Board of Trustees

Over 45 years ago, the founders of the Mastro Montessori Academy, Mary and Vincent Guarriello, envisioned an academic environment dedicated to Montessori philosophy that would help children grow into independent, self-directed learners. Their mission was to create a community for children that cultivates courtesy, acceptance, caring and compassion.

As the first Montessori school in Monmouth County and the only school in the area to be certified by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), we are committed to maintaining a genuine Montessori experience for children to become lifelong learners. We are honored to serve as Trustees of the Mastro Montessori Academy.

President- Michael Stasi

  • Landscape Design Build & Real Estate Development
  • BS, Rutgers Cook College
  • MA, Landscape Architect, Cornell University

Vice President- Darry Guli

  • Retired
  • Chief Officer & Owner of The Yoga Studio
  • BSN, University of Rochester
  • MA, Nursing, New York University

Treasurer- Jim Kennedy

  • Managing Member, Kennedy Consulting Engineers, LLC
  • BS in Civil Engineering, Lehigh University
  • MA, Rutgers Graduate School of Management

Secretary- Beverly Lawrence

  • Retired
  • Prudential Financial
  • BA, French, Manhattanville College
  • MA, Organizational Psychology, Columbia University

 Trustee- Vincent Guarriello

  • Founder, Vincent S. Mastro Montessori Academy

Trustee- Gerri Gussin Lawrence

  • Former Marketing & eCommerce Executive
  • BA, Psychology, University of Pennsylvania

Trustee- Jeremiah Milonas

  • Teacher of Computer Science, Red Bank Regional High School
  • BS, Computer Science, Purdue University
  • MA in Mathematics Education, Rutgers University

Ex Officio- Michael Bradbury

  • Business Administrator, Mastro Montessori Academy
  • BA, Psychology, Rutgers
  • MA, General Psychology, Montclair State University

Ex Officio- Sandra Chowanec

  • Acting Director, Mastro Montessori Academy
  • BS, Education, The College of New Jersey
  • MA, Montessori Education, Loyola University in Maryland


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