Board Members

Pine Lake Preparatory Board of Directors

Kurt Woolley

Kurt Woolley
Board Chair

Brigham Young University – B.S. Chemical Engineering, Cum Laude University of Virginia, Darden School of Business - M.B.A.

Mr. Woolley is a parent of five children at Pine Lake, two in 10th grade, one in 7th grade and two in 3rd grade. Over the years, Mr. Woolley has been an active Boy Scout volunteer, is currently working with the teenage boys in his local church congregation and has served as an HOA board member in several neighborhoods. Since graduating with an MBA from Darden (UVA)  he has worked in the finance industry as an investment banker. He is currently in the Real Estate Loan Syndications group at Wells Fargo and is focused on selling commercial real estate loans to other lending institutions. Previously, Mr. Woolley worked in engineering consulting and business consulting.

Sarah Phillips

Sarah Phillips

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law – J.D. with Highest Honors

Davidson College – B.A., Magna Cum Laude

Mrs. Phillips is Vice President and General Counsel at Davidson College.  She specializes in education law and has prior experience as a litigator focusing on commercial matters.  Mrs. Phillips and her husband, Chad, live in Davidson with their three children.  Their youngest children – twin sons – are entering kindergarten at PLP.

Aaron Petrosky
Aaron Petrosky Treasurer

University of Tennessee – B.S. Business Administration/Finance Georgia State University - M.B.A. - Summa Cum Laude

Mr. Petrosky has built a 15 year career in working with closely-held lower middle market companies across many industries, in a variety of consultant, management and founder roles. His career started in public finance with the City of Nashville and then in private management consulting and investment banking in Boston. He is currently Managing Partner of his business advisory firm and co-founder of a food & beverage company. Mr. Petrosky is an experienced hands-on manager with a strong background in entrepreneurship, finance, strategy, operations, business development, corporate development and mergers & acquisitions. Mr. Petrosky and his wife, Jennifer, live in Cornelius with their three children. They have lived in the Lake Norman region since 2005. Their children have attended Davidson College Presbyterian Preschool.  They currently have two children at Pine Lake, a daughter in 3rd grade and a son in 2nd grade; and a daughter in K to enter PLP 2017/18.

Rick Pacious
Nancy Kuechler Secretary

Murray State University - B.S. Clothing Textiles and Fashion, Minor in Marketing

After moving to North Carolina 12 years ago Mrs. Kuechler decided to become a Stay-at-Home Mom while her children were young. She has volunteered within the family’s church as a Sunday School Teacher and serving on church committees. She is also very active in PLP volunteerism. Mrs. Kuechler is currently a Broker Realtor® for Prudential Carolinas Realty and is serving the entire Lake Norman area. She resides in Huntersville with her husband Curt, a daughter who is an active tennis player and entering the 10th grade at PLP and a son who is a soccer goalie and entering the 7th grade at PLP.

Bill Farnsworth Elected Member

University of Missouri – St. Louis, B.A. Political Science

Mr. Farnsworth is an experienced manager with a strong background in information-technology, leading sales and consulting teams working with Fortune 500 companies in several industries. He is currently with the industry team at Motorola Solutions, working with their largest customers to evaluate and adopt Motorola's retail and transportation & logistics solutions. He is active in the community, serving on the boards of several civic organizations, including as a board member and president of the board for the Autism Society of North Carolina – Mecklenburg County Chapter. Mr. Farnsworth and his wife, Jennifer, live in Cornelius and have two children in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and two children attending Pine Lake Prep.  Mr. Farnsworth has served on the PLP Board since 2013.

Mark Foley Mark C. Foley Appointed Member

The College of William and Mary, B.S. in Mathematics, Magna Cum Laude
Yale University, Ph.D. in Economics
Dr. Foley is a professor in the Department of Economics at Davidson College.   He teaches courses on statistics and data analysis, strategy, and behavioral economics.  He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Hungary, teaching at the business school of Corvinus University in Budapest.   He has also consulted for the World Bank on poverty and welfare in Russia and Armenia, and the government of Croatia on household survey design. He and his wife, Kristie, have three children at Pine Lake, two in the Middle School and one in the Lower School. 

Sara Thomas Sara Thomas Elected Member

George Washington University - Masters Certificate in Program Management, Project Management Institute - Project Management Professional Certification University at Albany - Bachelor of Arts: Fine Art

Mrs. Thomas is the Director of Project Management at Time Warner Cable Media with 18 years of experience implementing business strategy resulting in revenue generation, cost savings and improved quality.

She is passionate about Pine Lake Preparatory, STEM education and the empowerment of women.  As PLP Foundation Chairman, Mrs. Thomas led two capital campaigns and three annual fund drives. In total, her efforts generated over $2 million in donations for funding the Fine Arts building, Gymnasium, Athletic Field Complex and the S.T.E.M. Building and Auditorium.  Since 2009, she has volunteered with Time Warner Cable’s philanthropic initiative, Connect a Million Minds, that challenged parents, mentors and others to connect over one million students to after-school STEM activities to address the “inspiration gap”. To date, TWC has not only connected over 1 million students to STEM, they have invested over $100 million in STEM related programs.  She has also served as a volunteer with Women in Cable Telecommunications since 2007 and was the recipient of the WICT Red Circle Mentor of the Year Award in 2012 and Excellence Award in 2014. 

Her two children attend school at PLP; one in lower and one in middle.

Pam Shirley
Pamela Frost-Shirley
Elected Member

Winston Salem State University- B.S. – Business Administration
University of Phoenix- B.S.- Business Management
University of Phoenix- Masters of Management/Human Resources
Mrs. Shirley is an experienced Senior Technology Project Manager at Wells Fargo Corporation.  She has over 15 years of experience as a Project Manager and 25 years of experience in the financial industry.  At Wells Fargo, Mrs. Shirley manages some of the bank's largest Technology project efforts.  She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, a community service organization, where she currently serves on the Executive Board of the Nominating Committee as Co-Chairman and on the Strategic Planning committee.  In this organization, Mrs. Shirley mentors young ladies at Davidson College, volunteers at local homeless shelters, nursing home facilities and helps with voter registration events. She also served on the Pine Lake Preparatory Kaleidoscope Foundation Committee for several years. Mrs. Shirley has 2 sons at PLP, one in lower school and one in middle school.
Eric Stachowski Appointed Member

University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada - BA, Economics CMA Canada

Mr. Stachowski is President of iQmetrix’s U.S. operations. He manages the company’s many customer service teams, such as Professional Services, Enterprise Account Management and Support. An economics grad with CMA designation, Mr. Stachowski has worked in retail software for over 15 years, having co-founded a company acquired by iQmetrix in 2008.

Board Meetings are generally scheduled for the 4th Wednesday each month in the Upper School Seminar Room (125). Please see our Board News page for details on upcoming meetings.

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