Meet the Board

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..

Debbie A. Clary

Board 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.

T.G. “Wes” Westmoreland, II

Board 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.

Steven Ray

Parent Liaison

My wife Christy and I have four children, ages 5, 8, 11, and 14, currently in attendance at PCA. Christy and I both graduated from Liberty University and moved back to Cleveland County in 2008 where we have raised our family. I am a native of Cleveland County and Christy is from Richmond VA.

I have been a Farm Bureau agent in Kings Mountain and Shelby since 2008. I have served my Home Owners Association and feel my experience working on the HOA along with the diverse age ranges of my children currently in attendance at PCA will give me an inimitable perspective while serving on the board. I am excited and honored with the opportunity to serve the board and the parents, to be a part of the continued growth of the PCA family. My goal is to be a service in the continued growth and high expectations in molding well rounded Pinnacle students.

Pauline 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.

Jayson 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.

Dr. 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.

2021 Meeting Dates

All PCA Board meetings are traditionally held at the PCA Campus on Joe’s Lake Road, however due to Covid 19 restrictions, the board will meet electronically until further notice in 2021. You can join online via Google Meet at

January 10
February 14
March 14
April 11
May 16
June 13
July (No Meeting)
August 8
September 12
October 10
November 14
December (No Meeting)

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