Linda Nelson is the Executive Director of the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS). In her 9 years at NCAIS, the Association has experienced significant growth in both programs and revenues. Under her leadership, NCAIS established a multi-state consortium, VISnet, offering digital content, online courses, professional development, and consulting to assist schools in transitioning to 21st century learning models. Prior to joining NCAIS in 2007, Linda enjoyed 20+ years in independent education administration, both in K-12 and in higher education. Her areas of expertise include middle and upper school academics, strategic planning and program development, 21st century education, admissions, marketing, enrollment management, college counseling, and career counseling. Her most recent independent school experience was at Gaston Day School where she served as Director of Admissions and College Placement and later as Head of Middle and Upper School. Linda received both a B.A. and an M.A.Ed. from Wake Forest University. Linda and her husband, Tom Jackson, reside in Charlotte.