Meet our Board
Arborbrook has a Board of Directors and utilizes a Carver Board Policy Governance model. Read about the ten principles of policy governance here: Ten Principles of Policy Governance.
Arborbrook’s board watches over the affairs of the school and helps set school-wide policy. The board concerns itself with issues of fiscal responsibility, oversight of the Head of School, long-term strategic planning, evaluating and providing for facilities in which to operate, and other big picture items. The Head of School and staff run the day-to-day operations of the school. The board hires and evaluates the Head of School (who is a non-voting board member). The board works cooperatively with the Head of School to achieve the goals and vision of Arborbrook. The board makes decisions and operates as a unit. Individual board members do not have authority apart from the board itself.
The board is self-propagating and new board members are brought on to replace vacancies after a prayerful vetting process. New board members must have been at the school at least two years, serving the school within his or her gifting, and demonstrating wisdom and discernment. Arborbrook teachers and staff may not serve on the board, and board members may serve no more than three, consecutive, 3-year terms.
If you have a question specifically for the board, please contact Rex Noble, the Board Chair.
Our family came to Arborbrook in 2014. Richard Baker and I have been married for 16 years and have 3 sons, RJ who is in 8th grade at Arborbrook, Chris (6th) and Matt (3rd) at a local charter school.
I have served in several capacities at Arborbrook including Sophomore girls Bible teacher, substitute teacher K-12, and Facilities Chair on the Board for almost four years. My family loves Arborbrook for more than just school. After being relocated with my job seven years ago, we were in need of community and family. My family is not shy about telling people Arborbrook was in God’s plan all along because we ended up a mile down the road getting not just a school for all three sons at the time, but community and family.
I am the Regional Director for Jones Lang Lasalle, a Global Facilities management company, and also serve on the Faith and Community committee for the Executive Board of Directors for the Community Shelter of Union County. Most recently I've become an Author publishing my first book. I'm a firm believer that God can change legacies in families through education and community and I have devoted my life in service for His glory in both.
I am a proud parent of 2 girls that have both been at Arborbrook since kindergarten and have found a wonderful approach to education, as well as the love and joy of belonging to this Christ centered family. We have seen the benefits of the Charlotte Mason approach to education and love that our children feast on living books and participate in experiential learning on a daily basis. The love of nature, gardening, and the outdoors is something that my family also loves and it has been a joy to have that be a part of their formal education.
Professionally I am a graduate of UNC- Chapel Hill and have my MSN and am an Adult Nurse Practitioner. I have worked part time since my girls were born and have practiced in oncology, occupational health, and am currently working with health insurance companies doing in-home wellness evaluations. I love talking to people, meeting them in their homes, and helping them live healthier lives. As a family we love to be active and outside- you can often find us in the mountains hiking, biking, running, or paddling in a river. We love traveling, bluegrass, and making artsy things together. I enjoy serving with the Board and have the deepest respect for our school and the leadership of ACA.
I have been blessed to be part of the Arborbrook family since 2008 and my three children have each been enrolled at Arborbrook since their first day of school. We love Arborbrook’s strong sense of community, uniqueness, and approach to learning, all of which have encouraged our family tremendously over these many years.
Prior to staying home to raise my children, I worked for almost 10 years in corporate management consulting and financial planning and analysis. More recently, I served for many years leading the women’s ministry team at our church. I have a passion for sports, the outdoors, reading, photography and learning all things new! I feel humbled and honored to serve as part of our Board at this amazing school the Lord has provided.
I serve at Arborbrook because I care deeply for this school and the families that chose to send their children to this precious place. My own family has been at Arborbrook since the beginning; I joined the board because of my expertise in real estate and ,more so, my desire to serve for an eternal impact.
I have been married to Leslie for 26 years and have 3 daughters, Bailey (24), Ellis (20) and Pierson (13, currently at Arborbrook). I served in the US Army for 26 years in a variety of roles from military police to air defense. My recent retirement has brought us to Charlotte where I work for Johnson Controls as the senior director for cybersecurity. I am passionate about working to make things easier using technology both at work and home. I enjoy sending time with my family, preferably at a NC Beach whenever possible.
Please allow me a moment to say thank you for letting me serve at Arborbrook in this capacity. God’s School means the world to my family and me. It is an honor to serve as we are called to serve. My family is extremely passionate about Arborbrook. Arborbrook was not on my “family life radar” but, it certainly has become a focal point of our lives. Jen and I have two daughters at Arborook, Elizabeth “Bitsy” in 10th grade and Anne Thomas “AT” in 7th grade.
When I spoke with Andy about serving at Arborbrook I made the statement to him that I want to do everything I can to help insure Arborbrook is around for generations to come. The uniqueness of this school is one that most of us would have loved to have been a part of growing up. One of my favorite quotes is from Vince Lombardi, “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.” I firmly believe this and Biblically know that we are also called to excellence. That is my passion. That Arborbrook strive for excellence in all things. Thank you again for allowing me to serve God’s School.
Arborbrook has been such a blessing to our entire family! We joined the Arborbrook community in 2014. We love the Charlotte Mason approach to learning and the Christ-centered education. We truly feel that Arborbrook has partnered with us to equip our sons (Nathan 2020 graduate, Connor 11th grade) to follow the path that God has for them.
Our family enjoys athletics, board games and nature!
My background is in accounting and I have worked in corporate America, real estate and most recently operate my own small business. Most of my life, I have volunteered in some capacity with children's ministry. My passion is helping others and supporting those in leadership. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve Arborbrook in any capacity that is needed.