Board: Pictures & Bios

Please take a moment to get to know our Piedmont Community Charter School Board comprised of dedicated experienced professionals from a variety of backgrounds.

Alex Poole, President, Member at Large

Mr. Poole, a graduate of North Carolina State University, has worked in various segments of the textiles industry for 15 years as an engineer. The father of two current students and a future Patriot, he has served on the Enrichment Committee since 2016. Alex and his wife, Katie, have lived in Gastonia in the York Chester Historic District for 10 years. They have 3 daughters; Caroline, Juliet and Annie. Alex is committed to the success of PCCS and the local community. He shares, “This is a great opportunity for me to serve the local community, the teachers and the administration who have meant so much to our family over the past 6 years. I am excited to get involved and support the school as we move forward.” He serves on the enrichment committee.

Charlene Crawford, Vice President, Member at Large

Charlene Crawford has been a Gastonia resident for 17 years. She has a decade of experience in the financial industry and is currently a relationship manager with one of the nations most established banking institutions, Bank of America. She previously spent over a decade in retail management. She has a strong interest in taking part in the direction of Piedmont Community Charter School stemming from the presence of her daughter as a Piedmont student for 9 years. She believes that PCCS is a bit of a jewel for Gaston County. This happens to be a familiar role for Charlene as she spent 2 years volunteering in the Piedmont PTO in multiple fundraising projects. She currently serves on the governance committee.

Mark Stephens, Treasurer, Member at Large

Mark is a Certified Public Accountant who graduated from Ohio University. Licensed in both North Carolina and Ohio, Mark is a member of: American Institute of CPAs, the North Carolina Association of CPAs, National Society of Tax Professionals, and National Society of Accountants. Mark specializes in Corporate and Business Returns, along with Financial Planning. He served as Treasurer on the board at PCCS from 2004-2008 and is beginning his second term starting in 2016. Between these terms, he served as a member of the Gaston County Board of Education. He is married to Crystal, and they have 2 children and 1 grandchild. He is a native of Belpre, Ohio and still has family that resides there. He moved to Gastonia in 1994 to operate his firm. He currently chairs Piedmont’s finance committee.

Jennifer Barker, Secretary, Member at Large

Jennifer Barker grew up in Gaston County and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Appalachian State University. She has been employed as the Activities Director for Covenant Village Retirement Community for the past twenty-five years. She has served as the president of the North Carolina Activities Professional Association and the president of the Metrolina Activities Professional Association. Additionally, Mrs. Barker has taught the state-approved Health Care Activities course at Gaston College for eight years. Married to Larry Barker, they have two children, Brandon (8th grade) and Danica (7th grade). They are active members at Bethlehem Church in Gastonia. She also enjoys spending time with family and pets, walking, and taking fun day trips.

Lisa Largent, Member at Large

Lisa Largent has served her community as a Certified Women’s HealthCare Nurse Practitioner for 15 years. She currently works as a provider of direct patient care at the Gaston County Department of Health and Human Services-Public Health Division.

Lisa is a proud Piedmont Parent of two children on the Elementary Campus and is passionate about seeing them and every child receives a high quality education. She is from rural Rockingham and currently resides in Cramerton. She holds a Masters of Science in Nursing Degree from Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Lisa is a member of the Gastonia-Piedmont Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc, which brings together children in a social and cultural environment. She loves leading Sunday School lessons at her church, participating with her children’s Cub Scout Pack and Girl Scout Troop, enjoys travel and considers herself an avid foodie.

Scott McRainey, Member at Large

Scott McRainey is a registered representative with New York Life Insurance, specializing in many aspects of financial planning including working with young families, retirees/pre-retirees, and small business owners. His previous positions include various leadership roles in retail management spanning 12 years. A Belmont Abbey College alum, he graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Economics in 2002. Mr. McRainey currently serves as an ambassador with the Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife Stephanie live in Lincolnton, along with their two children Liam and Harper. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf.

Melia Mauldin, Elementary Parent Representative

Melia has lived in Gastonia since 2010. She moved to the area with her husband, Jason Mauldin – who is a native of Gaston County. She is currently employed as the Business Development Manager at their family-owned and operated business, Steel Specialty, Inc. She is the proud mother of a 3rd grader at the elementary campus and a 7th grader at the middle school campus.
As a strong believer in service to others, she has and continues to dedicate her skills and time to organizations that she holds dear to her heart. Those have included: The Junior League of Gaston County, The Family Advisory Council at Levine Children’s Hospital, Camp LUCK, SMPS Charlotte and the Backpack Weekend Food Program.

Wendi Greemon, Middle School Parent Representative

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Colton Ballard, High School Staff Representative

Mr. Ballard is going into his 4th year as a teacher. He shares, “I was born and raised in Cherryville NC and graduated from Cherryville High School in 2008. I went on to attend The University of North Carolina at Greensboro where I obtained a bachelor’s degree in History with a NC teaching license for secondary education. I worked at Cherryville high school as a History teacher for 3 years before coming to Piedmont charter school. Also, I am the head coach for the women’s golf team and the high school baseball team. This summer I began my graduate coursework and will obtain my master’s degree in school administration next spring. ”

Beth Rhodes, Middle School Staff Representative


Star Hamilton, Elementary Staff Representative

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