward to working with the board and the principal again to guide C.M.S. into the future.
Nick holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) and a Diploma of Project Management. Nick has been involved with the Caboolture Montessori School since 2006, as a parent and as a Board member. Throughout this time, Nick has been involved in various activities around the school and has enjoyed watching as the school continues to grow into what we see today. Nick is an electrical engineer and project manager with over 20 years’ experience working for Government and small and large engineering firms. Nick has extensive personnel and project management experience that can be utilised to assist the Board to govern the future direction of the Caboolture Montessori School.
Nick has extensive experience as a member of the MBMA Board and looks forward to continuing in this role. Being nominated for the Board will allow Nick to work with the other Board members to implement the MBMA Strategic Plan with the primary focus on preparation for implementation of middle and senior phases of schooling (high school).