Nine New Members Join Board of Trustees

Jennifer Bullock, Debbie Dibbert, Ashini Fernando, Leora Fields, Randy Gelber, Delores Moore, Lee Patterson, Melissa Pfeil and Jamie Spatola are new members of the Durham Academy Board of Trustees. Fields, who is president of Parents Association, and Patterson, president of the Alumni Board, will serve one-year terms as ex officio members, while Bullock, Dibbert, Fernando, Gelber, Moore, Pfeil and Spatola will serve three-year terms as trustees.

Jennifer Bullock earned a B.A. from Grinnell College and an M.S.W. from Smith College School for Social Work. She is a clinical social worker at Duke University’s Counseling and Psychological Services, working with undergraduate, graduate and professional students and serving as a liaison with student groups and other campus and community partners to provide programming, education and support. She has served as a substitute teacher in the Lower School and as a member of the Lower School Extended Day staff, and she is a member of the Diversity, Equity and Engagement Committee. She is the mother of Nathan ’24 and Jacob ’26.

Debbie Dibbert is a graduate of Tufts University with a B.A. in political science. She is Associate Vice Chancellor for Principal and Major Gifts at UNC-Chapel Hill. She served as DA’s director of development, alumni affairs and public relations for 10 years, helping lead two capital campaigns and staffing two headmaster search committees. She is the mother of two sons who attended DA from Preschool through Upper School: Michael ’99 and Brian ’01.

Dr. Ashini Fernando holds a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, a master’s degree in public health leadership from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and a Ph.D. in pharmacology from Duke University. She is a public health scientist working in the fields of regulatory compliance of global health commodities and reproductive health. Fernando has been a member of DA’s Learning Environment Committee and a parent volunteer with First Lego League. She is the mother of
Tharindu ’21 and Charith ’23.

Leora Fields earned a B.S. from the University of Maryland with a major in journalism/advertising and a minor in Hebrew. She worked in advertising in the Washington, D.C., area before moving to New York and then North Carolina, where she worked in advertising before becoming the director of marketing for a nonprofit organization. She has been involved with Parents Association as Preschool division representative, on the Welcoming Committee, with the All-School Picnic and DA Night at the Hurricanes, and is 2021–2022 Parents Association president. She is the mother of Asher ’21, Evan ’24 and Ammon ’27.

Randy Gelber graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in economics and from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with an M.B.A. in finance. He is chief financial officer of Epic Games. He has served on Durham Academy’s Finance Committee. Gelber is the father of Alexis ’23 and Jack ’29.

Dr. Delores Moore earned a B.S. from Duke University and an M.D. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has practiced internal medicine and pediatrics for 16 years, and has been with WakeMed since 2010. She is treasurer of Parents Association and has served as chair of the New Parent/Welcoming Committee and as Preschool and Lower School division representative. She has been a member of the Development Committee and a DA Fund volunteer. She is the mother of
Mailyn ’26 and Landon ’28.

Lee Patterson ’00 holds a B.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill, a J.D. from University of Richmond School of Law and an L.L.M. from Duke University School of Law. He is an attorney at Morningstar Law Group in Raleigh, where he focuses on mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters. He has been active with the DA Alumni Board and is currently serving as president of the Alumni Board. He is the father of Lila ’30 and Davis ’32.

Melissa Pfeil earned a B.S. in marketing from UNC-Wilmington and a master’s degree in marketing research from the University of Georgia. She is vice president of marketing analytics at The Link Group, where she provides customer insights to marketing executives to help them make more informed business decisions. She has been Preschool representative to Parents Association, a member of the Welcoming Committee and a room parent in all four school divisions, and she is currently an Upper School room parent. She is the mother of Alex ’21 and Evan ’24.

Jamie Krzyzewski Spatola ’00 holds a B.A. in English from Duke University, an M.B.A. from Cameron University and an M.A.L.S. from Duke University. She is vice chair of the board of trustees of the Emily K Center and is a writer, teacher and coach. She has previously served on the DA Board of Trustees and was chair of the Learning Environment Committee; is past president of the DA Alumni Board; is past member of the Headmaster Search Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee; is past co-chair of the DA Benefit Auction; and serves as a room parent. She is the mother of John David ’28; Mackenzie, a rising fourth-grader at Montessori School of Durham; and Madeline, a 4-year-old in Early Childhood at Montessori School of Durham.