2017-18 Board of Trustees
Talfourd H. Kemper, Jr., Chair
Frank Russell Ellett ’84, Vice Chair
Allen B. Whittle '91, Treasurer
Sarah Boxley Beck ’98, Secretary
Dr. Donna R.S. Batzel
Kevin S. Bloomfield
Sarah T. Doherty ’91
Janet Dunn Frantz
Quinn Graeff ’88
Dr. Carolyn L. H’Doubler
Barney Hammond ’82
Dr. Michael Jeremiah
Roberto H. Robinson
Edward M. Smith, Sr.
Susan K. Still
Chris Teter ’74
Mary Lynn Wright
Christian J. Proctor, Ph.D.,
Head of School
Philosophy & Objectives
North Cross School endeavors to be among the finest independent schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In pursuit of that goal, we will:
The North Cross School Strategic Plan
New Board Members:
Chris Teter ’74
Chris spent his early career in sales and marketing for the television industry before shifting gears in 1996 to move into the restaurant and food industries. His last position was as the Southeastern Regional Manager at Frontline Marketing where he spearheaded a southeastern thrust of the second largest in-store marketing company in the US and initiated direct client contact making presentations to VPs of marketing, brand and promotion managers on behalf of their chain of 5,200 supermarkets.
In 2000, Greg and his wife left behind New York City to lead a buyout and reorganization of Frank Chervan, Inc. a furniture frame and component manufacturing business founded by his grandfather nearly 60 years earlier. The company that bore his name had unique engineering, design and manufacturing competencies but had stagnated in its value stream position and had been brutally battered in the flight of the domestic furniture business to cheap offshore sources.
After its successful rebound under his leadership, Greg then led the purchase of Hooker Furniture's Roanoke, Virginia operations in 2009 in order to start the production of finished and upholstered chairs. Today all company operations have been consolidated into the Roanoke Virginia plant and Chervan is widely recognized as one of the most advanced, responsive and largest producers of wood chairs in the United States. In addition to his duties at Frank Chervan, Inc., Greg has served as an appointed member of Virginia's Small Business Advisory Board and as a member of the Roanoke College Presidential Advisory Committee. He has two children at North Cross, Nora ’20 and Sally ’23.
Ranjan is a managing partner at Blue Ridge Tech LP, a company that specializes in data mining and pattern recognition with personal and commercial software tools. Mr. Jha has over eighteen years of professional career experience in Object-Oriented Design using Java for a wide variety of multi-tier applications spanning the Department of Defense projects, Financial Markets, and Genetics. He has extensive experience as a team lead and technical analyst in all phases of product architecture and development. He holds a Masters in Computer and Information Science from Case Western Reserve University. His son Nalin will graduate from North Cross in 2019.
BARNEY HAMMOND ’82
Barney serves as Senior Principal Project Engineer for Harris Corporation Night Vision where he is the technical lead for new night vision systems and develops requirements and specifications based on system use analysis, among other roles. Beyond his many patents and successes, Barney is an alumni of North Cross and previous president of the Alumni Association Board. He has lead the GDATP team to design and set up the rubber duck race for the annual Kindermourn fundraiser in Charlotte, NC. He and his wife Maria have two children at North Cross: Alex ’23 and Allison ’21.
MICHAEL JEREMIAH, MD
Dr. Jeremiah is a Professor of Family & Community Medicine at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute. He is president of the Doctor's Connected, Carilion Clinic's accountable care organization, Chair of the Family and Community Medicine, and Senior Medical Director of Population Health at Carilion. He helped lead the institution into a broad-spectrum value-based model of compensation for its doctors instead of pure productivity. He and his wife Dr. Barbara Moore have two children, David ’17 and Katie ’20.