Our Board & Staff
Rebecca Fowler, Executive Director
Rebecca initially joined the Horizons family in October 2020 as our Director of Development, and became Executive Director in September 2021. Rebecca brings more than 15 years of professional experience in media, communications, marketing, and public relations. She spent the first part of her career at WGAL-TV 8, where she first was exposed to all of the wonderful non-profit organizations that make Lancaster so special— and has since looked for ways to give back to the community. She lives in Lancaster with her husband Sean, two children, Ronan and Fiona, and their two dogs, Maggie and Dougie.
Board of Directors and Officers
Dr. John P. Shand, Board President
J.P. Shand, MD is currently a practicing psychiatrist for WellSpan Philhaven in downtown Lancaster. He is actively involved in teaching and writing on psychiatric topics. He met his wife in the first grade at LCDS and moved back to Lancaster in 2018 after completing a forensic psychiatry fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife have a son and enjoy being actively engaged in the LCDS community.
Christopher Dye, Vice President
Christopher Dye spent 43 years combined at Hartford Financial Services Group and Westfield Insurance in the field of commercial property/casualty underwriting. A native of Nassau County on Long Island, New York with a BS in geological sciences from SUNY Geneseo, Chris and his wife Mary have two grown children and one granddaughter, Alexandra.
John Ford, Board Treasurer
John Ford is the business manager at LCDS. A Certified Management Accountant, John served as the chief financial officer and controller for The Murry Companies for 18 years. He has served on the West Earl Township Board of Supervisors since 2003. He and his wife Carol have a daughter who graduated from LCDS in 2017.
Grace Zimmerman, Board Secretary
Grace Zimmerman is a Commercial Relationship Manager with Fulton Bank, and is responsible for managing a customer portfolio and developing new business within Lancaster County. Grace was born and raised in Lancaster, and is proud to have been a lifer at Lancaster Country Day School. She graduated from Dickinson College in 2013 with a double major in International Business & Management, and Spanish. Grace is active in the Lancaster community, and currently serves on the advisory board for the Women in Business Mentoring Program through the Lancaster Chamber.
Dr. Todd Trout
Dr. Todd Trout joined the LCDS faculty in 1999 as a chemistry teacher. In 2008 he became Assistant Head of Upper School. He currently serves as Interim Head of Upper School. He and his wife Laura, also a science teacher at LCDS, have a daughter (Emma ’25) and a host daughter (Sarah ’17) who both attend LCDS as well. Dr. Trout’s leadership connects Horizons with its outstanding and dedicated volunteer corps of Upper School students.
Michelle Gallo is the Director of Human Resources for Lancaster County. She has more than twenty-five years of experience in both non-profit and for-profit environments, working in operations and in human resources. With more than fifteen years of management experience, a Masters's Degree in Business Administration, SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications, and a love for the Lancaster community and all it has to offer, she appreciates the important role this program plays for our students and the community at large.
Erin Dimitriou Smith
Erin Dimitriou Smith is the owner of Triou Marketing, a Marketing/Advertising and Corporate Event Planning firm. She is also a part-time Professor and Program Director of Marketing. She lives in Lancaster with her husband and two young boys. Born and raised in Lancaster County, she has a passion for giving back and is engaged in several organizations that benefit her local community.
Angela Gordan joined Lancaster Country Day School in 2020 as the Director of Equity and Inclusion. She has worked for Horizons as a school counselor during the summer of 2021 and as the site director during the summer of 2022. She
holds B.A. in Spanish from Dickinson College, an M.A. in Spanish Teaching & Learning from The University of Granada (Spain), and an M.S. in Counseling from West Chester University. She is also working towards becoming a licensed professional counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. She has a passion for helping people from all walks of life be heard, understood, and validated, and makes it a mission to help the students and families of Horizons a LCDS grow - and thrive - each year.
Virginia Eckman is a third generation owner of J.D. Eckman Inc., a road and bridge construction company, located in southern Lancaster county. Virginia manages the in-house benefits and employee relations for the company and is very active in the Lancaster County community. She serves as a trustee for Lancaster Country Day School. Virginia is a native of Lancaster County who attended Brigham Young University in Utah and now lives in Lititz, Pennsylvania with her children Riley and Daniel Eckman.
LCDS Student Board Members
Freddie B. '23, Capri T. '23