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O’Neal Welcomes New Leadership

March 24, 2016

O’Neal Welcomes New Leadership



Southern Pines – The O’Neal School announces new directors for:  admissions, college counseling, the Middle School, the Lower School and the newly created position – director of alumni relations.


Having started on March 14th, O’Neal is excited to welcome O’Neal Alumna Olivia Webb ’02 to the position of director of admissions. Previously executive director of the Richmond Community College Foundation, Ms. Webb is a former mayor of the town of Ellerbe and has taught at Episcopal Day School. She attended UNC-Chapel Hill earning a degree in journalism and mass communication. While at UNC-Chapel Hill, Ms. Webb participated in the “Year in Seville” 2004 Study Abroad Program. Ms. Webb is an active Rotarian, a member of the Millstone 4-H Club Advisory Council as well as a board member for the Senior Games of Richmond County.

O’Neal is pleased to announce that Angie Manning will be the new head of lower school starting the 2016-2017 school year. Angie has been an educator for fifteen years and is currently a teacher, team leader, and faculty mentor at Greenhill School in Addison, TX. A native of Dallas, she earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio and her master’s degree from Texas A&M – Commerce. This past fall, current Lower School Director Linda Roberts announced her retirement at the end of this school year.

Virginia Andres will be serving as the head of middle school for the 2016-2017 school year. Ms. Andres has held many leadership and teaching positions at the Norwood School in Bethesda, Maryland. Presently, she is the middle school dean of students and high school placement counselor. In the classroom, she teaches fifth and sixth grade reading and language arts as well as a life skills class. Ms. Andres has a degree in directing and history from Carnegie Mellon University and a master’s degree in supervision and administration from Johns Hopkins University. Current Middle School Director David Williamson has decided to explore different opportunities at O’Neal. He is looking forward to teaching ninth grade biology in the Upper School and will serve as the School’s science department head in addition to co-directing O’Neal’s summer programs.

The position of director of alumni relations has been created in order to focus on the activities of O’Neal’s alumni. Current Director of College Counseling and O’Neal Alumna Blanche Hancock ’88 will take this position for the 2016-2017 school year. Ms. Hancock attended St. Mary’s College in Raleigh, NC and transferred to UNC-Chapel Hill to earn her degree in psychology. She returned to St. Mary’s to serve in a college counseling position as well as volleyball coach, before later making a career move to O’Neal.
Renee Ferrerio will be O’Neal’s director of college counseling for the 2016-2017 school year.
Ms. Ferrerio is the department chair of counseling for Northview High School in the Atlanta suburb of Johns Creek, Georgia. She has 20 years of experience in working with students matriculating at colleges and universities throughout the country and has also developed a comprehensive college guidance program for grades 8-12. Ms. Ferrerio earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University and a master’s degree in secondary school counseling from Georgia State University.

“We are fortunate to have these professionals to join the O’Neal community,” says Head of School John Elmore. “Each will be bring contributions to these positions that will only allow O’Neal to continue to strengthen its service to our students.”

An independent, college preparatory school for pre-kindergarten age 3 through grade 12, The O’Neal School is dedicated to the development of academic excellence, strength of character, and physical well-being of its students. O’Neal prides itself on having 100% of its graduates receive acceptances to colleges and universities throughout the nation.  The School is currently accepting enrollment applications. For more information, contact Oliva Webb, director of admissions at (910) 692-6920 or go to<>.


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