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Member Bios and Contact Information

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Tom Benton

District 1  (Northeast Wake - map)
Mr. Tom Benton, Vice Chair
Address: 212 W. Gannon Ave., Zebulon, NC 27597
Office: (919) 431-7324
Term Expires: December 2016

Tom Benton has devoted 40 years to public education. First as a high school social studies teacher in Wake County, then becoming Principal of Topsail Jr.-Sr. High School. He was selected as Pender County's Principal of the Year in 1984. He then returned to Wake County as principal of Zebulon High School. In 1994 he opened Durant Rd. Middle Year Round and was named Wake County Middle School Principal of the Year and the North Carolina Middle School's Regional Principal of the Year in 2002 and 2005. He stayed at Durant Rd. MS until retiring in 2005.

Since "retiring", he has worked with the Leadership Group of the Carolinas, North Carolina New Schools, and many LEA's statewide as a leadership facilitator/turnaround coach. He was involved in the planning and opening of two Early Colleges, a NewTech high school and continues to be a coach/mentor to principals. He is a state trainer for the recently implemented Principal evaluation process, and has served as a facilitator/trainer in NCPAPA'S Distinguished Leadership Program for principals and the coordinator of the Future Ready Leadership training for assistant principals. Tom is also a leadership coach in NCSU's Northeastern Leadership Academy. He is an adjunct professor in Gardner-Webb University's masters in middle school program along with supervising administrative interns.

Tom holds a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education - Social Studies and a master's and advanced degree in school administration, all from UNC-CH. He maintains licenses to be a principal, superintendent, and high school social studies teacher. Tom lives in Zebulon with his wife of 40 years and a dog and two cats. His two daughters, both graduates of East Wake High School, are pursuing careers as a high school media coordinator and practicing Psychologist. Their husbands are also graduates of East Wake High School. He has two granddaughters and a grandson. In his spare time, he renovates old houses and hangs out at Surf City.

Christine Kushner

District 6  (Central Raleigh - map)
Mrs. Christine Kushner, Chair
Address: 3220 Birnamwood Road, Raleigh, NC 27607
Office: (919) 431-7329
Term Expires: December 2016

Christine Kushner, a professional policy analyst and freelance writer, has lived in Wake County since 1989. A product of North Carolina public schools, she graduated as a Morehead Scholar from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has a Master's Degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University. She has been active in several PTAs, has served on school improvement teams, has served as a facilitator in the YWCA Study Circles program, and volunteers as a tutor and mentor through Communities in Schools. She is a member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and is a William Friday Fellow for Human Relations through the Wildacres Leadership Initiative.

Monika Johnson-Hostler

District 2 (Southeast Wake - map)
Ms. Monika Johnson-Hostler
Address: 2904 Oak Bridge Drive, Raleigh NC 27610
Office: (919) 431-7325
Term Expires: December 2016

Monika Johnson-Hostler has worked as a women’s and children’s advocate for nearly two decades and currently serves as executive director for the N.C. Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

Originally from Thomasville, Johnson-Hostler graduated from public schools before earning her undergraduate degree in psychology from Fayetteville State University, and a master’s degree in Public Administration from N.C. Central University.

Throughout her career, Johnson-Hostler has provided leadership on numerous boards and committees. She currently serves as chairwoman of the National Alliance Ending Sexual Violence, and recently was appointed to the U.S. Attorney General’s National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women.

As a parent and community volunteer, Johnson-Hostler serves on the North Ridge Elementary School PTA and teaches first-grade students at Wake Chapel Church. She is also a former officer for Alpha Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, and a former Troop Leader with the Pines of the Carolinas Girl Scouts of America.

Johnson-Hostler lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband Bobby Hostler, a WCPSS high school math teacher, and their daughter Gabrielle.

Zora Felton

District 7 (West Raleigh/Morrisville - map)
Ms. Zora Felton
Address: 5405 Turkey Creek Drive, Raleigh NC 27613
Office: (919) 431-7330
Term Expires: December 2016

Zora Felton was born in North Carolina, but she became a resident of Wake County in 1964 when her family moved to the area. She attended Raleigh Public Schools including Martin, Carroll, Broughton and Sanderson. She graduated from Sanderson High School, attended NCSU, and returned to her high school Alma Mater to teach Social Studies in 1973. She taught for 9.8 years at Sanderson.

She experienced a fourteen year hiatus from teaching to raise her three children. She was actively involved in their elementary school and substituted at the elementary school. She returned to teaching in 1998 at Leesville Road High School and retired from her teaching career in 2013.

She became an active member of Wake NCAE during her career, and she became acutely aware of the importance of being involved in the public school system. She taught two generations of students in Wake County. Her children attended Wake County schools and graduated from public universities.

After her retirement, she chose to run for the Wake County School Board so that she could continue to work for the betterment of students, support personnel, and all educators in Wake County.

Kevin Hill

District 3 (North Raleigh - map)
Mr. Kevin L. Hill
Address: 300 Paprika Court, Raleigh, NC 27614
Office: (919) 431-7326
Term Expires: December 2016

Kevin L. Hill retired in 2005 from the Wake County Public School System, where he spent his entire career. Currently, he is a teaching assistant professor and the assistant program coordinator for undergraduate Secondary Social Studies Education at North Carolina State University.

Mr. Hill holds a B.A. in History, with a teaching option, from North Carolina State University where he graduated Magna cum Laude in 1976. He earned his M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a supervisor's certification from NCSU in 1981. During his career with the Wake County Public School System, Mr. Hill served as both a teacher mentor and administrative mentor. He taught secondary social studies for 14 years and served as a principal for 14 years. He was the president of the Wake County Division of Principals and Assistant Principals from 2001-2003, and was the Wake County PTA Council Co-Principal of the Year in 2005.

Susan Evans

District 8 (Southern Wake - map)
Mrs. Susan P. Evans
Address: 2016 W. Sterlington Place, Apex, NC 27502
Office: (919) 431-7331
Term Expires: December 2016

A long time resident of Wake County, Susan Evans graduated from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Accounting. Her professional experience has included working as a CPA in a "Big Eight" public accounting firm and several years working in corporate accounting for private industry. She has been an owner of a local general contracting company, has done consulting work and has taught accounting courses at Wake Technical Community College. She is currently employed part-time with a local small business.

Susan has served as Treasurer of her PTA and her Homeowners Association and served in many leadership roles at Genesis United Methodist Church in the areas of finance, administration and long range planning. She has also served as an adult counselor for Youth in her church and has directed several Children and Youth musical groups there.

Susan is a strong advocate for public education and has two children who attended Wake County Public Schools for their entire K-12 education. Both are currently college students at N.C. State University.

Keith Sutton

District 4 (East Raleigh - map)
Mr. Keith Sutton
Address: 4536 Drewbridge Way, Raleigh, NC 27604
Office: (919) 431-7327
Term Expires: December 2016

Mr. Sutton works as Victim Advocate Liaison for the N.C. Governor's Crime Commission. Prior to that, he worked as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Triangle Urban League. He holds a BA in Industrial Relations from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He is a member of Wake Chapel Church.

Bill Fletcher

District 9 (Western Wake - map)
Mr. Bill Fletcher
Address: 126 Castlewood Drive, Cary, NC 27511
Office: (919) 431-7332
Term Expires: December 2016

Bill Fletcher is a native to Wake County, and the son of Fred and Marjorie Fletcher, of the Capitol Broadcasting Company (WRAL-TV). He graduated Broughton HS and NC State University. Dedicated to serving the community, Bill started two Boy Scout units, and served 12 years on the Wake Board of Education.  In 2004, he made an unsuccessful bid to become the elected State Superintendent.  Today Bill serves as Vocational Services Director in the Cary Rotary Club and leads a team of Rotarians who focus on literacy and leadership. Bill enjoyed a 25 year career in marketing and advertising. He and his team at Keller Williams Realty help people buy and sell residential real estate. 

Bill met his wife, Becky Rowe (from Johnston County) on a blind date.  They have been married for 37 years. Becky is registrar at Penny Road Elementary School. They have three adult children: Caroline, who taught school for 8 years and is now enrolled in the Masters of School Administration program at UNC Chapel Hill.  Brad, a Cary police officer who, along with his wife Amber coach girls softball and are the parents of grandchildren, Madison and Landon. Bill and Becky’s youngest is Matt, who is working to become a PE teacher and volunteers as an assistant coach at both Panther Creek and Apex high schools.

Jim Martin

District 5 (South Central Raleigh - map)
Dr. Jim Martin
Address: 8613 Cavatina Court, Apex, NC 27539
Office: (919) 431-7328
Term Expires: December 2016

Dr. Jim Martin is a professor of chemistry at North Carolina State University. There, he teachers courses ranging from general chemistry to advanced inorganic and materials chemistry and has made significant contributions to curriculum development. He is a Faculty Scholar for the Park Scholarship Class of 2014. He also leads an internationally recognized research program that includes training undergraduate and graduate student scientists. In recognition of his work as a teacher and scholar, Dr. Martin received a CAREER-Award from the National Science Foundation and was named a Cottrell Scholar of the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.

Before joining the faculty at NC State University in 1994, Dr. Martin earned a BA in Chemistry and Biology from Goshen College (1986), Goshen, IN; a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Indiana University (1990), Bloomington, IN and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Paris, France, and Iowa State University, IA.

Dr. Martin was chair of the NC State Faculty (2007-2009), served on the NC State Faculty Senate (2005-2010) and is a member of the Faculty Assembly for the UNC System (2007-present). His university leadership and governance has focused on developing effective education policy and practice, faculty development, strategic planning and budgetary analysis. For leadership in faculty/staff development and advocacy, he was presented the 2010 NC State University Faculty Diversity Award. In national science and education service, Dr. Martin reviews research proposals for the National Science Foundation and Department of Energy national laboratories, as well as manuscripts for scientific and chemical education journals.

Dr. Martin is the parent of two children who attend WCPSS schools. He has regularly volunteered in schools as a science demonstrator and served on several school system committees. He is an active member of the St. Mark's Episcopal Church. He and his family enjoy sailing and ballroom dancing.