2020



Katherine Crowder Justice - Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees


Katherine Justice was born in Greensboro, North Carolina. She graduated from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC in December 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Reading. After receiving her education, Katherine married and moved to Boston, MA where she started her civil service career. As a personnelist, she was responsible for recruiting engineers and technical support personnel for the Hanscom Air Force Base. She continued to work in personnel management at Arnold Engineering Development Center, Manchester, Tennessee and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio. She transferred to Dahlgren Naval Base, Dahlgren, Virginia and began working with the AEGIS Weapon Systems Program, AEGIS Training Facility, as a Curriculum Development Assistant. In September 1996, Katherine and her husband adopted a daughter who had suffered abuse and a Traumatic Brain Injury. They made the decision that Katherine would resign from Federal Service to devote her time to the education of their daughter. When their daughter reached adulthood, Katherine began volunteering in nearby public schools. In 2009, after completing a course of study in Teaching English as a Second Language, she secured a part-time teaching position with Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD. She taught there from 2009-2011. In 2011, she began teaching Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten in a small private school in Fort Walton Beach, FL. She continued in that position until the move to Bedford County, Virginia. Katherine is a past member of The Officers’ Wives Club, Hill Air Force Base Thrift Shop Committee, and several church programs for women and children. She is an active member of the Friends of the Moneta/SML Library. She enjoys reading, paper crafts, and sewing.


Heidi Widrick Sutherland - Vice Chairwoman of the Board of Trustee's


Mrs. Sutherland is presently an 8th grade US history teacher at Storm Grove Middle School in Vero Beach, Florida and this is her 20th year of teaching. She holds a Florida State Professional Teaching Certificate in the areas of Social Studies and English grades 6-12. She also earned Endorsements in Reading and ESOL each entailing 300 credit hours of coursework in the state of Florida. Mrs. Sutherland graduated with a BA in American Studies from Washington College in Chestertown, MD and then added another year and a half to her undergraduate coursework record taking the required education classes to become a teacher. The education coursework included classes entitled: Early Childhood Psychology, Philosophy of Education, History of Education and Differentiated Instructional Practices in Teaching. Mrs. Sutherland also completed the required student teaching practicum and passed the required state tests in order to obtain a Maryland Teaching Certificate. She held several teaching positions including In Annapolis where she taught at a public high school and in Chestertown she taught at a public middle school. Additionally, she was hired at a private school that specialized in teaching students with learning differences, specifically dyslexia. In order to be hired at this private school, Mrs. Sutherland became a certified instructor of the Orton-Gillingham Method of teaching using a multi-sensory approach to instruction specifically in reading and writing, but it’s a method that can be applied to all subject areas. In Florida, Mrs. Sutherland was hired at a school that is run by the Division of Juvenile Justice and the local school board. There she gained experience working with troubled youth who had to work through a program in order to gain admittance back into public school. This position required Mrs. Sutherland to be a social studies teacher and a case manager of specific children. As a case manager, she worked individually with dysfunctional teens that had experienced a plethora of traumatic experiences. One of her many responsibilities as a case manager were to monitor students at a variety of community service activities. Prior to teaching where she presently has been for six years, Mrs. Sutherland taught at a Charter middle school for 5 years. For nearly 20 years Mrs. Sutherland has dedicated herself to educating America’s young people and, in addition to her teaching experience, she has gained work experience in both public and private school settings. Along with teaching, Mrs. Sutherland coaches rowing for the Vero Beach Rowing Club and has been with VBRC for 5 years. Prior to being a rowing coach, Mrs. Sutherland coached tennis for several middle schools that she taught in Florida. She is married to Adam and they have been together since 1993. They have one son, Angus who will be 12 in December and one brown dog, Sugaree, who is their 5 year old chocolate lab.


Dr. Danielle N. Bird - Secretary of the Board of Trustees & OFS Physician Advisor


Dr. Danielle N. Bird is an Active Duty Neonatologist in the United States Army. A native of Lynchburg, VA, she attended medical school at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD. During her 20+ years of service, she has been stationed at Tripler Army Medical Center, HI; Seoul, South Korea; Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, NC and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. In 2008, Dr. Bird deployed to Mosul, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Dr. Bird is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and is consistently seeking ways to improve patient care and customer experiences by the implementation of systems and improved processes. Outside of the Military, Dr. Bird rescues senior Weimaraner dogs and is heavily involved with a number of rescues throughout the mid-Atlantic region. During the summer of 2019, Dr. Bird’s oldest daughter – all of 2-1/2 years old - attended ONE Forest School, developing a love of nature, learning and being outdoors. Dr. Bird is currently stationed at Fort Bragg, NC with her husband TJ, their two daughters and a number of dogs and cats.


Dr. Kendra Harvey - Treasurer of the Board of Trustees

bio coming soon


Catherine A Eubank - Director of Education OFS


After going back to school to receive her Level 3 Forest School Practitioner Award through Archimedes Earth Forest School Education, she and her husband Danny built an interactive nature preserve and Forest School on 8 acres of their property. While taking her Level 3 Practitioner course she concurrently took a Forestry Management class through Virginia Tech. The course included land stewardship and sustainability, maps, photos, and soil surveys, forest ecology and management, tree identification. She is currently enrolled in the Virginia Master Naturalist Course and hopes to graduate within the year with full certification. She is the Director and Lead Practitioner of the school, ONE Forest School at Deerhead Nature Preserve, in downtown Huddleston, Virginia. She is also recognized as the founder and CEO of this nonprofit organization. To her credit, ONE Forest School is the first accredited and internationally recognized Forest School in the state of Virginia. Catherine Eubank has held the position of Vice President and President of the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Moneta/Smith Mountain Lake Library. She is an active member of the Friends of the Smith Mountain Lake State Park by working on the Committee for Trail Maintenance. She is also an Officer of the Board of Directors for the Virginia Inland Sailing Association in the position of Rear Commodore, as well as records keeper for the Race Committee, and avid sailor at the same sailing club. Catherine and Danny Eubank collectively have eight children and thirteen grandchildren. They are currently living on the property with their youngest daughter Emily and their one year old bloodhound dog Daisy.


Andrew Bond - Special Projects Coordinator for STEM


Andrew Bond is a Software Architect with comprehensive experience in software development, engineering, technical marketing, and professional services. Mr. Bond originally joined Cisco as a Technical Marketing Engineer, but has since spent the majority of his career working in software development. More recently, he moved to Cisco Professional Services, working with customers to plan, deploy, and implement state-of-the-art automation and orchestration solutions for service providers and large enterprises such as COX Communications, Verizon, Visa, Bank of America, NBCUniversal, and many others. Mr. Bond often speaks at industry conferences such as Cisco Live, VMWorld, and others. Prior to joining Cisco Systems, Mr. Bond held engineering positions at Fujitsu Network Communication, Applied Innovation, and Siemens Electrocom LLP. Mr. Bond also teaches at San Jose State University, covering topics in Networking, Computer and Software Engineering at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Mr. Bond lives in Milpitas, California, with his wife, Susannah Bond.


Dan Plattus/Marketing Specialist


Dan Plattus is a freelance internet application developer specializing in database development, integration and management. Over the last 25 years, he has worked with an array of industry leading companies focused on communication, telecom, staffing, marketing, advertising, and financial, ecommerce, and library services in addition to many others. Mr. Plattus has experience opening and managing a few local businesses of his own, including one in the non-profit sector. He is a veteran, having served in the Marine Corps for 6 years. Mr. Plattus wholeheartedly believes in the importance of spending time outdoors for children as well as adults. Mr. Plattus currently resides in Bedford, Va. with his children.


Leslie Harwood/Website Development and Update


Leslie Harwood is a Researcher with 10+ years of experience managing research projects and major programs in advanced vehicle technologies, including connected and automated vehicle systems. Ms. Harwood is currently employed at Virginia Tech Transportation Institute as a Research Associate in the Center for Advanced Automotive Research as well as Program Manager for the Safety through Disruption (Safe-D) National University Transportation Center (UTC), a $28 million-dollar national safety UTC, as appointed by the USDOT. In these roles, Ms. Harwood coordinates program- and project-level research, education and workforce development, and technology transfer needs across departments within Virginia Tech and across multiple educational and research institutions, nationwide. Ms. Harwood also serves on the Member Services Committee of the Habitat for Humanity New River Valley where she helps find pathways for lower-income individuals to achieve the dream of home ownership. Ms. Harwood lives in washington d.c. with her partner William Wash.


Beth Bond/Special Education Specialist


Beth has been a special education teacher for 25+ years working with students with significant behavioral challenges. She worked at Devereux Children’s Center in Washington, DC as a special education teacher for over 10 years when she and her family moved to Raleigh, NC. After 10 years of teaching at the Bridges Program, Wake County’s alternative elementary school for children with significant behavioral issues, she has been the lead teacher for the past 5 years, where she assists with the running of the program and all that that entails. She is currently applying to graduate school for school administration.


Shannon Eubank/Public Education Specialist


Shannon Eubank has been an educator of young children for 20 years. Her education career first began as a child care worker for the University of Michigan Hospital’s Child Care Center. She worked there for 5 years while attending college and worked with children that ranged from infants to Kindergarten with the majority of time spent with preschool aged children. Shannon graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree and was licensed to teach PreK - 3 with an endorsement in Early Childhood Education for the state of Michigan. Her teaching career led her to the state of Virginia to begin teaching in public schools. She has been teaching in public schools for 15 years and is a licensed PreK - 6 educator for the state of Virginia and currently works for Bedford County Public Schools. She has taught second grade for 9 years and is in her 6th year of teaching Kindergarten. Shannon is the chair of her grade level, is the inclusion teacher (special education students and general education students) for her grade and is part of her school’s leadership team. She also serves on the school’s RTI committee (response to intervention) that tracks data of academically struggling students and makes recommendations to teachers to help support those academically struggling students.