Our Board

Dual School was built collaboratively by leaders in education, non-profits and governments.

Zachary Jones

Zachary Jones

Director of Dual School

A graduate of Horn Entrepreneurship at University of Delaware, Zack is the author of The World Changer’s Handbook. He’s passionate about helping young people activate their potential by taking action on their ideas.

Meghan Wallace

Meghan Wallace

President of Board

Meghan wants to embolden an emerging generation to change their community, their country or the greater world, for the better. She used to advise elected officials and now she takes advice from Dual School students.

Julie Frieswyk

Julie Frieswyk

Board Member

Julie currently leads programs for teens globally as part of the Paul and Linda McConnell Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative at Horn Entrepreneurship, the University of Delaware's home for innovation and entrepreneurship.

"During a Saturday session we decided to take the group for a walk outside. As we approached the Brandywine River which flows behind the building where Dual School is held, one of the students spotted a great blue heron. The entire group was mesmerized and began to snap photos and tried to get closer and closer. It was one of those moments when we all realized how much we love the natural world and how it can fascinated us and hold our attention just as much (or more!) than today’s highly tech-driven world."

Shona Grace

Shona Grace

Secretary and Treasurer of Board

Mentors

Dual School engages mentors from across New Castle County to support students and connect them with local professionals. Below you'll find some of the inspiring individuals who work with our students.

Joel Amin Jr.

Joel Amin Jr.

CEO and Founder, Wilminvest LLC

Through Joel’s desire to address vacant and abandoned properties in Wilmington, Delaware and with the help of Horn Entrepreneurship, he and his team have created a social impact real estate investing company called Wilminvest.

"My favorite moment of Dual School was attending a local elementary school with my Mentee, to engage a group of kindergarteners in an after school program designed to bring together multi-cultural children. It was beautiful to see young children proudly speaking multiple languages and engaging them in educational activities, particularly with todays political climate."

Nadia Colon

Nadia Colon

Senior, University of Delaware

Nadia is passionate about human rights, especially work surrounding combating human trafficking. She recently completed her Bachelor’s degree in international relations with an area specialization in Europe, a concentration in diplomacy and a minor in history.

"My favorite moment of Dual School was seeing the students progress. They have become more knowledgeable of their project and more confident in themselves."

Maggie Deptola

Maggie Deptola

Director of Marketing & Development, Coded by Kids

A graduate of Drexel University, Maggie oversees CbK’s development, program coordination, partner identification, and marketing efforts.

"My favorite Dual School moment was the hike with all the students and High Tech High!"

Garry Johnson

Garry Johnson

Graduate Student & Social Entrepreneur

Garry is a designer, educator, and creative problem solver with a passion for empowering young people in innovative ways.

Favorite Dual School moment: Meeting all of the amazing students in the Venture Development Center and being inspired by their vision and commitment to building a better world.

Erin McNichol

Erin McNichol

Educator, Innovation, Leadership & Art

Erin is corporate communications professional turned educator with a hybrid of skills in art, design and education.

"My favorite Dual School moment was the hike at Susquehanna State Park and standing side by side with students and mentors on top of the huge rolls of hay along the hiking trail!"

Sierra Ryan Wallick

Sierra Ryan Wallick

Founder, AutumnLeaf Fundraisers

Sierra is a social entrepreneur who founded a nonprofit at age 10 called AutumnLeaf Fundraisers which has raised over $70,000 for local charities.

"My favorite Dual School moment was when I was able to connect students with people who changed the course of their project’s journey; for example: Michael with a Diamond Challenge partner, Noah with the manager of a Microsoft store, and Dorcas with community leaders."

Tonya Baynes

Tonya Baynes

Creative Problem Solver

My expertise and background come from a conglomerate of experiences. Like most professionals today I chose not stay on one path. Instead I set out on a journey through different industries that helped me fine tune my creative thinking and problem solving skills.

"My favorite moment was the day Nabiha and I spent out in the community interviewing people."