RMIB Foundation Board Members
OfficersBoard of Directors
Christopher Pease, President
Chris is the father of a junior and freshman in the IB program He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Physics from Imperial College, London. He also holds an MBA from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. He has worked for Ciena in Operations and Supply-Chain since he moved to Maryland in 2006. He also serves as an election judge for the Montgomery County Board of Elections. Chris is a firm believer in the power of building bridges through travel and cultural exchanges. He has lived in Brazil, England and in various regions of the United States. Cpease@rmibfoundation.org
Shihoko Goto o’Looney
Shihoko Goto O’Looney is the mother of a junior in the IB program and an eighth grader at Roberto Clemente Middle School. Having obtained the IB diploma from the International School of Brussels many, many years ago, she knows only too well just how tough the program can be. But she also knows how rewarding it can be too, and still fondly remembers her HL world history class and the great TOK discussions in particular. (Thank you Mr. Goldthorpe and Mr. Nimmons!) She went on to obtain a BA in modern history from the University of Oxford and an MA in political theory from Tokyo’s Waseda University. She first came to Washington DC to work at the World Bank as an external affairs officer, and she is currently deputy director for geoeconomics at the Wilson Center, a Washington think tank. She’s excited to be part of the Foundation to help enhance the IB experience at Richard Montgomery.
Alex Stavitsky-Zeineddin, Vice President
Alex is the mother of a senior and junior in the Richard Montgomery IB program. She currently teaches yoga and meditation and does communications work. Alex earned her B.A. International Relations at Mount Holyoke College and did graduate work in Journalism at NYU. Alex was a news editor and producer/journalist for Associated Press. She spent many years overseas covering conflicts and politics. Alex is also active in her community, as co-chair of the Kentlands Foundation Go Green Group, and on the Environmental Affairs Committee for the City of Gaithersburg. She believes the International Baccaulaureate program at Richard Montgomery is so valuable because it develops well rounded, internationally minded, critical thinkers. Alex@rmibfoundation.org
Yuri Lee, Treasurer
Mirabella Funk, RMIB Student Rep.
As a junior in the IB program at Richard Montgomery High School, Mirabella Funk is the Student Member of the IB Foundation Board. In addition to her role on the board, Mirabella is the director of finance for RM Lifting Lives, a member of the National Honor Society, a tutor through Moco Pineapple tutoring, and a member of Social Studies Honor Society. Mirabella is an avid runner and a member of RM’s Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track teams. She thinks it is incredibly important for students to have a community within IB and hopes to help foster that.