Dr.Margo Dichtelmiller, Ph.D., President
Margo is a retired Emeritus professor of Early Childhood Teacher Education from Eastern Michigan University, where she specialized in observation and early childhood assessment. She began her career teaching infants and preschool children with special needs in home- and classroom-based settings. She consulted with early childhood programs nationally, providing staff development on assessment, standards-based curriculum and program evaluation. She is a developer of the Work Sampling System, an alternative assessment system for preschool through third grade. She co-authored The Power of Observation and wrote The Power of Assessment, a teacher-friendly college text. She earned her doctorate from the University of Michigan, a Master’s degree from the University of Illinois, and a B.A. in psychology from Oberlin College. Now retired, Margo enjoys traveling, reading, quilting, and works with several non-profit organizations.
Maxine Swisa, MA, Treasurer
Maxine Swisa is an educator, author, mindfulness and yoga instructor and former C-Level Executive. She created a unique course called BREATHE, using brain-based learning theories that focus on fostering positive emotions. Her work incorporates mindfulness, effective communication techniques, and unconditional positive regard to create a collaborative, caring community that enhances personal well-being.
Ms. Swisa has worked with professionals using these techniques in Asia, Europe, Africa, and Latin America.
Betty Monroe, M.Ed. Board Member
After 30+ years of teaching, Betty has relocated with her husband from the East Coast to New Mexico to jump into the next chapter of her life.
Betty holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Development and Education as well as a Master’s Degree in Education. Her career spanned working with daycares’ at-risk children. She worked tirelessly to bring new approaches to the classroom and inspire her students. Also, she offered the educational development and successful potential for every student that crossed her path. Her efforts to make a difference were acknowledged by the school district, appointing her the Director of the Gifted and Talented Program.
In addition, Betty was inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education and recognized in the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers for 5 years straight before her retirement. Now, Betty enjoys spending time with her family and has started gardening with her daughter in her spare time.
BERNADETTE FREEMAN, BOARD MEMBER
Bernadette is a Santa Fe artist whose work has been displayed in galleries as well as The White House and a state building in Albuquerque. She was an Associate of A. T. Kearney, Inc., an international management consultant company, working extensively with the U. S. EPA on environmental issues, especially the management of hazardous waste, before devoting her life to art. She grew up in Chicago and is a devoted mother of two young women who also live in Santa Fe. She has decades of experience as a volunteer for La Leche League, an Art Mom, and as an officer for the West Suburban Artist Guild. She is a certified Catechist of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a Montessori-based religious education program. Bernadette has served continuously on the staff of The Fest For Beatles Fans, a twice annual convention in New York and Chicago, since 1977. She is active in the Santa Fe art scene as well in Shakespeare and James Joyce reading groups.