Board of Directors

The Rural Schools Collaborative (RSC) directors are all volunteers deeply committed to the mission of the organization. RSC's genesis was a June 2014 meeting in St. Louis, where participants discussed the need for a "rural school and community" organization that "thinks otherwise." Since that time board members have been integrally involved in the planning and subsequent launch of the Collaborative.

David Ardrey

David Ardrey, Executive Director, Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools, Carbondale, Illinois. David is a board chairman emeritus.

Jim Beddow, Ph.D.

Jim Beddow, Ph. D., Co-Founder, Rural Weaver Consulting and President Emeritus, Dakota Wesleyan University. Jim serves as board chair.

Renee Carr

Arkansas Hub Coordinator, RSC board member, Chief Financial Officer, Rural Community Alliance, Fox, Arkansas.

Gary Funk

Director, Rural Schools Collaborative; ex-officio member of the RSC board, Cambridge, WI

Joshua D. Gibb

Western Illinois Hub Contact, Executive Director, Galesburg Community Foundation; RSC board of directors vice chair. Galesburg, IL.

Larry Lee

Larry Lee, Education Writer, Montgomery, Alabama, author of Lessons Learned from Rural Schools

Julie Leeth, Ed.D.

Missouri Ozarks Hub Contact, Education Liaison, RSC & Community Foundation of the Ozarks; RSC board treasurer, Springfield, Missouri

Carol Silvey

Carol Silvey, Vice President for Advancement, Ozarks Medical Center Foundation, West Plains, Missouri. Silvey serves as board secretary.