Board of Directors
Kimberly Seipel-Parks, West Depot Creative – Owner
Kimberly Seipel-Parks was raised in Elkin. She received her BFA in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design and then worked as a Marketing Director in Beaufort, South Carolina before moving back to her hometown. While in Beaufort, she also taught photography classes at USC-Beaufort and the Technical College of the Lowcountry. With 17 years of marketing and graphic design experience, she now owns West Depot Creative, a boutique branding firm in Elkin. Kimberly is married to Joe Seipel-Parks, an architect. Together they have three boys, Josh, Henry and Eli as well as a goofy dog named Lola.
Stacey Libbert, Surry Early College – High School English Teacher
Stacey Libbert has 20 years of teaching experience in both the high school and college classroom as well as experience working with elementary age children through church and civic organizations. She holds a B.A. in English Education from Appalachian State University and an M.A. in Literature from UNC-Greensboro. She currently teaches English at Surry Early College High School of Design in Dobson, NC. She is a native of Asheville, NC but has lived in Elkin for 18 years. Stacey enjoys writing, trail running, theater, poetry and gardening. She lives with her husband, Rob, and their two children, Harper Lee, 13, and Isaac, 9, in State Road.
M. Beth Shaw, PricewaterhouseCoopers/PRTM Management Consultants – retired Partner
Beth Shaw worked in the biotech and medical device industry for 20 years, advising companies on strategy and operations, and holds degrees from M.I.T. in engineering and business. She is now retired and spending time with her children and in the community. She has experienced three school districts and nearly 30 teachers for her children and is excited to bring these varied experiences to bear in designing the YVCS experience. Beth grew up in Illinois, lived on both coasts and in Europe as an adult, and has now been in Elkin for three years. She lives with her husband and their school-aged children Cameron, Leah, Dana, and Jesse.
Adam Lowe, Bridges Academy – Teacher
Adam Lowe grew up in the Elkin area and graduated from Starmount High School in 2000 and in 2005 he graduated from Appalachian State with a degree in history and secondary education. Since graduation Lowe has had careers in education and agriculture. Adam worked full time as owner and manager of an organic vegetable farm outside of Atlanta from 2006-2012. Since returning to Surry County he has worked as a middle grades math and science teacher. Particular interest in education include integrating gardening, environmental stewardship, and local geography into the classroom. He currently lives in Mountain Park with his wife and two young boys.
Jason Parks, Rockwell Collins
Jason Parks has almost 20 years of Logistics, Operations, and Inventory Management experience and is currently employed with Rockwell Collins in Winston Salem, NC. He has a Bachelors degree in Business from Gardner Webb University. Jason has lived his entire life in and around Elkin and enjoys raising his family in the area. He lives with his girlfriend Molly and their sons Cai 13 and Kayden 7.