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
20-21 Board Meeting Calendar
All meetings are open to the public. During COVID-19, IC Imagine Board Meetings are conducted via Zoom. The link for the meetings is below if you would like to attend.
Meeting ID: 861 373 5862
- Thursday, January 21, 2021, General Meeting
- Thursday, February 18, 2021, General Meeting
- Thursday, March 18, 2021, General Meeting
- Thursday, April 15, 2021, General Meeting
- Thursday, May 20, 2021, General Meeting
- Thursday, June 10, 2021, General Meeting
- Thursday, July 15, 2021, Annual Meeting
If you have any questions or concerns you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adam Kissel – Board Chair
Adam Kissel is an Atlanta-area native who relocated to Asheville in 2013. He completed a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Georgia in 2009 and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership in 2013 from Central Michigan University, with a focus in Charter School Administration. He taught music and choir at the secondary level for several years, and has sung and toured with numerous world-class ensembles including the Atlanta Opera Chorus and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus. He also has extensive professional experience managing customer-facing teams and contact centers. He is passionate about 21st-century curriculum, arts education, animal welfare, business ethics, and modern workplace design and policy. In his spare time, he enjoys running in Asheville’s beautiful greenways, hiking throughout western North Carolina, baking, writing buggy apps with ugly code, and spending as much time as possible with his wife, Stephanie, and their two pets, Diego and Pasha.
Drew Power – Vice Chair
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.
Caleb Coaplen – Secretary
Caleb is originally from Louisville Kentucky. He started college at Montana State University in Bozeman Montana and graduated from the University of Louisville with a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in Photography. Caleb frequented the Western North Carolina area as a child and young adult to kayak and explore the outdoors. During college he was a kayak instructor and camp counselor at Camp Mondamin in Tuxedo, NC. After the summer of 2001 he moved to Asheville, and except for a 2 year job in Pennsylvania, has been here ever since. He has worked in the outdoor sports industry and furniture/antique industry but eventually got his real estate license in 2009. He currently works for Beverly Hanks & Associates as a Residential Real Estate Agent. He and his wife Megan have 2 boys and their oldest is a champion at IC Imagine. They can often be found on the numerous trails and rivers in the area. Caleb is honored to be part of the school as both a board member and parent and strives to make the educational experience and environment the best possible for all champions and their families.
Mia Strauss – Treasurer
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. Currently, Mia is self employed assisting 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.
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.
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.
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. She is married to her husband Matt and they have a daughter. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, visiting local restaurants and hiking. She is strong believer in a well-rounded education and admires the values that IC Imagine promotes.
Prior to landing in the mountains she studied Visual Communication Design at The Ohio State University and in Berlin, followed by a stint living overseas in South East China where she was a package designer. In the past she’s designed for TEDxAsheville, served as Vice President on the Asheville Affiliates Board and is a member of Asheville’s AIGA chapter. In addition to running her design studio, she is a mother of two, gardener, hiker, and water aerobics enthusiast.
ICI Board Documents
ICI Approved Board Meeting Minutes