Ms. Stephanie Brennan
Stephanie has three children attending Voyager Academy, including twins who started at Voyager in Voyager’s first kindergarten class.
Stephanie is a special deputy attorney general with the North Carolina Attorney General’s office, where she represents North Carolina’s public universities and practices education law. She is married to Matt Brennan who is a cardiologist in Durham. She is a member of Duke Memorial United Methodist Church and has served a parent representative with the Durham Summer Swim League. She previously served on Voyager’s School improvement team.
Stephanie is originally from a small town in Nebraska and has strong public school roots. She is an avid reader. She loves many things about Voyager, but is particularly enthusiastic about project-based learning and the community’s emphasis on empathy.
Ms. Jaronda Ingram
Jaronda Ingram launched her professional career through GE’s Operations Management Leadership Program where she took on roles of increasing responsibility in Engineering, Supply Chain Operations, and Project Management. She is currently pursuing her Six Sigma Black Belt Certification in her role as a Senior Buyer at Zoetis.
Since moving to the triangle in 2010, Jaronda has been active in several organizations including the Society of Women Engineers Eastern NC Professional Chapter, and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. She has also served on the Board of Directors of Partners for Youth (Opportunity) and the Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties.
Jaronda holds bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Mechanical Engineering, and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration. She lives with her husband and daughter in Durham, North Carolina, and enjoys shopping, SEC football, and art.
Ms. Terri Smith
As Assistant Director of Finance and Operations for Duke IIH and GHIC (Innovations in Healthcare and Global Health Innovation Center) Terri directs the overall finance, accounting, and operations functions of the organization, establishing and implementing effective budget and business models, financial analyses, internal controls, practices and standards in finance and human resources. She is a key member of senior management working to ensure the financial integrity of the organization across all grants, projects, and activities. She provides strategic counsel on matters of fiscal agency and responsibility, and on operational feasibility of new work and mission related opportunities. Duke IIH is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit co-founded by Duke University, McKinsey & Company and the World Economic Forum which seeks to improve healthcare and advance health worldwide by sourcing, strengthening, scaling, and studying the best healthcare innovations globally.
Prior to joining Duke Innovations in Healthcare, Terri worked the past 11 years as the Chief Financial Officer for MDC, Inc. a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, headquartered in Durham, whose mission is to help organizations and communities close the gaps that separate people from opportunity through research and program demonstrations. Prior to joining MDC in 2008, Terri worked at Nortel Networks, a world-wide telecommunications company headquartered in RTP. While at Nortel, Terri held a wide variety of senior management positions within the Finance and Accounting organization supporting sales and marketing, customer service, manufacturing operations, and general accounting services, both in the Research Triangle Park, NC and Atlanta, Georgia locations.
Terri holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Elon University and continued course study in accounting at Georgia State University. Terri most recently completed the certificate program at Duke University in Non-Profit Management.
Terri is the wife of Gordon Smith and the mother of two young adults, Morgan (25) and Wesley (22). Morgan is a recent graduate of Elon University and Wesley is a senior at Elon. In addition to her seat on the Board of Directors for Voyager Academy, Terri also serves on the Love School of Business Board of Advisors at Elon University, and the Durham Advisory Board for Wells Fargo.
Mr. Shawn P. Ryan
Shawn P. Ryan is a chemical engineer for the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA), serving as Acting Associate Director for Science in the Office of Research and Development’s National Homeland Security Research Center. He is also the acting Deputy Director of the EPA’s Homeland Security Research Program. He has over 17 years of experience at the EPA, including 14 years leading research to support EPA’s Homeland Security mission. His expertise includes process engineering, reaction kinetics, and environmental engineering, and his research at the EPA has focused on the biological and chemical agent-related decontamination.
Dr. Ryan has been a member of the Bull City Little League Board of Directors since 2012 and has been selected to coach several All Star teams including the District Champions in 2014 and runner’s up in 2018. He started the NC Thunder Baseball Club as a developmental baseball opportunity for community youth and the program has since grown to have four teams in the organization. Dr. Ryan is the Head Coach of the Voyager Academy Middle School Boys’ Basketball Team. He is an avid student of leadership development including completing the prestigious Leadership for a Democratic Society at the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia. Dr. Ryan serves as a mentor in EPA’s Leaders and Learners Mentoring Program.
Dr. Ryan received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 2001 and his BS in Environmental Engineering in 1995 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. During his Ph.D. studies, Dr. Ryan studied at Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Germany from May through August 1998. He resides in Durham, North Carolina with his wife and two children.
Ms. Zion Tankard
Zion Tankard earned her Bachelors degree in Family & Child Development and Masters in Business Administration from Liberty University. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Education from Southeastern Theological Seminary.
As the grand daughter of a civil rights leader, Zion has worked in community advocacy and women‘s rights for the last several years. She serves on the Durham County Women’s Commission, and as co-facilitator for Partners Against Crime District 2.
She is a resident of Durham, wife, and mother of four.
Ms. Yasmine El-Ramly
Yasmine is a licensed CPA in the State of North Carolina and a Senior Manager for the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants. Before joining the Association, Yasmine worked for three CPA firms of various sizes: a big four, a national firm and a local CPA firm in North Carolina.
Yasmine is passionate about attracting and keeping the best talent in the accounting profession and published various articles in the Journal of Accountancy such as Women’s initiatives: A strategic Advantage, Lowdown on High Potentials, and Keep the Best and Brightest. She also serves as a board member and Treasurer for the Gluten Intolerance Group, a not-for profit organization that empowers the gluten free community through support, advocacy and education.
Yasmine received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from France and her master’s degree in Accounting from NC State. She was born in Germany, grew up in France and studied in Canada and France before becoming a Durham resident, wife and mother of two.