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Leadership







A Message from Head of School
Dr. Chris Harmon
Head of School
Dr. Chris Harmon

Senior Leadership

List of 17 members.

  • Photo of Marie Woods

    Marie Woods 

    Associate Head of School
  • Photo of Jennifer Aliff

    Jennifer Aliff 

    Assistant to Head of School
  • Photo of Dana Ridenour

    Dana Ridenour 

    Assistant Head of School for Finance and Operations
  • Photo of Mary Ann Morris

    Mary Ann Morris 

    Assistant Head of School for Teaching and Learning
  • Photo of Ardin Tucker

    Ardin Tucker 

    Assistant Head of School for Enrollment Management
  • Photo of Marcia Bettis

    Marcia Bettis 

    Director of Human Resources
  • Photo of Jeffrey Pickren

    Jeffrey Pickren 

    Assistant Head of School for Advancement and Formation
  • Photo of Megan Koch

    Megan Koch 

    Academic Dean
  • Photo of Jennifer Scott

    Jennifer Scott 

    Head of Lower School
  • Photo of David Rogers

    David Rogers 

    Head of Middle School
  • Photo of Matthew Hixenbaugh

    Matthew Hixenbaugh 

    Head of Upper School
  • Photo of Karen Jones

    Karen Jones 

    Lower School-3rd Grade Teacher
  • Photo of Angela Crosby

    Angela Crosby 

    Director of Multicultural Affairs
  • Photo of Mark Jennings

    Mark Jennings 

    Capital Campaign and Planned Giving Director
    (678) 336-3230
  • Photo of Ryan Livezey

    Ryan Livezey 

    Director of Athletics
  • Photo of Daniel Hilton

    Daniel Hilton 

    Director of Arts
  • Photo of Kathryn Ingall

    Kathryn Ingall 

    Director of Marketing






A Message from our Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

List of 11 items.

  • Kelly Burns

    Kelly Burns currently serves as the Director of Consolidations at Teradata. She leads a team of professionals in ensuring the accurate financial presentation for a $2B data analytics company with presence in over 75 countries. Throughout her career, Kelly has served in a variety of accounting and finance roles with a specialty in helping companies navigate financial and/or business model transformation. Prior companies included Verizon, Siemens, Compass Group NA, and Kaplan. Kelly holds a BBA with a double major in Finance and Accounting, an MBA in International Business, and is a licensed CPA.

    Kelly and her husband, Chris, have 2 children at MPCS: Tanner (class of 2032) and Lynleigh (class of 2033). Their family worships at Fellowship Bible Church. Kelly serves on Mount Pisgah's Finance Committee and as a Parent Ambassador in the Lower School. 
  • Jimmy Cotty

    Jimmy Cotty is the Executive Director of the Georgia Ready Mixed Concrete Association (GRMCA), a 501c6 non-profit trade association representing numerous companies in the construction materials industry. In this role, Jimmy advocates for the GRMCA before the Georgia General Assembly and state regulatory bodies, promotes the expanded use of ready mix concrete, and collaborates on solutions for the industry with member companies and partner organizations. Jimmy also is the Principal of Jimmy Cotty LLC in which he provides government affairs consultation and advocates for his clients.
     
    Jimmy was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia and is a graduate of Auburn University. He and his wife Sally have resided in the Johns Creek area since 2009 and are the parents of four Mount Pisgah students who have all attended since preschool at the age of two: Kenston (Class of 2028), Olivia (Class of 2029), Huck (Class of 2031) and Davis (Class of 2033). The Cotty family attends North Point Community Church in Alpharetta.
  • Joe Gaynor

    Joe Gaynor is Chief Legal, Sustainability and Risk Officer for Birla Carbon, a global manufacturer of carbon black, with its world headquarters in Marietta, Georgia. Joe leads a team of professionals responsible for the legal, safety, and environmental matters associated with the company’s sales offices and production facilities in 12 countries and four continents.  Prior to his current position, Joe was the General Counsel for various private and publicly-held pharmaceutical, manufacturing, technology and sales and distribution companies.  Joe is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and holds a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from Miami University and a Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law. Joe and his wife Courtney have four children who attended Mount Pisgah Christian School: Ellen graduated in 2005; Daniel graduated in 2007; Alistair graduated in 2011; and Paris graduated in 2014. The Gaynors feel blessed to have been a part of Mount Pisgah for more than twenty years.   
  • Jim Gilvin

    Jim has been an active member of the Alpharetta community for two decades. For much of that time Jim was a licensed residential real estate agent who was active in homeowners associations representing his neighbors on issues that impacted this community before running for public office.

    Jim was elected to serve on the Alpharetta City Council in 2011 where he served four years as the council liaison to the city’s Parks and Recreation Department followed by two years as the liaison to the Public Safety Department. In May of 2018 Jim was elected as the Mayor of Alpharetta.

    Jim currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau board, the Alpharetta Public Safety Foundation, the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce and Tech Alpharetta in addition to the advisory board of the Ed Isakson/Alpharetta YMCA and the Regional
    Advisory Board of Wellstar North Fulton in addition to being a member of the Board of Trustees for Mount Pisgah Christian School.

    Jim and his wife Mary Anne, are the proud parents of two children, Justin and Sarah Gilvin. The family attends Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church. Jim holds a Bachelors Degree in Finance from Georgia Southern University and is a licensed real estate agent.
  • David Hailey

    David Hailey is an attorney in private practice and has served the Atlanta area since 1982. He has been a Partner in the law firm of Mozley, Finlayson & Loggins, LLP since 1990. David received his undergraduate degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his law degree from the University of Georgia. He currently serves as counsel for Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church and its related entities, including Mount Pisgah Christian School. David and his wife Jan have been members of Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church for many years, where he has served in numerous leadership positions and on a variety of committees. Two of their children, Carolyn, class of 2007, and Laura, class of 2012, attended Mount Pisgah Christian School. 
  • Curtis Hicks

    Curtis Hicks is president of Arrowhead Real Estate Advisors, a real estate development and brokerage company. He has spent his entire career in real estate in both national and local firms and graduated from Emory University with a BA degree. He and his family worship at Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church. He has three children who have attended or attend Mount Pisgah Christian School: Katie Luther class of 2007, Grant Hicks class of 2013 and Eve Hicks class of 2023.
  • Brian Ranck

    Brian Ranck is an Executive Director in the Atlanta office of J.P. Morgan Private Bank. In this role, he is responsible for delivering the firm’s investing, wealth transfer, credit and philanthropic services to high-net-worth clients in the Southeast. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Brian worked at BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Smith Barney, and Robinson-Humphrey. Involved in both the professional and local community, Brian is also an Advisory Board Member for Leadership Ministries, Inc. In the past, he has served as a Board Member of the Atlanta Estate Planning Council, a member of the Finance Committee for Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church, a Board Member of Leadership Ministries, Inc., and the Planned Giving Committee Chair for Visiting Nurse Health System. A native of Atlanta, Brian received his Bachelor’s degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and he has obtained his Certified Financial Planner™ certification. He is a member of Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church. Brian and his wife have three children. His son, Thomas, graduated from Mount Pisgah Christian School (class of 2021).  
  • Michael Schertell

    Having graduated HS from Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville Fl, Michael understands first hand the importance of a Christian education.  He went on to receive a B.B.A in Corporate Finance degree from the University of North Florida while working as a supervisor for United Parcel Service.  After graduation, Michael worked seventeen years in a career at Georgia Pacific in finance, operations, and SAP software implementation. Michael founded Abidance Healthcare in 2007 and retired in 2015.

    Michael is married to Julie and has a son, Jake, (class of 2018 ) and daughter, Jenna, (class of 2024) who both attend MPCS.  He is a member of the finance and advancement committees at MPCS.  He and his family worship at North Point Community Church.  Michael enjoys to travel, fish offshore, scuba dive, sail, and weight-lift.
  • Grant Thomas

    Grant Thomas was appointed by Governor Brian Kemp to serve as Director of the Governor's Office of Health Strategy and Coordination in June 2021. In this role, Grant leads a team charged with facilitating collaboration and coordination between state health agencies, coordinating state health functions and programs, serving as a forum for identifying Georgia’s specific health issues of greatest concern, and promoting cooperation from both public and private agencies to test new and innovative healthcare proposals. As Director, he also serves as the Governor's Health Policy Advisor, leads the state's implementation efforts for Georgia's Section 1332 Waiver to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), oversees implementation and operations of the state's All-Payer Claims Database (APCD), and leads efforts on other healthcare projects and initiatives for the state of Georgia.
     
    Grant has previously served in a number of government and external affairs roles.  He has previously served as Director of State Relations at the University of Georgia, Education and Higher Education Policy Advisor to Governor Brian Kemp, Government Affairs Manager at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and as Special Assistant to Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp.  

    Grant serves on Mount Pisgah Christian School's Board of Trustees, Alumni Board, Spiritual Life Committee, and Advancement Committee. He also currently serves as Chairman of the Alumni Board of Directors for the University of Georgia's School of Public and International Affairs and serves on the Zell Miller Foundation's Alumni Board of Directors. Grant was also appointed by Governor Kemp in 2019 to serve on the State of Georgia's Citizens Review Committee which led efforts to conduct a review of the state's K-12 Mathematics Standards.

    Grant earned both his bachelor's degree in Political Science and master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia. He is also a 2011 graduate of Mount Pisgah Christian School. He attends North Point Community Church in Alpharetta.
  • Doug Williams

    Doug Williams is the founder and CEO of Rialtic Inc., a next generation technology platform serving the health care administration space. Rialtic helps providers reduce complexity and costs by equipping and enabling payment and billing accuracy.
     
    Doug formerly served as the President and CEO of Cotiviti (COTV), a leading provider of payment accuracy and analytics-driven solutions that serves the healthcare and retail markets. Doug was the founder and CEO of iHeath Technologies from its inception in 2001; iHealth Technologies became Cotiviti.
  • Reverend Steve Wood

    Reverend Steve Wood is the Lead Pastor of Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church (MPUMC). He grew up in Sandy Springs and received a BBA in Finance from the University of Georgia in 1980. Steve attended Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, where he received a Master of Divinity degree. Upon graduation, he was appointed Pastor of Red Oak UMC in College Park and planted the New Covenant UMC in Douglasville. Prior to his appointment at MPUMC in 2007, he was appointed Senior Pastor of Sugar Hill UMC in Gwinnett County where he served for ten years. Steve currently serves on the boards of the General Council on Finance and Administration for the UMC, The Confessing Movement, and is past Chair of the Asbury Seminary Advisory Council. 

    Steve was elected three times as a clergy delegate to the world gathering of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church representing the North Georgia Conference in 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2019. Steve and his wife of thirty-five years, LeAnne, have four children who have attend Mount Pisgah: Lauren (’08), Lacey (’11), Layne (’17) and Steven, Jr. (’20). They also have two grandchildren. Steve has served on the MPCS Board since 2007.