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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Tony Mutsune

NEIM Board – President-Elect

Tony is a native of Kenya, and lives in Decorah with his wife and son. He is an associate professor at Luther College’s Business and Economics department. His professional experiences allow him an understanding of the influences that are shaping today’s globalized world and the demands it places on us. He believes that a quality and adaptable early learning experience is foundational to succeeding in today’s environment.


NEIM Board – Treasurer-Elect

Kristin is a Registered Nurse and works as a subject matter expert consultant in nursing for Elsevier publishing.  As a nursing educator, she has a deep belief in the value of “learning by doing,” a central part of Montessori education. Kristin Propson lives in Decorah with her husband, Scott, and their two children, Elsa and Hans. Kristin is an advocate for high-quality early childhood education and appreciates the emphasis a Montessori curriculum places on creative thought, respect for self and others, and global citizenship.


NEIM Board Member and NEIM Founding Member

Jane Busch was instrumental in developing NEIM’s founding and continues to be passionately involved in its growth and changes as a board member and lead teacher for NEIM’s elementary program, affectionately known as “E1” for “elementary level one.”

She holds a Master’s Degree from Loyola University in Baltimore, MD in Montessori Education at the Elementary level, ages 6 -12.  She also has an undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa, in Elementary education with an endorsement in middle school (4th – 9th grade) and an emphasis in earth science.

Jane lives north of Decorah with her husband and two children. In her free time she enjoys gardening and reading and just being outside.

Jay Raabe

NEIM Board Member – Secretary

Jay is a father, husband, teacher and artist here in Decorah. You can find him downtown most days as grocery assistant manager at the Oneota Food Cooperative or teaching at the Art Haus.

He believes that making and doing things, much like the Montessori curriculum, brings deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around us.