Board of Trustees

Board Member Overview

Our governing board is comprised of dedicated members of the Penn Hills community and Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship family. We are grateful for their continued governance, guidance and leadership!

School Board Policies & By-Laws

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NOTICE is hereby given that the Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship School Board will hold meetings on the third Thursday of every other month and will begin at 7:00 p.m., 2501 Main Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15235. To dial in: (712)-832-8328 | Passcode: 4720992 The dates are as follows:


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Dr. Tricia Shelton, Chair – exp. June 2020

Tricia Shelton currently resides in Monroeville and is a former elementary teacher and principal in the Gateway School District. Currently, Dr. Shelton is an instructor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, teaching a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses for education such as Foundations of Literacy and Instruction and Social Studies for All Pre-K to Grade 4. She also serves as the program coordinator for the Community College of Allegheny County / IUP Middle Education Collaborative Program offered at CCAC. Dr. Shelton has also authored several publications and presented on the topic of teaching elementary students on the Autism Spectrum.

Mr. Jose Rodriguez, Vice Chair – exp. June 2020

José Rodriguez is a native of New York and a graduate of West Virginia University with a B.A. in Sports and Exercise Psychology. Professionally Jose is a Territory Manager at Heartland Payment Systems and has been an independent contractor at ACN brokering business for homes and businesses since 2012.  Jose was also the After-School Programs Director at Neighborhood Learning Alliance in Pittsburgh. Jose is involved in the community through activities with The Neighborhood Alliance, the United Way, and the Mt. Ararat Community Activity Center.

Mr. Allen Zeolla, Treasurer – exp. June 2021

Allen Zeolla is an Accountant, an Accredited Asset Management Specialist, and President of AZ Financial INC. Allen’s main business focus is Financial and Retirement Planning for individuals working as an Investment Advisor Representative with Signator Investors, Inc. In addition to this work, he also prepares approximately 265 Tax Returns for individuals and small businesses, a Medicare Advantage Plan consultant, and does general bookkeeping and payroll work for small businesses. His past job experiences include Auditing and Cost Accounting work. Allen has volunteered his services to the School Board in hopes that his Financial, Accounting, and Auditing background will be of value to the Board with the ongoing Financial and Procedural work needed by the Board.

 Mr. Darren McCormick, Secretary – exp. June 2020

Darren McCormick is from Valencia, PA and brings many years of higher and public education experience to the Penn Hills CS board. Mr. McCormick has worked in the admissions departments of a number of Pennsylvania colleges and universities over the years, specializing in minority student recruitment, advancement, and retention. He previously served as an academic advisor and black male mentor for NEED, the Pittsburgh-based nonprofit that aims to unlock the power of higher education for minority youth in the city. He is currently an Admissions Representative at LaRoche College.

Mr. David A. Burton, exp. June 2020

David A. Burton was born in Greenville, South Carolina.  He has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from South Carolina State University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh.  David is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Certified Personal Trainer, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, and a Doctoral Candidate at Duquesne University.

As a Senior Clinician and Business Strategist, David utilizes a holistic approach to treatment and business with an emphasis on rapport building.  David is not an advocate of medication in treatment unless it is needed.  “There is a reason for all behavior,” he said, “and when it comes to people seeking true wellness, I don’t want people to depend on medication.”  He enjoys helping people change and explore new dimensions of themselves.  “The Scarecrow, in the movie The Wiz, thought that he did not have a brain.  He believed that he was just a sack of old newspapers; but, it took the experience of a “journey” to help him realize that he was not just a sack of newspapers but a wealth of information.

David’s life’s passion is helping people go down “the yellow brick road” and find what they already have inside. His philosophy on life is, “that life is a game of chess, consisting of strategic thinking and teamwork.  There has to be a relationship between the “pieces” and everyone must understand their “role”.

Mrs. Terry Jackson, exp. June 2021

Terry Jackson has been married to her best friend for over 11 years, and they have three children.  Mrs. Jackson holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Leadership and Education from Point Park University. She is a business owner and has successfully expanded four times. Outside of running her business, she loves to travel and make a difference in the world by using her experience and diverse background to positively impact people.

Mr. Anthoney Preston, exp. June 2021

Anthoney Preston is a results-driven professional who advises entrepreneurs and non-profits on how to define and strengthen mission, values, and goals. An entrepreneur himself, Mr. Preston is the co-founder of Brainy Ball, ISA Learning, and synEco Solutions.