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Directors

Jay Poole, President and Chairman
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

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.
 
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.
 
Chase Larsen, Director
Chase Larsen, Director

 

Academic Credentials: 


Bachelor of Science in Political Science, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah

Juris Doctorate, Florida Coastal School of Law, Jacksonville, Florida

Personal: 

Born and Raised on South Jordan, Utah 

Columbia County resident since 2014

Felony and Special Prosecutor Third Circuit State Attorney’s Office

Chase 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 County
Microsoft 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.
Miguel Tepedino, Director