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Dr. Mary Moss Brown serves as Charlotte Lab School's Head of School. She is the co-author of How to Innovate: The Essential Guide for Fearless School Leaders (Columbia University Teachers College Press, March 2014) and was an elementary, middle, and high school teacher for seven years, working in NYC, Atlanta, Boston, and Fayetteville, NC. Mary then served as a principal for seven years of two technology-rich, student-centered start-up schools in the New York City Department of Education, including Mott Hall II (, a progressive one-to-one laptop middle school. As Co-Founder of the NYC iSchool (, NYC DOE’s pilot high school for 21st century learning and innovation, Mary specialized in the development of challenge-based curricula designed to give students the opportunity to apply 21st century skills in the context of solving real-world challenges, the development of students’ online learning skills, and designing systems to enable personalization and mastery-based individualization of the learning process.

Mary is a frequent presenter at national ed-tech conferences and was a member of Governor McCrory’s Appointed Talent and Workforce Development Committee. Mary graduated with a B.S. from Bates College with a self-designed major in Children’s Studies, then earned her Masters at Harvard Graduate School of Education in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy. Mary received her doctorate from Columbia University Teachers College, with a focus on adolescent education and public school leadership.

She is the mother of two children who are also Charlotte Lab School students.

Vikki-Rose Tunick was a founding member of Charlotte Lab School's Board of Directors and stepped down from the board to serve as the Assistant Head of School. Prior to this role, she was an elementary literacy consultant for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, as well as a Curriculum Coordinator for Union County Public Schools. In this capacity, she supported at-risk schools with curriculum planning, instructional coaching, professional development, and intervention team implementation. She has spent fifteen years in the field of education working in Title I schools throughout New York City, Charlotte, and Union County. She has been a classroom teacher, a bilingual Site Coordinator for Communities in Schools, which is a non-profit organization that focuses on drop-out provention, and a Reading Interventionist.

Born and raised in a suburb of New York City, Vikki graduated from Skidmore College in upstate New York with a double major in Elementary Education and Spanish, and received her first Masters degree in Literacy from The City College of New York. While serving as a Principal Intern in Union County, Vikki completed her second Masters degree in Educational Leadership at Winthrop University. She is a certified Principal, Curriculum Specialist, Reading Specialist and Elementary Education Teacher; she also has had extensive training in balanced literacy and the workshop model through Columbia University’s Teachers College Reading and Writing Project.

Vikki currently resides in South Charlotte with her husband Marc and their children, Avery (a Lab School Kindergartener) and Ryder.

Shelli Merritt serves as Charlotte Lab School’s Head of Operations. She comes to the school with 20 years of investment banking experience and is a retiree of Bank of America Merrill Lynch where she spent 16 years building a successful career. Shelli joins the Charlotte Lab School with a myriad of relevant career experience.

Shelli is passionate about education and spent several years actively involved in her kids’ previous elementary school as a member of the PTA’s Executive Board, where she served as Treasurer and managed a nearly $200,000 budget. In this role, she worked closely with the school’s administration (especially the principal and financial secretary), staff, the PTA Board and PTA committees. She worked with the school’s CPA on tax preparation, prepared and organized all of the material reviewed by the audit committee for the annual audit, prepared the year-end financial review, conducted the monthly reconciliation and prepared all of the disbursements. Shelli also served as Treasurer in 2013-14 and as the VP of Finance in 2012-13.

Shelli is a graduate of Wellesley College with a BA in Economics and the Wharton School of Business with a Master’s degree in Finance. She resides in Charlotte with her husband Will and 3 kids, 2 of whom are Charlotte Lab School students.

Susannah Caffry Lund has 15 years of experience in nonprofit marketing and communication, including direct support of leadership and boards of directors. Prior to her work at Lab, she served as Vice President of Marketing and Communication for Mass Audubon, New England’s largest conservation organization. Susannah led the branding, strategic marketing and communication, and public and media relations for the organization over a 10-year period. She worked closely with the development staff on integrated fundraising and marketing strategies, grant writing and implementation, and public events in support of fundraising goals exceeding $3 million annually. In addition, Susannah managed the branding, communications, and public outreach strategy for a successful 5-year, $55 million capital and operating campaign. She has a Master of Arts in Public Policy from Tufts University and a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Bucknell University.

Susannah, her husband, and two daughters relocated to Charlotte five years ago. Her children also attend Charlotte Lab School and are in 2nd and 3rd grade.

Catherine Malone

Assistant Head of Operations -

Catherine Malone comes to Charlotte Lab School with more than 25 years of work experience in International Shipping, Audit, and Bank Compliance. Her career took her overseas to Moscow, Russia where she worked and lived for much of the 1990s. Catherine joins Lab after taking a five-year professional hiatus to be a stay-at-home parent. In her role, she is responsible for payables, deposits, supply management, and cultural events.

Catherine graduated from Vassar College with a degree in Russian Literature and received her Masters in International Business Studies from the University of South Carolina. Catherine is also a 2016 graduate of the Arts and Science Council’s Cultural Leadership Program, and through the program has joined the Board of Directors of Children's Theatre of Charlotte.

Catherine resides in South Charlotte with her husband Jerry, their two children, Clark (Lab 4th grader) and Marguerite (Lab 3rd grader), and their three dogs.

Kendra Johnson was raised in Kansas City, MO. Following high school she was selected for a scholarship allowing her to pursue a Bachelor's degree in English at the University of Arkansas- Fayetteville. She also received a Master of Education degree in Leadership & Organizational Performance from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Following her undergraduate education, Kendra spent four years as a teacher and Teach for America Corps member in Charlotte. She also possesses experience with charter schools having spent a summer assisting Valor Collegiate Academy in Nashville with community outreach and recruitment.

She currently resides in Charlotte, NC.

Ricky Singh was an Assistant Principal at a growing private school in Charlotte, North Carolina and has served as an Educational Consultant for a variety of schools, non-profit organizations and families. In this role, he helped boost student enrollment, oversaw Special Education, professional development, curriculum planning, instructional technology, and advisory, as well as helped to form a variety of high-interest clubs for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Prior to this role, he was in a leadership role within Special Education, Curriculum Development and Technology throughout Mooresville, NC and New York City focusing on teaching 21st Century Skills to students of today. As a Master Teacher and Coach for the New York City Department of Education, he helped coach teachers who served in at-risk schools with a focus on advisory, curriculum planning, youth development and reading/math interventions. In addition to working in education, Ricky also formed New York City’s 1st Hip-Hop Afterschool Program, Get On Something Innovative and Positive (G.O.S.I.P.), that focused on using the positive elements of Hip-Hop and giving students from gang-concentrated areas of New York City a positive platform to express themselves.

Ricky graduated from Brooklyn College with a major in Political Science, and received his first Masters degree in Special Education from the same institution. While serving in a leadership role at his school in Brooklyn, New York, Ricky completed his second Masters degree in Educational Leadership at Brooklyn College. He has had extensive professional development and training in a variety of disciplines in both Special Education and Educational Leadership.

Ricky currently resides in West Charlotte with his wife Liz and their children, Rafael, Elijah, Joziah and Erymiah.

Mitchell Carraway is a native North Carolinian, born in the eastern part of the state. He had worked for six years in the Chapel Hill City and Durham Public School systems. During that time, he taught kindergarten through third grades and served on committees both at the school and district levels. He developed a love for technology while assisting co-workers as they implemented various forms of instructional technology in their classrooms. This fostered his desire to seek a Masters of Educational Technology Degree from North Carolina Central University where he previously received his undergraduate degree in Elementary Education. In addition to his love for technology, he is a strong believer in the constructivist view of learning and also has a passion for providing professional development in the area of equity and diversity.

He and his wife Akua have two sons, Mitchell II and Parker.

Meegan Whelan knew at a very early age that she wanted to work with children and become a Counselor. She was immediately drawn to the idea of helping students work through the difficult areas of their life, while providing them with guidance and support through the process. Following her receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire, Meegan has received a Masters in Counseling from UNH, a license in Professional Counseling, and a (CA) in Marriage and Family Counseling.

A native of Boston, the majority of Meegan’s career has been spent working in San Francisco. She moved to Charlotte four years ago and quickly realized that the Lab School was a community that she could see herself working and thriving in. She moved here with her husband and daughter and they have fully taken advantage of all that Charlotte has to offer. Since then, she has had three little boys and keeps busy when she is not working in a school setting.

Being active and traveling are two of Meegan’s greatest passions. She loves to play most sports, yet, running, playing tennis, and doing yoga are her favorite at this point in her life. Traveling has been a priority for Meegan since college, and seeing a new place for the first time is one of her favorite experiences. Her travel-related aspirations include visiting every continent, as well as living in another country in order to immerse herself in that particular culture.

Melissa Markle

Dean of Students -

Melissa Markle comes to us from Sugar Creek Charter School where she worked as the school's In School Suspension Coordinator. Prior to Sugar Creek, Melissa spent four years as the Behavior Modification Technician at Albemarle Road Elementary School. Her responsibilities have included implementing behavioral interventions to ensure student success in the classroom, creating school-wide behavior incentive programs, collaborating with teachers on classroom management strategies, processing disciplinary referrals, de-escalating crisis situations, and monitoring the In School Suspension room.

Before moving to Charlotte in 2011, Melissa worked as a Supervisor/School Liaison at a residential treatment facility for at-risk youth in Buffalo, NY.

Melissa graduated in 2009 with a Bachelors degree in Communications from Niagara University. While attending NU, Melissa also competed on and captained their NCAA Division 1 softball team, and was the President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Melissa enjoys all sports and is a diehard Buffalo Bills fan. She enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and her 7-year-old pit bull named Riggins.

Stefanny Wilches is a mama to an outgoing, loving, spunky, friendly 7-year-old! She is bilingual and is first generation in her family from Colombia. She came to the United States at the age of 10, and her family established themselves in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Stefanny graduated from Olympic Community of Schools of Global Studies and Economics as a founding member in 2007. She attended Craven Community College when her family was stationed in Cherry Point, North Carolina. In 2014, she received her Phlebotomist Certificate at Continual Health, Education & Training: Charlotte Campus.

Stefanny enjoys cooking, being outdoors, rafting, hiking, traveling, spending time at the beach, soccer, crossfit, hanging out with friends and of course being with her son, Lian.

Stefanny has been called an industrious person. Helping others in any way that she can is a big part of who she is. She has a passion for giving back to the community; last year she volunteered in some amazing organizations in Charlotte: Cancer Hope Ministry, Second Harvest Food Bank, Urban Ministry Center, Inreach, Operation Christmas, Operation Homefront, Servants With a Heart, H.E.L.P. Crisis Pregnancy Center, and Crisis Assistance Ministry. She puts herself in others' shoes, and tries to be helpful whenever possible. She loves to be positive and cheerful. She plays an active role at her church, in her community, and in her friends' and family's lives. She considers it to be a blessing to work somewhere where she can actually get to make a difference in students' and family's lives.

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