Our Board of Directors

Alfred Mays, Chair
Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Tom Williams, Immediate Past Chair
Strategic Educational Alliances, Inc.

Doug Sprecher, Secretary/Treasurer
First Citizens Bank

Mary Ann Wolf, President & Executive Director
Public School Forum of North Carolina

Margaret Arbuckle
Guilford Education Alliance (Retired)

Keisha Bentley-Edwards
Duke University School of Medicine, Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity

William Buster
New Hanover Community Endowment

Shirley Carraway
Retired Educator

Van Dempsey
UNC Wilmington, Watson College of Education

Miles Devaney

Dudley Flood

John Healy
Center for the Transformation of Work

Melody Riley Johnson
Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices

Tammorah Mathis
Orange County Schools

Cyndi Soter O’Neil
ChildTrust Foundation-Investors Management Corporation

LaTanya Pattillo

Tiece Ruffin
University of North Carolina Asheville

Richard Schwartz
Schwartz Law, PLLC

Steve Stephenson
Ward and Smith, P.A.

Richard Urquhart
Investors Management Corporation

Tony Watlington
Rowan-Salisbury Schools

Willis “Bill” Whichard
Tillman, Whichard, & Cagle, PLLC

Mekeisha Williams
Duke University and Health System

Saundra Wall Williams
Vision Building Institute for Women

David Young
Participate Learning

Emeritus Members

Gene Arnold
Former NC House Legislator

Tom Bradshaw
Tom Bradshaw & Associates

Gerry Hancock
Everett, Gaskins, Hancock, LLP

Sam Houston
NC Science, Mathematics, & Technology Education Center

Tom Lambeth
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

Michael Priddy
21st Century Leadership, LLC

Our Advisory Board

Elena Ashburn, NC Principal of the Year, 2021

Tammy Beach, Professional Educators of NC

Bruce Beasley, The Beasley Group

Amanda Bell, Rockingham County Board of Education

Laura Bilbro-Berry, UNC General Administration

Evelyn Bulluck, NCSBA, Nash/Rocky Mount Public Schools

Sue Burgess, Retired Superintendent, Dare County Schools

J.B. Buxton, Durham Technical Community College

Dennis Carroll, Emeritus Provost (Retired)

Gina Chung, Empowered Parents in Community (Board)

Kisha Clemons, NC Principal of the Year, 2020

Sandra Wilcox Conway, Conway and Associates

Jeni Corn, NC Department of Public Instruction

Nicole Cush, Asheville City Schools SILSA (School of Inquiry and Life Sciences)

Eric Davis, State Board of Education, Chair

John Denning, New Educational Ventures, LLC

Debra Derr, NC Chamber of Commerce

Catherine Edmonds, Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools System

Lou Fabrizio, Fabrizio Education Consulting

Cristal Figueroa, Access Family Services

Jayne Fleener, College of Education, NC State University

Eugenia Floyd, NC Teacher of the Year, 2021

Patti Gillenwater, Elinvar

Barbara Goodmon, 2019 Jay Robinson Education Leadership Award Recipient

Jim Goodmon, 2019 Jay Robinson Education Leadership Award Recipient

Ann Goodnight, SAS

Jessica Holmes, Wake County Board of Commissioners (Former)

Rick Horner, Former NC Senator, NC General Assembly

Anthony Jackson, NC Superintendent of the Year, 2020

Katherine Joyce, NC Association of School Administrators

Tamika Walker Kelly, NC Association of Educators

Graham Lewis, Schneider Electric

Shanta Lightfoot, Wake County Public School System

Matt Liles, NC Department of Justice

Rep. Graig Meyer, NC General Assembly

Mark Otter, Participate, Inc.

Catherine Otto, SAS

Tom Oxholm, Wake Stone Corporation

Scott Penland, Clay County Schools (Retired)

Justin Perry, Perry Counseling Healing and Recovery

Jim Phillips, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard

Eddie Price, NC Principals Fellows Program

Philip Price, NC Department of Public Instruction (Retired)

Adam Pridemore, NC Association of County Commissioners (NCACC)

Shirley Prince, NC Principals & Assistant Principals’ Association

Karl Rectanus, LearnPlatform

Marion Robinson, State Employees Credit Union

Katie Rosanbalm, Center for Child and Family Policy, Duke University

Art Rouse, East Carolina University, College of Education

Bryan Setser, Setser Group

Peggy Smith, Campbell University

Julie Spencer, NC Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

Maureen Stover, NC Teacher of the Year, 2020

Caroline Sullivan, NC Business Committee for Education

Erin Swanson, Edgecombe County Public Schools

Catherine Truitt, State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Bettina Umstead, Chair, Durham Public Schools

Hope Williams, NC Independent Colleges & Universities

Brent Williams, NC Superintendent of the Year, 2021

Leanne Winner, NC School Boards Association

Marco Zarate, NC Society of Hispanic Professionals

Leah Carper, NC Teacher of the Year, 2021

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