Amy and husband Robert are the parents of current MVCDS students, Bryce, Paige, and Blake. She currently serves as CFO for Champion Laboratories, a leading automotive filtration supplier, and has more than 25 years of experience in the automotive industry. Before joining Champion, Amy held various roles in finance, IT, and strategy at Ford Motor Company, Bosch, Timken, and Dana. She received her BA in Economics and Art History from the University of Michigan and her MBA in Finance from the Katz Graduate School of Business. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends at her lake house in Michigan.
Amanda is the mother of two MVCDS students, Klaus '20 and Cornelia '29. She is the Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Toledo/Medical Center. Amanda is also the Director of International Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Student Recruitment and Retention. She was an Intensive Independent Study advisor and was a member of the search committee for the Head of Middle School position.
Diana Block is executive vice president of Block Communications Inc. Before moving to Toledo to join the parent company, Diana worked at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as president and co-publisher. In 2012 she began teaching business communications at Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business. Diana has a BA in English from Yale University, an MA in English from the University of Virginia, and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.
A current parent of three Maumee Valley students, Andy is an Associate Vice President with Morgan Stanley. Before moving to Toledo in 2008, he spent 32 years in New England, where he met his wife, Sarah, originally from Toledo. Andy graduated from St. Andrews School, Barrington, RI, and from Unity College in Maine. He subsequently provided consulting services to the commercial banking and lending industry before discovering his passion for working with individual people and families. Andy also serves as Chairman of the Board at Sunset Retirement Communities, a local non-profit, and is the Chair of the Investment Committee.
Laurie Avery is a 1988 graduate of MVCDS. She and her husband Rick are alumni parents of three MVCDS students. She was a trial attorney for the Reminger law firm for 20 years and then served as the commercial docket staff attorney for Lucas County Common Pleas Judge Michael Goulding. She is presently the self-described CEO of the active Avery Family. Laurie is also an active community volunteer serving as a trustee for Lambie's Legacy, a member of the Perrysburg School District Safety Committee and Performance Audit Team, and numerous other direct service projects. Laurie earned her JD from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and her BA from the University of Rochester.
Alan is the parent of Cranston Bannister '26. He is the Commissioner of Community Engagement for the City of Toledo. Alan earned a B.A. in Public Administration from Kentucky State University. He is a lifelong Toledoan and serves on the Toledo Fair Housing Board, the United Way of Greater Toledo African American Leadership Council, and is the President of his Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. graduate Chapter of Toledo.
His wife Patekka is the Commissioner of Plant Operations for the City of Toledo.
Jessica graduated from MVCDS in 1998 and is the mother of two current students, Henry Naprawa '28 and Harper Naprawa '29. Before moving back home to Toledo in 2009, she lived in New York City and worked in the fashion industry. Jessica now runs her own small business, The Drew Box. As an MVCDS parent, Jessica has served as auction chair, member of the MVPA and Alumni Council, and co-designs the vintage-inspired line of school spirit wear. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.
Vallie Bowman-English received her Law Degree from the Ohio Northern University College of Law in 1995. She is married to Common Pleas Court Judge Ian English, and they have one son.
Vallie is a past president and current member of the Ohio Association of Municipal / County Court Clerks. Vallie was elected Clerk of the Toledo Municipal Court in November of 2003. As Clerk, she has used technology to make the office more efficient and better serve the public. She is also the Chair of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. Vallie became the first minority President of the Toledo Bar Association in its 138-year history. She is the past Chair of the Susan G. Komen of NW Ohio Grants Peer Review Panel and a current member of the board. She is the Chair of the Lucas County Democratic Party’s Central Committee and has been appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court‘s Judicial Family Network Advisory Board.
Rita graduated from MVCDS in 1968, attended Skidmore, then graduated, cum laude, from Lake Erie College. She started and, for five years, operated an early childhood/daycare learning center. After earning an MBA from the University of Michigan, she served in various operational leadership roles with Avery Dennison for 17 years. Since then, Rita has led a career transition firm, was certified as an executive coach while a practice leader with Lee Hecht Harrison, then launched her leadership and career consultancy in 2007. She is actively coaching executives and corporate board members across the US.
Rita lives in Cleveland, where she is a member of the Board of Directors of NSL Analytical Services, Inc. and a Board Member of In Counsel with Women, an organization of senior women leaders. She also advises early-stage companies.
A current parent at Maumee Valley, Areka is a licensed clinical counselor and registered art therapist at The Victory Center, Polly Fox Academy, and in the private practice. She is the co-founder of Growing 2 Give Garden, a non-profit that grows and donates fresh produce to area food banks and soup kitchens. She holds two Masters degrees, one in Guidance and Counseling (BGSU), and the other in Art Therapy and Counseling (Ursuline College).
Doctor Raj Kattar was born in India and raised in Wisconsin. He moved to Toledo in 1998 and joined the cardiology group of physicians which today is called Promedica Physicians Cardiology. He was Chief of Staff at St Luke Hospital from 2014-2016 and is currently President of the Promedica Heart institute, overseeing the cardiology service line for the entire system. Raj and his wife of 30 years Rajitha have two sons that graduated as “lifers” from MV, Nihal ‘13, and Sahil ‘18. Raj is a talented singer and an avid fan of sports and music.
Doug and his wife, Sherri, are proud parents of Andrea ‘24. He currently serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Dana Incorporated. He also serves as Dana’s Chief Compliance Officer. In addition to overseeing Dana’s worldwide legal affairs and risk management, Doug also oversees Dana’s global corporate marketing and communications and serves as the Executive Sponsor of Dana’s Sustainability & Social Responsibility Leadership Council. He received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School; an MBA from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, with a minor in business administration from Rockford University.
Hangean Luo is the father of Conyu (Jeff) Luo '20. Hangean lives in Beijing, China. He has over 20 years of experience in sales and business development. He is now working for Amazon as the general manager of Amazon Brand Registry Asian Pacific, and managing the departments in Beijing and Tokyo. Before working for Amazon, he had worked for Motorola and Dell. Hangean earned his TMBA from the Arizona University, and MBA from Tsinghua University.
Mother of Mihir Joshi '20 and Avi Joshi '23, Maneesha is a Deputy Coroner, Forensic Pathologist in the Lucas County Coroner's Office as well as the program director of Forensic Pathology Fellowship program. She is also an assistant professor in Pathology at the Health Sciences department at the University of Toledo. Maneesha is a Vice President of the nonprofit organization Toledo Physicians of Indian Origin (TOPI). She serves actively in various committees and as a board of director for the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME).
Attorney and sole member of Rankin Law Office, LLC, Bonnie practices in the areas of family law, criminal defense, real estate, business issues, and general litigation. Bonnie is an active member of the Toledo community, currently sitting on the Toledo Zoological Society Operations Board, Executive Committee, Programs/Mission Committee, and Development Committee. She has held past seats as the Chair of West Side Montessori Board of Trustee, Chair of the Toledo Bar Association Certified Grievance Committee, and many other prestigious local organizations.
Bonnie and her husband, Gary Whitacre, are residents of Bowling Green, OH. They have two daughters: Sarah Whitacre '22 and Alexandra (Alex) Whitacre '17, who attends Tulane University in New Orleans.
Reema Ridi is the mother of three students that attend MVCDS Sami ‘23 Rami ‘25 and Jenna ‘28. Reema grew up in the United Arab Emirates and graduated from Al Quds University majoring in information systems. In 2004, Reema moved to the United States after she married her husband Thameen Tim Ridi.
Before moving to the United States, she was employed by the first lady of the United Arab Emirates as an office secretary. Reema has been part of the MVCDS community for the past five years serving as Treasurer and Vice President of the Parents Association and a parent rep in middle school for the past three years. Currently, she is the President of the Parents Association. Reema is very passionate about helping and volunteering. She has worked on the administrative staff of various schools and is very involved as a community member in the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo.
Heather is a current parent of MVCDS student, Caden '21, and an alumni parent of Emily '13. She is the founding president of Masterpiece Financial Services, a national practice specializing in financial and wealth management for individuals and small businesses. Heather is a native of the Toledo area completing her undergraduate degree at Lourdes University and her M.B.A in Finance and Accounting from The University of Toledo. Community involvement through mission-driven activities is important to Heather. She has had the opportunity to serve on several community boards and volunteers for numerous organizations such as the Toledo Area Humane Society, FOCUS, Maumee Valley Country Day School, the Human Rights Campaign, and Camp Lightbulb. She also serves on National Advisory Boards for JW Cole Financial and Asset Mark Investment Services.
Ann, a dedicated member of this community, served as President of the Board in the 1980s. She created and produced the documentary on Maumee Valley for Toledo Stories and wrote the school's 125 Year History. Ann is an author, poet, and humanitarian. She is a past parent, current grandparent, and strong advocate for Maumee Valley.
Georgia is a community leader and has provided support for a large variety of non-profit organizations across the country, including Maumee Valley Country Day School. She has worn many hats for the school, including parent, grandparent, trustee, and president of the board. Georgia continues to mentor the administration of the school to ensure the longevity of Maumee Valley for generations to come.
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