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Advisory Board Responsibilities

The Advisory Board promotes partnerships between business and public high schools and works with the Academy Director in providing academy tasks


  • Provides industry expertise to support the Academy curriculum.

  • Assists in student recruitment.

  • Provides paid internships for Academy students.

  • Encourages other community businesses to establish paid internships for students.

  • Provides access to industry training classes for teachers.

  • Provides industry familiarization tours for teachers and students.

  • Provides mentoring and shadowing opportunities for students and teachers.

  • Assists in budget ddevelopment for Academy activities.

  • Assists in fundraising to support Academy activities.

  • Assists in promotional activities for the Academy.

  • Assists in the expansion of Academy programs.

  • Provides scholarships for outstanding students.

  • Serves as an advocate for the Academy to educational, political, and business communities.


Current AOF Advisory Board Members
Mark Kretzschmar, State Employee's Credit Union
Mitch Perry, BCBSNC
Brandon Brake, Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP
Dr. Donna Corbett, Amazing Grace Etiquette Inc
Susan Wessels, School of Business, Meredith College
Joann David-Parilla, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Chris Hoover, Parent Representative
Sharon Heath- Riley, RSVP Events
Sandy Wheat, NCCEE
Betzy Rozakis, NC Housing Finance Agency
Elizabeth Divittorio, Cadece
David Falk Jr, Drucker & Falk
Mark Paccione, CapTrust Financial Advisors

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