WRUS 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 an advisor to the Wye River Board for almost seven years and most recently, Tom served as co-chair for the School's successful Capital Campaign. Alexa offers her experience as former Board Chair of 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. Alexa has also served on the board of a domestic violence agency and as a volunteer for an AIDS clinic in NYC. We also benefit from her previous career experience as a commodities broker for Shearson Lehman and Charles Schwab.
Darby Hewes, Vice Chair
Darby brings strengths in graphic and fine arts, business management, and teaching. Over the years, she has studied fine arts, architecture, graphics, and education. She earned a B.A. from University of Florida, and a B.F.A. from Washington College. She has also taught photography at Washington College and currently specializes in developing marketing materials for various non-profits. Hewes serves on several boards throughout Kent County. Her past work experience in construction management and engineering also adds an important skill set as Wye River continues to maintain and care for their newly renovated building in Centreville.
Mary Campbell, Recording Secretary
Mary Campbell is a member of the boards of trustees with a number of local non-profits. She is a past editor of The Queen Anne’s Chronicle. Before retiring, she taught and was an administrator and a board member at an independent school in Bethesda, Maryland. Her 24 years of teaching convinced her that a “one size fits all” approach to education creates frustration and too often leaves a student’s strengths and talents unrecognized and undeveloped. Mary has noted that, “Wye River’s small class size and staff of dedicated teachers provide the creative, individualized learning environment students need to meet with success. Having a school like Wye River in Centreville, and restoring and repurposing the armory for such good use, makes Wye River a triple win – for the students, the town, and the historic building.”
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.
Andy Cheezum, Trustee
Andy Cheezum is the Vice President and Partner at 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 the Shore Leadership Program, 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, University of Maryland Eastern Shore Construction Management Technology Advisory Council, and the Cordova Volunteer Fireman’s Association.
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 infant son in Easton, MD
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.
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 retired as a full-time Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist employed at the Eastern Shore Hospital Center. She currently serves 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.
Ludwig Eglseder, M.D., Trustee
Dr. Eglseder has been practicing internal medicine in Easton since 1986, where he currently manages a concierge practice. He serves as an attending physician on staff at Memorial Hospital where he regularly sees patients. Dr. Eglseder believes that Wye River is a unique educational program that serves a need which has been "almost entirely neglected in the public and private school sectors on the Eastern Shore."
Allison Burr Hicks, Trustee
An associate attorney with the Law Firm of Lynn Knight in Centreville, Allie offers her experience in family law, child welfare and estate planning to WRUS. Allie is the President of the Queen Anne's County Bar Association and is ending her term as Trustee with the Women and Girls Fund of the Mid Shore with whom she remains active as a volunteer. Allie and her husband Jesse reside in Chestertown with their two young sons.
Dr. Clayton A. Railey, III, Trustee
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.
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.