Appointed: 2021Janell Adams started her career in Accounting but decided early to pursue dreams of becoming a teacher. Janell Adams holds a BS in Business from UNCC, a Master of Education in Instructional Technology from Lesley University, and Masters of Education in School Leadership from Gardner-Webb. Janell Adams is also a member of Kappa Delta Pi an International Honor Society in Education.
Janell Adams has been in education for over 12 years, holding a variety of positions from a Senior Learning Analyst where she analyzed data to design curriculum programs for college students based on the objectives set forth by the client to Math Teacher. Janell Adams has a passion for teaching and has taught middle and high school math for 10 years. Janell Adams sets high expectations for all students learning, giving her best and expect the same from students. Ms. Adams believes knowledge is power and once it is obtained no one can take it from you. In her career, she has implemented a K-8 Intervention and Enrichment Period, been selected to develop the Middle Grades Math Curriculum for her region, and a Founding Sponsor of the Beta Club. Janell Adams is currently the Dean of Culture at Charlotte Lab Upper School, focusing on building a positive culture and community among our staff, students and families in order to ensure that our students grow to their full potential both in and outside of the classroom.
Janell Adams is a native of Union County and still resides in Union County with her daughter. When Janell Adams has spare time just enjoys shopping, spending time with family and friends, and a good workout.
Tanisha ia a Human Resources Director at Wingate University, and Zumba Instructor. She is married to Bo, and has 1 son and 1 daughter. She attended Michigan State University -Eli Broad College of Business, Hospitality Business, and Wingate University – Dec 2022, Master of Business Administration (MBA). She has obtained her SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), and American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certification.
Born into a family of advocates of education, Tanisha has worked with students for years through volunteering to read to third graders, mock interviews and resume assistance for high school students. As parents who are heavily involved with their own children’s education, Tanisha and her husband have volunteered in her children’s classrooms over the past 12 years and have researched and gotten their children into the best schools and programs based on their needs and goals. Tanisha is excited and eager to continue her passion for education as a part of the Union Academy Board of Directors.
Appointed in 2022
Jeremiah Blow has lived in the Monroe area for more than 20 years. He and Erin, his wife of 21 years, have two sons who attend Union Academy. Jeremiah works as a Lieutenant for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and is currently assigned to the South Division.
Jeremiah earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Gardner Webb University. In addition, he serves as a Deacon at Sardis Baptist Church in Indian Trail.
“Serving on the Board of Directors is a true honor for me. I am excited to be a part of the Union Academy team. I will always keep the children of Union Academy first in each decision I make. The only way to continue to be such a great school is through families working with the staff to ensure every student is successful. The safety and wellness of each staff member will also be a focus of my work.”
Todd Buyck - Chair
Appointed in 2020
Todd moved from New Hampshire to Union County, North Carolina with his wife Carolyn in 2005. Carolyn and Todd have two children who attend Union Academy.
Todd is a CPA with more than 18 years of experience in the manufacturing industry. He currently is the Director of Finance for an Architectural Accessories Division of Assa Abloy, a global leader in opening solutions.
“I believe the philosophy of Union Academy is to develop students academically, but equally as important, is the development of student’s values. I want to ensure Union Academy continues to maintain these focuses.”
Ed Goscicki - Secretary
(Go- schi- ski)
Appointed in 2019
Ed has more than 40 years of national and international experience in the water industry having served in executive positions in both the public and private sector for the past 30 years. From 2009 until his retirement in June 2018, Ed served as the Executive Director of Public Works for Union County, NC .
Ed holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the City College of New York and a Master in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University
Ed is married with two grown children and five grandchildren, one of whom attends Union Academy.
Mike Kopp - Vice Chair
email@example.comMike moved back to North Carolina with his family 4 years ago. Mike is a father of five children. His youngest daughter, Elle, attends UA. Mike and his wife Cyndy owned and operated Champagne Manor, a wedding venue located in New Salem. After growing and solidifying that business, they sold it and have purchased a farm in Waxhaw.Mike is retired from a 28-year career in Facilities Management, during which he co-founded two of the largest companies in the industry. His career path allowed him to participate in countless interdisciplinary committees serving both commercial and educational environments.Mike served our country as a Marine, spending most of that time in Counter Intelligence. He also holds a degree in business from American Intercontinental University.We have been amazed by the level of attention given by the UA team to build character and focus on achieving academic excellence. I want to make sure that every student has the opportunity to develop their intellectual, social, emotional, and physical capabilities.
Casey Kriutzfield (krits-field) moved to Wesley Chapel in 2016 with his wife Brandee and two boys, both of whom attend Union Academy.
Casey is a software engineering consultant with Microsoft, focused on Federal, State, and Local government organizations, as well as the FinTech industry. Casey holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, as well as an MBA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a focus on Finance. He became a board member so he can help continue making Union Academy a place where students like to attend class, parents like to take their children to, and teachers want to teach at.
“I want to help Union Academy continue to be a place where all students feel welcome and excited to learn every day, where parents feel good about their child’s education and know they are in good hands, and where teachers and staff feel appreciated and excited to come teach every day. Character education was one of the things about UA that brought us here but that feeling of family is what’s kept us here.”
Appointed in 2018
Partner at Mako Medical
Wife, Ashley (UA ’09 Graduate), daughter, Merritt
Monroe High School, Campbell University B.S., Meredith College Post-Bac Cytogenetic Oncology
“I have seen firsthand how Union Academy is making a differing in the community, and I want to be a part of that. I know many individuals who had the privilege to go to Union Academy, and they are all hard-working and upstanding people. My wife had the honor to be a part of the first ever graduating class at Union Academy, so I am able to witness every day the product of the values and character that Union Academy instills into its students. These values are vital to growing a stronger school and surrounding community, and I so want to be a part of that.”
Inessa MontesAppointed in 2017Finance and Appeals Committees
Revenue Cycle Management DirectorInessa and her husband have a daughter and son. She is a graduate of South Shore High School and New York University.“I want to be able to be more involved in the direction of Union Academy. In the nine years my family and I have been a part of this school, we have seen so many changes. I want to be able to have a more active part in these changes."
Appointed in 2019
Brandon Reeves has lived in Union County with his wife Lisa for 23 years. He attended Mt. Calvary Christian School and currently has 2 young sons who attend UA. He is the owner of Brandon Reeves Auto World in Monroe where he has operated for over 16 years.
“My desire to serve on the UA board is one I consider the highest opportunity as serving within my community is of extreme personal importance to me. After seeing the school's growth and impact over the years, I knew this is a board I wanted to be a part of. Service is never a job or a chore in life, but rather a chance to give and show appreciation for what the community has given to my family for over 23 years of living here. It’s nothing short of a privilege to serve.
Kevin Sells - Treasurer
Appointed in 2018
Consumer Products Strategy Manager at Bank of America
Wife (Laura), two sons and a daughter.
Independence High School (Charlotte, NC) and Appalachian State University (Boone, NC)
"I believe like UA in educating the whole child through the three (3) pillars. One, creating a challenging educational environment to prepare
students for a collegiate education or the workforce. Two, is using community service to teach the student life outside of themselves. The final pillar being character, the education of the heart. We can teach the brain and we can teach acts of kindness but if we have not taught the student the appeal to do those things on their own we have failed the child."
Appointed in 2020
Appointed in 2019
Assistant District Attorney, Union County District Attorney’s Office
UA Class of 2012, High Point University (B.A.), North Carolina Central University School of Law (J.D.)
“As someone who has walked these halls and sat in these classrooms, I’ve learned firsthand what UA is about. From first grade when the doors opened in 2000, to graduation in 2012, I know the principles UA was founded on and have carried those with me since graduating. I’m proud of my alma mater, my home, and I’m excited to serve on the board to give back to my school.”