Board of Directors

Ed Franklin
Franklin, Ed
Board Chair
Ed Franklin has served as Board Chair since 2012. He currently works at Bank of America as a Development Manager where he is responsible for driving diverse supplier development strategies for Global Marketing & Corporate Affairs, Global Human Resources, Corporate Real Estate, and General & Administrative categories. He partners closely with his procurement, category management, vendor management, and business unit peers to help ensure diverse vendor access to Bank of America sourcing opportunities and to maintain its seat in the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

Previously, Ed served as a Senior Program Manager at Bank of America and was responsible for business continuity, enterprise data management, customer care, and real estate matters for Global Support Services. He was also co-creator of the Global Corporate Services Professional Development Experience for which he won a 2015 Global Diversity and Inclusion award. In his previous assignments at Bank of America, he worked on property and project manager teams within the Corporate Workplace group. As project manager, he provided project management oversight for retail and office construction projects in North and South Carolina and was also a Charlotte regional property director for over 2 million square feet of administrative office space, bank-owned parking facilities, and land. He was chosen as the Corporate Workplace lead for the 2012 Democratic National Convention event working closely with the DNC Convention Committee, CMPD, Secret Service, Bank of America tenants, suppliers, and other constituents.

Prior to joining Bank of America, Ed was part of Jacobs Engineering, providing construction sourcing support for AMTRAK’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for projects in the eastern half of the US; sourcing lead for the 50-story Duke Energy Center project, administrative office portfolio, and international portfolio for Wells Fargo; and global team lead for Intel Corporation’s Facilities and Materials Services team providing construction sourcing expertise for semiconductor and assembly/test projects in the United States, Ireland, Israel, China, Costa Rica, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

Ed holds an MBA from the Marshall School of Business and BS in Civil Engineering from the Viterbi School of Engineering – both at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He is an active member of the New Generation of African-American Philanthropists of Charlotte, F3, and Mecklenburg Community Church. Ed resides in Huntersville, NC with his 3 boys (who all attend Corvian).
Mike Hartshorne
Hartshorne, Mike
Board Member

Mike Hartshorne received his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from the State University of New York at Cortland and the Sage College of Albany, New York. Additionally, he holds a master’s degree in Administration Education from Gardner Webb University. 

Mike is currently the owner and business leader of three Burn Boot Camp fitness centers located in Concord NC; Harrisburg, NC; and, Grand Rapids, MI. Under his leadership, the organization has embodied its mission of empowering communities and individuals through health, fitness, nutrition and wellness. His gyms also provide opportunities for children to participate in fitness through a variety of kids’ camps to promote speed and agility as well as the development of healthy habits. 

Mike has served on the Burn Boot Camps Advisory Council since 2017, where he developed and implemented policies and procedures to assist fitness franchise partners in the successful operation of their locations. Mike also serves on the Franchise Fitness Committee, providing collaborative direction to assist other franchise owners in the development of innovative training and education programs. 

Previously, Mike was an elementary physical education teacher at Pine Lake Preparatory from 2008-2011, where he participated in the early development of the PE and Health program for K-12 grades and assisted their athletic program. He then joined the Lincoln Charter School as Assistant Principal from 2011-2014 to pursue his passion for education administration. Mike has coached high school baseball and basketball at the varsity level and has assisted with charter schools’ athletic programs efforts with NCHSAA affiliation. 

Mike currently resides in Huntersville, NC with his wife and two children. 

Jesh Humphrey
Humphrey, Jesh
Board Vice-Chair
Jesh Humphrey, Vice Chair, has served on the Board of Directors since 2014. As Vice Chancellor of Institutional Integrity and General Counsel for UNC Charlotte, Jesh provides legal counsel as the university’s senior attorney and maintains responsibility for the supervision and administration of the Division of Institutional Integrity. The Division of Institutional Integrity supports UNC Charlotte, as an urban research university, in its endeavors to achieve its academic mission and strategic plan while adhering to the University’s ethical, legal, and regulatory responsibilities. The Division of Institutional Integrity consists of the Office of Legal Affairs, the Office of Ethics and Compliance, the Title IX Office, the Internal Audit Department, and Enterprise Risk Management.

Jesh previously served as Chief Legal Officer for the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics and as Assistant Vice President for Legal Affairs for the University of North Carolina. Before moving in-house with the UNC system, Jesh served as outside counsel to corporate and education clients in private practice with Helms, Mulliss & Wicker, PLLC (now McGuire Woods LLP). He received a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.

Jesh met and married his wife, Michelle, while they both attended law school. Michelle worked in child advocacy as a staff attorney for the Council for Children's Rights before transitioning to staying at home full-time with their two boys, Colin and Rhys, both of whom love being students at Corvian. The Humphrey family enjoys learning together, laughing together, playing games and sports together, and supporting the Charlotte 49ers together. They attend Mecklenburg Community Church.
Amanda Meister
Meister, Amanda
Board Secretary
Amanda was born and raised in South Florida. She and her family moved to North Carolina in 2006. Amanda has been a Corvian employee and parent since 2019. Her daughter was a member of Corvian's first graduating class and is now attending Western Carolina University. Amanda's son is currently a student at Corvian.
Valeria Mendoza
Mendoza, Valeria
Staff Representative

Valeria (Val) Mendoza joined the board in November 2021.  She is originally from Ecuador and moved to North Carolina in 2012 to pursue a higher education degree and play Division II tennis. She received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Pfeiffer University.  

Additionally, Val holds a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Val’s clinical experience extends to clients from a diverse range of backgrounds and ages. 

Val started working at Corvian in 2019 as a Spanish teacher. Since January 2021 she has been serving as a High School Counselor. Currently, Val also teaches Psychology and provides college and career guidance to the students.

When she’s not at work, Val enjoys playing tennis, traveling and reading.

Drew Polly
Polly, Drew
Board Member
Drew Polly has served on the Board of Directors since 2021. Drew works in the Elementary Education program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. As part of his role Drew teaches courses in Elementary Education focused on mathematics teaching, instructional planning, and assessment. Drew is involved with various service activities in the state, as he supports teachers, schools, and school districts in the Charlotte region with their mathematics instruction through professional learning workshops and meetings. Drew also partners with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and their partner Technical Outreach to Public Schools, as an item and test form reviewer for the mathematics End of Grade tests given to students in North Carolina. As part of his job Drew also conducts research and has published over 80 articles and book chapters focused on teacher learning and has collaborated on over $9 million dollars worth of grant funds to support projects related to teacher learning in mathematics.

Prior to working at UNC Charlotte, Drew taught elementary school in Williamsburg, VA, and served as a professional development facilitator for the College of William and Mary. He then moved to Athens, GA, where he worked as a professional development facilitator and research assistant at the University of Georgia.

Drew and his wife Angela live in Davidson, NC with their daughters Breleigh and Journey, and their dog Ollie Polly. They enjoy spending time outdoors, playing board games, and reading books together. In his spare time Drew coaches competitive soccer for the Charlotte Independence Soccer Club.
Michelle Spencer
Spencer, Michelle
Michelle Spencer joined Corvian Community School’s Board of Directors in June 2022. She works at Vannoy Construction where she is part of an onsite construction management team focused on community and healthcare projects around the Charlotte area. She enjoys being a part of projects that provide essential care and services to enhance our community. Prior to working at Vannoy, Michelle
worked in architecture in the San Francisco Bay area and Chicago where she also focused primarily on the community and healthcare sector prior to moving to Charlotte. She took several years off while her two children were younger. She took the opportunity to be an active part of their elementary school’s PTA and volunteering for their classes.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Kent State University. Additionally, she holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She was licensed as an Architect in 2005.

Michelle met her husband Michael while they were both studying architecture. They reside in Huntersville, NC with their two children and two dogs. They love living in the Lake Norman area and have lived there since 2009.
The Board of Directors meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm at Corvian High School (4041 Johnston Oehler Road, Charlotte, NC 28269).
These meetings are open to the public.  
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