Board of Directors

The Executive Board of Directors, comprised of community members and family members of The Jefferson School, is charged with upholding the mission of the school, including setting policies, identifying and securing funding and long-range planning. The head of school and director of marketing and development serve ex-officio on the board. Decisions are made via consensus through a partnership between the school leadership and the board. Terms are three years, and new members are nominated from the current board membership.

The board meets at least once a month and more often if needed. New members are appointed by current members and generally serve for three years. Board members, all volunteers, are leading financial contributors to The Jefferson School.  (NOTE: Click on name for BIO information)

Nick Benz former CEO of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and affiliated companies (and recently retired chief operating officer responsible for directing beer operations, restaurant operations, finance, HR, IT, legal, and accounting). After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, Nick worked all over that world as an engineer. After five years of engineering experience, he earned an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and joined Dogfish Head shortly thereafter. He participates annually in a Habitat for Humanity house build and plays a support role in other charitable endeavors. Happily married since 2000, Nick is the proud father of three children, all students at The Jefferson School.  

The Honorable Alan G. Davis took the bench as the fourth Chief Magistrate of the Delaware Justice of the Peace Court in July 2005. Before becoming Chief Magistrate, he was an attorney with the Georgetown firm of Henry Clay Davis III, P.A. and served as chief minority counsel for the state House of Representatives. He taught criminal law and procedure on an adjunct basis at Delaware Technical and Community College, and prior to his tenure on the bench, chaired the Governor’s Advisory Council on Shell Fisheries. He clerked for Judges Lee, Graves, Stokes, and Bradley in Delaware Superior Court in Sussex County before entering private practice. Judge Davis worked at the Delaware Department of Transportation in advance of embarking on his career in law, coordinating public and media relations, and acting as the department’s legislative liaison. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and received his J.D. from Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware. He is happily married with two children, the oldest is a graduate of The Jefferson School.  

Rachael Edelmann is a graduate of the University of Delaware where she earned a B.A. in psychology with a  concentration in psycho-pharmacology. She earned an Executive M.B.A. from the University of Maryland, and attended Temple University’s Pharmaceutical Sciences M.S. program. Ms. Edelmann is the founder, president and CEO of Keiper & Associates, Inc., (KAI), a global consultancy specializing in strategic planning and remediation services for complex regulatory compliance issues within the pharmaceutical, medical device, biotechnology and healthcare sectors. In this capacity, Ms. Edelmann has assisted many of the sector-leading organizations negotiate and remediate consent decrees, warning letters, market withdraw and regulatory audit observations, leading to the certification of quality systems, facilities and product processes for market re-entry. She is an active member of the Health Care Compliance Association, Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society, Delaware Biotechnology Association and the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Edelmann has two sons enrolled in their third year at The Jefferson School. In addition to serving as the Secretary to the Board of Trustees, she also serves on the Site Master Planning Committee, and STEM-Technology Initiative.

Dr. Krista Griffin has been a practicing Chiropractor for 20 years. Her passion for helping others is what motivates her to create opportunities for people to thrive. Her current project, Alchemy, is a program to teach people how to harness the power of the mind to heal the body. She co-founded Minds Over Matter Initiative, a non-profit with the mission of bringing the skills of mindfulness to schools and the community. Her interest in expanding educational options led her to Chairmen of the Medial Campaign Committee for the Sussex Academy and subsequently created The Lewes Dragon Boat Festival. She is a member of the State of DE Lyme Education Oversight Board and is thrilled to join The Jefferson School Board as her 3rd-grade son has blossomed since entering the school.

Dr. Joseph Kim is a family physician in Laurel, Delaware employed with the Nanticoke Physician’s Network. He is the current president of the Medical Staff for Nanticoke Health Services and serves on the Board of Directors. Dr. Kim is a board trustee and past president of the Delaware Academy of Family Physicians, as well as the Sussex County representative for the Medical Society of Delaware. Dr. Kim is very active in the community, volunteering his time with Salisbury University, Sussex Child Health Promotion Coalition and the YMCA. He is married to a wonderful wife and has one daughter who attends The Jefferson School. They currently reside in Seaford, Delaware.

Mitchell Resnick is a Senior Vice President and the Treasurer of Walker & Dunlop. He joined the company in April 2016 as part of the firm’s Proprietary Capital group and assumed the role of Treasurer in January 2018.

Prior to joining Walker & Dunlop, Mr. Resnick served as a vice president in the Multifamily Division at Freddie Mac, where he managed Freddie Mac’s K-deal, multifamily loan pricing, and other securitization programs. Before Freddie Mac, Mr. Resnick was employed at Goldman Sachs as a vice president in the Real Estate Finance Group. In this role he was co-head of the Capital Markets area where he was responsible for the pricing and distribution of commercial real estate loans. During his 15-year career at Goldman, Mr. Resnick also ran the Structured Products Syndicate Desk in London as well as the secondary CMBS trading book in New York. Earlier in his career, he was an underwriter and analyst for various commercial real estate firms.

Mr. Resnick holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Beyond the Company, Mr. Resnick is a former member of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council Board of Governors and the Board of the Structured Finance Industry Group. In addition, Mr. Resnick has lectured at various universities along the East Coast including, Georgetown, George Washington, American, Rutgers, and University of Maryland.

Bryan Villar is a family physician with the Bayhealth Medical Group Georgetown, Delaware. He graduated from De La Salle University College of Medicine in the Philippines and completed his residency training at St. Francis Hospital Wilmington, Delaware, where he also served as chief resident. Dr. Villar served as the chairman of the Department of Family Medicine in Milford Memorial Hospital and is currently the secretary and treasurer of the Medical Executive Committee. He has two sons enrolled in The Jefferson School. On his downtime he loves building legos with his boys.

Connie brings more than 24 years of experience with independent private school teaching to The Jefferson School. Connie, who has always had a love for teaching, began her career as a teaching assistant. Later, as a teacher, she taught various subjects including: art, math, language arts and social studies. Over the years, she has instructed students from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade. Connie transitioned to administration when she became head of the Upper Level of Centreville School in 1999. She served in this leadership position until 2008 when she moved to the admissions office to direct enrollment and financial aid for Centreville School. The Jefferson School’s educational philosophy is one that Connie understands and embraces.  As a teacher  and administrator,  she  is familiar  with  play- and  project- based learning approaches. She is an advocate of the benefits of multi-age groupings, integrated curriculum and individualized instruction. Connie believes that a school should work as a team; not only within its own structure, but with the families and wider community. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management and her Master’s in Education from Wilmington University.