Robb Cannady - Chairman
Robb Cannady joined the Falls Lake Academy Board of Directors in March 2018. He was born in Richmond, VA and grew up in Midlothian, VA with his mother, grandmother and two younger sisters. Robb and his wife Devin moved to Granville County 7 years ago to start a family and for Devin to pursue her nursing career at Duke University. Now having two daughters, Walker (4) and Josie Swain (2), the desire to get involved and give back in the local community will be fulfilled at Falls Lake Academy. Robb attended James Madison University School of Business while serving his country in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. As owner and territory manager of Buckley & Associates, he and his team provide facility supplies and equipment from NY to SC. With previous board experience as Chairman of the Board-Skills USA-VA, Building Maintenance 2012-2017, Robb will ensure Falls Lake Academy stays true to the charter and mission statement.
Leah Englebright - Treasurer
Leah Englebright was born and raised in Oxford, NC and has made it her permanent residence. Leah and her husband Allen have two wonderful kids one of which attends Falls Lake Academy now and the other will soon follow. She has her BS in Accounting from Meredith College and her Masters in Accounting from North Carolina State University. Leah is also a Certified Public Accountant in the State of North Carolina. She is currently the Director of Budget and Finance at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, NC where she oversees all of the financial functions of the school. Leah and her family are actively involved with their church Clearview and enjoying quality family time. She is very excited to join the firebird family and looks forward to contributing her accounting expertise and watching the school continue to grow and thrive.
Jill Pike was born and raised in Wilmington and has lived in Oxford for the past 25 years. She is a graduate of UNC-Wilmington with a BA degree in English and a 6th 12th grades NC Teaching Certification. She previously taught middle and high school English for 10 years in Granville County Schools and at Vance Charter School. Jill received her NC Real Estate Broker's License in 2005 and now owns and operates Triangle North Realty in Oxford with her husband Carl Pike, who is also a Real Estate Broker. She is a past member of the Board of Directors of Vance Charter School in Henderson serving as Board Chair and chair of the policy and personnel committee. She has also served on the principal's advisory committee of JF Webb School of Health and Life Science where her older daughter graduated in 2016. Jill and Carl are the parents of Carla, a junior at UNC - Wilmington and Anna, a 12th grader at Falls Lake Academy. She is very excited to work with the staff and families at Falls Lake Academy and to help contribute to the continued success of our school.
Tracy Teal served as a FLA founding board member for 7 years before rotating off in 2017. She was a part of the Parent Advisory Council and helped with the accreditation process during the 2017-2018 school year. She has an Associate of Science Degree from Peace College and a Doctorate of Pharmacy from UNC Chapel Hill. As the mother of two high school students at FLA, she is committed to providing a safe, positive, and successful learning environment. She spent countless hours volunteering in the school systems before coming to FLA. She is excited about the mission and focus for our school and the wonderful educational opportunities it provides for the students in our area. She and her husband, Jeff, have lived in Granville County for over 18 years now. They own and operate Quality Drugs in Butner.
Ashley Yancey grew up in Alamance County and has lived in Durham for the past 13 years. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a BA degree, majoring in political science with a minor in history. Ashley also graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at LSU, where she served as Class President and liaison between the faculty and student body. Ashley has over 17 years of banking experience in the Triangle area, mostly in commercial lending with an emphasis on underwriting and credit analysis. Ashley strongly believes in volunteerism and serving the community, something she is so proud to see Falls Lake Academy students take part in as well. She serves on the Board of Bull City Little League as League Treasurer and has volunteered in several capacities on the ball fields for many years. She also volunteers at Duke Children’s Hospital, in particular at their annual radiothon. Ashley has a deep passion for athletics, fitness and nutrition and especially loves working with youth to help them achieve a healthy lifestyle. She is extremely excited to contribute to the Falls Lake Academy Board, school, and in particular, Falls Lake Academy athletics as a member of the Board committee for Facilities/Athletics/Safety. Ashley has a daughter who will be a sixth grader at Falls Lake Academy in the fall.
Darryl Moss - Vice Chairman
Darryl D. Moss began his career in public service being elected to the Creedmoor Planning Board in 1987. He was elected to Creedmoor’s Board of Commissioners in 1989. In 1999 he was elected as mayor of Creedmoor, where he served until 2017 after not seeking reelection. In 2003 and 2004 Mayor Moss served as president of the North Carolina Black Elected Municipal Officials. In 2007 Mayor Moss was appointed represent municipal government on the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission. He served as chairman of the Water Allocations Committee and on the Air Remissions Committee. Also, was a Hearing Officer for the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations statewide public hearings. Moss served on the North Carolina League of Municipalities Board of Directors. He was elected to the National League of Cities (NLC) Board of Directors, served as chairman of the NLC Advisory Board and was on the NLC Information Technology Steering Committee. Locally he represented Creedmoor on the Kerr-Tar Council of Governments, the Capitol Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Upper Neuse River Basin Association. Under his leadership, the city of Creedmoor built a new city hall, celebrated its centennial in 2005 and was recognized as an 11-time “Playful City, USA” highlighted by the construction of new playgrounds at Lake Rogers and Pecan Hill. Mayor Moss was invited to the White House multiple times to meet with President Barack Obama and the administration. Each time he was not shy about talking about the needs of his community. In 2010 Mayor Moss spearheaded efforts to secure $9.3 million in Stimulus Funds for Creedmoor to upgrade its water and wastewater system that was built in 1939. He led the way for the city’s effort to secure a $2.1 million Clean Water Management Trust Fund Grant to purchase 142 acres for a park and $1 million from the Federal Highway Trust Fund to build and expand the city’s sidewalk infrastructure. One of his greatest accomplishments was partnering with local elementary schools to create Government Day. This initiative brought 2nd graders to City Hall to serve as mayor and commissioners for the day to learn about their local government. Darryl also served on the Federal Bureau of Prisons Community Relations Board, the Vance-Granville Community College Endowment Board, the Families Living Violence Free Board of Directors, and was an Organizing Director of Union Bank. Darryl attended South Granville High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Darryl is married to Michelle Braswell Moss. They have two daughters, Mary, a North Carolina public school teacher and Rachel, a media manager in New York.
Heather Fields - Secretary
Heather Fields was raised in Durham County and moved to Granville County 14 years ago. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a BS in Criminology. Upon graduation Heather started working at Lenovo. She has held several positions there in customer service, sales and project management. Currently she is a program manager at Lenovo working with Global Customers. Heather has been married for 15 years to her husband Kevin. They have two wonderful boys, Camden and Brayden. Heather is very excited to work with an amazing group of staff, students and parents at Falls Lake Academy.
Samantha Dale is an educator and advocate for all students. Her roots in education began in Hollister, NC, a small American Indian community, whose education system rated as one of the lowest in the state. She did not see this as a barrier for herself, but as an opportunity to show, the next generation coming from her community what could be possible. She earned her B.A. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduation, she returned home to teach at the Haliwa-Saponi Tribal School and taught there for four years before moving to Granville County to teach. She taught at C.G. Credle for seven years and during this time, her husband, Brett, and her welcomed their sons, Landyn and Ryland, into the world. During her time at C.G.Credle, she witnessed the profound impact that teachers could have on student’s lives. She decided that she could have a greater impact on students through coaching teachers. She made the transition from the classroom to coach by joining Teach for America-Eastern North Carolina. Over the last five years at TFA-ENC, she works as a coach supporting corps members and alumni in Granville and Vance counties as a Manager of Teacher Leadership Development and now serve as the Director of Local Leadership. In Samantha’s work with TFA-ENC she contributes to every child having access to an excellent and equitable education within the region.
As a board of director member, she is excited to begin this new journey and will live into her core belief that the greatest resource that the community has is its people. Her commitment to people, especially children, is and will continue to be at the heart of her work.
Tricia grew up in Raleigh and that is where she currently resides. She and her husband also maintain a horse property in Creedmoor, where her family likes to take refuge on the weekends. She has a Master’s Degree in Accounting from UNC-Chapel Hill and has worked as a CPA for 17 years, mainly in the government and non-profit industries, In 2017 she decided to become a full-time stay at home Mom for her, then, 12 year old daughter. Tricia now enjoys spending time with family and believes in giving back to the community. She currently volunteers as a 4-H Club Leader and as Treasurer for her Church.