Board of Directors

Katy Chib, President

I’ve spent the majority of my career building up special education programs in charter schools and have become passionate about the specialized education 

Chuck Nabhan,

As a BCPS parent and supporter of environmental causes, I believe WPCS can enrich the lives of its students and further their appreciation of the outdoors. My role in the organization is to assist with  

Casey McDonough,

My reason for being a founding member of Watershed is simple; I have 2 children, a 5 year old daughter and 2.5 year old son and I want the very best for them

Arnold Joo,
Board Member

I’ve been interested in the getting involved in creating and operating a public school for some time. My past experience working as an analyst and project manager for Baltimore City Schools  

Melinda Hicks,
Board Member

After learning the vision and mission statement of Watershed Public Charter School, I wanted to be a part of the development of this innovative learning experience. Incorporating experimental curriculum  

Eric Ford, Board Member

Eric N. Ford – originally from Virginia and a graduate of Hampton University with a B.A. in Sociology (1993), and a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in the Nonprofit Sector from UMBC, has more than 25 years  

Donna Balado, Board Member

A 25 year veteran of medical publishing, she started a new career teaching high school science in
Westminster, Maryland. After three years as Environmental Literacy Specialist for MSDE, she . 

Nina Weiland, Board Member

My daughter (6) and son (4) attended a nature preschool and I started to think what we will we do for Kindergarten. No options existed that married learning with outdoors  

Karen Norton-Smith, Teacher Board Member

Lori Widney, Principal and Ex Officio Board Member

Jessie Lehson,
Executive Director and Ex Officio Board Member

Jessie Lehson is the Executive Director and Founder of Watershed Public Charter School. Ms. Lehson was a professor of sculpture for 12 years and is a practicing environmental artist.