The Northampton County Education Foundation (NCEF) has announced the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors: Caroline Bott, Charlena Jones and John Pavlik.

Caroline is an experienced nonprofit administrator and fundraising professional who has spent two decades working in the educational, environmental, health, and economic development sectors. Her areas of expertise include organizational capacity building, fundraising, event planning, project coordination, volunteer management, governance, and board relations. Currently, Caroline is the mid-Atlantic Leadership Development Manager for River Network, a national non-profit focused on empowering and uniting people and communities to protect and restore rivers and other waters that sustain all life. Caroline has a liberal arts undergraduate degree from Randolph-Macon College and a Master of Public Administration degree, with a focus on Non-Profit Management, from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Caroline lives in Jamesville with her husband and two sons.

Charlena is an Eastern Shore native and a Northampton High School graduate. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Bryant & Stratton College. Through various colleges and universities, Charlena completed CEU courses to qualify her as a Mental Health Professional and later became a Licensed Qualified Mental Health Professional (L-QMHP), of which she has been providing mental health services with local counseling agencies for over a decade. Charlena is a certified business consultant and the owner of Vision Focus Business Consulting, LLC. She is a non-credit instructor at the Eastern Shore Community College Workforce Development Center, teaching entrepreneur courses. Charlena enjoys being a substitute teacher at Northampton Middle/High School, coached Middle School Cheerleading (mid-early 2000’s) and recently assisted the Northampton Middle School Girls’ Basketball team. She served as the PTA President at Kiptopeke Elementary School, VP and President on the Eastern Shore Area on Aging Policy Council and a Parent Organizer of funds and programs at the local Head Start.  She is a member and active participant of the Full Gospel Church. She is a grandmother and mother of two children, a Northampton High School graduate (a US Soldier) and a Northampton Middle schooler (acknowledged as a scholar student).

John graduated from Tusculum College in Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, later earning his master’s degree in Public Administration Science.  John has a broad range of experience in government and the private sector in both New Jersey and on the Eastern Shore.  As Community Officer for the New Jersey State Division of Local Government, he performed desk audits and analyzed budgets for municipalities experiencing financial problems.  As business administrator for a private school for children with special needs in New Jersey, he assured the school’s sound financial status.  His numerous appointed and elected positions include distinguished service as a member of the town council and as mayor of his home town in New Jersey, as well as positions on various Boards and Authorities in New Jersey.  Currently, John is a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and volunteers at USCG Station Cape Charles, serves on the Board of the Northampton County Chamber of Commerce, Northampton County Economic Development Authority, is a Cape Charles Rotary member and Chairman of the Career Technical Education Board of Northampton High School.  John and his wife, Marty retired to the Eastern Shore in 2012.

Dr. Linda Schulz, acting chair of the board stated, “All three new board members bring a wide range of skills and experiences that will be of great value to the board of the Northampton County Education Foundation.  They join a dedicated and passionate group working to promote student performance and excellence in teaching in our public schools.”

The Northampton County Education Foundation is a conduit for support to the public schools from the community.  The Foundation provides grants to teachers to encourage and facilitate approaches aimed at reshaping and improving classroom education for students and other initiatives, such as field trips that enhance the students educational experiences outside of the classroom.

For more information, visit www.ncedufoundation.com to learn more about Foundation board members and efforts to involve the community in supporting the public school system.