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J.B. Baker

Chairman | GRACE Board of Trustees

JB Baker is a Raleigh native who attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While in college, he enjoyed singing with the UNC Clef Hangers and continues to fulfill his love for music by serving on the worship team at Hope Community Church. He graduated from UNC with a Bachelors in Psychology and upon graduation joined IBM's Software Group. JB served in numerous software engineering management and upper leadership roles over his 17 years with IBM. In August of 2016, JB joined UnitedHealth Group as the Director of Software Engineering for Optum, UHG's health information and technology services company.

JB and his wife, Courtney, met in Chapel Hill and have been married for 17 years. They have 3 children at GRACE spanning both campuses - Keenan, Campbell, and Hudson - and have been part of the GRACE community for ten years. Since joining the GRACE Board of Trustees in 2012, JB has served in various roles during his tenure, including membership on the Strategic Planning Committee, the Chair of the Head of School Search Committee, and Vice Chairman.

When JB is not pursuing his woodworking hobby, he most enjoys spending time with his family and church small group, while also supporting various local charities, among them the Brown Bag Ministry, Pancreatic Cancer Awareness, and the Children's Home Society of North Carolina. Having attended a local Christian primary school himself, JB has a driving passion for Christian education and supporting the mission and vision of GRACE Christian School in both the local and surrounding communities.

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Darrel Hegar

Treasurer | GRACE Board of Trustees

Darrel Hegar is Regional Vice President of Field Operations for Charter Communications Carolinas Region. He is responsible for leading the execution and improvement of Charter’s service delivery strategies in the Carolinas.  Darrel manages operations across 3 states, with a team of more than 4,000 employees serving more than 2.5 million customers.

Prior to assuming his current role in 2009, Darrel served as the Vice President & General Manger of the Northeast Ohio Division of Time Warner Cable. He was responsible for the overall growth and service strategies for all customers in a five county territory based out of Cleveland, Ohio.

In 1998, Darrel joined the cable industry working for MediaOne in Denver, Colorado. He subsequently worked with AT&T Broadband and Comcast through a series of mergers. He has senior leadership roles in Corporate Strategy, Product Management and Marketing prior to dedicating his career to serving customers in a field leadership capacity. His knowledge of the consumer business segment was developed as an entrepreneur, when he started his own computer sales and service company six years prior to entering the communication industry.

Originally from Benton Harbor, Michigan, Hegar graduated from the University of New Mexico with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, where he received scholarships from NASA and the U.S. Patent and Trademarks Office. Hegar completed his Masters in Business Administration at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He also completed Executive Leadership training at Harvard Business School, Tuck Business School at Dartmouth and the Anderson School of Management at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Hegar served five years in the United States Air Force. He is a Gulf War veteran with several medals and awards of recognition for his service. Darrel is the proud father of a class of 2014 GRACE graduate and a GRACE junior.

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Andrei Malacinski

Member | GRACE Board of Trustees

My name is Andrei Malacinski and I am grateful to be a GRACE board trustee. I am excited about what the Lord continues to do in the hearts and lives of students both academically and spiritually at GRACE. Christian education is a privilege I do not take for granted and am thankful for the fruit of our wonderful school.

I have a wonderful wife and three active boys, each attending GRACE. Most days after school, you can find us on a ball field, shooting hoops, or enjoying family time. I enjoy volunteering at our church and attending Bible Study Fellowship. I have a heart for missions, and a strong love of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I am a graduate of Indiana University, and am currently employed by IBM.  At IBM, I manage a world-wide software development team, but have held management positions in engineering, customer support and operations. It is my prayer that I will be able to contribute to the Board as we strive to be faithful to our Mission Statement and to bring glory to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.



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Jamie Null

Member | GRACE Board of Trustees

My name is Jamie Null and my family and I have been very blessed to be a part of the GRACE community for the last seven years!

I graduated from Elon University in 1999, with a degree in Elementary Education. My husband,PJ, and I have been married for sixteen years and we have two children at GRACE (Preston 7th grade & Anna Elizabeth 4th grade). I have had the privilege to serve at GRACE in many ways over the years as a parent volunteer, director of the aftercare program, a second grade classroom teacher and now a GRACE Board member.

GRACE is a loving and nurturing environment that has become a family to us and I am proud to be a part of this wonderful school! I thank God for leading us to a place where our children grow socially, academically and spiritually in Christ each day!

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Chase Tew

Board of Trustees | GRACE

Chase has been a GRACE parent for nine years and has a student in 5th and 8th grade. Chase grew up in a small Baptist church in eastern North Carolina, accepted Christ as his Savior in his early teens and recommitted his life to Christ in 2010.

Chase graduated from NC State in 1998 with a degree in agricultural and environmental technology/engineering and earned his MBA from Campbell University in 2002. He has been employed by John Deere since graduating from NC State.

Chase and his wife, Amy, are active members of Hope Community Church and Chase has been active in the community as a coach for youth basketball, baseball and volleyball. Chase is also active as a volunteer with several local ministries including Habitat for Humanity, Triangle Food Bank, Stop Hunger Now, and the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.

Chase looks forward to serving on the GRACE Board of Trustees and desires to use the skills he has developed in the workplace for the benefit of our school. His strong business background and training in problem solving methodologies will be an asset to the Board as they work to develop the strategic roadmap to ensure GRACE’s long term viability and prosperity while providing excellent Christian education to families in the Triangle.

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Melinda Wright

Member | GRACE Board of Trustees

Melinda Wright is the proud parent of two children at GRACE Christian School: Noah and Eden Wright and an older daughter, Zahra Wright, who will graduate 2017.  She is married to Charles Wright and resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Melinda has had a long career in education and it is her heart’s passion.

After graduating from Cornell University with a Bachelors in Africana Studies,  Melinda joined Teach For America in 1994.  During her tenure as a corps member, she taught in the South Bronx and Washington Heights for three years.  After completing her corps commitment, Melinda worked with a variety of non-profit and for profit educational organizations before heading to George Washington University law school.  While at GWU she attained her Juris Doctorate as well as her Masters in History (African-American Studies) and Public Policy (Education).  She spent her second summer of law school studying International Human Rights Law at Oxford University, an experience which deepened her interest in human rights and passion for traveling.  Immediately following law school, Melinda seized the opportunity to serve as the Head Coach of Howard University’s women’s lacrosse team, which was the only Division I team at a historically Black University.  After coaching at Howard, Melinda worked in the Human Resources office of District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS).  Following her time at DCPS, Melinda worked at Westminster School as the Director of Diversity, an Associate Director of Admissions and Director of Student Life.  Melinda then returned to Teach For America for five years where she served in a variety of roles, most recently as a Senior Vice President of  Alumni Diversity and Regional Alumni Support.  In August of 2016,  she joined the education team at the Walton Family Foundation where she will help manage a diverse portfolio of state and local grantees along with a few national grantees.  She is excited about bringing her education background to the GRACE board and grateful for the opportunity.

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