Dr. Karen Upton (President):

Karen has been involved with Park Place School for about 10 years as a volunteer and member of the Board. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education Degree from the State University College of New York at Buffalo, her Master’s in School Counseling from Old Dominion University and her Ph.D. on Organizational Leadership from Regent University. Dr. Upton has taught at the elementary level and served as principal of Norfolk Christian Lower School for 20 years. Karen is active in the community and in her church but her most enjoyable times are spent with her family including her four grandchildren.

Angela Benard: (Treasurer)

Angela Benard, a long time resident of Norfolk, joined the Board of Park Place school in September of 2017. She has a long history community service with children and families in Norfolk and specifically the in Park Place Neighborhood. Angela, former Senior Program Director for the YMCA of South Hampton Roads’ Community Services Branch , helped to establish the Y in the Park Place community and served in the opening team for the Y on Granby. She has had a career in fundraising, grand writing, and community development for more than 20 years, first with a domestic violence center in northeast Florida and most recently as the Director of Development & Philanthropy with the Virginia Zoo. Angela lives in Norfolk with her family and their many, many pets.

Kristin Barbour

Kristin Barbour is the Executive Director for the National Institute for Learning Development (NILD). Since 1973, NILD has built the competence and confidence of those who struggle to learn by training educators to implement research-based, best practice interventions to bring lasting change for struggling learners. Prior to working at NILD, Kristin worked as an inpatient speech-language pathologist at Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters. For over a decade Kristin has presented seminars and workshops nationally and internationally on topics related to learning disabilities and development for parents and educators.

Michael Fariss

Rob Slaughter

Rob and Sally, his wife of over 37 years, live in Portsmouth and have one daughter, Sarah, who lives in Richmond. Rob and Sally are members of Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church in Norfolk. Rob has been on short-term mission trips to Rwanda and Haiti and is board president of the Haitian American Friendship Foundation, a missionary organization. A trial attorney since 1979, he currently works with the law firm of Rutter Mills, LLP. Also, his many years of service in the Army Reserve included duty in Iraq in 2005-2006.

Dora Lee Taylor:

Dora Lee received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado. She is married and has one son and two beautiful granddaughters. As an active Realtor since 1986, she has been recognized as a top producer of sales nationally and locally for over 25 years. In addition to her primary volunteer role on the Board of Park Place School, Dora Lee also serves the community as a volunteer for Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, the William E. Wood Foundation, the Board of Community Alternatives and the Community Alternative Management Group, and the Dispute Resolution Center. Her hobbies include golfing, boating, and traveling.