Meet the Board
Wendy Carriker - Chairman
Mount Airy District D
Wendy Carriker graduated from Walter Williams High School in Burlington, NC. She and her family moved to Mount Airy in 1984. Wendy is the mother of two daughters who both attended Mount Airy City Schools from kindergarten through graduation. She volunteered in their classrooms and with the PTA, as well as with the Surry Arts Council and the Girl Scouts.
Appointed to serve on the Mount Airy City Schools Board of Education in June 1996, she then ran for election in November of that year.
A member of the Woman's Club of Mount Airy, the Woman's League of Mount Airy, and an honorary member of the Mount Airy Junior Woman's Club, Wendy has also served as a state officer for the General Federation of Woman's Club of North Carolina. This includes serving as state president and as a national committee chairman for GFWC. She is the owner, operator of Wendy Jane Creations.
Tim Matthews - Vice Chairman
Mount Airy District At-Large
Tim is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Tim and his wife Sandy have lived in Mount Airy since 1984. He has three children who are graduates of MACS. Tim is a member of Central United Methodist Church where he has held various leadership positions. He has proudly served on the MACS Board of Education since 1996.
Mount Airy District A
Alisha Dancy-Brown was born and raised in Mount Airy, North Carolina. She graduated from Mount Airy High School in 1993. She taught elementary school in Iredell and Catawba County School System for eight years before returning to Mount Airy to raise her children. Both children are currently enrolled in the Mount Airy City Schools system.
Alisha attends First Baptist Church in Mount Airy with her family where she currently serves as the Nursery Chair and where she teaches Mission Friends on Wednesday evenings. Alisha was elected to the Board of Education in November 2014.
Mount Airy District A
Phil Thacker is a proud graduate of Mount Airy High School and has served as a member of the Mount Airy City Schools Board of Education since 2000. He loves his family and the MACS system, which he has been associated with for over 40 years. Phil is married to Nancy and they have two children, Jason and Tara, and one grandchild, Brennen. Both children are also graduates of Mount Airy High School and were the 4th generation of his family to attend Mount Airy High School.
Phil is currently the Director of Engineering at Renfro Corporation where he has worked for 29 years and counting. He enjoys fishing and working around the house.
Mount Airy District B
Born and raised in Mount Airy, Ben Cooke graduated from Mount Airy City Schools in 1989. Ben has been on the school board since 2010. While on the board, Ben was part of a group that represented MACS on the first educational trip for the district to China.
Ben has been assisting the Mount Airy High School football team since 1998. He and his wife Lone own and operate Cooke Rentals, Inc. They have three children, Hanne, Martin, and Peter, in the Mount Airy City Schools.
Mount Airy District B
Mike Marion works with the insurance company Perkins & Associates as an individual insurance specialist. Mike and his wife Laura have two daughters at Jones Intermediate: Audrey who is a fifth-grader and Carrie, a third-grader.
Mike spent six years as a stay-at-home dad raising his two daughters. During this time, he served on the Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors. He also became a certified substitute teacher in the Mount Airy school system and worked at Jones Intermediate and Tharrington Primary.
Mike graduated from N.C. State University with a textile management degree. He has 18 years of business experience with Renfro Corp. that includes involvement in operations/manufacturing, engineering, marketing and sales. During his corporate years he traveled to China, India, Thailand, Turkey, Mexico, Honduras and most of the U.S.
Mount Airy District C
Kate Appler has lived in Mount Airy for the last 30 years. She is married to Dr. Mark Appler and has three sons, who all attended Mount Airy City Schools. She works as a District Administrator for the Guardian ad Litem program overseeing Surry and Stokes Counties. She has served on the Mount Airy City Schools Board of Education since 2005.