BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Durham Public Schools Foundation launched in August 2018. The effort was spearheaded by a group of community members, including parents, educators and business leaders, who believe that all students can flourish in Durham Public Schools when the community comes together to support our students, educators and families.

These community members make up the founding board:

  FARAD ALI   President & CEO, The Institute & DPS Alumni, DPS parent, former PTA Vice President.   As a parent, a community leader and business executive; it is critical that we invest in our students, teachers and public education facilities. The return on our investment must promote learning strategies which results in college and career readiness for all students.

FARAD ALI
President & CEO, The Institute & DPS Alumni, DPS parent, former PTA Vice President. As a parent, a community leader and business executive; it is critical that we invest in our students, teachers and public education facilities. The return on our investment must promote learning strategies which results in college and career readiness for all students.

  KELVIN BULLOCK   Executive Director for Equity Affairs, Durham Public Schools.   I am a product of North Carolina Public Schools and have worked with DPS for 13 years. I am extremely excited about this work and the potential of the Durham Public Schools Foundation!

KELVIN BULLOCK
Executive Director for Equity Affairs, Durham Public Schools. I am a product of North Carolina Public Schools and have worked with DPS for 13 years. I am extremely excited about this work and the potential of the Durham Public Schools Foundation!

  MICHELLE BURTON DPS Media Specialist and Durham Association of Educators Board Member.  As a 24 year public school educator here in North Carolina, I am committed to helping DPS be the dynamic force in creating future leaders for our county and state. The DPS Foundation will be a transformative organization that will help in achieving that goal for all Durham Public School students and I am excited to be a part of a team of people who will ensure that our students will have the schools that they truly deserve.

MICHELLE BURTON
DPS Media Specialist and Durham Association of Educators Board Member.
As a 24 year public school educator here in North Carolina, I am committed to helping DPS be the dynamic force in creating future leaders for our county and state. The DPS Foundation will be a transformative organization that will help in achieving that goal for all Durham Public School students and I am excited to be a part of a team of people who will ensure that our students will have the schools that they truly deserve.

  JAVIERA CABALLERO DPS parent, public school community organizer, former PTA president, educator, and a product of the NC public school system.   As a current DPS parent, and former teacher education is my passion and ensuring all kids have access to excellent public schools is one of the most valuable goals we can work towards as a City. I believe education is the great equalizer and am excited about the work this foundation will do for all of our kids.

JAVIERA CABALLERO
DPS parent, public school community organizer, former PTA president, educator, and a product of the NC public school system.
As a current DPS parent, and former teacher education is my passion and ensuring all kids have access to excellent public schools is one of the most valuable goals we can work towards as a City. I believe education is the great equalizer and am excited about the work this foundation will do for all of our kids.

  FERNANDO CAMPOS   DPS Teacher.   As a teacher and parent, I chose to live in Durham because I love the energy, diversity and openness of our community. Our great city needs great schools, so I'm committed to ensuring that every student, regardless of background, has the skills needed to thrive and to keep our city moving forward.

FERNANDO CAMPOS
DPS Teacher. As a teacher and parent, I chose to live in Durham because I love the energy, diversity and openness of our community. Our great city needs great schools, so I'm committed to ensuring that every student, regardless of background, has the skills needed to thrive and to keep our city moving forward.

  DREW CUMMINGS   Chief of Staff for Durham County Government, DPS parent.   I come from a family of educators, was a middle school teacher myself for seven years, am married to an awesome career educator, and have three children doing very well in Durham Public Schools. Personally and professionally I am committed to long-term improvements and success in all of our schools for all of our students.

DREW CUMMINGS
Chief of Staff for Durham County Government, DPS parent. I come from a family of educators, was a middle school teacher myself for seven years, am married to an awesome career educator, and have three children doing very well in Durham Public Schools. Personally and professionally I am committed to long-term improvements and success in all of our schools for all of our students.

  INDIRA EVERETT   District Manager, Duke Energy.   As the child of two educators, I have always had a passion for promoting the successful work of principals, teachers, and the students they instruct. I am fortunate to work for a company that has partnered with DPS and used its assets to further programming that actively facilitates student achievement. As a citizen of Durham, I have faith that together our community can and will be the catalyst for ensuring every child receives an exceptional education and thrives as productive citizens.

INDIRA EVERETT
District Manager, Duke Energy. As the child of two educators, I have always had a passion for promoting the successful work of principals, teachers, and the students they instruct. I am fortunate to work for a company that has partnered with DPS and used its assets to further programming that actively facilitates student achievement. As a citizen of Durham, I have faith that together our community can and will be the catalyst for ensuring every child receives an exceptional education and thrives as productive citizens.

  MAGAN GONZALES-SMITH   The Hill Center, Associate Director, Insights & Impact.   As the daughter of a first generation college student, I know the importance of great public schools and that not everyone has access to them. I believe that Durham can and must be a place that fulfills the promise of public education for every student.

MAGAN GONZALES-SMITH
The Hill Center, Associate Director, Insights & Impact. As the daughter of a first generation college student, I know the importance of great public schools and that not everyone has access to them. I believe that Durham can and must be a place that fulfills the promise of public education for every student.

  JOSHUA GUNN Artist, BAP Co-Founder and Vice President at Durham Chamber of Commerce.   I attended DPS from Kindergarten through high school and believe strong public schools are the cornerstone of a strong community. As Durham continues to grow, it's essential our schools to meet its demands. It is also essential that our schools focus on equity across racial lines and provide resources to ensure the best outcomes for all students. Through DPSF we can create stronger relationships between Durham’s business community and our public schools and create systemic change to create an equitable educational environment in Durham  .

JOSHUA GUNN
Artist, BAP Co-Founder and Vice President at Durham Chamber of Commerce.
I attended DPS from Kindergarten through high school and believe strong public schools are the cornerstone of a strong community. As Durham continues to grow, it's essential our schools to meet its demands. It is also essential that our schools focus on equity across racial lines and provide resources to ensure the best outcomes for all students. Through DPSF we can create stronger relationships between Durham’s business community and our public schools and create systemic change to create an equitable educational environment in Durham.

  ZACK HAWKINS  Board Vice-Chair    Director Of Development for Student Affairs, UNC-Chapel Hill, DPS parent and former DPS teacher.   Public education is the great equalizer and best pathway to change communities, improve local economies, increase employment and workforce development and positively impact trajectories of children and families. Success of the Durham Public School system is necessary for build A Better Durham. I believe in DPS and am willing to do all that I can to support it.

ZACK HAWKINS
Board Vice-Chair

Director Of Development for Student Affairs, UNC-Chapel Hill, DPS parent and former DPS teacher. Public education is the great equalizer and best pathway to change communities, improve local economies, increase employment and workforce development and positively impact trajectories of children and families. Success of the Durham Public School system is necessary for build A Better Durham. I believe in DPS and am willing to do all that I can to support it.

  LARRY HERST  Board Treasurer    Triangle Ecycling, Founder/CEO.   As a DPS parent and social entrepreneur whose business trains DPS students in computer tech, recycling and community impact, I work closely with DPS students and staff. They are bright and hard working and I am inspired to help them maximize their potential. The DPS Foundation is a great way for businesses and individuals to join in this mission.

LARRY HERST
Board Treasurer

Triangle Ecycling, Founder/CEO. As a DPS parent and social entrepreneur whose business trains DPS students in computer tech, recycling and community impact, I work closely with DPS students and staff. They are bright and hard working and I am inspired to help them maximize their potential. The DPS Foundation is a great way for businesses and individuals to join in this mission.

  MATTHEW HICKSON Founder, Bull City Schools United. DPS Teacher and Assistant Principal.   As a teacher and administrator in Durham Public Schools, I believe that the future of our city is our students. If we are to have a prosperous and loving Durham community, Durham's current students must be its future leaders.

MATTHEW HICKSON
Founder, Bull City Schools United. DPS Teacher and Assistant Principal.
As a teacher and administrator in Durham Public Schools, I believe that the future of our city is our students. If we are to have a prosperous and loving Durham community, Durham's current students must be its future leaders.

  JIM KEY  Board Chair  Retired DPS Principal and Assistant Superintendent, DPS parent.     As a long-time DPS parent, teacher, coach and principal , I'm excited to serve on the inaugural Durham Public Schools Foundation Board of Directors. To be part of the Foundation's vision to fuse the energy and growth of the Bull City with the determination and talents of our students and educators is a dream come true.

JIM KEY
Board Chair
Retired DPS Principal and Assistant Superintendent, DPS parent.
As a long-time DPS parent, teacher, coach and principal , I'm excited to serve on the inaugural Durham Public Schools Foundation Board of Directors. To be part of the Foundation's vision to fuse the energy and growth of the Bull City with the determination and talents of our students and educators is a dream come true.

  ADAM KLEIN Director of Strategy, Capitol Broadcasting Company.   I am passionate about the role DPS plays in Durham's rise as the creative and innovation capital of the Southeast and the role our schools play in addressing issues of inequity in our city.

ADAM KLEIN
Director of Strategy, Capitol Broadcasting Company.
I am passionate about the role DPS plays in Durham's rise as the creative and innovation capital of the Southeast and the role our schools play in addressing issues of inequity in our city.

  JUSTIN LAIDLAW   DPS Alum.   As a product of Durham Public Schools K-12, I look forward to sharing my incredible experience with the community and supporting the next generation of students and educators.

JUSTIN LAIDLAW
DPS Alum. As a product of Durham Public Schools K-12, I look forward to sharing my incredible experience with the community and supporting the next generation of students and educators.

  ANN REBECK   Development Director The Scrap Exchange, DPS parent.   As a grateful parent of a current and graduated DPS student, I want to put energy into securing more resources to help transform the public school system and uplift public educators.

ANN REBECK
Development Director The Scrap Exchange, DPS parent. As a grateful parent of a current and graduated DPS student, I want to put energy into securing more resources to help transform the public school system and uplift public educators.

  LAURA HELMS REECE   Owner and CEO of a Durham based business, DPS parent.   My father was born to two very poor mill workers in Charlotte. Through public education and hard work he became the first person in his family to earn a college degree, then became a Professor at UNC-CH, and eventually founded Rho. Great public schools enhance our families, our communities, and our economies.

LAURA HELMS REECE
Owner and CEO of a Durham based business, DPS parent. My father was born to two very poor mill workers in Charlotte. Through public education and hard work he became the first person in his family to earn a college degree, then became a Professor at UNC-CH, and eventually founded Rho. Great public schools enhance our families, our communities, and our economies.

  AMY SALO   Student U, Chief Operating Officer.     I believe that in order for our community to reach it's full potential, all individuals must be given opportunities to reach theirs.

AMY SALO
Student U, Chief Operating Officer. I believe that in order for our community to reach it's full potential, all individuals must be given opportunities to reach theirs.

  EDNA WALLACE RTI International, Education and Workforce Development.   I am a proud parent of future DPS students and honored to serve on the DPS Foundation to ensure all students succeed.

EDNA WALLACE
RTI International, Education and Workforce Development.
I am a proud parent of future DPS students and honored to serve on the DPS Foundation to ensure all students succeed.

  LAURIE WILLIAMSON    Board Secretary    Early Childhood Funders Collaborative of NC, Project Manager, DPS parent.   As a daughter of a 30+ year NC public school teacher and a graduate of NC public schools, I have experienced the power and reach of education for all. As a social worker, I believe that ALL of Durham's children should have the opportunities, resources and supports they need to thrive in school and in life.

LAURIE WILLIAMSON
Board Secretary
Early Childhood Funders Collaborative of NC, Project Manager, DPS parent. As a daughter of a 30+ year NC public school teacher and a graduate of NC public schools, I have experienced the power and reach of education for all. As a social worker, I believe that ALL of Durham's children should have the opportunities, resources and supports they need to thrive in school and in life.

 

ADVISORS

These community leaders serve as ambassadors for the DPS Foundation. They believe DPSF's mission and approach can transform our public schools and ensure all students thrive in DPS. They serve as public champions for this work and advise the Board of Directors.

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STEVE SCHEWEL
DURHAM MAYOR

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BILL BELL
FORMER DURHAM MAYOR

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PASCAL MUBENGA
DPS SUPERINTENDENT

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Heidi Carter
Durham County Commissioner, Former Durham Board of Education member

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rep. Marcia Morey
NC Representative, District 30

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Bill McNeal
former Superintendent Wake County Schools & DPS Graduate

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ELAINE O'NEAL
NCCU SCHOOL OF LAW DEAN