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 Meeting Calendar
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
If you have any questions or concerns you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Mia has been involved in various businesses in Asheville. 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 as a contractor helping business owners with bookkeeping, finance and marketing needs.
Mia has 2 children at IC Imagine being 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 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 to 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 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.
Bio coming soon…
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.
Dr. Eddie Hoover (2015) Board President
Dr. Hoover, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, received his B.A. degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1965 and his M.D. degree from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina in 1969. Following two years of residency in general surgery at Duke, he was assigned to active duty in the United States Navy at the Naval Hospital on Guam in the Mariana Islands from 1971-73. He completed his general surgery at the New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center in 1975 and his Cardiothoracic Fellowship at the same institution in 1978. He spent two years as an assistant professor of surgery at Cornell before moving to Brooklyn, New York, as an associate professor of surgery at the State University of New York – Downstate and chief of surgical services at the Brooklyn Veteran’s Administration Medical Center from July 1980 – August 1987. In 1987 he was named the fourth Professor and chairman of the department of surgery at Meharry College in Nashville, Tennessee. He served as professor and chairman of the department of surgery and Executive Director of the General Surgery Residency Program at the State University of New York at Buffalo from 1990-2001. He also served as chief of the division of cardiothoracic surgery at SUNY/Buffalo from 1991 to 1994 and 2000-2002. Dr. Hoover has trained over 100 general surgeons and half dozen cardiothoracic surgeons who are currently practicing throughout the world.
Dr. Hoover was a member of 40 professional associations including Alpha Omega Alpha, the Society of University Surgeons, the American Association for Thoracic Surgery and the American Surgical Association. He was on the editorial boards of three journals and has published over 180 manuscripts, including co-authoring the landmark AMA apology to the NMA in the July 16, 2008 issue of JAMA. He has served as a visiting professor throughout the world and has been an associate examiner for the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He has served on several National Institutes of Health study sections and is past president of the Surgical Section of the National Medical Association and the Society of Black Academic Surgeons. From July of 2004 until July of 2013 he was named the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the National Medical Association, the nation’s leading medical journal on minority health. Dr. Hoover retired in 2013 but continues to mentor students from high school and college students, residents in training and junior faculty. He also works very closely with the department of surgery at the four campuses of the University of the West Indies strengthening their training programs and improving surgical care across the Caribbean. Dr. Hoover received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Duke University School of Medicine in 2013 and currently serves on the Medical Alumni Council.
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.
Megan Medley moved to the Asheville area in 2011 from Florida. She received her undergraduate degree in Secondary Social Studies Education from the University of North Florida in 2007 and her J.D. from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2011. She is currently licensed to practice law in both Florida and North Carolina. In 2008, Megan was given the opportunity through the Golden Key International Honour Society to travel to China on an anthropological and archeological expedition. While there she had many opportunities to learn and explore China’s culture, among those were participating in an archaeological dig, walking part of the Great Wall, and strolling the lanes of the Forbidden City. Megan is active in the community, participating in the 28th Judicial District Bar’s Young Lawyers Division, North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, and North Carolina Bar Association events. In addition to her volunteer activities with the local bar, Megan enjoys giving back to the youth in the area by giving private pitching lessons, clinics, and coaching girls fastpitch softball. In her spare time, Megan enjoys traveling, gardening, hiking with her dog Atticus, and reading.
ICI Approved Board Meeting Minutes
ICC Approved Board Meeting Minutes