MSE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Karen Gatsis Anderson
Karen Gatsis Anderson is a retired attorney still licensed in Illinois. Her employment experience includes 9 years in-house with the Chicago Board of Education where she was a supervisor and specialized in school law, civil rights and litigation. Karen has extensive experience on non-profit Boards. In addition to being a founding Board member of MSE, she is on the Board and serves on the Finance Committee of Equip for Equality, which provides legal services statewide for persons with disabilities. For nearly 20 years she was on the Board of Near North Montessori School (NNMS) including 4 years as the Board Preaident. Her three adult daughters are graduates of NNMS, so Karen has extensive experience with the Montessori approach to education from both a parent and management perspective.
Peter Cunningham is the Executive Director of Education Post, a Chicago-based non-profit communications organization promoting education reform. Previously, Peter was President of Cunningham Communications, a Chicago-based communications company serving public, private and non-profit sector clients. He is also affiliated with Whiteboard Advisors, a DC-based education policy and research firm. He recently served as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Outreach in the U.S. Department of Education during the Obama Administration's first term. Prior to that he worked with Arne Duncan in Chicago when he was CEO of the Chicago Public Schools. For several years Peter was affiliated with the political consulting firm Axelrod and Associates, and also served for five years in the administration of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. A native New Yorker, Peter began his career as a journalist with small weekly newspapers in New York. He earned an M.S. in
Journalism from Columbia and a B.A. in Philosophy from Duke. He is married to an artist, Jackie Kazarian and they have two adult children who are proud graduates of the Chicago Public Schools.
Thomas Hale has been President of the Board of The Montessori Network and The Montessori School of Englewood since 2010. His daughter was educated through 8th grade in a Montessori School and was a board member of Near North Montessori School for 6 years, during which he was Chair of the Facilities Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee. He is currently a board member and Past President of The Partners of the Americas, Chicago chapter, an organization involved in the pursuit of cultural, art, and education collaborations within the Americas. He is founder and President of Hale Technologies, involved in the design, development and manufacture of ethical pharmaceuticals, with operations in the US and Brazil.
Marvin Hoffman is the founding director of the University of Chicago Charter School North Kenwood/Oakland Campus and the associate director of the University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program.
Hubert Morgan is a founding member of The Montessori School of Englewood and has 36 years of experience in regional and long-range planning, working for 30 years with the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission (NIPC) and Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). As a consultant at his firm, Stanhope Consulting Corp., he now concentrates on civic democracy, with a focus on public participation. Mr. Morgan specializes in reaching out to all demographics, especially those that have been historically underrepresented or disenfranchised in traditional planning processes.
Joseph Motto is an Associate with Winston & Strawn, LLP, in Chicago, Illinois with a concentration on securities litigation, white-collar criminal and regulatory defense, civil and criminal antitrust, and complex commercial litigation. Mr. Motto’s pro bono efforts include representation of deaf and hard-of-hearing inmates incarcerated in Illinois state prison system, making sure they receive accommodations for communication and equal access to programs and services.
Michael Sculnick is a Managing Director with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Global HR Solutions Group in Chicago, Illinois. Currently, he leads a team of specialists who advise clients on the HR and benefits issues involved in mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, and other similar transactions. Before joining Coopers & Lybrand Mr. Sculnick was a partner in the Chicago-based law firm of Vedder, Price, Kaufman & Kammholz, concentrating in labor and employment law and employee benefits.
James M. Sulzer has been a practicing attorney since 1977. He is admitted to practice in Illinois, Federal Court and the U.S.Tax Court. Jim received a Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Illinois in 1974, his Juris Doctor in 1977 at the University of Illinois and a Certificate from the Basic Program of Liberal Education from The University of Chicago, Graham School of General Studies in 2009. Jim is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association having served as the Chair of the Legislative Executive Committee. He is a former instructor at the American Institute for Paralegal Studies. Jim’s practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial real estate and development, small business planning and estate planning.
Peter Talmers is management consultant at Slalom Consulting. He helps public, private, and non-profit clients achieve their goals by maximizing the potential of their leaders, teams, and organizations. Previously he worked at Accenture advising financial services organizations in the capital markets, banking, and insurance sectors. Mr. Talmers has a deep interest in education and investment in young people, particularly in disadvantaged communities. Mr. Talmers received B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan.