Search Committee Members

Bill Chapman – Co-Chair
Bill is a past Chesapeake Academy Trustee, Board Secretary, Chair of the Investment Committee, and alumni parent of William 08.

Bill is newly retired after serving 14 years as the Executive Director & Producer of The Richmond Forum, Americas largest non-profit lecture series. Bill served on its Board for six years before assuming the leadership position in 2008, turning his passion for the organization and its mission into a full-time vocation.

Prior to that, Bill spent 21 years in advertising and was the President & Creative Director of RightMinds in Richmond, an agency he founded in 1993 and built to over 50 employees.

Bill currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of the Northern Neck Insurance Company and has previously served on the Boards of the Steamboat Era Museum, Junior Achievement of Greater Richmond, and others. In 2012, Bill served as the national president of an association of the nations leading lecture series.

Bill is a graduate of VCU and a recipient of the Universitys Alumni Star Award, “recognizing top VCU alumni for their community, humanitarian, professional achievements, and university service.”

Bill and his wife, Gay, purchased their home in White Stone in 1999 and have been full-time residents since 2005.

Ron Mihills Co-Chair
Ron is the incoming Board of Trustees Chair and has served as Board Vice-Chair, Secretary, Institutional Advancement Committee – Chair, and Committee on Trustees – Chair. He was also Board Chair during the onboarding of the 10th Head of School – Deborah Cook in 2007. Ron initially joined the Board in 1999 and has served multiple Board terms. He also was a board member of The Pilot School, an independent school in Wilmington, DE.

After retiring from the DuPont Company, he served as the managing director of a nonprofit technology association and was also elected to the Northern Neck Insurance Company Board of Directors.

Ron has held leadership roles in local nonprofit organizations such as the River Counties Community Foundation, the Steamboat Era Museum, the Foundation for Historic Christ Church and the Rappahannock River Yacht Club.

Ron and Cheryls adult sons did not attend Chesapeake Academy; however, they now enjoy watching their grandsons enthusiasm for attending The Key School in Annapolis, MD.

John Clair – Trustee and Parent
John is the Incoming Board Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair, as well as a member of the Investment Committee for the CA Board of Trustees.

He is the co-Founder and Principal at EVOadvisers, a fee-only Financial Planning and Investment firm with offices in Irvington and Richmond since 2008. Prior to starting EVOadvisers, John spent the first 10 years of his career in various financial planning and analysis roles at GE Capital across the country (and world).

John is a Current CA Parent of Henry 25, Lucas 25, and Annabel 27.  His wife, Jen, serves on the Medical Advisory Committee for CA.

He is also the Current President of the Board of Directors for The Hawthorne Cancer Foundation, providing financial and emotional support – as well as the new program Pink Chair Project RVA to cancer patients in Richmond and surrounding areas.

John previously served as a Past Board Member and Treasurer at Capital Area Health Network, helping to provide underserved individuals with access to high quality medical and dental care throughout Richmond.  He also served as Past Foundation Chair for the Rotary Club of James River.

John is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERProfessional (CFP®)and Magna Cum Laude graduate in Finance from Virginia Tech, with a Certificate in Financial Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Julianne Duvall – Head of School
Julie has served 19 years as a CA parent (Sam ’09, Emmaline ’12, Claire ’16), CAPPA President (2004-2005), Board of Trustees Secretary and committee member (2005-2008), Academic Dean and Assistant Head of School (2008-2017), and Head of School (2017-present). She currently serves as the Chair of the River Heads group of the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) and on the Member Services Committee of VAIS. Over her tenure at CA, she has led VAIS accreditation teams at many peer schools in Virginia, as well as having overseen the process for CA’s accreditation in 2012 and 2017.

Julie has spent her life in education, both in academics and with counseling and mental health services. Prior to coming to the Northern Neck to work as the Director of Guidance Services at Christchurch School in 2003, she taught elementary and middle school, as well as developed programs for K-12 independent schools in social and ethical curricula, human growth and development, and life skills. Over the years, she has presented at national conferences of educators on a variety of topics, including advisory programs, parenting support programs, math and literature curricula, and peer mediation. She began her career in public schools piloting new integrated math and science programs. At subsequent schools, she worked on mental health programs and served on counseling teams. Throughout her career, Julie has served as a consultant to various schools on both curricular areas and student services.

Julie has a BA with honors from the College of William and Mary, where she majored in political philosophy and minored in English. She holds a M.Ed. from the University of Illinois in Educational Leadership, in which she is certified in elementary and middle grades education, and has an endorsement in school counseling.

Lisa Jenkins Haynie, M.D. – Trustee and Parent
Lisa joined the Board of Trustees in 2021. She is a member of the Medical Advisory Team at Chesapeake Academy that formed during the COVID -19 pandemic. Lisa is a native of Westmoreland County, and feels proud to return to the Northern Neck to practice medicine.

After graduating from Washington and Lee High School, Montross, Lisa continued her education at Spelman College, Atlanta, GA, graduating Cum Laude with a B.S. in Biology/Pre-Medicine. She received her medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA. While in medical school, Lisa was a National Health Service Corps Scholar, which acknowledged her commitment to a primary care specialty. She completed her internship and residency in Family Practice at Ghent Family Practice, Norfolk. Lisa received the Isadore Marman Award, which is given to the outstanding medical resident, during her final year of residency.

Upon completion of her training, Lisa returned to her hometown in 1999 to practice medicine at Westmoreland Medical Center, Montross, serving as Site Director for three years. Since 2013, Lisa has worked for Riverside Medical Group, initially at Callao Medical Arts, and currently, White Stone Family Practice.

Lisa is married to P.J, Haynie, a fifth generation farmer from Reedville, and former Board member. Their older children, Colette and Philip, are graduates of Chesapeake Academy. Their youngest, Trevor, is completing 8th grade in June 2022.

Nancy OShaughnessy – Former Faculty Member and Alumni Parent
Nancy is an alumni parent of 3 graduates who are now in their 30s, all with successful careers. She was also a faculty member for 16 years, working under 3 different Heads of School. She experienced the transformation of the school from a small country” day school through the schools VAIS certification, to an independent school that is rooted in Differentiated Instruction among other 21st century skills.

Since retiring from teaching in 2011, Nancy has served as a volunteer tutor for Lancaster County Public Schools, on the Board of Rappahannock Westminster Canterbury, and as a member of the Rector Search Committee at Grace Episcopal Church.

Nancy is a graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.

Jeff Szyperski – Past Board Chair and Alumni Parent
Jeff previously served two terms as Chesapeake Academy Board Chair, including a term during a previous Head of School search. He also served on the schools Committee on Trustees. His wife, Wende, is an alumna and a founding family member. Their four adult children are Chesapeake Academy graduates.

Jeff has been with Chesapeake Bank since 1990 and is currently Chairman & CEO. He also serves as Chairman & CEO of Chesapeake Financial Shares, Inc. and Chesapeake Wealth Management. He is a former chairman and board member of the American Bankers Association and the Virginia Bankers Association. Prior to coming to Chesapeake Bank, he was a senior manager at KPMG Peat Marwick.

Jeff has served on the Lancaster County Economic Development Authority since 2003 and was Chair 2015-2018. He currently serves on the Lancaster 2035 initiative. He is a former chair and board member of Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury. Over the years he has served in numerous civic capacities.

Jeff is a graduate of Woodberry Forest School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. He holds inactive Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner designations.

Kay Vose – Immediate Past Board Chair and Alumni Parent
Kathryn (Kay) Kahler Vose is a past Trustee and Chair of the Chesapeake Academy Board. She chaired the Committee on Trustees for six years and serves as an ex-officio member of the Executive Committee. She is a CA parent of Zach, 08.

As a journalist in DC, she covered the US Justice Department and the US Supreme Court. In the Clinton administration, she served at Communications Director to the US Secretary of Education. Upon leaving the administration, she served as VP for Communications at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, working to drive down youth smoking rates, and later lead the Health & Social Marketing Practice at Porter-Novelli in DC.

For 13 years, she served on the Board of the National Partnership for Women and Families, a DC-based advocacy group.

Since moving to the Northern Neck, Kay has served on the boards of the Northern Neck Free Health Clinic (chair for three years), Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, Rappahannock Hospital Foundation, the Boys and Clubs Club, River County Communities Foundation, Bay Aging Foundation, and Foundation for Historic Christ Church. She also chaired the Grace Church Outreach Committee for six years and now is secretary of the Grace Trust.

Kay graduated from Tulane University (Newcomb College) with a BA in sociology and earned her MA in mass communications at the University of Minnesota.

Search Committee co-chairs Bill Chapman and Ron Mihills express their appreciation to the members of the committee for their devotion to the school and thank, in advance, the school community for its input as a position profile is developed. Our next Head of School will have some big shoes to fill,” they said.