Staff & Board of Directors

Glenda Bernhardt

Chief Executive Officer

Glenda Bernhardt joined the Freedom School Partners team as Chief Executive Officer in January of 2020.  In her role …

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Mark Barrett

Individual Giving and Stewardship Manager

Mark was born and raised in Lancaster, SC. Mark attended the University of South Carolina and received a B.S. in Sport…

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Shanaee Bodrick

Donor Systems and Volunteer Manager

Shanaee Bodrick is a native of Charlotte, NC.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Virginia State University in History and Philosophy and her Master of Arts…

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Joshlyn Hill

Bookkeeper & Operations Manager

Joshlyn Hill joined Freedom School Partners as an intern in August 2015 and transitioned to the role as Bookkeeper in June 2017.

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Leah Jones

Scholars & Families Manager

Leah Jones joined Freedom School Partners in January 2019 and currently serves as the Scholars & Families Manager.

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George Metz

Chief Strategy Officer

George Metz joined Freedom School Partners in June 2021 and serves as the Chief Strategy Officer.

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Annalise Padgett

Marketing and Communications Manager

Annalise Padgett joined Freedom School Partners in February 2022 and serves as the Marketing and Communications Manager.

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Regina Rhodes

Supplies and Materials Coordinator

Regina Rhodes joined the Freedom School Partners team as the Supplies and Materials Coordinator in February of 2021.

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Jonathan Russell

Director of Development

Jonathan Russell joined Freedom School Partners as the Director of Development in December 2020. Jonathan was born…

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Sally Sacco

Chief Administrative Officer

Sally Sacco joined Freedom School Partners in February 2013 and currently serves as the Chief Administrative Officer.

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Necole Watts

Year Round Engagement & Outreach Coordinator

For over 23 years, Necole Watts has been shaping the lives of children. Through her work as a group home counselor and an…

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Tiffany Williams

Senior Program Director

Tiffany Williams began her work at Freedom School Partners in the summer of 2007 as a Servant Leader Intern. Since then she…

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Alexis Young

Enrichment & Technology Director

Alexis Young joined Freedom School Partners in February 2016. As the Enrichment & Technology Director, her main areas of…

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Mary Nell McPherson

Founding Executive Director

From January 2000 – December 2019, Mary Nell McPherson served as the founding executive director of Freedom School Partners…

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Meet Our Board of Directors

Tara Agnew-Harris | Community Volunteer
Kate Flynn (Vice Chair) | Deloitte
Ben Garcia | Vanguard
Sharon Goodwine | Synovus
Andy Habenicht | TIAA
Tara Patterson Hammons | Community Volunteer
Mary-Margaret Kantor | Smart Start of Mecklenburg County
David Lamothe | Wells Fargo
Janaka Bowman Lewis | UNC Charlotte
John Lipe | Baird Private Wealth Management
Anil Matai
| Bank of America
William Maxwell | Colony Commercial
Kimberly McMillan | Canopy Realtor Association/Canopy MLS
Kimberly Moore-Wright | Truist
Katie Morgan | Community Volunteer
Dana Saxe | Deloitte
Laura Smith | Foundation For The Carolinas
John Stevenson | Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.
Wendy Stockton | Community Volunteer
Derrick Thompson | Wells Fargo
Burnet Tucker | Community Volunteer
Denytra Logan Whitner | Community Volunteer
Jim Williams | Williams Management Co., LLC
Kevin Wright (Chair) | Wells Fargo
Angela Yochem | Novant Health
Brandon Zeigler | Global Endowment Management, LP