Ben Williams, Chair 07/16
I am a Wyoming native and former U.S. Army Special Forces Officer. I now work as a strategist and business intelligence consultant having received a Global MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in December of 2014. Prior to leaving the military in early 2013, I served as the Army’s Operations Officer-in-Charge at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, the Department of Defense’s premier foreign language school. As third in command of this ~1,900-person organization, I oversaw all daily operations including training, strategic planning, budget, and modeling processes. While there, my team significantly optimized student retention and throughput while simultaneously reducing operational inefficiencies.
I possess over 10 years of operations and personnel management experience, as well as strategy execution expertise, and have worked with a variety of organizations throughout the Middle East to help improve the quality of our human resources, management practices, and physical infrastructure within numerous organizations. I have also traveled widely throughout Europe and Latin America. An avid writer, published author, and sought-after expert on Northern Iraq, my work, and interviews have been featured in numerous journals and publications.
Prior to entering military service, I graduated from both the University of Michigan and Princeton University, where I was a Civil Engineering and Operations Research Teaching Fellow and the recipient of the William Norton Prize for Outstanding Thesis Research.
Geoff Williams, Vice-Chair 07/16
I am honored to serve as a Director for our outstanding school. I believe that educating children is one of the most important endeavors in our society. As a Director, I promise to serve the parents of the school by making myself available to discuss any concerns and to exercise my duties in good faith and with diligence, attention, skill, and care.
My wife, Kristen, and I have all three of our children enrolled at DCS Montessori. Barrett is in Third Grade (Ms. Lynn), Kate is in Second Grade (Ms. Lisa) and Jordan is in her second year of Pre-School (Ms. Shannon). Our family enjoys spending time outdoors, especially Jordan. During winter, we enjoy skiing with other DCS Montessori families. In terms of work, for the past 15 years, I have practiced corporate/transactional law, focusing on public company securities matters, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and general corporate matters. Most recently, I worked “in-house” for a publicly-traded company where I served as a member of the senior management team. As an attorney, I have had to build consensus in order to help clients and companies achieve their business objectives. I hope to use many of the skills that I have developed over the years to help DCS Montessori achieve its mission.
Jason Dozois, Secretary 07/15
Faisal Salahuddin, Parent Member 07/17
Jessica Wood, Parent Member 07/17
PM = Parent Member
CM = Community Member
Date after member’s name and title = end date of tenure