Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the governing body for WakeEd Partnership. It is primarily made up of business and community leaders who are deeply involved in public education. To join our Board, contact WakeEd President Steve Parrott at (919) 780-5205.


2018-2019 Board of Directors

Stephanie Jensen, BASF WakeEd Board Chair

Stephanie Jensen was named Director of Professional & Specialty Solutions at BASF for the US. business market on March 1, 2018. The P&SS business focuses on new and innovative solutions for customers in the pest control, turf, ornamentals and vegetation management/forestry markets. Stephanie previously served as Director of Controlling and Data Management at BASF and has been with the company for over 16 years in several management roles. Stephanie attended Bentley University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in finance and later a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in finance. She and her husband live in Willow Spring with their two children, a son who attends West Lake Middle School and a daughter who attends Willow Springs Elementary School. 

Members (Listed Alphabetically)

Monica Barnes, ABC11 WTVD

Gordon Brown, Alfred Williams & Company

Rob Buhler, BAERING

Dr. Seth Carruthers, LORD Corporation

Cris Charbonneau, KnowledgeWorks

Dr. Will Chavis, WCPSS Principal of the Year

Jason Christie, Triangle Business Journal

Betsy Reade Creech, Kane Realty Corporation

Matt Davis, Paragon Bank

Scott Duda, Cherry Bekaert, LLP

David Ellis, Wake County Manager

Michelle Rich Goode, Rich Commercial Realty

Gary Greene, Greene Resources, Inc.

Cara Greening, STEWART

Sharon Gupton, Fonville Morisey Realty

John Hummel, Chair-Elect, Sinclair Broadcasting Group

Carey Hunter, Principal Financial Group

Chris Isley, BB&T

Betsy Jordan, WCPSS Teacher of the Year

Curtis Ladig, Delta Dental of NC

Rod Malone, Tharrington Smith

Dana Martinez, Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce

Scot McAlexander, Xenith Bank

Cathy Moore, Wake County Public School System, Superintendent

Steve Parrott, WakeEd Partnership President

Michael Perera, IBM

Jennifer Pittman, ABB

Simmi Prasad, U.S. Trust

Marion Robinson, Retired, State Employees’ Credit Union

Pamela Rose, Dude Solutions

Jamie Royster, Lenovo

Steven Slee, Fifth Third Bank

Marcus Smith, PNC Bank

Doug Sprecher, First Citizens Bank

Roxann Sykes, WCPSS Assistant Principal of the Year

Walt Tippett, Brooks Pierce

Jeffry Trad, Wells Fargo Bank

Cleon Umphrey, Raleigh Durham Airport Authority of NC

Kassandra Watson, Wake County PTA Council

Andrew Zukowski, UNC REX Healthcare