School Board

Michael Amster, MD

Dr. Michael Amster is a pediatrician in Warrenton, Virginia, and the owner of Warrenton Pediatrics. Coming to Virginia in 1999 from Chicago, Michael did his residency at Virginia Commonweath University, and started with Union Mill Pediatrics in Centreville. After moving out to Warrenton, he established Warrenton Pediatrics, where he has been treating Warrenton’s children for the last 10 years. A member of the Fauquier County School Health Advisory board, Michael has worked on sleep issues, nutrition, and recreation. He has also been a member of the Child Nutrition, INC board, promoting proper nutrition in the home daycare setting. Michael is also ImPact certified, serving as Warrenton’s concussion expert, training the county school trainers and health care workers in recognizing and treating concussion. Active at Fauquier Hospital, Michael serves on the Peer review committee, and has worked to improve the nursery and the inpatient pediatric program. He attended Northwestern on an Evans Scholarship, served as an Emergency Medical Technician in Chicago for a year, and then obtained his medical degree from the University of Illinois @ Chicago. His daughter Alyssa has attended Belle Meade for the last two years.

Fred Catlin

Fred has been involved in education since 1978 and as a head of Montessori schools since 1998. Before beginning Albemarle Montessori Children’s Community, Fred was head for eight years at Thacher Montessori School. Thacher Montessori is a leading Montessori school in the Boston suburb of Milton, serving over 270 children from 15 months to 14 years of age. Previously, Fred was head of Montessori Community School in Charlottesville for seven years.

Two decades before that, Fred ran a consulting business, served as a university administrator at the University of Virginia, and worked as an administrator at a private high school in Pennsylvania. He has also taught history at the high school and college levels, and coached lacrosse from youth through high school.

Fred has a B.A. in History from the University of Virginia, an M.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania, a certificate in executive education from the Darden School of Business at UVa, and two Montessori credentials: one as an administrator from AMS, the American Montessori Society, and the other as a 3-6 teacher from AMI, the Association Montessori Internationale.

Fred is originally from Albemarle County where his two children were born. One is a Montessori elementary teacher in Cleveland, Ohio and the other is in law school after completing an appointment with Teach for America in the Mississippi Delta. Fred’s wife, Alice, works as a Montessori adolescent educator and consultant for AMI.

Kit Goldfarb

Kit Goldfarb has provided communications and marketing services for 30 years. She has worked for major global organizations as well as small start-ups, primarily in the technology sector. During the tech boom, she established and ran KG Communications, a public relations and communications firm focused primarily on start-ups in the telecommunications industry. As president of KGC, she helped emerging companies establish and build corporate and brand leadership in their marketplaces. Through her work with technology companies, Kit began working with communications applications that would later become the foundation of social networking. In 2008, she switched industries and began working in global health and development, including living in sub-Saharan Africa and working in programs in areas including women’s economic development, community health services, and HIV/AIDS. During her studies and field work, she became interested in the issue of food security and sustainability in both the developing and developed world. Earlier in Kit’s career, she worked with programs focused on cooperation between Palestinians and Israelis through shared community and business activities. Kit and her husband moved to Rappahannock County in 2013. Kit has a B.A. in government from the University of Texas, Austin, and an M.P.H., with a focus on global health, from George Mason University.

Clare Lindsay

Clare Lindsay recently retired from EPA where she worked for 20 years on resource conservation issues. Ms. Lindsay led EPA’s efforts to initiate the first-ever national dialogue on electronics product stewardship in the US. This initiative led to numerous states creating electronics take-back laws. She actively participated in development of many product stewardship initiatives for packaging, carpet, office furniture, and paint. Ms. Lindsay initiated a more coordinated EPA engagement in the development of sustainability standards for product design and performance. Ms. Lindsay was one of the primary authors of a road map for EPA leadership on sustainable materials management. Currently, Ms. Lindsay serves on the Boards of the National Center for Electronics Recycling and R2 Solutions (an organization that manages an international standard for electronics recycling practices). Ms. Lindsay also serves on the Steering Committee of a new organization that is being launched called the Sustainable Purchasing Council. Before going to EPA, Ms. Lindsay practiced environmental and energy law in the private sector. She has an undergraduate degree from Smith College and a J.D. with honors from George Washington University.


Tobey Wheelock

Tobey Wheelock is a web developer with a great deal of experience in helping small organizations thrive.  He is a former algebra teacher and farmer and is the father of two home-schooled young adults.  He is also a board member of the Businesses of Rappahannock, an organization devoted to helping county businesses succeed.  He feels that all of those experiences help him guide Belle Meade Montessori School as it navigates the intersection between education, agriculture, and sustainable prosperity. Tobey has a B.A. degree from Williams College.