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Administrative Team

Heather Schonfeldt Campbell

Director of Finance and Operations
B.S., Business, Charleston Southern University
M.B.A., East Carolina University

Heather joined The Raleigh School staff in 2010. Prior to working at the school, she had more than 10 years of nonprofit consulting experience working with local, regional and national nonprofit organizations. She is also a certified public accountant. Heather is passionate about environmental stewardship and enjoys volunteering in her daughters’ classrooms. Heather is a current TRS parent and the wife of a public school teacher.

Elizabeth Gilleland
Preschool Director
B.A., Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Furman University
M.S., Applied Educational and Developmental Psychology, NCSU
Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, NCSU

Elizabeth joined The Raleigh School faculty in 1997 as the preschool director. Her prior experience includes directing other preschools in the Cary/Raleigh area and teaching at the preschool, elementary school, high school, and college levels. Elizabeth has served the educational community in many ways, including in her current role as a member of the North Carolina Childcare Commission. Elizabeth is a passionate advocate for the use of developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood education, and she loves knowing and supporting the children, parents, and teachers of The Raleigh School community.

Mary Golden
Elementary Director
B.S., Education, Keene State College
Master's Certificate in Education, Behavioral & Emotional Handicaps, University of New Hampshire

Mary joined The Raleigh School faculty in 2003 as the elementary director. Her prior experience includes more than ten years' of teaching experience in regular and special education settings in New Hampshire and North Carolina. She has a special interest in project-based learning and enjoys working with teachers to develop relevant, hands-on, open-ended projects that build on student interest and cultivate curiosity. Having grown up in New York and experienced progressive education as a child, Mary also is passionate about providing students with alternatives to more traditional education. She enjoys spending time with her family at the beach and finding time to kayak.

Karen Green
Director of Development
B.A., History, Marshall University

Karen began working at The Raleigh School as the campaign coordinator for the Athletics & Arts Center. She joined the administrative team in 2006. Prior experience includes coordinating the MS 150 Bike to the Bay and other fundraising events for The National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She served on The Raleigh School Board of Trustees and was president of the PTAA Board at Cary Academy while her son attended each school. Karen is always looking for ways to connect people in our community, and she started a hiking group to help women get outside and network while exercising. She is a Tar Heel fan and loves to read. Karen is presently serving on the board as Programs Chair for The Raleigh Professional Women’s Forum.

Ling Kartawira
Staff Accountant
B.A., Accounting, Trisakti University (Indonesia)
M.A., Accounting, Appalachian State University

Ling joined The Raleigh School staff in 2005. Her prior experience includes serving as auditor for Arthur Anderson, accounting technician for North Carolina State University, and accounting clerk for the Autism Society of North Carolina.



Anu Mannar
Director of Admissions & Marketing
B.A., Journalism, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.B.A., Duke University

Anu joined The Raleigh School staff in 2015 after 10 years as a parent at the school. Her prior experience includes working as a journalist for daily newspapers and as a marketing and communications manager for IBM Software Group, as well as several years as a stay-at-home mom. Anu loves to take visitors on tours and rediscover her favorite things about the school. She spends most of her free time watching her two sons play baseball.

Heather Pace
B.S., Engineering, Vanderbilt University
M.A., International Management, Thunderbird School of Global Management

Heather is a former TRS parent who has worked as a substitute teacher and now works in the office two days a week. Heather speaks Spanish and enjoys working with the Hispanic community in North Carolina.



Karen Peterson
Preschool Office Manager & Admissions Assistant
B.A. Education, Victoria University of Wellington

Karen joined The Raleigh School staff in 2016. Born in New Zealand, Karen has a background that includes teaching, editing textbooks, human resources and managing the technical services department of a software company. Karen came to the United States in 1996 to set up a software sales and support office in Dallas, Texas. She discovered association management in 2002, became a Certified Association Executive, and eventually served as Executive Director for two nonprofit associations before joining The Raleigh School.

Mary Stanton
Database Manager
B.A., Computer Science, State University of New York at Potsdam

Mary joined The Raleigh School in 2016 after being at home for 11 years with her daughters who are both TRS graduates. Her prior experience includes more than 20 years at IBM in jobs ranging from programming/business analysis to project management to department management. Additionally Mary has volunteered over the years in numerous capacities including at her daughters’ schools, for their sports teams, and most recently as a coordinator for Brown Bag Ministry.

Norma Stewart
Elementary Office Manager
UNCG Commercial School

A former TRS grandparent, Norma joined The Raleigh School staff in 1997. She and her husband owned and operated a consulting engineering firm in Jacksonville, NC, for thirty years. She loves to cheer on the Wolfpack and spend time with her family.


Teachers and parents thoughtfully partner to ensure each child's unique capacities and learning styles are recognized and encouraged ... Every morning our children literally ran to their classrooms, thrilled by the prospect of what each new day might bring!

Mark and May Bensen, alumni parents

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