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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

We always welcome new talent to the NEIM Board of Directors! Being a volunteer on our Board of Directors is a great way to assist the school and to connect with community members. Our goal is to have a robust, diverse group working for the good of all. It is not a requirement to have children, or to have had a child who attends or has attended NEIM. All are welcome. If you would like more information please contact us at neimboardofdirectors@gmail.com.

Lara Martinsen-Burrell


Lara, avid supporter of NEIM, is making her debut appearance on a board.  The mama of a NEIM Elementary student, homeschooled middle schooler (who attended Montessori preschool) and KinderHaus preschooler. She and her partner Neil make their home in the country, NE of Decorah.

Lara‘s interest in the early life of a child really came to life when working with homeless youth.  She followed the curiosity into bodywork, abdominal health, home-birth, and parenting. The yearning for community life that supports the human body in it’s diverse manifestations and times of development spark her interest in Montessori education.  Lara brings her well of random skills with gladness, to serve the community.

Shannon Dallenbach Durbin

Vice President

Shannon Dallenbach Durbin is the mother of current (Link and Felix) and aspiring (Iggy) Montessori youth.  She is the director of ArtHaus in Decorah.

Scott Searcy


Scott is a hard worker with a long history of commitment to NEIM. He lives in Decorah with his wife and 4 daughters.

Michael Kueny

Board Member

Michael Kueny is the father of Ruth & Liam Kueny and husband of Angela Kueny. He is a land development engineer who works for Paragon Associates in La Crosse, WI and looks forward to serving the needs of NEIM. 


Allie Scott

Board Member

Allie Scott is a Children’s House Parent with a long history of working with nonprofits. She loves how Montessori education fosters creativity, independence and confidence in children from the start. She lives in Decorah with her spouse, David, and their two children.

Paul Greenberg

Board Member