School Board Members

LLCA-CFA Board of Directors 2018-19

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 Financial Services and Software 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 four 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.

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Mrs. Margery Sherrill, Secretary 

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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.



Mark Hamann, Board Member

Mark Hamann was born and raised in Toledo OH.  He is a graduate of the University of Toledo where he played varsity baseball and earned his Bachelor of Education degree.  He earned his Master’s Degree in the Art of Education from Marygrove College in Detroit MI. A history teacher for 32 years at the secondary level, Mark also was the head varsity girls’ fastpitch softball coach for two Toledo area high schools, earning a state championship with each.  While with Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools, Mark was gratified to be named Junior High Teacher of the Year in 1994, the George Munger District Teacher of the Year in 1996, the Perrysburg Education Association Teacher of the Year in 2009, and a nominee for Ohio State Teacher of the Year in 2010.
Mark sincerely appreciates the opportunity here in Lake Lure to continue his career-long commitment to education.  He hopes to contribute to our effort of creating, maintaining, and enhancing a community-based educational institution that offers an effective and challenging learning program for any and all students  who attend.

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Mr. Warren Alston, Board Member

I was raised and spent most of my life living on the coast of South Carolina. I am an Army Veteran and also served for 20 years as a law enforcement officer for local, state and federal agencies. I am now running my own insurance agency. I have been involved in public and community service since I was a young man and I have served in many different areas of service and leadership. In 2011, my family & I moved from the coast to the mountains of Western North Carolina and my daughter, Savannah, became enrolled in a local charter school. Shortly after, the school announced there was a vacancy on the board of directors. I applied, was voted on and accepted to be a board member. Since then, I have served as Treasurer, Vice-Chair, two terms as Chairman, and have also served on three different charter school boards across the state of North Carolina since that 1st school board I volunteered to serve on back in 2011, I have been involved in different levels of building or re-building all three schools and I continue to stay involved for one simple reason: “Our Kids”. Charter schools allow us to make our #1 job, our Kids, and to make them the best “American Citizens” we can possibly make them.




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