I am originally from Lincolnton and I graduated from Lincolnton High School. I went to UNC-Chapel Hill for my degrees in elementary education and school counseling. After teaching in public school for 5 years in Chapel Hill I decided to come home and work as a counselor. Working with Outside Chance gives me the opportunity to unite my two strongest beliefs: public education’s potential benefit to society and a community’s responsibility to recognize the strengths and contributions of each of its members.
I am originally from Gaston County. I went to Appalachian State for my undergraduate and moved to Washington, DC to teach public school. After years of teaching I decided to get my Master's Degree in School Administration and have been a school administrator for 6 years. I am passionate about public education and supporting students and families in accessing all available public programs. I am excited about this venture in creating opportunities for the community to come together, learn from each other and create a better environment for students and families.
I am a native of Lincoln County and a product of Lincoln County Schools as are my husband and our two children. I received my undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Appalachian State University and my Master's degree in Counseling from Gardner Webb University. I worked for over 20 years as a Juvenile Court Counselor in Lincoln County working with at-risk youth and their families who were involved in the court system for undisciplined or delinquent behavior. I currently serve as the Social Worker for the Blind assigned to Gaston County for the N.C. Division of Services for the Blind. I also teach psychology as an Adjunct Instructor at Gaston College. My husband and I have been married since 1997 and we own and operate Ellis Farms in Lincoln County. My passion for youth has been a pivotal part of my career since 1996 and I continue to strive to help all children be as successful as possible.
Audra Ellis, New Board Member Addition
I am a native of Lincoln County and a product of Lincoln County Schools. I went off to college at UNC-Chapel Hill and returned to live in this wonderful county. I have been married to my best friend, Steve, for 26 years and we have two adult children Ben and Alyssa. I recently retired after being in education for 30 years. My passion is working and supporting kids of all ages to see them become successful!
Rhonda Hager, Treasurer
My name is Francine Molina and I am a mother to 3 handsome young boys. I am originally from Bronx, NY, I moved to Lincolnton in 2011 to give my sons a better life. I began to volunteer at Battleground Elementary where my oldest attended school and soon became an employee. During this time I also began working for the Lincoln County YMCA and in July of 2019 I became a full time Youth Development Director and resigned from the school. I have a passion for the youth and want to empower then to be the best they can be despite circumstances or their current situation. I am blessed to be part of this amazing organization.
I am a lifelong Lincoln County resident, born in Gaston County and raised in Lincoln County. My passion and dedication to working with youth for more than 20 years earned me the opportunity to be a part of this great mentorship program. I believe every child has the potential inside them and sometimes we are thrust into their lives to help develop that fire inside of them. I am currently employed by Charlotte Independence Soccer Club where I have worked coaching youth for the past 8 years and providing customer service to our over 5000 person membership base.
I’m a Lincoln County native who attended public schools within the city limits, graduating from Lincolnton High School in 1987. Both of my children have attended public schools in Lincolnton. I practiced law in Lincolnton beginning in 1997. I have served as a District Court Judge for Lincoln and Cleveland Counties since 2007.