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.


Corey Doise, is the current Board Treasurer. Doise is a CPA and has served in multiple finance-related capacities in the building supplies and electrical components manufacturing industries during his career. At Grace, he oversees the school finances (beyond the day-to-day bookkeeping), to include creating and directing Grace’s operating budget, handling investments and managing the details of the expansion project loan. Corey is a founding Board member and was a part of the vision for Grace from its start as just an idea among a small group of parents. Corey and his wife, Nicole, co-own Doise Accounting Services, LLC in Mechanicsville. They both attend Mechanicsville Christian Center, along with their two daughters, where they have been members for 20+ years and where Corey serves as an Elder.

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. 

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.

Holly Claytor is the Vice President of Development & Communications for Special Olympics Virginia, where she has worked for the last 15 years. In her role, she supports fundraising, communications and marketing for the statewide program, with specific focuses in grant writing, corporate partnerships, online giving and storytelling. She has a B.S. in Mass Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from ConnectVA, a program under the Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond umbrella. Holly also serves on the Central VA EHDI (Early Hearing Detection & Intervention) Learning Community and as the Team Manager for her son’s Strikers travel soccer team. Holly and her husband, TJ, have two children at Grace, Ivey and Trey; they attend First Baptist Church in Ashland.

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