The vitality of the school depends on the Board of Trustees' commitment, compassion, and imaginative leadership. Members of the Bachman Academy Board of Trustees are expected, in part, to:
- Be an ambassador for the academy
- Attend board of trustees meetings held five times per year
- Serve on a minimum of one board committee or task force
- Contribute financially to the school
- Directly supervise the head of school
The Board of Trustees of Bachman Academy are indeed dedicated to furthering the mission of the school to empower students who have learning differences to develop the skills and values necessary for success in our global community.
Proudly Serving The Students & Families Of Bachman Academy
Bryson M. Kirksey, Esq., board chair
Bryson Kirksey is a partner in the law firm of Burns, Henry, & Kirksey, where he specializes in estate planning, estate administration, tax planning, business planning, and charitable planning. Previously, he worked for Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel in the firm’s Taxation and Estate Preservation practice group. The clients he served ranged from individuals to nonprofits and large net worth companies.
Mr. Kirksey graduated summa cum laude from Carson-Newman College with a B.S. in accounting. He earned his Juris Doctor at Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He then attended the Georgetown University Law Center, where he obtained his LL.M in Taxation.
Mr. Kirksey joined the Bachman Academy Board of Trustees in 2013.
Paul H. Tyner, board treasurer
President of Tyner Capital Management Investment Counsel, Inc., Mr. Tyner manages portfolios, works directly with the clients, and heads the research effort. He has more than 35 years of experience in investment, financial management, and the management of individual portfolios. Prior to establishing Tyner Capital Management, he served as Vice President of Portfolio Management and Equities at Provident Life and Accident Insurance Company. Other career highlights include positions as Vice President of Trust at C&S Trust and Director of Pension Fund Management at RJR Nabisco. Paul is a Charter Financial Analyst (CFA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
Mr. Tyner received his M.B.A. from Wake Forest University, a B.S. in business administration from the University of North Carolina, and a B.S. in accounting from Guilford College. He has been a member of the Bachman Academy Board of Trustees since 2000.
Dr. Megan Moe, vice chairperson
Megan Moe is an associate professor of communication who joined the Lee University faculty in January 2005. Dr. Moe is a communication scholar with a Ph.D in Speech Communication from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Communication from University of California at Davis.
Megan Moe is a dedicated teacher and active researcher who has been recognized for her excellence. She received a national teaching award in November 2013, Mid-Career Award for Scholarship and Teaching Leadership, from the Theatre, Film and New Multi-Media division of the National Communication Association. In February 2013 she was named a Page Legacy Educator by Penn State. She has presented numerous papers at the National Communication Association (NCA) conventions, and serves as a board member for a division. Having over 20 academic conference presentations, Moe won multiple awards for top papers and her MA thesis was nominated for an award through the Western Association of Graduate Schools.
After having children diagnosed with ADHD and on the autistic spectrum, Moe became interested in researching how communication skills might help youth with social deficits. Lately her focus is on Script Theory, or, teaching students how to discern and follow social scripts. Her research on the topic was presented at NCA as well as Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). She recently received a summer research grant from the Appalachian College Association (ACA) to further examine the curricular possibilities of the subject.
Though born in Florida, she considers herself to be from all over the United States. In addition to Cleveland, TN, Moe has lived in San Francisco, Los Angeles, South Jersey, Iowa, Indiana, Santa Barbara, Sacramento, Pennsylvania, Wilmington, DE, and Buffalo, NY. Her interests include horses, reading, scuba diving, and drama. She has three children, Nathaniel, Emma, and Caroline. Her youngest, Caroline, attended Bachman Academy for three years and recently mainstreamed to the public high school. When Caroline attended Bachman, Moe witnessed such growth in her daughter that she became an ardent advocate for Bachman.
Kenneth Weller, board secretary
Ken Weller is the President/CEO of Weller Construction, a family-owned residential construction company. Weller Construction specializes in designing and building custom homes in Hamilton County and the surrounding areas. An Air Force veteran, Mr. Weller previously worked at TVA as a unit operator. He also managed the information system and worked with robotics at North American Royalties/Wheland Foundry.
Mr. Weller studied mechanical engineering, industrial electronics, plant automation, and robotics at Chattanooga State. He has been a member of the Bachman Academy Board of Trustees since 2010.
George Con Knox, Jr.
A veteran and captain of the United States Air Force, Mr.Knox joined Insurance Planning & Service Company in 1971. He recognized that the key to growing the firm was in expanding the association division. In 1980, Mr. Knox became President and owner of IPSCO. Today, IPSCO tailors a wide range of choices and coverages for its clients, including group and individual medical insurance, liability coverage, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment, workers' compensation, and disability. As a licensed third party administrator in Tennessee, IPSCO diligently services the products offered to its clients and delivers what the company calls "old-fashioned reliability with state-of-the-art service."
Mr. Knox graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a B.S. in business administration. He has been a member of the Bachman Academy Board of Trustees since 1999.
Brian Paras, board member
Brian Paras is President and CEO of Northwestern Financial Corporation, a diversified third-party commercial finance company headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Founded in 1989, NFC provides traditional commercial and industrial financing products to established small to middle-market companies. Mr. Paras also provides consulting services to the healthcare industry through an NFC affiliate, Northwestern Medical Consultants, which assists physicians and group practices with practice acquisitions, practice sales, expansion projects and commercial financing projects.
The proud father of a Bachman Academy graduate, Mr. Paras has volunteered as a CYO basketball coach. He earned a B.A. from Butler University and has served as a member of the Bachman Academy Board of Trustees since 2011.
Stephen E. Ratterman, Sr., board member
Mr. Ratterman is the founder of CSL Management, a property management he formed after serving as President/CEO of Fifth Point Properties, a wholly-owned subsidiary of his fraternity, Sigma Nu. He has extensive experience in property management, with a specialty in fraternity and sorority housing, as well as a vast wealth of knowledge in risk management, insurance placement, and real estate acquistions. Throughout his professional career, Mr. Ratterman has volunteered and served on boards for organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America, the YMCA, and Keep America Beautiful.
He earned a B.S. in business administration from Indiana University and has served on the Bachman Academy Board of Trustees since 2006.
Don Hinds, board member
Don Hinds is a senior consultant for MCR Federal, LLC, a Maryland consulting firm that provides strategic project planning and project management to federal government agencies. He has over 20 years of experience planning, assessing and communicating the strategic value of IT projects. He also has extensive experience preparing business cases, cost/benefit and alternatives analyses, tracking budgets, and calculating project metrics for large IT infrastructure projects.
Mr. Hinds has successfully supported major technology projects for clients such as the Federal Aviation Administration, Internal Revenue Service, National Archives, U.S. Navy, Census Bureau, and the Department of Agriculture.
The parent of a Bachman Academy graduate, Mr. Hinds earned a B.S. in marketing from Indiana University. He has been a member of the Bachman Academy Board of Trustees since 2009.
Jeff S. Gregory, board member
Jeff Gregory has extensive experience in the lithographic printing business, including sales and sales management. In June 1996, he founded Printing Consultants, Inc., a print broker working with a network of trade printers across the country to design and produce marketing materials.
Mr. Gregory also serves as the marketing and sales director of the local SERVPRO franchise, a national commercial and residential restoration company with over 1,700 franchises in the U.S.
An active community member, Mr. Gregory volunteers with the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army. He currently holds the youth director position in Bradley Sunrise Rotary, which also supports many local charities.