SJMS Connect is an organization of parents, teachers, administrators, alumni, and supporters of  St. Joseph Montessori School. We support each others personal and professional endeavors so we can in turn support SJMS. We meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday at the Market in Italian Village from 8:30-9:45am for a fun and lively exchange over coffee. We host periodic evening socials because many connectors cannot meet in the morning.

We meet regularly to:

  • Learn more about each other's professions and interests both at meetings and by referencing our online directory (see below).
  • Create an awareness of how we can support each other.
  • Expand our sphere of influence by connecting with other successful people.
  • Provide tips, leads and referrals to each other once we know, like and trust each other.
  • Track our successes so we can demonstrate the advantages of belonging to the organization.
  • Continually search for ways to support SJMS. 
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, Former SJMS Parent and Lead Pastor at Hilliard United Methodist Church

SJMS Connect Directory

SCYLD D. ANDERSON

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.

Partner
Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor, LLC
2 Miranova Place, Suite 700
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 221-2121
sanderson@isaacwiles.com
isaacwiles.com


NANCY COONS

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
Zulily
(614) 260-3640
ncoons@zulily.com
zulily.com


DANIEL R. PROND

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)


STACIE DOWNS

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
sdowns@gadinsurance.com
staciedowns.com



GRETCHEN CLARK HAMMOND, PHD, MSW, LSW, LCDCIII, TTS

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
gretchen.hammond@mightycrowmedia.com
mightycrow.com


MICHELLE DANIEL

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
michelle@michelledanielphotography.com
michelledanielphotography.com


ANN OTTE HUNGER

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)
annhunger@kw.com   |   justlistedincolumbusne.com


JILL HAYES, DVM

Mother of Graduates Simon Squires (2017) and 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.

Closure
(614) 397-2128
closureathome@icloud.com
closureathome.com


JAMES REESE

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, and the Greater Columbus Convention Center including the interactive head sculpture titled, “As We Are."

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
Consultant
(614) 562-9373
jim@reesebrothersproduction.com


Chandra Endel

Mother of Campbell and Parker Endel
Amaze Escape Game would love to host your next family night, corporate event or birthday party! Our goal is to provide 60 minutes of brain power, laughter and teamwork. Our rooms are Columbus-themed and not at all scary. They include puzzles, riddles, math problems and high-tech props! 

Amaze - The Columbus Escape Experience
989 4th Street Columbus, 43201
614.935.2278
amazecolumbus.com


Doug Endel, DC

Father of Campbell and Parker Endel
Blair chiropractic is an upper cervical technique that is very gentle and specific. Perfect for all ages, Dr. Endel uses drop tables and a manual adjustment to help you reach your wellness goals. We also offer whole food supplements and massage.

Chiropractic, Massage and Nutrition Services
Westerville Chiropractic and Nutrition
528 S. Otterbein Ave. Westerville 43081
614.898.9195
westervillechiroandnutrition.com


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
katherine.yannucci@icloud.com
www.KasaYoga.com