Our Board & Staff
Meg Reed, Founder and Executive Director
Meg Reed is a Lancaster native and an educator with 15 years of experience in the classroom. She spent the first ten 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
Eric Bondy, Board President
Eric Bondy is a long-time educator and the former LCDS Upper School Head. He is currently pursuing studies at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife Mariana, a professor at Dickinson College, have a son and daughter.
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.
Maura Condon Umble
Maura Condon Umble is Director of Parent Relations and Campaign Initiatives at Franklin & Marshall College and an F&M alumna. She also serves on the board of F&M’s Squash ACES program. She and her husband Rob, Upper School Dean of Students at LCDS, have three children, two of whom are “lifers” at LCDS.
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.
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 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.
Keziah is currently employed as an Attorney Advisor with the United States Department of Justice, Executive Office of Immigration Review. Her work focuses primarily on immigration related cases involving criminal offenses, asylum claims, protection under the Convention Against Torture, and various claims of relief from deportation. Prior to becoming an attorney, Keziah worked for several years in the education field for various private schools. Keziah and her husband Serhiy have two sons, Elijah and Andrei, currently attending school in Manheim Township. Their family moved to Lancaster two years ago from Boston, Massachusetts where Keziah and her husband attended graduate school.
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.
LCDS Student Board Members
Samantha E. '19 and Kate F. '20