School Board Members

LLCA-CFA Board of Directors 2017-18

Mrs. Linda Turner, Board Chair 


Having vacationed at the Chalet Club in Lake Lure for many years, Linda and her husband, Woody, knew exactly where they wanted to be when they retired. So, when that time came in 2002, they left Connecticut and moved to Lake Lure permanently. They built their current home overlooking the lake in 2008 and love being a part of this wonderful community.

Linda served on the Board of the Lake Lure Olympiad for a number of years and was a Town Commissioner from 2008 through 2011. She is a member of the Town’s Parks and Recreation Board and Land Asset Management Task Force as well as a member of the Board of the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge, serving as the Treasurer. Linda is a champion of a classical education and is delighted to be serving on the Board of the Lake Lure Classical Academy.



Michael Frierman, Vice Chair

Michael Frierman is a senior level manager with over 17 years of demonstrated organizational leadership delivering innovation through big data predictive analytics in the Software and Financial Services industries.  He has a strongly collaborative leadership style focused on personalized support enabling people to achieve success both individually and as a team.  Michael earned a PhD in Economics from Purdue University as well as a Masters in Social Science from the University of Chicago after receiving a BS from UCLA.   Michael began his career in academics teaching Economics at the Graduate School of Business at Rutgers University before he transitioned to business.

Michael had the good fortune to begin telecommuting from his home office in Lake Lure more than two years ago.  Michael is a strong advocate of local education and believes that the entire Hickory Nut Gorge community is enriched by and will thrive only when its children and young adults are provided an opportunity to receive a rigorous education in a safe and encouraging learning environment.  Michael is an ardent believer in the importance of a strong and well-grounded education in critical thinking both for its own intrinsic value and as a means to enable people to achieve the potential they desire for themselves.

Since coming to Lake Lure Michael has had the opportunity to serve on the Hickory Nut Gorge Foundation first as a board member, then as its Vice Chair and now as its Chairman.  The HNG Foundation’s mission is to enhance the Gorge community through its stewardship to grow and nurture the Foundation’s endowment fund and use the interest income to provide grants and awards to charitable organizations throughout the community.

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Mrs. Margery Sherrill, Secretary 

(828) 273-7492

Margery has lived in Henderson county for 26 years. In 2003, she and her husband, Michael completed the renovation of a 100 year old log house in Bat Cave and that is where they live now. They are both artists and maintain a busy studio where they make art and run their own company, Mudtools, which designs tools for ceramic artists. Their kids have been at LLCA since the first day and currently they have two high school students and a third grader. She is happy to be part of the LLCA school community and to serve on the Board of Directors.


Mr. Jack Barton, Treasurer

Jack and his wife Karen moved to Lake Lure in August 2014 after purchasing a home in Rumbling Bald Resort in 2012. Neither are North Carolina natives, but having both graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill (BS Mathematical Sciences, BS Pharm.), they claim “Tar Heels born and bred” status.

They raised two sons in Raleigh and Charlotte, and they now live with their families in Myrtle Beach, SC and Orlando, FL. The four grandchildren love visiting the “mountain house”.

Karen retired as a Target Pharmacist in 2013, and Jack wrapped up a 41-year career in software development in 2015, mostly in financial services. Working from home in Lake Lure was a great way to finish.

After Jack and Karen got involved in the social and volunteer community of Lake Lure, he was invited to join the board of the Hickory Nut Gorge Foundation in 2015. In 2016 he accepted an appointment as Treasurer, just in time for over $30,000 of donations to the Party Rock Fire Fund to roll in. HNGF acted as banker for that outpouring of generosity, and those funds were distributed to the local Volunteer Fire Departments early in 2017.

Jack has also been involved in developing grant candidates for HNGF, including Rutherford Habitat for Humanity and Conserving Carolina. Acting as a “charity for charities”, the Foundation and its Endowment are appealing as a powerful way to leverage commitments of time, talent, and treasure to our home, and to make sure those contributions continue forever.

Jack is looking forward to the opportunity to serve as Treasurer of the Lake Lure Classical Academy board. He believes that supporting the school and its educational opportunities for the community can only make the Gorge a better place. And by helping deliver on the promise of LLCA, we can all support people and organizations that deliver positive change in Hickory Nut Gorge.



Mr. Clint Calhoun, Board Member                                                                                             

(828)625-9983 ext. 502

Clint Calhoun is a native of Rutherford County and a 1992 graduate of R-S Central High School.He lives with his wife, Chasitty near Rutherfordton. They have two boys,Cayden and Colby. Clint graduated from Gardner-Webb University in 1996 where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He has worked in the Hickory Nut Gorge area for over 20 years as a naturalist, biologist, environmental educator, and resourcemanager. Clint is presently the Environmental Management Officer for the Town of Lake Lure. A 2008 alumnus of Leadership Rutherford, Clint is a Past President of the North Carolina Lake Management Society, current President of the Rutherford County Tourism Asset Foundation, and serves as a member of the Mountain Valleys RC&D Council. He has been actively serving on the LLCA Facilities and Curriculum Committees and is proud to be a Raptor parent.



Mark Hamann, Board Member

Mark Hamann was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio.
He attended Whitmore High School. After graduation, he played baseball for the University of Toledo where he received his Bachelor’s of Education Degree. He received his Masters Degree in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan.
Mark spent 32 years teaching history at the secondary level – 2 years for Whitmore in the Washington Local School District and 30 years for Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools in Perrysburg, Ohio. During his tenure Mark was honored in 1994 as Perrysburg Jr High’s Teacher of the Year. In 1996 he was the George Munger Teacher of the Year for the district. In 2009 he received the Perrysburg Education Association Teacher of the Year award. He was a state of Ohio Teacher of the Year nominee.
While at Perrysburg, Mark served as History Department Chair and served on various committees – Ohio Improvement Plan, North Central Steering Committee, Teaming Implementation Committee, and Personnel Committees.
He coached girls high school varsity fast pitch softball for 28 years. Honors include 14 league championships, 2 State Titles, and Coach of the Year several times. He is a NW Ohio Softball Association Hall of Fame Inductee.
Mark is gratified to have the opportunity to serve the Lake Lure community by continuing his life long commitment to the field of education.

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Mrs. Cary Hatton, Board Member

Dr. Cary Hatton has enjoyed a long career as an educator, therapist and manager.  Her varied experiences in a range of settings have prepared her well to assist other professionals and organizations to maximize their own performances.

Her first teaching job was in a local junior high school.  She was fortunate to be in a setting that promoted creativity and innovation and she initiated major changes in the English curriculum that improved student response and learning. Since 1980 she has taught adults in many settings, most often designing completely new courses.  She has been an adjunct at Sinclair Community College, Wright State University, the University of Dayton (master’s level students) and the University of Cincinnati (master’s and doctoral level students).  She has also created and conducted a wide range of seminars and workshops.

Dr. Hatton also began her counseling career in a junior high school setting.  Again she was able to position herself where she could introduce dynamic improvements. She worked with other staff in a consulting capacity to improve classroom management and expanded therapeutic services to include groundbreaking group work with students who were not achieving academic success due to absenteeism and/or behavioral problems.  Following her doctoral work, she moved to the community mental health system providing individual, group and family therapy.  She began consulting and training services shortly thereafter, both within mental health settings and with other service organizations.

Dr. Hatton’s supervisory and management experiences have most often been in positions requiring her to design entirely new programs and services, “renovate” organizations experiencing difficulties, and/or provide unique solutions to systemic problems.  One of the most exciting challenges she successfully tackled was pulling together the diverse child-serving community agencies from nine counties and, under the joint auspices of the Mental Health Boards and the Ohio Department of Mental Health, crafted and helped implement a plan for the development of an entirely new network of mental health services for severely emotionally disturbed youth. She continues to relish the opportunity to develop original and resourceful resolutions for individual and organizational problems.



Mr. Warren Alston, Board Member




Mr. Doug Kelly, Board Member

A strategic, analytical, marketing pro with an eye for unique details, Doug Kelly seems to find small but important opportunities in every project that help form great business models. Over his 30 year career, Doug has worked in many environments as large as a fortune 1500 company. Doug’s career lead him through the ranks of sales and management.  Doug’s career has been with entrepreneurial businesses each with a common thread of having unique traits that could be built on to create sales. Doug has held positions with responsibilities to include, Executive Management, company-wide leadership, organizational transformation, market/sales/revenue expansion, marketing, merchandising, promotions, retail store development, and E-commerce marketing and contract negotiations.

After Doug Kelly left his  career in 2007 as COO of a $180m Atlanta based high end appliance distributor, he took time to work on his own projects utilizing career knowledge and skills to consult in e-commerce, business advising and business turn-arounds.  During this time Doug bought for turn-around and sold several businesses most recently the Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant located in Chimney Rock, NC. Along with Doug’s wife their journey has brought them here to western North Carolina where they currently live in Bat Cave. Keeping true to their beliefs their home represents the preservation they believe in. After selling the Esmeralda Inn Doug spent 6 months in 2014 working with local trade’s people to renovate their 1920’s original Bat Cave home.

Doug’s new venture in opening DK Professionals Realty Lake Lure will allow him to give localized Real Estate service. He plans on continuing to leverage his background to help sellers and buyers meet their goals in very diverse sales market. DK Professionals further reinvests all company profits back into local real estate purchases and property rehabilitations. Working with Doug you’ll find him to be detail oriented, creative and available.

Doug Kelly

Please note: Our board meets on the third Thursday of every month at 5:30pm, unless otherwise determined by the board.