Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of Lillie May Carroll Jackson School is comprised of 14 individuals from across communities and areas of expertise. They commit countless of hours of volunteering with their services and expertise.
Monica Butler Mitchell, Board President, has over 17 years’ experience in banking and community development. She serves as Vice President, leading Community Relations for Maryland and Community Development for the Greater Washington DC region of Wells Fargo Bank. Ms. Mitchell leads the Maryland Wells Fargo Foundation which is dedicated to improving the community through corporate philanthropy combined with volunteer service. She also proudly serves on the boards of Junior Achievement of Central Maryland, the Eddie and Sylvia C. Brown Family Foundation, and was recently named to the boards of Associated Black Charities and Baltimore Community Lending. She was a founding member of the United Way Emerging Leaders United Program to promote the professional development and community involvement of our next generation of leaders.
Jean Waller Brune, served as Head of Roland Park Country School from 1991-2016. She has extensive experience in innovative school design and sound board governance and is a nationally recognized leader in the independent school world. She is currently the President of the Association of Independent Maryland Schools Board of Trustees.
Ann Daniels, Secretary 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.
Kelly Dettman is a professional CFO with deep functional knowledge and wide-ranging industry experience. Kelly has provided financial, strategic, merger, operating, HR and administrative guidance to financial services, energy and consulting firms. Kelly began her career as a management consultant, providing strategic, operating, organization and restructuring services to clients in a number of industries. She has also held senior positions with and provided significant leadership to The Women’s Board of the Joffrey Ballet, Healthy Schools Campaign and the Menomonee Club for Boys and Girls Club. Kelly graduated from Mount Holyoke College and from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Mary Ann Facente, Treasurer, is currently a Vice President at BB&T, responsible for approving loans for commercial, industrial and commercial real estate clients. Previously she served as a Senior Vice President for Bank of America where she was responsible for expanding the Community Bank’s portfolio of charter schools across most of the lower 48 states. An active community volunteer, Mary Ann served on the board of Paul’s Place as well as the Board Treasurer of KIPP school in Baltimore.
Kathy Fried is the managing partner of LFg Partners, a Baltimore-based marketing communications firm founded in 1994. She helps clients identify strategic marketing opportunities and then leads her team through project and program development specifically designed to meet each client’s business goals. Kathy has served on numerous boards, including the Children’s Guild, Baltimore Jewish Council and The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. She most recently chaired the marketing committee for The Associated where she oversaw the organization’s rebranding process. This fall, she will join the UM St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation board. In addition she frequently volunteers at her children’s schools and provides pro bono services to local nonprofit organizations.
Raquel Gilmer is the Executive Director of OrchKids, a year-round, during and after school, music program designed to create social change and nurture promising futures for youth in Baltimore City neighborhoods. Raquel is an attorney, seasoned campaign manager, founder of a non-profit for girls and author of Crumbs Are Not Enough.
Tia Green, Parent Representative
Elisha James is the Dean of Students at Roland Park Country School and teaches Life Skills in 7th grade and S.T.E.M in 8th grade. Outside of the classroom she is able to share her passion for music, by serving as the faculty advisor and director of the Moore United Voices Gospel Choir. Elisha is also “School Attuned” trained, a program which prepares and equips teachers to be effective in reaching and teaching a diversity of minds. Furthermore, Elisha is the Director of the B.E.S.T. Summer Scholars Program at Roland Park Country School, which is a five-week academic and transition program for newly enrolled independent school students. opportunities to enrich themselves academically, as well as socially, in a safe and fun environment. Elisha also acts as the Co-Director of Middle Grades Partnership (MGP)- Growing Girls and Gardens (GGG) Program. Elisha attended Morgan State University where she received her undergraduate degree in PreProfessional Chemistry. She also holds a Master’s in Science Education from Morgan State University. and a Master’s of Arts in Theological Studies from Liberty University, in Lynchburg, Virginia.
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, Vice President, 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.
Matthew Wernsdorfer, as Sr. Director for Strategic Initiatives and Regional Impact at City Year, helps lead the work of Americorps members in public schools across 28 cities. He has over 20 years of experience in public school teaching, administration, and reform, including having worked as a principal and teacher in Baltimore City Public Schools, and as a school reform coach for Johns Hopkins University. He is also a proud graduate of the Baltimore Public School system.
“I’ve had the pleasure of helping build the front garden, move furniture, and help with snacks at LMCJS. Having been an educator for 19 years and working with schools across the county, I’ve noticed the climate of a school is evident in the people working to make the school a success. While helping at LMCJS, I’ve interacted with volunteers, staff, and students who are welcoming and dedicated to making LMCJS a great place for students to learn and grow.””