SJMS Connect is a networking group of parents, teachers, and administrators devoted to promote and support St. Joseph Montessori School. We meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday at the Market in Italian Village from 8:30am-9:45am for a fun and lively exchange over coffee. We support each others business and/or professional endeavors so we can in turn support the school.

We meet regularly to:

  • develop an understanding of what the other members do for a living by creating an online business directory.
  • create an awareness of how we can support each other by discussing business.
  • expand our sphere of influence by connecting with other successful parents, educators, and administrators.
  • provide tips, leads, and referrals to each other once we know and understand each other.
During my son’s first year at SJMS, I was struck by the incredible community that St. Joe’s fostered, not only for my son, but also for the parents, teachers, and faculty.  Over and over, I kept encountering people in meaningful, genuine, supportive relationships.  I knew I wanted to be better connected to the other parents at St. Joe’s but I wasn’t sure how.  In our second year at the school, I was grateful to be personally invited to attend the SJMS Connect meeting that takes place on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 8:30am at the Market.  I had read about the meetings in newsletters, but assumed they were just for business people.  My full time work is serving as a pastor for a local United Methodist church.  I was a bit nervous and unsure what to expect.  What I found was a well structured, welcoming environment that was easy to step into and encouraged support of the various kind of work that all of us do.  Not only did I make some new friends, but I made incredible connections both professionally and personally.  My church found a new insurance agent, non-profit consultant, photographer, and even volunteers.  I had someone to call when I had questions about the sale of our home.  I’m even in the process of finding a ski instructor for my boys this winter.  Fellow parents, I encourage you to take advantage of this great opportunity to connect with one another and further enjoy the rich community that exists as a part of this extraordinary school.
— April Blaine, P2 Parent of Eugene Blaine and Lead Pastor at Hilliard United Methodist Church

SJMS Connect Directory


Father of SJMS Graduate Elias Anderson (2016)
Isaac Wiles is a full-service, sixty-lawyer firm native to Central Ohio that is big enough to win, yet small enough to care. My practice areas of emphasis include insurance coverage, construction, litigation, and public law. I have extensive experience in Ohio and federal courts.

Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor, LLC
2 Miranova Place, Suite 700
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 221-2121


Mother of SJMS Graduate Daniel Coons (2016)
Zulily is a retailer obsessed with bringing moms special finds every day. My job is to strike deals with brands you know and introduce new brands that you won’t find anywhere else.

Merchandise Manager
(614) 260-3640


Father of SJMS Graduate Emerson Prond (2015)
Residential/Commercial Mortgage Lender with 25 years of Banking Experience. I specialize in helping people secure financing on a new home purchase, refinancing of individual’s current home, construction loans, and commercial loans to acquire real estate.

Assistant Vice President and Team Lead
Loan Officer NMLS# 608043
(614) 760-9841 (office)
(614) 580-3117 (cell)


Mother of former SJMS student Kolten Medors
Independent personal and commercial lines insurance agent with a wealth of experience. My goal is to build lasting relationships with honest advice, integrity, and excellent customer service. Being independent allows me the opportunity to shop many companies for the best price and coverage, ensuring each clients’ needs are met.

Insurance Agent at GAD Insurance
(614) 769-1326


Husband of SJMS Music Teacher, Sandra Matheny, and father of SJMS Graduate Phillip Matheny
Gary is a jazz pianist, composer, piano teacher and piano tuner. He has performed in area restaurants, in concert, and for private functions for over 30 years. His published compositions are performed by school and church choirs throughout the country and his film scores have won multiple awards. Gary has provided individualized piano instruction at SJMS for 25 years.

Gary Matheny
(614) 888-8328


Mother of Maya and Kyla Hammond
Mighty Crow Media works with non-profit organizations to strengthen program performance, secure funds, evaluate outcomes, and train and educate staff. We also provide web design, technology consultation, infrastructure development, and project management services.

Mighty Crow Media, LLC
Managing Partner
(614) 506-7944


Mother of SJMS Graduate Harper Daniel (2015) and former SJMS student Duke Daniel
I am a natural light portrait photographer. My goal is to capture the real smiles and personalities of my clients, from infants to adults, not just the sit and “say cheese” ones.

Michelle Daniel Photography
(614) 354-4066


Mother of Samantha (Hunger) Hollern, Class of 1991
I am a Realtor with Keller Williams Greater Columbus. I have been a Realtor for 25 years and do mostly residential sales, both listings and buyers. Main areas are spread around Central Ohio (German Village, Short North, Dublin, Upper Arlington, etc).

Keller Williams Greater Columbus, Agent/eEdge Ambassador
5495 New Albany Road West, New Albany, OH 43054
(614) 944-5900 (office)
(614) 578-3752 (cell)   |


Mother of Simon Squires and SJMS Graduate Sally Squires (2012)
Providing compassionate end of life care for companion animals since 2009, Closure provides in-home euthanasia of pets and transportation for post-care.

(614) 397-2128


Father of Natalie Reese and former SJMS students, Jack, Nick, and Morgan Reese
Being a stay-at-home father, my hobbies have grown into a successful business. For 25 years, my brother and I have curated art collections for small and large companies including the Hilton Columbus Downtown. In the past 10 years, I have grown my other hobby of video production into capturing stories of individuals and companies who have something wonderful to share.

Reese Brothers Production
(614) 562-9373

Chandra Endel

Mother of Campbell and Parker Endel

Amaze - The Columbus Escape Experience
989 4th Street Columbus, 43201

Doug Endel, DC

Father of Campbell and Parker Endel

Chiropractic, Massage and Nutrition Services
Westerville Chiropractic and Nutrition
528 S. Otterbein Ave. Westerville 43081

Katherine G. Yannucci

Mother of Andres and Anastasia Yannucci
KASA Yoga and Wellness is located in historic downtown Worthington, Ohio. This comfortable and nurturing boutique studio was created as a home away from home, offering yoga, reiki, ayurveda, meditation, workshops, and essential oils.

KASA Yoga and Wellness
(614) 271-3913