Board of Directors 

Desert Montessori School is governed by a Board of Directors. Primary responsibilities of the Board are to insure the financial viability of the school, set overall policies of the school, and hire the Head of School who makes the day-to-day decisions on the running of the school. The Board does not involve itself in the day-to-day decisions of the school.

The Board manages the affairs of the Non-Profit, is responsible for overall policy, direction of the School, budget approval, and delegates responsibility for day-to-day operations to the Leadership Team and Committees.  The Board consists of no more than 9 members and no less than 5, and members receive no compensation for Board membership.  The Board meets no less than 4 times per school year with one meeting being an Annual meeting open to all parents, students, and teachers.

The Desert Montessori School Board of Directors for the 2022-2023 School Year are:






Lane Kneedler


Lane Kneedler began his professional career working for the Sundance Film Festival. Working within the organization, he became a programming consultant for the festival as well as a consultant for the Screenwriters and Filmmakers labs. From 2005 until 2020 Lane worked programming AFI FEST  and AFI DOCS in Los Angeles and Washington D.C, respectively.  Since moving to Santa Fe, Lane has been working full time to keep up with Willa and Winston.


Patricia Baker


Patricia Dziewinska Baker and her husband David are parents to one current DMS student and two DMS alumni.  She has been a part of the Desert Montessori community since 2010, when she and her family relocated to Santa Fe.  Patricia went to high school in Los Alamos, NM and then received a double major in Biology and Geography at the University of California, Berkeley.  She received her DMD degree at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA and currently runs a specialty dental practice in town.
Patricia can usually be found cheering for her three kids at their various sporting events or transporting them to practices.  When she finds some time for herself, she enjoys exploring new travel destinations and spending time outdoors, especially on a ski hill.

Bianca Barela


Bio coming soon!





Josh Chaffin


 Josh Chaffin works internationally, with and for adolescents & youth in conflict and disaster settings. 

travis degiorgis


Bio coming soon!