2022 Board

of Directors 

Michael Brown, Chair

Assistant Principal UNCG Moss Street Partnership School; B.A. Middle Grades; M.A. School Administration; Licensed 6-9 Social Studies/Science; Licensed K-12 Administration.


Kisha Daniels, Vice-Chair 

Adjunct Instructor-Duke Department of Education; B.A. Psychology and Elementary Education; M. Ed. School Counseling; M.A.T. School Administration; Ed.D Curriculum and Instruction.


Mark Ford

Customer Marketing Manager at Bayer, Environmental Science

Yale University, Bachelor of Arts in English, 1992. 


Alex Hurdle

Recreation Coordinator, City of Durham Parks and Rec. Dept. r 

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.  Master of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management; 2013-2015. B.S. Sport Management: 2009-2013.  Member of Rho Phi Lambda- Parks, Recreation and Tourism 


Crawford Leavoy

Nine years at Durham Academy. Co-teacher of the Durham Academy high school program. Director of Speech and Debate, AP Coordinator, and Global Programs at Durham Academy. Moderator for the Durham Academy Queer Faculty and Staff Affinity Group.


Linda McDonough, Founder 

Director of Hope Creek Academy; B.A. English, Western Carolina University.


Gardy Perard, Secretary

Durham Literacy Center-Adult Literacy Program Coordinator; Certified Adult Education Resource Specialist; Certified Student Achievement in Reading (STAR) instructor. 


Layla Rivera, Governance Committee Chair

Literacy Instructional Coach--Club Boulevard Elementary School; Harvard Graduate School of Education; M. Ed University of CA Riverside, Grad School of Education, M. Ed Bilingual Education; Smith College B.A. Neuroscience, B.A. African American Studies.

Daniela Sanchez

Program Coordinator at Student U, Board Member at ReCity, first-generation college, volunteer at Reality Ministries, parents were immigrants, lives in the North Street Neighborhood (downtown Durham), an intentional community of people of differing abilities doing life together.


Nancy Williams, Treasurer

Retired, Maryland and North Carolina Association of CPAs; B.A. Economics Randolph Macon Women’s College; M.S. Accounting Georgetown University; M.S. Taxation, American University; licensed CPA in MD and NC.

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Although all of my students have benefited greatly from our working together, I am the bigger winner. The sense of joy and pride I feel whenever one of 'my kids' first demonstrates his new-found fluency always brings tears to my eyes." 


~Dan Toth, Augustine tutor for 10+ years