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Meet the Board

Meet the Board

Wendy Carriker - Chairman

Mount Airy District D
Appointed 1996
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
Appointed 1996
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.  

Kyle Leonard

Mount Airy District A
Appointed 2018
Kyle Leonard recently graduated from Liberty University with a Masters in Business Administration. He and his wife, Mary Alice, are the parents of two boys; the oldest is a student in Mount Airy City Schools and is a part of the dual language immersion program. Kyle has always been interested in community and education, being on the school board will allow him to be a part of both. He looks forward to serving his community and doing what is best for our children to educate and prepare them for productive and meaningful futures. Kyle was appointed to the board in 2018.

Phil Thacker

Mount Airy District A
Elected 2000
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.

Ben Cooke

Mount Airy District B
Elected 2010
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.

Mike Marion

Mount Airy District B
Appointed 2015

Mike Marion works with the insurance company Perkins & Associates as an individual insurance specialist. Mike and his wife Laura have two daughters in the Mount Airy City Schools system, Audrey and Carrie.


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.

Kate Appler

Mount Airy District C
Elected 2004
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.