MMS Board of Directors Bios

Clifton Clark, Board President

The Clark Family_AF_smallClifton Clark attended MMS as an elementary student, and went on to  graduate from West Virginia University College of Law (J.D.), West Virginia University College of Business and Economics (M.B.A) and the University of Virginia (B.A., economics).   He is currently a high net worth lender with BB&T and has served as corporate portfolio manager, business support specialist and credit analyst in his eight years with the bank.  Clifton is actively involved in the Charleston community and has served on the boards of numerous organizations including West Virginia Advocates (treasurer), Taste of All Charleston (treasurer) and East End Community Association (vice president).  He recently retired from a five year stint as a management team member of Generation Charleston, the Charleston Area Alliance’s young professional group.  Clifton currently lives in Charleston’s East End neighborhood with his wife, Katherine “Katie” Clark, and their two young children, both of whom attend MMS.


Benjamin Bailey, Board Vice President

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Sarah and Ben Bailey with daughters.

Ben is a trial and appellate lawyer, and co-founded the firm of Bailey & Glasser in 1999 with another MMS parent, Brian Glasser.  He has generously served our school community for many years as a parent and volunteer and is a former board president.  A graduate of Washington & Lee University and Harvard Law School, Ben spent his first eight years following law school in public service — two years as a law clerk to the Honorable John T. Copenhaver, Jr., two years as a federal prosecutor, and four years as Counsel to the Governor of West Virginia. Ben is a permanent member of the Judicial Conference of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, a founding member of the Charleston Chapter of the American Inns of Court, and a Fellow of the American Bar Association. He serves on the national board of the Public Justice Foundation.




Jack Rogers, Board Secretary

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Shannon and Aidan Rogers

Jack is a graduate of West Virginia University College of Law, and spent 32 years with state government, including ten years as a legislative staff counsel and 20 years as executive director of Public Defender Services, responsible for a budget of $50 million in his last year.   Jack was also Deputy Commissioner of Motor Vehicles and a Disciplinary Counsel for the West Virginia State Bar.   As an MMS board member, Jack shares this experience and provides invaluable guidance and perspective on policy, governance and employment issues.   In 2014, he served as the MMS representative to the Charleston Area Alliance Educator-Industry Institute.  Jack lives  in Charleston with his wonderful wife, Dr. Elizabeth Scharman, and their two delightful children, both of whom are  proud Mountaineer Montessori students. He is a past president of the MMS Board.



Holly Bailey

Holly Bailey with Jack, Lissette and Brooks Bailey

Holly Bailey with Jack, Lissette and Brooks Bailey

A native of Mobile, Ala., Holly is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, with a degree in chemical engineering, and is a lead process engineer working on global projects for multi-national corporations with offices in West Virginia.  She’s also a busy MMS volunteer, advising our advanced students in the annual “Capital City Pumpkin Drop” engineering competition, serving on our board of directors and sharing her Southern hospitality whenever an event calls for special food or beverage.  Holly and her husband, John Kennedy Bailey, are the parents of three students. They reside in Charleston’s historic East End neighborhood.












Jennifer Carriger, Director

Jennifer Carriger Reading and Learning Specialist

Jennifer Carriger
Learning Specialist

Jennifer, now in her tenth year at MMS, brings extensive experience as a teacher in public and independent school settings, educational leadership and non-profit management to her position as our school director. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, Jennifer leads our Student Support Team as our learning consultant.

Jennifer received a B.A. in international studies, a B.S. in secondary education and a M.S. in special education from West Virginia University and has pursued additional graduate studies in education at Marshall University and the University of Virginia.  She holds permanent WV certification endorsement for students ages 5-12 in social studies, learning disabilities, mental impairment and behavior disorders. Her Montessori training is through the Virginia Center for Montessori Studies, and she recently completed NAMTA Montessori Whole School Management (Level I) training.

Jennifer received her AMS Montessori Administrator credential at the Center for Montessori Education in New York (a two-year program) and is the only educator in WV to hold this level of certification. Jennifer co-founded the Appalachian Reading Center in 2004 and is certified in the Wilson Reading System with additional training in Handwriting Without Tears.   Jennifer is also a past president of the West Virginia Learning Disabilities Association.  She taught in the public school system for nine years at the elementary, middle and high school levels in Madison County, Va., and Boone County, W.Va.  In 2014, Jennifer was honored as West Virginia Teacher of the Year by the WVLDA.  She and her husband, David, are the parents of two Mountaineer Montessori students.  Jennifer enjoys hiking, camping, reading and home renovation projects.




Hallie Chillag

Hallie Chillag and children Cora and John Henry Dunlap

Hallie Chillag and children Cora and John Henry Dunlap

Hallie has been an active part of the MMS community since enrolling her daughter Cora (now a high school students) as a primary student. Hallie is an assistant professor of social studies at the University of Charleston.  She keeps busy as a marathon runner and mother of three, including two current MMS students. A graduate of West Virginia University and Penn State University, Hallie is married to Andrew Dunlap.






Abbey Fiorelli

Dylan, Abbey, Noelle and AJ Fiorelli

Dylan, Abbey, Noelle and AJ Fiorelli

For Abbey, Montessori is all in the family.  Her mother was a Montessori teacher and director for 39 years and Abbey herself attended a Montessori school in Ohio. Abbey and her husband, AJ, are carrying that tradition into a third generation as the parents of Dylan,  lower elementary, Noelle, primary, and Elise, following right behind. Abbey is the creative director for Digital Relativity, and generously volunteers her design and branding skills to help tell the MMS story.  She is a graduate of Alfred University and a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts.






Hollie Hubbert

David Bailey, Hollie Hubbert and Thomas

David Bailey, Hollie Hubbert and Thomas

Hollie was born in Cincinnati and worked in Japan and Seattle before making West Virginia home.   She is the General Manager – Asia Pacific, for the West Virginia Department Commerce where she manages the state’s Japan office, business development strategies and projects from the Asia-Pacific region.  Hollie earned a B.S. in business administration and B.A. in psychology from the The Ohio State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Charleston.   She lives in the East End of Charleston with husband, David Bailey, son Thomas Bailey (an MMS primary student) and dog, Gaia.  Hollie loves to do everything outdoors, especially with her family.




Janet James

Janet JamesJanet is the parent of a former Mountaineer Montessori student, and always felt that Montessori was as beneficial to her as it was to her son. She is glad to be back in the Montessori community as the board’s non-parent member. She is a graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law, and works in the Attorney General’s Office. She has served on the local, regional and national boards of the YWCA, and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Center for Organ Recovery and Education. As an empty-nester, she enjoys playing tennis, her French Club, her book club, and occasional visits to and from her son and the Spanish and German exchange students she has hosted.



Diana Johnson

Newly elected. Bio to come.








Jason Wandling

Newly elected. Bio to come.






JoEllen Zacks

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Ben, Elizabeth and JoEllen Zacks

JoEllen has been mad for Mountaineer Montessori since enrolling her daughter, Elizabeth, as a primary student in 2007.  JoEllen was formerly the senior vice president for the Charleston Area Alliance.  Before moving with her husband, Ben, to his hometown of  Charleston in 2005, she was senior director of strategic communication for the American Bar Association in Chicago.  In addition to MMS, she serves on the board of the West Virginia Independent Colleges and Universities and YWCA of Charleston Nominating Committee.  She is past president of the West Virginia Symphony League, and has served on the boards of West Virginia Advocates, Infant Welfare Society of Chicago, Girl Scouts of Chicago , Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation and Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum Women’s Board (founding member).  She earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Wisconsin and J.D. from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago.