Ann-Marie Dunbar
Chair

Ann-Marie Dunbar serves as a parent member of the Board of Directors. She has two children at Bluffview (E1 and E2). After earning a PhD in English at Indiana University, she joined the English Department at Winona State University, where she teaches courses on nineteenth-century British literature, multicultural American literature, and world literature. She also directs Winona State’s Common Book Project, an interdisciplinary program designed to foster community and conversation around discussion of a single book.

Molly Leifeld
Vice-Chair

My name is Molly Leifeld and I have been at Bluffview Montessori School since 2011 as an E1 teacher (1st, 2nd and 3rd grades). It is also my 1st year as Vice-Chair on Bluffview’s Board of Directors. I received my B.S. in Elementary Education from Winona State University, my Montessori Certification from the Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center, and my Masters in Education from St. Catherine University. I am also currently a member of the Pedagogy and Human Resources Committees. I enjoy serving the community of Bluffview through my work as a member on the Board of Directors.

Katie Kinneberg
Treasurer

My name is Katie Kinneberg. I have taught in Children’s House 2 since 2008, and have been on the Board of Directors since 2011. I am currently serving on the Pedagogy and Social Committees. I have a Masters degree in elementary education with multiple licenses, and Montessori Certification for 3-6 year old children. I am looking forward to doing my part in serving our community.

Erich Lippman
Secretary/Parent Member

Dr. Erich Lippman (Ph.D. University of Minnesota) has served as an Assistant Professor of History at Saint Mary’s University (SMU) since 2012. Before arriving in Winona, he taught for five years at Bethany College in West Virginia. His SMU courses cover global history and modern European history, as well as specialty topics such as the modern Middle East, Ottoman Empire, Imperial Russia and Soviet Union. Dr. Lippman’s area of expertise is Russian Intellectual history with a focus on the interactions between religion and modernity in revolutionary Russia. Dr. Lippman has two children in our elementary program and serves as a parent member of the Bluffview Board of Directors.

Coming soon…

Shelly Merchlewitz
Member

My name is Shelly Merchlewitz.  I have been at Bluffview Montessori since 2010.  I have taught special education and
math intervention,  I graduated from Winona State University with an elementary degree and multiple licenses.  I am currently
a member of the Human Resource Committee and Pedagogy.  I look forward to learning a lot while being a part of
the board and doing what I can to be a helpful member.