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.

2019-2020 Board of Trustees

2019-2020

Ogi Obi, President
Chris Dyba, Vice President
Sangita Tewari, Treasurer
Ira Adler
Scott Barker
Laura Hanley Davis
Jason Higginson
Jimmy Hite
Karsin Landis
Jeffery Longshore
Allan Mitchell
Linda Roberson
Kelli Smith
Kimberly Swank
Brandon Tate
Jennifer Youngs
Dan Quesnel, Head of School (ex officio)
Eileen Van Houten, Advisor (ex officio)
Dave Hunt, Past President (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.

Sangita Tewari, Treasurer
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.