Welcome ! Below you will find a list of the members of the Laura Huzzell 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 email@example.com.
If you are interested in serving on the Board, we are recruiting new members.
Mike LeClair is a father of two Montessori children and works as a corporate lawyer and compliance officer in RTP.
Mike grew up in Cary, North Carolina, before graduating from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Campbell University School of Law, where he was a Webster Scholar.
In his free time, Mike enjoys spending time with his family, playing musical instruments, traveling and hiking.
Kathleen Mason was born in Alaska but has spent a majority of her life in North Carolina. She grew up in the Triangle, having attended Duke School for Children, Ravenscroft, and finally graduating from Cary Academy. After high school she received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She then went on to earn her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. Kathleen works in the Advancement Department at Cary Academy as their Alumni and Giving Coordinator. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. Kathleen and her husband Don live in Cary with their three children, all of whom attend Sterling.
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!
Shannon Macquarrie is a native of New England, and has been a resident of North Carolina since 1992. She has lived in several areas of the Triangle, the Sandhills, and also spent a few years in Asheville. Her undergraduate focus was in the biological sciences, management and organizational development. She has an MS in Human Resources and is a certified Project Management Professional. Shannon works in the clinical research industry, where she leads a global project management team dedicated to oncology research. She has served as a member and Secretary of the Sterling Montessori PFA, and is currently serving as the LHU Buildings & Grounds committee chair. Her son started at Sterling in 2011 in Kindergarten. She and her family live in the central Cary area near Bond Lake, where they spend much of their time outside enjoying nature. When they are not swimming, playing soccer, reading, playing guitar, walking dogs, or riding horses, they are probably cooking at home.
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.
Julie Hughes was born in New York and grew up in Massachusetts. She received a B.A. from Wellesley College (Psychology, Education, Teaching Certification), a Masters from Harvard Graduate School of Education (Teaching & Learning), and has National Board Certification. Julie moved to North Carolina in 1996, where she taught first grade in Wake County Public Schools. She also worked for 2 years as a coordinating teacher in Wake County’s Elementary Math Department. In addition to classroom responsibilities, Julie has presented and facilitated training programs at the county, state, and national levels, has served as a mentor to beginning teachers, and has worked as a cooperating teacher for Meredith College teacher certification candidates.
Julie and her husband Kevin have three young children. After observing her children thrive in their Montessori classrooms, Julie completed a Fundamentals of Montessori course through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies, and has plans to obtain full Montessori certification when her children are a bit older.
Julie loves tennis, Jazzercise, and reading. She loves to travel, and spends a few weeks each summer with her family on Cape Cod. Julie obtained Irish citizenship in 2006, and looks forward to returning to Ireland with her children some day, so they can gain a deeper understanding of their Irish heritage.
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.
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.
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.
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.