Board of Directors
Get to know our Board of Directors.
Lindsay Masland is an Assistant 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 (2nd grade at TRCS) and Adalyn (3 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.
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 second grade, and Bodie is in kindergarten.
Karen is the mother of two wonderful girls who grew up at Two Rivers. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources at Bowling Green State University. Immediately after college, she was a claims representative for Nationwide Insurance. She dedicated 14 years to caring for her children and working part time in a law firm. Now, she loves doing her part to help save the Earth in the Office of Sustainability at Appalachian State University.
Bryan Martin is a lawyer with Deal, Moseley & Smith in Boone. Originally from Indiana, Bryan found his way to the high country when he and his wife, Leslie, were seeking a favorable place to raise their young children. He brings a background in law, child advocacy, and non-profit service. Bryan looks forward to helping the school reach its goals through his involvement on the Board.
Alex Serrano is the Assistant Director for Data Management in the College Access Partnerships office at Appalachian State University. Alex and his wife came to the Boone area by way of Tucson, Arizona and have three grown children in their 20s.
His career and professional interests have centered around Information Technology. Alex has an M.S. in Information Management from Arizona State University, and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Arizona.
Alex is committed and looking forward to helping Two Rivers advance its vision using his experience in systems and data management as chair of the Finance Committee and Treasurer of the Board.
Jason is the parent of one student at Two Rivers.
Jonathan Carpenter joined the TRCS Board in July 2015 with an agenda to develop entrepreneurial mindsets among our young people. Carpenter serves as a GEAR UP Entrepreneurship specialist for the GEAR UP grant at Appalachian. His component of the program aims to help develop entrepreneurial programs focused on teaching middle and high school students the value of a college education though creative and solution-focused business ideas.
Most recently, Carpenter directed the marketing efforts of a fair trade import company that created markets for artisans and their products in an impoverished region of northern Brazil. Much of his entrepreneurial work has focused on creating sustainable models that use business to meet social needs.
Carpenter is an Appalachian alumnus, having earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Entrepreneurship in 2012 and his MBA in 2014.
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.
staff representatives on the board of directors
- Dr. David Rizor, School Director
- Rachel Wood, Guidance Counselor
- Natalie Oransky, 5th Grade Teacher