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Learning, It's Personal

Knowledge takes root when it’s planted in experience.

Children are natural-born learners. We believe an educator’s greatest challenge isn’t to teach children, but rather to create an environment that keeps their inherent curiosity intact. Each Upland classroom serves as an ideal place for children to explore, experiment, fail, succeed, learn and grow, both as individuals and as a group.

At the heart of every great teacher is a curious learner.

Upland teachers are skilled educators, experts in community building and scholars of child development. Our teachers know it is more important to pose good questions than to offer answers to which a student feels no connection. The right question will spawn ideas and experiments, as well as research and conclusions. The right question will set the group on a journey that will lead deep into their subject of study.

Board of Trustees

List of 6 items.

  • William "Bill" W. Wylie, Jr.

    President
  • Richard D. Wood, III '83

    Vice President
    Director of Government Relations & Sustainability, Wawa, Inc.

    Rich is an Upland alum. After Upland, Rich attended South Kent School graduating in 1986. He then went on to Washington College graduating in 1991 with a B.A. in American Studies. He then attended St. Joseph’s University – Erivan K. Haub School of Business obtaining a Master of Food Marketing, Business.

    Richard lives in Wawa, PA with his wife Tara (also an Upland alum – maiden name Kubeck) and their three children. Rich began working in the family business (Wawa) as a Marketing Analyst, managing his own Wawa Market, and then moving through different departments, learning key aspects of marketing. Rich has been the Director of Government Relations & Sustainability at Wawa since 2009. Rich has also served on the Young Friends of the Brandywine Conservancy, Agricultural Advisory Board of Chester Heights Borough, the Quaker Golfing Society and Advocacy Council of Northern Home for Children and Riddle HealthCare Foundation Board. Recently, Rich has joined the Board of Washington College.
  • David Harrington

    Treasurer
    CEO, Seamark Capital

    David Harrington is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and is currently an Upland Trustee and Board Treasurer. He is the head of the finance committee and served on the search committee for Head of School. He is the parent of three Upland grads, Andrew, Lindsay and Ian. David is a managing partner and founder of Seamark Capital in Chadds Ford, which is a long/short equity fund. He graduated from the Salisbury School and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Lawrence University.
  • Barbara Muse

    Secretary
    Administrator, K.W. Rees, Inc.

    Barbara "Flicker" Muse is on the Strategic Planning Committee and the Enrollment Management Committees of the Upland Board. She also has two sons currently enrolled at the school. Flicker currently serves as Human Resource and Capital Asset Advisor at K.W. Reese, Inc, a family owned company that specializes in all aspects of utility vegetation management, railroad track construction and equipment maintenance/rentals. Flicker has also served in the roles of Controller, V. P. of Administration, and Office Manager at K.W. Reese. She has a strong knowledge of forensic accounting and has significant experience in managing cash flow, banking relations, commercial insurance and business re-­-certifications. Additionally, Flicker has served as Campaign Secretary for the Delaware campaign of a successful Presidential candidate. Early in her career, Flicker worked for significant a HVAC industry corporation and has held many other corporate administration positions. She holds a Master’s degree in Liberal Studies from Hollins University and a B.A. in English from Washington College. Flicker has also served as a volunteer at Longwood Gardens, where she played a vital role in the very successful Bruce Munro exhibit.
  • Anthony J. Drexel Cadwalader, '79

    Journalist and Community Volunteer

    Tony is an alumni of Upland and a graduate of Lake Forest College. He currently resides in Unionville and has been involved in many of Upland’s Alumni activities including Winter Weekend and the Phone-­-a-­-thon. Tony is currently president of Drexel Media Company LLC, an Internet publishing and new media company. He is a former award-­-winning journalist with The Kennett Paper and The Daily Local News. He has worked with the Chesapeake Publishing and the Journal Register Company, where he rose to become editor as well as head of advertising design. Prior to that he was in real estate in New York City, converting residential apartment buildings to condominium and co-­-op entities, and later with Emlen-­-Wheeler/Prudential Fox-­- Roach outside Philadelphia doing residential and commercial sales.

    Tony is currently on the executive committee of the Drexel Family Initiative at Drexel University, which seeks to provide scholarship opportunities for financially disadvantaged students who have shown a commitment and spirit of giving back to their community. A cancer survivor, he has done charitable work with the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life and is a supporter of Shine, a group affiliated with The Cancer Program of The Chester County Hospital and Health System. Additionally, he has actively helped launch or financially supported many social and non-­-profit organizations, such as the Young Friends of the Brandywine and the Brandywine Conservancy, the Buck & Doe Trust, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and, the Woodlands Cemetery in Philadelphia.
  • Ambrose Carr

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  • Therese Corkran

    Consultant

    Terry is involved on multiple board committees at Upland. She serves on the Development Committee, the Enrollment Management Committee and the New Trustee Committee. She has two children in the Upland classes of 2012 and 2014. She was class parent for two years, the chair of annual giving (2004-2006 and 2008) and on the board since 2010.

    Terry was a U.S. Army officer for four years, in maintenance management based in Germany, followed by a strategy consultant at Accenture/Andersen Consulting for five years, an independent consultant in human resources, operations and strategic planning for non-profit organizations for six years, and is currently with LCH in Kennett Square. She has served on the Buck and Doe Trust Board since 1999 (president 2009-2010), on the NHA Board of Chester County Hospital since 2011 and was the auction chair of SAVE Shindig in 2008.

    She spent a year in Paris and speaks conversational French while having knowledge of German, Japanese and Spanish. Terry is originally from Port Jefferson, N.Y. and earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Masters in Business Administration from Cornell University.
  • Bradford "Brad" DuPont

  • Mary Pat Fralick

    Former Principal, Vitalize Consulting

    Mary Pat Fralick is currently the president of the Board of Trustees. She is also a three time with three children who graduated from the School in 2007, 2011, and 2016. She also sits on the Development Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee and the Enrollment Management Committee. Mary Pat has served as a trustee of the School since 2003 with roles as both an officer and committee chair. She has been part of the Upland community since 1999 and has been very active in the Parents’ Association during her entire tenure at the school. Mary Pat has recently retired after a successful career in the Healthcare IT industry. She was a co-founder and COO of Elumen Solutions in 1989, which was acquired by CTG in 1999. In 2002, she co-founded Vitalize Consulting Solutions, where she served as CEO, CFO and COO until the company was purchased by SAIC. Mary Pat holds an MBA from St. Joseph's University and a BA from Rutgers University, where she majored in economics.
  • Steven Friedemann

    Owner, Meander Fin Creative Studio

    Steve and his wife, Melissa Watson, became Upland parents in 2012. As of 2017-2018, their daughter, Eliza, and son, Henry, are in Grade 5, daughter, Naomi, is in Grade 3, and son Simon is in K. Steve owns Meander Fin Creative Studio in Hockessin, DE. Meander Fin Creative Studio is a full service graphic design and branding firm that was founded by Steve in 2007. Steve graduated from the University of Delaware in 2000.

    Steve has also done some pro bono work for the Marketing Department and currently serves on the Buildings and Grounds Committee and Enrollment Committee.
  • H. Stephen Gross '96

    Business Development, Holly Gross Group and Managing Director, Green Ledge Advisors

    Stephen is a Sales Agent and Business Development with Holly Gross Group at Fox & Roach Realtors. Stephen and his wife Linda had a son in August of 2013 and have moved back to the area after living for some time in Stockholm, Sweden.

    Stephen is also a Managing Director of Green Ledge Advisors which is a boutique business development firm specializing in market research, strategy development, business planning and client prospecting. Before moving back to the area, Stephen was a senior Analyst with WealthInsight in London, UK. Previously he was a Putney Excel China Instructor in Beijing, China and also worked as a Global Relations Manager for Project Syndicate in Prague, Czech Republic.

    After graduating from UCDS on 1996, Stephen attended St. George’s in Newport, RI, graduating in 1999. He then went on to Trinity College where he earned a B.A.(Hons.) in International Studies: Asian Major. Stephen attended a Business Bridge Program at Dartmouth College and then traveled abroad where he continued his studies at the Associated Colleges in China (through Hamilton College) and Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship. Most recently Stephen is working on his Master of Science (MSc) in Real Estate Finance and Investment through New York University.
  • Loukianos Hionos

    Proprietor, Mendenhall Inn

    Lou is the part owner and general manager of several family businesses in the area including Mendenhall Inn Restaurant (Zagat-Rated Excellent), the Inn at Mendenhall, Ascend Collection (Choice Hotel International Gold Award Winner and 2013 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Winner), and Mendenhall Pizza and Deli. He has a degree in culinary arts from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I. and is a graduate of Unionville High School, Unionville, Pa.

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  • Hillary Jones

    Community Volunteer

    Hillary became an Upland parent in fall 2013. She is married to Upland alum Timothy Jones. The couple supports annual giving each year and Hillary Jones served as new parent chair of the annual campaign in 2014 to 2015. Their son, Walker, came to Upland in 2013, followed by Hudson in 2014. Hillary ran a successful consulting business where she managed sports and entertainment marketing as well as event production for Fortune 500 companies including Hershey, Visa, Chrysler, Brown-Forman Beverage Company and Swiss Army Brands. Additionally, Hillary has experience in advising start-up ventures. As a volunteer, she has been an advocate for the Land Conservancy and specifically for the Chandler Mill Bridge.
  • Kathleen M. McEntee

    Senior Account Executive, VISA

    Kathleen, Katie, McEntee is on the strategic and finance committees within the Upland board of trustees, and is a former board member of Easter Seals. Kathleen is the proud parent of a 13-year-old daughter and is a business development executive with a combination of Fortune 500 financial services and venture capital technology / e-commerce start-ups. She has a broad range of experience including international start-ups, strategic planning, organizational development, people management, direct marketing, contract negotiations, and profit/loss management. Katie is currently the vice president of relationship management at Cartera Commerce Inc. in Wilmington, Del. During her career, she also established a family-owned and operated thoroughbred breeding and racing business, was the senior executive vice president and chief marketing officer at MBNA America and International, and the assistant vice president for Citibank. Katie earned a bachelor of arts in mathematics from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. and a masters of business administration from the London School of Business.
  • Mary Jean "MJ" Stenz

  • Peter C. Thayer

    Head of School, St. Anne's Episcopal School

    Peter has more than 36 years experience working in independent schools. He is currently the Head of School at St. Anne’s Episcopal School, a Pre-K through 8th grade independent day school in Middletown, Delaware. Previously he served as the Head of Middle School at Lancaster Country Day School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Admissions Director at Kent Denver School in Englewood, Colorado and as an English teacher and college guidance counselor at University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Thayer attended Episcopal Academy, then located in Merion, Pennsylvania. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Williams College and a Master of Arts in English from Middlebury College Bread Loaf School. He and his wife, Francie, have three grown children, each involved in independent school education.