Board of Directors

Helen Anderson

Board Member

Helen Anderson is a Wilmington native who still resides there with her daughter. Ms. Anderson is currently the Executive Director of Dual Generation Services for the State of Delaware. In her role she works with Wilmington families to bridge the gap between education and social services to end systemic poverty. Ms. Anderson’s passion for youth, has helped her to create a holistic initiative, that encompasses various State agencies and community partners to provide housing, employment, social service navigation, and educational opportunities. Ms. Anderson is living out the legacy of her father, William “Hicks” Anderson and the work that he started with Wilmington Families. 


Ms. Anderson is a former Special Education Teacher who took on the challenging role of working with some of our most vulnerable students in Northern Delaware. Her teaching methods were inclusive, allowing her students to truly flourish and be prepared for their future.   Ms. Anderson enjoyed her time as a Dance and Senior class advisor at the school.  In addition, to teaching she worked as a Human Resource Director in the private sector for over 10 years. Ms. Anderson has the pleasure of serving on several boards in her community and in education. In addition, she also teaches and organizes educational activities for the youth at her church. Ms. Anderson earned an MBA and Master’s in education from Wilmington University.

Mark Baxter

Board Member

Mark Baxter is the senior program director at Rodel. His focus is supporting the creative implementation and design of sound public-private partnerships to further that vision. Prior to coming to Rodel, Mark held leadership positions at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Texas Education Agency, and Educate Texas focusing on strategy and policy implementation at the local, state, and national level. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin.

John “Marty” Martin

Board Member

John “Marty” Martin, Jr. recently joined the 4th Dimension Leaders Board of Directors.  He has served as a teacher and track and field coach at Dover High School.  He has also been a school administrator, serving at every grade level.  Marty is also in his second term as an elected member of the Capital School District Board of Education where he presided over the board as the chair for two years.  Marty is a  member of the NAACP and former chairman of the Education Committee.

Marty lends his voice as a master of ceremonies for sports and entertainment events throughout Delaware.  He has a B.A. in Biology from Fisk University, a Master of Education in Biology Education from Delaware State University, and is currently matriculating in the EDD program at Wilmington University.

Casey Melson

Board Secretary

Casey Storm Melson is the Global HRBP Manager at CSC where she has worked since 2005. She leads strategic partnership team providing internal consultation to more than 350 leaders in 14 countries, focusing on workforce planning, acquisition integration, org design, operating models, succession planning, talent development and high performing teams.  In addition Casey oversees global corporate philanthropy for CSC. Prior to CSC she held a leadership position in the non-profit sector at the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware.

Casey has provided advisory consultation to many non-profits and related organizations.  She is a current board member of 4th-Dimension Leaders, a Leadership Delaware alum, an Eastside Charter School mentor and an adjunct professor at Wilmington University teaching Human Resources.  She is a graduate of University of Delaware (B.A.) and Villanova University (M.S. HRD).

Laurisa Schutt

Board President

Laurisa is the founding Executive Director of First State Educate (FSE) and First State Action Fund. Prior to FSE, Laurisa led Teach For America Delaware as Executive Director for six years. She currently serves on the boards of the St. Andrew’s School, Leadership Delaware, the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence, and the University of Delaware’s College of Education, as well as chairs the board of 4th Dimension Leaders. Before moving to Delaware, Laurisa worked in Hong Kong for a Fortune 500 company, and founded and led an international accessories business. She has a B.A. from Harvard University in East Asian Studies and a Masters of Philosophy in Chinese from The University of Cambridge.