The ROCS Board of Directors is excited to announce that five new members have recently joined its ranks, replacing longtime members Alicia Whitney and Claire Porter and adding diverse new skill sets and perspectives to the board. They join current members Jeremy Altfeder, who has served since 2019, and Romaric Dauntun, a member since April 2022 — both ROCS dads and employees of CapTrust.

Bridget Blinn-Spears has been a ROCS parent from Day 1 and has three children currently enrolled. She is a lawyer at Maynard Nexsen and focuses her practice on labor and employment law, particularly helping employers treat their workforces with fairness, practicality, and legal compliance. She is passionate about public Waldorf education. In her spare time, she loves food (cooking > dining out), yarn (crochet > knitting), reading (fiction > non-fiction), and nature walks (hikes that end downhill preferred).

Zak Ciotti is an award-winning documentary filmmaker exploring mental health, the justice system, and social issues. He has extensive experience in multimedia marketing as a director and producer of commercial advertising campaigns. A parent of a 1st grader at ROCS, he is passionate about his faith, the mission of ROCS, and using his craft to make a positive difference in the world.

Rob Jones joined the board in October as Treasurer. He is a father of four daughters from middle school all the way to freshman at NC State. He is the Manager of Portfolio Implementation at Captrust Financial with a focus on trading in the equity markets, and currently sits on the Captrust Community Foundation’s grant committee.  He is passionate about learning and development, rugby, and in his spare time he does woodworking and cooks. 

Currently a Stay-at-Home-Mom and active ROCS volunteer in her child’s 3rd grade class, before the pandemic Cat McDowell served as the corporate archivist for GlaxoSmithKline North American operations. She has 20 years of experience and expertise in organizational records management, grant administration, and digital project coordination. Cat currently also serves on the Duke Triangle Alumni Board and as chair the Alumni Admissions Advisory Committee for Wake County Area Duke applicants. Go Devils!

Kacey Reynolds Schedler is a ROCS parent — her son Malcolm was part of the first kindergarten class in 2018. Kacey has a Master’s of Divinity, and she is the Assistant Director of Student Leadership and Service at Meredith College. Prior to joining the staff at Meredith, Kacey worked in non-profit and community engagement, and even filled in at ROCS as an Instructional Assistant, Second Grade Teacher, and EC 1:1 during the pandemic. She will tell you she is both a plant mom and a bird mom, but don’t gift her any more plants– her husband says that one of the current babies will have to go to make room.

You can get to see these new and seasoned members in action during ROCS Board of Directors monthly meeting Wednesday, February 28, 2023 at 6pm in the ROCS Multipurpose room.  Members of the public are invited join in person or virtually via Google Meet: Dial-in: (‪US‬) ‪+1 570-554-0263‬  | PIN: ‪812 874 170#‬