The founding board of the NCLA came together out of a common interest to create a K-12 college preparatory school geared specifically toward building future community, state, and national leaders who will also have the skills to be leaders in their future areas of employment. Our belief is that setting high academic standards, while providing a structured environment that allows students to achieve ever increasing roles of responsibility within their school and their community, will allow us to do this. Each member brings a unique combination of professional experiences and educational skills to the board.
The NCLA board of trustees is a not-for-profit corporation, organized under these by laws: NCLA Corporation By Laws
Jim Davis is a licensed real estate broker in North Carolina and South Carolina with over sixteen years of commercial real estate experience in the Triad. As a broker, Jim specializes in the sale of investment properties and has served as an exclusive tenant representative for several national retail accounts. In addition to brokerage activities, Jim has been involved as a principal in the development of over 1,600 apartments units, multiple drugstore locations for national tenants, two extended-stay hotels and several single-family developments. This development experience has also helped him establish an extensive broker network throughout the Carolinas and Virginia. In 2012, Jim earned the CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) designation. Of the more than 150,000 commercial real estate professionals in the United States, only an estimated 6 percent hold the CCIM designation.
Jim is a member of the Greensboro Regional Realtors Association, the Realtors Commercial Alliance, the North Carolina Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors and the International Council of Shopping Centers. Prior to his career in commercial real estate, Jim worked as a Commercial Loan Officer and Corporate Financial Analyst with BB&T in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, NC.
Jim is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Jim also serves as president of the Kernersville Historic Preservation Society, is appointee to the Forsyth County Historic Resources Commission, and is a parent volunteer with The NCLA PTO.
Admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 2012, Joe is an attorney practicing with the Kernersville law firm of Coltrane, Grubbs & Whatley, PLLC. Joe is a general practice attorney, with experience in business/corporate law, bankruptcy, civil litigation, landlord/tenant law, real estate, family law, estate planning, and other areas of law. Joe is also a licensed North Carolina real estate agent.
Along with legal expertise and business background, Joe brings experience, knowledge, and connections from the Kernersville Community. Joe grew up in Kernersville, graduating as the valedictorian of East Forsyth High School in 2005. Joe went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from Lynchburg College in 2009, and a juris doctorate, magna cum laude, from Mercer University School of Law in 2012.
Joe is a graduate of the 2014 Kernersville Chamber of Commerce Leadership Kernersville program and also currently serves on the Town of Kernersville Board of Adjustment. Joe is also a proud member of the Kernersville Lions Club.
Ann Stroud is a Certified Public Accountant with twenty- four years of Local Government experience as Finance Officer for the Village of Clemmons.
Ms. Stroud has achieved the Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the Village of Clemmons since 2008.
Ms. Stroud graduated cum laude from Western Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Ms. Stroud is a member of NC Government Finance Officer Association, NCACPA and AICPA.
Quentin Brown is a Doctoral Candidate in Energy and Environmental Studies at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. He holds a Master's Degree in Industrial Technology and is a trained Environmental Engineering Technologist. Quentin also became a Cummins Certified Project Manager in 2008.
Quentin's family background has an inspired focus in the sciences, as his mother is a retired medical doctor, having served in the US Army Medical Corps. After graduating from high school at Oak Ridge Military Academy, Quentin attended NC A & T State University, focusing on industry and engineering. He has served in several industrial co-op and fellowship positions across the nation. These include service for Cummins, Incorporated, as a Global Manufacturing Systems fellow, and most recently as a Catawba County Doctoral Fellow.
Quentin brings to our board an advanced background in industrial engineering, technology and energy studies that should complement our science, technology, engineering and math curriculum nicely. Additionally, his personal experiences in attending and graduating from a school with a strong leadership component will give him the knowledge and expertise to be able to provide direction and support to the rest of the school's board.
Mr. Davis brings a strong business background to our Board of Trustees as well as a wealth of knowledge of the Community of Kernersville, her people, and her policies. He has thirty plus years’ experience in the Insurance industry. He is a member of the American Management Association and the National Health Underwriters. He is a life member of the Leading Producer's Round Table Golden Eagle Society. He has served as Director of Special Markets for Jefferson-Pilot Life Insurance Company. In that capacity he was responsible for marketing, training, and the development of the implementation system for worksite products. He has received numerous industry and corporate awards and was named "Small Business Person of the Year" by the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce.
He is also a graduate of "Leadership Kernersville." He founded "Small favors make big Memories," an advocacy for doing good deeds for perfect strangers. He has chaired several different committees in his church and is a member of Masonic Lodge 669 in Kernersville. He is the author of "You should be raised in the South," a collection of short stories, some dating back to the 1800's. He is well known and respected in the Kernersville area for his commitment to the area, its people, and its development.
Lieutenant Colonel Kennedy is a graduate of Riverside Military Academy and The Citadel. He has Masters of Education degrees from Georgia State University and Columbus University. Col. Kennedy served as an Infantry and Special Forces officer in the US Army, and is a retired Lieutenant Colonel. He taught at both the Infantry School and the Special Warfare School. Since retiring from the Army, he has been Senior Army Instructor at Oak Ridge Military Academy, Assistant Commandant at The Citadel, President of Oak Ridge Military Academy, and worked in the private sector with several business enterprises. He currently serves on the Riverside Military Academy Board of Trustees. Col. Kennedy’s wife, Nancy, has taught elementary school in New York, Georgia, Virginia, and North Carolina. Their son, Matthew, graduated from Pine Forest High School in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and Appalachian State University. Matthew is an IT Management Specialist in Asheville. Their younger son, Christopher, graduated from Oak Ridge Military Academy and West Point. Chris is a US Army Lieutenant Colonel currently posted at Fort Benning, Georgia.
David Fitzpatrick brings a diverse and extensive background in education, business, and community development to the NCLA Board of Trustees. David served as the Principal of Kernersville Elementary School from 1992 to 2009. Prior to his time as the Principal of KES, David was the Principal of Rural Hall Elementary School – before that, he was a science teacher. David’s father also served as the Principal of KES, and his daughter is a teacher as well.
David retired as Principal of KES in 2009 to dedicate his time to Fitz on Main, a diner fashioned after Charlie Snow’s restaurant that operated in the heart of Kernersville from 1947-1985. David also has several other business concerns and investments throughout the triad area, but devotes the vast majority of his “retirement” to serving customers and friends in his diner. Fitz on Main has been a Kernersville staple since opening for business, so successful that David was named Small Business Person of the Year in 2015 by the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce.
In 2008, David was awarded the Community Distinguished Service Award by the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce, and has been a stalwart in the Kernersville community and throughout the triad area. David serves on local community boards for the VFW Auxiliary and Fireman’s Relief Fund for the Town of Kernersville. David also is a proud member of the Kernersville Lions Club.
Since 2009, AB Henley has been a partner in Charis Companies, a construction and real estate investment company based in High Point, NC. Between 1999 and 2009, AB worked in commercial real estate brokerage for Triad Commercial Properties and developed primarily industrial real estate. Prior to 1999, Henley served as President of Henley Paper Company, a regional distributor of printing paper and industrial packaging supplies. AB completed both hisbachelors and MBA degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a graduate of Oak Ridge Military Academy.
AB and his wife Grace have been married for 29 years and have two children. Bo Henley is a freshman at NC State and Laney Henley is a junior at High Point Central High School. AB is a former chairman of the High Point Community Foundation and currently serves as a trustee at High Point Regional Hospital.