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Board of Directors

Wake Preparatory Academy is governed by a non-profit board of directors who are dedicated and committed as they bring a myriad of backgrounds, experiences, skill sets, and perspectives to ensure the mission and goals of the school are executed. The members are very active in the community and serve as leaders in various capacities.

Our Board Meetings

Wake Preparatory Academy Board Meetings will be held on the third Thursday of the month.

There will be no board meetings in July. It will be posted on this page for any special or emergency board meetings including changes to the schedule.

Location: 14111 Capital Blvd, Wake Forest, NC 27587

Note as of October 21, 2022: Board Meetings will now be at 4:30 PM located at the school.

Meeting Minutes





Board Members

Hilda A. Parlér, Founder/President

Hilda is the founder and serves as the board president for Wake Preparatory Academy. Since she was a young girl, it has been her lifelong dream to open her own school. Hilda refers to herself as a “retired and still wired educator” having taught middle school mathematics for 28 years. After retiring in 2013, Hilda founded her first charter school in 2014. She and her husband, Dr. Bill Harrison, love to garden and travel together. Their extensive travels include visits to Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, and Sweden, where two of their grandchildren and great-granddaughter live. Hilda’s many accolades include 3rd-term current member of the State Charter Schools Advisory Board, 2021 Town of Wake Forest Black History Month Honor Roll Honoree for Outstanding Community Service, and Wake Forest Woman’s Club Clubwoman of the Year for Outstanding Community Service.

Rev. Dr. William Seaman, Vice President

Rev. Dr. William D. (Bill) Seaman currently serves as a board member for Wake Preparatory Academy. His prior service includes fifteen years as the mission engagement facilitator for the Southeastern District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod; serving twenty-five years as sole pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Hickory NC; holding the position of Science and Religion Department Chairs at Rockford Lutheran High School, and biology instructor at Concordia College. Rev. Seaman received his M. Div. from Concordia Seminary in 1971, his D. Min. from Concordia Seminary in 1980, and his M.A. in botany from the University of North Carolina in 1970. Rev. Seaman is the author of several papers, workshops, and resources for discipleship and congregational renewal development for resourcing congregations of the Southeastern District. He leads workshops on a variety of congregational programs including governance, leadership, outreach, discipleship, stewardship, and small group ministry. 

Valeska Lipani-Garrett, Co-Founder/Board Member

Valeska Lipani-Garrett is the co-founder and a current board member of Wake Preparatory Academy. She holds a Master of Education from Bowling Green State University in learning disabilities and behavioral disorders. She has extensive experience in both teaching and administration in public, private, and charter schools in Ohio and Virginia. Valeska enjoys many hobbies including distance swimming, traveling, playing cello, reading, and cooking. Most of all, she enjoys spending time with her two children and six grandchildren. 

Kyle Shrauger, Treasurer

Kyle Shrauger has served on the Wake Preparatory Academy board since 2019 and currently holds the role of vice president. His enthusiasm for lifelong learning has led to multiple professional certifications, dual bachelors degrees in business and marketing, a masters degree in cloud computing, and an executive MBA. He has a passion for hockey and can often be found playing or coaching at the local rinks with his wife and three kids. Having founded one of the fastest-growing IT consulting firms in the nation, Kyle brings an entrepreneurial spirit with strong business acumen to Wake Preparatory Academy. Kyle is excited to see his kids grow with Wake Preparatory Academy by becoming community leaders, developing RAISE values, and graduating with real-world skills.  

Michael Featham, Secretary 

Michael Featham is one of the founding members of the Wake Preparatory Academy board and currently serves as the board’s secretary. He is an electrical engineer with extensive experience in both engineering and construction management. Michael received his degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and was a Registered Professional Engineer in three states during his career. His passion for quality education with a moral focus is fueled by his love for his two school-aged grandchildren. 

Rev. Larry Wilder, Board Member

Reverend Larry Wilder is the pastor of Olive Branch Baptist Church in Wake Forest, NC. He is also a retired educator, having served ten years as a special education teacher in the Wake County Public School System. Before teaching, Reverend Wilder worked for over thirty years in the human resources field for several consumer, healthcare, and pharmaceutical organizations. Reverend Wilder attended North Carolina Central University where he earned a bachelors degree in psychology. He also holds a Master of Education in cross-categorical special education from Regent University. Reverend Wilder believes that he has been blessed with a long, successful career by doing every job and every assignment as “unto the Lord” as expressed in Colossians 3:23. He enjoys reading, playing guitar, and watching sports. Reverend Wilder and his wife, Barbara, have two daughters and a son-in-law and live in Knightdale, NC.