Chief Officers

  •  Photo of Jackie Ellis Chief of Schools
    Jackie Ellis |

    Jackie Ellis was named Chief of Schools in 2018. Prior to returning to the Wake County Public School System, she served as the assistant superintendent of Middle School Teaching, Learning, and Leadership in  Durham Public Schools. In addition, Ms. Ellis held positions of assistant superintendent for Human Resources, western area superintendent and the middle school director in the Wake County Public School System and an assistant superintendent of Human Resources in Durham Public Schools, and a middle and high school principal in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. Jackie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in middle grades education at East Carolina University and a Master of School Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

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  •  photo of Dr. Lloyd Gardner Chief of Staff and Strategic Planning
    Dr. Lloyd Gardner |

    Dr. Lloyd Gardner became Chief of Staff in 2018, coming to Central Services after eight years as principal and six as assistant principal of Enloe High School. He previously taught at Fuquay-Varina High.

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  • Marlo Gaddis

    Chief Technology Officer
    Marlo Gaddis | 

    Prior to joining the Wake County Public School System in 2012, Gaddis worked in three other North Carolina school districts in various capacities, including 21st Century Learning Coordinator, Lead Teacher for Technology and Media; Lead Teacher for Math, Science, Social Studies and Technology; district and school Technology Facilitator; and Kindergarten and First Grade teacher.

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  •  photo of edward mcfarland Chief Academic Advancement Officer
    Dr. Edward McFarland |

    Dr. Edward McFarland came to Wake County in 2000 after teaching in Franklin and Guilford counties. He began his career in Wake County as an assistant principal at Middle Creek Elementary and later served as the principal at Aversboro Elementary. He worked briefly as a Senior Director in Human Resources, Employee Relations before moving to the principalship at Fuquay-Varina High School. He was named the Eastern Area Superintendent in 2013.

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  • mark stirckland  Chief of Facilities and Operations
    Mark Strickland |

    Prior to moving to our district, Strickland served as the Assistant Superintendent of Administration and Operations in Union County Public Schools. In this role, he supervised district operations for the Facilities, Child Nutrition and Transportation departments as well as Athletics and After School Programs. He also has held several positions with Nash-Rocky Mount Schools including Special Assistant for Auxiliary Services, Executive Director of Operations and Director of Facility Planning. He also has experience working on capital bond construction programs with our district as well as New Hanover County Schools and Nash-Rocky Mount Schools. He is the former president of North Carolina Educational Facility Planners and was successful in the implementation of an energy conservation program which led to substantial savings for his Nash-Rocky Mount Schools. Strickland is a graduate of N.C. State University. He and his wife Cheri have three children.

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  •  Photo of David Neter, Chief Operating Officer Chief Business Officer
    David Neter - MBA, CPA |

    David Neter served as the associate dean for finance and administration for the School of Social Work at UNC-Chapel Hill. Prior to that he was the Vice President and General Manager of two Companion Technologies subsidiaries of Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, and held similar positions with Dataflow Companies, Inc. of Durham. He earned his MBA in 1992.

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  • simmons Chief Communications Officer
    Tim Simmons |

    Tim Simmons was named Chief of Communications in March 2014. Immediately prior, he served as vice president for policy and communications at Wake Education Partnership beginning in 2008. He was a reporter beginning in 1981 and earned numerous state and national awards while covering education for The News & Observer in Raleigh from 1987 to 2008. He graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in journalism.

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