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-profits 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Raised in Arkansas, Jess moseyed to Lancaster in 2008 and fell in love with the people, diversity, and culture. After building the International Department for a local manufacturer for 10 ½ years and traveling much of the time, she decided to take a leap into her lifelong passions and is currently a Realtor for Lancaster County and surrounding areas, a Consultant for Arbonne, local business advocate, and Sunday School Teacher for pre-K – K students. Jess is married to a Marine who is soon to be a National Guardsman and is a proud mother of a toddler boy. When Jess isn’t selling homes, volunteering at her Church or Horizons, or helping people to live a cleaner, healthier life, you can find her enjoying the outdoors with her family, spending time with her friends, or somewhere indoors renovating her home.
Dulcey Antonucci is Public Relations Manager for Western Governors University northeast region. Previously, she was Director of Communications for the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities, serving as the department’s liaison to Governor Tom Wolf’s Office of Communications. Prior to joining the department, she was Director of Communications at Lancaster Country Day School and Director of Media Relations at Franklin & Marshall College. She has two sons.
Dr. Nakeiha Primus
Nakeiha Primus, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at Millersville University of Pennsylvania where she prepares future educators in a wide variety of degree programs. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Tufts University, a Master of Arts in Teaching English Education from Duke University, and Ph.D. in Education from the University of Delaware. Her academic work explores the synergies found in storytelling, curriculum theory, teacher identity, and equity in education. Beyond academe, she is mom of two and a board game fanatic.
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
Alexa A. '22