Our Team

Board of Directors

The Veritas School Board of Directors is responsible for governing the affairs and operation of the school in accordance with Scripture and the Bylaws, Mission Statement, Philosophy Statement, and Statement of Faith of the school. The Board is comprised of between five and fifteen members who are elected for three-year terms. The Board of Directors is firmly committed to remaining true to Veritas’ mission and vision through ongoing Board training, robust succession planning, investments in legal and human resources, and the thoughtful cultivation of new Board candidates.

List of 10 items.

  • Mike McClure (Chair)

    Mike McClure is a Managing Director at Serve Capital Partners, a private investment firm focused on investing in niche private equity strategies. He holds a degree in Mathematics from UNC Chapel Hill and an MBA from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. Mike and his wife, Michelle, have three children at Veritas.
  • Jeff Burkett

    Jeff Burkett leads Progressive Engineering & Heat Treating, a designer and manufacturer of custom specialty gears and machined parts. Jeff earned his undergraduate degree in business from Wake Forest University’s Wayne Calloway School of Business and Accountancy and holds an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He and his wife Brittany have three children who attend Veritas.
  • Rebecca Fender

    Rebecca Fender is head of the Future of Finance initiative at CFA Institute, where she writes research about finance and ethics. Rebecca earned her undergraduate degree in economics from Princeton University and holds an MBA from the Darden School of Business Administration at UVA. She and her husband Matt have three children who attend Veritas.
  • Ed Jones

    Ed Jones joined the Board of Directors in 2018. He received a Civil Engineering degree from Villanova University. After a career in engineering, safety, training and management, Ed retired in 2009. He and his wife Cathy have three grandchildren at Veritas, one of whom has graduated.
  • Doug Kinard

    Doug Kinard is a Managing Director at Harris Williams, an investment bank specializing in M&A advisory services.  Doug earned his undergraduate degree in finance from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and holds an MBA from the Darden School of Business at UVA.  Prior to business school, Doug served as a Submarine Officer in the U.S. Navy.  He and his wife Holly have three children at Veritas and a fourth in preschool.
  • Derek Lewis

    Derek Lewis has rejoined the Board of Directors after three previous terms on the Board. Derek earned a degree in Economics from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He is a Managing Director at Harris Williams & Co. Derek and his wife, Kelli, have three children who have attended Veritas, two of whom are alumnae.
  • William Mims

    William Mims has served as a justice on the Virginia Supreme Court since 2010. Justice Mims was a state senator from 1998 to 2005, served as the Chief Deputy Attorney General from 2006 to 2009, and then Attorney General of Virginia before being appointed for a twelve year term on the Virginia Supreme Court in 2010.
  • Warren Smith

    Warren Smith joined the Board of Directors in 2019. He is the Corporate Secretary and Chief of Staff – Americas Operating Executive for EY (Ernst & Young, LLP). Prior to his current appointment, he served in various leadership roles in the firm’s Talent organization. He earned his Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Virginia. Warren and his wife Tasha have three children, one adult and two who attend Veritas.
  • Sebastian Traeger

    Sebastian Traeger graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Politics. He has co-founded several companies, including Village Phone in El Salvador, Christianity.com, Razoo.com and FiveStreet.com, and served as the Executive Vice President / COO of the International Mission Board from 2014-18. Since then, he has returned to his entrepreneurial roots, transforming Reliability.com. In addition to his professional life, Sebastian has been active in his church and has co-authored The Gospel At Work, published in 2014. Sebastian and his wife, Nikki, have four children, three of whom are at Veritas with the youngest still at home.
  • Jeff Ukrop

    Jeff Ukrop joined the Board of Directors in 2016. He is a Furman University graduate and is the President and CEO of Ukrop's Threads. Jeff and his wife Nicole have two children at Veritas and are members of Redemption Hill Church.