Our Leadership

Chelsea School is led by our Head-of-School, Frank Mills.

Frank Mills

Principal, Upper School, Middle School

With more than 10 years of service to Chelsea School, Mr. Mills has a M.Ed. in special education and has presented at several conferences on the use of technology to better educate children with dyslexia.  Frank served as Co-Head of School and Upper Division Principal for the two most recent years, before assuming the role of Head of School. His industry knowledge, pragmatic business sense, and passion for serving the underserved gives Chelsea School leadership that excites our entire community.

Board of Governors

The Chelsea Board of Governors is a voluntary board representing a cross-section of interested persons from the community and the population whom we serve. Chelsea’s Board of Governors meets monthly with our Head of School, and individual committees meet multiple times during the month.One-third of the members of the Chelsea Board of Governors are elected each year. Each member of the Board is obligated to attend meetings of the Board regularly; to serve on a minimum of one Board committee; to contribute financially to The Chelsea School, either personally or by soliciting others; to volunteer services in the School, and to attend the School’s special events.

Paul Hagens, Board Chair

Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Doctors Community Hospital

Paul Hagens is the Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham, Maryland where he oversees the operational functions for the Human Resources, Employee Health, Central Transport, Telecommunications and Security departments. Paul is passionate about being a servant-leader not just in a professional environment but the community at large. He is active on the Board of Trustees at Reid Temple AME Church and also serves in leadership roles with the Healthcare Council of the National Capital Area, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Boys and Girls Club of America and the Human Resources Society of Prince George’s County, in addition to other organization affiliations. Paul is dedicated to ensuring quality access to education for all students and strives to support the mission of Chelsea School.

Chris Casey, Treasurer

Strategic Planner, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

Proud parent of a former Chelsea school graduate, Chris has served on past Chelsea School PTOs, has been a parent advisor to the Maryland Association of Non-Public Special Education Facilities (MANSEF), serves as VP of Learning Disabilities Association of Maryland (LDAMD), and advocates for individuals with learning differences in various public forums. He is dedicated to the transformational value that Chelsea School can provide to its deserving students.

Beth Brittan-Powell, Secretary

Director of Joint Collaborations, Division of Research, University of Maryland College Park

In her role with the University of Maryland, Beth oversees research collaborations between the College Park and Baltimore campuses; International Strategic Partners; the Brain and Behavior Initiative, and the SAFE Center Program. In collaboration with faculty, campus leadership, collaborators and other stakeholders, she is responsible for supporting, promoting, and developing major UMCP research projects identified by the Office of the Vice President for Research. She has extensive experience with the grants development process and over 20 years of experience as a researcher at the University; her doctoral degree specialized in auditory and vocal development in birds. Beth has donated time to leadership positions and regional communities and schools. She is a strong believer in the Chelsea School and its mission to support children with learning differences.