Board of Trustees

The Bala House Board of Trustees is primarily responsible for providing effective governance for Bala House; day-to-day management of Bala House is the responsibility of our outstanding School Director. Trustees contribute to the success of the school by working collaboratively with other trustees and school administration on strategic and tactical plans to achieve the school’s mission and objectives.

The Board is made up of enthusiastic individuals with a strong commitment to the mission of Bala House Montessori. They have experience in the following areas: development (fundraising, grant writing, marketing), facilities, finance or accounting, scholarship, community relations, human resources and law.

The trustees who comprise the Board are not just parents of current Bala House students; on the contrary, Trustees have included Bala House alumna, parents of former Bala House students, grandparents of current Bala House students, and individuals without direct connections to Bala House.

The Board meets six or seven times during the academic year (September to June). Trustees commit to serving for two years and are asked to make a personally significant contribution to the Bala House Annual Campaign each year. No particular dollar amount is required; however, the Board strives for 100% participation each year as a means for providing leadership and encouragement to the rest of our community.

Serving on the Bala House Board is a very rewarding experience. Trustees have the opportunity to develop non-profit community board experience while assisting Bala House with crucial projects.


Tej Patel- President
Greta Gilbode- Vice President
Kat Connolly- Secretary
Eric Rosenfeld- Treasurer

Diane Force, School Director

Board Members
Christopher Cara
Kat Connolly
Marvin Gallo
Greta Gilbode
Colin Gilboy
Tej Patel
Eric Rosenfeld
Jeremiah Woodring

Board Committees
Colin Gilboy- Chair
Marvin Gallo
Eric Rosenfeld

Jeremiah Woodring- Chair
Colin Gilboy

Eric Rosenfeld- Chair
Kat Connelly
Tej Patel

Human Resources
Greta Gilbode – Chair
Chris Cara

Tuition Assistance
Chris Cara- Chair
Marvin Gallo