The Learning Trail, Inc. is run by volunteers and governed by a Board of Directors. In addition, its programs are informed by the expertise of an Advisory Committee composed of experienced educators and other professionals.
Board of Directors
Carol Tomason, President
Carol is a career educator and certified teacher with extensive experience in working with students with learning disabilities and ADHD. She is also a reading specialist. She earned a Masters in Education and an Educational Specialist in Learning Disabilities degree from Rutgers University, Graduate School of Education, in New Jersey. Her previous non-profit experience includes the Summit Child Care Centers (President, Board of Trustees), Kent Place School (Vice chair, Board of Trustees), Parents Association of New Jersey Independent Schools (Chair of Board), and The American School in London, England (President, Parents’ Association).
Suzanne Morris, Vice President
Suzanne is also a career educator and certified teacher with specific expertise in developing programs for students with learning differences and intervention methods for young, struggling readers. She received the Leaving No Child Behind Award in 2001 for exceptional service to children who otherwise might not have the opportunity to realize all they are capable of achieving. Suzanne earned a Masters Degree in Special Education from Fairfield University in Connecticut.
Peter Pront, Treasurer
Peter is a tax lawyer and is currently counsel to Seward and Kissel LLP, a law firm based in New York City. As a partner in the firm, he served in various leadership positions, including as head of the tax practice group, the executive committee and as the firm’s Finance and Administrative Partner. He received a Masters in Taxation degree from New York University Law School, his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, and a Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Rhode Island. Peter’s previous non-profit experience included The Yorkville Common Pantry of New York, where he served on the Board of Directors and the Finance Committee as well as Treasurer and co-chairman of the Long-Range Planning Committee.
Christine DeVita, Secretary
Chris is an attorney specializing in non-profit law and the former president of The Wallace Foundation, an independent national foundation dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged children in American cities by providing more opportunities to learn, both in and out of school. She received her law degree from Fordham University School of Law. Her previous non-profit experience included The Foundation Center (chair, Board of Trustees), the Center for Effective Philanthropy (member, Board of Trustees), and Harvard’s Graduate School of Education (member, visiting committee).
Kathleen holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern) and a BA from Wellesley College. After retiring from a career with Exxon International in New York/New Jersey, she served on the School Board in Mountain Lakes, NJ for six years. She also coordinated a faith-based tutoring program for elementary students from Newark, NJ. After resettling in Virginia, Kathleen joined the Board and served as Development Director for the Nomadic Kenyan Children’s Education Fund (later merged with the Kenya Education Fund) which provides high school scholarships for needy boys and girls in Kenya where high school is not free. Currently, she is lead tutor for the 5th grade at The Learning Trail.
Bill has a diverse professional background in general management, program management, business development and engineering. He retired as product line vice president at Raytheon, where he led highly profitable business units ranging from $400 million to $1.1 billion annual sales for domestic and international customers. Before joining Raytheon in 1999, Bill held various positions at Lockheed Martin and TRW. Bill currently consults with local area non-profit organizations as part of the Executive Service Corps of the Triangle. He also volunteers in his community and church. He has been tutoring at The Learning Trail for the last two years.
Ann is a career educator with a focus on early adolescence at the middle school level. She has been a middle school teacher, a district level administrator, and a principal. Ann earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest University and began her teaching career in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She earned her Master of Arts Degree from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, and she did post graduate work at the University of Washington to earn her principal credentials. Ann worked at the district level as an administrator for curriculum and staff development and served on the state board for the Association of Staff and Curriculum Development (ASCD). She held several positions including president of the Washington State Middle Level Association. Ann was awarded a Regional Distinguished Principal’s award for Washington State and was selected to be a principal liaison for her school district with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Since moving to Chapel Hill, Ann has been an active member of the Chapel Hill Service League and she has volunteered at The Learning Trail for five years as a tutor and a substitute.
Since retiring from a successful business career, Kathleen has devoted herself to education, serving on a school board and coordinating a tutoring program in New Jersey, and raising scholarship funds for needy high school students in Kenya.
26 years experience as a middle-school librarian and Library Department Chair at Ravenscroft School, Raleigh, NC.
Certified as a special education teacher, a reading specialist, an elementary teacher, and a school district administrator, Barbara has worked at the elementary and high school levels, served as a District Chairperson of Special Education, and as an Elementary School Principal. She has also worked as an educational consultant to coach teachers and provide staff development.
With a Masters in English, Cathie taught at the college level for over 15 years. Inspired by her volunteer work at El Buen Paster-Latino Community Services in Winston-Salem, she received a Masters in Education with a concentration in English as a Second Language (ESL), and has taught ESL for several years at the K-8 level.
Extensive experience as an elementary and middle school classroom teacher as well as a remedial reading and resource room teacher and a teacher educator in the United States. Also served as a teacher educator in Qatar and an international special educator in Thailand and Iran. Fulbright Scholar (Qatar) and Fulbright Specialist (Viet Nam).
25 year career in the U.S. Navy, working primarily in computers and communications. Extensive experience in tutoring and mentoring school-age children since retirement.
33 year career as a specialist in learning disabilities; also designed and facilitated professional development workshops in teaching methodologies.
Lou has her K-6 teaching certification and has been trained in the phonics-based Wilson Reading System. She has put all of these skills in the service of children as a teacher, a reading interventionist, and an Augustine tutor prior to joining the team at The Learning Trail.
31 years experience as an elementary school teacher primarily in first grade; specialist in bilingual education, English as a Second language, and reading.
Extensive experience in diagnostic educational evaluations and remediation for students with learning disabilities and ADHD.