Mr. Tony Fernandez
Tony is married to Kaylyn Fernandez and has three daughters that have been attending Voyager since 2012. He is passionate about learning and encouraging others to be intentional in their personal development. Community is important to them and it is their hope that they can contribute to enriching the lives of families at Voyager Academy. It is the strong community and the opportunity to be involved that attracted them to Voyager as parents.
Tony is the owner of the Chick-fil-A on Roxboro Rd. He began with Chick-fil-A as a team member at the age of 16 near Atlanta, GA and became an owner/operator at 24, after receiving his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration at Oglethorpe University. In 1999, he moved to Durham to open the Chick-fil-A on Roxboro Rd. He has had the opportunity to talk with various classes at Voyager about role models, basic business practices, the importance of reading and the value of serving others.
His hobbies include reading, bicycling, traveling, various sports, yard work, and just finding ways to spend time with his family.
Ms. Lou Rollins
For twenty-five years, Lou has worked to improve the quality of life for Durham residents by serving in leadership positions focused on community outreach at Durham Technical Community College, and now, Duke University. Now in her 8th year in Duke’s Office of Durham & Regional Affairs, her largest project is to serve annually as Director of the Duke/Scripps National Spelling Bee for Durham & Orange counties.
Lou accepted a community-at-large seat on the VA Board to foster positive connections between both the Durham community and Durham Public Schools with VA’s outstanding student body, faculty and staff. This is her first experience in learning the challenging and rewarding work of supporting a charter school.
As an extension of her higher education job responsibilities and personal passions, Lou has served on numerous committees and boards through the years. She currently serves on the Durham Y’s Board of Advisors and the City’s Cultural Advisory Board and is an active member of Kiwanis Club of Durham and Watts Street Baptist Church.
Ms. Jenny Hibbard
Mrs. Cindy Register Love, PhD
Cindy Register Love is an accomplished leader in higher education with a proven track record in curriculum development, personnel and project management, and soft skills development and training. She has been recognized for achievements in curriculum design and student-centered initiatives that fostered both academic and early career success. Cindy is known among her colleagues as one who is passionate about student success, always seeking innovative methods to support students in reaching their fullest potential.
She is CEO of Success Dimension and a Certified Emotional Intelligence Consultant. Her published research on an Emotional Intelligence Curriculum revealed a significant increase in college students’ intrapersonal and interpersonal skills and indicated a direct linked to team success.
Cindy is married to Emmanuel Love and both of their children attend Voyager Academy: Jordan Love, a rising 10th grader and Saige Love, a rising 6th grader. As a parent and professional, Cindy believes that in the ideal educational environment, students will develop both their IQ and EQ – Emotional Quotient (Emotional Intelligence). She looks forward to serving on the Board of Directors and having the opportunity to contribute to student and organizational success.
Ms. Barbara Baker
Barbara, a long-time resident of Durham, is a retired educator, having worked in NC Community Colleges for 35 years as a librarian and an administrator of multiple programs. She retired as Vice President for Student Services at Durham Technical Community College. She holds degrees from Western Piedmont Community College, UNC-Asheville, and UNC-Chapel Hill.
She is active in the community as a member and former officer of the Kiwanis Club of Tobaccoland, as a sustaining member of the Junior League of Durham and Orange counties , and as a member and current officer of the Beta Iota Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International (for key women educators), She has served on the Boards of Directors of Durham’s Partnership for Children (Smart Start), the Central Carolina Chapter of the American Red Cross, and the Greater Durham United Way. She has successfully completed leadership training with the Chambers of Commerce of Greater Durham and Chapel Hill-Carrboro and, through NC State University, the NC Department of Community Colleges.
As an educator she has participated in many professional associations, most notably serving as president of the NC Library Association and as an accreditation committee member for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS).
Mr. Richard Ford
Mr. Patrick Baker
Patrick W. Baker is the City Attorney for Durham, NC. This is his second stint in the Durham City Attorney’s office having previously served as an Assistant City Attorney from 1997 until August of 2004. In August of 2004 he was appointed Interim City Manager for the City of Durham and had the interim tag removed in January of 2005. He was appointed to his current position as City Attorney in August of 2008.
Mr. Baker is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the Wake Forest University School of Law. His areas of practice include general municipal law with an emphasis on litigation and employment law.
Ms. Stephanie Brennan
Stephanie has three children attending Voyager Academy, including twins who started at Voyager in Voyager’s first kindergarten class.
Stephanie is a special deputy attorney general with the North Carolina Attorney General’s office, where she represents North Carolina’s public universities and practices education law. She is married to Matt Brennan who is a cardiologist in Durham. She is a member of Duke Memorial United Methodist Church and has served a parent representative with the Durham Summer Swim League. She previously served on Voyager’s School improvement team.
Stephanie is originally from a small town in Nebraska and has strong public school roots. She is an avid reader. She loves many things about Voyager, but is particularly enthusiastic about project-based learning and the community’s emphasis on empathy.