Board Leadership


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Following is a list of the members of the Laura Holland Uzzell Foundation Board of Directors, with a brief bio for each, along with their contact information. To reach all of the board members simultaneously, please email president@lhuf.org.

If you are interested in serving on the Board, we are recruiting new members.

LHU OFFICERS

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Steve Mansbery

President & Chair, Development Committee
steve.mansbery@lhuf.org

Steve Mansbery grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Kentucky (B.B.A. Finance) and from Case Western Reserve University School of Law (J.D.).

Steve moved to North Carolina in 2006 and joined his present law firm as an attorney. He works in private practice, primarily in family law. He is an experienced litigator and appellate attorney.

Steve serves on the LHU Board Finance, Policy, and Development Committees. He and his wife, Marie, are the proud parents of two sons. In his free time, Steve loves to cook, grill, and smoke food and read books to his boys.

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Tisha Shah

Vice President & Chair, Governance Committee
tisha.shah@lhuf.org

Tisha Shah is a Raleigh/Durham native and now enjoys seeing her hometown through the eyes of her three children. Tisha and her family have been a part of the Sterling Montessori community since 2014. Her deep passion for education and serving others led her to complete her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in speech-language pathology. In addition to maintaining state licenses and a national certification for speech-language pathology, she also has a North Carolina teaching license. Previously, she co-founded and co-owned a speech therapy private practice where she gained valuable experiences with the fundamentals of developing strong business practices, marketing, management, and human resources. Upon seeking educational options for her young children, she discovered a love for the Montessori method and philosophy. Tisha completed several Montessori courses and had the wonderful opportunity to work as a Teacher Assistant in Children’s House at Sterling for 2 years where she was immersed in Montessori practices. She is now working independently as a speech-language pathologist serving K-12th grade students who attend an online charter school and for a local non-profit serving adults who have been affected by stroke/brain injury. She also enjoys volunteering at the school, traveling, yoga, running, and exploring local restaurants, festivals and events with her friends and family.

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Kim Elliott

Treasurer & Chair, Finance Committee
kim.elliott@lhuf.org

Kim Elliott is, first and foremost, a mom of three children – a 2018 Sterling alumna and two current Sterling students. She has been a part of the Sterling family since 2007 and has held different positions within the Parent Faculty Association since 2008. In the LHU, she serves as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee. She also chaired the Search Committee in 2017-2018 and sits on the Development Committee. These days, when not serving as an LHU Director, she can be found contributing to the creation of the Sterling Yearbook and volunteering in the classroom whenever possible. Outside of Sterling, Kim works as a financial controller, and when there is any time remaining, she runs, writes, and snaps photos!

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Ryan Hill

Secretary & Chair, Strategic Planning Committee
ryan.hill@lhuf.org

As a professional, Ryan has spent ten years in the insurance industry, primarily in the claims discipline. He currently works as the Claims Manager of Operations with Builders Mutual Insurance Company where he oversees quality, training, analytics, and business projects.

Ryan has served in leadership and development for non-profits including NZMG Foundation, the United Way of the Greater Triangle, the Redwoods Group Foundation, and overseas service work with Habitat for Humanity. He has a passion for supporting strong communities and child-centered education. When you don’t find him in one of these activities, you can likely find him running on the trails at Umstead Park, building Legos with his kids or trying a new recipe with his wife.

 

LHU COMMITTEE CHAIRS

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Chris Morton

Chair, Technology Committee
chris.morton@lhuf.org

Chris Morton has served as the chair of the LHU Technology Committee since 2014. He works as a Senior IT Manager for Qualcomm in Raleigh, bringing to the board nearly 20 years of Information Technology and Leadership experience. He and his wife Candi are busy raising their five girls at home. Two are current Sterling students and three are Sterling alumnae. In addition to spending time with his family, Chris enjoys hiking, running, yoga, and reading.

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Elizabeth Uzzell

Chair, Policy & Communications Committees
elizabeth.uzzell@lhuf.org

Elizabeth Uzzell is an alumna of Sterling, having attended Sterling and Cary Montessori from the very early days. She moved to Massachusetts for high school, and stayed up north for college. She graduated from Emerson College in 2010, where she earned a BFA in Writing, Literature and Publishing, with a minor in Hearing and Deafness. Elizabeth completed a Masters in Teaching at SUNY Plattsburgh in New York, and after finally having enough of the harsh winters, moved back to Raleigh. She taught English Language Arts for three years at Carroll Middle School. She loves writing, music, theatre and walking her Carolina dog, Angelica. Elizabeth is currently a doctoral student in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis at North Carolina State University. She loves Sterling and is excited to bring her experience as a teacher and former Montessori kid to the LHU board!

LHU BOARD MEMBERS

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Lily Phillips

Board Member
lily.phillips@lhuf.org

Lily Phillips was born in Massachusetts, but has lived in North Carolina for 22 years. She finished her undergraduate degree at Harvard and has a master’s from Columbia and a doctorate from Duke. She has taught literature and writing as a university professor, has worked for two academic journals, was an admissions officer and program manager for a summer program in mathematics, and has worked for, and served as president of a nonprofit for gifted education. In addition to working for the Board and serving on the Governance Committee, she currently works for the state of NC as a grants manager, is starting a camp for profoundly gifted mathematics students this summer, and is in talks to start a new academic journal devoted to literary theory, African American studies, and international culture. She has two children, one in high school and one at Sterling, and has enjoyed being part of the Sterling community for three years.

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Wally Lewis

Board Member
wallace.lewis@lhuf.org

Wallace (Wally) is a native North Carolinian and has lived in the Raleigh-Durham area since the late 1990s.  He holds degrees from North Carolina State University (B.S. Computer Engineering) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (MBA).  Wally is currently employed as a Technical Support Director at SAS Institute in Cary. Beyond SAS, he owns and operates 2 small local businesses, one of which provides educational experiences to children through cooking classes and camps. Wally and his wife Jenny reside in Durham along with their two children, Logan and Aubrey. When work and other obligations allow, Wally enjoys travel, music, and sports.

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Kari Schwab

Board Member
kari.schwab@lhuf.org

Kari Schwab has spent most of her life in the Midwest before moving to the Raleigh/Durham area in 2016. She graduated in 2010 from St. Catherine University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She has experience in a variety of nursing specialties including oncology, women’s health, and gastroenterology, and is currently an Inflammatory Bowel Disease Nurse Coordinator at the University of North Carolina Medical Center in Chapel Hill. She has been involved in a variety of improvement projects specifically within communications and has over 6 years of policy development experience. Kari, her husband Andrew, and daughter Aria have been a part of the Sterling Family since February of 2018 where her love for Sterling and Montessori education led her to serve as Room Parent for A4 in 2019 and the LHU board. When she is not busy advocating for her patients, Kari enjoys traveling with her family, running, and cooking.

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Rachel Richardson

Board Member
rachel.richardson@lhuf.org

Rachel is a native North Carolinian who was raised locally in Holly Springs. She attended Cary Academy for both middle and high school and currently serves on the Cary Academy Alumni Board. Rachel holds a BS and a MS in accounting from Appalachian State University. She is a Senior Manager in Tax with RSM. Rachel and her husband, Stephen have two young children, Eleanora (3) and Anson (2). Motherhood encourages Rachel to help build a positive community for her family. She wants to instill the values of civic responsibility in her children and believes that her participation on the LHU is an opportunity to demonstrate that commitment. Rachel is passionate about Montessori education and is excited about serving the LHU Board.

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Robert Wolfe

Board Member
robert.wolfe@lhuf.org

Robert Wolfe was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, before attending Wake Forest University (Bachelor of Science in Finance and Master’s in Accountancy).He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Robert works at a large Contract Research Organization (CRO) in RTP, where he is a Director of Financial Reporting, focusing on technical accounting and quarterly/annual reporting with the SEC.

Robert is an enthusiastic supporter of Montessori education. His wife had Montessori education through age 12. She attributes her passion for learning and approach to problem solving that fosters her career as scientist to Montessori fundamentals.

Robert, his wife and their two daughters live in Morrisville, and he enjoys outdoor activities, playing tennis and cheering on the Demon Deacons.

LHU Advisory Board

Elisa Sumakeris –  Advisory Member

Frank Brainard – Advisory Member