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Directors

Jay Poole, President and Chairman
Academic Credentials: 
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Saint Leo UniversityAssociate of Arts, Santa Fe Community College
 
Personal:
Vice President/Financial Advisor at Pentas Wealth Management/Raymond James
 
Columbia County Resident
 
Raised in Columbia County and graduated high school from Buchholz High School in Gainesville, FL.
 
Jay and his wife, Gwen, have 2 children
 
Profile: 
Jay is the parent of a student at Belmont and has been actively involved in supporting education for a number of years as a School Advisory Council member, PTO President and classroom volunteer.  He has been a financial advisor since 2010 and is a veteran of the US Army.  In his spare time, Jay enjoys boating and traveling.
 
Will Myers, Director and Secretary
Academic Credentials:
High School Graduate of Columbia County
Studied Accounting at Santa Fe Community College

Personal:
Owner of William Myers Design, IncResident of Columbia County for 25 years.
Married with 4 boys living at home.

Profile:
Will has been in the residential home design business for over 20 years. He has excellent technical and computer skills. He volunteers as a project manager, equipment and facilities manager, as well as team leader. Will has home schooled his three older children and is now passionate about this charter school, having dedicated many hours of design and technical work into the construction of the school. Will enjoys golfing and outdoor activities with his boys.
 
Katie Tyler, Director
Academic Credentials:
High School Graduate of Columbia County

Personal:
Columbia County Resident
Married, with 3 children.

Profile:
Katie is a mother of three children, all enrolled at Belmont Academy, volunteers as a school classroom assistant in multiple classes, and runs her own business. Katie is very involved in her children's education, and has been involved and volunteering since the inception of Belmont Academy. She loves challenges, is very detail oriented, a born organizer, and enjoys working with children. She is a voice on the School Board for teachers as well as students. When not working, she enjoys decorating, traveling, and spending time with her family.
 
Jonny Handy, Board TreasurerJonny Handy, Director and Treasurer
Academic Credentials:
High School Graduate of Columbia County
 
Personal:
IT Manager at Applied Industrial TechnologiesFlorida State Coordinator at Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC) Columbia County Resident for 30+ years
Jonny and his wife Stacy have 4 daughters, Ella, Ashlyn, Annabelle, and Lillian

Profile:
Jonny has been working in communications and IT for 20 years and loves to volunteer his time and expertise to Belmont to help keep their tech up to date and running smoothly.  As treasurer Jonny keeps an eagle eye on the Belmont finances to ensure every dollar is being spent per the Governing Board’s guidance and with the best interest of our students and the taxpayers in mind.  When Jonny isn’t working or at Belmont he enjoys spending time with his family and is likely to be traveling to one of our National Parks or responding to some storm ravaged community to volunteer his time to provide communications.
 
Shellie Young, Director
Academic Credentials:
High School Graduate, Suwannee High SchoolAssociate of Arts, Florida Gateway CollegeBachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, The Baptist College of Florida

Personal:
Director of Marketing, All Things VisualMother of 4 Children

Profile:
Shellie is the mother of 3 Belmont Academy students and an active toddler. After being an Elementary School teacher for 5 years she moved into the marketing field. She has a passion for the community and growing businesses through strategic marketing plans. Shellie is active in many community events and a member of Lake City Altrusa International Club. When not working she enjoys traveling and spending time with her children.
 

Chase Larsen, DirectorChase Larsen, Director
Academic Credentials:
Bachelor of Science in Political Science, Utah Valley University, Orem, UtahJuris Doctorate, Florida Coastal School of Law, Jacksonville, Florida
 
Personal:
Born and Raised on South Jordan, Utah Columbia County resident since 2014Felony and Special Prosecutor Third Circuit State Attorney’s OfficeChase and his wife Sunita have two children, Hunter and Sophia.
 
Profile:
Chase is a parent of a Belmont Kindergartener and soon to be VPK student and has been actively participating in as much school related volunteer activities as his schedule allows. You may recognize him as the VPK drop off volunteer for the last few years. He will continue to volunteer in the morning because he loves to see the kids off to school. Chase enjoys spending time with his family and wants to see his kids grow up in the positive environment that is Belmont Academy
 
Alex Kirsch, Director
Alex Kirsch, Director
Academic Credentials:
High School Graduate of Columbia CountyMicrosoft Certified Professional (MCP, MCSE)

Personal:
Director of Technology at HUB Industrial Supply
Raised in Columbia County
Father of 2 Children, Oliver and Elinor.

Profile:
Alex has been involved in information technology for several decades. He has a long history of volunteering at Belmont Academy since it opened in 2013. He has two children and is very involved in their education. Alex enjoys spending his free time doing activities with his kids.
 
Dr. Tepedino
Dr. Miguel Tepedino, Director
Academic Credentials:
Dr. Tepedino earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Cell Science with highest honors from the University of Florida. He successfully completed his medical school education at the University of Florida, and he also did his Family Medicine residency training there, serving as chief resident in his final year. 

Dr. Tepedino is also an adjunct clinical assistant professor at the University of Florida College of Medicine, where he helps teach medical students and train residents.

Personal:
He is the CEO of North Florida Family Medicine and works as a physician caring for patients.
He is native to Lake City, Florida, is married, and has two daughters.
 
Profile:
Dr. Tepedino is happily married to his wife Kelly.  He particularly enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters Ella and Ava.  He is a first generation Floridian after his parents fled from Cuba to seek a better life in America.  His parents and in-laws are residents of Columbia County and he has a niece (Kaylie) who attends Belmont.