OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR 2021: PHCSE welcomes all new families to learn about our academics and our entrepreneurship education.


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!

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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. The dates are as follows:


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Dr. Tricia Shelton, President – exp. June 2023

Dr. Tricia Shelton, a resident of Monroeville, PA, has a 20-year career in education, first as an early childhood educator, and later as a grade-level coach.  She also earned a Pennsylvania Administrator K-12 certificate and worked as a K-4 building principal. Currently, Dr. Shelton is an Assistant Professor and Director of Field Placement at Seton Hill University. In this role, she prepares future early childhood teachers and school leaders. Dr. Shelton has research interests centered in culturally inclusive practices. With the support of the Working for Kids: Building Skills Foundation, she has developed curricula to teach complex problem-solving skills to adolescents in a variety of school settings.  A significant component of the program design is its integration of decision-making skill practice in traditional academic content.

Further, Dr. Shelton has authored several publications on various other strands of the inclusion topic, including a recent book with Gryphon House, Practical Strategies for Supporting Young Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders (2016), which was honored with a 2018 Preschool Teachers’ Choice Award.  She also has presented at state, regional, and national conferences.

David Houston, Vice Chair – exp. June 2022

David Houston has worked in the Technology field for the past 30 years. He has a master’s degree in Data Analytics and in his current role as a Senior Software Engineer; David analyzes Terabytes of data to figure out better ways to do business. As President of the PTA, he works closely with parents, teachers and staff to connect home, school and community to enrich our children’s learning experiences. In his spare time, he enjoys working out, bowling, and spending time with his wife and three kids.

Allen Zeolla, Treasurer – exp. June 2022

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 Royal Alliance. In addition to this work, he also prepares
approximately 300 Tax Returns for individuals and small businesses, a Medicare Advantage Plan
consultant. 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.

Jose Rodriguez – exp. June 2023

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

Darren McCormick – exp. June 2023

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.

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.

Deborah Norrell – exp. June 2022

New Pittsburgh Courier Lifestyle Editor Debbie Norrell is a professional actress with credits that include community theatre, television, radio and feature films. As a polished professional emcee and keynote speaker, Norrell shares her story of surviving breast cancer, “Breaking the Chains of Debt and still getting your shop on” and reinventing yourself. She considers herself a shopping connoisseur and is always in search of a stylish bargain. As the creator of the “Goodwill Hunting Tour” this best dressed woman loves a bargain and often features “cheap thrills” in the New Pittsburgh Courier where she has been the Lifestyle Editor for 18 years. Norrell has added color commentary to thousands of fashion shows for more than 40 years and is an award winning speaker and journalist. As a former member of Toastmasters International, Norrell has won more than a dozen awards. In 2013 she was inducted into The Pittsburgh Fashion Week Hall of Fame and in that same year was named Style Icon of the year by Style and Steel Pittsburgh. 2015 Norrell was named Business Woman of the Year by the Pittsburgh Club of the NANBPWC, Inc. In 2016 she accepted The Media Legacy Award from the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation. Debbie recently retired from her “day job” where she was a client trainer for US Bank for over 18 years. Norrell is most proud of her media career at WCXJ, WAMO, WJJJ, and numerous local and national television commercials. She is a two time breast cancer survivor.

Peter Gianiodis – exp. June 2023

Peter Gianiodis is the inaugural holder of the Merle E. Gilliand Professorship in Entrepreneurial
Finance at the Palumbo Donahue School of Business, Duquesne University. He received his
Ph.D from the Terry College of Business, University of Georgia. His research focuses on
competitive dynamics and market entry, university technology commercialization, sustainable
entrepreneurship, and social enterprising. He is on several editorial boards and currently on the
board of directors of the Sustainability, Ethics & Entrepreneurship (SEE) Conference. In his
spare time, he enjoys playing tennis, golf and hiking, and spending time with his wife and three