Board of Directors

Email the Board: csdboard@csdspartans.org

James Beam, Board Chair
Education:
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, North Carolina State University

Experience:
Director, Global Product Portfolio and Operations - Ingersoll Rand Healthcare
Regional Controls Sales Manager - Trane Commercial Systems
Branch Manager - Johnson Controls
Construction Sales Manager - Johnson Controls
Account Executive/Construction Team Leader - Johnson Controls




Rick Gay
Education:
Ph.D., Renaissance Literature, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
M.A., B.A. in English, University of Richmond

Experience:
Chair, Department of Education, Davidson College, Davidson, NC
English Teacher and Coach, High School



Evelyn Crutchfield Gerdes
Education:
M.A., B.S., East Carolina University
UNC-CH Superintendent's Program

Experience:
Lecturer in Education Department, Davidson College 
Director, July Experience@ Davidson
Teacher, Curriculum Specialist, Elementary & Junior High Principal,  Area Superintendent, 
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools 


Chris Hoover
Education:
B.A. Eastern Mennonite University

Experience:
K8 Lead Teacher, Community School of Davidson
K5 Lead Teacher, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
K5 Lead Teacher, Harrisonburg City Schools


Brian Kissel
Education:
Ph.D. University of Virginia (Elementary Education with focus on Literacy)
M.Ed. University of North Florida (Educational Leadership)
B.S. Loyola University at New Orleans (Elementary Education)

Experience:
Professor of Reading & Elementary Education, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Teacher & Early Literacy Coach, Elementary School



Randall Light
Education:
B.S. in Business & Marketing, East Tennessee State University 

Experience:
Founder and CEO, Ovation Wireless Management
Vice President and General Manager, AT&T Wireless/TeleCorp PCS
Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Petro Express
Sales Representative, Motorola Communications



Grace Mitchell
Education:
Ph.D.  University of Virginia (Higher Education Administration)
M.Ed.  Duke University (Education)
M.A.    University of North Carolina at Charlotte (History)
B.S.     East Carolina University (History and Education)

Experience:
Educational Consultant, Vadec Resources
Coordinator, Ed.D. Program - Educational Leadership (UNCC)
Chairperson, Warren Wilson College (Education Department)
Administrator, Counselor, Curriculum Specialist, Teacher  (Charlotte/Mecklenburg Schools) Chairperson, Department of Education (Davidson College)



Diane Sowers
Education:
B.S. in Elementary Education, York College 

Experience:
Classroom Teacher
Preschool Board Member
Sunday School Teacher
School Volunteer


Robert Hanes (Emeritus)
Education:
Ph.D., M.A., A.B.,  University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
A.A.,  Mars Hill College

Experience:
Deputy Superintendent (ret), Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Former Superintendent (ret), Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools        
Adjunct Professor, University Of North Carolina-Charlotte