Kristen Merick

Advisory Board Chairwoman

Kristen Merick is from the Roanoke area and moved to Stephens City to pursue a career as a School Counselor in Front Royal. She originally went to school intending to become a veterinarian but realized she enjoyed working with children and adolescents to overcome the struggles they were facing. She has been a School Counselor for 8 years. Kristen holds a B.S. in Human Development from Virginia Tech and an M.S. in School Counseling from Radford University.

During her time as a School Counselor Kristen has held different counseling groups to help empower students. Kristen is excited to carry her passion into RON to help even more children and adolescents succeed in all areas of life.

Kristen and her husband, Max, have two children Baxter and Eliza. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, being outside, and traveling.

Leadership Committee

The Leadership Committee is focused on supporting and encouraging under-served school-aged girls and boys to live victoriously and not defeated and to reach their full potential. They are focused on serving by providing mentoring and support for their students and challenging them to rise above life’s circumstances to become their best selves. Learn more about the Leadership programs →

Committee Members

Teketia Smith (Director) |
Samantha Barber |
Marlena Conner |

Community Outreach Committee

The Community Outreach Committee works hand-in-hand with local businesses and community members to develop new relationships, fundraising opportunities and events to support our students and staff in the local school system. Learn more about upcoming events →