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    Meet the Board

    The Board of Directors:

    • Debbie Clary — Chair
    • T.G. “Wes” Westmoreland, II — Vice Chair
    • Bobby Dearmin — Parent Liaison
    • Pauline Cahill, D.D.S.
    • Betsy Selznick Harnage
    • Jayson Philbeck
    • Dr. Becky Sain

    The Board members who have been selected bring a wide range of experience and expertise, which serves to ensure the successful oversight of Pinnacle Classical Academy.

    Pinnacle Classical Academy’s Board of Directors meet monthly. Meetings are held at 1:00 pm on each of the Sunday afternoon dates below. Any additional meetings of the Directors will be posted promptly. Meeting minutes will also be posted online here. Meetings are open to the public and are held at Pinnacle Classical Academy, Joe’s Lake Road, Shelby, NC 28152. Please feel free to contact the board via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    2020 Board Meeting Dates:

    All PCA Board meetings are held at the PCA Campus on Joe’s Lake Road.

    • January 12
    • February 9
    • March 8
    • April 5
    • May 3
    • June 14
    • July (No Meeting)
    • August 9
    • September 13
    • October 11 - Join Online at meet.google.com/gsj-norz-uky
    • November 8
    • December (No Meeting)

     


    Debbie ClaryDebbie A. Clary — Chair

    Debbie A. Clary, Founding Chair of Pinnacle Classical Academy, currently serves as the Board Chair. Debbie started her first business, an advertising agency at 21. Her professional history includes ownership of WADA Broadcasting, Millennium Marketing Group, and NC Strategy Partners. She has served 17 years in the NC General Assembly in the House and Senate Chambers, where she held leadership positions, Chair of Appropriations, Chair of Program Evaluation, Chair of Health & Human Services.

    As a member of the legislature and a small business owner, Debbie has been dedicated to the development of a better quality of life for North Carolina citizens, thru education and economic development. Building a business friendly North Carolina, first means building an educated workforce, which begins in K-12. The businesses we are able to attract to our state will be only as good as the workforce we are able to offer them. Likewise, being able to attract the highest paying research and technological jobs will secure our children’s future here at home in North Carolina.


    Wes WestmorelandT.G. “Wes” Westmoreland, II — Vice Chair

    T.G. “Wes” Westmoreland, II, Vice-Chair of Pinnacle Classical Academy, and served the maximum two-year term as the Board Chair of Cleveland Community College, where he remains in service on the College’s Board of Directors. Following service in the NC Senate in 2012, Wes was appointed to the Rural Infrastructure Authority of the NC Department of Commerce, and currently serves as Vice-Chair. He also served on the Board for the Printing Industries of the Carolinas. Wes founded Westmoreland Printers, Inc. in 1999, and serves as President. He was named to the Gardner-Webb University Gallery of Distinguished Graduates in 2001, and named Cleveland County Chamber Entrepreneur of the Year in 2004.

    Throughout his adult life, Wes has come to recognize the importance of quality education in life, and in addition to his work with Pinnacle and Cleveland Community College, Wes has served as President of the Gardner-Webb University Alumni Association, a trustee at GWU from 2006-2009, on the board of Communities in Schools, and on the Commercial Graphic Advisory Committee for Spartanburg Community College.


    Bobby DearminBobby Dearmin

    Bobby Dearmin will serve in the capacity of Parent Liaison on the PCA Board of Directors for 2020. Bobby has been a part of the PCA Family since the first year the school opened, when his son entered the school as a 4th grader, who is now a sophomore. In this time I have had the privilege of watching PCA grow and exceed the goals that were set in the beginning.

    Bobby was born and raised in the small town of Minneapolis, NC. Being engaged in sports during his school years, he continues the tradition at Pinnacle, where his son is active in baseball, basketball, and soccer.

    Bobby started his career with NC Farm Bureau Insurance as an agent in Avery County in 1993, and since that time has served as Agency Manager in Graham and now Cleveland County. His professional background includes numerous boards and advisory committees in the insurance industry as well as some church and property owners associations in our community. Bobby’s business and community experience in these organizations bring a wealth of information to the Pinnacle board.

    Bobby stated, "I consider it a privilege to be asked to join the Board and will do all I can to uphold and continue the service that has been offered from this position in the past. Watching PCA grow while continuing the level of education expected from our Teachers, Staff and especially our Parents will be exciting to be a part of in this capacity."


    Pauline CahillPauline E. Cahill, DDS

    Pauline E. Cahill, DDS, a Founding Board Member, became an active member of the Cleveland County community in 1997, when she and her husband joined the community as medical providers from Canada. Pauline is a dentist and her husband, Calvin Caunt practices Internal Medicine in Shelby. Their son, Ben is a student at Pinnacle.

    Pauline is a graduate of Dalhousie University School of Dentistry in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1993, after completing a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at the University of Prince Edward Island. She has completed advanced programs in prosthodontics and esthetics and oral surgery. Since making the move to Shelby, she joined in a partnership with another Dentist and has become extremely active in building a new dental practice in a state of the art facility.

    In addition to building a thriving business in the community, Pauline teaches a class in Robotics at Pinnacle. Teaching robotics and the various applications to everything from manufacturing and agriculture to medicine, is a passionate hobby that enables time with her son and students at the school.


    Betsy HarnageBetsy Selznick Harnage

    Betsy Selznick Harnage, a Founding Board Member, began her professional career in Cleveland County as a small business owner, building a retail storefront with her husband, Tony Harnage. Badcock &more has become a well-known successful retailer of home furnishings since 1987. In 2016, Betsy successfully ran for Cleveland County Register of Deeds and continues to serve in the public role in addition to ownership of their retail business. She and Tony have two adult children, Patricia and Andrew Harnage.

    In her position as Register of Deeds, Betsy has taken on a leadership role on the NC Local Government Federal Credit Union Advisory Board. She has also joined the board of the Cleveland County Commission of Women. She has grown the local Register of Deeds’ office to include a Passport Acceptance Facility and has expanded online land records availability. Betsy holds a degree in elementary education and has always had a passion for the availability of choice education. Her belief in choice education is firmly based in care of family and community, and that competition raises all expectation, whether it is business or education. In addition to her busy career, she oversees the team effort of enrollment for Pinnacle Classical Academy, which has met and exceeded enrollment goals since opening in 2013.


    Jayson PhilbeckJayson Philbeck

    Jayson Philbeck brings a level of financial expertise and the experience of a banking professional to the Pinnacle board. Since 2010, Jayson has been with Alliance Bank and Trust, in Cleveland and Gaston Counties. His educational background includes Gardner-Webb University (2006-2010) Bachelor of Finance / Economics, Magna Cum Laude and the School of Banking, North Carolina (2012-2016).

    Jayson and his wife Emily, a Family Nurse Practitioner, have one son and firmly believe in parents having quality education choices.


    Becky SainDr. Becky Sain

    Dr. Becky Sain, Board Member of Pinnacle Classical Academy, currently serves as the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Cleveland Community College. Becky has served as an educator for more than 35 years.

    Her educational history includes an Associate of Applied Science, Fashion Merchandising and Marketing, from Cleveland Community College, Bachelor of Science, Marketing Education (Teaching Certification), from Winthrop University, Master in School Administration (Principal Licensure), Gardner Webb University, 30 graduate hours in Economics and Business Administration, and a Doctor of Education, Community College Leadership, from Western Carolina University.

    As an educator, Becky has dedicated herself to serve as a change agent utilizing education to foster personal and professional development in the residence of Cleveland County and North Carolina.