Our Board of Directors

Children’s House is a not for profit corporation of perpetual duration. The board sets the policies for the corporation and is ultimately responsible for its operations and development. Any parent, staff, or community member is welcome to bring items to the board. The board meets monthly, and once during each semester, the board holds an Open Meeting where parents and community members are welcome to attend. The board members bring a variety of expertise to the school and they are honored to serve the students, the staff, and the community. The board is the ultimate representative of the children: our job is to make sure that resources are allocated in the interest of the children so that CMS can be the best possible place to be a developing and learning child. Board members are volunteers and do not receive any compensation for their work. To contact the Board please email: board@cmsnorman.org.

Ole Andreassen, Ph.D.


Ole is the Chief Financial Officer of Anadarko Minerals, an Oklahoma City based energy company. Before joining Anadarko Minerals, Ole assisted governments and civil society in developing countries as an economist at the World Bank’s financial sector and commodities departments, and with the World Bank’s investment banking subsidiary, the International Finance Corporation. He has held numerous appointments in law and finance, in private business, and in the academic world, including in private legal practice. His doctorate is in International Economics and International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He has an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the same school, a Master in Business Management from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Paris, and a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Bergen in his native country, Norway. Six years ago, Ole and his wife moved back to Norman, her hometown. They quickly discovered the outstanding program of Children’s House and have been committed patrons ever since.

Shari Ransley

Shari is a native of Norman, Oklahoma and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma majoring in Vocal Music Performance and graduating with a degree in Theoretical Mathematics. After graduating, Shari spent over 8 years in Taiwan producing children’s theatre and family activities for World Family, Taiwan. Since returning to Norman, she has served as the logistics coordinator for the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education, assisted the revitalization of the Sooner Theatre as its Business Director, and she is now Executive Director at Cimarron Opera and The Performing Arts Studio at the Depot. Her daughter is an Elementary student at Children’s House and an alumna of the Primary program.

Brent Sykes, Ph.D.

Brent E. Sykes holds a Ph.D in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He is also an assistant professor of psychology at Randall University in Moore, OK. He is also the founder and president of the Traci R. Sykes Foundation, a family foundation created in the memory of his late wife. Before becoming interested in teaching, Brent worked in the mental health field, conducting clinical research trials across a wide range of disorders. Brent holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Oklahoma. His research specialization involves the intersection of educational theory and nonprofit sector. He has presented at national academic meetings and recently published his first academic article. Brent is Chickasaw and, in 2010, was awarded the Best Master’s Thesis by the Chickasaw. Mr. Sykes and his wife, Amanda, have called Norman their home for five years. He enjoys being an active member in the community and is involved in many civic organizations and clubs. His oldest daughter attended Children’s House and he looks forward to the day that his one-year-old triplets can begin their Montessori education at Children’s House, as well.

Jane Bowerman, Ph.D.

Board Member
Jane holds a Ph.D. from the Univeristy of Oklahoma, and she is an Educational Psychologist and Child Development Consultant. She has more than 40 years of experience teaching at all levels from Preschool through university graduate school. Jane has supervised teachers, been an academic consultant, and set up classrooms and curricula. In addition to her doctorate, she holds a B.S. in Home Economics from Oklahoma State University, a M.S. in Child Development from the University of Oklahoma, and she is a certified mediator. Her passion for teaching started when she was a water safety instructor in high school, and since then her major focus in life has been why and how people learn – and why they don’t.

Jason Andes

Board Member
Jason is from Norman Oklahoma and resides there with his wife Angela and their daughter. He is the owner and partner of Brookfield custom Homes LLC, BCH commercial Construction, and CMG management group. Jason graduated from the University Oklahoma with a BLS degree emphasis natural science and economics,  and he is a third generation Oklahoma builder. Along the 25 years experience in residential, commercial, and light industrial construction, Jason found enjoyment with past board and committee membership positions in Habitat for humanity, Men’s association of Norman, Basco and Oklahoma state home builders association, the Oklahoma IRC/IBC code adoption committee, and the Norman youth soccer association(Celtics). He’s currently an active member on the board of chapter advisors of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Jason chairs the board’s building committee and as thus oversees the development of new school grounds for CMS.

Lois Koch

Board Member
Lois grew up in Ohio and has lived with her family in Maryland, North Carolina, Colorado and Oklahoma. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Miami University, post graduate studies in Special Education, and a Montessori Early Childhood Certification from the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies. Lois serves Children’s House both as a Board member and also as the Lead Teacher for one of our Primary classrooms.