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Our Faculty and Staff is Here For You Like Family

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.

Hallie Rojeski

Head of School

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Karen Himebaugh

Director of Finance

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Anne Jaeger

Director of Lower School and Middle School & Academic Programming

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Charlie Heard

Director of Upper School, Registrar, & Data Management

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Portia York

Director of Advancement

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Vaniece Honeycutt

Upper School Spanish

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Shawn Greeson

Director of Operations

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Debbie Taylor

Extended Day Supervisor, Admission Assistant

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Ted Moore

Information Technology Coordinator

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Torian Parker

Art, STEAM & Middle School Social Studies

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Lynn Bonner

Lower & Middle School

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Dan Cherry

Upper School History

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Vivian Fotinos

Athletic Director & Middle School Math

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Ashley Helgeson

Middle and Upper School English

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Laura Hershelman

Lower and Middle School

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Mary Katherine Stephan

Middle & Upper School Science

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Lisa Johnson

Lower and Middle School

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Teri Michaels

Lower School

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Stacy Kasberg


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Nathalie Ottley

Lower and Middle School

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Graylin Williams

Counselor & Recreation Therapist

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Karey Pasano

Upper School

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Unique Pierre

Front Desk Receptionist

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Carol Thurmond

Student Support Coteacher

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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!

Our Board of Directors

Steve Finical

Steve Finical is a Plastic Surgeon at Charlotte Plastic Surgery, and trained and was on faculty at the Mayo Clinic. His son graduated from The John Crosland School, so he has lived the value and success of the school. I’d love for all parents to share my positive experience! He enjoys reading, running, and traveling with my family.

Michael Adams

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

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 Balke

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

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.

Rob Brega

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

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

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.

Genevieve deLemos

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.

Derrick Fitzgerald

Derrick Fitzgerald has had a career with AIG for 30 years as the Regional Manager of the Premium Audit Division, attended University of Ga. and graduated from Georgia State University with a BBA in Finance. He wanted to serve on the JC Board because his son attends John Crosland and wanted to provide a parent’s input and perspective. He’s married to his lovely wife, Troyce, serves as a member of Los Bravos, Inc., attends Transformation Church in Indian Land, S.C., loves to travel, and fashions himself as a budding BBQ Pitmaster.

Terri Midura

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.

Becky Minthorne

Becky Minthorne is a senior audit manager on the Wells Fargo Chief Operating Office Audit Team focused on remediation validation. Becky has over 12 years of financial services risk, control and audit experience. In Becky’s current role, she focuses on development of the Customer Remediation Center of Excellence, including standardizing Audit requirements for remediation validation. Prior to her current role, Becky was a senior audit manager on the Conduct & Sales Practices audit team focused on validation of regulatory matters.

Kurt Powell

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.

Laura Reed

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.

Emma Kate Reif

Dr. Emma Kate Reif is a licensed psychologist who earned her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of South Carolina. She is passionate about helping and supporting individuals and families to thrive, and feels honored to share her professional knowledge and serve on the Board of Directors. Dr. Reif enjoys learning about neuroscience in her spare time, reading, cooking, and spending time outside with her family.

George Rohe

Since retiring from his position as a tax partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, George Rohe has been employed as a consultant for a small group of closely-held businesses. He was a personal friend and CPA of John Crosland Jr. and was integral in connecting him as a benefactor of the school. George and his wife have two daughters and enjoy spending time with their grandchildren.

Tina Rosensteel

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.

Kathy Savitsky

Dr. Kathryn Savitsky is a General and Cosmetic Dentist in Ballantyne. Her daughter Emily has been a student at JCS 8 years and she has served on the Board since 2017. She has played a supportive role for The Annual Fund and Giving Tuesday.

Rich Simons

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.

Monika Weymouth

Monika Weymouth has been helping clients reach their potential through public relations efforts for nearly two decades. In 2014, Monika decided to start her own company, utilizing her in-depth background in categories such as consumer products, beauty, fashion, travel, automotive, real estate and hospitality. It is an honor to support the school as a board member and help promote the school, its dedicated staff and amazing students to local and regional media outlets.