Board of Directors

Board of Directors

River Mill Academy is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the parents of currently enrolled students. The Board is responsible for the legal and financial obligations of the school. The Board sets the general direction and policy of the school but does not manage it on a daily basis.

Board meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm and are open to the public.

Board Documents:
Procedure for Conduct of the Meeting
Fundamentals of Parliamentary Procedure
Bylaws (Revision 4, approved August 15, 2013)

 Board of Directors 2017-2018
Tim Cross

Chairman -
Community Member Seat

5-Year Term

336.222.1063 (Home)

Children at the school (current and graduates): Bryan and Callie 
Number of years at the school: 5 years
Previous commitments to RMA: I am currently serving my fourth year on the Board of Directors and my first year as Board Chair. I also chair the Technology, Survey, and Academic Review committees and serve on the Security and Building committees. I have been a member of PTT each year and volunteered for numerous field trips and class activities.
Current occupation: Manager Global IT, Web and E-Commerce at Gildan Activewear Inc.
What I specifically bring to the board:  I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and have been an IT professional and manager for more than 17 years, which I feel gives me a unique skill set to compliment the board. Having a strong background in Information Technology will enable me to advise the board of ways to continue to improve communication, reduce costs, and provide more web based applications to increase parent, teacher, and student interaction with the RMA website.
Comments:  I have been extremely pleased with RMA during my 5 years with the school and feel very fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful school.
Joe Sells

Vice Chairman -
Community Member Seat

5-Year Term

336.270.3349 (Home)
336.669.9644 (Cell)

Children at the school (current and graduates: Henry (2015 graduate), Samantha (2011 graduate).
Number of years at the school: 11 years
Previous commitments to RMA: I have served on the Athletic Boosters and the Board of Directors.
Current occupation: Hope Real Estate, A Better Realty Group, and CSL Investments Inc.
What I specifically bring to the board: A commitment to helping provide a safe and positive environment for our children to reach their full potential.
Jill Davis

Secretary -
Community Member Seat

5-Year Term

336.684.9865 (cell)

Children at the school (current and graduates): Mattie and Sarah
Number of years at the school: 4 years
Previous commitments to RMA: I have volunteered at this school since my oldest started here; I jumped right in to help. My first year here, I was a member of PTT; my second year I was Vice President and for the past two years, I have been the President.
Current occupation: Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Administrative and Fiscal Services at Alamance Community College
What I specifically bring to the board: I have a heart for helping others. I have had the opportunity over the past several years to get to know other parents, teachers, and staff here and I will be able to make sound decisions to benefit everyone involved. As a committed parent to wanting the best for my kids, their peers, teachers and staff, I will strive to do what is best for everyone at the school.
Comments: I appreciate my children having the opportunity to attend River Mill Academy and all that is offered here. I have watched my children grow into responsible young ladies. The parent involvement in this school is amazing and encouraging to me and I look forward to serving the parents, teachers, and staff of River Mill Academy for many years to come.
Cathy Rumley

Treasurer -
Community Member Seat

5-Year Term

3336.213.4751 (cell)

Children at the school (current and graduates:  Charlotte, granddaughter (3rd grade)
Number of years at the school:  1 year
Previous commitments to RMA: 
I have volunteered and assisted with several PTT activities, worked in the Book Fair, chaperoned class field trips, and helped with class activities. I also serve as a volunteer, working with students in the CAFE literacy program.
Current occupation:  Retired, School Principal/Teacher (Orange County School and Alamance/Burlington Schools)
What I specifically bring to the board:  Recently retired from my career as a principal, assistant principal, and teacher, I have worked in all three levels of instruction - elementary, middle, and high school. As a principal, I served as chairman of my schools' School Improvement Teams, which governed and regularly made decisions that affected all the school's stakeholders – most significantly the students. I also worked closely with parents, staff, and students on a daily basis. My experiences have given me an understanding of the educational process and the importance of valuing all viewpoints in order to make sound decisions.
Comments:  As a newcomer to River Mill, I have been impressed with the quality of instruction and the dedication of staff members. I know from experience the hard work and dedication that is required to ensure the success of a school. Additionally, I have found it refreshing to witness the high level of parent participation and ownership in our school. As a board member, I want to help ensure that RMA continues to be an excellent school, and that, together, we never stop trying to become even better.
Chrissy Morazes

Board Member-Parent Seat

2-Year Term

336.227.1014 (home)
336.675.1618 (cell)

Children at the school (current and graduates): Hailey (2014 graduate) and Ryan (9th grade)
Number of years at the school: 10 years
Previous commitments to RMA: Athletic Boosters President from August 2007-May 2012, Athletic Boosters member, PTT member, Foundation Committee, Policies and Procedures Committee, Class Parent, field trip volunteer, classroom volunteer, exam proctor and other various volunteer opportunities throughout the school for the past 10 years.
Current occupation: Customer Service Representative, Professional Systems USA Inc.
What I specifically bring to the board: I will bring with me years of volunteering in many areas of our school. I have helped coordinate and execute a wide variety of fundraisers and family events. My Booster's Board and I along with the Athletic Department and Administration have built a solid, financially independent sports program for our Middle and High School athletes. My volunteer work and 30 years of customer service experience have taught me quite a bit about working with differing personalities and situations. I have strong organizational and research skills. My schedule is flexible and I have the time it takes to effectively serve in this position. I will do my very best to help the school to continue moving in a positive direction.
Brent Smith

Board Member-Parent Seat

2-Year Term



Children at the school (current and graduates): Aydan (1st grade)
Number of years at the school:  4 years
Previous commitments to RMA:  I served as an assistant varsity boys basketball coach for 4 years.
Current occupation:  I serve as an Assistant Pastor at Glen Hope Baptist Church and also work part time at Stearns Ford.
What I specifically bring to the board:  I believe that as I've had the opportunity to work with parents and students in the local church, it helps me see how we as parents and educators play such a huge role in the growth of our kids today. Also, from the 15 years of working in the automotive industry, I have been able to hear people's problems and help come to a positive solution.
Comments:  I am so excited about the opportunity to serve of the Board of Directors and coach here at River Mill Academy. It is so encouraging to see the hard work that our school is pursuing to achieve its goals. My family and I are thankful for the opportunity.
Andy Varinoski

Board Member-Parent Seat

2-Year Term


Children at the school (current and graduate): Mallory, Addison, and Emma
Number of years at the school:
5 years
Previous commitments at RMA:
I have chaperoned many field trips.
Current occupation:
Senior DevOps Enginer/IT Support Manager for LapCorp.
What I specifically bring to the board:
I have a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.S. in Computing and Information Technology. I have been involved in IT for over 20 years. This experience allows me to view technology from both a hardware and software perspective. I can leverage this to ensure technology is utilized to its fullest potential at River Mill Academy. I was also a college student until May of 2016. I am acutely aware of the academic challenges students will face in college. This allows me to bring the viewpoint of a modern student to the board.
I have a highly-vested interest in River Mill Academy as I have four children enrolled for the 2017/2018 school year and three of them are members of the National Honor Societies. I appreciate that River Mill Academy’s core values honor not only education, but they also honor virtuous character.

Mike Wilson

Board Member-Parent Seat

2-Year Term

Children at the school (current and graduates): Gracie and Emma
Number of years at the school:  4
Current occupation:  Store Manager, Food Lion, LLC
Previous commitments to RMA:  I am a very active volunteer at River Mill Academy including eight hours each and every week helping in the cafeteria. You may have heard your children refer to me as "Mr. Food Lion." Not only do my wife Tracy and I volunteer with our children's classroom teachers, but we also support all areas of River Mill Academy whether it is the library, athletics, band, or the PTT.
What I specifically bring to the board:  I am a veteran of the United States Marine Corp. I have been a store manager with Food Lion for nine years and have been awarded the Manager of the Year twice by my peers. I am personally vested in the development of young adults at River Mill Academy. Many of our high school students and graduates receive their first taste of work experience with us at Food Lion. My wife and I are active in the local community as well - working with the children's ministry at Trinity Worship Center and we are involved in local charitable events. As store manager, I have established working relationships with regulatory inspectors and vendors.
Comments:  There is value that I personally can bring to the Board from a business aspect but more importantly from a people standpoint, I truly believe in the power of conversation. Past experiences in team setting and being involved in complex decisions is where I operate on a daily basis. Our community has been great to my family, and I want to invest more of my time into the future service of our school and its children.