About the Foundation
Apple FCU Education Foundation
Board of Directors
Calanthia Tucker, President
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.
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.
R.C. Bosley, Treasurer
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.
Steven F. Sengstack, Executive Director
Steve Sengstack was a teacher, counselor and administrator in Fairfax County Public Schools for 37 years. During his career he worked at Lake Braddock Secondary School , Robert E. Lee High School and Annandale High School. He served as an English teacher, a head fooball coach, a school counselor and a director of student services. Mr Sengstack now works at George Mason University as a supervisor to English teacher interns. He holds a B.A. from Emory & Henry College and a M.Ed. from George Mason University.
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.
Linda Burke, Director
Linda Burke served for over 28 years as a school administrator in Fairfax County Public Schools, completing her career as Associate Superintendent for Region Leadership Support. Hallmark accomplishments include her leadership of one of the largest administrative, teaching and support staffs in Virginia during her eleven years at Lake Braddock Secondary; the establishment of a Professional Learning Community that led to outstanding gains in SAT scores, increased Advanced Placement participation and success, and state testing in which there were significant gains in closing achievement gaps; and national recognition of Lake Braddock in multiple years for excellence by Newsweek magazine as one of America’s top 100 high schools. She is currently a graduate Fellow with the Institute for Educational Leadership, and continues to accumulate a record of accomplishments as an educator. She and her husband, also a FCPS educator, reside in Fairfax, Virginia.
Larry Byers, Director
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.
Carolyn M. Custard, Director
Carolyn M. Custard believes that learning should be a lifelong experience. She is dedicated and committed to making a positive difference in the lives of young people and in supporting the community. She has served as an assistant principal of Forest Park High School for three years and as principal of C. D. Hylton High School for eight years. She currently serves as the director of the Office of Student Services at the Kelly Leadership Center. In 2008, Mrs. Custard was selected as the Outstanding High School Principal of the Year for the State of Virginia by the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP), where she ranked 3rd in the Nation. Mrs. Custard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Intermediate Education, a Master of Education degree in Guidance and Counseling, and a Master of Education degree in Educational Administration and Supervision.
Crystal Jenkins, Director
Crystal Jenkins is the Training and Development Assistant Manager and came to Apple FCU in 2010 as a Call Center Team Leader. This was her first introduction to Credit Unions. Before that she worked as a Commercial Analyst, Lender and Branch Manager at BB&T and Wachovia. She has a B.S. in Finance and B.S. in Economics from Winston Salem State University. In her spare time she enjoys her family who is the center of her world, singing and is actively involved in her church.
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, Director
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.