Board of Directors and Officers


Michelle Román, Director and President

Michelle has been working and leading in educational settings for the past 18 years. While earning her Master’s Degree in Music Education, Michelle taught group piano classes at the college level. Michelle directed middle school chorus in a Detroit charter school, and she taught elementary music for three years at Trinity School in Atlanta. Michelle also has experience on the administrative side of education. While in Detroit, she worked as Director of Public Relations at a local music academy. Michelle has served in many varied roles at her local church, including leading Children’s Worship, teaching adult Bible classes, and volunteering on the Children’s Curriculum Committee. Despite the busy demands of homeschooling three boys, Michelle has found time to maintain a full private piano studio and teach homeschool classes in their local co-op, including English Grammar, Writing, and Music. In 2016, Michelle took the reins as Director of their homeschool group. Michelle enjoys casting a vision and creating a plan to put those goals into action. She is thrilled to take RUS Academy to the next level of excellence.

Melanie Peters, Vice President and Secretary

Melanie Peters has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sweet Briar College where she majored in studio art and minored in biology. She spent a year and a half after college working as a missionary, first in Miami, FL, then in South Africa. She worked in Human Resources for several years until she retired to homeschool her children. She has been a volunteer with many organizations over the years including Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, Forsyth County Hospital, Hillcrest Hospital, Sweet Briar College (president of the local alumnae group), Riverbend Equestrian Center (working with children with cerebral palsy), the Fountain Inn Economic Development Office, A Home For Me (partnering with the local DSS), and the FIKE Center (Fountain Inn Kids Enrichment). She currently serves on the board of the FIKE Center. Melanie and her family are members at Grace Church. She and her children have been a part of their current homeschool co-op for 6 years, where she teaches history and literature.

Cassie Lopez, Treasurer

Cassie Lopez is married and has four children. She has been homeschooling since her oldest began school, totaling almost eight years. Cassie was a bookkeeper at age seventeen for a major chain grocery store. Cassie earned her Associate’s Degree from Calvary Chapel Bible College. Cassie worked at Bank of America from 2003-2008 and served as a lead teller with very high balancing scores. She also served at Calvary Chapel Inman for thirteen years in roles of leading worship, children’s ministry leader, bookkeeper, and pastor’s wife. She has been a member of this homeschool group since 2015, and she has been a member of the Board of Directors for RUS Academy since its inception in early 2018.

Additional Board Members:

Kendra Dennis

Dr. Ben P. Dillard, III

Dr. Jonathan Seymour

Kristy Smith

Stephanie Szkolnicki