The Board of Directors is the governing body for Wake Education Partnership. It is primarily made up of members who are often deeply involved in public education, and leaders in the business community and community-at-large.

The Board of Directors meets quarterly. The annual meeting occurs in June. Its formal role is defined in the organization’s bylaws.

To join our board, contact President Steve Parrott at 919.780.5205.

2016-2017 Board of Directors

Chair, Don Esposito, General Counsel, UNC REX Healthcare

Members (Listed alphabetically)


Monica Barnes, ABC-11 WTVD


Chris Bell, SunTrust Bank

Gordon Brown, Alfred Williams & Company

Rob Buhler, MMI Public Relations

Rob Burlington, SteelFab of VA, Inc.

Jason Christie, Triangle Business Journal

Robin Costello, CED

Matt Davis, Paragon Bank

Damon Dishman, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Scott Duda, Cherry Bekaert, LLP

Hardin Engelhardt, Wake County PTA Council, President

Gary Greene, Greene Resources, Inc.

Cara Greening, Clancy & Theys Construction Company

Sharon Gupton, Fonville Morisey Realty

Jim Hartmann, Wake County Government, County Manager

Douglas Hornberger, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

John Hummel, Sinclair Broadcasting Group

Chris Isley, BB&T

Stephanie Jensen, BASF

Russell Killen, Parker, Poe, Adams & Bernstein, LLP

Mitch Lower, Biogen Idec

Miles Macleod, Heritage High School, WCPSS Teacher of the Year

Rod Malone, Tharrington Smith

Scot McAlexander, Xenith Bank

Dr. 
Jim Merrill, Wake County Public School System, Superintendent

Christina O’Neill, Cisco


Katherine Peele, LS3P ASSOCIATES LTD.

Jennifer Pittman, Duke Energy

Marion Robinson, State Employees’ Credit Union

Jamie Royster, Lenovo

Sepi Saidi, Sepi Engineering & Construction

Steven Slee, Fifth Third Bank

Marcus Smith, PNC Bank

Julie Song, Quintiles

Doug Sprecher, First Citizens Bank

Muriel Summers, WCPSS Principal of the Year, A.B. Combs Elementary

Walt Tippett, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP

Cleon Umphrey, Raleigh Durham Airport Authority

Steve Parrott, Wake Education Partnership President