RMIB Foundation Board Members


Board 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

Yuri is the mother of a sophomore in the RMIB program. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Energy Resources Engineering from Seoul National University, South Korea. She also holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Maryland.  She is the CEO of Lee Federal, Inc, which provides IT and engineering services for the Inter-American Development Bank and the US Government. She is also the director of TALK Youth Leadership, a program meant to build leadership in students from immigrant families.  


Mirabella Funk

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. 

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