Board of Directors


The Board of Directors meet on the fourth Monday of each month at 5:30pm. Your comments are always welcome. To participate in our “Public Comment” portion of the meeting, please register at Two Rivers Community School at least 7 days prior to the scheduled board meeting or you may forward your letter to: Board of Directors; Two Rivers Community School; 1018 Archie Carroll Rd, Boone, NC 28607. Minutes can be reviewed here.

2014-2015 BOD Meeting Schedule


TRCS BOD sept 2013 (2)Chair: Shari Williamson, parent

Shari Williamson is the Assistant Director for Marketing and Summer Conferences in University Housing at ASU. Hailing from Ohio, she received her B.S. in Educational Studies from Kent State University with a focus on the Reggio Emilia philosophy and M.S. in College Student Personnel from Miami University. She and her husband Ed moved to Boone in 2008 and have two children, Hayden and Brogan, enrolled at TRCS. Shari’s non-profit experience includes working at a child care resource and referral agency, running a child advocacy center, and serving as Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jefferson County.

Lynnwood BrownVice-Chair: Lynnwood Brown, parent

Lynnwood Brown spent his summers growing up in Blowing Rock but returned to the High Country in 2007 after 25 years living in Northern New Mexico doing community and regional planning and economic development. Lynnwood brings to the board a wide range of experience in planning, organizational development, and fund-raising for community-based organizations, both non-profit and for-profit. He is currently developing collaborative, knowledge-management web-sites for corporate clients and is serving as web-master for Two Rivers. He is thrilled to be apart of a community creating a progressive public-education option for Watauga county and is inspired by what Two Rivers Community School staff and parents have already accomplished in its short history. Lynnwood and his wife Elise McLaughlin live in Blowing Rock and two children at Two Rivers: Jimmy (6th grade) and Rowena (2nd grade).

Harrison SterneTreasurer: Harrison Sterne, community member

Harrison joined the TRCS BOD in late 2011 and is currently Treasurer and Finance Chair.  He is a finance and operations professional with 3 decades experience including world-class companies such as Disney Imagineering, Universal Studios, Siemens, Northrop Aircraft, and Bank of America – all technically complex, matrix-managed, project management environments. (more here:  He enjoys helping organizations transform into systematic, accountable, and effective entities.  Harrison has lived in Boone since 2005, is married and has two sons; one of whom attended TRCS.

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TRCS BOD sept 2013 (6)Secretary: Bryan Martin, community member

Bryan is a lawyer with Deal, Moseley & Smith in Boone.  Originally from Indiana, Bryan found his way to the high country when he and his wife, Leslie, were seeking a favorable place to raise their young children.  He brings a background in law, child advocacy, and non-profit service.  Bryan looks forward to helping the school reach its goals through his involvement on the Board.

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Vachel MillerVachel Miller Ed.D, parent

Vachel Miller is an Assistant Professor of Education at Appalachian State University. He and his wife Sarah have three children: Galen, Sidra, and Caspian. Prior to joining the faculty at Appalachian in 2008, Dr. Miller worked as a regional monitoring and evaluation, policy and research specialist for the Academy for Educational Development (AED) on a project focused on child labor and education in East Africa. He holds an Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMASS).



TRCS BOD sept 2013 (3)Hannah Reeder Ed.D, community member

Hannah Reeder is an instructor in the Curriculum & Instruction department in the College of Education at Appalachian State University.  She also is the director of High Country Academy, a private tutoring academy and learning center in Boone.  Prior to her current roles, Dr. Reeder has been an elementary school teacher and administrator.  Her research and professional interests focus on supporting new teachers.  Dr. Reeder earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Appalachian State University and her doctorate degree from East Tennessee State University.  She is passionate about educating children and is excited about her role on the board of directors at Two Rivers.

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TRCS BOD sept 2013 (4)Paulette Marty, Ph.D, parent

Paulette Marty is an Associate Professor of Theatre and Director of the General Education Program at Appalachian State University.  She and her husband John have two children who attend Two Rivers.  As Director of General Education, Paulette has helped develop curricula and related university-wide policies, as well as helped coordinate program-level assessment.  As a teacher at Appalachian State, Paulette has created and revised upper-division and lower-division courses in both Theatre and Honors.  She also established a successful study abroad program in England and France.  In the areas of  creative activity and research, Paulette has served as a director and dramaturg for theatre productions at Appalachian and other universities and has published articles on Elizabethan performance.  She received a B.A. from the College of St. Benedict, an M.A. from the University of Warwick, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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 Stephanie Troutman, Ph.D, parent

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David RizorDavid Rizor: Director of TRCS

(non-voting member)

David holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wyoming. He has 9 years of experience running charter schools. In addition to serving as Director at two charter schools and Principal at a K-5 elementary school, David taught science and developed curriculum.

lindsayStaff Representative: Lindsay Carroll

(non-voting member)


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Staff Representative: Sallie Arnold

(non-voting member)

Sallie spent her life moving all over the world, never staying anywhere for very long. Finally, she has found a home that she wants to stay in, here in the High Country. Teaching and family therapy have been her callings. She loves both! Children are extremely important to her, but she never realized how important until she had her own. She has 4 children- 3 girls and one boy. Only her youngest, Xander, is still at home and probably always will be. Xander has autism and has opened her eyes to love, patience, family dynamics and alternative methods of teaching and living. On a lighter note, she loves clothes and boots! She thinks that how we present ourselves, both in clothing and attitude, can have a huge impact on our own lives and others. She loves to make days brighter. TRCS has become her home. Working here is a pleasure, because of the students, the staff and the parents. Please feel free to contact her if she can be of help in any way.

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