Board of Directors


Mary Long, Treasurer

Mary T. Long, CPA






Mary C. Mallory

Self Sufficiency Program Manager with Wilson County Department of Social Services

Greatest Accomplishment

  • 3 successful children that were educated by the Wilson County School System

Three Facts About Mary

  • Has 2 beautiful grandchildren
  • 20+ years with DSS
  • Married for 37+ years

Three Character Traits that describe Mary

  • Like to laugh
  • Naturally curious
  • Value my close friends

Krystal Alices

Associate Director of Admissions for Barton College

In this capacity, Krystal works with high school and college students engaged in service, leadership, and fellowship.

Krystal is a graduate from Walden University with a Masters in Higher Education.  She graduated from Barton College with a degree in mass communications with a concentration in journalism and TV broadcast.

Krystal has experience working for multiple platforms, including print publications, enrollment, marketing, sales and nonprofits. She looks forward to making a difference in the lives of young people and is committed to transforming our community into classrooms and inspiring all to serve, learn and change the world.

In her free time Krystal enjoys spending time with her family, a good cup of coffee, and relaxing at the beach.

Ellen Bergland

Wilson County Schools, New Hope Elementary School Counselor

Greatest Accomplishment

  • Three children, who are happy, productive, and caring young adults

 Three Facts About Ellen

  • I am a Native North Carolinian, born in Andy Griffith’s hometown of Mt. Airy
  • I attended public schools, sent my three children to public schools and colleges, and have worked in NC public schools for the past 22 years.  I believe in NC public schools!
  • My husband, Bob, and I love to travel.

 Three Character Traits that describe Ellen

  • Kind
  • Determined
  • Enthusiastic

Steve Ellis Wilson County Schools

Executive Director for Alternative Education

Wilson County Schools






Paula Michalak

Wells Elementary volunteer and Work First Experience coordinator

Greatest accomplishment

  • Starting the Wilson YMCA

Three facts about Paula

  •  I grew up in New Jersey.
  • I have 4 children and 4 grandchildren.
  • I love water and swimming.

Three character traits that describe Paula

  • Hard working.
  • Genuine.
  • Assertive.


Lane Mills

 Superintendent, Wilson County Schools

Lane Mills started his tenure as superintendent of Wilson County Schools (WCS) on July 1, 2016. Dr. Mills is no stranger to WCS having served as assistant superintendent for accountability and technology from 1997-2007. Prior to coming back to WCS, Dr. Mills was the superintendent for Craven County Schools for four and a half years.

Dr. Mills and his family are happy to be back in Wilson, where his children were born, and where they have deep roots. He is excited about working with students and staff to continue the great work being done here.

“I am committed to engaging students, staff and community members to create a relentless focus on success,” Dr. Mills said. “I will remain approachable and available to the community and schools in every possible way. This is not a job for me, but a calling.”

After graduating from Union County Public Schools, Dr. Mills attended East Carolina University and earned a bachelor’s in psychology. He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in school psychology from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Mills began his career in education as a school psychologist for Edgecombe County Schools. He then became the district’s data analysis/research supervisor and was serving as the director of information and accountability systems before coming to work in Wilson County in 1997.

Priscilla Morello

Executive Director, Seeds of Hope Wilson

          Mrs. Morello is married with two grown sons, three grandsons, and a beloved great-granddaughter, Belle. After sixteen years of service at the Wilson County Public Library, she retired in December of 2014 and banded together with others to form the nonprofit, Seeds of Hope Wilson.

            Mrs. Morello has served on the board of Communities in Schools of Wilson County for a number of years and served as Coordinator of the Hand in Hand Ministry at Winstead Church for ten years working with Vick Elementary School to provide support for students and staff.

            Mrs. Morello is a PK (preacher’s kid) and grew up in the New England area.   After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Wesleyan College she did advanced studies, primarily at Wesley Theological Seminary, and was consecrated a Diaconal Minister in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1997.

            Mrs. Morello and her husband, Mike, have lived in Wilson for nineteen years and have grown to love the community and its people and particularly the children and families of Samuel H. Vick Elementary School



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