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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You can find a copy of our policy book at the school’s front office. Otherwise please contact our School Board Secretary at for inquiries.


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 pm, 2501 Main Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15235, as follows:

2017-2018 School Board Meeting Dates

July 6, 2017, Special Board Meeting, Agenda, Minutes
August 17, 2017, AgendaFinancial ReportSchool Report, Minutes
September 20, 2017, Special Board Meeting, Agenda, Minutes
October 19, 2017, Agenda, School Report, Minutes
December 21, 2017, Agenda, Financial Report, School Report, Minutes
February 15, 2018, AgendaFinancial Report, School Report, Minutes
April 19, 2018 MEETING CANCELLED – RESCHEDULED TO MAY 10, 2018, AgendaFinancial Report, School Report

2016-2017 School Board Meeting Dates

August 18, 2016, Agenda, Financial Statement, School Report, Minutes
September 15, 2016, Agenda, Financial Report, School Report, Minutes
October 20, 2016, Agenda, Financial Report, School Report, Minutes
November 17, 2016, Agenda, Financial Report, School Report, Minutes
December 15, 2016, Agenda, Financial Report, School Report, Minutes
February 16, 2017, Agenda, Financial Report, School Report, Minutes
April 20, 2017, Agenda, Financial Report, School ReportMinutes
May 9, 2017 Special Board Meeting, AgendaMinutes
May 23, 2017 Special Board Meeting, AgendaMinutes
June 22, 2017, AgendaFinancial ReportSchool Report, Minutes


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Mrs. Bernice D. Lee, President

Bernice is the proud mother of a PHCSE student. She brings with her more than 16 years’ experience in education and nonprofit management. Mrs. Lee serves as the Regional Philanthropy Officer at the American Red Cross, Board Member for Brothers and Sisters Emerging and SisterFriend, Inc.

Qiana Buckner, Vice President

Qiana is an avid advocate for our charter school. With over ten years of professional management experience, she brings a variety of analytical, project management and team-building skills to her volunteer role. Professionally Qiana works as a Homeless Housing Coordinator for the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh. She has also studied Business at CCAC and Penn State University. As a mother of two boys, she is also very busy as an entrepreneur herself as she is the founder and CEO of “A Diamond in the Rough Productions”, an all-around event planning and consulting company.

Mr. Allen Zeolla, Treasurer

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.

Cynthia Spirk, Secretary – Non-Voting Member

Cynthia Spirk is the Office Manager for the Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship.

Mr. Jose Rodriguez

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. David A. Burton

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”.

Dr. Tricia Shelton

Dr. 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. Darren McCormick

Mr. McCormick is from Valencia, PA and brings many years of higher and public education experience to the Penn Hills 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.