Board of Directors
Central Park School for Children's Board of Directors meets at least once a quarter. Meetings are included on our school Events Calendar and are open to the public. More details can be found in Section 1 of our Parent Handbook.
For information on our school administrative team, including the school's director John Heffernan, please see our Faculty & Staff section.
Vicky Patton, Board President
Vicky served as an assistant to President Terry Sanford at Duke University and led the effort to relocate the American Dance Festival from Connecticut to Durham. She was a founding Board member, then president of the Duke School for Children and managed the creation of their campus on Hull Avenue. Just before committing all her time to the creation of CPSC, Vicky was the Executive Director of The Governors Center at the Sanford Institute for Public Policy where she taught management to executives in state government. Vicky is serving a 1-year term as chair of CPSC's board beginning May 9, 2013.
Robert (Bob) Chapman, Facilities Chair
Bob is a new urbanist developer who builds walkable mixed-use neighborhoods. His urban infill projects include Trinity Heights in Durham and the Village at Hendrix in Conway, AR. He has served on the boards of Preservation Durham, the North Carolina Smart Growth Alliance, Durham Central Park, Duke School for Children, the Carolina Theater, St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation, Friends of the Duke University Art Museum, the Research Triangle Regional Film Commission, the Trading Path Association and the NC Art Society. Bob is presently lead developer for the South Elm Street project in downtown Greensboro.
Shelby Eden Dawkins-Law is a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Education. Having just completed the MA program in Culture, Curriculum, and Change in May of 2013, she is proceeding into their PhD program in Policy, Leadership, and School Improvement. For her masters thesis she wrote about the history of desegregation in North Carolina public schools, the evolution of the charter school movement, and the influence of charter schools on diversity in North Carolina's K-12 public schools. This spring Shelby will also complete her certificate in Nonprofit Leadership at the UNC School of Social Work. Shelby became passionate about education at an early age as her mother is a 21-year veteran teacher in Washington, DC public schools.
Edward (Ted) Fiske, Communications Chair
Communications Chair: Formerly the Education Editor of the New York Times, Ted is the author of Smart Schools, Smart Kids: Why Do Some Schools Work (Simon &Schuster). He is author of The Fiske Guide to Colleges and numerous other books on college admissions and has written widely on education in developing countries for UNESCO, the World Bank, the Academy for Educational Development and other organizations. His most recent project has been a study of gender equality in secondary education and in adult women's literacy for UNESCO. He and his wife, Helen Ladd, a professor of public policy at Duke, have written books on school choice in New Zealand and racial equity in the post-apartheid education system in South Africa and recently completed a study of school finance in the Netherlands. Ted is a member of the boards of the North Carolina Center for International Understanding and Citizen Schools North Carolina.
Phillip Grosshans, Parent Representative
Bio coming soon
Tammy Macomson: Faculty Representative
See Tammy's bio on our Classroom Teachers page.
Dexter pastors congregations in Chapel Hill and Haw River. Previously, he worked as an attorney in Chapel Hill and Durham. Before attending law school at the University of North Carolina, Dexter taught at a private high school in southern California. For a number of years, he ran summer camps for inner city children in Riverside, California. He and his congregation volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House twice a month in Chapel Hill and Durham. Dexter holds degrees from Loma Linda University, Andrews University and the University of North Carolina. He is currently doing additional graduate work in the area of theological ethics towards his doctoral degree at the University of South Africa.
John Rockwell, Parent Representative
John is Administrative Director of Oncology and Associate Chair of Radiation Oncology Administration for UNC Healthcare. His responsibilities include administrative oversight of clinical, research and academic programs for the Department of Radiation Oncology of the UNC School of Medicine, as well as clinical operations in the North Carolina Cancer Hospital. Prior to his work at UNC Healthcare, John was a management consultant to small and large businesses and has experience in strategic planning and finance. John has two kids currently attending Central Park School for Children in 2nd and 4th grade.
Alan Staple, Treasurer
Alan works for the William J. Clinton Foundation’s HIV/AIDS initiative (CHAI) where he is responsible for managing strategic relationships with the global pharmaceutical industry. Through the work of CHAI over two million people living with HIV/AIDS are now able to access life-saving treatments. Prior to joining the Foundation, Alan served as a Vice President for RTI International and was the chief executive of EnSys Environmental Products, a start-up company that Alan took public. He holds a master's degree from the London School of Economics and a bachelor's degree in economics from Oberlin College.
Jacqueline (Jackie) Terrell, Recruitment Chair
Jackie is the administrative manager and program coordinator at the Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality at Duke University. The Network’s researchers examine the causes of and the policies to remedy group-based disparities in wealth, income, employment, education, politics, health (both physical and mental), and transmission of advantage or disadvantage across generations.