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Crosland teachers and staff are truly what makes the experience individualized and unique. It is key to build relationships and establish trust. They encourage students to take risks in a safe, loving environment. Learn more about their individual skills, teaching accomplishments and passions below.
We have the following positions open for the 2022-23 school year:
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We celebrate and embrace every child’s unique needs when it comes to education. We would love to speak with you more about your child and find out if the Crosland School is the right choice for you and your family!
Laura Reed has spent over 20 years in independent schools as a special educator, Head of School, Professional Development Director and volunteer. Her passion has always been to work with students who learn differently, so she feels at “home” being on the Board of Directors and honored to be a part of a school that provides an environment where all students belong and are understood. Laura enjoys spending time with her family and sharing clean crafted wine with friends but most weekends you can find her on the soccer field watching her daughter.
Mike Adams is the Sr. Director of Corporate Security at Coca-Cola Consolidated and a retired Major with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. He grew up in a family where his father was an educator and was fortunate to have teachers along the way who motivated him to succeed when learning was a challenge. His experience as a security professional provides an opportunity for him to utilize these skills to ensure the safety of staff and students attending the JCS. Mike grew up in Wake Forest, NC and enjoys running, family and traveling with his wife Carmen and two kids.
Mark Aysta is employed as the Managing Director of Enterprise Security for Duke Energy, after retiring from the FBI where he spent 22 years as a Special Agent. Being the parent of a child who learns differently, he has an understanding of the unique challenges families face educating their children. Mark has been married to his wife Trina for 26 years, has two children, Brayden (22) and Bryn (15), and spends his free time in the gym or on the golf course.
Tom received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from UNC Charlotte, and his Masters of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis. His 32 year career with Little Diversified Architectural Consulting has been focused on the design of schools, including many Independent schools in our region. With a focus on school design and successful student outcomes, his role serving for JCS allows me to learn more about education and have a very direct impact on student outcomes. Tom and his wife Sheri have been married for 34 years, have a 29 year old son who is a forester. Tom enjoys travel, the outdoors, fishing and is a novice banjo musician.
Tim Bell has worked in the financial services industry for over 30 years. He has served in senior positions for Deutsche Bank, Bank of America, Wachovia and U.S. Bank. He and his wife Mollye have three children that have grown up in Charlotte. One of Tim’s children has a learning difference, and, having experienced that first hand, drew him to be a supporter and board member for The John Crosland School. Tim enjoys golf, fly fishing, the outdoors, and traveling with his family.
Dr. Luis Betancourt is a child and adolescent psychiatrist. He is a partner at Pediatric and Behavioral Health, where he’s been providing mental health care to children, adolescents and their families since 2014. He is devoted to providing evidence-based and compassionate care. He enjoys spending his free time golfing, fishing, or hiking with his family.
Robert Brega works for U.S. Bank on the corporate bond trading desk. Robert has been working in the securities industry for 18 years with positions in credit risk, credit research and fixed income trading – and the latter focusing on integrating technology into trading. Robert has attended several JSC Gallas over the years and was inspired to hear about the impact it was having in the community. He’s married to his wife Amber, has two boys, Greyson(7), Brooks(3), enjoys spending time outdoors with his family.
Vicki Bott is retired from a 40-year career holding leadership positions in strategic planning, marketing, and organizational development for business, academia, and government. Her daughter began attending Crosland as a 7th grader in 2016 and has thrived academically and socially in its supportive environment, making it a joy to give back to this community by putting her professional experience to use on the Board. Vicki grew up in the Northeast but has made Charlotte her home since 1980 where she enjoys cooking with her daughter, reading detective fiction, planning home improvement projects, greenway rambling, and volunteering at her church.
Becky Cheney is an attorney who specializes in litigating construction and land use issues. She is a partner with the firm Hamilton Stephens Steele + Martin, PLLC. Her daughter has spent 7 happy years at The John Crosland School, so Becky is delighted to serve on the school’s board and to promote the school to other parents. A native West Virginian, Becky moved to Charlotte in 1994.
Kelly Cipriani is a stay-at-home mother of three children, Jordan, Megan, and Gavin. Megan attends and is thriving as a middle schooler at The John Crosland School. Prior to changing directions to stay at home to raise her children in 2008, Kelly was the Controller for Consolidated Theatres, a Charlotte based regional movie theater chain which was sold to Regal Entertainment. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Kelly is a member of the Board of Directors of Gift of Adoption of the Carolinas, which she and her husband, Jason, founded in 2012. Kelly’s other interests include tennis, travel, animals, and spending time with friends.
Leesa Clardy is a native Charlottean who graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in nursing. For twenty years, she worked in operating rooms in NC, MD, AZ, CT, NY and did pro bono cleft lip and palate repair in Thailand, Peru and Honduras. In addition, she has been an active volunteer at Christ Episcopal Church, Children’s Theater of Charlotte and the Charlotte- Mecklenburg School System. She and her husband, Jim, have two children, Julia and James. James is a middle schooler who has thrived at John Crosland. It is an honor to serve the school that has been such a gift to our family.
Genevieve deLemos is an attorney who runs a research compliance consulting firm serving hospitals and physician practices across the country. She feels fortunate to be the parent of a now 5th grade Crosland student, and has seen the impact of the school and its mission on her daughter over the past five years. Genevieve enjoys spending her downtime running, reading historical non-fiction and traveling with her family.
Austin Grant Harper is the first alumnus (Class of 2015) Board member who was diagnosed with ADHD, Dyslexia, Auditory Processing Disorder and enrolled at Dore Academy in the 2nd grade. He has overcome his fear of failure and learned the importance of taking risk in one’s life. His passion/hobbies are to help motivate people who aspire to change themselves in various ways of their life through the importance of mental wellness and exercise. He fancies himself as an amateur lumberjack, who is a nerd of various things such as cars, comic books, video games, music of all genres. He is quite fond of Anime and Japanese/ Eypytian culture.
Kim Hurst is a Senior Vice President and Regional Practice Leader for Aon’s East Region. She works with clients on all areas of group welfare benefit programs, including design strategy, cost, plan management, and administration. Kim is an active member of Aon’s Health Solutions Executive Committee where she leads discussions on performance management, growth strategies, margin expansion and pipeline development. Prior to joining our firm, Kim was a senior consultant at KPMG and served as a Trial Clerk at the U.S. Tax Court. Kim has a Master’s degree in Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of William and Mary.
Terri Midura attended UNCC and studied Political Science but found her passion in Real Estate. Terri and her husband co-own, Landura Investment Companies, an investment firm that manages and owns over 100 apartment communities across the southeast. Her oldest son, Peyton, is a current 9th grader at John Crosland. Throughout Peyton’s educational journey, she has developed a passion for helping children with learning disabilities through her family’s foundation because support is so vital for success. Terri has been with her high school sweetheart for 22 years. She enjoys cooking with her boys and traveling to experience new cultures.
Bailey W. Patrick has spent more than 30 years in all facets of commercial real estate. His areas of specialty encompass all types of brokerage including land, office, industrial, and investment transactions in addition to suburban office and flex space development. Bailey shares overall responsibility for the success of MPV Properties. Bailey is extremely active in the Charlotte Community serving as Director on the Corporate Board of Cato Corporation and Chairman of the Board of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, while also serving as a Trustee for Queens University, serves on the Board of Visitors for UNC-Chapel Hill, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia, his high school alma mater.
Kurt Powell has spent the last 22 years in the financial services industry, having served roles in both the investment and commercial bank, focused primarily on the healthcare sector. Along with a 14-year-old daughter, Kurt and his wife, Andrea, have a neurodiverse son who was fortunate to spend three years at JCS before successfully mainstreaming to public high school. Kurt is an avid cyclist and fly fisherman who enjoys spending time in any kind of mountain environment.
Tina Rosensteel does Accounts Payable for a medical practice. Prior to that, she spent 16 year at Bank of America and 3 years at Carolinas Healthcare System in various Finance and Accounting positions. She feels very strongly about the impact that JCS makes on students who learn differently and is happy to be able to support that through being a board member. She currently has 2nd and 4th grade boys who attend JCS. She enjoys exercising, spending time with friends and traveling with family.
Rich Simons has spent over 23 years at Daimler Trucks North America serving as its first Chief Diversity Officer and now serves as the Head of Parts Sales and Marketing. As an advocate for inclusion and the growth of our children, Rich offers an array of assets to drive sustainable culture, governance, and vision for the school. Rich and his wife enjoy watching their daughter compete in USTA Jr. tennis tournaments when he is not on the golf course.
Sylvia Yarbough has over thirty years of experience in various leadership roles within the financial service industry. Sylvia is currently leveraging her financial experience and knowledge as an independent consultant. Sylvia’s greatest asset is her decisive leadership with the required flexibility in responding to constantly changing organizational needs. Sylvia holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Meredith College and a Bachelor’s Degree from Barton College. Sylvia volunteers her time providing financial counseling on topics such as budgeting, general banking, credit, and investing to individuals, non-profits, and small businesses in underserved communities. Sylvia has two adult sons and resides in the Charlotte area with her husband and extended family.