Board Elections

Updated: Oct 1



LCA School Board elections are September 29th from 7 am to 4:00 pm at the front desk.



Robert Baker

Rock Hill, South Carolina

robert.b.baker@WellsFargo.com

✓ Experience with Business

✓ Parent/Legal Guardian of Legion Student(s)

✓ Resident of South Carolina


Why do you want to serve on this volunteer Board?

I believe it is important to serve and give back to the community in a positive way. I can think of no better way to do so than to serve in a manner which can have a positive impact on future generational leaders. Serving on the board will allow me to better understand the challenges incumbent in the educational process and to help resolve those challenges.


How can you access and build relationships and contacts with those in positions who can help our students get noticed at the next level, whether college, military, or the work force?

I am a corporate trainer with a large financial institution and would use my professional contacts to help with possible internships. Additionally, as a former military member, I can speak directly from experience about military training and life and the real advantages military service provides.


How can you access and build relationships with those who can significantly financially assist/partner with the school?

I have personal and professional contacts in the finance and political space. I would willingly use those contacts to help further a student's development. Additionally, I am an associate pastor at the church I attend (Agape International Ministries - The Well). Our senior pastor, Maurice Revell, is well known in and outside of the local community. As I have access to him, I have access to his contacts and would use my connection to him when warranted.


What means do you have to access and build relationships with the South Carolina legislature and advocate for our school at that level?

I have personal relationships with local leaders of a major political party in York County. I will use those relationships to advance the vision of legion Collegiate Academy and other public and private charter schools.


Please share any experience you may have had serving on other boards or nonprofit organizations.

I am a current board member of Next level SC which is a 50lc3 nonprofit organization specializing in youth travel basketball and personal development. As a voting member, I help with the development of program initiatives, fund raising activities and tournament participation. I also serve as the communications director and am responsible for crofting program communication to parents and supporters of the program.


How do you feel about school choice as a political issue?

It is a significant issue. A major issue of our time and one that must be championed/ Parents must be afforded the opportunity to do what's best for their children. Choice provides that opportunity. I am willing to devote time and energy to see that school choice is expanded throughout the country. It is imperative that we do so, especially as it relates to underserved areas of any local community starting with our own.



Cicely Brown Teacher at Fort Mill School District

Rock Hill, South Carolina

csbrown76@yahoo.com

✓ Experience with K-12 Education ✓ Parent/Legal Guardian of Legion Student(s)

✓ Resident of South Carolina

Why do you want to serve on this volunteer Board? I would like to serve on the Legion Collegiate Academy (LCA) school board to assist LCA in becoming one of the most sought out charter schools in South Carolina. As a school board member, one should be receptive and responsive. Having the opportunity to have an impact on student achievement is an important responsibility that I have an invested interest in. With my educational background and experience in the school system, I strongly feel the feedback and input from an educator that is actively in the trenches can be a huge asset.

How can you access and build relationships and contacts with those in positions who can help our students get noticed at the next level, whether college, military, or the work force? My interpersonal skills has helped me build a very good reputation and rapport with individuals that could be useful resources to advance the growth and development of LCA in York County.

How can you access and build relationships with those who can significantly financially assist/partner with the school? I have lived in Rock Hill for over 20 years, taught in the Rock Hill School District, and currently working in the Fort Mill School District. I have made many connections with parents, business owners and community leaders through various means such as fundraising sponsors, donations, and guest visitors for presentations. My interpersonal skills has allowed me to sustain these relationships by my ability to communicate effectively.

What means do you have to access and build relationships with the South Carolina legislature and advocate for our school at that level? I have always advocated for free educational services in South Carolina and supported schools of choice by sending my own children to schools of choice, getting out to vote, sending letters to legislators, attending informative events and being an active member of the Palmetto State Teacher Association (PSTA) and serving as school advisor/liaison for Family, Career and Communities Leaders of America (FCCLA).

Please share any experience you may have had serving on other boards or nonprofit organizations. I have served on the School Improvement Council for 3 years at the middle school level and 2 years at the high school level.


How do you feel about school choice as a political issue? School choice is a right that every parent/student should have. Our community is very diverse, the learning styles of children vary tremendously and households have many different needs, that a one size one fit educational system will not meet the needs of all families the same. Political parties have different views based on “their” belief on how resources are allocated to schools. As a school board member, my concern will always be “what is in the best interest of the student”. My efforts would be to serve all students at his or her level of need. The money provided to traditional public schools should also be the same for public charter schools. The choice to place a child in a public charter school system should have the same resources as the parent who chooses to place their child in the traditional public school system. Both are free to attend because of taxpayers and attempting to provide the best education possible through varied opportunities.



Marc Hull CEO at Legacy Treatment Services

Rock Hill, South Carolina

marchull44@gmail.com ✓ Experience with Business ✓ Experience with K-12 Education

✓ Resident of South Carolina Why do you want to serve on this volunteer Board? Currently, I am a Board Member, who was a member of the original planning committee and partnered with another individual to bring a specialized high school to the area, that would address the academic, athletic and social needs of our daughters~which lead us to Pinnacle in the beginning. This school is the current visual growth of a seed that was planned in me through my educational and athletic processes. Serving as aLegion Board Member affords us the opportunity to continue with the growth process for those parents, student athletes and community members who understand how vitally important LCA is, in this day and time.

How can you access and build relationships and contacts with those in positions who can help our students get noticed at the next level, whether college, military, or the work force? I maintain relationships, both professionally and personally, with individuals who are currently or have previously played and/or worked on the collegiate and professional levels. As it pertains to the work force, I maintain relationships across a number of sectors- As a retired educator and business owner, I have been privileged to meet, connect and partner with individuals who understand that together everyone achieves more and actively engage in providing opportunity for the coming generations to experience their maximum growth potential.

How can you access and build relationships with those who can significantly financially assist/partner with the school? As stated, those previous relationships include individuals who understand the mission and are able to support financially.

What means do you have to access and build relationships with the South Carolina legislature and advocate for our school at that level? These relationships are being cultivated-

Please share any experience you may have had serving on other boards or nonprofit organizations.

I have work for or partnered with nonprofit organizations for most of my 30+ years of work experience. I have work on planning committees and created social programs addressing the academic, mental, professional and personal needs of the individuals served. I currently, as previously stated, serve on the Legion Board.

How do you feel about school choice as a political issue? I support school choice- I believe everyone, though created equal, find it challenging to receive the equal opportunities as it pertains to education and athletic accessibility. As a graduate of our public school system, I personally understand the challenges that student athletes face: School Choice works.



Andy Jackson Marketing Manager at Wells Fargo Bank

Rock Hill, South Carolina

jacksonandy@outlook.com ✓ Experience with Business ✓ Parent/Legal Guardian of Legion Student(s)

✓ Resident of South Carolina

Why do you want to serve on this volunteer Board?

My goal is to partner with the existing leadership to grow LCA's influence in the York County community. The school's innovative model has disrupted the conventional myth that high school must fit into a traditional box in order to be successful. I want to use my background to help further the idea that our children deserve choice, opportunity and a higher quality education.

How can you access and build relationships and contacts with those in positions who can help our students get noticed at the next level, whether college, military, or the work force? We have developed a relationship with organizations like Next College Student Athlete, which just celebrated 20 years offering recruiting guidance to students and families seeking to play sports at a collegiate level. We also partner with Youth Commission International to make a positive difference on HS campuses across the region. Happy to be a liaison with organizations like these, as well as leverage existing relationships in corporate America on behalf of Legion Nation.

How can you access and build relationships with those who can significantly financially assist/partner with the school? Through my past fundraising efforts on behalf of another private school in the area, I'm confident we have a network of existing relationships that can help secure many of the financial goals on behalf of LCA, as long as we can tell a compelling story.

What means do you have to access and build relationships with the South Carolina legislature and advocate for our school at that level?

I have three years’ experience with legislative mobilization and advocacy on behalf of a particular trade group in the York County community.

Please share any experience you may have had serving on other boards or nonprofit organizations.

I served for three years as a representative on the Piedmont and South Carolina Association of REALTORS, where we successfully raised non-dues revenue, while providing strategic oversight and guidance to the leadership team. Currently, I provide marketing consultation to two non-profits in the Charlotte area and one in California, offering marketing, branding, and donor engagement consultation. My expertise is developing a public-facing brand messaging platform that allows them to message their vision and needs in a clear, compelling way to possible donors and partners.


How do you feel about school choice as a political issue?

When parents & students have a choice in where / how they are educated, their chance for success improves.



Wendi Ross

NC/SC Realtor at Wilder in the Carolinas powered by Costello REI Fort Mill

Clover, South Carolina wildergal2019@gmail.com ✓ Parent/Legal Guardian of Legion Student(s)

✓ Resident of South Carolina

Why do you want to serve on this volunteer Board? I am dedicated to making sure that my child and her classmates have optimum opportunities. I an active member of the community, and am 100% passionate about advancements in academics.

How can you access and build relationships and contacts with those in positions who can help our students get noticed at the next level, whether college, military, or the work force? As an active Real Estate agent in NC/SC area, I build relationships with people in the community, that could prove to be an essential partnership for Legion and its benefactors.

How can you access and build relationships with those who can significantly financially assist/partner with the school? My answer to the previous question will be the same for this one. I am active in the community, and across local SC and NC areas. Many of these business partnerships, can be useful for legion Collegiate in its formative years.

What means do you have to access and build relationships with the South Carolina legislature and advocate for our school at that level? I am active in community fundraisers, volunteer programs (Feed America), and I am an active NC/SC Realtor. People and our community if my business.

Please share any experience you may have had serving on other boards or nonprofit organizations.

I served on the board as Secretary for Kasko Enterprises in Charlotte NC – during the 10-1999 – 05-2000 period


How do you feel about school choice as a political issue?

As a school of choice advocate, I would argue that this competition for students, create a catalyst for schools to create innovative programs, become more responsive to parental demands, and to increase student achievement. To download and/or print the candidate profiles, click the document below:

2020 Legion Election Candidate Profiles
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