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Directors

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, Inc
Resident 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.
 
Luke Sparks, Director, President and Chairman
 
Academic Credentials:
High School Graduate of American School

Personal:
Resident of Columbia County for over 25 years.
Married with two children

Profile:
As the direct sales manager for Global Innovation (the Endureed Synthetic thatch roofing manufacturer), Luke is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of the company’s direct sales team including setting team goals and expanding the sales teams reach into new markets. Luke especially likes meeting new people and has personally taken great interest in working with many large zoological clients and architects around the world by assisting them with their zoo themes and designs using the various products the company manufactures.

 

When not at work, Luke can often be found playing music with his friends, or underneath the hood of one of his Jeep projects.
 
Jessica Klanderud, Director
 
Academic Credentials:
High school graduate of Columbia County
Florida Gateway College cosmetology program

Personal:
Resident of Columbia County for over 25 years.
Mother of 3 Belmont Academy students

Profile:
Jessica has worked as a hairstylist for 18 years. She is passionate about education, and home schooled her three children for 7 years before enrolling them at Belmont Academy. She hopes to blend this passion with her perspective as a mother to help provide the most productive and filling learning experience possible for students at Belmont.
 
Jonny Handy, Director and Treasurer
 
Shellie Young, Director
 
Academic Credentials:
High School Graduate, Suwannee High School
Associate of Arts, Florida Gateway College
Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, The Baptist College of Florida
 
Personal:
Director of Marketing, All Things Visual
Mother 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.
Jay Poole, Director
 
Academic Credentials: 

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Saint Leo University

Associate 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.