About CIS Rowan
Communities In Schools of Rowan County is an affiliate of Communities In Schools, Inc. (CIS), the nation’s leading community-based organization helping young people stay in school and prepare for life. CIS of Rowan County began in 1998 and was chartered in 2001, and serves selected schools in the Rowan-Salisbury Schools district.
"Our Mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life."
"Many students and their families have a hard time accessing and navigating the maze of public and private services. There may be ample resources in a community, but rarely is there someone on the ground who is able to connect these resources with the schools and students that need them most. Through our school-based coordinators, we bring community resources into the schools we serve to empower success for all students by removing barriers for students at risk of dropping out, keeping kids in schools and on the path to graduation and leveraging evidence, relationships and local resources to drive results. Communities In Schools offers in-school mentoring and tutoring, supportive guidance to students and parents, school uniforms and supplies, referrals to community agencies and assistance with 'emergency' clothing for students at the elementary schools."
CIS Rowan Board of Directors
Michelle Macon, Chair
Robert Foreman, Vice Chair
Vincia Benjamin Miller, Vice Chair
William Bucher, Treasurer
Kris Parker, Secretary
Carol Ann Houpe
Dr. Orlando Lewis
Interim Executive Director Bill Bucher, Jr.
A former public school chief financial officer, Bill served CIS Rowan as the Board Treasurer before agreeing to accept the position of Interim Executive Director of the organization in October, 2020. He has a graduate degree in Political Science/Local Government Administration from Appalachian State University and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Wake Forest University, and retired in 2013 from a thirty-year-plus career in North Carolina governmental finance.
Assistant Executive Director James Davis
James has more than nineteen years of experience as an educator/social services leader in North and South Carolina with a consistent record of increasing student engagement, family engagement and student achievement. Over the last eight years he has lead several multi-services organizations as the director of programming and operations and personnel and fundraising relations.
Program Manager & Volunteer Trainer Wanda Huntley
Meet Our Site Coordinators
CIS Site Coordinators are based at their assigned schools, and can be reached during school hours.