Board of Trustees
As an independent school and 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, NCRC is governed by a voluntary Board of Trustees. The Board governs the affairs of the school in close partnership with the Head of School and top administrators. The Board is not involved in the day-to-day management of the school, but rather works to assure that NCRC—a model of independent early education—is fiscally sound and operating in accord with its Strategic Plan, and stated mission.
NCRC’s Board of Trustees meets at least 10 times during the school year as a full group. Additionally, within the Board of Trustees, there are 8 subcommittees: Executive, Trustee, Finance, Audit, Advancement, Communications and Community, Special Needs Initiatives Committee (SNIC), and Diversity, Inclusion, Cultural Competence and Equity Committee (DICE). In addition to participating in the regularly scheduled Board Meetings with the entire Board, Trustees actively participate in regularly scheduled sub-committee meetings.
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Rachel Vogelstein joined the Board in 2015. Additionally, Rachel serves on the Executive, Trustee, Finance, Audit, Advancement and Susan Piggott Fellowship Fund Committees.
Rachel has two NCRC graduates.
Lisa Palmer joined the Board in 2015. Lisa serves as the Vice Chair and the Co-Chair of the Trustee Committee. Additionally, Lisa serves on the Executive, Trustee, Advancement, Ad-hoc Bylaws Review and Special Needs Initiatives Committees.
Lisa has twin NCRC graduates.
Dina Tilghman joined the Board in 2017. Dina serves as the Secretary and the Co-Chair of the Communications and Community Committee. Additionally, Dina serves on the Executive Committee.
Dina has one NCRC graduate and one current NCRC student.
Alexis Juneja joined the Board in 2015. Alexis serves as the Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee. Additionally, Alexis serves on the Executive; Diversity, Inclusion, Cultural Competency and Equity; and Ad-hoc Bylaws Review Committees.
Alexis has one NCRC graduate and one current NCRC student.
Liaison to Advancement
David Lashway joined the Board in 2014. David serves as the Liaison to the Advancement Committee on the Executive Committee and the Co-Chair of the Advancement Committee. Additionally, David serves on the Executive, Trustee and Finance Committees.
David has two NCRC graduates.
Former NCRC Head
Patricia Berl joined the Board in 2014. Patricia serves as a Member at Large on the Executive Committee. Additionally, Patricia serves on the Finance and Advancement Committees.
Patricia is a former NCRC Head of School.
Member at Large
Danielle Conley joined the Board in 2016. Danielle serves as a Member at Large on the Executive Committee. Additionally, Danielle serves on the Trustee and Diversity, Inclusion, Cultural Competency and Equity committee.
Danielle has one NCRC graduate and one current NCRC student.
Rachna Bhatt joined the Board in 2017. Rachna serves as the Co-Chair of the Diversity, Inclusion, Cultural Competency and Equity Committee and Co-Chair of the Trustee Committee. Additionally, Rachna serves on the Communications and Community and Head of School Search Committees.
Rachna has one current NCRC student.
Head of School
Robert Crawford joined the Board in 2017. Robert is the Co-Chair of the Advancement Committee and the Diversity, Inclusion, Cultural Competency and Equity Committee.
Robert has one NCRC graduate and one current NCRC student.
Shannon Curvey joined the Board in 2017. She has served as the President of the NCRC Parent Association (PA).
Shannon has one NCRC graduate and one current NCRC student.
Jen Dryer is an educational consultant and parent advocate, supporting parents and teachers of young children with developmental challenges and learning differences. She is also a yoga teacher for adults and children, and is a mother to two sweet and energetic NCRC grads. Her younger son, who is on the Autism Spectrum, was part of NCRC's Early Beginnings program. Prior to her work as an educational consultant and parent advocate, she was an educator in NYC public schools and in DC area public, charter, and private schools.
Deborah Foster is the parent of two NCRC alumni, as well as twins who will enter NCRC in the fall of 2019. She previously served as the Vice President of the Parent Association and as a former co-chair of the Hospitality Committee. Deborah is also a lawyer with expertise on governance for non-profit institutions and private and public companies.
Jay Hulme joined the Board in 2015 as the Board Counsel. Jay also serves on the Ad-hoc Bylaws Review Committee.
Jay has three NCRC graduates.
June Kress joined the board in 2016. June serves on the Trustee and Advancement Committees.
She is a former head of a nonprofit and a governance expert.
David Lee is an entrepreneur and investor focused on high growth technology businesses. Mr. Lee collaborates with private equity and venture organizations in assessing the strategic value of investments and currently serves as the President of Intelligence & Digital Data at ASRC Federal. Mr. Lee is active in his community coaching youth sports and leads MPowerVA, a non-profit organization focused on economic development and investment in Southside and Southwest Virginia.
Nancy Meakem joined the Board in 2015. She is a former PA President, Vice Chair and Co-Chair of the Head of School Search Committee. Nancy currently serves on the Trustee and Advancement Committees. Nancy has two NCRC graduates and a current Bunny.