Board & Governance

Tiffany Iheanacho

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Board Chair

Tiffany Iheanacho was born and raised in the City of New York. Tiffany is the fifth generation to live in Asheville and has always found this community to be her home. Tiffany is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, and Western Carolina University. She currently is a local government program administrator with years of program planning and evaluation experience. Tiffany is also a licensed therapist with a career working with special populations and at-risk youth. Tiffany is a devoted mother to a beautiful 4 year old, Zara.

Libby Kyles

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Vice Chair

Libby Kyles is an Asheville native and taught in the public school system for almost 20 years. Libby is the co-founder and former Executive Director of YTL Program (Youth Transformed for Life), and serves on the Asheville-Buncombe Community Land Trust.

Mychal Bacoate

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Treasurer

Mychal Bacoate is a fifth generation resident of Asheville and a fourth generation graduate of Asheville City Schools. Mychal believes in public education and believes that his public education prepared him for college attendance and graduation. Mychal realizes that the educational opportunities afforded to him are no longer accessible for many children in our community. Mychal is a graduate of North Carolina State University. He currently works in banking and serves as a Guardian Ad Litem for the 28th Judicial district. Mychal is a member of the Human Relations Commission for the City of Asheville, Buncombe County Board of Adjustments and a former facilitator with Building Bridges. Mychal is a faithful and dedicated member of Brown Temple CME Church where he serves as Chairman of the Steward Board.

Catherine Lordi

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Secretary

Catherine is an Asheville native, a Wake Forest graduate, and Teach for America alumni. With 7 years teaching in a Title I school in the Mississippi Delta, she is passionate about educational equality and firmly believes all children can achieve at high levels when held to high expectations. She currently lives in Asheville with her husband, Joe, and their 4 young children, and spends most of her free moments writing, running, or enjoying the areas hiking and biking trails with her family.

Susan Shanor

Director

Susan Shanor recently relocated to Asheville from Atlanta. While her professional background is in human resources and employment law, Susan devotes much of her time to non-profit organizations serving children and is committed to the transformative power of education. She is a lifetime board  member of Camp Twin Lakes – annually serving thousands of children and adults with serious illnesses, disabilities and other life challenges. She has served on the boards of educational institutions at the preschool, secondary and college levels. Susan has also been involved with the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta – a school dedicated to rigor, engaged teaching, and diverse culture  – and hosts Ron Clark students annually for an overnight camping experience. Susan currently serves on the YMCA of Western North Carolina Board with a special interest in Camp Watia and the University of North Carolina Foundation Board. Susan brings to PEAK  her extensive experience in fundraising, having served in a leadership capacity on several major capital campaigns.

David Robinson

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Director

David Robinson grew up in Asheville, NC. David attended T.C. Roberson High School and continued his education at Montreat College where he earned a Business Administration degree and played basketball from 2002-2006. David began a career in Greensboro, NC working in the school system with special needs children and coaching middle and high school basketball. David moved back to Asheville in 2014 after marrying his wife, Shelly. He has two boys, Taj and Rey, and a daughter, Nyla. David currently works at FedEx and coaches middle school basketball at Valley Springs.

Dr. Dwight Mullen

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Director

Dwight Mullen was hired by UNC Asheville in 1984 as part of the university's effort to integrate its faculty. Over the decades that followed, he taught courses in Political Science, Humanities, the Masters of Liberal Arts, Women's Studies, and Africana Studies. He also mentored students and was involved with campus and community organizations. In 2014, he was honored with the UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2017 he was selected as the Ruth and Leon Feldman Professor and by the alumni for the Distinguished Professor Award.  Upon retirement in June 2018, the University conferred the title of Professor Emeritus. 


Mullen led his UNC Asheville students from 2006 - 2018 in an ongoing research project called The State of Black Asheville which collected and presented an array of data on the status of local African-Americans in public policy areas that include health, housing, education, economic development and criminal justice. 


He has presented data, papers and reports at national and international professional venues. His public service includes work with Asheville City Schools, Buncombe County Schools, MAHEC, Asheville Housing Authority, The North Carolina Department of Corrections, Buncombe County Sheriff's Department and the Asheville Police Department. Most recently, his work with Dogwood Health Trust aims to replace racial disparities in public policies with more racially just outcomes for the entirety of western North Carolina.


Dwight Mullen and his wife, Associate Professor Emeritus Dr. Dolly Jenkins-Mullen, have four children and three beautiful grandchildren.

Board meetings are held every 3rd Sunday of each month at 6pm. Our meetings are held virtually via Zoom and open to the public. Please click the button below to be directed to our board meeting. Click here to access meetings dates as well as past agendas and minutes.


 

 

Board Committee Meetings are virtual and open to the public. Committee reports are included on Page 2 of each month's Board Agenda.


Fundraising Committee: Every 3rd Tuesday at 1:30 pm via Zoom (link here).

We are always looking for dynamic individuals to join our board of directors. If you aren interested in becoming a Board Member for Asheville P.E.A.K. Academy please contact Catherine.lordi@ashevillepeakacademy.org