Michael Bornn, Head of School  (mbornn@vimsia.org)
Mr. Bornn is a native Virgin Islander with over 25 years in operational leadership, financial management and construction oversight.   He attended All Saints Cathedral School and is a graduate of Culver Military Academy; Georgetown University, BA Econ; and Chase Manhattan's prestigious Credit and Financial Program.  He served 5 years as President of VIMSIA's Board of Trustees and has been instrumental in the significant growth and success of the school over the past several years.  As Head of School, Mr. Bornn has been charged with oversight of the school's $12 million campus expansion, which has provided new classrooms for the International Academy, a 100KW solar array, new and updated performance venues as well as new sports facilities.  He will complete a new school library, new administrative and multipurpose facilities and replace and expand several existing buildings for the Montessori Program in this Capital Campaign.  His development efforts over the years have made this expansion a reality and we look forward to continued success.


Erika Gomez, Director Admissions, Marketing, Development (egomez@vimsia.org)     Originally from Chicago, Ms. Gomez has a B.A. in Public Policy Environmental Science and is certified in Geographic Information Systems from DePaul University, Chicago, IL.  She has 10 years previous experience in statistical and qualitative research on student retention at the University and College level and has worked as a research liaison for several Boards of Trustees.  She implemented a retention program known as the Student Success Institute and her methods are still being used today.  Ms. Gomez has pursued her passion for marketing and graphic design and worked with some of the best creative minds in marketing from Atlanta to Chicago and New York.  Since joining our staff in 2008, she has brought that passion and experience to VIMSIA.


Peggy Hunt, Business Director (businessdirector@vimsia.org)
Ms. Hunt has a degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University.  Her experience includes over 18 years in Operations and Computer Development at  major Fortune 500 companies.  Ms. Hunt moved to St. Thomas 1997 as an independent Computer Consultant.  She has been very active with our school, including serving as PTA President and Vice President prior to coming on board as part of our staff in 2007.  Her daughter Karen has been flourishing in the Montessori & IB environments since her admission to La Casa in 2003.  


Kathy Huttel, Office Manager (khuttel@vimsia.org)
Prior to joining our staff in January 1997, Ms. Huttel was a very active PTA member and served on its Board for a number of years. Her two daughters, Margo and Lauren graduated from VIMS Upper Elementary. She is originally from Texas, and moved to St. Thomas in 1979.  Of her many accomplishments, one of the most rewarding was to see the completion of the St. Thomas Aquatic Center - right across the street from VIMSIA.   Ms. Huttel was a driving force in the St. Thomas Swimming Association for over 20 years.


Maryann Paul, Front Office Secretary (mpaul@vimsia.org)
Ms. Paul, a native New Yorker, moved to St. Thomas in 1987.  She attended Drakes Business School in New York City.  She comes to us with a wealth of experience in customer service and dealing with the public.  She utilizes this experience very well in serving our parents, staff and students.   She is the mother of 4 children and the grandmother of 4 beautiful grandchildren.  Ms. Paul has been on staff with VIMSIA since 2000.


Tess Williams, Reading Support and Admin (theresa.williams@vimsia.org)
Theresa Williams joins the VIMSIA family together with her husband and daughter. Prior to joining VIMSIA in 2014, she served as school librarian and literacy specialist in Norway and worked for eight years in development and alumni relations at her alma maters, Luther College and SUNY Albany. At VIMSIA Ms. Tess, as known by the students, is helping expand alumni and annual fund development. In addition, she assists with morning sports, enrichment and early childhood literacy.