Board of Directors

The Willow Board of Directors

Vero Beach Private Grade School


Christine Nielson, MD

Christine Nielson MD is a medical acupuncturist at Indian River Acupuncture.  She has worked in academic medicine and as a medical director in a large hospice organization.  Currently, she enjoys doing acupuncture and being a lifelong student.  She and her husband have twin boys who attend Willow.  She is devoted to the school and its mission and volunteers at their events and fundraisers.


Stephanie Heady

Stephanie serves as Principal of The Willow School. She has a wide background in administration that includes over 15 years working for education institutions, non-profits, and small businesses. Originally from the Treasure Coast, Stephanie and her family moved to Costa Rica for six years where she taught English as a second language. Upon returning to Vero Beach, she joined the Willow family. Additionally Stephanie holds a BA in Business Administration and holds several certifications in early education. When not at Willow, Stephanie enjoys time with her family, being outdoors and loves to travel.  Email Stephanie

Peter Turner

Peter was born and raised in Vero Beach. In 2010, he graduated from the University of North Florida with a BA in History. He was a Boy Scout from the age of five and is a lifetime member of the National Eagle Scout Assoc. Peter is a Board member for Florida Diabetes Camp and is a counselor each summer. He co-founded an organic, sustainable farm in Sebastian and has taught classes for adults and children. Peter joined Willow in 2014 and is passionate about making school engaging. In his free time he enjoys fishing and camping. Email Peter

Cheryl Meade

Cheryl has been working in bookkeeping and accounting over 30 years. Originally from New Jersey, Cheryl has lived in Vero Beach since 1968.  In her previous positions, she ran her family’s construction company as well as managed several local and international businesses including her own.  Cheryl is the mother of two dogs and enjoys gardening, kayaking, photography and has a passion for travel. Email Cheryl