Dare Education Foundation

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Meet the 2017-2018 Board

Jeff Ballard, Director

Deborah Beddingfield, Director

Tim Cafferty, Chair

Sam Cortez, Director

Carl V Curnutte, III, Treasurer and Director

John Farrelly, Ex-Officio DEF Director, Dare County Schools' Superintendent

Jessica Loose, Director

Dr Richard Martin, Vice-Chair

Peter Rascoe, Director

Ray Robinson, Ex-Officio DEF Director, Outer Banks Sporting Events' Executive Director

Becky Strickland, Director

Kip Tabb, Director

Sherry Thorp, Director

David Twiddy, Ex-Officio DEF Director, Dare County Board of Education

Meet the Staff

Elisabeth Silverthorne
Executive Director



Our Mission

Making great ideas in education come to life by funding initiatives that enhance the experiences of students and teachers in Dare County.


Our Vision

The Dare Education Foundation's (DEF) vision is the best education possible for every student in every school in Dare County Schools. In order to achieve this vision, DEF partners with the community and raises funds from private donations large and small, grants, sponsorships, and special events. DEF's collaborative efforts encourage community involvement in education and provide a solid foundation for a vibrant quality of life in Dare County.