Apple FCU Education Foundation
Board of Directors
Larry Byers, President
Larry Byers was a successful teacher and administrator in Fairfax County Schools for 31 years. His postings in the county included principal at Holmes Middle School, Glasgow Middle School, JEB Stuart High School, Robert E. Lee High School and director of secondary education in Area I. Following his retirement from Fairfax, Dr. Byers spent nine years as the director of the principal preparation program at Virginia Tech. He recently served as the assistant superintendent for human resources in Alexandria City Schools.
Dr. Byers holds a B.A. from West Virginia Wesleyan, an M.B.A. from American University and Ed.D. from Virginia Tech.
Robert L. Sowell, Sr., Vice President, Secretary
Robert L. Sowell, Sr. has worked for the members of Apple FCU for over 20 years. Starting his career as a mortgage coordinator, he moved to become a branch manager and is now the Vice-President of Community Relations. An active member of the northern Virginia community, Mr. Sowell is sergeant of arms for the Fairfax Rotary Club, a member for the George Mason University advisory board, and a member of the Northern Virginia Community College marketing department advisory board.
Mr. Sowell holds a B.A. from George Mason University.
Calanthia Tucker, Treasurer
Calanthia Tucker is a lifetime educator who completed her career in Fairfax County Public schools as a cluster superintendent earning the Point of Excellence award for superintendent leadership from Kappa Delta Pi fraternity (George Mason University) in 2006. Additional professional honors include being named FCPS Principal of the Year (1996), NAACP Education Award (1997) and the Northern Virginia Urban League, E.L. Patterson Community Service Award. At Mount Vernon High School, where Dr. Tucker served as principal, the media center is now named in her honor.
Receiving her doctorate in school administration from Vanderbilt University, Dr. Tucker also holds an M.S from Virginia Tech and a B.S. from Tennessee State.
Thomas M. Engley, Executive Director
Thomas M. Engley has been an active member of the Fairfax community for 40 years. His career positions in FCPS spanned from classroom teacher to principal to assistant superintendent. He was principal at Lee High School (1993-1998), the school from which he graduated a generation earlier. One of his accomplishments as principal was to establish Apple FCU’s first student-run branch, a program that has since grown to 35 branches. Following his retirement from FCPS, Mr. Engley worked for Apple FCU as a business development consultant and a member of the supervisory committee. He now serves as the Education Foundation Executive Director.
Mr. Engley holds a M.A. from Virginia Tech and a B.A from Salem College (West Virginia).
Scott Bauer, Director
Scott Bauer teaches in the Education Leadership program and serves as a Division Director in the College of Education & Human Development, George Mason University. Prior to joining the GMU faculty in fall 2004, Scott served on the faculty of the University of New Orleans, as Research Director of the School Leadership Center of Greater New Orleans, and as managing partner at Organizational Analysis & Practice, Inc., a firm that specialized in conducting research, policy analysis, and professional development programs for schools and education agencies. His research deals with the development of teacher leaders, the organizational design of schools, and the preparation of school and district leaders.
Dr. Bauer received his B.S, M.S., and Ph.D. from Cornell University.
R.C. Bosley, Director
R.C. Bosley spent the first five years of his career in Fairfax County Public Schools as a math teacher at Whittier Intermediate (now Falls Church High School). From there, he served in many leadership positions in district offices and schools. He was principal at Ft. Hunt Elementary and Kilmer, Franklin and Thoreau middle schools. He was a coordinator of instruction and area administrator. Following his retirement in 1989, Mr. Bosley was interim principal at two high schools, two middle schools and three elementary schools.
Mr. Bosley holds a B.S. degree from Abilene Christian University (Texas) and a M.Ed. from the University of Virginia. He completed postgraduate work at the University of Virginia, American University, College of William & Mary, Radford University, Vanderbilt University, George Washington University and George Mason University.
Rodney Clemmons, Director
As a career educator, Rodney Clemmons has worked with students and schools as a teacher and administrator for over 30 years. As principal of Atlee High School (Hanover, VA), he was named Administrator of the Year by Virginia Media Educators. He was associate principal at Hayfield Secondary (Fairfax County, VA). From 2002-2005, Mr. Clemmons was Assistant to the Chairman of the House Education Committee in the Virginia House of Delegates. He is currently a senior partner in the Clemmons Group (Lebanon, TN). He is a contributing editor to Virginia and US Government (Pearson Education, 2009).
Mr. Clemmons holds a B.A. and M.A. degrees from Midwestern State University (Texas) and has completed advanced educational leadership work at Oxford University.
Beth Holmes, Director
Beth Holmes is very excited about the opportunity to serve on the Education Foundation Board. Prior to joining Apple Federal Credit Union, she previously worked at the State Department Federal Credit Union, in Alexandria Virginia, as the State Department Branch Manager. She was hired at Apple Federal Credit Union in 2007, and now serves as the Chantilly Branch Manager. She is very interested in working in an environment focused on education and improving students’ lives. She holds a BAE from the University of Florida, granted in 1975.
Mark Karangelen, Director
Mark Karangelen joined the Education Foundation Board in 2010. Before coming to Apple FCU in 2008, he worked for a smaller credit union in Alexandria, NARFE Premier. Mark looks forward to the opportunity to serve on the board and making a difference in the Foundation, the credit union and the community.
Linda Whitfield has spent most of her professional career serving in various capacities as a school administrator. Most recently she was the principal at George Washington Middle School in Alexandria, Va. Prior to that she was the director of middle school instruction in Fairfax County Public Schools. Ms. Whitfield served as principal at Sandburg Middle School (1988-1994) where she implemented Middle School Concept emphasizing an interdisciplinary instruction through teaming. She holds a B.S. and a M.Ed. from the University of Georgia with postgraduate course work at Virginia Tech.
Larry Kelly, Ex Officio Director
Larry Kelly has been President & CEO of Apple FCU since 1995. Under his direction and leadership, the Apple FCU Education Foundation was formed in 2006. Prior to coming to Apple FCU, he was President and CEO of Giant Food FCU. Mr. Kelly is an active member of the northern Virginia community and has served as chairman of the Board of Directors for the Virginia League Shared Branch Network, chairman of the regulatory affairs committee of the Virginia Credit Union League and a member of the NAFCU regulatory affairs committee.
Mr. Kelly, a certified public accountant, holds an M.B.A. from Loyola College of Maryland and B.A. from University of Maryland, Baltimore County.