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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.

Neil Porter, Vice Chair

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.

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.

Michelle Wood, Secretary

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 now NC State graduates.

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 raise 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.

Tom Farr, Member 

Tom Farr is a partner at the law firm of Nelson Mullins. He is a 1976 graduate of Hillsdale College and has law degrees from Emory University and Georgetown University. 

Chris Johanson, Member

Chris Johanson and her husband George, moved from Wisconsin to Cary more than 30 years ago.  They are members of RLC, have 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren. All are avid Green Bay Packer fans. Their children were confirmed at RLC and her 2 daughters were married there.

Chris graduated from Carroll University with a K-12 degree in Art Education.  She began her career as a graphic artist and after moving to NC began teaching at RLP.   Chris has a strong foundation in education and as her children grew, she worked in elementary education for the Wake County Public School System.

Asked by a board member to establish the first grade class at Resurrection Lutheran School, she found it to be her true calling. Being able to share her faith as well as having a strong academic program and demonstrating that learning can be fun, is important to her.

Chris recently retired after teaching at RLS for 18 years and serving 2 terms as a teacher representative to the school board. 

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.

Mackenzie Sottini, Member

Mackenzie Sottini, a Florida native who earned her masters degree in education, moved to Cary  15 years ago along with her husband, Mike, and children Kyle and Abby. Both Kyle and Abby are alumni of Resurrection Lutheran School and Mackenzie was a teacher at Resurrection Lutheran School for 10 years.

Mackenzie has since pursued other passions but when the opportunity arose to be a part of the school board Mackenzie jumped at the chance. Her love for children and RLS holds steady!

William Xenakis, Member

William (Bill) Xenakis  –  Bill was born in Greece, came to the States when he was 18-months old, grew up in Boston, and traveled the world with the US Army.  He retired from the Army after 26 years and began a second career in higher education, spending ten years with the University of Maryland and twelve years with the American Council on Education. He holds a BA from Boston University and an MS and EdD from the University of Southern California.  He has served on a public, K-12 school board in the past.  

 He met his wife, Fran, when he was stationed at Fort George G. Meade in Maryland and they have four children and seven grandchildren.  Bill and Fran moved to North Carolina and became RLC members about 12 years ago.  Impetus for the move, according to Bill, was that their youngest daughter, Anne Marie, promised them more grandchildren if they moved here.  Both parties kept their promise. Their youngest grandchildren (Fiona and Lliam Measmer) are currently students at RLS.

Bill and Fran have been very active with RLC. They serve in the Stephen Minister program, serve as greeters and ushers, and Bill has enjoyed serving as a lector and periodically teaching an adult Bible Study class.