Meet Our Board of Trustees
The WCS Board of Trustees works behind the scenes, providing guidance and support to maintain the School’s Mission and Vision, its Statement of Faith, its academic quality and student life, business operations, advancement and long range planning; the Board works closely with the school’s Administration to establish appropriate resources and facilities to carry out these goals; and it supports, oversees and evaluates the work of the Headmaster.
The Board works through various committees with responsibility for all areas of the school’s operation, including: Executive; Finance/Audit; Nomination; Advancement; and Facilities. The Board meets monthly but there are regular ongoing project groups and committee meetings going on at various times each month.
What’s the process to join the Board?
Board members join for a three-year term. Interested current parents, parents of graduates or other friends of the School are always welcome to inquire about committee or Board membership. This yearly process starts in late Fall with an informal interview, completion of a comprehensive questionnaire, and potentially a formal interview with the Nominating Committee who will pass along their recommendations to the full Board. If a candidate’s nomination is approved by the Board, it is submitted on an electronic ballot to all families for a vote of affirmation, typically in May.
The Board is seeking candidates who bring a wide range of talents and skills; who are willing and able to devote their time, and to support WCS financially as they are able; and who also agree with, and worship at a church whose teachings are similar to (and in no way contrary to) the WCS Statement of Faith. We welcome inquiries or recommendations for potential Board members.
Lesley Aulick, a native of Kentucky, attended the University of Kentucky majoring in Chemical Engineering. It is here where she met her husband, Bradley, who is also a Kentucky native. They are celebrating 16 years of marriage this year and have two sons at Wilmington Christian, Silas and Isaac. Bradley, Lesley, and the boys are members of Brandywine Valley Baptist Church (BVBC) in Wilmington. Lesley is involved with the Children’s ministry and most recently the Women’s ministry at BVBC. God has brought the Aulicks to Wilmington, Delaware for two seasons of their lives, as they were initially residents of Delaware from 2001-2005 and most recently again in 2014. Lesley has spent her 18 year career with the DuPont Company in a variety of technical, commercial, and business roles, then in mid-2015 transitioned to the spin-off, Chemours, where she is a Global Product and Market Manager for the Refrigerants business. Lesley enjoys playing golf, rooting on her Kentucky Wildcats for basketball and watching her boys play sports.
Shannon grew up in a small town in North Carolina. She was awarded a scholarship to attend Appalachian State University for undergraduate school. She earned a BS in secondary English education and Master of Arts degree. While attending Appalachian State University she met her husband Greg. By the time she graduated, Greg was settled in West Chester, PA and attending Berea Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Hockessin, DE. They married in August of 2000 and they continue to be active members at Berea. In May of 2001, she accepted a full time faculty position with Delaware County Community College and has been there since. Shannon says: “We’ve been blessed in more ways than I can count. It is a blessing for our family that Riley is at WCS. It would be a blessing for our family to serve WCS in whatever way is most effective for WCS.”
Robalee “Robbie” Deike
Robbie, on the board since 2013, chairs the Advancement Committee. She retired in 2010 from DuPont where she worked in Human Resources. She is an active volunteer at church (Hockessin United Methodist) as a Stephen Leader, Small Group Ministry Leader, and in the prayer and music ministries, and in the community in BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) and as a Conservatory Docent at Longwood Gardens. She served on the boards of YWCA Delaware and Good Neighbors Home Repair, both for six years. She and her husband, Al, live in Greenville, DE, and are the parents of 2 WCS grads: Major Will Deike, USAF Reserves (2004) and Liz Weaver (2006). You may also see or hear her occasionally playing the piano at school, church, and in the community.
Brett and wife Terry have three grown children, Stephanie, Michael, and Shaun, and total of 5 grandchildren (and, Brett says, they’re looking for more!) Brett’s three children attended WCS. Brett has two grandchildren who attend WCS, Keeley (2nd) and Peyton (K). As a WCS parent, being involved was very important. Brett coached baseball and softball and stayed very involved with all school activities. Christian education was always a priority. Brett worships at Brandywine Valley Baptist Church, and has served on the Board for six years and as Chairman for three years. He currently serves as Missions Coordinator. Brett runs his own business and has been self employed for over 21 years, wholesaling consumer electronics on the East Coast and in the United Kingdom.
Michael McCudden (Chair)
Michael joined the Finance Committee in 2012 and the Board in 2013; he serves as the Chair of the Finance Committee. He has been a member of the St. Anthony’s Community Center board for 25 years where he serves as the Treasurer. A certified public accountant, Michael is the Director of Accounting and Audit Services for Master, Sidlow & Associates in Wilmington, DE. Michael, his wife Becky, and son (a WCS high school student) reside in Landenberg, PA. They worship at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Kemblesville, PA.
Linda Schwind (Secretary)
Linda Schwind has multiple connections with WCS as an alumnus, the mother of two WCS grads, and the grandmother of a WCS student. Her mother was also a WCS Board member. Linda is the Executive Director of Gilpin Hall, a non-profit organization in Wilmington providing long term nursing care, assisted care and an adult day program. Linda resides in Avondale, PA and worships at Brandywine Valley Baptist Church in Wilmington.
Lynn is a parent of three WCS graduates. Lynn worked for DuPont for 23 years in the Legal department; most recently as a Senior Program Manager focusing on continuous process improvement and technology implementation, and has since joined the Legal Department at Chemours. She is a certified Project Manager. Lynn and her husband, Scott, live in the Pike Creek area and are active members of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in north Wilmington. Lynn has been an involved WCS parent for over 20 years. When her third child graduated in 2016, she wanted to become involved at a strategic level to help the school continue to carry out its mission and purpose for many generations to come.
Rene Solis (Vice Chair)
Rene joined the Board in 2013. He and his wife Donna live in Pike Creek, Delaware. They are parents of two WCS graduates, (class of 2016 and 2013). Currently they have a son in middle school. Rene is VP-Operations Manager leading a team of Legal and Risk specialists at Chase Bank. Rene and his family worship at Sycamore Hill Church. He is also President of the Board for Delaware Magic Girls Fastpitch.
Champ joined the board in 2015. He and his wife Robben have been married since 1996 and are parents to three children who are enrolled at WCS. He is an associate pastor at Ogletown Baptist Church in Newark, Delaware. Previously, he has taught in Christian education at the secondary level, served as Director of Ministry in a training school in Ohio, and authored Bible curriculum for use in elementary and middle school classrooms.
Kevin Wargo (Treasurer)
Kevin graduated from WCS in 2003 and went on to receive his Bachelor’s in Business Management from Liberty University and his MBA from Goldey- Beacom in 2009. He is married to Wendy Wargo (WCS class of 2002) and they have a son, Matthew. Kevin is the Director of Dumont Group – an aviation company based out of the New Castle airport. Kevin has continued to stay involved with WCS throughout the years and enjoyed coaching JV and varsity soccer for two years. Kevin joined the board in 2015. Kevin and Wendy attend Trinity Community Church.