Board: Pictures & Bios

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

Michael Satterfield, K-5 Parent Rep, President

Michael Satterfield has been involved in all phases of architectural planning, design, and contract administration. For 18 years, Mr. Satterfield’s primary focus has been healthcare and medical office projects ranging from small renovations to complex multiuse projects on difficult sites. This skill set is valuable first hand knowledge on the board of directors that will be used to find solutions for Piedmont’s future facility needs. Mr. Satterfield has long been involved in community development and has worked with Piedmont’s HS Subcommittee. He shares, “From being an elementary parent to living in the same historic district as the school, I have multiple reasons to be strongly vested in Piedmont as a K-12 school of choice in Gaston County. It is my pleasure to serve the families and our community in staying focused on Piedmont’s mission.”

Cindy Burnett, Vice Chair


Cindy Burnett taught Elementary Education for 10 years.  Six of those years were in a CoreKnowledge School. Mrs. Burnett has always been a supporter of school choice so when the opportunity to enroll her son in a Core Knowledge Charter School presented itself, she says, “I was thrilled.”  Mrs. Burnett feels the teachers are the best thing about PCCS-CFA.  Additionally she loves to read, especially cookbooks.

Mark Stephens, Treasurer

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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.

Jeffrey D. Waldrep, 6-12 Parent Rep


Mr. Waldrep is native to Gastonia where he lives with his lovely wife of twenty-five years and their two daughters, Ariana and Serena.  He has over 10 years of teaching experience as an instructor for a variety of EMS courses. Currently serving as the Deputy EMS Chief for the Gaston County Emergency Medical Services (GEMS) System in Gastonia, Mr. Waldrep has nearly 20 years of management experience. He was initially attracted to PCCS when he learned about the higher academic standards and innovative educational opportunities that were a part of this excellent school.  On why serving on the board appeals to him, Mr. Waldrep states, “it allows me to be a more active part of moving the school’s vision and mission forward and enhancing the PCCS student’s educational experience.”

Gary Webster, TeamCFA Representative

Mr. Webster is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy with a B.S. degree. He started his career in the Air Force. He has a Master of Science from Georgia Institute of Technology, where he ultimately developed a course for senior level students. Mr. Webster is a Certified Financial Planner who has served on several financial and ethics boards.

Charlene Crawford, 6-12 Parent Representative


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 6 years and the belief 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 previously as a PCCS Patriot PALS assisting in multiple fundraising projects.

Ellen Harris, Staff Representative Elementary

Ellen Harris is a third grade teacher at Piedmont. She brings a knowledge of the importance of technology in the classroom. As a mother of a high school graduate, she also knows the concerns of parents that range from K to 12.  Mrs. Harris is beloved by parents, students and staff.

Jeff Pruett, Member at Large
Jeff Pruett is a Gaston County native, currently living in Gastonia’s Historic District with his wonderful wife of 19 years and their one daughter. He received his B.A. in Anthropology & M.A. degree in History from UNC-Charlotte. Professionally, he has worked at several local historic sites and museums for over 20 years and has taught at both Gaston College & Belmont Abbey College for over 10 years. Mr. Pruett’s main interest of study is southern pottery, particularly the Catawba Valley. Currently, he is a Lecturer in History at Belmont Abbey College. Mr. Pruett has served on several local boards of trustees and has a strong passion and excitement for charter schools as well as the Core Knowledge curriculum. He has a vested interest in PCCS direction not only serving on the regular board of trustees but also on the Finance Committee as well as the head of the Athletics Committee. Mr. Pruett shares, “I enjoy serving our PCCS families, as well as our community, supporting our vision and mission. I am very excited to see PCCS continue to grow and be one of Gaston County’s jewels.”

Paula Swift, Staff Representative Secondary


Mrs. Swift has taught math for 15 years.  Having lived in Gaston County for four decades, she has a great frame of reference on the community and education.  As the parent of a special needs daughter, she brings valuable insight to share regarding the needs of Exceptional Children.  She is married and has thre beautiful children along with four sweet fur babies.

Mark Franklin, TeamCFA Representative

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Mr. Franklin is the Director of Customized Training & Development at Isothermal Community College in neighboring Rutherford County. Prior to being employed at Isothermal Community College he work in industry for 27 years. He graduated from Gardner-Webb University in 1990 with a BS in Business Administration.  He has been married to his wife Cathy for 35 years and has 3 daughters and 3 grandchildren. Two of his daughters graduated from charter schools.  He is a strong supporter of charter schools and the Core Knowledge curriculum.  Mr. Franklin shares, “I am very excited to have the opportunity to serve Piedmont Community Charter School as a TeamCFA representative and to work with the Piedmont Community Charter School-CFA family to provide the premier elementary and secondary education option in Gaston County.”

Dr. Robyn McFerren. Member at Large


Dr. Robyn McFerren is a veterinarian specializing in small animal medicine/surgery, and is certified in veterinary acupuncture. She has been a Gaston County resident for 12 years. Both of her sons have attended PCCS where she has enjoyed volunteering in various capacities over the years. Robyn first came to the Board as an interim member filling a vacated seat, but now serves as an at-large member as well as Secretary of the Board, and on the Governance Committee. An avid reader and self described “science nerd,” she hopes that students at PCCS will find the same love of learning that she has.

Melissa Williams, Member at Large
Melissa Williams has a Masters in Agency Counseling/Human Development and Psychological Services. As a National Certified Counselor, she oversees the daily operations of Self Concepts, Inc. She develops policies and procedures for all aspects of operations in conjunction with ensuring compliance of policies and procedures. Mrs. Williams provides clinical direction in the form of supervision and guidance to therapists and case managers who provide clinical care, advocacy, resource development, coordination of care, community referrals and follow-up to the citizens of Gaston, Lincoln and Cleveland Counties. Her twins will graduate from Piedmont in 2018.