Our Board & Staff
Meg Reed, Founder and Executive Director
Meg Reed is a Lancaster native and an educator with 18 years of experience in the classroom. She spent the first nine years of her career in public schools in New York City and Washington, DC where she was privileged to teach children from low-income families and diverse backgrounds. She serves on the Lancaster Mayor’s Coalition to Combat Poverty and was recently nominated for a local Jefferson Award and a Champions for Change Award in Summer Learning, sponsored by The White House. Named Head of Middle School at Lancaster Country Day School in 2017, she and her husband Scott live in downtown Lancaster.
Kristy Gismot, Director of Development
Kristy is a fundraising professional who brings valuable contributions to Horizons at LCDS from her experience in the education, healthcare, and human services fields. Although a Pennsylvania native, she relocated to Lancaster with her family from Colorado in 2018.
Board of Directors and Officers
Janet Baer, Board President
Janet Baer is a career educator with 33 years of comprehensive experience in education. She has served as a Special Education teacher, Dean of Students, Assistant Principal in the School District of Lancaster and most recently as a Principal in Hempfield School District. Currently, in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania, Janet is supporting the state recovery efforts in the York City School District as a Curriculum Coach and Distributed Leadership Coach. She and her husband E. Scott Baer have three children and two grandchildren.
Deb Fry, Board Secretary
Deb Fry is a parent and active volunteer. Mother to a son and a daughter who attend LCDS, she and her husband Andy are enthusiastic supporters of the school and its community outreach. An avid quilter, Deb is founder and past president of the Lancaster Modern Quilt Guild.
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 also serves as Chairman of The West Earl Township Board of Supervisors. He and his wife Carol have a daughter who graduated from LCDS in 2017.
Mika Cox McDougall
Mika Cox McDougall is originally from Hawaii and is a dancer, choreographer and former journalist for the Associated Press. A member of local group Ukulele Uprising, Mika helps to coordinate the music program at Horizons. Her husband, New York Times best-selling author Christopher McDougall, has supported Horizons at LCDS as host to several successful fundraising events. Mika and Chris have two daughters.
Erin Dimitriou Smith
Erin Dimitriou Smith is an account manager with Mid-Atlantic Media Hub. She lives in Lancaster with her husband and two young boys. Born and raised in Lancaster County, she has a passion for the area and for giving back to the community.
Dr. Hyasmine Charles
Dr. Hyasmine Charles is an internal medicine physician at the Lancaster General Women’s Specialty Center. Mother to two children who attend LCDS, Dr. Charles also is involved in Physician Mentoring Opens Doors (PMOD) through Franklin & Marshall College and has served on the board of Lancaster Kids and Culture. Born in Haiti, she is passionate about helping underserved communities through education and serving as a role model for children of limited means.
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.
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.
Originally from the Dominican Republic; Katherine has lived in Lancaster since 2004. She has eight years of experience in the classroom. She spent the first four years as a 4th grade teacher at the Dual Language Charter School in Bethlehem, PA. These last four years she has worked for the School District of Lancaster as the Dual Language teacher at Reynolds Middle School. She prides herself in providing a safe learning environment for all her students. Ms. Cruz is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Education, Special Education and English Language Development, with Eastern Mennonite University.
Phil joined CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health as President in May 2014 with more than 14 years of executive experience in non-profit, community-based health care and social services in south central Pennsylvania. He brings a comprehensive background in strategic planning, program development and evaluation, community relations, financial management and fundraising. A native of Lancaster, Phil completed the Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Executive Leadership Program at UCLA, Los Angeles, Calif. He received a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Regis University, Denver, CO and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and American Studies from Dickinson College. Phil and his wife Amy have two daughters, Elena and Maya.
Dr. John P. Shand
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 University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife have an infant son and enjoy being actively engaged in the LCDS community.
Hiry and his wife Mary Beth are the parents of four students in all three divisions at LCDS. Having moved to the area from Texas, the Wests joined the LCDS community in 2017. Hiry is on the Board of Nazareth College and on the LCDS Board of Trustees. Hiry is a small business consultant and angel investor. His current investment is an advocacy group that helps patients and their caregivers navigate Medicare. Mary Beth is a Senior Vice President and the Chief Growth Officer at Hershey Co. Hiry is a native New Yorker.
Lee Shand Snyder
Lee Shand Snyder is the co-founder and VP of Operations of a tech start-up, Benefix, which is dedicated to making the complex insurance industry simpler to understand while transforming the way millions of small businesses and brokers work together. Lee is a Lancaster native who attended LCDS from Kindergarten through 9th grade. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Bucknell University in 2010. Thereafter she worked for Fortune 500 company L'Oreal in their NYC HQ in Sales & Marketing. She returned back to Lancaster in 2015 for her now-husband, Chad Snyder, of Charles F. Snyder Funeral Homes and Crematory. She and her husband enjoy living nearby LCDS with their daughter.
Grace Chesters 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.
LCDS Student Board Members
Kate F. '20, Louise B. '21, Kobe W. '21