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Board of Directors


Resurrection Lutheran School is a mission of the Church.  The Resurrection Lutheran School Board (RLS Board) is made up of primarily congregational members of the Resurrection Church (RLC), some of whom may also be parents of children attending RLS.  The RLS Board consists of seven or eight voting members, RLC pastor in an advisory capacity, the principal and admissions director in a reporting capacity and a teacher representative.

The school board operates in an oversight capacity while the principal is responsible for the daily operations of the school.  An administrative team is in place to assist in various functions associated with a growing school. Click here for the Board Policy Manual.

The Board meets on the third Thursday of each month.  Individual board members can be reached by using their first and last names or by emailing  



David Robison, Chair

David and his wife Leah grew up, met, and were married in Seattle, Washington. They discovered they loved the South when they moved to Columbia, South Carolina for Leah’s graduate studies. In 2013 they moved to Cary, in part because of the presence of Resurrection Lutheran School. They have four children. Eva,  Jonah and Mark are at Resurrection Lutheran School. Silas is at Resurrection Lutheran Preschool. The family worships at the 8am and 10:30am services at Resurrection Lutheran Church.

David graduated in 2003 from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Economics. He started a software company in 2001 with his dad that develops software for the design of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems for buildings. The company is located in Cary and has three other employees.

In his free time, David likes to play soccer, board games, and computer games.

David joined the school board in 2018. He enjoys being able to give back to the school and help it continue to maintain its strong Christian and academic focus.

John Whatley, Vice Chair

John is a member of RLC and has been a resident of Cary for over 30 years. He is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He left that city to attend the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland from which he graduated with the Class of ’78. His follow-on years in the Navy were served as a Naval Aviator with duties in electronic reconnaissance, research & development, and primary flight instruction (his favorite). After his completion of service in the Navy, John followed the career and profession of an international airline pilot working for American Airlines for nearly 30 years.

As a retiree, John fills his time with many and various activities. His most recent endeavor has been to join the RLS Board to help guide and direct the activities of our school. With their three daughters, John and his wife, Alison, are closely familiar with Lutheran and Christian-based schools and some of the challenges that such schools can face. However, with those children having completed their respective schooling, John is intimately aware of the many positive aspects and rewards that a quality Christian-based education can afford and he is looking forward to bringing any insights and talents that he might have to help RLS become the school of choice in our area.

Tim Farmer, Treasurer

Tim Farmer is a Michigan native who attended Central Michigan University.  He holds degrees in Finance and Marketing.  Tim currently works for Square 1 Bank, a division of Pacific Western Bank where he is responsible for the Credit Administration and Loan Operations functions for the Venture Banking group.   Prior to working for Square 1, he worked in financial consulting for a number of years.  Additionally, Tim teaches a Boot Camp for New Dads at WakeMed.  The course focuses on building confidence in soon-to-be dads.

Tim and his wife Amanda met in high school and have been married since 2007.  They live in Holly Springs with their two children, Nolan (6) and Aubrey (3) and are members of the church congregation.  In his free time, Tim enjoys building things, working in his yard, playing games and sports with the kids and travelling.

Tim joined the RLS Board in 2018.

Neil Porter, Secretary

Neil Porter and his wife, Kelly along with their children, Anna and Kirk are members of RLC.  Anna and Kirk attended RLS from preschool through eighth grade.  Although he was raised in Maryland, Neil considers himself a native of North Carolina since his days as a Wake Forest Demon Deacon where he graduated with a degree in business finance.  With a background in the energy industry with CPL/Progress Energy, he left the corporate world several years ago to start Peak City Realty in Apex.

Neil credits RLS for the spiritual and academic growth in his children’s development and wants to see RLS continue to grown in its mission in the Cary community and beyond.  Neil enjoys family travel to the beach and mountains and stops for barbecue in between.

Linda Cook, Member

Linda Cook is a retired teacher with a passion for connecting children to books to help them become lifelong readers and learners. She graduated from Calvin College in Michigan and has her Master’s Degree in Reading from Nazareth College in New York. She taught at Rochester Christian School in upstate New York and Wake County Schools in North Carolina.

She is a new board member at RLS and she looks forward to learning about more ways to support teachers, students and families. She and her husband love spending time with their family, especially their six grandchildren. Her hobbies include reading, quilting and building with Lego.

Bee Perrson, Member

Bee Persson is a native of Georgia and a parent to two RLS alumni and one RLS student.  She became a Lutheran when she married her husband, Jon.  Their three children were all baptized at RLC.  They are founding members of Jordan Lutheran Church where they are currently active members.

Bee earned a journalism degree from the University of Georgia.  She has worked in public relations and communications for a variety of non-profit and government organizations.  She is presently an adjunct English as a Second Language instructor to adults at Wake Technical Community College.

Jacin Suskin, Member

Disciple, husband, father, salesperson, son, brother, member of the Apex/Cary community, and servant.  Jacin and Michele Suskin were married in 2001 and joined RLC in 2009.  They have five children.  They renewed their marriage vows in the church with Pastor Mark’s guidance in 2011 as a celebration of their 10-year anniversary.  Jacin has served on the Sanctuary Sound team since 2010 as an adult leader for both Ignite and Breakaway, has co-taught high-schoolers in Connections Cafe for the past two years, and is co-teaching middle school Sunday School classes this year.

Jacin coaches youth sports and is an adult leader in Trail Life Troop 613, leading boys through their journey to biblical manhood.  Jacin leads a bi-weekly, interdenominational Men’s small group focusing on becoming the men, husbands, and fathers god designed us to be.  He also leads his two sons through Raising Modern-day Knights, a journey for boys to become men of God.  Jacin’s professional career has been focused on helping public education leaders with innovative tech and services that promote individualized, student-centered instruction, and improved student performance

Michelle Wood, Member

Michelle is a native of Norfolk, VA who moved to Raleigh, NC at the age of 12.  After graduating from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she married her high school sweetheart, John Wood.  Michelle and John have been members of RLC for sixteen years.  They have two children, Peyton & Lindsey, who both attended RLS from preschool through eighth grade and are both currently students at NC State.

Michelle has worked as an Office Manager, a Realtor Assistant and in the Finance Department at SAS Institute as a Payroll Assistant before staying at home to raiser her children.  She served her community for 24 years in The Junior Woman’s Club & Woman’s Club of Raleigh, led confirmation small groups at RLC for 5 years and was an active parent in her children’s classrooms, the RLS-PSO and the Holly Springs High School Chorus Board.

Michelle joined the RLS Board in 2019 and hopes to use her experience as a past parent to help guide and support RLS as it continues to thrive and grow.