Board of Directors

IC Imagine is governed by the non-profit organization Invest Collegiate Imagine, Inc.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Establishing and monitoring the school’s academic outcomes
  • Establishing and monitoring management compliance with policies
  • Overseeing and approving the use of operational finances

Board Meetings

All meetings are open to the public and unless stated otherwise are held at:

IC Imagine Main Campus

1000 Brevard Road, Suite 175, Asheville, NC 28806

Call in number: 515-739-1539, Access Code: 820426*  only used in the event of a special meeting phone call.


Thursday, April 19, 2018, 6:00PM

Monday, May 7, 2018, 8:00 AM

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 6:00PM

Annual Meeting Monday, June 4, 2018, 5:00PM

Thursday, August 16th, 2018, 6:00PM

If you have any questions or concerns you can email:

Board Members

Valerie Phillips – Board Chair
Valerie Phillips is originally from the Philadelphia area and graduated from Arcadia University in 2007 with a B.A. in Theater and English. While enrolled in college, she had the opportunity to teach English in China and study abroad in France. She continued to reside in Philadelphia for two more years after college, working and staying active in theater and fashion. After arriving in Asheville in 2009, Valerie quickly found a place in the arts scene by performing music, attending a school for Aerial Arts and creating clothing designs. In 2011, Valerie was featured in Verve magazine, on the cover and with an interview about her designs. Valerie enjoys being part of the Asheville community as an Aerial Arts Instructor, employee of HomeTrust Bank and an Animal Haven of Asheville volunteer. As a former public school student, private school student, and homeschooler, Valerie appreciates the value of an innovative approach to education. She believes strongly in the value of the education Invest Collegiate schools provide for their communities and is honored to be a board member.
Mia Strauss – Vice Chair 
Mia Strauss is originally from Pennsylvania.  She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park and following undergraduate school she attended the University of Alaska at Fairbanks and spent some summers living and conducting research in a remote field camp setting.  Also while in Alaska she and her husband lived and worked as teaching parents in a home with at-risk teens.  She and her husband relocated to Asheville in 2006 and couldn’t think of a better place to live.  After moving here and trying to find a job to fit with her family she began bookkeeping, which led to general business management and marketing. Mia has been involved in various businesses in Asheville helping with their marketing, operations and finances. Currently, Mia is self employed as a contractor helping business owners with bookkeeping, finance and marketing needs.
Mia has 2 children at IC Imagine and has been a parent since the doors were opened in 2014. She finds it really refreshing to have her children in an environment that is always striving to do what’s best for the students and willing to change and make adjustments as needed. In her free time Mia enjoys hiking, cooking and traveling. She is excited to be an ICI board member to help build a solid foundation for the school for years to come.
Dave Baylis – Secretary and Treasurer
Dave Baylis was born in Indiana and raised in South Florida.  In 1999, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and served in a variety of roles, including search and rescue and maritime law enforcement.  Dave was recognized by his commanding officer with the Coast Guard Achievement Medal in 2005, just prior to choosing a return to civilian life.  The Coast Guard afforded Dave the opportunity to travel around the country and live in a variety of different communities.  Dave strongly believes that the opportunity to serve and protect the people in these communities has been one of the greatest blessings of his life, leading to a strong passion for helping others.  In early 2005, Dave discovered the city of Asheville and fell in love with it immediately.  Dave has a passion for animal welfare, and has volunteered for multiple organizations, including Animal Compassion Network and the Asheville Humane Society.  Dave graduated from UNC-Asheville in 2011 with a B.S. in Financial Accounting and is currently employed at HomeTrust Bank.  As only the second member of his family to ever graduate from college, Dave understands the importance of education and is excited to contribute to the Board’s work to make IC Imagine the best it can be.
Sarah Sharpe
Sarah is originally from Louisville, Kentucky.  She moved to North Carolina to attend Wake Forest University where she obtained a B.A. in Psychology.  She has lived in the Asheville area since 2008.  She earned a Master’s in Public Affairs from Western Carolina University.  Sarah currently works for NTCA and administers benefit programs to members.  Through her work she is a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist and has extensive experience in the defined benefit plan.  She is married to her husband Matt and they have a 2 year old daughter.  In her free time, she enjoys spending with friends and family, visiting local breweries and restaurants as well as hiking.  She is strong believer in a well-rounded education and admires the values the IC Imagine promotes.
Lorraine Carver 
Lorraine grew up in Western North Carolina and attended public school in Sylva, NC throughout her elementary, middle and high school years. She attended the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and majored in Public Relations and Political Science. Lorraine’s career started in Washington DC with a public relations firm focused on the technology sector. After a move to Raleigh, she joined a software company, RegEd, that has allowed her to grow professionally into an executive role. Lorraine has held many roles during her sixteen years of tenure, including Chief Operating Officer, EVP of Sales and her current role as EVP, Sales Operations. Lorraine has served on the board of a number of local nonprofits, including the PTO for IC Imagine (Imagine Community Partners).  Lorraine and her husband have three children who attend IC Imagine. Lorraine is honored and and excited to help IC Imagine grow as she believes in the mission and vision of the school.
Drew Power
Drew grew up outside of Atlanta Georgia before attending The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). While at Ole Miss, Drew earned both his undergraduate and graduate degree in accounting. He relocated to Memphis, Tennessee where he took a position with Dixon Hughes Goodman. During this time Drew, obtained his CPA license, and worked as a consultant assisting pharmaceutical companies with business combinations and spin offs. In 2014, Drew transferred to DHG’s Asheville office. While in Asheville Drew has worked closely with local and tribal governments and school boards. In his free time Drew enjoys everything Western North Carolina has to offer.
Ashley Ensley
Ashley Ensley is originally from Boone, NC and relocated to Asheville in 2006. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Master of Science degree in accounting both from Appalachian State University. Ashley is a licensed CPA with Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP focusing on assurance, primarily in the area of Financial Services.  Ashley is a proud mother to 2 children whom attend (and will attend) Invest Collegiate Imagine.  She enjoys fitness, spending time with her family and community service. Ashley also serves as a Women United Executive Committee member for the United Way of Buncombe County.   Ashley is very excited to join the ICI board looks forward to serving towards the enrichment of the school.

ICI Board Documents

ICI Bylaws

ICI Board Policies

ICI Approved Board Meeting Minutes

Thursday, March 15, 2018, General Meeting

Thursday, February 15, 2018, General Meeting

January 29, 2018, Special Meeting

January 18, 2018, General Meeting

January 2, 2018, Special Meeting

November 20, 2017, Special Meeting

November 15, 2017, General Meeting

October 12, 2017, General Meeting

September 15, 2017, Organizational Meeting

ICC Approved Board Meeting Minutes

September 15, 2017, Annual Meeting

August 31, 2017, Special Meeting

August 29, 2017, Emergency Meeting

August 24, 2017, Special Meeting Minutes

August 24, 2017, Corporate Resolution

August 24, 2017, Board Presentation

August 24, 2017, Letter to Families

July 13, 2017, General Meeting