PTAA Nominations - Cary Academy

PTAA Nominations - Cary Academy

PTAA Board Nominations for 2010-11

Last updated: May 7, 2010

President: (vote for 1)

Manju Karkare

VP/President-elect: (vote for 1)

Monica Udell

Troy Weaver

Treasurer: (vote for 1)

Donna Hodgdon

Secretary: (vote for 1)

Terri Burroughs

Middle School Parent Representatives: (vote for 2)

Susanne Dudash

Lisa Duke

Upper School Parent Representatives: (vote for 2)

Karen Carlisle

Vicky Ravenel

Vote at PTAA Election Voting is now open and will continue for ten days, through May 10 th at 4pm. Each

parent and employee should sign in under their individual user-id to access voting; if you share a

computer and do not separately sign in, any vote after the initial vote will update the initial vote and will

not be counted separately. (If you are not already signed in to the website, you will be prompted to signin.

The format is cary_academy\firstname_lastname and then enter your password.)

President: (vote for 1)

Manju Karkare

Children: (Kedar 2010 Cary Academy Graduate, Nupur 10th grade in the 10-11 school year) My

husband, Jayant Khadilkar, and I chose to move here for the availability of quality education (and

golf courses). We have lived in Bermuda, Boston, New York and Lexington, KY. I am a

Registered Dietitian, licensed to practice in NC. I have taken a break from the clinical work to be

actively involved with our children’s education. Jayant and I are one of the founding families of

Follow the Child Montessori School in Raleigh and have served in many capacities with that

school. I worked as an Assistant teacher for four years and Lead Teacher as one. Currently, I

serve as a board member of Follow the Child Montessori.

I volunteer for Meals on Wheels of Wake County delivering meals to the elderly once a week and

for Inter Faith Food Shuttle to teach nutrition classes all over the triangle to adults and children.

I have been actively involved at Cary Academy since 2003. I have experienced and enjoyed

various responsibilities of Enrichment Parent, International Day presenter (for 2 years), Charger

Cup volunteer coordinator, Progressive Dinner coordinator (for 3 years), PTAA Community

Scholarship committee member as well as volunteering at many CA events. In the 2007-08

school year, I co-chaired the PTAA Staff Appreciation committee. Currently, I am currently the

Vice President of the PTAA Board. I believe in partnering with and providing optimum support to

the faculty and staff. I enjoy the camaraderie of fellow parents and look forward to continue

serving on your behalf.

VP/President-elect: (vote for 1)

Monica Udell



I am the first candidate to voluntarily compete for a position as a Cary Academy PTAA leader of

any rank. This is a new era. For the first time, our parents are so enthusiastic about the PTAA

that we require an election to determine its leadership. This is a dream come true and something

that we should be thankful for. This alone proves my level of passion for Cary Academy!

As we begin this new era, you can see from my biography, I enter this position uniquely qualified.

I offer our community expertise in leadership development and seven years of active engagement

and relationship building with: students, faculty and staff, administrators and parents. We’re so

fortunate to be part of a learning community that has achieved excellence as a result of the

collaboration, dedication, and energy from our: students, administrators, faculty and staff, and

parents. As Vice President, my commitment is to learn from you: What’s working well? What

things aren’t? What might we try that we’ve never done before? By listening and understanding

your perspective, we will grow together. I’ll work to connect our community’s collective talents

and capabilities to enhance the Cary Academy experience for everyone.

I would be honored to serve as your Vice President.

My family and I are familiar faces to the Cary Academy community. My husband, Howard (aka

the Funny Guy) served for three years on the PTAA Board as Treasurer and Fund Raising Chair.

Our daughters, Jaclyn, a senior, and Alexandra, a seventh grader, keep us actively engaged in

the community. For the past two years, I developed and facilitated the Cary Academy Leadership

Institute, a year long leadership development experience for Cary Academy’s upper school

students. During the same time, I’ve acted as one of the 6th grade and 7th grade parent

representatives for Alex’s class.

For over 20 years, my career focus has been leadership development. In 2007, I founded

Umstead Leadership Resources, LLC, a leadership consulting practice. Executive coaching,

leadership program development and customized interventions are areas of expertise. My

experience includes work in health care management, higher education, manufacturing and

technology sectors. As the chief learning officer for Duke University and Duke Health System

(1999 – 2007), I enjoyed the challenge of building a team of consultants who facilitated cultural

change, improved performance management, and advanced human capital initiatives for Duke's

workforce of 27,000 employees. I’ve held adjunct faculty positions at Penn State and The

University of Virginia. I earned dual Bachelors degrees in Political Science and Speech

Communication and a Masters degree in Organizational Communications and Marketing from

Penn State University.

Our entire family is passionate about Cary Academy. I welcome the opportunity to serve as the

Vice President to continue building our community and enhancing the CA experience for the


Troy Weaver


I was delighted when the PTAA Nominating Committee recommended me as the candidate for PTAA

Vice President for 2010-2011! As VP I would work diligently to support incoming President, Manju

Karkare, and strive to work collaboratively with fellow members of the PTAA Board as well as CA

parents, teachers and administration on the following platform points:

Informing and Engaging Members is one of the PTAA’s strategic priorities; I am hopeful that we

can further explore ways to bolster participation in the PTAA, including outreach to new parents.

In particular, I would like to see an increased engagement of fathers in the PTAA. This will

necessitate a purposeful look at providing varied meeting times and we might also consider

employing the wonderful technology of Cary Academy by offering live streaming as an

participation option for PTAA meetings.

Providing skilled volunteers and resources is another PTAA strategic priority. In many

schools a small segment of its parent population accomplishes the myriad of volunteer

opportunities available. As Cary Academy has many skilled and dedicated existing and

volunteers, how might we increase volunteerism from a broader spectrum of our parent

population while augmenting our resources?

Developing, initiating and sustaining programs is a third strategic priority that includes PTAA

scholarship support. While this funding has provided great experiences for our students, we need

to reflect upon and reevaluate the current criteria to ensure that funds are allocated equitably to

ensure a greater impact on our total community.


I am a native New Yorker born in Jamaica, Queens and grew up on Long Island in North Babylon,

NY. I came to Durham, North Carolina to attend Duke University and become a pediatrician. I

decided to forgo medical school and after graduation worked at Duke University Medical Center

as a certified Poison Information Specialist by night and eventually became a substitute teacher

with the former Durham City Schools by day. My experiences as a substitute teacher caused me

to be "bitten" by the teaching bug. I earned a Lyndhurst Fellowship at the University of North

Carolina at Chapel Hill to receive a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) and North Carolina

Teacher's Certification in a one-year, intensive program.

My involvement with Cary Academy began in 1997 as an inaugural faculty member serving as

team leader teaching 7 th grade science and algebra in the Middle School. I later moved to the

Upper School where I taught biology and chemistry and developed the course in forensic science.

I also began my first administrative position by becoming Dean of Students for grades 9 & 10. In

2002 I left CA after being selected as the inaugural Headmaster of Durham Nativity School a

private, tuition-free, all-male middle school. Currently, I am involved in another start-up serving

as the inaugural Head of School for Union Independent School, a K-8, private, tuition-free, co-ed

school that opened in Durham in August 2009.

My family lives in Durham, and my wife and I have six sons – KeJuan graduated from Cary

Academy in 2009 and is currently a freshman at NC State University; Korey and Kalen are in

grades 10 and 9, respectively, in the Upper School; and Khalik, Kordell and Kobe attend school in

Durham until their time to attend Cary Academy. As a CA parent I have been involved with the

Friends of Cary Academy and served in a volunteer capacity conducting Open House tours;

serving on the diversity subcommittee for CA’s strategic planning; welcoming new families via

CA101; and, teaching as a guest presenter in Katy Allen’s forensic science course. I would be

honored to be elected to serve in a leadership capacity as Vice President of PTAA.

Treasurer: (vote for 1)

Donna Hodgdon

Our family moved to the Raleigh area over 7 years ago from Greenwich, Connecticut. My

husband, Steve, works as a high net worth financial advisor for Morgan Stanley, and we have two

boys, Brett, in 7 th grade and Tyler in 10 th grade at Cary Academy. I have an undergraduate

degree in Business from Gettysburg College and an MBA in Finance from Loyola University. I

worked as a consultant for Coopers & Lybrand, was a VP for First Chicago Bank, and was a VP

in Systems at a Wall Street firm. When Tyler was in 6 th grade, we did not have a New Parents

dinner. I felt strongly that new families needed a warm initial welcoming, so we created the New

Parents dinner which we co-chaired for 3 years. I have been involved in the Charger Cup, New

family committee, and the Holiday Shoppe. My experience includes chairing many volunteer

committees, including serving as treasurer of a large nursery school auction, creating an

advertising booklet for an antiques show, and as assistant treasurer of a school book fair. I would

like the opportunity to serve as treasurer to give something back to Cary Academy as well as for

the camaraderie of working with other parents, faculty and staff. Currently I am on the board as

assistant treasurer, which provides continuity to the job as treasurer.

Secretary: (vote for 1)

Terri Burroughs

Terri B. Burroughs is the wife of Terrence V. Burroughs, President of the Burroughs Management

Group headquartered in Cary, N.C. She has two children; Nicholas a 21 year old junior at

Hampton University and Madeline a 16 year old junior at Cary Academy.

Terri has 20+ years experience in the banking industry and until 6 months ago worked for

Wachovia Corporation. During her tenure with Wachovia she led groups ranging in size from 6 to

125 employees in areas including Loan Administration, Insurance Services, and Learning and

Development. Terri has been recognized for her work in developing and implementing

performance improvement initiatives among diverse work groups, and has consulted with teams

in measuring the return-on-investment (ROI) of these types of initiatives. Her work, Forecasting

the Return on Investment of Sales Training, was featured in ROI at Work by Jack J. Phillips and

Patricia Pulliam Phillips, and published in 2005 by the ASTD Press.

Terri serves as a discussion leader for the Cary Evening Women’s chapter of BSF International.

She is a member of St. Paul AME Church where she serves on the usher board and food

services committees. She also works with the Raleigh chapter of Meals on Wheels, and is a

member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Terri’s hobbies include traveling, cooking, and reading.

Middle School Parent Representatives: (vote for 2)

Susanne Dudash

Lisa Duke

Susanne Dudash has lived in Cary for 11 years with her husband Brian and children Michael

(6 th grade) and Kathryn (4 th grade). Susanne is a licensed pharmacist. Her career included

working for a pharmacy association in DC, then at her alma mater creating professional education

programs for pharmacists, then she joined Medco, a pharmacy benefit management company

based in NJ. Since her children were born, Susanne is fortunate to be able to work part-time from

her home office as Clinical Editor/Writer of a drug newsletter for Medco. Susanne enjoyed this

year as the 6 th grade Parent Rep and is also active with Kathryn’s elementary school PTA Board.

In her spare time, Susanne loves to read, play tennis, garden and photography. Her husband

Brian works at SAS and drives Michael to school every day. I have enjoyed my first year with the

CA community and look forward to becoming more involved with the PTAA Board next year.

Lisa Duke is married to Jamie Duke (Charger Club President) and is the mother of Cannon

(2013) and Jackson (2015). She has a Computer Engineering degree from the University of

Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School. At Cisco Systems, Lisa provides

project management and marketing resources. For the child abuse prevention non-profit,

SAFEchild, she has served on the Board of Directors for 9 years, as Gala Chairperson for 10

years, and as Board President in 2005. The Cary Town Council appointed her to 2 terms on the

Parks & Recreation Citizen Advisory Board. She currently serves on the Cary Academy PTAA

Board as Middle School Representative.

Upper School Parent Representatives: (vote for 2)

Karen Carlisle

Karen Carlisle, mother of Ryan Chronowic (2012), was born and raised in Toronto Canada.

She graduated from the University of Guelph with a degree in Arts. She worked for a variety of

companies mostly in HR roles. In 1995, Karen moved with her husband's relocation to

Vancouver, then Raleigh, and Paris France. During her time in Paris she was actively involved

with the American School of Paris PTA, plus started a cake decorating business. During the

elementary years she volunteered as classroom mom, class photographer, scrapbook instructor

and party coordinator. She continued her volunteer endeavors at Cary Academy including Grade

Level Rep and Auction committee. Karen currently serves as one of the Upper School Parent

Representatives. Karen also is involved in Ryan’s travel hockey organization as board member

and team manager.

Vicky Ravenel

I currently live in Cary with my husband Sam and two children who both attend Cary Academy.

My daughter Tori is a current senior and my son Nathan is a sophomore. I have served as PTAA

Parent Representative for my son’s 9 th grade class as well as his 10 th grade class. I have

enjoyed getting to know parents throughout the Middle School and Upper School by participating

in such activities as Holiday Shoppe, Charger Cup, and Fun Fest. Sam and I have lived in the

Triangle since the early 1980s and have raised our children here. I am a Speech Pathologist by

training but have chosen to suspend my practice to focus on being a wife and mother. I love

being part of the Cary Academy Community and working with all of the bright and talented

parents and students who strive daily to create a first class learning environment.

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