CSD Board of Directors Information

Email the Board: csdboard@csdspartans.org

CSD Board Minutes

*Board minutes are posted on the website after they are approved at the subsequent board meeting.

CSD Board Policies (Full Policy Manual) May 2023
CSD Board Meeting Schedule 2024-2025

James Beam, Board Chair


B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, North Carolina State University


Director, Director of Sales, Controls and Building Automation, Trane Commercial North America

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


Ph.D., Renaissance Literature, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

M.A., B.A. in English, University of Richmond


Chair, Department of Education, Davidson College, Davidson, NC

English Teacher and Coach, High School

Evelyn Gerdes


M.A., B.S., East Carolina University

UNC-CH Superintendent's Program


Lecturer in Education Department, Davidson College 

Director, July Experience@ Davidson

Teacher, Curriculum Specialist, Elementary & Junior High Principal,  Area Superintendent, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools 

Chris Hoover


B.A. Eastern Mennonite University


K8 Lead Teacher, Community School of Davidson

K5 Lead Teacher, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

K5 Lead Teacher, Harrisonburg City Schools

Randall Light


B.S. in Business & Marketing, East Tennessee State University 


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

Charity Mbuthia


BS Elementary Education, Migori, Kenya

BKE Administration and Leadership, Winston Salem State University


Foster Care & Adoptions Licensing Case Manager, Barium Springs, Statesville

Director, Day Treatment Alternative School, Barium Springs/Iredell Statesville

Qualified Mental Health Professional, Barium Springs, Statesville

Qualified Mental Health Professional, Keys of Carolina, Charlotte

Qualified Mental Health Professional, Portsmouth, Virginia

K-8 Lead Teacher, Teachers Service Commission, Kenya

Grace Mitchell


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)


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)

Nancy Cousar


BA, Music, UNC-Chapel Hill

Teacher Certification, Elementary Education, UNC-Charlotte

MA, Elementary Education, UNC-Charlotte


Elementary Literacy Facilitator, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Elementary Teacher, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Basic School Consultant, National Basic School Network

Diane Sowers


B.S. in Elementary Education, York College 


Classroom Teacher

Preschool Board Member

Sunday School Teacher

School Volunteer