Leadership

 

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly
Head of School

Prior to becoming Head of School, Mark Kelly served for eight years on staff with First Baptist Concord, most recently as Executive Director for the past four years.  During this time, he has enjoyed the privilege of serving all of the diverse ministries of the church and is passionate about making an eternal impact on the lives of others.  Mark joined the FBC team in 2009 after a distinguished career in the U.S. Air Force, and after serving in leadership positions with companies in both the public and private sectors.  Mark holds an A.A.S in Logistics from the Community College of the Air Force, where he was on staff for six years as a degree program manager and member of the SACS accreditation team.  He also holds a B.S.B.A in Finance from Auburn University at Montgomery, and is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.  Mark also serves as a permanent member of the Concord Christian School Board, as a member of the Board of Directors for KnoxWorx, as a member of the East Tennessee C12CEO group, is actively involved with the SBC Executive Pastor Leadership group, and has served in leadership positions of other local community and professional associations.  

Mark and his wife Machelle are the proud parents of two daughters, Megan and Lidnsey.  They recently celebrated Megan's marriage to Spencer Turner.  Spending time with family is a priorty to Mark, and he also enjoys reading, art, music, movies, and all types of sports.

Haley Cottrell
Haley Cottrell
Executive Assistant to Head of School

HALEY COTTRELL graduated from the University of Tennessee with a BS in Human Ecology.  This is her first year at CCS.  She has been married to Chip for 13 years.  They have two children, Chase and Sara Kate, and two dogs, Roscoe and Mac.  Chase is in second grade at CCS and Sarah Kate is in WEE Preschool.  Her hobbies are running, cooking and attempting to be crafty.

Leigh Ledet
Leigh Ledet
Elementary Principal

LEIGH LEDET is the elementary school principal.  She has been at Concord Christian School for ten years and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Mrs. Ledet taught for many years in North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee before accepting a position at CCS.  She has been married twenty eight years and has two adult children who both attended Concord Christian School.  Her favorite part of each day is visiting classrooms and watching students engaged in learning.  Mrs. Ledet enjoys kayaking, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Amanda Lane
Amanda Lane
Middle School Principal

AMANDA LANE is the Middle School Principal. Over her eighteen years at CCS, she has watched the growth from a small K-5 school to the current K-12 school with many opportunities.  She enjoys working with middle school students because of their energetic personalities and desire to live out their Christian faith.  Mrs. Lane’s undergraduate degree is a B.A. from Maryville College in Child Development and Learning with Teacher Licensure.  She is currently pursuing her Masters in Educational Leadership through Carson Newman University.  She and her husband, Justin, have three sons who are all students at CCS.  Jacob is in fifth grade, and Joshua and Aaron are freshmen and members in the inaugural Pride of the Den Marching Band.  In her free time, Mrs. Lane also enjoys reading and scrapbooking.

Nathan Pifer
Nathan Pifer
High School Principal

NATHAN PIFER graduated from Covenant College in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education.  In 1989 he earned his Master of Arts in Education from Western Carolina University, and in 2008 received his Education Specialist degree in Instructional Leadership from Tennessee Tech University.  Nathan has 16 years of teaching experience in higher education and two years of administrative experience as the assistant high school principal at the Christian Academy of Knoxville.  He has also had a successful coaching career that spanned 32 years, most recently as the head men’s soccer coach at Covenant College. 

Through all of this, Nathan has been a mentor to young people, building trusting relationships with both students and their families.  He has dealt with the challenges that come from working with students, be it academic, spiritual or behavioral struggles.  Nathan looks back at all of these experiences that the Lord has put in place as great preparation for his role at Concord Christian School.

Nathan and his wife, Angie, have been married for 33 years and have two married sons. The Pifer family is excited about the transition back to Knoxville.  

Stephanie Mason
Stephanie Mason
Director of Admissions and Marketing

STEPHANIE MASON has a B.S. in Business from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and has held various marketing and sales positions for Ford Motor Company for 10 years.  Mike and Stephanie were married almost 22 years ago and have enjoyed the many adventures God has taken them on together.  She has 3 incredible children and was blessed to be a stay-at-home mom with them for 17 years.  She is Abigayle, Madeleine and William’s biggest fan! Five years ago her family moved here from Dusseldorf, Germany and she never anticipated God’s plan for her here at CCS.   She loves Women’s Bible Studies and is a Beth Moore “Junky” and her favorite day off activity is taking her dog Chewie for walks at local parks. 

Kenda McHale
Kenda McHale
International Director

KENDA MCHALE is the Director of International Programs. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Arizona State University. She is married with two beautiful children. Her family has hosted 6 international students from China, South Korea, and Germany. She enjoys mountain biking, running, hiking, reading, writing and traveling in the states and abroad.

Linda Reedy
Linda Reedy
Academic Dean

LINDA REEDY has a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Newburgh Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Bob Jones University.  She is beginning her 12th year at Concord Christian School and her 27th year in Christian education.  While Ms. Reedy serves as Academic Dean, she enjoys being in the classroom when classes are available.  She has also coached many sports with volleyball being her main focus.  Ms. Reedy is currently an ACSI Regional Commission Chairperson and consults and leads accreditation visits each year.  Ms. Reedy enjoys travel and has been all over the world serving on short-term mission’s opportunities and leading student groups.

Tamara Dallery
Tamara Dallery
Guidance Counselor

TAMARA DALLERY is the High School Guidance Counselor. She has a BA in Psychology from Gordon College and a Masters in Counseling and Human Development  from Long Island University. Mrs. Dallery has been working with children for over 16 years as a Guidance Counselor, adoption worker and foster care case manager.   She and her husband have been married 29 years and have three children: Will, Abby and Maclean. Mrs. Dallery will be working with student scheduling, college planning and the application process, scholarships, and academic advisory.

Allison Maurer
Allison Maurer
Athletic Director

ALLISON MAURER received her Bachelors of Science in Dietetics from Olivet Nazarene University. A Master’s Degree in Nutrition from Georgia State University. Allison was the Sports
Nutritionist for UT Knoxville. A board certified specialist in sports dietetics, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and is the Vice President/Treasurer for the Collegiate and Professionals Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA). She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Emile Sloan
Emile Sloan
Admissions Assistant

EMILE SLOAN has a B.A. degree in Religion from Carson-Newman College. She has over 15 years experience in fundraising, marketing and event planning for non-profit organizations (including Cotton Incorporated). Emile and her husband, Stephen, have been married 16 years. They have 3 children; Drew, Cooper and Molly, who attend CCS. Emile enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with family and friends. 

Amanda Baldwin
Amanda Baldwin
IT Director

AMANDA BALDWIN graduated with a B.S.. degree in Secondary Education - Social Studies from Tennessee Technology University.  She taught 7th grade Social Studies at Sweetwater Junior High before coming to CCS in 2002.  She taught computer class until receiving her Master's Degree from Johnson University in Bible and Educational Technology.  She became the IT Director for CCS in 2007.  Her husband, Greg Baldwin is a Senior Master Sergeant in the Air National Guard and works at UPS.  They have two sons, Jake and Alex, that also attend CCS.

Vanessa Mills
Vanessa Mills
Business Manager

VANESSA MILLS has been an employee of the school for 17 years and a parent at the school since it opened.  Ms. Mills will be receiving her BS in Business Administration, Accounting from the University of Tennessee summer of 2015.  She has a daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter that live in Kentucky and a son that attends college in Ohio.  She loves spending her free time with her family.  She also loves animals, audio books and enjoys spending time in the outdoors.  

Lisa Roberts
Lisa Roberts
Assistant Bookkeeper

LISA ROBERTS is starting her tenth year at CCS.  Over the years she has served in various capacities.  Currently she is working in the finance office as Assistant Bookkeeper.  Lisa and her husband, Randy, have been married for 25 years and have two high school boys who have both been students at CCS since kindergarten.  Before having children and working at CCS, Lisa worked at Baptist Hospital as a surgical nurse.

Julie Arnold
Julie Arnold
Registrar

JULIE ARNOLD graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Speech & Theatre with a concentration in Speech Communication.  She also received her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee Law School.  This is Julie’s second year working for CCS, but she worked for FBC for 5 years previous to that.  Julie is married to Steve, who teaches part-time for the high school.  They have 3 children:  Leslie graduated from CCS in 2015, Josh is a Senior and Hope is an 8th grader.

Kayce Bailey
Kayce Bailey
HS Secretary

KAYCE BAILEY attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga majoring in Art Education where she met her husband of 19 years, Jason. Kayce has held numerous administrative and management positions including Vice President and Wholesale Account Manager at Better For Babies, Inc. Kayce has most recently loved being a stay-at-home, homeschooling mother to her five sons and one daughter. Kayce enjoys date nights with her husband, making people laugh and is passionate about advocating for children in foster care.

 

Stephanie Kirkpatrick
Stephanie Kirkpatrick
School Secretary

STEPHANIE KIRKPATRICK attended Roane State Community College majoring in Computer Science. She then went to work for a Naval Contractor in Oak Ridge, TN as a Computer Operator. This is where she met her husband, Gary, and has now been married for 28 years. They love spending time with their three children and their beautiful grandson!  Stephanie has been with the CCS family for nine years, where two out of her three children have attended. Her grandson is now three years old and attends the WEE program and will eventually attend CCS as well.

Angela Snyder
Angela Snyder
Receptionist

ANGELA SNYDER has worked at CCS for the past 13 years.  She is married and has two children that both have attended CCS.  Her hobbies are attending sporting events with her family and reading.

Stephanie Carter
Stephanie Carter
Administartive Assistant

STEPHANIE CARTER is the Middle/High School Administrative Assistant. Mrs. Carter received her Associate’s degree in Business Management from Pellissippi State College.  Mrs. Carter has 15 years of experience in the Telecommunications field which includes direct Supervision/Management of a Call Center. She has been married twelve years and has two children: Camden and Madison who both attends Concord Christian School. Mrs. Carter enjoys hiking, gardening and crafting and football.

Robin Baxter
Robin Baxter
Administrative Assistant HM

ROBIN BAXTER graduated from Virginia Intermont College with a Bachelor’s in Paralegal Science and later received her Juris Doctor from the George C. Taylor School of Law at the University of Tennessee.  As an attorney, she has held positions within the state court system and at the Tennessee Valley Authority.  Mrs. Baxter and her husband, Brad, have two children and have called Knoxville their home for more than 20 years.  After having the privilege of being a stay at home mom for several years, she is enthusiastic about her new career path.  As a self-proclaimed non-athletic person, Mrs. Baxter is working hard to increase her knowledge of sports daily and is loving every minute of it.  As a parent to two children who have been a part of the educational programs here since preschool, she has a true heart for the ministry of CCS and cannot wait to see what God has in store for our school.

Kevin Greene
Kevin Greene

KEVIN GREENE  joined the staff at First Baptist Concord in 2015. He has an extensive background in Law Enforcement including patrol, undercover work and training. In addition to serving as the Security Manager at Concord, Kevin also serves as Supervisor for the Reserve Training Division with the Knox County Sheriff's Office. He is a certified instructor for many subjects, both civilian and law enforcement; including firearms, Taser, verbal deescalation and several others. He is a factory-trained armorer for both Glock and Taser. He is also a State Certified Trainer for TN Handgun Carry permits, as well as TN State Armed Guards.

Kevin and his wife, Melissa, both grew up at First Baptist Concord and even began dating after a college mission trip to South Africa in 2001. They, along with their daughter and son, enjoy going camping and can often be found wandering around Dollywood! When not at work or the firing range, Kevin can be found enjoying a baseball game or training his Belgian Malinois, Mace.

Please feel free to come up to Kevin and introduce yourself anytime you see him around campus. He always enjoys getting to know new folks!