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Leadership







A Message from our Board of Trustees

Interim Head of School
Dr. David W. Tilley

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Executive Leadership Team

List of 7 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 

    Assistant Head of School for Enterprise
  • Photo of Jeffrey Pickren

    Jeffrey Pickren 

    Assistant Head of School for Advancement and Formation

Senior Leadership Team

List of 8 members.

  • 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 

    Preschool Director
  • Photo of Angela Crosby

    Angela Crosby 

    Director of Multicultural Affairs
  • Photo of Ryan Livezey

    Ryan Livezey 

    Director of Athletics
  • Photo of Daniel Hilton

    Daniel Hilton 

    Director of Arts

Board of Trustees

List of 12 items.

  • Beth Tanzy

    Beth Tanzy worked as a Certified Public Accountant for KPMG and as an Investor Relations Specialist for Coca-Cola.  She has served in many volunteer roles at MPCS including the Pisgah Parents board and the Pisgah Arts board.  She is an active member at Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church and has sat on the Pastor Parish Relations Committee and the Finance Committee.  

    She is also a covenant group leader and is co-director of Camp Lighthouse, a Christian camp for underprivileged children.  Beth and her husband, Matt, have 3 children who are Alpha-Omega students – Allison, a 2013 graduate, Mitchell, a 2015 graduate and Olivia, who will graduate in 2020.  
  • Brian Ranck

    Brian Ranck is a Private Banker 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. Brian worked at BNY Mellon Wealth Management before joining J.P. Morgan in 2012. He began his career over 20 years ago at Robinson-Humphrey, which later became Smith Barney. Brian is 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, attends Mount Pisgah Christian School (class of 2021).
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Doug Williams

    Doug Williams is the CEO of Cotiviti where he focuses on driving value for clients through continual advancements in solutions to the market and the internal capabilities of the organizations he’s led. He was CEO of iHealth Technologies when it was founded in 2001 and now carries on his leadership at the helm of Cotiviti. Doug also held strategic positions at Magellan Specialty Health, Vivra and CIGNA Healthcare. Doug received a BSBA from Appalachian State University. He and his family worship at Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church. Doug and his wife Dianne have two daughters: Ashley who is a 2015 graduate and Brittany who is a 2009 graduate.
  • Grant Thomas

    Grant Thomas currently serves as Director of State Relations at the University of Georgia. In this role, Grant serves as the university's primary liaison to the Georgia General Assembly, Office of the Governor, state agencies and related groups. He also assists with the development and implementation of the university's state level agenda and connects faculty and administrators with elected and appointed officials across state government. Prior to joining the University of Georgia, Grant served as Legislative Liaison and Policy Advisor to Governor Brian Kemp, advising the Governor on several policy areas including education and higher education. Grant has also previously held government and external affairs roles at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and the Georgia Secretary of State's Office.

    Grant serves on Mount Pisgah Christian School's Board of Trustees, Alumni Board and Advancement Committee. He also currently serves on the Alumni Board of Directors for the University of Georgia's School of Public and International Affairs and 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 is charged with conducting a review of the state's K-12 Mathematics Standards.

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

    Bio coming soon.
  • 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.  He and his family worship at Mount Pisgah Unite Methodist Church. Joe and his wife Courtney have four children who attended Mount Pisgah Christian School: Michael 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 fifteen years.   
  • 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 transformation by building effective teams that utilize full-cycle accounting and finance knowledge to streamline budgeting, reporting and data analytics. 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. 
  • 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.
  • Mike Reinsel

    Mike Reinsel serves as Executive Director of Rivers of the World (ROW), an international organization that partners with remote communities in five countries to anchor healthy, sustainable communities of faith in Jesus Christ. As a long-time Board member, and now Executive Director of ROW, Mike has led over 30 mission trips to many of the Rivers of the World mission outposts, and he has traveled the world on behalf of international development and Christian missions. Prior to serving at ROW, Mike founded Floorworks in 1995 with a desire to honor God in the business environment and has also answered the call to several ministry roles including serving as Executive Pastor at Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church and as CEO of Apartment Life, a Dallas-based apartment ministry. Mike and his wife Christina have three children who are all graduates of MPCS; Eric, Michael, and Carly, and one grandchild, Jake Thomas Seigler.
  • Reverend Steve Wood

    Reverend Steve Wood is the Lead Pastor of Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church (MPUMC). Steve attended Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, where he received the Master of Divinity degree. Upon graduation, Steve 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, Steve 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. 

    He was one of clergy delegates elected 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-three years, LeAnne, have four children who have attend Mount Pisgah: Lauren (’08), Lacey (’11), Layne (’17) and Steven, Jr. (’20). Steve has served on the MPCS Board since 2007.