BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors is the paramount decision making body of Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts and is responsible for overall governance and helping to sustain the mission, vision, and charter of the School. The Board consists of four (4) officers and a maximum of up to twenty-four (24) directors.
The work of the Board of Directors focuses on five areas as outlined in the PHSSA strategic plan:
Term: October 2018-2021
James Brockman is the Executive Vice President of Marathon Resource Management Group, LLC. He has over 20 years of experience shaping successful business units though process improvement and team building with a management by servitude approach. Prior to relocating to Virginia, he was active in various non profit organizations while living in Jackson, MS and Knoxville, TN. He is a strong supporter of the FFA Student organization and remains active at the local, state and national level. James hold his B.S. from the University of Tennessee in Agricultural Economics and earned his J.D. from the University of Memphis. He and his wife Stacey both enjoy exploring the history and culture of Richmond and the surrounding area in their free time. Now that their 5 children have left the nest, they currently live in Shockoe Bottom with their two dogs, Doodle and Tucker.
Term: April 2016-2019
Cezar is passionate about educational equity and joins PHSSA with the intent of helping create a better future for Richmond and as well as the state of Virginia. Upon graduating from Western Michigan University’s Lee Honors College with a BA in Anthropology and Philosophy, he embarked with Teach for America to teach in some of our nation’s highest needs schools. After teaching summer school Chemistry in Atlanta, Cezar spent two years teaching Chemistry at an independent charter school in inner-city Memphis, before moving to a KIPP charter middle school where he taught language arts. Upon moving to Richmond in 2014, Cezar spends his days at Armstrong High school where he works as a Communities In Schools site coordinator working to connect students to support services and enrichment programs. He also serves as Armstrong’s head wrestling coach.
Term: July 2018-2021
Shannon Castelo has been a public school educator for over 20 years, working in a vast array of schools from Texas to Virginia. She obtained her BA in History and Masters in Education from Virginia Tech. Shannon is an active member of the Virginia Graphic Alliance where she works to design annual professional development opportunities for teacher across the commonwealth. Currently she teaches AP Human Geography and AP World History at James River High School in Chesterfield County where she also serves as the school AP Liaison.
Term: June 2016-2019
Tiffany Ford is the Director of Procurement and Contract Administration at Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA). She oversees all aspects of strategic procurement planning, vendor management and contract management. Prior to her current position at RRHA, Ford was the Compliance Director at Richmond Ambulance Authority. She is an avid advocate for educational and housing equity. Ford earned a dual JD/MPA degree from University of Richmond School of Law and Virginia Commonwealth University.
Term: January 2018-2021
Wesley lives and breathes social studies education! Throughout his decade in the classroom, he has taught many secondary social studies courses, at all ability levels, in both public and independent schools. Wesley currently teaches at The Collegiate School in Richmond, where he also co-coorindates the Model United Nations Program. Outside of the classroom, Wesley serves as a member of the Board of Directors for both the National Council for Social Studies and the Virginia Council for Social Studies. Additionally, he volunteers as a greeter at the Maymont Park Mansion. Wesley earned both an MAT in Secondary Social Studies Education and a BA in Interdisciplinary Social Science from James Madison University. He also maintains a Postgraduate Professional Teaching License from the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Term: May 2018-2021
Newly minted “Richmonder” and Virginia Beach native, Meg Kelly joined the Patrick Henry Board of Directors in support of their mission to cultivate students’ growth and development. A practitioner of lifelong learning, Meg is committed to education as an instrument to impact the greater good through each Patrick Henry student, enriching social inclusion, active citizenship, sustainability and personal development. Meg received a Master of Business Administration from Cambridge College in 2013 and a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2008. She is a Solutions Architect in support of Global Wholesale Banking Technology at Bank of America where she designs and implements strategic programs. Meg is an avid Pure Barre enthusiast and a devoted bookworm. She loves Richmond’s live music scene and curtails her disruptive curiosity by maintaining a daily list of things to Google in pursuit of ceaseless learning.
Term: May 2016-2019
Natisha Knight has been an educator for over 15 years and is passionate about ensuring positive educational experiences for all children. After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BS in Psychology and MT in Elementary Education, she worked as a first and second grade teacher as well as a Title I math teacher for Richmond Public Schools. During that time she earned an MS in Administration and Supervision. In 2013 she left to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector where she managed a robust after-school program as well as a summer program for youth in Church Hill. In 2015 she also began working as a coach for the Richmond Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI) which is a quality improvement process for out-of-school-time organizations in the area. She is currently the Program Manager for Vision to Learn.
Term: August 2018-2021
Kylan is architect with an expertise in designing spaces for learning. After graduating from Virginia Tech in 2006 with a Bachelor of Architecture he joined local architecture firm BCWH (Now Quinn Evans Architects). Kylan has spent over a dozen years collaborating with educators and school facility managers across the Commonwealth to envision, design and construct schools and learning environments that inspire and enrich students. He believes strongly in the power of education and the role that schools play to build and empower communities. As a member of the Board of Directors Kylan will focus on efforts to renovate and maintain the beautiful building that the Patrick Henry School occupies.
Term: August 2018-2021
Tara Wiley is a proud PHSSA parent and a Grants and Communications Specialist with Richmond City Health District. Tara has helped government agencies, museums, and nonprofits across Richmond to pursue major grants and develop communications strategies to grow their audience and impact. In addition, Tara has taught research writing, creative writing, literature, and film at Virginia Commonwealth University. She holds a BA in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University.
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The PHSSA Board of Directors is looking for volunteers to help our board committees continue delivering efficient guidance and support to the school. These committees play an essential role in establishing connections to the at-large community while also handling some of the business delegated from the main Board of Directors to help fulfill the PHSSA mission.
The Board of Directors convene for their full meeting on every fourth Wednesday at 6:00 pm in the library at the school. Please refer to the school calendar to confirm meeting dates/times.
Use the links below to view Board of Directors documents: