• Contact@VeritasCommunitySchool.com
  • 2600 Grimes Street, Charlotte, NC 28206
  • (980) 677-0101
  • Board of Directors

    The VERITAS Community School Board of Directors normally meets on
    the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30PM.

    Interested in becoming a VERITAS Board Member? We are looking for new board members with experience in:

    • Legal
    • Fundraising/Grant Writing
    • Facilities Management and Real Estate

    If you’re interested please apply below.


    Board of Directors | VERITAS Community Charter

    Board Members

    Erika Bowen, Chair Person

    Erika Bowen, a Charlotte native, is currently a High School Administrator at Community School of Davidson. She has a degree in English Education from Appalachian State University and a Masters of Educational Leadership from Queens University. While in the classroom, Erika earned her National Board Certification in the area of Secondary English and worked for several years as a teacher consultant with the National Writing Project. She is passionate about serving students in her community and believes that every student deserves access to high quality public education.

    Lindsay Betzel, Vice-Chairperson

    Lindsay Betzel is a Senior Financial Analyst at Florida Power & Light Company.

    Ed Ritter, Treasurer

    Ed Ritter is Policy and Governance Executive for Information Security at Bank of America. Over the past 25 years, Ritter has held senior leadership positions in the Consumer Bank, Commercial Bank and within Technology and Operations. Ritter is a transformational leader with expertise in Strategic Planning, Operational Management, Risk Management, Technology and Process Improvement.

    Catherine Hutasuhut, Secretary

    Catherine Hutasuhut is an Associate Attorney at Arnold & Smith, PLLC

    Gretchen B. Bottrill, Director

    Gretchen B. Bottrill is a Managing Director, Senior Credit Officer at Regions Bank

    Catherine Choudary, Director

    Catherine Choudary is an Independent Accounting Professional.

    Jaime Daniell, Director

    Jaime Daniell is the CEO and Co-Founder of Performance Staffing Solutions, Inc.

    Kristie Opiola, Director

    Kristie Opiola, Ph.D., LPC (Texas), RPT is an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She began her professional career as a certified child life specialist working with acutely and terminally ill children in hospital settings for 13 years and is currently teaching play therapy courses at UNC Charlotte. Her areas of teaching interest include play therapy, filial therapy, skill development, expressive arts. Research interests include play therapy and filial therapy with children who have experienced a variety of traumas (medical, relationship, adoption), community based play therapy interventions, and counselor-in-training skill development. Kristie is active in the Association for Play Therapy and Association of Humanistic Counseling.

    Mimi Siadek, Director

    Mimi Siadek is a Curriculum Specialist at the Community School of Davidson.

    Lee Teague, Director

    Lee Teague is the Chief Advocate at Teague Advocacy Group with specialties in financial modeling, lease negotiations, lease restructuring, building acquisitions, investment analysis and government and community relations.


    All directors may be contacted by email using their first initial and last name at board.veritascommunityschool.org (Actual email addresses are not listed to reduce spam). A meeting of the Board of Directors of VERITAS Community School is normally held at 6:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month.