Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is comprised of volunteers from the parent community at Casa, as well as from the local business community. Each board member serves on a committee, which helps the board to accomplish its objectives. The Board’s role is to oversee the “big picture”, working with the administration to shape, review and continually improve upon the school’s processes and policies. The goal is to support Casa’s mission through outlining its strategic plan and leading committees to navigate the work that the plan entails.
Monique Taylor, Chairperson, has been a part of the Casa family since 2012. She and her family have lived in North Carolina since 2005, after moving from the Washington, D.C. area. Professionally, she has spent more than a decade managing communities and working with boards. In matters close to her heart, Monique enjoys silly stories, dance parties, trying new foods, and volunteering with her husband and three children. She counts it a privilege to be able to support the Casa community in this capacity, because she cherishes the children and enjoys the wonderful teachers and staff. Casa provides a unique, international experience in a close-knit environment. Term ending: June 2020
Cindy Appleby, Vice Chairperson, is an educator with over 20 years of experience in a wide variety of settings including inner city, public, private, charter, magnet, and international schools. She was a NC Teaching Fellow and has an undergraduate degree from UNC-Asheville (’94) in Psychology and Elementary Education and a Masters in K-12 Literacy (’08) from the University of NC-Chapel Hill. She currently teaches for Stevenson University’s Masters of Arts in Teaching program as an online adjunct professor. She developed the courses to support teachers in their integration of literacy into STEM focused classrooms. Cindy is a native North Carolinian married to an Englishman. She has twin daughters who attend Broughton High School and are due to graduate in 2019. Cindy is a passionate supporter of teachers and public education. Term ending: June 2019
Alice Ward, Treasurer, is new to the Casa family this year as she joins the Board. She comes to Casa as a big fan of the Montessori method and 5 year Montessori Mom. She and her husband, Charlie, are empty nesters living in Cary, Their daughter Molly works at MSNBC in New York City. The recent exciting news for the family is that Molly’s team has been nominated for 2 news Emmys! Alice has previously volunteered at Raleigh Little Theatre, University of Notre Dame Women alumnae and Moore Square Middle School. Her “day job” is being and IT Manager at NetApp in RTP. Alice is honored and excited to be joining the Casa Board this year as it allows her to support two things she is passionate about…..children and diversity. Term ending: June 2020
Seth Wood, Secretary, is the fortunate father of two Casa students and a living-in-the-moment three year old. He’s excited to be a part of the Board at such a dynamic and welcoming school. Seth, Catherine, and their then-four-month-old daughter moved to Raleigh in 2010 from Washington, DC. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia School of Law and practices law in Raleigh. His hobbies include playing the piano and retro video games. Term ending: June 2020
Dr. Allen L. Cannedy, Member at Large, is a native of Fredericksburg, Virginia. He earned an Associate degree in Arts and Science from Germanna Community College, Bachelor of Science from Virginia State University and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine. He did a Rotating Large Animal Internship at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and a Ruminant Production Medicine Residency at North Carolina State University- College of Veterinary Medicine (NCSU-CVM). Dr. Cannedy was a ruminant group faculty member at NCSU-CVM as a Clinical Assistant Professor from 1997 to 2000 until became the Director of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs for the College of Veterinary Medicine. His primary duty as the veterinary college diversity director is to promote veterinary professional careers to underrepresented minority groups. Dr. Cannedy also owns and operates the small ruminant and camelid mobile veterinary private practice that specializes in care for Llamas, Alpacas, Goats and Sheep. He is the recipient of various professional awards, and was invited in 2015 to serve on a panel of experts representing the veterinary profession at the White House. Term ending: June 2020
Daniel Chilton, Member at Large, is a husband and father of 2 Casa kids. He works in performance engineering for Nutanix, the Enterprise Cloud Provider that is making IT administration and operation as simple as using an app on your Iphone. Whether analyzing software performance to make it go faster or tuning the family finances, he loves problem solving. In his free time, Dan enjoys running, reading, and cooking. Dan and his family are also passionate about travel, which led them to Casa’s diversity-focused environment. He is humbled and grateful to serve on the Casa Board. Term ending: June 2020
Janice Rojas, Member at Large, serves as Director of Marketing & Communications for Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. In this position, she manages all internal and external communications and is responsible of implementing integrated marketing strategies and promotion plans for programs and initiatives, as well as maintaining media relations. Janice is passionate about making a difference her community, especially when it comes to empowering the young leaders of tomorrow. Janice serves on the Board of YNPN Triangle, an organization focused on leadership development for young nonprofit leaders. In her spare time, Janice facilitates marketing seminars and writes novels. She is also a proud UNC Chapel Hill alumna and graduate of the UNC School of Journalism. Term ending: June 2021
Lori Diaz, Member at Large, serves as Latino Development and Compliance Officer at Carolina Small Business Development Fund. Prior to Carolina Small Business, she worked as a Logistics Officer at Sanut, a leading producer in the agricultural sector in the Dominican Republic. Following this, she found her true career passion when she started working at ADOPEM, a Community Development Financial Institution. She worked at ADOPEM for three years, first as a Project Coordinator and subsequently as Deputy Project Director, where she managed multiple projects having the common objective of providing both financial assistance and training to small business owners who experienced barriers accessing capital. Lori holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Business Administration from Utah State University. Term ending: June 2021
Me’chelle Degree McKenney, Member at Large, is the owner of 3rd Degree Solutions. She has a passion for students and works heavily with colleges and universities teaching and facilitating soft skills (Leadership, Branding, Communication, Networking and Presentation) workshops. She prepares students for their next. Me’chelle knows that the children are our future and wants to provide them with the tools to succeed. She is an Amazon Number 1 Best Selling Author, a John Maxwell certified Coach, Speaker, and Trainer. Before becoming the owner of 3rd Degree, Me’chelle worked as a consultant where she used her 25 years of extensive project management experience, her certifications in Project Management Professional (PMP) and Scrum Master to create profitable and lasting solutions. Me’chelle is an action-oriented consultant recognized by clients as an innovative problem solver. Her expertise provides her the ability to build relationships to aid in moving teams forward. She has managed domestic and international projects, forming strategic partnerships between business groups and external clients. Me’chelle also serves on the board of directors for Athena of the Triangle as well as HBCUGrow. She is a 2018 alum of Leadership Triangle and a Jim Goodmon Fellow. Term ending: June 2021
Mike Slipsky, Member at Large, is a corporate lawyer whose practice is focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and privacy and cybersecurity law. He has practiced with Poyner Spruill LLP since moving to Raleigh in 2005. Prior to that, he practiced with a large law firm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Utah and received his law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law. He spent the majority of his youth as an Air Force brat, with stints in Georgia, California, Alabama, the United Kingdom, North Carolina and Utah. As such, he became familiar with a variety of approaches to education and believes that Casa’s methods closely resemble his experience in British primary school, which was by far the most rewarding. He and his wife Sarah have three children, all of whom are currently enrolled at Casa. Mike is an avid fan of Utah football, Carolina basketball and Liverpool FC soccer–he welcomes any and all conversation regarding these topics, even if it involves friendly trash-talking. Term ending: June 2020
Monica Perry, Member at Large, has been involved in the field of veterinary medicine for more than 30 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has since completed the VMC, Inc. School of Veterinary Practice Management and has been awarded the designation of Certified Veterinary Practice Manager. As a partner with VMC, most of Monica’s time is spent consulting with veterinary practice owners and their teams, but she also lectures nationally and internationally. In addition, Monica is on faculty at North Carolina State University in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics as a lecturer where she teaches Veterinary Practice Management on the undergraduate level. Monica is an active member of the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association, VetPartners, and the American Veterinary Law Medical Association. As a member of the VetPartners organization, she actively serves on the program committee and co-chairs the Diversity and Inclusion Special Interest Group (SIG). Monica is a member of Pleasant Grove Church in Cary where she is the current Chair of the Marshall Brent Dixon Academic Excellence Scholarship Committee, teaches Sunday School to 9-12-year-old children and is on the Finance Committee. Monica will let you know that her two primary purposes in life are helping veterinary practices reach their greatest potential and being the best possible wife and mom. She shares her Raleigh home with her supportive and loving husband and their daughter. Term ending: June 2021
Seraka M. Davis, J.D., Member at Large, is a Senior Regulatory Compliance professional in the insurance and financial services industry. She has extensive experience in the areas of insurance producer licensing regulatory compliance, research and analysis. Prior to completing her law degree she gained banking regulatory compliance experience working in the compliance and legal departments of a large financial services institution in Arlington, VA. She currently serves as the Director of Licensing and Registration Compliance, Regulatory Affairs at RegEd, Inc.
Seraka has a great interest in children’s advocacy issues; especially efforts to improve literacy and education for children of all ages. Most recently, she worked with the Readers as Leaders Program at Durham’s Partnership for Children. In furtherance of her interest in supporting efforts to improve the lives of children, Seraka has also served as a CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocate in the D.C. CASA program. Additionally, her love of travel and cultural exchange provided her with an opportunity to volunteer and live with a family in Peru while enhancing her study and fluency of the Spanish language. Seraka enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband and their three daughters, traveling and attending outdoor foodie events. Term ending: June 2021
Contact the Board and Administration: The board and administration may be reached at email@example.com. To reach individual members, the format is the first letter of the member’s first name, followed by their last name: FLastname@cemcs.org. The school’s business address is the primary mailing address that may be used for board members.