Steve ParrottC. Steve Parrott, President

Steve Parrott is a former Senior State Executive - Carolinas Region for Embarq. His 32-year career in the telecommunications industry with Sprint and Embarq included 27 years in various senior leadership positions.

Steve has held numerous leadership roles on education boards and committees, including the North Carolina Business Committee for Education, North Carolina Community College Foundation Board and the North Carolina e-Learning Commission.

A 1975 graduate of the University of Tennessee - Knoxville, he is also a member of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Board, the NC Global Transpark Foundation Board and past president of the NC Telecommunications Industry Association and chair of the NC Technology Association.

Steve and his wife, Judy, have lived in Raleigh since 1993. His two children attended Wake County public schools, graduating from Leesville Road High School. His wife is a church organist, preschool music teacher and small business owner.

He can be reached at 919.821.7609 x122 or

Fran CarruthersFran Carruthers, Vice President of Development

As Vice President of Development, Fran Carruthers is responsible for the design and implementation of the Annual Campaign for Public Education, which engages Board members, volunteers, interns and collaborative business partners to successfully meet the Partnership’s revenue goals. Support to the Annual Campaign for Public Education is provided by corporations and individuals who share Wake Education Partnership’s mission of promoting excellent public schools for all of Wake County’s children.

Joining the Partnership staff in 2000, Fran has previously served as Coordinator of the legacy teacher leadership grants program and as Director of Special Events. She has served as Vice President of Development since 2007. Fran graduated from St. Andrews College with a bachelor's degree in Sociology. Her four daughters are all successful graduates of the Wake County Public School System. Fran is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and serves on the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Women’s Task Force.

She can be reached at 919.821.7609 x130 or

Julie CrainJulie Crain, Ph.D., Vice President of Programs

As Vice President of Programs, Julie Crain is responsible for managing and implementing the Partnership’s Program of Work.  

Julie taught English in Wake County Schools for 12 years at Fuquay-Varina High School and is a National Board Certified teacher.  At her school, she served as chair of the School Improvement and Leadership Teams. 

For several summers, Julie worked with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards as an assessor trainer.  Julie graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English education as a N.C. Teaching Fellow and a master's degree in English education.  She is a past Kenan Fellow (2001-2003).  She earned her PhD in Educational Research and Policy Evaluation at NC State University. 

She can be reached at 919.821.7609 x129 or

Heather Schonfeldt Campbell, Finance Director Barbara Miles

Heather Schonfeldt Campbell is responsible for managing the Partnership’s day to day financial operations as well as annual budgeting and forecasting. 

Heather has worked in public accounting for 11 years with a focus on non-profit organizations for the past seven years.  She graduated with honors from Charleston Southern University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and she earned her MBA from East Carolina University. 

She is a CPA and member of the NCACPA and AICPA.  She has also served on a joint non-profit committee with the NCACPA and NC Center for Non-Profits as well as taught small business courses at Durham Technical Community College. 

Heather has lived in North Carolina since 1999.  Her husband is a former elementary school teacher and is currently in school administration in the Wake County Public School System. They have two daughters, Bella and Ruby.

She can be reached at 919.621.7609 x124 or

Barbara Miles, Office ManagerBarbara Miles

Barbara Miles provides administrative and operational support to the president, staff and board members. Her administrative experience draws from 12 years in corporate business.

She graduated with a degree in Business Administration from North Carolina Wesleyan College.

She can be reached at 919.821.7609 x121 or


Morgan Breakey, Marketing and Communications Specialist

Morgan is a graduate of Meredith College with a degree in Mass Communication and joined our staff in a Marketing and Communications Internship position. She is currently working to provide marketing and communications support for several of Wake Education Partnership's programs.

She can be reached at 919.821.7609 x 139 or