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Board Members

UDS Board of Directors contact information:

Jim Lovell, Chair

Mr. Lovell is the CEO of Lovell-Smit & Associates, PLLC. He has spent his entire career in public accounting working for international and large national accounting firms before founding his own firm. Jim has traveled extensively in the United States and internationally on business. Jim holds a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in Accounting, is a licensed CPA, and is a member of the AICPA and NCACPA. In addition to his role at UDS he also sits on the UDS Foundation Board. In the past, he has served on  various charitable boards including Gift of Adoption and  the vestry of the Church of the Holy Comforter (Episcopal).

Joan Mazzu, Vice Chair

Ms. Mazzu is a founding Board member of Union Day School. She was the Founder and Owner of Informed Security Solution and the Founder and Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Onsite Access. Mazzu has served as treasurer on numerous school boards. Mazzu received her Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Maryland.

Celeste Slay, Secretary

Ms. Slay is a founding Board member of Union Day School. As a certified personal nutritionist, Slay also serves as the school’s catered lunch liaison. Slay earned a Bachelor of Arts in Retail and Consumer Science from Marshall University.

Boyce Thies, Board Member

Mr. Thies is the President of Thies Realty & Mortgage Company. Thies has served two three year terms on the Alumni Governing Board of Charlotte Latin School; a three year term on the Board of the Young Affiliates of the Mint Museum; and, served as a Scoutmaster of Boy Scouts of America. Thies earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of South Carolina.

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Joanna Wise, Treasurer

Mrs. Wise is a parent of two UDS students and is a certified CPA with her own business. Mrs. Wise has extensive experience in compliance and tax issues and has a Masters degree in Accounting. She brings her financial expertise, her knowledge of the school's mission and vision and her experience as a parent to the Board.

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