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Kristian Allen
Kristian Allen
Governance Committee Chair
Kristian and her husband Pete have made Asheboro their home for 21 years. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a Degree in Political Science and from Campbell Law School with a J.D. Kristian practiced law in Greensboro in a private practice for six years before joining The Randolph County District Attorney's Office.  Kristian and Pete enjoy raising their 2 sons, attending basketball games, traveling, and working around their home.
Carter Bills
Carter Bills
Chairperson/ Executive Committee Chair
Born and raised nearby, in High Point, NC, Carter Bills has lived in Asheboro since 2011. Joining Uwharrie Charter Academy’s Board of Directors in 2018, Carter has served the community in other areas including: Board Member of the National Sports Media Association (NSMA); Board Member on the Randolph County Senior, Boomer, Caregiver Expo; Board Member of High Point University’s Young Alumni Council; Advisor to Pi Kappa Alpha, Delta Omega at HPU; Youth Soccer Coach at the Randolph-Asheboro YMCA; and Volunteer at Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen.
Professionally, Carter works as an AVP of Golf for Wasserman— a global sports & entertainment agency representing Brands, Properties, Athletes and Musicians that includes 3,000+ Talent across all Sports and Music genres. Chiefly, he serves as an expert consultant for some of biggest brands in the sport of Golf and also drives new revenue for the Gold Division’s Athletes, Events, and Consulting & Hospitality clients. Prior to joining Wasserman in 2016, Carter developed 10-years of experience in business development that included work in the NBA with the Charlotte Hornets franchise.
Graduating cum laude from High Point University, he earned a BS in Business Administration, Economics; and a BA in Communication, Journalism with also studying International Business and Communications during a semester abroad in Oxford, UK. Carter met his wife, Morgan Hunt Bills (born and raised in Randolph County), while both at HPU. They have two children— Mary Rush (2014) and Hunt (2017); and a yellow lab, Holden (2012).  
Chelsey Butler
Secretary, Executive Committee
Rebecca Mead
Rebecca Mead
Governance Committee
Rebecca Mead was born and raised in Asheboro, NC where she graduated from Asheboro High School. She went on to pursue a degree in Communications from UNC-Greensboro and graduated in 2010. She currently works as an Event Coordinator for Agency Resource Solutions, a company that trains Remote Service Specialists for State Farm Agents. She is also a Remote Service Specialist for three State Farm agents in the North Carolina area.

Rebecca is also an avid volunteer for the Junior League of Greensboro where she currently serves as the upcoming Executive Vice President. In her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband of 10 years, Philip (also of Asheboro), her two children Monroe and Walker and their animals. She enjoys traveling to new places and loves a good podcast.

John Reid
Academic Excellence Committee Chair
John A. Reid joined the Uwharrie Charter Academy Board of Directors in 2022. He is a retired
law enforcement officer with 30 years of service. He is currently an Assistant Professor of
Criminal Justice and a Law Enforcement Consultant at Pfeiffer University. He has served the
Randolph County community as a graduate of Leadership Randolph, membership on the Farmer
Elementary School Advisory Council, the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, and the State
Employees Credit Union Advisory Board. He has also served as President of the N.C. Chapter of
the FBI National Academy Associates. Additionally, he has coached football and women’s
basketball at Southwestern Randolph High School for several years. John and his family are
members at First Baptist Church in Asheboro, where he has served both as Deacon and
Chairman of the Diaconate.

John earned his BS from East Carolina University and his MS from the University of Alabama.
He is also a graduate of the 221st Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
John was born and raised in Albemarle, N.C. but now resides in Asheboro with his wife Lora
and two children, Allee and Bryson.
Ryan Terry
Ryan Terry
Governance Committee
Ryan Terry is the owner of Terry Property Management, a Real Estate investment company focused on providing affordable housing opportunities in the triad area, established in 2021.  Ryan is also a Real Estate agent with Coldwell Banker Advantage. Prior to starting his company and a career in Real Estate, Ryan was a Manager in a Medical Manufacturing facility and worked in Medical manufacturing for over 15 years. In his free time Ryan enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife Kristen, and two daughters Nubia and Justice. Ryan has lived in Asheboro for over 15 years.
Jonathan Thill
Jonathan Thill
Governance Committee
Dr. Jonathan Thill, Ed.D. is a resident of Asheboro, NC and the founder of VentureAsheboro, a business accelerator space.  Dr. Thill is an entrepreneurship education advocate and hosts accelerator programs, mentorship platforms, and creates documentaries about inspiring entrepreneurs.  In addition to his service on the board of UCA, Dr. Thill serves on the boards of the Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce and RhinoLeap Productions.
David Van Derveer
Finance Committee
Eric Ward
Eric Ward
Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair
Eric Ward was born and raised in Randolph County.  He grew up in the Randleman area where he attended both Randleman Elementary and Middle schools before transferring to Fayetteville Street Christian School where he graduated in 2002. He then went on to North Carolina A & T State University where he pursued a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
He is married to his high school sweetheart Jessica and they have 3 children; Jaxon, Ellie, and Tate. Eric is the president of Triad Heating & Cooling, Inc. with locations in Asheboro, Greensboro, and Elkin where he employs over 20 people. He and his wife also own and operate A Fairview Farm where they enjoy raising black Angus beef cows and giving farm tours to educate the next generations.
Greg Zephir
Finance Committee
Greg Zephir joined the Uwharrie Charter Academy Board of Directors in 2019.  Greg is currently the Town Manager for the Town of Troy and has served in that capacity for 15 years.  Greg also currently serves as the Chairman for the Troy Neighborhood Redevelopment Corporation and is President of the Troy Dixie Baseball League.
Greg holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Chowan University and a Masters of Public Administration Degree from East Carolina University and is an ICMA Credentialed Manager.  He is also a graduate of the Public Executive Leadership Academy at UNC Chapel Hill.  He and is wife, Alicia, have been married for 20 years.  They enjoy supporting their two wonderful children, Logan and Landon, and attending all of their baseball and softball games.
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