Board of Directors
Get to know our Board of Directors.
Laura Mallard is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geology at Appalachian State University. She teaches courses on Oceanography, Water Resources, and Environmental Issues in Geology. At the university, she also advises students in the Department of Geology who are seeking licensure in NC to teach Earth Science.
Laura and her husband run an outfitter in town – River and Earth Adventures, Inc. They guide white water rafting trips in the summer as well as caving trips year-round. Eco-education and environmental stewardship has always been a part of their mission. Laura is also a TRCS parent. Asa is in fourth grade, and Bodie is in second.
Jessica Janc Lipinski and her family made their way to Boone for a long weekend of hiking and outdoor adventure. Within a day they fell in love with the town and the surrounding mountains. Six months later they were calling Boone home and Two Rivers was a vital part of that decision. Her son, Gavin, started at Two Rivers in Kindergarten and is now a second grader.
Originally from Ohio, Jessica earned a B.S. in Environmental Geography and Biology from Ohio University. She is currently working toward her North Carolina Environmental Education certification. She is passionate about the success of Two Rivers and is excited to serve the school community by being on the Board.
Charlene Grasinger is the Assistant Director of Mentoring at the Western Youth Network. She is a former 5th Grade teacher with a Master's in Elementary Education from Appalachian State. Charlene served in the Peace Corps in Uganda 2010-2012. She loves to be outdoors, yoga, climbing at Center 45 and traveling.
Zack serves as the Executive Director of Mountain Alliance, a local non-profit that provides experiences and support for local teenagers. He is passionate about providing experiential education and support opportunities to students regardless of means or background. Zack is an advocate of the outdoors and natural world being incorporated into youth education. He is excited about supporting Two Rivers to help the school and students reach incredible goals.
Lindsay Masland is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Appalachian State. She teaches courses in education, psychology, and statistics to future teachers and school psychologists at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her research interests lie at the intersection of academic motivation, effective teaching practices, and social justice, and her passion is to help educators make instructional choices that maximize the learning potential of the wide variety of learners we find in our classrooms.
In addition to expertise in academic instruction and assessment, she also has experience in strategic planning and problem-solving at both the school and district level, and she regularly consults with schools and systems regarding best practices in data-based decision-making and program evaluation. She and her husband moved to Boone in 2011 with their two children, Camden (4th grade at TRCS) and Adalyn (5 years old). When not working or mothering, Lindsay enjoys running, yoga, and serving as the dance captain for Boone's precision tap dance group, The Carolina Snowbelles.
Dief Alexander works in the Office of Sustainability at Appalachian State University. His son attended Two Rivers, and Dief is glad to be able to contribute to the school's future through his involvement on the Board.
As a school counselor working with the Upward Bound Program at Appalachian State University, Laura Fonseca supports the academic, social, and career development of local students from diverse backgrounds. Laura is an advocate for high quality education as part of a sustainable future and looks forward to helping the Two Rivers community reach its goals as a member of the Board of Directors.
Recently retired from the ASU Psychology Department, Paul taught courses in Educational Psychology, Applied Behavior Management, and Forensic Psychology. He worked extensively in public school and correctional settings and published in those areas as well as in areas of psychology and the law.
Rose Mary Webb is a Professor of Psychology at Appalachian State University; she currently serves as the Psychology Department Chairperson. She earned her PhD in Quantitative Psychology at Vanderbilt University, and she teaches courses in research methods and individual differences at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Previously, she taught high school mathematics. Rose Mary has been a TRCS parent for the past three years and has an older child who graduated from TRCS previously.