Board of Directors

CMCS Board of Directors meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m., at CMCS: 111 Old Plantation Drive, Pawleys Island, SC 29585, unless otherwise noted.  They are open to the public with the exception of Executive Session.

Due to holidays, January and February meetings have been moved as follows:

  • Monday, January 22, 2018
  • Monday, February 26, 2018
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January 22, 2018


CALL TO ORDER – Cathy Scott

COMPLIANCE WITH FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOIA) This meeting of the CMCS Board of Directors was publicly announced in advance and is open to the public.  Cathy Scott

To produce highly-educated, self-directed, socially-responsible citizens who work collaboratively, respectfully, and peacefully as individual yet interdependent learners in a diverse and nurturing community.  Through the unique combination of empirically-validated Montessori principles, localized charter governance, and open access, Coastal Montessori Charter School further aims to provide Georgetown County School District with an academically excellent, financially accountable public school choice. Rachel Tomovski





  • 2017 Annual Report Questions
  • 2018 Lottery Results
  • 2018 Testing
  • Eat Play Love Gala
  • Spring To-Do List




*This section of each regularly scheduled CMCS Board meeting is reserved for comments from the audience on any item appearing on the agenda or to raise specific issues for possible future discussion by the Board. Comments/requests should be as brief and to the point as possible and should not exceed three minutes. Persons who wish to address the Board are required to complete and submit to the Board Secretary a public comment card prior to the meeting.

Lesley Byrne-Steedly

Ryan Fabbri - Treasurer

Patricia Gadek

Jason Hendrix

Jason Hendrix

Rob Horvath - Ex-Officio

Rob Horvath - Ex-Officio

Rob is the father of a CMCS Lower Elementary student. He served on the original CMCS Planning Committee and has served as Chairman of the CMCS Board since 2011. He is a former Registered Nurse and worked for many years in Critical Care, Emergency Room and Nursing Management. He has also served on The Reserve HOA board for the past five years.

Gene Mannella

Gene Mannella

Gene received an undergraduate degree in accounting and an MBA in finance from Fordham University. Currently, he is co-founder and CEO of HedgeServ, a leading global alternative asset fund administration company. Prior to that, he was co-founder and president of International Finance Services from 1993-2005. He also worked for Lehman Bothers Capital Management as CFO and CAO from 1986-1993. Gene is a Certified Public Accountant.

Stella Mercado

Stella Mercado co-founded Mercom Corporation in 2000 and serves as Chief Executive Officer and President of the Board of Directors for Mercom Corporation. As CEO, Ms. Mercado has overall responsibility for corporate finance, treasury, revenue, accounting, and tax policy, as well as regulatory reporting and supervision. In her role as President, she aligns corporate and strategic planning, provides overall direction for the company, and incorporates a fun and optimistic corporate environment.

Ms. Mercado is a Board Member of the Wall College of Business at Coastal Carolina University; Teach My People, a local nonprofit organization promoting children’s education; Coastal Montessori Charter School; and is a founding member of the Grand Strand Technology Business Council. She is an active member of industry associations such as AFCEA and BICSI. Ms. Mercado received a B.A. in International Relations and Spanish from the University of Virginia. She lives in Pawleys Island, SC and enjoys golfing, boating, softball, reading and spending time with her family Mark, Alex and Nicolas.

Dr. Catherine Scott - Chair

Dr. Catherine Scott - Chair

Dr. Catherine Scott received her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education, her Master’s degree in K-6 Science Education and her Ph.D. in Elementary Mathematics and Science Education at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She currently serves as the program coordinator for Elementary Education at Coastal Carolina University and teaches mathematics, science, and classroom management courses. Her son is a lower elementary student at Coastal Montessori Charter School.

Scott Steffen - Vice Chair

Scott Steffen is an attorney who currently works in the pharmaceutical industry. Scott’s areas of practice have included pharmaceutical law, real property, municipal, and school board law. Prior to moving to South Carolina, Scott lived in Kentucky and represented numerous school boards and municipalities in all areas of law. Scott has four children, all enrolled in Montessori programs, and has been active in the support and development of these institutions. Scott received his bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctorate from the University of Louisville where he graduated with honors and was a member of the Law Review Journal. Scott served on the Search Committee for the new CMCS Director.

Rachel Tomovski - Secretary

Rachel Tomovski - Secretary

Rachel received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, ON, a Bachelor of Education from Queen's University, Kingston, ON, and has seven years teaching experience in the Plano and Dallas Independent School Districts. Other work experience includes being a talent agent in Dallas/ Fort Worth, working in Human Resources for both Ontario Hydro and Rogers Cantel in Toronto, writing briefs for hearings, writing promotional material for various companies. Rachel is currently the Director at Montessori School of Pawleys Island and a CMCS parent. Rachel’s volunteer work includes: Member of the original CMCS Planning Committee; and Productions with Murrell's Inlet and Georgetown Community Theatres.