Board Members

Chairman of the Board

Steven L. Moody

Steven Moody is an educator with a doctorate (EdD) in curriculum and instruction who will provide his vast skills, experience, and knowledge of school education programs, management, finance, education law, and community outreach to NCVA. He is currently Assistant Education Director/Principal of Foothills Correctional Institution in Morganton, North Carolina. From 2002 to 20013, he headed the Education Department at Western Youth Institution, a prison youth facility that was combined with Foothills. He facilitates an education program averaging 350 juvenile offenders daily, offering curriculum that includes early literacy and ABE programs, GED and freshmen level college courses, and introductory vocational classes. He supervises a staff of 32 certified educators providing special education, core curriculum, and Title I services, as well as numerous GED and vocational instructors from Western Piedmont Community College. He designed and implemented expansion of the curriculum to include more vocational classes, employment and transitional skills classes, and remedial reading.

Prior to moving to North Carolina, Steven was principal of First Baptist Christian School; Mishawaka, Indiana, from 1997 to 2001. He assisted and supervised faculty and staff in the day-to-day operations of the school including providing marketing information and promotional needs to the public; coordinating a parent support organization; communicating organizational needs and desires with church boards; implementing policy; assisting teachers with implementing curriculum; maintaining discipline by counseling students and contacting parents; and observing and evaluating faculty.

His professional education career began as a teacher and curriculum coordinator at Trinity Christian School; Concord, New Hampshire, from 1985 to 1993. While at Trinity Christian School he developed and implemented lesson plans for a multi-grade classroom and school technology program for computer literacy; evaluated students regularly maintaining accurate student records; communicated with parents and students as needed; created and operated a cost-saving curriculum rotation at various levels; selected textbooks and coordinated book orders; developed scheduling for grades 7-12; and maintained contacts and communication with the community on a Chamber of Commerce business partnership committee.

Steven has presented numerous workshops and published numerous papers addressing education issues, including juvenile offenders, literacy, student self-esteem, alternative assessment, community building, community resources, and high school reform.

He is currently serving as Chairman of the Board, New Dimensions Charter School; at-large-member of the Burke County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council; and member, Burke County Crime Prevention Council. He recently served on the North Carolina Youth Accountability Task Force/Legislative Study Group (2000-2010) and Burke County Red Cross Board of Directors (2004-2006).

Steven earned an EdD in curriculum and instruction from the University of Virginia in 2002 as well as an MS in educational administration (1993), and BS in elementary education (1985) from Bob Jones University. He is also certified in the state of North Carolina in the areas of school administration, curriculum specialist, elementary education, and preK-6.

Members of the School Board

Sara W. C. Struhs, Vice Chairman of the Board

Sara has an extensive history in working in education and Government. She most recently worked as a private contractor for the Foundation for Excellence in Education as the director of professional development. From 2002, Sara served under Governor Jeb Bush in various capacities. She was senior staff, Director of Professional Development in the Executive Office of the Governor, the Executive Director of the gubernatorial fellows program, and the transition team leader and legacy project lead. She served as the special advisor to the secretary of education in the Florida Department of Education from 2001-2002.

Dick Thomas, Treasurer

Richard has extensive sales and marketing experience working for fortune 500 companies such as Domtar and Weyerhaeuser. He is a visionary and inspirational leader with experience in international markets, mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Thomas’s academic credentials include, Stanford Executive Program, Xavier University, MBA and Dickenson College, BA Economics and Psychology.

Brenda Robertson

Brenda is a veteran teacher with 30 plus years in public school education. She has worked as a classroom teacher in Goldsboro City Schools, Wayne County, Onslow County and currently works for Duplin County. Earning her BS in Education and Masters in Middle School from East Carolina, she also has Ag Education certification from North Carolina State University. Brenda is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa which is an international honorary organization for women educators. She is also a member of the Camp Lejeune Staff Wives Club.

Tracy Johnson

Tracy is the owner of Ace Services, Inc. which services government service contracts employing approximately 300 people. Possessing extensive background in the RFP process, personnel management, purchasing, contract negotiation and governmental compliance. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a BS in Biology and Agricultural Engineering.