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.


Bianca Barela


Bianca Barela was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has worked in the technology industry for 9 years and been a strategic partner to executive leadership teams for many more years. She is a writer, certified professional coach, and a mother to two wonderful daughters. She is passionate about inclusion and belonging and valuing children as individuals. 


Josh Chaffin


Josh promotes gender equity and social justice through community-based approaches, locally and internationally. Since 2003 he has worked to promote the rights of children, adolescents and youth in humanitarian crises around the world, working for UN agencies, governments and international NGOs. He currently works for the New Mexico state legislature.

travis degiorgis


Bio coming soon!