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    DROP OFF TIMES: Grades K-2 will begin at 7:30am. Grades 3-10 will begin at 7:30am.

Meet the Board

The Board of Directors:

  • Debbie Clary — Chair
  • T.G. “Wes” Westmoreland, II — Vice Chair
  • Pauline Cahill, D.D.S.
  • Stephen Grinton, M.D.
  • Betsy Selznick Harnage
  • Jayson Philbeck
  • Mike Jackson — Parent Liaison

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.

The Pinnacle Classical Academy Board of Directors will meet monthly. Meetings are held at 2:00 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, 900 South Post Road, Shelby, NC 28150. 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..

2018 Board Meeting Dates:

  • January 14
  • February 11
  • March 11
  • April 8
  • May 6
  • June 10
  • July – no meeting
  • August 12
  • September 9
  • October 14
  • November 11
  • December – no meeting


brd westmorelandT.G. “Wes” Westmoreland, II

Professional Experience

President & Founder, Westmoreland Printers, Inc.

NC Senate 2012

PCA Involvement

Having served on numerous Education and Education related boards, Wes is an advocate for quality education. Bringing a charter school to the area is another ambition in establishing school choice for the parents and children of the community.

Cleveland Community College, Trustee 2014-present

Printing Industries of the Carolinas, Board 2014-present

NC Department of Commerce Rural Infrastructure Authority 2013-present

Gardner-Webb University, Trustee 2006-2009

Communities in Schools, Former member Board of Directors

Spartanburg Technical College, Former member Commercial Graphics Advisory Committee

GWU Alumni Association, past-President

2004 Entrepreneur of the Year, Cleveland County Chamber

2001 named to Gallery of Distinguished Graduates, Gardner-Webb University


brd claryDebbie A. Clary

Professional Experience

WADA Broadcasting, Inc.   President/Owner

Millennium Marketing Group, Inc. President/Partner

NC General Assembly   Representative/Senator

NC Strategy Partners, LLC   Principal

PCA Involvement

As a member of the legislature and a small business owner, Debbie has been dedicated to economic development in North Carolina. Building a business friendly North Carolina means building an educated workforce. 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.


Pauline CahillPauline E. Cahill, DDS

I have been enjoying life in Shelby, North Carolina since 1997 when I moved from Canada with my husband, Calvin Caunt.  Calvin is a partner at Shelby Medical Associates and practices Internal Medicine.  We were married in 1997 and have a wonderful son, Ben who is now 8 and entering 3rd grade. I love gardening and travel, particularly with regard to food culture.  I am also interested in historic restoration.

I am part of a large, close family and have 5 sisters including a twin, Paula who is an optometrist in Halifax.  I have two great cats Walle and Patchez who form the welcoming committee at our home.

I am 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

Professionally I have completed advanced programs in prosthodontics and esthetics and oral surgery and utilize special treatment options focusing on the needs of anxious adults.  I have a large full time practice and enjoy it very much.

brd grintonStephen Grinton, M.D.

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor of medicine at the Mayo Medical School for 14 years

Three-time award winner - Teacher of the year in Pulmonary Medicine

Author of 14 pulmonary papers in peer reviewed medical journals

Author of numerous abstracts

Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine UNC Charlotte

Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine UNC Chapel Hill

Director - Intensive Care Unit – Cleveland Regional Medical Center

Director - Respiratory Department - Cleveland Regional Medical Center

PCA Involvement

The Grinton Family has a long tradition of supporting educational excellence and has dedicated his work on the board to bring the International Baccalaureate program to the school.


brd harnageBetsy Selznick Harnage

Professional Experience

Badcock Home Furniture & More - Owner, with husband, (1987-present)

Manages employees

Supervisor for collections

Trained prospective Badcock store Dealers

PCA Involvement

Interested in students ability to obtain a classical education without having to leave the county for charter or private education

Recognizes the importance of educational choice for students

Belief that bringing a Charter School to Cleveland County will attract more businesses to the area which in return will bring jobs and entice our youth to return home to raise their families


brd philbeck

Jayson Philbeck

Professional Experience

Alliance Bank and Trust (2010-Present)

Ruling Elder, Boyce Memorial ARP Church (2014-Present)


Crest High School (2006)

Gardner-Webb University (2006-2010) Bachelor of Finance / Economics, Magna Cum Laude

School of Banking, North Carolina (2012-2016)

Family Info

I was born and raised in Shelby, NC and met my wife, Emily, during my Freshman year at Gardner-Webb. We have been happily married since 2010 and have one furry child, Calvin, who is a tri-color collie. I have always loved numbers so banking was a natural fit. My wife has been a registered nurse since 2008 and will graduate from Gardner-Webb in 2017 as a Family Nurse Practitioner. We love this area and it truly is ‘home.’

PCA Involvement

It has been said that whenever you stop learning, you are dead. Education has been a central part of my life and while I am certainly still learning, I can now begin to teach and lead others. I believe that PCA is a treasure for Cleveland County – something that makes an already bright community that much brighter. I look forward to sharing my time and knowledge with the Board as together we strive to make PCA the best charter school in North Carolina.