Alumni Leadership Council

Alumni Leadership Council

The Alumni Leadership Council is a diverse group of active BRS graduates who are interested in making meaningful contributions to the School by supporting capital projects, rallying fellow alumni, attending BRS events, mentoring students, and connecting members of the Blue Ridge community. The ALC has raised money for the Baron Athletic Complex and student scholarships. Many ALC members use their professional experience to mentor our entrepreneurship students. They are the on-campus voice for BRS alumni around the world.

  • Parker Perkins ’84 (President)
    Parker served on the Honor Council and participated in football, cross country, wrestling, and baseball. He graduated from James Madison University with a history degree (“I blame Jordan Churchill and Jim Niederberger.”). He then served as a U.S. Marine Officer for 8 years, including the Gulf War, and also as a White House Aide for Bill Clinton (’95-’96). He is one of the founders of the financial services firm he and his two partners founded in 2015 and is located in Raleigh, NC. This is where he lives with his wife Sarah and their two children.
  • John Buckey ’88
    John came to BRS through John Kettlewell’s summer school. He was a prefect, member of the Honor Council and Discipline Committee, the editor of The Challenger, varsity soccer player, a “son” of John Young, and valedictorian of his class. In 1992, he graduated from Washington College. He was recognized as BRS’s Anthony T. Noel ’78 Alumnus of the Year in 2007 and 2018. A wine industry veteran, Buckey is currently the National Sales Manager of ZD Wines in Napa Valley.
  • Parker Douglass ’98
    Parker was a member of the BRS’s first undefeated football team and vice president of his senior class. He graduated from Westminster College in Missouri and owns a successful health and fitness equipment distribution company. He lives in Austin with his wife Amy.
  • Burke Earley ’86 
    Burke was a four-year student at BRS who loved playing all sports. He graduated from the University of Kentucky and is an owner/agent for Trupanion Insurance. He is a past President of the Parent Association and is the father of Ballard Early ’18 (also a four-year student).
  • Cary Justice ’90
    Cary served on the Honor Council and participated in lacrosse and soccer. Cary received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri and his Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center, in Washington, DC.  Cary, his wife and four sons reside in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • Morgan McNeel ’87
    Morgan followed his brother Steve to BRS and is thankful for all the School did for him. He is an avid golfer and talented musician. In 2014, he was recognized at Blue Ridge School’s Anthony T. Noel ’78 Alumnus of the Year. He works in the construction industry in Georgia.
  • Brooks Minford ’09
    Brooks says he is grateful that his teachers at BRS challenged him to work harder and to become more involved in the classroom. He is a graduate of High Point University and works in Washington, DC. In 2014, he was recognized as Blue Ridge School’s Young Alumnus of the Year.
  • Andrew Sipala ’09
    Andrew was a four-year boy who served on the Honor Council and played football, basketball, and lacrosse at BRS. He grew up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and is grateful for the unique education and campus atmosphere that Blue Ridge provides. A graduate of Bridgewater College, Andrew now lives in DC with his wife Nicolle and works as a financial advisor.
  • Will Scipio ’88
    Will was a four-year student at Blue Ridge who was on the student council for 3 years, proctor, Honor Council member, and proud member of the fine arts department school choir and drama club. He graduated from Stratford Univeristy and is the CEO/Founder of DeaconChef, Inc. (Feeding the homeless ministry) and DeaconChef Catering. Currently working as a Culinary Teacher for high school students with disabilities. He isthe father of William Scipio ‘23 (who will be a four year boy).  
  • Rob Vinson ’87
    Rob participated in a wide range of athletics at BRS: tennis, track, football, soccer, and horseback riding. In the classroom he loved learning from John Young, Jim Neiderberger, and Charles Hamner. He is a tax professional living in Decatur, Georgia.
  • Curt Weaver ’95
    Curt served as a prefect and on the Honor Council during his years at BRS. He was also the co-captain of the State Championship winning football team. He is a graduate of the College of Charleston and works in the financial services industry. He lives in Georgia with his wife Anne and their children.

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Alumni Leadership Council members