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Board of Trustees
Our Board of Trustees is responsible for the school's long-term well-being. The Board meets at least once a quarter; meetings are announced on our school Events Calendar and are open to the public. More details can be found in our Parent Handbook.
Our Director and administrative staff oversee the school's day-to-day operation, including personnel matters. A separate nonprofit, the Central Park School for Children Foundation, owns the Foster Street building and manages our assets.
Board of Trustees
Vicky Patton ()
vickypatton [at] mindspring.com
Vicky served as an assistant to President Terry Sanford at Duke University and led the effort to relocate the American Dance Festival from Connecticut to Durham. She was a founding Board member, then president of the Duke School for Children and managed the creation of their campus on Hull Avenue. Just before committing all her time to the creation of CPSC, Vicky was the Executive Director of The Governors Center at the Sanford Institute for Public Policy where she taught management to executives in state government.
Bob Chapman ()
Facilities Committee Chair
bobchapman [at] mindspring.com
Robert "Bob" Chapman is a new urbanist developer who builds walkable mixed-use neighborhoods. His urban infill projects include Trinity Heights in Durham and the Village at Hendrix in Conway, AR. He has served on the boards of Preservation Durham, the North Carolina Smart Growth Alliance, Durham Central Park, Duke School for Children, the Carolina Theater, St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation, Friends of the Duke University Art Museum, the Research Triangle Regional Film Commission, the Trading Path Association and the NC Art Society. Bob is presently lead developer for the South Elm Street project in downtown Greensboro.
Geoffrey Phillippe ()
Development Committee Chair
geoffrey.phillippe [at] gmail.com
Geoffrey is a Program Manager at John Deere and the proud parent of two daughters — one a current CPSC student and one who is very excited to join the CPSC kindergarten soon. Coming from a family
background with public school educators and higher education academics, Geoffrey is a strong believer in
the importance of high-quality public school education for all children. He is looking forward to applying his
business background and experience serving on other organizational boards to support and advance CPSC's
Geoffrey has a background in Electrical Engineering from MIT and an MBA (with focus in Entrepreneurship
and Technology Commercialization) from the University of Southern California. Geoffrey, his wife Wendy,
and daughters live in Durham near Brier Creek.
Joseph Fitzsimons ()
Facilities Committee Chair
joe [at] fitzsimons.com
Joe is an architect specializing in adaptive reuse of historic buildings and has participated in many of Durham’s recent major renovation projects, including American Tobacco, Golden Belt, and American Underground at Main Street. He has worked on every phase of the Central Park School for Children’s expansion, dating back to the original conversion of 724 Foster Street in 2002. Joe also serves on the Durham Historic Preservation Commission.
Marcia Brooks ()
Marcia is the owner/director of Lakewood Avenue Children’s School (est. 1986), a child-centered, project-based preschool inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach. She was a CPSFC parent for nine years. Her son started as a first grader in the school’s first year, and her daughter graduated from CPSFC elementary school in 2012. Marcia has served on the boards of the Durham Arts Council, and The Scrap Exchange. Marcia works in education, art, and design. She has a BFA in drawing (UNH), the NC K-12 Art Education License (NCCU), and an MID from NSCU College of Design, where she studied environmental design for young children.
Sandra Martinez-Zuniga ()
Sandra is the Project Launch Program Coordinator at the Talent Identification Program at Duke University (Duke TIP). Project Launch seeks to provide academic interventions and support to high-ability students with financial need. She previously worked as a middle school counselor in Chapel Hill. Sandra grew up in Arequipa, Peru. She moved to the States for graduate school where she received an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Vanderbilt University and an M.Ed. in School Counseling from UNC-Chapel Hill. Sandra loves hiking and cooking with her husband and son.
Alice Maniloff ()
Alice holds a BA in History from UNC-CH, a MAT from UNC-CH, a Master’s Degree in Special Teaching from Bank Street College of Education in New York City, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from East Carolina University. She began teaching in Charlotte in a middle school the first year of desegregation and quickly became interested in teacher development. She has been Director of Professional Development in Durham County Schools, Principal of Ephesus Elementary School in Chapel Hill, Assistant Director of the Principals’ Executive Program at the University of North Carolina, Head of School at the Lerner School in Durham and a coach for first year principals in Durham Public Schools. She lives in Chapel Hill, NC.
George Hining ()
George is the Director of Business Development and Marketing at MHAworks. A graduate of Appalachian State, he works with companies on strategic growth planning, business development and sales, marketing brand image, graphic design, message development, media production and online marketing / SEO. George has been a resident of the Triangle area for over 30 years and calls Durham home. He is currently the Chair of the Business Services Committee, and he also sits on the Durham Workforce Development Board, Downtown Durham Inc.'s Advisory Board, the Durham Chamber's Small Business Council, Housing for New Hope's Advisory Board. He is a graduate of Leadership Durham.
Thomas Patterson ()
Director's Evaluation Committee Chair
tpatters [at] duke.edu
Thomas currently serves as Program Director for Duke Youth Programs, Duke Continuing Studies. The program sponsors academic enrichment camps for middle and high school students. Thomas also advises first and second year students at Duke. Prior to his work at Duke Continuing Studies, Thomas was the Head Teacher of the Carolina Friends Middle School. Thomas is also a member of the Executive Service Corp Development Committee.
Dorian Bolden ()
Dorian is the owner of Beyu Caffe, the ultimate community gathering place, coffeehouse, restaurant, and music venue in Durham. He is an alumnus of Duke University, and relocated back to Durham in 2005 after working as a financial advisor with Bank of America after college. Through his work at Beyu, Dorian has collaborated with dozens of local organizations and events, including Duke Performances, American Underground, NC Comicon, the Southern Documentary Film Festival, Urban Hope Ministries, and the Department of Jazz Studies at North Carolina Central University. Having successfully opened and operated Beyu in the immediate aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis and then transitioning to property ownership and relocating in 2016 due to rising rental costs in downtown Durham, Dorian is passionate about working with local visionaries and aspiring entrepreneurs on innovative strategies to preserve and strengthen our culturally vibrant and diverse community, combating gentrification, and getting community financial support for projects. Dorian and his wife Taineisha have 2 children who both currently attend Central Park.