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.
Ed Ritter, Vice-Chairperson
Ed Ritter is a retired banking executive who held senior leadership positions in the Consumer Bank, Commercial Bank and within Technology and Operations at Bank of America and Wells Fargo. Ed brings his leadership skills to bear on driving the board’s strategic plan and spearheading the long term planning for the school facility.
Lindsay Betzel, Secretary
Lindsay Betzel, a Charlotte area native, is a Finance Program Manager at Florida Power & Light. She has a background in project management and software development that she uses to keep the board organized. Lindsay takes the lead on reviewing and updating all board policies, onboarding new board members and providing ongoing board training.
Gretchen B. Bottrill, Treasurer
Gretchen B. Bottrill is a Managing Director and Senior Credit Officer at Regions Bank. Her years of experience in risk management and financial analysis have been instrumental in streamlining Veritas’ budget and cash flow management.
Dottie Bryan, Director
Dottie is the owner of DB Consulting. She is the board representative of Challenge Foundation Properties, the nonprofit financial partner that has been key to launching and sustaining Veritas.
Jaime Daniell, Director
Jaime Daniell is CEO of Performance Staffing Solutions, Inc. As chair of the marketing committee, she has revamped the school’s website and found new ways to promote Veritas in the community.
Mimi Siadak, Director
Mimi taught elementary school in the Raleigh-Durham area and middle school in Davidson, NC. Mimi uses her masters degree as a Curriculum Specialist to spearhead our READ Charlotte initiative and provide guidance to the board on academic matters.
L. Bernard Jones Jr., Director
L. Bernard Jones Jr. is a Senior Manager in the Cyber, Risk and Regulatory practice at PwC and has over 15 years of leadership experience within technology at PwC, Bank of America and Raytheon. Bernard is a proud graduate of a HBCU, holds two Graduate degrees and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Computer Science. As a new member to the board he hopes to provide a different perspective to the board to continue to assist with the growth of Veritas.
Marvin McLain, Director
Marvin McLain is a Health IT program professional and Agile Project Manager within the Federal Civilian Solutions Mission Area at Noblis. He brings more than 16 years of experience in using technology for process improvement and strategic planning. Marvin is a proud Wingate alum and was a team captain for the Bulldogs. As a new board member he looks forward to supporting new initiatives and community engagement opportunities to help Veritas continue to grow.
Tejiri Bolano, Director
Tejiri Bolano is a Senior Operational Risk Officer at Wells Fargo and has over 15 years of leadership experience in engineering and information technology oversight at Areva, Bank of America and Wells Fargo.
Robert Merriwether, Director
Robert Merriwether is the founder and senior pastor of ARC Ministries, Inc. He previously served as Assistant Pastor for Calvary Christian Church of the Apostolic Faith. Robert is also a licensed barber and Registered Nurse and serves as the Director of Nursing for his and his father’s home healthcare business, S&H Home Healthcare. Robert’s youngest son is an 8th grade student at Veritas.
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).
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