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Board of Directors

The Board is primarily responsible for the overall vision of the school as well as governance and financial oversight. Board meetings are held once a month at the school and are typically held on the first Thursday of each month. The Board Meeting Schedule and Public Comment Policy can be accessed here. Please read on for a little bit of information about each board member. If you are interested in joining the Board of Directors, please email Board@bradfordprep.org for a copy of the application. 

Andrea Seymour, Chair
Andrea.Seymour@bradfordprep.org 

Andrea Seymour is a leadership development professional for Robert Half, consulting with its global leaders on development solutions and mentorship strategies for the greater enterprise. She joined the organization in 2000, serving as Vice President, and Field Training Manager formerly. Andrea’s career progression provides a solid foundation of business consulting and service skills, strong individual leadership, and an appreciation for strategic organizational goals. She holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of Tennessee and is professionally certified in a variety of self-awareness assessments and professional competency-based curriculum. Andrea and her husband, Ryan, have twin daughters attending Bradford Prep’s upper school.

Melissa Gargagliano, Vice Chair

Melissa.Gargagliano@bradfordprep.org

 

Melissa (Mel) Gargagliano is one of the newest members of the Board of Directors at Bradford Preparatory School, beginning her service in July 2019. She is presently a Managing Director employed at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where she holds the position of Program Management Executive in Global Banking and Markets Operations Transformation and Change. Mel joined the bank in 2005 as a Quality and Productivity executive where she supported a number of businesses including Human Resources and Consumer Credit Cards. She also worked with MBNA, the company’s consumer cards division, and was based in Chester, England for two years. Mel then joined the Global Commercial Cards team as the Global Product Head, where she managed the global expansion of the business to over 100+ countries. She also held a role as the Global Business Risk and Innovations executive for Commercial Cards. Most recently she was the Head of EMEA Commercial Cards for Global Transaction Services based in London. Previously, Mel spent 13 years in various operations, Six Sigma, and process management roles for JPMorgan Chase in the credit card, mortgage, and retail banking lines of business. Mel has a Bachelors degree, majoring in communications, from the University of South Florida and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Tampa. She lives in Huntersville, NC, with her husband and three children who are students at Bradford Prep. 

 

Josh Dzyak, Treasurer
Josh.Dzyak@bradfordprep.org

Josh joined the board in the fall of 2016 to provide assistance to the finance committee. He has bachelor's degrees in accounting and business, as well as his MBA. Josh is a licensed CPA in Maryland and NC and has been in public accounting for eight years. He works at Dembo Jones, P.C. as a manager where he specializes in providing tax and assurance services to individuals and non-public entities, including several non-profit schools. Josh and his wife are transplants from Maryland and have been living in Mint Hill since 2015.

Elizabeth Moser, Secretary

Elizabeth.Moser@bradfordprep.org

 

Elizabeth holds a B.S. in Communications/Advertising from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Elizabeth works with local non-profits in the creative development of marketing/fundraising campaigns, brand identity, and strategic communication planning. As a parent volunteer, she has assisted the school in the areas of brand development and fundraising. Currently, Elizabeth serves as the Board Secretary. 

Britany Blaney, Board Member 
 

Britany Blaney is a Regional Property Manager based out of Charlotte, NC. She attended the University Of North Carolina At Greensboro where she studied Business Administration. She currently oversees a portfolio of multifamily assets throughout western North Carolina and has a long record of successfully guiding client's multifamily assets, new acquisitions, and asset repositioning. Britany holds a variety of certifications focused on leadership development, finance management, and marketing. Her award-winning leadership, training, and support have promoted career development and growth for her onsite teams. In addition to her career, Britany currently serves as the leader of the Administration team at Higher Purpose Church in her hometown of Mooresville, NC.    

 

Lynn Bowser, Board Member

Lynn.Bowser@bradfordprep.org

 

Lynn Bowser is a Managing Director for Northwestern Mutual in Lake Norman. Ms. Bowser completed her studies at Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management in Syracuse, NY. Lynn has been a Financial Advisor with NM since 2014. Ms. Bowser is very focused on bringing continued education around financial planning to diverse markets. Ms. Bowser has been a featured national speaker, specializing in how to move the needle in the diversity and inclusion, specifically in the financial industry.  From 2017-2018 she served on the Growth and Development Committee as Vice-Chair for Northwestern Mutual Corporate.  From 2016-2018 she was on the board of the Woman’s Impact Fund of CNY- where they raised money for programs that support the development and health of local women and girls. She has served on the board of FemCity Syracuse- a women’s board- an entrepreneur group.  Since relocating to CLT in 2018, to become the Managing Director of LKN, Lynn has been active with the Women’s Impact Fund of Charlotte, The National Association of Women-Owned Business, The American Cancer Society- where she is an Ambassador for ResearcHERs, as well as the American Heart Association; with an appointment to the Leadership Team for the Charlotte Heart Ball for 2021. Ms. Bowser has served on the Bradford Board since July 2019.

 

 

Robert Bruno, Board Member  

Robert.Bruno@bradfordprep.org

 

Bob Bruno holds a BBA in Management Information Systems from Ohio University and an MBA from Capital University.  The majority of his career has been spent in the financial services industry, where he has held multiple senior-level positions leading technology teams around the globe.  He is currently a Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo Bank, where he is the Technology Division Executive responsible for the stability and availability of the Consumer Banking systems.  Bob joined Wells Fargo in April of 2019.  Prior to Wells Fargo, Bob spent 16 years at JPMorgan Chase, where he was an Executive Director responsible for leading various technology teams and functions throughout his tenure at the bank.  Bob joined the Board in June 2020 and is serving as a member of the Finance Committee. 

 

Jason Darling, Board Member
Jason.Darling@bradfordprep.org

 

Jason Darling joined the Bradford Preparatory School Board in March 2017 and brings expertise in marketing and strategic planning. He is presently employed at Huber Engineered Woods where he holds the position of AdvanTech General Manager. In this role, he is responsible for the development and execution of tactical and strategic plans to achieve annual profit and volume goals for an industry-leading building products brand. Before Huber Engineered Woods, Jason held various project management and strategic marketing positions with The Clark Construction Group (based out of Bethesda MD) and W.R. Grace (based out of Cambridge MA). His educational experience includes a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Duke University (1999) and a Master of Business Administration from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University (2006). In addition to his roles with Huber Engineered Woods and Bradford Prep, Jason also serves as a volunteer youth soccer and baseball coach. Jason lives with his wife Meghan and three children (two boys and a girl) in Huntersville, NC. 

 

Justin Griffith, Board Member
Justin.Griffith@bradfordprep.org

Previously a fullback for the Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks, Justin recently opened up a restaurant in uptown Charlotte called the Famous Toastery. In addition, he is the founder and current president of Angel Way Foundation, an organization that promotes the development of young males through character building, athletics, value systems, conflict resolution, and leadership. Justin has a son attending Bradford Prep.
Stephanie M. Sneed, Board Member 
 
Stephanie Sneed has committed her professional and personal life to public service. She currently works as a trial attorney practicing in the area of federal labor and employment law. She has worked for all levels of government entities serving in various roles, which included but is not limited to attorney and environmental planner. As an attorney for child protective services, she was an advocate for children to ensure their health, safety, and welfare. As an environmental planner for a regional governmental authority, she was instrumental in coordinating numerous city-level governmental entities, throughout a vast metropolitan region, with implementation of coordinated environmental programs. Her dedication to public service and children is an integral part of her personal life. She is a very active school volunteer. She has been appointed to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Bond Oversight Committee. She also serves on the board of the Thomasboro Foundation and is a member of the CLT Westside Education Think Tank and a founding member of the Eastside Education Think Tank, all of which are committed to raising awareness to issues and offering solutions in the educational arena, including empowering parents to navigate education systems and becoming the best advocates for their children. She is also a member of the education committee of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg County. Black Political Caucus. As a twenty-plus year member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a public service organization, she has engaged in countless public service programs, many of which focused on underserved children and social justice issues. As a Girl Scout leader/volunteer, she has been integral in developing the leadership skills for young girls of the same troop for the past six years. She additionally participates in a wide range of community events including, get out the vote (GOTV) programs/efforts, community clean-up events, neighborhood priorities programs, and social justice programs. Her academic studies include a B.S. from the University of Texas at Arlington, graduate-level studies in city and regional planning, and a J.D. from Howard University School of Law. More importantly, she is a product of public schools and committed to ensuring that her children and all children in Charlotte-Mecklenburg receive a quality public education. She is married and has two children, ages 11 and 7.