Our Board & Staff

Scheidel‌ ‌Foundation‌ ‌Staff‌ 

Miki‌ ‌Scheidel,‌ ‌President‌

Miki‌ ‌has‌ ‌led‌ ‌the‌ ‌Foundation‌ ‌since‌ ‌its‌ ‌early‌ ‌stages,‌ ‌guiding‌ ‌the‌ ‌Board‌ ‌of‌ ‌Directors‌ ‌and‌ ‌staff‌ ‌to‌ ‌advance‌ ‌its‌ ‌development‌ ‌over‌ ‌the‌ ‌years.‌ ‌She‌ ‌oversees‌ ‌all‌ ‌aspects‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Foundation‌ ‌and‌ ‌manages‌ ‌the‌ ‌Integrative‌ ‌Oncology‌ ‌grantmaking‌ ‌portfolio.‌ ‌Her‌ ‌educational‌ ‌background‌ ‌and‌ ‌professional‌ ‌experiences‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌social‌ ‌sector‌ ‌have‌ ‌made‌ ‌the‌ ‌position‌ ‌a‌ ‌natural‌ ‌fit,‌ ‌but‌ ‌it‌ ‌is‌ ‌her‌ ‌deep‌ ‌personal‌ ‌interest‌ ‌in‌ ‌creating‌ ‌positive‌ ‌social‌ ‌change‌ ‌that‌ ‌makes‌ ‌the‌ ‌job‌ ‌truly‌ ‌rewarding.‌ ‌

Most‌ ‌recently,‌ ‌Miki‌ ‌was‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌U.S.‌ ‌Agency‌ ‌for‌ ‌International‌ ‌Development‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌ ‌U.S.‌ ‌Embassy‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌Lao‌ ‌P.D.R.‌ ‌where‌ ‌she‌ ‌coordinated‌ ‌a‌ ‌portfolio‌ ‌of‌ ‌environmental,‌ ‌educational,‌ ‌and‌ ‌disabilities‌ ‌programs‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌Lao‌ ‌government,‌ ‌U.S.‌ ‌inter-agency,‌ ‌and‌ ‌private‌ ‌sector‌ ‌counterparts.‌ ‌In‌ ‌the‌ ‌past,‌ ‌she‌ ‌worked‌ ‌as‌ ‌Deputy‌ ‌Director‌ ‌of‌ ‌Asia‌ ‌America‌ ‌Initiative,‌ ‌an‌ ‌organization‌ ‌she‌ ‌helped‌ ‌create,‌ ‌to‌ ‌support‌ ‌educational‌ ‌and‌ ‌conflict‌ ‌mitigation‌ ‌programs‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌southern‌ ‌Philippines.‌ ‌She‌ ‌also‌ ‌worked‌ ‌at‌ ‌Family‌ ‌Health‌ ‌International‌ ‌and‌ ‌Social‌ ‌Impact.‌ ‌She‌ ‌holds‌ ‌a‌ ‌Master‌ ‌of‌ ‌Science‌ ‌in‌ ‌Foreign‌ ‌Service‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌concentration‌ ‌in‌ ‌International‌ ‌Development‌ ‌from‌ ‌Georgetown‌ ‌University,‌ ‌a‌ ‌graduate‌ ‌certificate‌ ‌in‌ ‌nonprofit‌ ‌management‌ ‌from‌ ‌George‌ ‌Mason‌ ‌University,‌ ‌and‌ ‌a‌ ‌BA‌ ‌from‌ ‌Gettysburg‌ ‌College.‌ ‌

Caroline‌ ‌Wertz,‌ ‌Senior‌ ‌Director‌ ‌of‌ ‌Foundation‌ ‌Programs

Caroline‌ ‌manages‌ ‌the‌ ‌College‌ ‌Success‌ ‌grantmaking‌ ‌portfolio‌ ‌and‌ ‌oversees‌ ‌the‌ ‌scholarships,‌ ‌College Prep‌ ‌Club,‌ ‌and awards. ‌Caroline‌ ‌previously‌ ‌worked‌ ‌at‌ ‌Fair‌ ‌Chance‌ ‌in‌ ‌D.C. ‌providing capacity building to youth-serving organizations in the District ‌and‌ ‌led‌ ‌the‌ ‌organization’s performance‌ ‌measurement‌ ‌and‌ ‌evaluation‌ ‌system.‌ ‌

Prior‌ ‌positions‌ ‌included‌ ‌organizational‌ ‌development‌ consulting with ‌Quatt‌ ‌Associates ‌and‌ ‌Booz‌ ‌Allen‌ ‌Hamilton and administering capacity-building ‌grants ‌at‌ ‌the‌ ‌Environmental‌ ‌Support‌ ‌Center.‌ ‌Caroline ‌has‌ ‌served‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌boards‌ ‌of‌ ‌Arlington‌ ‌Neighborhood‌ ‌Village‌ ‌and‌ ‌Girls‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌Run‌ ‌of‌ ‌Northern‌ ‌Virginia‌. ‌

She‌ ‌received‌ ‌an‌ ‌M.A.‌ ‌in‌ ‌Public‌ ‌Administration‌ ‌and‌ ‌a Certificate‌ ‌in‌ ‌Nonprofit‌ ‌Management‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌University‌ ‌of‌ ‌Alabama‌ ‌–‌ ‌Birmingham,‌ ‌and‌ ‌a‌ ‌B.A.‌ ‌in‌ ‌American‌ ‌Studies‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌University‌ ‌of‌ ‌Alabama‌ ‌(Tuscaloosa).‌ ‌She lives with her family in Fairfax, VA, and enjoys running and hiking in her spare time.

Nancy‌ ‌Spooner,‌ ‌Program‌ ‌Assistant‌

Nancy‌ ‌supports‌ ‌grantmaking‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌ ‌Scheidel‌ ‌Foundation‌ ‌as‌ ‌a‌ ‌part-time‌ ‌Program‌ ‌Assistant.‌ ‌She‌ ‌works‌ ‌closely‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌Senior‌ ‌Director‌ ‌of‌ ‌Foundation‌ ‌Programs‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌Board’s‌ ‌grantmaking‌ ‌committee‌ ‌to‌ ‌help‌ ‌administer‌ ‌all‌ ‌grant‌ ‌application‌ ‌and‌ ‌evaluation‌ ‌processes.‌ ‌

Prior‌ ‌to‌ ‌joining‌ ‌the‌ ‌Foundation,‌ ‌she‌ ‌worked‌ ‌extensively‌ ‌as‌ ‌a‌ ‌volunteer‌ ‌in‌ ‌various‌ ‌leadership‌ ‌roles‌ ‌with‌ ‌several‌ ‌nonprofit‌ ‌organizations.‌ ‌She‌ ‌has‌ ‌a‌ ‌B.A.‌ ‌in‌ ‌history‌ ‌and‌ ‌government‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌College‌ ‌of‌ ‌William‌ ‌&‌ ‌Mary‌ ‌and‌ ‌a‌ ‌J.D.‌ ‌from‌ ‌William‌ ‌&‌ ‌Mary‌ ‌Law‌ ‌School.‌ ‌She lives in Arlington, VA with her family.

Wesley‌ ‌Scheufler,‌ ‌Family‌ ‌Representative‌

Wesley‌ ‌(Wes)‌ ‌continues‌ ‌the‌ ‌legacy‌ ‌of‌ ‌active‌ ‌family‌ ‌involvement‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌Scheidel‌ ‌Foundation‌ ‌and‌ ‌Scheidel‌ ‌Scholarship‌ ‌programs‌ ‌in‌ ‌Florida.‌ ‌He‌ ‌is‌ ‌dedicated‌ ‌to‌ ‌engaging‌ ‌Scheidel‌ ‌Scholars‌ ‌as‌ ‌individuals‌ ‌and‌ ‌providing‌ ‌them‌ ‌with‌ ‌support‌ ‌and‌ ‌encouragement.‌ ‌In‌ ‌Jacksonville,‌ ‌he‌ ‌meets‌ ‌with‌ ‌grantees‌ ‌and‌ ‌serves‌ ‌as‌ ‌a‌ ‌family‌ ‌representative‌ ‌at‌ ‌Scheidel‌ ‌Scholar‌ ‌events.‌ ‌

He‌ ‌also‌ ‌works‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌Foundation’s‌ ‌President,‌ ‌the‌ ‌Senior‌ ‌Director‌ ‌of‌ ‌Foundation‌ ‌Programs,‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ Board’s‌ ‌grantmaking‌ ‌committee‌ ‌to‌ ‌support‌ ‌grantmaking‌ ‌in‌ ‌Sarasota‌ ‌through‌ ‌site‌ ‌visits‌ ‌and‌ ‌attending‌ ‌events.‌ ‌He lives with his wife in Sarasota, with his children and grandchildren also in the area.

Peggy‌ ‌Barker,‌ ‌Foundation‌ ‌Representative,‌ ‌Jacksonville‌

Peggy‌ ‌serves‌ ‌as‌ ‌the Foundation’s ‌year-round representative‌ ‌in‌ ‌Jacksonville,‌ ‌Florida,‌ ‌organizing‌ ‌Scheidel‌ ‌Scholars‌ ‌and‌ ‌Alumni‌ ‌activities‌ ‌such‌ ‌as‌ ‌community‌ ‌service‌ ‌opportunities‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌annual‌ ‌banquet.‌ ‌She‌ ‌coordinates‌ ‌the‌ ‌‌Herbert‌ ‌W.‌ ‌Scheidel‌ ‌Community‌ ‌Leadership‌ ‌in‌ ‌Action‌ ‌Award‌‌ ‌with‌ ‌Florida‌ ‌State‌ ‌College‌ ‌at‌ ‌Jacksonville‌ ‌and‌ ‌supports‌ ‌the‌ ‌Foundation’s‌ ‌participation‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌Albert‌ ‌D.‌ ‌Ernest‌ ‌Jr.‌ ‌Caring‌ ‌Award‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌ ‌‌University‌ ‌of‌ ‌North‌ ‌F‌lorida.‌

She‌ ‌also‌ ‌supports‌ ‌grantmaking‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌region,‌ ‌attending‌ ‌site‌ ‌visits‌ ‌and‌ ‌other‌ ‌grantee‌ ‌and scholar events.‌ ‌Peggy‌ ‌has‌ ‌a‌ ‌B.A.‌ ‌in‌ ‌Hospitality‌ ‌Management‌ ‌from‌ ‌Florida‌ ‌State‌ ‌University,‌ ‌College‌ ‌of‌ ‌Business.‌ 

Phillip Simmons, College Success Advisor

Phillip provides subject matter expertise and insights into the Foundation’s College Success strategy and grant considerations. He is a Jacksonville resident and former Scheidel College Prep Club participant. Phillip attended the University of North Florida (UNF), first earning his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Government as a Scheidel Scholar, then his Master of Education (MEd) in Higher Education/Administration. He is passionate about the experiences of first-generation students and the challenges they face navigating from college to careers. Phillip is currently Director of Operations at KIPP Jacksonville Public Schools and previously has worked as the Assistant Director of Admissions at UNF, as a College Success Coach with the regional Take Stock in Children Program, and as the Director of Community Partnership Schools with Children’s Home Society of Greater Northeast Florida.

2024 College Success Fellows

Natalie & Nicole Scheidel are members of the family’s 3rd generation to be involved with the Foundation. After growing up in Taipei, Taiwan, both enrolled in college in the U.S. As College Success Fellows, Nicole and Natalie conduct interviews and research to create college success-focused content for our website and develop social media methods to help keep the Scheidel Scholar Alumni stay connected.

Natalie is a senior at Boston University, studying Public Relations and Journalism. She served as Editor-in-Chief for her high school newspaper and as a staff writer and translator for The China Post, an English-language newspaper published in Taiwan. She is currently interning with the Massachusetts Trial Court and has previously interned for Hakuhodo, a Japanese advertising and public relations company.  

Nicole is a senior at Tufts University, studying Economics and Psychology with a minor in Finance and Entrepreneurship.  During the school year, she serves as Vice President of Project Management, Team Leader, and Marketing Consultant at Imaginet Marketing, a student-run marketing agency working with small businesses and non-profits in the Boston area. She is a Legal, Risk, and Compliance Intern with Fidelity Investments and has previously also interned for Hakuhodo. In her free time, she enjoys going on hikes, trying new restaurants, and playing badminton!

Scheidel Foundation Board of Trustees

Our board is composed of Mrs. Scheidel and the descendants of Herb. W. Scheidel.