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, President

Michael Satterfield has been involved in all phases of architectural planning, design, and contract administration.  He has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Architecture from UNC-Charlotte.  For 18 years, Mr. Satterfield’s primary focus has been healthcare and medical office projects ranging from small renovations to complex multi-use 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 heads the planning committee. 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.”  He is a member of the finance committee.

Jeff Pruett, Vice President, Member at Large


Jeff Pruett is a Gaston County native, currently living in Gastonia’s Historic District with his wife of 19 years and their 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. As a father of a Piedmont student, he has a vested interest in Piedmont’s direction. He chairs the Governance Committee and 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.”

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.  He currently chairs Piedmont’s finance committee.

Alex Poole, Member at Large, Secretary

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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.

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 the textile 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.”  He leads the enrichment committee.

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 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.

Scott McRainey, K-5 Parent Representative

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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.

Jennifer Barker, 6-12 Parent Representative

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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.

David Benfield, Staff Representative


David Benfield is the LEA Coordinator at Piedmont. Prior to coming on board at PCCS, he was a high school band director for twelve years, most of which were spent in Gaston and Lincoln counties. He attended Western Carolina University as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow and is currently pursuing a Master of School Administration degree through UNC Charlotte. He says, “It is an exciting time to be a staff and board member at Piedmont as the school continues to grow both in student population and academic achievement. I look forward to serving the community and PCCS as the secondary representative.”

Laura Baird, K-5 Staff Representative







Mrs. Baird has 40+ years of teaching experience: several years in the states of Tennessee, Missouri, and California, and 30 years at WA Bess Elementary in Gaston County. She shares, “Since retiring from Gaston County Schools in 2015, I have been fortunate to teach math and science in the fifth grade at Piedmont.”