Leadership

Welcome from Dan Quesnel, Head of School


It is my great honor and privilege to serve as the Head of School at The Oakwood School. Whether you are already a member of the Oakwood community or are considering joining us, I am confident that you will find Oakwood to be a truly wonderful place to learn, play, work, and grow.

From the first time I stepped foot on campus, I was struck by the strong sense of community and inclusiveness. Students, faculty, and parents alike have #EaglePride and are eager to welcome guests and share their love of Oakwood. On your next visit, take time to observe students who are truly excited about what they are learning and dedicated teachers, coaches, and administrators who give their time, energy, and talents to make Oakwood such a terrific learning environment.

Oakwood is unique in the Greenville area as a non-sectarian, independent, college preparatory school with an approach to education that includes hands-on, inquiry-based learning, service to others, and a commitment to exposing students to a broad range of academic, fine arts, and athletic opportunities. Oakwood’s students broaden their horizons further through a combination of community outreach, travel in the U.S. and abroad, and a robust international student program. Our graduates regularly attend and excel at some of the best colleges and universities throughout North Carolina and the nation.

I welcome you once again on behalf of the Oakwood community and hope to see you the next time you are on campus. I am confident you will find that The Oakwood School is truly living its founding mission to instill, not just in our students, but in our school community as a whole, the strength of character, the creativity, and the wisdom to make a difference in the world.

Go Eagles!

Dan Quesnel
Head of School


Board of Trustees

The Oakwood Board of Trustees strives to be a diverse entity comprised of individuals who work at being a team and bring to it a variety of different perspectives, balance of skills, and broad thinking.

Election to the board of trustees carries with it a responsibility of stewardship. By definition, trustees are the custodians of the school: they hold "in trust" the mission and the school's reputation. Current trustees accept the obligation to not only preserve, but to also add to the enterprise. Beyond these duties, the work of trustees focuses exclusively on policies and strategies that are future-focused, and not on daily operations, which are delegated to the head of school. Trustees are called upon to contribute their time, thought, and energy, as well as financial resources, to support the viability and growth of the school. — National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

A copy of The Oakwood School’s Bylaws can be found here.

2018-2019 Board of Trustees

2018-2019

Ogi Obi, President
Chris Dyba, Vice President
Patricia Rawls, Treasurer
Ira Adler
Jason Barnett
Faye Bordeaux
Laura Hanley Davis
Jason Higginson
Jimmy Hite
David Lamb
Karsin Landis
Allan Mitchell
Kim Sayers
Kelli Smith
Sangita Tewari
Jim Whitehurst
Jennifer Youngs
Xiaoming Zeng
Dan Quesnel, Head of School (ex officio)
Eileen Van Houten, Advisor (ex officio)

Board Bios

Ogugua “Ogi” Obi, President
Ogi Obi and her husband Reggie are current parents of Oakwood students Nnamdi (10th), Ozioma (8th), and Chigozie (4th). She has previously served as Chair of the Committee on Trustees, as well as a member of the Head of School Search Committee. Ogi works in Greenville and specializes in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Disease with Vidant Edgecombe Hospital and Vidant Medical Center. Ogi joined the Board in 2016.

Chris Dyba, Vice President
Chris Dyba is a current parent of an Oakwood 11th grader, Jack. Chris and his wife, Eva Marie, are both from Louisiana but lived in Durham for many years where they both attended school. They have lived in Greenville for five years since relocating from New Orleans. Chris is Vice Chancellor for East Carolina University Advancement and is President of the ECU Foundation. Jack has thrived at Oakwood and for this reason Chris and Eva Marie both give their time, talent, and treasure to Oakwood. Chris serves at the Board’s Chair of the Development Committee. He joined the Board in 2016.

Patricia Rawls, Treasurer
Patricia and her husband Artie are grandparents of Carson Aarup, a 9th grader at Oakwood. She is a graduate of East Carolina University with a B.S. in History and English and a Masters in Counseling. She taught middle school and established the Learning Center for Adult Basic Education at Beaufort County Community College. After a career in Real Estate she retired and became an active volunteer. She was the founder and Chair of the Washington Downtown Development Commission, served as President of the Friends of Brown Library in Washington, served on the ECU Pirate Club Board of Directors, was Chairman of the Sheppard Memorial Library Board of Trustees, as well as a member of the Friends of Sheppard Memorial Library Book Sale Committee. She became a volunteer at Oakwood in 2012 working at our library. Patricia is Chair of the Resources Committee and joined the Board in 2014.

Ira Adler
Ira is the parent of two current Oakwood students, grades Arrington (1st) and Addison (5th) and is also a proud parent of an Oakwood graduate, Alex from the Class of 2018, and a current boarding student Abbie (11th) at Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut, who attended Oakwood from Kindergarten through 10th grade. With his four children, Ira has had 14 years experience at Oakwood serving on the Development Committee and chairing the Annual Fund for two years with his wife, Jodi. Ira also served on the most recent Head of School Search Committee and has a passion for the school and its mission. Ira is a partner with Eastern Radiologists, Inc. -- a faithful Oakwood Corporate Partner for many years -- and has resided in Greenville for 19 years. Ira joined the Board in 2017.

Jason Barnett
Jason is a former Oakwood parent. He has been a Charge Nurse at Vidant Medical Center's Behavioral Health Unit in the past. For the last 16 years, Jason and his wife Jeannette have owned and operated Paradigm, Inc., a community mental health agency serving Greenville and the surrounding areas. Jason supports Oakwood because he believes in the mission of the school and the culture of positivity that is continually instills in its students. Jason joined the Board in 2017.

Faye Bordeaux
Faye Bordeaux is a native of Pitt County. She and her husband, Frankie, have a daughter, Lauren, who is a 2018 Oakwood alumnus and now attends the George Washington University in Washington D.C. Faye and Frankie co-chaired the 2017 and 2018 Oakwood Annual Fund Campaigns. She has serves on the Development Committee, as well as a trustee for Horizons at The Oakwood School. Faye is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has treated children and families for several years. Faye joined the Board in 2013.

Laura Hanley Davis
Laura Hanley Davis moved to Greenville in 1997 with her husband Rick Davis. They are the parents of current Oakwood Senior, Nathan Davis, and have been part of the Oakwood family since his first grade school year. Oakwood has provided their family with a rich experience and many wonderful memories. Laura's service on the Board is a modest attempt to give back to the school. Before moving to Greenville, she worked for IBM, first as an equipment repair technician and then as a mainframe applications programmer. Laura current serves as the Chair of the Committee on Trustees. She joined the Board in 2014.

Jason Higginson
Jason Higginson is a parent of two Oakwood children in Kindergarten and 4th grade. He and his wife Amanda are both pediatricians at ECU. They have lived in Greenville for six years since relocating from Washington DC. Their time at Oakwood for the past six years is a major reason they love Greenville. Jason joined the Board in 2018.

Jimmy Hite
Jimmy Hite is a life-long Greenville resident and father of two grown children and one pre-schooler. Jimmy is also an uncle to Oakwood alumnus Hannah Clark (Class of 2013). He is an architect and works with his wife Krestin in their practice, Hite Associates: Architecture, Planning, Technology, which is primarily K-12 educational facility design, engineering, and planning. Jimmy joined the Board in 2018.

David Lamb
David Lamb has served on the Oakwood Board since 2016. David, his wife Griffin, and their twin first-graders, Emerson and Spencer, have lived in Greenville since relocating from Boston in 2013. David is an attorney with a focus on health law and Griffin is a fundraiser in higher education at ECU. The Lambs are proud supporters of the The Oakwood School and its mission. David joined the Board in 2016.

Karsin Landis
Karsin Landis is an alumni of Oakwood. She attended the school from Kindergarten to 8th grade and was a member of the 2nd class that was eligible to complete all grades. After attending ECU and earning a degree in Fine Arts and Communication and a degree in Business Management, she decided to join her family business: Jenni K Jewelry. She recently opened a second location for the business in Uptown Greenville and manages the family horse farm, located directly behind Oakwood. Karsin believes that Oakwood is the foundation of why she is successful in her life ventures and is happy to be able to serve the school now, in hopes of giving the children of tomorrow the same opportunities. Karsin joined the Board in 2015.

Allan Mitchell
Allan Mitchell is a current parent of nine years who is well-known around campus through his volunteering, substitute teaching, and serving as a former Boy Scout Master. Allan is retired US Army. He and his wife, Joanne, have been residents of Pitt County for over 12 years. Allan volunteers at Oakwood, so that he can continue to be involved with his children Remy (7th) and AliJ (3rd) education. Allan joined the Board in 2018.

Kim Sayers
Kim Sayers has been a parent at Oakwood since 2007 of Collin (9th) and two older sons Mason and Ian. She is well known around campus through volunteering for the school and has served on the PSA, holding the office of President for two years. KIm is also a Board member for the Horizons summer program at Oakwood. She is a pediatric audiologist and practiced for 15 years but most recently became a small business owner of Simply Divine Oil & Wine. Kim and her husband, Ron, love Oakwood and what it has offered their children. She believes that giving her time as a Board member is a way to give back to the school and loves the community/family culture at Oakwood. Kim joined the Board in 2013.

Kelli Smith
Kelli Pack Smith has three children at Oakwood, Ryan (9th), Norah (8th), and Mason (1st). Kelli and her husband Anthony have been part of the Oakwood community for 10 years and both work at Vidant Health. Kelli has a background in public health and hospital administration and is the administrative lead of the Vidant Health Medical Affairs Office. Kelli joined the Board in 2016.

Sangita Tewari
Sangita Tewari and her husband Andy are alumni parents of Oakwood since 2002. Ravi (Class of 2015) is a senior at UNC Chapel Hill and Jeevan (Class of 2018) is a freshman at Duke. Sangita is a CPA and was an auditor with Price Waterhouse for almost 10 years. Sangita served on the most recent Head of School Search Committee. She believes in Oakwood's mission and is excited to support Dan and the excellent work he is doing as our new Head of School. Sangita joined the Board in 2018.

Jim Whitehurst
Jim Whitehurst is an alumni parent of Elizabeth Whitehurst (Class of 2018) who now attends Wake Forest University and a son Jake who attended Oakwood many years before boarding school. He and his wife Anne have been part of the Greenville community for decades. Jim owns and operates Coastal AgroBusiness, a faithful Oakwood Corporate Partner for many years. Jim joined the Board in 2013.

Jennifer Youngs
Jennifer Youngs and her husband Kevin have three boys at Oakwood, Davis (5th), Jacks (3rd), and Cy (1st). They have been part of the Oakwood community for six years and now own and operate Youngs Physical Therapy & Sports Performance, a faithful Oakwood Corporate Partner for many years. Prior to opening their business, Jennifer worked as a Reading Specialist and Literacy Coach for Pitt County Schools. Jennifer served on the most recent Head of School Search Committee. She joined the Board in 2018.

Xiaoming Zeng
Xiaoming Zeng is a professor and Department Chair at ECU and a former Oakwood parent. Originally from China, Xiaoming and his family have lived in Greenville for the past 15 years, which is the longest period they have ever lived in one place. Xiaoming actively volunteers in the local Chinese community and hosts a Chinese booth each year at Oakwood’s International Festival. Xiaoming appreciates the openness and diversity of the Oakwood culture. Xiaoming joined the Board in 2013.

Dan Quesnel, Head of School (ex officio)
Dan Quesnel is Oakwood’s new Head of School starting in July 2018. He is also an Oakwood parent to Emily (8th) and Nate (6th). Dan joined the Board in 2018 as an ex officio member by virtue of his role as the Board’s sole employee.

Eileen Van Houten, Advisor (ex officio)
Eileen Van Houten is a former Board President and alumni parent to Carolyn Van Houten from the first graduating class in 2009. A retired attorney and now a business owner, Eileen has volunteered extensively for over 30 years in the Greenville community, supporting the arts, music, education, and services for people facing mental, emotional, physical, and financial challenges. She is a founder of Rocking Horse Ranch Therapeutic Riding Program, and is dedicated to the long term success of The Oakwood School and every Oakwood student. Eileen served on the most recent Head of School Search Committee. Her focus is on the continued support for and excellence of Oakwood, and the development of the Administration and Board of Trustees that is essential to that success and excellence.