Jeff Longshore, President
Jeff Longshore and his wife, Shannon, have been residents of Greenville since 2013. They quickly identified Oakwood to be the only choice for their children, Harper and Hank. Jeff enjoys volunteering at Oakwood’s OASES Farm. Jeff holds a BA in Economics from the University of Memphis and has experience in IT, Electronic Medical Records, and now owns a small real estate business. His wife, Shannon, is a Pediatric Surgeon at Vidant Medical Center. Jeff serves on the Board’s Resource Committee. He joined the Board in 2019.
Ira Adler, Vice President
Ira Adler and his wife Jodi are the parents of two current Oakwood students, Arrington and Addison, Oakwood graduate Alex '18 (who left for Duke University), and Abbie (who attended Oakwood from K to 10th grades and graduated Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut in 2020 ). With his four children, Ira has had many years experience at Oakwood serving on the Development Committee and Co-Chairing the Annual Fund for two years with his wife, Jodi. Ira also served on the most recent Head of School Search Committee and currently serves as Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Development Committee. He 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. Ira joined the Board in 2017.Brandon Tate, Treasurer
Brandon Tate and his wife, Tamira, have two children who are lifers at Oakwood: Kennedy '20 and Weatherly. Brandon has extensive experience having served Oakwood on the Resources, Facilities, Audit, Human Resources Committees, as well as having been a Horizons Board member. Each year he assists with raising money for the Annual Fund and even served as a past Co-Chair with Tamira. Brandon is a 1998 graduate of ECU with a BS in Marketing and an MBA. Brandon and Tamira are the owners and operators of Atlantic Wireless Communications, Incorporated in Greenville since 1996. Atlantic Wireless operates
15 U.S. Cellular retail locations in North Carolina and Missouri and has been a loyal Oakwood Corporate Partner since the program’s inception. Brandon has extensive experience in building a company with a strong Biblical mission, vision, and core values and received national attention with his revolutionary compensation structure that ties employee pay with these behaviors. Brandon is currently chairing the Resource and Endowment Committees and joined the Board in 2019.
Scott Barker and his wife, Monika, are the parents of Oakwood graduate Simon '20. Scott, Monika, and their family relocated to Greenville from Santiago, Chile where Scott served as the Army Attaché in the U.S. Embassy. The Barkers are a military family that has lived in numerous overseas locations before settling down in Greenville. Scott is currently a counselor and occasional teacher at East Carolina University who is involved with numerous veteran organizations in Greenville and the eastern part of the state. Scott is a member of the Head Support & Evaluation Committee. He joined the Board in 2019.
Ashley Eatmon '12
Ashley Eatmon was a member of Oakwood’s fourth graduating class in 2012. Ashley attended UNC-Wilmington and transferred to East Carolina University, where she earned a Business Management degree. During college, she served two terms as Vice President of Risk Management for her sorority, Alpha Phi. Ashley currently works as the Office Manager at Cooke & Associates Construction Company, Inc. She is married to Cameron Eatmon and serves on the board for Rocking Horse Ranch Therapeutic Riding Program. Ashley believes in Oakwood’s mission and philosophy. She knows Oakwood prepared her to succeed in college and beyond, giving her leadership skills and the desire to give back to her community.
Sue Ann Forrest '12
Sue Ann was a member of Oakwood's third graduating class in 2011 and was this year's commencement speaker. Sue Ann completed her undergraduate studies at Campbell University majoring in English and Communication Studies with a minor in Marketing and served as student body president. In 2018, she completed the Master of Public Administration program at East Carolina University. She currently works as a lobbyist in the North Carolina General Assembly as the Director of Legislative Relations for the North Carolina Medical Society, which represents 11,000 physicians and physician assistants. Additionally, she is a current student in the Doctor of Health Sciences program at Campbell University concentrating in Health Administration. She firmly believes in Oakwood's mission and credits Oakwood for helping to develop meaningful skills to grow academically and professionally.
Jimmy Hite is a life-long Greenville resident, father of two grown children, and grandfather of one. Jimmy is also an uncle to Oakwood alumnus Hannah Clark '13. He is an architect and works with his wife, Krestin, in their practice, Hite Associates: Architecture, Planning, Technology, a K-12 educational facility design, engineering, and planning firm. Jimmy serves as the Chair of the Board’s Facilities/Technology Committee and Strategic Planning Task Force. He is also a member of the Resource Committee. Jimmy joined the Board in 2018.
Kelli Pack Smith
Kelli Pack Smith has three children at Oakwood: Ryan, Norah, and Mason. Kelli and her husband, Anthony, who both work at Vidant Health, have been part of the Oakwood community since 2008. Kelli has a background in public health and hospital administration and is Vice President of the Vidant Health Medical Affairs Office. Kelli is Chair of the Head Support & Evaluation Committee. She joined the Board in 2016.
Panagiotis "Nick" Pantelidis has been an Oakwood parent for several years and continues to serve on the Board's Facilities Subcommittee and its Security Task Force. A longtime Greenville resident, he attended East Carolina University, completing both a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Science in Information Technology. He currently works at ECU in the Instructional Technology and Computing Services Department.
Linda Roberson comes with experience from various executive positions at Vidant Health and a small software business process management business. Linda has an MBA, is a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) and Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). Her leadership responsibilities focused on building strong operational structures including financial oversight, defining marketing and customer relation initiatives, and strategic planning. She now works as an Adjunct Instructor at ECU teaching marketing and leadership in health care. Linda is married to Richard Roberson and live in Williamston. They have two sons and brought their youngest son, Kelby '13 to Oakwood as a junior. As a student, his only regret was that “he did not come to Oakwood sooner.” Linda is Chair of the Committee on Trustees. She joined the Board in 2019.
Allen Sicley and his wife, Kimberly, have two children at Oakwood, Adrianna (8th) and Hampton (3rd). The Oakwood School has provided a positive educational experience for Adrianna and Hampton. Allen and Kimberly strongly value the educational excellence that Oakwood provides for their children in Greenville. Allen is a native of northern New York, relocating to the Greenville area in 2002. Allen and Kimberly both work in the pharmaceutical industry. Allen is the Head of Quality at Novartis in Wilson. Kimberly is the Manager of Microbiology at Pfizer in Rocky Mount.
Trey Sloan and his wife, Kristi, have lived in Greenville for over 20 years and are parents of two children at Oakwood, Brody (3rdgrade) and Iggy (PK3). Trey’s wife, Kristi, has served on the Parent Service Association for the past 3 years. She is currently the marketing chair for the PSA and is serving as co-chair for this year’s Blue Jean Ball. Trey is a four-time graduate of ECU. He has a BS (2007) and MS (2009) in Exercise Physiology and a PhD (2011) in Bioenergetics. He went on to obtain his MD (2015) at the Brody School of Medicine and completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine at the Brody School of Medicine and ECU Health. Over the last five years, Trey has worked as an emergency physician at ECU Health Medical Center and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at ECU. He currently serves as the Medical Director of Clinical Skills Education at the Brody School of Medicine.
Rachel Speicher, along with her husband Jim, are Greenville transplants from the Midwest. They have lived in Greenville since 2015 and are a proud Oakwood family. Their children, Jefferson (2nd) and Caroline (Kindergarten), both started in the PK4 class and love going to school. Rachel is impressed with the learning environment provided at Oakwood and the focus on each student developing individual strengths while encouraging students to grow into thoughtful members of a community. Rachel hopes to continue to help Oakwood provide unique opportunities for students to discover and develop their talents through curricular and extracurricular programs offered at school. Rachel is an Anesthesiologist with ECAA.
Sangita Tewari and her husband, Andy, have two boys who began attending Oakwood in 2002 and are now alumni. Ravi '15 left Oakwood for UNC Chapel Hill and Jeevan '18 left for Duke University. Sangita is a CPA and was an auditor with Price Waterhouse for almost 10 years. Sangita served on the Head of School Search Committee and recently served as Chair of the Resource and Endowment/Investment Committees, as well as a member of the Facilities/Technology Committee. Sangita currently chairs the Audit Committee and serves on the Development Committee. She believes in Oakwood's mission and is excited to support Dan and the excellent work he is doing as Head of School. Sangita joined the Board in 2018.
Jennifer Youngs and her husband, Kevin, have three boys at Oakwood: Davis, Jacks, and Cy. They have been part of the Oakwood community for several years and own and operate Youngs Physical Therapy & Sports Performance, a faithful Oakwood Corporate Partner. 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 and Co-Chaired the Annual Fund for two years with Kevin. She joined the Board in 2018.
Ogugua “Ogi” Obi (ex officio)
Ogi Obi and her husband, Reggie, both physicians at ECU, are parents of two current Oakwood students Ozioma and Chigozie, and NCSSM boarding student Nnamdi who attended Oakwood from 1st through 10th grades. They have been Greenville residents since 2003 and have come to call Greenville and Eastern North Carolina home. 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 Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine with East Carolina University and Vidant Medical Center. Ogi has a passion for Oakwood, believes in it's mission and is deeply appreciative of all the teachers and staff that make Oakwood exceptional. She is especially thankful for the protective, safe and nurturing environment that Oakwood has provided for her boys. As Ogi puts it "my boys have thrived at Oakwood" and "I want as many people as possible to experience the excellence and greatness that is Oakwood". Ogi has served as President of the Board since 2018. She joined the Board in 2016 and looks forward to a future where Oakwood continues to grow and excel in every way. She wants Oakwood to be the preferred school of choice for everyone in Greenville and beyond.
Chris Dyba (ex officio)
Chris Dyba is the parent of a Oakwood graduate Jack '20. Chris and his wife, Eva Marie, are both from Louisiana but lived in Durham for many years where they both attended school. Since relocating from New Orleans to Greenville, Chris has served as Vice Chancellor for East Carolina University Advancement and is President of the ECU Foundation. Jack thrived at Oakwood and for this reason Chris and Eva Marie both continue to give their time, talent, and treasure to the school. Chris joined the Board in 2016.
Dan Quesnel, Head of School (ex officio)
Dan Quesnel has been Oakwood’s Head of School since July 2018. He and his wife, Ellyn, are also parents of Oakwood students Emily and Nate. Dan graduated from UNC Asheville and received his Juris Doctorate from Wake Forest University. Prior to Oakwood, Dan served for 11 years as a Middle School Coordinator, teacher, and coach, as well as General Counsel for Forsyth Country Day in Winston-Salem. Dan joined the Board in 2018 as an ex officio member by virtue of his role as the Head of School and the Board’s sole employee.