Meet Our Board of Trustees
The WCS Board of Trustees works behind the scenes, providing guidance and support to maintain the School’s Mission and Vision, its Statement of Faith, its academic quality and student life, business operations, advancement and long range planning; the Board works closely with the school’s Administration to establish appropriate resources and facilities to carry out these goals; and it supports, oversees and evaluates the work of the Headmaster.
The Board works through various committees with responsibility for all areas of the school’s operation, including: Executive; Finance/Audit; Nomination; Advancement; and Facilities. The Board meets monthly but there are regular ongoing project groups and committee meetings going on at various times each month.
What’s the process to join the Board?
Board members join for a three-year term. Interested current parents, parents of graduates or other friends of the School are always welcome to inquire about committee or Board membership. This yearly process starts in late Fall with an informal interview, completion of a comprehensive questionnaire, and potentially a formal interview with the Nominating Committee who will pass along their recommendations to the full Board. If a candidate’s nomination is approved by the Board, it is submitted on an electronic ballot to all families for a vote of affirmation, typically in May.
The Board is seeking candidates who bring a wide range of talents and skills; who are willing and able to devote their time, and to support WCS financially as they are able; and who also agree with, and worship at a church whose teachings are similar to (and in no way contrary to) the WCS Statement of Faith. We welcome inquiries or recommendations for potential Board members.
Robalee “Robbie” Deike
Robbie, on the board since 2013, chairs the Advancement Committee. She retired in 2010 from DuPont where she worked in Human Resources. She is an active volunteer at church (Hockessin United Methodist) as Stephen Leader and small group/Bible study and in the community as group leader in BSF (Bible Study Fellowship), board member of Good Neighbors Home Repair, and Conservator Docent at Longwood Gardens. She served on the board of YWCA Delaware for six years. She and her husband, Al live in Greenville, DE, and are the parents of 2 WCS grads: Captain Will Deike, USAF (2004) and Liz Weaver (2006). She also plays the piano at WCS for graduation and musical performances.
Dave has been a member of the Board since 2007; he’s also a WCS alumnus and school parent. Dave and his wife Robin (Davis) graduated from WCS in 1982 and were married in 1987. They now have three children at WCS, in middle and high school, and a son who is at the University of Delaware. Dave works for the law firm of Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell in Wilmington as a Senior Litigation Technology Coordinator. The Kelley family attends Brandywine Valley Baptist Church in Wilmington where Dave serves on the Media Desk and Video Ministry teams.
Michael McCudden (Treasurer)
Michael joined the Finance Committee in 2012 and the Board in 2013; he serves as the Chair of the Finance Committee. He has been a member of the St. Anthony’s Community Center board for 25 years where he serves as the Treasurer. A certified public accountant, Michael is the Director of Accounting and Audit Services for Master, Sidlow & Associates in Wilmington, DE. Michael, his wife Becky, and son (a WCS middle school student) reside in Landenberg, PA. They worship at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Kemblesville, PA.
Linda Schwind has multiple connections with WCS as an alumnus, the mother of two WCS grads (daughter Jenna is now on the faculty at WCS), and the grandmother of a WCS student. Her mother was also a WCS Board member. Linda is the Executive Director of Gilpin Hall, a non-profit organization in Wilmington providing long term nursing care, assisted care and an adult day program. Linda resides in Avondale, PA and worships at Brandywine Valley Baptist Church in Wilmington.
Rene joined the Board in 2013. He and his wife Donna live in Pike Creek, Delaware. They now have two children at WCS, one in Elementary School and one in High School. Their oldest daughter graduated in 2013. Rene is VP-Operations Manager leading a team of Legal and Risk specialists at Chase Bank. For the past 17 years the Solis’ have been active members at Pike Creek Bible Church (Newark, DE) where Rene serves as part of the leadership team. He is also President of the Board for Delaware Magic Girls Fastpitch.
Champ joined the board in 2015. He and his wife Robben have been married since 1996 and are parents to three children who are enrolled at WCS. He is an associate pastor at Ogletown Baptist Church in Newark, Delaware. Previously, he has taught in Christian education at the secondary level, served as director a ministry training school in Ohio, and authored Bible curriculum for use in elementary and middle school classrooms.
David Tideman (Vice-Chair)
Dave joined the Board in 2005; along with serving as Board Vice-Chair, he heads up the Nominations Committee. Dave is Counsel with the Law Department of State Farm Insurance Companies in Chadds Ford, PA. He is also a member of the President’s Advisory Board at Houghton College (NY). Dave, his wife Linnea and family (two graduates of WCS and one in the High School) live in Landenberg, PA. They worship at Willowdale Chapel in Kennett Square, PA.
Mark Wagner (Chair)
Mark joined the Board in 2008. Mark and his wife Christine have two daughters, one currently at the High School and the other a WCS graduate. They attend, and are very active at Willowdale Chapel in Kennett Square, PA. Mark currently serves as the Regional President for DuPont Sustainable Solutions. Mark graduated from the University of Michigan and holds degrees in Chemistry and an MBA.
Kevin is excited to join the WCS board for the first time this year. Kevin graduated from WCS in 2003 and went on to receive his Bachelor’s in Business Management from Liberty University and his MBA from Goldey Beacom in 2009. He is married to Wendy Wargo (WCS class of 2002) and they have a two year old son, Matthew. Kevin is the director of Dumont Group – an aviation company based out of the New Castle airport. Kevin has continued to stay involved with WCS throughout the years and enjoyed coaching JV and varsity soccer for two years. Kevin is looking forward to serving on the board and to sending his son to WCS soon!
Pete has re-joined our Board last year. He had previously been a board member from 1998-2009. Pete is a physical therapist and currently is a full time faculty member at Harcum College, teaching in the PT Assistant program. Pete and his wife Ginny have two adult age children, both WCS graduates. Lauren (2005) is living and teaching in Honduras. Kyle (2007) works for Cardio-kinetics in Newark. Ginny and Pete live in Wilmington and attend Calvary Chapel in Chadds Ford, PA.