Board of Directors


Amy Elizabeth Robinson


Amy is a writer, poet, community activist, and historian, and the mother of two Brush Creek Montessori elementary-level students, who both entered the school as toddlers.  Amy holds a B.A. from Princeton University, an M.A. from University College London, and a Ph.D. in History from Stanford University. She studies Zen at the Pacific Zen Institute, edits Uncertainty Club, PZI’s online magazine of Zen and the arts, and blogs about creativity, spirituality, and social change at Still Life, Turning Planet. Her fiction and poetry have been published in local and international journals. She and her family live in an intentional community called Monan’s Rill in the hills northeast of Santa Rosa.


Ashley Carollo


Ashley comes to Sonoma from Denver, CO and Seattle, WA where she has worked as a non-profit fundraiser and in community development for various non-profits and city organizations. She holds a B.A. in History from Gustavus Adolphus College and an MPA from University of Colorado. On the side she is an avid reader and writer, as well as an aspiring gardener.

She discovered Montessori a few years ago when she and her husband moved to Sonoma County to raise their family, and both her daughters entered Brush Creek primary classrooms. She has now been part of the Brush Creek community for four years. The program’s emphasis on peaceful resolution and interpersonal growth has been an immense inspiration and she is excited to be a continued part of the school.


Cheyenne Stenvers-Stolzfus


Cheyenne's experience with Montessori education began while attending Montessori Visions over 30 years ago here in Santa Rosa. Her educational background includes Animal Science and Biology, which led her into a very fulfilling career in Veterinary Medicine as a lead technician and hospital manager. Both Cheyenne and her husband agree that a strong educational foundation is important for successful schooling, which is why they decided to enroll their children in a Montessori school. Cheyenne is a native of Sonoma County and currently resides in Santa Rosa with her husband, 2 daughters, a Scottish Terrier and a Tabby cat.


Sue Nosker

Sue is a retired Geologist who has always enjoyed educating children. She has a BS in Geology from Sonoma State University and a MS in Geology from Mackay school of Mines at the University of Nevada, Reno. She and her former husband helped explore and develop geothermal resources throughout the Western United States for 17 years. During that time she was part of a group of parents who opened and ran the Manzanita Bilingual School, Graton, CA from 1987-1997, where her three children were students. This was a Spanish immersion elementary school that had between 30-40 children between the ages of 4-12. Sue also worked in the Geology department of Sonoma State University from 1987-1997 as a part time lecturer. She later took the position of Geologic Technician in the department from 2005-2010. She currently lives in Sebastopol and is active in singing, dancing, hiking, bike riding and exploring the Sonoma Coast.


Pauline Gutierrez

Staff Liaison

Pauline is a graduate of Prescott College with a B.A. in Education. She completed her Montessori Teacher Training at Clay Platte Children's House in 1984. She has worked as a Montessori Head Teacher in the Preschool and Lower Elementary Classrooms for 23 years. Pauline is married and has four grown children.