Our Team

Board of Directors & Advisory Council

Board of Directors

List of 12 items.

  • Elizabeth Butler (Chair)

    Elizabeth Butler rejoined the Board of Directors to serve as the Chair after two previous terms from 2007-2014. She holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an engineering degree from Auburn University. Previously, she specialized in strategic marketing at McKinsey & Company and also WebMD. Elizabeth and her husband, Ron, are parents to two teenagers, one at Veritas and another at The New Community School.
  • Jeff Burkett

    Jeff Burkett is a Director at Harris Williams, an investment bank specializing in M&A advisory services.  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 UNC.  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.
  • Steve Godfrey

    Steve Godfrey is a partner and Chief Operating Officer for The FOCUS Group, a consultancy that serves faith-based nonprofits nationwide. Steve holds a BS degree in Finance from the University of Florida and an MBA from the Darden School of Business Administration at UVA. He and his wife Jessica have two children who attend Veritas. They are members of Redeemer Anglican Church.
  • 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.
  • Dan Kleinschuster

    Dan Kleinschuster joined the Board of Directors in 2015. He is a Senior Vice President at UBS Financial Services, Inc. Dan graduated from The University of Richmond in 1996 with a Bachelors of Science degree. He and his wife, Dana, have four children who have attended Veritas, two of whom are alumni.
  • 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.
  • Mike McClure

    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.
  • 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 July 2019. He serves as the Americas Career Management Leader for Ernst & Young, LLP, where he leads the firm’s Talent function in the areas of performance management, succession planning, onboarding and integration and career advancement efforts. He earned his Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Virginia. Warren and his wife Tasha have 3 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 works for the Virginia Baptist Foundation to help individuals identify ways for churches and families to enhance their stewardship. Jeff, and his wife Nicole, have two children at Veritas.

Advisory Council

David Barrett, Elizabeth Butler, Dan Carrell, Buddy Childress, Bob Fitch, Earl Johnson, Bruce Kay, Janet Kelly, Bill Phillips, Litt Thompson, John Whitlock, Chris Withers, and Tom Zachry