Board of Directors:
The Board of Directors for Grace Christian School has to meet a strict criteria of professionalism, faith, and community to care for this school. Since GCS is independent of any one church, the organization is governed by the leadership of the Board. Furthermore, the school is organized as a non-stock corporation with the Commonwealth of Virginia and a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) with the Federal Government.

Jethro H. Piland, III, Chairman of the Grace Christian School Board, is the Chief of Fire & EMS for Hanover County and a 26-year veteran of the Department. He manages 186 career employees and over 400 volunteers. Jethro has served on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association since 2014 and is Chairman of the J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College EMS Advisory Committee. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology in 1996 at the Virginia Military Institute and a Master of Public Administration & Public Affairs Degree from Virginia Tech in December 2005. He received the Hanover Fire-EMS Line of Duty Performance Award given for his actions during Tropical Storm Gaston, when he helped save a man who was pulled into raging waters when a bridge collapsed. In addition to the fire department, he is a flight paramedic for VCU Health. Jethro, his wife Mary Catherine, and their children Ava and Alex faithfully attend Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Glen Allen.

Greg Harris, Secretary of the Grace Christian School Board, is a CPA employed with Hanover County as an Internal Auditor.  Previous experience included 13 years with Service Partners, where his most recent position was Senior IT Manager.  Service Partners is the largest insulation distribution company in the US with 70+ locations, formerly headquartered in Glen Allen, VA.  Prior to that Greg worked in financial and IT roles in agriculture, IT consulting, higher education and public accounting industries.

Greg graduated from James Madison University in 1986, with a B.B.A. degree in Accounting and Management Information Systems.  Greg and his wife Susan have lived in Hanover County over 20 years.  They have two sons, Austin and Brenton, and are members of Cool Spring Baptist Church, where they both serve in the High School youth ministry.


Nicole Doise, Treasurer of the Grace Christian School Board, is the co-owner of Doise Accounting Services LLC. Over the past 17 years, she has worked as an independent accounting contractor for multiple businesses and non-profit organizations in the Richmond area.  Nicole also enjoys designing and creating jewelry which led her to start Jewelry by Nicole in 2002.  In years past, Nicole participated in many art shows and bazaars in Central and Northern Virginia.   Additionally, she serves on the board of Directors for 2:5 Ministries, a non-profit evangelism ministry.  Nicole earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee.  She and her husband Corey serve on the Marriage Ministry leadership team at their home church, Mechanicsville Christian Center.  They have been married for 20+ years and have two daughters, Madison and Raegan, who both attend Grace Christian School.

Rev. Bill John is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and currently serves at Providence UMC located in Quinton, VA.  He has been a pastor for 17 years and has served churches in Dayton, VA and Mathews, VA.  Bill attended Virginia Tech for his undergraduate degree and then Eastern Mennonite Seminary for a Master of Divinity.  He has served in a variety of positions at the District level of the UMC and is currently serving on the District Board of Ordained Ministry for the Richmond District.  Feeling called to serve actively in his community, Bill has coached youth league soccer for 12 years, serves as an Assistant Scout Master, Assistant Den Leader, and Chaplin for Boy/Cub Scout Troop 124, and has helped coach volleyball here at GCS.  Bill and his wife Jenny have been married 20+ years and have three children. 

Dr. Andrea Salapka recently moved to Mechanicsville from Atlanta, Georgia. She has been involved in education at various levels for 45 years. Andrea began her career in New Jersey as a First Grade Teacher in public school.  Having moved frequently due to her husband’s job, Andrea has served students and families in numerous areas of the United States. She lived in Atlanta for 25 years where she served several schools in the role of Director of Learning Services, Academic Dean, Admissions Director and Associate Head of School.  Andrea is an active member of Walnut Grove Baptist Church. She is busy in her retirement using her skills to help others grow and develop skills to enhance their lives.

David C. Martin, a graduate of Hermitage High School, has worked in the plumbing industry for over twenty years. He has dedicated the last 16 years to serving as an Outside Sales for Vamac, Inc., a Richmond-owned plumbing, well and septic supply company. Additionally, he has spent the last 20 years meeting the towing needs within Metro-Richmond area serving as a wrecker driver on nights and weekends with Red Jenkins Auto Center. In his spare time, David enjoys boating, cycling, and serving on various committees with Winns Baptist Church. David, his wife Melissa, have two boys, Alexander and Grayson, who both attend Grace Christian School.

Higher Learning. Higher Purpose.