Board of Trustees
Alexa Seip, Chair
Alexa Seip and her husband Tom have been long-time friends to Wye River Upper School. Alexa has been the Chair of the Wye River Upper School Board for almost seven years. Alexa offers her experience as a current board member at The Darrow School, and brings a tremendous amount of knowledge, particularly with respect to best practices of governance for independent schools. As residents of Easton and active community supporters, she and her husband Tom are very appreciative of the Wye River model of educating bright high school students with learning differences. Outside of Wye River, Alexa is also engaged in helping the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center and supporting local food insecurity. We also benefit from her previous career experience as a commodities broker for Shearson Lehman and Charles Schwab. Alexa also serves on Wye River’s Finance Committee and Resource Development Committee.
Darby Hewes, Vice Chair
Darby brings strengths in education, as well as business management, construction and visual fine arts design to Wye River Upper School.
Her unique perspective and strength in business management and specialized education are particularly valuable assets to the school. Darby’s interest in education started with her husband and son who have diagnosed dyslexia and her work experience as a commercial construction management executive on multiple multi-million-dollar projects adds an important skill set as Wye River continues to maintain and care for their historic building.
Since her retirement from 20 years in the commercial construction industry, Darby has dedicated her time as a board member with various non-profit boards and by pursuing fine art. Darby, over the last 20 years, has assisted non-profits in creating marketing materials, improving board governance and fine-tuning strategic plans.
Darby has served on Wye River’s Gala Committee and currently is a member of the Resource Development Committee.
Myron Richardson, Trustee, Treasurer
Myron is a native of Appomattox, Virginia with a BS in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech. He was with the Textile Fibers Department of E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. Inc. for 37 years and worked extensively with strategic planning for multiple products. He capped his career as Plant Manager for a Dacron® fiber manufacturing facility in Suzhou, China. Myron retired in 2001 and moved to Centreville, Maryland where he has been active in volunteer work in the community including being a Co-Founder of the Corsica River Conservancy. Myron first became involved with Wye River as a member of the Construction Committee during the repurposing of the armory. He is well aware of the exciting opportunities that exist when schools such as Wye River provide the proper learning environment and is proud to be a part of this leading-edge organization. Myron also serves on Wye River’s Resource Development Committee and is the Chair of the Finance Committee.
Dr. Clayton A. Railey, III, Trustee, Secretary
Clay Railey is the Executive Vice President and Provost for Teaching, Learning and Student Success at Prince George's Community College in Maryland. His professional background encompasses many areas including teaching, conflict resolution, museum studies, school administration, theology, and counseling. He has spent years in academia earning several degrees, teaching undergrads, and learning many languages. Most notably he obtained a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University. Clay is particularly interested in supporting WRUS' Career Readiness Program.
Andy Cheezum, Trustee
Andy is Vice President and Partner of Willow Construction, the contractor who oversaw the renovation of the 1926 Armory as the new home for Wye River Upper School. Cheezum, a graduate of Leadership Maryland and Shore Leadership, is an Eastern Shore native and has served on many boards supporting the community. Currently, he serves on the ACE Mentor Program Board of Directors and as Lay Leader at Centreville United Methodist Church. Andy resides in Centreville with his wife, Gretchen. Andy is also on the Finance Comittee at Wye River Upper School.
Elizabeth Devlin Hackett, Trustee
Elizabeth is the Director of Advancement for Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, MD where she supports the fundraising strategy and activities for the College Foundation Board. She was the Founder and Executive Director of Page Turners: Girls Who Read to Achieve. Elizabeth was a Teach for America teacher in Charlotte NC. She resides with her husband and son in Easton, MD. Elizabeth is the Chair of the Resource Development Committee at Wye River Upper School.
Harry J. Duffey III, Trustee
Mr. Harry “Stoney” Duffey, III and his wife Jij have been closely involved in supporting many schools and organizations throughout Queen Anne’s County. Stoney previously served on the board for Kent School. He serves on the Gunston board and was a past board chair. Stoney has close ties to the local 4H chapter with service and involvement for 40 years. Stoney assists Queen Anne’s County Park and is a past board chair. He gives back to his church as a volunteer for St. Paul’s vestry. Stony also is a member of Wye River’s Resource Development Committee.
Senator Adelaide Eckardt, Trustee
Senator Adelaide Eckardt serves in the Maryland Senate representing District 37, which includes parts of Dorchester, Caroline, Talbot and Wicomico Counties. After serving 20 years in the Maryland House of Delegates, she was elected to the Senate in 2014. Prior to her public service, Addie spent 35 years as a full-time Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist employed at the Eastern Shore Hospital Center and Upper Shore Community Help Center, and also helped to start a nonprofit, Health Planning Agency. She also spent 6 years in School Health in Dorchester County. She has served on the following boards: Mid Shore Regional Council; Channel Marker Foundation Board; Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center; Sailwinds Inc., and Senator Eckardt also retains membership in the American Nurses Association and the Maryland Nurses Association District IV. Addie continues to sere on boards who sere unserved or underserved populations. She is also a part of Wye River Upper School’s Resource Development Committee.
Diane Freestate, Trustee
Diane is a native of Asheville, North Carolina and has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. She has lived in Centreville for 44 years, with her husband Mark, who is a native of Centreville, where they raised their two sons. Diane was formerly the Director of Advancement at Gunston School - and was on staff there for nine years. She brings to the Board of Trustees valued experiences in accounting and tax preparation. She is additionally involved with many community organizations including St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the Queen Anne’s County Garden Club, and the Children’s Home Foundation. Diane is a member of the Wye River Upper School’s Resource Development Committee.
Don Pusey, Trustee
Don worked three jobs to pay for his education while attending the University of Delaware. His major claim to fame there is that he lived in Harter Hall his freshman year, one floor above a student by the name of Joe Biden. After graduating he worked in the financial department at the headquarters of Campbell Soup. He left Campbell Soup to pursue a great opportunity to buy a small company that was in financial trouble. He then proceeded to buy other small companies while providing jobs and hiring good people to make each business a success. The profits from these companies have provided the financial ability for Debbie and Don to help, or fully pay, for the college education of 62 students, provide housing for the needy, and annual donations for deserving charities. Don hopes to transfer some of his business strategies to help the Wye River Upper School become even more successful in the coming years. He serves on the Financie Committee and Resource Development Committee at Wye River Upper School.
Thomas G. West, Advisor
Tom West is an accomplished writer and expert on the talents of gifted dyslexics and the aptitudes and talents of visual learners. He is the author of the award-winning book, In the Mind's Eye--Visual Thinkers, Gifted People with Dyslexia and Other Learning Difficulties, and Computer Images and the Ironies of Creativity. Mr. West writes a regular column, "Images and Reversals" on visualization issues for computer graphics. He has consulted, organized conferences and given presentations on computer visualization of information, scientific creativity and learning styles for scientists, business leaders and media innovators at numerous international organizations. Based in Washington, D.C., Mr. West has appeared on television and radio programs broadcast by PBS, the BBC, NPR, New Zealand TV, and UK Channel 4, among others. He is also the proud namesake of the Wye River "Thomas West Achievement in Digital Arts and Technology Award," awarded to the Wye River student who most demonstrates outstanding achievement in that field.
Patricia McGlannan, Trustee Emeritus
Patricia McGlannan is a Co-Founder of Wye River Upper School and the former Director of Business and Development. Her son was in the second graduating class in 2006. She is an active member of local Chambers of Commerce and women's networks, and serves actively on the Queen Anne's County Chamber of Commerce Business Education Partnership.