We are so fortunate to have a talented and dedicated team of parents support all of the programs of Coral Reef Montessori Academy.  Directing and galvanizing our parent volunteers is our PTA Board, who offer outstanding effort and incredible support to our school and our students.  Thank you to our 2015-2016 PTA Board Members for their most excellent dedication and service.

PTA BOARD 2016-2017

President:  Lissette Montenegro
Chairman, Volunteer Hours:  Rosemary Smith-Hoel
Chairman, Membership: Michelle Brown
Vice-President, Marketing:  Jan Nonog
Vice President Extracurricular Activities: Sheri Toyosi
Vice-President, Fundraising:  Michelle Brown
Co-Chairs, Vice-President/Events and Hospitality:  Mariaximena Gamboa
Co-Chairs, Green Committee: Rachel King/Susan Homyk
Treasurer: Ximena Botero
Secretary:  Martha Hunter
Faculty Representative: Monica Encinas

Lissette Montenegro (President):
Lissette Montenegro was born in Long Beach, California and relocated to Miami with her family when she was a teenager.  She graduated from Coral Reef Senior High here in the community and went on to major in Special Education both at Miami Dade College and Florida International University.  In 2013, Lissette completed her Montessori training for ages 0-3 through the North American Montessori Center and is passionate about the Montessori method and the growth she has seen in her children since applying. She has been married seven years and has two little girls, both of which are part of the CRMA family. In her free time, she enjoys time with family, reading and most recently, distance running. She looks forward to a wonderful year at CRMA!

Rosemary Smith-Hoel (Vice President—Membership and Volunteer Hours): 
Rosemary Smith Hoel M.S., L.M.H.C., C.A.P., is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Fellowship House, a behavioral health program for adults with severe and persistent mental illness. She has a Master’s of Science Degree in Counselor Education from Florida International University. She is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Certified Addictions Professional. Rosemary was born and raised in Miami where she lives with her husband Robert and their two children who both attend CRMA.

Sheri Toyosi (Vice President—Extracurricular),
Sheri Toyosi grew up in Maryland and attended the University of Maryland (Go Terps). She moved with her newly acquired husband to the sunshine state in January 2011. She has a master’s degree in Business Administration and currently works as a civil servant with a Federal Government Agency. She has two beautiful children; one who attends CRMA and loves it. Her hobbies include reading and experiencing new adventures with family.

Jan Nonog (Vice President—Marketing): 
Jan was born and grew up in England. She is a Freelance Graphic Designer with over 30 years experience in Advertising, Marketing and Design. She left England in 2004 for a posting in Guam at Andersen Air Force Base with husband U.S. Air Force MSgt. Tony Nonog (Retired). After completing a follow on posting in Panama City, Florida, they moved to Miami in 2010 with their son who loves being a part of the CRMA family.

Michelle Brown (Vice-President—Fundraising, Chairman—Membership):
Born and raised in South Florida, Michelle has served in the United States Air Force Reserve for 13 years, she began her career as an Aircraft Machinist/Welder. When her son was born, she cross-trained into Education & Training, where she discovered her passion for helping others accomplish their educational goals. She obtained her B.S. in Psychology from Columbia Southern University in 2014. She has a dual military family and she and her husband have served overseas a combined 6 times since 2005. Her son, Brenden, is in Kindergarten and has only begun his journey with CRMA She looks forward to having the opportunity to serve the CRMA family for many years to come.

Mariaximena Gamboa: (Vice-President/Events and Hospitality):
Mariaximena Gamboa was born in Valdivia, Chile and has been living in Miami since 2005. She began college in 2013 to get her Nursing Degree.
She has been married since 2005 and has 2 boys one of whom has been a CRMA student since 2013.

Ximena Botero (Treasurer):
Ximena moved to the United States from Colombia in 2001 and is a graduate from Miami Dade College where she earned a degree as a Dental Hygienist. She has three children who attend CRMA and has been an active member of the community, helping in school activities and as a room parent every year for the past 6 years. She has a passion for helping others and looks forward to increasing her involvement with the PTA as Treasurer this year.

Monica Encinas (Faculty Representative):
Monica Encinas was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and has been living in Miami since the age of 12. She has worked at CRMA since 2001 as a VPK teacher and Assistant. Monica has an AA and AS in Early Childhood Education and graduated from Miami Dade College in May 2010 with a BS in Exceptional Education, with endorsements in both ESOL and Reading. In August 2010, she became the lead teacher in a preK-K classroom for ages 3-6. She has been married since 1990 and has three boys and one princess (two are CRMA Montessori preK-8 graduates who are now in college) and two grandchildren. As an active parent, she has always held a PTA officer position, and served as President of the PTA for 2 years.

Martha Hunter (Secretary):

Rachel King (Co-Chair, Green Committee):
Rachel King (aka Ms. Rachel) was born in San Francisco and grew up in Oregon, where she learned to love gardening with her Mother. She earned her BS in Biology at the University of Oregon in 1989, and served as a Forestry volunteer for the Peace Corps in Costa Rica from 1991 to 1993. She loved it so much that she stayed for another year and decided to study Tropical Biology. Rachel started to work on her PHD in Biology at the University of Miami in 1995, where her research focused on tropical plant demography and seed dispersal by bats in Peru.
She has two sons attending CRMA and started as a parent volunteer on the Green Committee. Ms. Rachel began working as the Garden Coordinator in 2012. She has a passion for introducing kids to the beauty of nature and the joys of growing their own delicious vegetables.

Susan Homyk (Co-Chair, Green Committee):
Mrs. Susan Homyk was born in Massachusetts and has lived in Miami for 13 years.  Her education is in Early Childhood Education and she earned a Bachelors Degree from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts. She has substituted and volunteered at a number of Montessori schools, including Kingswood Montessori, Alexander Montessori and other private Montessori environments. Mrs. Homyk’s eldest two sons have both graduated from CRMA Middle School and her youngest son is in 6th grade.  She began serving as a parent volunteer seven years ago and later became our AfterCare Program Coordinator.