Highlands Blog

2018-2019 Board Update

John Michael Bodnar
The Board of Trustees of Highlands School is excited to announce the election of four new members.
A teacher by training, Derry Bunting is a past trustee of Highlands, a parent of Highlands alumni and a grandparent of current Highlands students.  Derry has served on many non-profit boards, understands the importance of proper goverance and brings the multi-generational perspective to our school.  
Mary Goodrich is a certified public accountant by training and has also shared her expertise with many non-profit organizations.  She currently serves as the executive director of the Alabama Ballet and is the mother of current Highlands’ students.
Amy Neiman is a past elementary school teacher and avid volunteer having served many civic organizations.  She has given much of her time and talents to Highlands School having served as president of Parents Auxilliary, co-chair of the 2018 Diamond Jubilee/auction, room parent, grade level represenativate, coach, and Boy Scout leader.  Amy is the mother of a Highland’s alumnus and current Highlands’ students.
Hampton Stephens is an architect by training and an active artist and interior designer.  She has shared her design expertise with Highlands in many ways including serving on the Master Plan/Campus & Facilities Committee, advising on the design of the STEM labs, the 1st grade classroom redesign and the master building plan.  She also served as co-chair of the 2016 auction, Fall Festival co-chair, and as a soccer coach.  Hampton is the mother of a Highlands student.
In addition to electing new trustees, the board elected Eileen Markstein to serve a one-year emeritus term after completing several terms.  Eileen is the co-founder of Markstein, a marketing communications agency.  At Highlands, she has served as a member of the Executive Committee and has chaired the Strategic Planning Committee and the Marketing Committee.  She will continue to share her talents as we continue implementing our current Strategic Plan and look towards our next one.  Eileen is the mother of current Highlands’ students.   
We are so grateful to board members who are have completed terms of service.  William Morrow, an attorney and alumnus of Highlands, served on the Executive Committee, Nominating Committee, and chaired the Governance Committee.  Dottie Pak, an attorney and mother of a current Highlands student and Highland’s alumni, served on the Governance, Finance, and Nominating Committees.  Bart Stephens, a Highlands alumnus and parent of Highlands students, served on the Strategic Planning and Building & Grounds committees.  Thank you for your dedication and service to our School.
For the 2018-2019 term, trustees of Highlands School are:  Dicki Arn,  John Michael Bodnar (President) Derry Bunting, Margaret Camp, Jim Dixon, Maye Head Frei (Secretary) Mary Goodrich, Maria Katz (Vice President), Kathryn McDonald, Eileen Markstein (emeritus), Midge Miller, Randall Minor, Amy Neiman, Lenus Perkins, Rod Reisner (Treasurer), David Schwebel, Hampton Stephens, Roger Torbert, Al Vance, and Gareth Vaughn.  
Highlands School, 4901 Old Leeds Road, Birmingham, AL 35213, (205) 956-9731
Highlands School's 'whole child' approach to education and commitment to academic excellence, creative expression, and leadership development prepare and motivate students in grades 4k through 8 to make a positive difference in an ever-changing world. Located in Birmingham, Alabama, Highlands School holds dual accrediation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Southern Associations of Independent Schools (SAIS).

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