Board of Directors


The Board of Directors of the Lillie May Carroll Jackson School is comprised of 13 members (2 community members will be added once a facility is located and 2 parents will be added once the school opens) who have extensive not-for-profit, education, banking and finance, board management and fundraising experience.
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  • Monica Butler Mitchell

    Board Chair

    Is the Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager at Wells Fargo Bank, and has been listed in the Maryland Daily Record Top 100 Women for 2012 and Maryland Daily Record 40 under 40 for 2011. She graduated from RPCS in 1998.

  • Jean Waller Brune

    Head of Roland Park Country School since 1991, has extensive experience in innovative school design and sound board governance. She is a nationally recognized leader in the independent school world.

  • Beth Casey

    Is the Lower School Head at Roland Park Country School who has over 25 years teaching experience at Gilman and Park Schools, and most recently served as Executive Director for Middle Grades Partnership, a non-profit academic summer program that partners the independent and public schools in Baltimore.

  • Ann Daniels

    Has extensive experience in non-profits and in board governance, including work with Middle Grades Partnership, Baltimore Community Foundation and Planned Parenthood of NYC. Most recently, she served as Board Chair of the Middle Grades Partnership.

  • Raquel Gilmer

    Is the Chief Operating Office at Learn It, a for-profit education company. Raquel is an attorney, seasoned campaign manager, founder of a non-profit for girls and author of Crumbs Are Not Enough.

  • Lisa Haywood

    A native of Milwaukee, WI, is a community volunteer having served in various positions at Roland Park Country School, Gilman School, Jack and Jill of America, Inc. (former Chapter President), and the Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School.  Prior to her community volunteer work, she had careers in the brokerage industry and in pharmaceutical sales.

  • Shannon Montague

    Is currently the Middle School Dean of Students and Middle School Drama Coordinator at the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, an all-girls, independent K-12 school. Prior to her current position, Shannon served as Bryn Mawr’s Middle School Technology Integrator for three years. Outside of the classroom, Shannon is a co-founder of Edcamp Baltimore and active participant in Edcamp Foundation subcommittees, a 2014 National Association of Independent Schools Teacher of the Future and current Teacher of the Future cohort faculty mentor, and a member of the Association of Maryland Independent Schools Technology committee.

  • Nancy Mugele

    Is the Assistant Head of School for External Relations at Roland Park Country School who has served as Interim Executive Director for the National Coalition of Girls Schools.

  • Clay Oliver

    IS a civil engineer and president of Project and Construction Services Corporation who has served as project manager for large commercial projects in the U.S. and other countries, including an IT project for the public schools in Washington, D.C.

  • Carla Spawn-van Berkum

    Assistant Head of School for Academics at Roland Park Country School, has over 20 years’ experience teaching and leading at the middle school level and is responsible for bringing innovative programs to the middle school and K – 12 school. She is a facilitator with the All Kinds of Minds program.

  • Susan Strauss

    Campaign Director, Ben Cardin For Senate, has extensive experience in fundraising, having worked as Finance Director for Ben Cardin for Senate and Finance Director/Consultant for John Sarbanes for Congress. Her experience extends to work as an independent financial consultant and as a Campaign Associate for The Associated: the Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.

  • Kumasi Vines

    Is acting head of the Bureau of Water and Wastewater, which provides clean, safe water to 1.8 million people every day, as well as wastewater conveyance and treatment for 1.6 million people. Mr. Vines is a native of West Baltimore. In 2005, he co-founded The Leadership Institute, a Saturday-morning business and leadership development program for Baltimore-area high school students, which is housed on the campus of his alma mater, Gilman School. He worked for Credit Suisse Securities, LLC as an Assistant Vice President dealing with the financial management of the bank’s European real estate assets. He holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and M.B.A. from Columbia University, where he was a Robert F. Toigo Foundation Fellow.

  • Matthew Wernsdorfer

    Diplomas Now Field Director for City Year, has over 15 years of experience in public school teaching, administration, and reform, including being the founding principal of Civitas, a public transformation school.  He has been on a charter school governing board for over 7 years in Baltimore City.