Board of Trustees
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.
Tom joined the Board in 2010; he serves as the Chair of the Facilities Committee. Tom is Chief of Thoracic Surgery for Christiana Care and serves as an Associate Professor of Surgery at Jefferson Medical College and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Delaware. Tom, his wife Lydia, son Tommy (WCS 2016) and daughter Katie (WCS 2018) reside in Greenville, DE. They worship at The Outreach of God's Word in Newark, DE.
Jill Cohen ( Secretary)
Jill joined the Board in 2010; she serves as a member of the Executive Committee. Jill is Director, Government Strategy, National Defense & Civilian Programs for DuPont, focusing on business relationships with the U.S. federal government agencies in Washington, DC. Jill, her husband Jim and daughter (a WCS elementary school student) live in Elkton, Maryland. They worship at Haven Community Church in North East, MD.
Robalee “Robbie” Deike
Robbie is new to the board in 2013 and 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 in the community by serving as group leader with BSF (Bible Study Fellowship), board member/secretary/fund development chair for Good Neighbors Home Repair, and as Conservatory Docent at Longwood Gardens. She recently completed 6 years on the board of YWCA Delaware, where she is leading their strategic planning. She and her husband, Al, live in Greenville, DE, and are parents of 2 WCS grads: Captain Will Deike, USAF (2004) and Liz Weaver (2006). She also plays the piano at WCS for graduation and other musical concerts.
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 the Elementary, Middle School and High School levels, and a son who is a student 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 CPA, Michael is the Director of Accounting and Audit Services for Master, Sidlow & Assoc. 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.
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.
David Tideman (Vice-Chair)
Dave joined the Board in 2005; he serves as Chair of Nominations Committee. Dave is Corporate Law Counsel Department of State Farm Insurance Companies in Chadds Ford, PA. 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 a Global Corporate Sales Director and Director of Corporate Marketing and Sales for the DuPont Company. Mark graduated from the University of Michigan and holds degrees in Chemistry and an MBA.
Pete has re-joined our Board this 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.