Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees for Lake Wales Charter Schools, Inc. has the responsibility for setting policy, providing direction, and handling the business side of the enterprise.

In addition, each year, one Trustee is designated as the parent/community contact for a specific school. If you have concerns, suggestions or questions that cannot be resolved at the school level, please contact:

Lake Wales High School:

Dr. Terry Fasel, Trustee Representative
Phone:  863-679-6560, ext 226

Jimmy Nelson, Trustee Representative
Phone: 863-679-6560 ext 226

Edward W. Bok Academy:

Christina Updike, Trustee Representative
Phone: 863-679-6560 ext 226

Eugene Fultz, Trustee Representative

Phone: 863-679-6560 ext 226


Dale R. Fair Babson Park Elementary:

Danny Gill, Trustee Representative
Phone: 863-679-6560 ext 226

Hillcrest Elementary:

Kim Griffiths, Trustee Representative
Phone: 863-679-6560, ext 226

Janie Howard Wilson Elementary:

Keith Wadsworth, Trustee Representative
Phone: 863-679-6560 ext 226

Polk Avenue Elementary:

Cheryl Garnett, Trustee Representative
Phone: 863-679-6560 ext 226

Seat 1 - Kim Griffiths 
Kim Griffiths is serving a one-year term on the Board as the non-voting teacher representative for 2014-2015. She is a graduate from University of South Florida and received a masters degree in Instructional Leadership from St. Leo University. Griffiths is certified to teach Elementary Education for K-6. This past year she has focused on curriculum and instruction and provided support for intermediate students at Hillcrest Elementary. She brings a variety of educational resources from her many experiences within and outside the state. (Term expires June 30, 2015)
Seat 2 – Eugene Fultz
Eugene Fultz is the City’s appointed representative on the LWCS Board of Trustees.  He is a graduate of Arkansas Baptist College with a BA in Social Studies and Elementary Education.  He is a certified teacher and has taught Intensive Reading, Language Arts, History and Science.  He is a Vietnam Veteran who served two tours aboard aircraft carriers in the Navy.  First Sargent Fultz retired honorably from the Army National Guard after twenty years of military service.  He is a Licensed and Ordained Minister who focuses on issues such as drugs, gangs, violence and teen pregnancy. Eugene and his wife are CEO and CFO of Greater Grace Ministries of Florida, Inc. who serves hot meals to the less fortunate in lake Wales, Haines City and Ft. Meade.  He has many affiliations within Lake Wales and throughout Polk County.  His never quit attitude resonates and he continues to go above and beyond for the betterment of the City of Lake Wales.  (Term expires June 30, 2017)                 
Seat 3 – Christina Updike 
Christina Updike grew up in Titusville, Florida as the oldest of 5 children.  She attended Florida Southern College where she met her future husband, Kevin.  She graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a  degree in Elementary Education.  Christina interned and taught for a few years in Frostproof before her and Kevin decided to start a family.  Since starting a family, she has been very fortunate to be a stay at home Mom.  Christina and Kevin has been married for 15 years and their son and daughter both attend schools in the LWCS.  Christina enjoys spending time with family and friends, outdoor activities, being an active member of the Lake Wales YMCA and volunteering at her children’s schools. (Term expires June 30, 2017)
Seat 4 – Danny Gill, Vice Chair
Danny Gill is a native Floridian, raised in Lake Wales and a graduate of Lake Wales High School.  He graduated from Miami-Dade Community College with an Associate of Science degree in Mortuary Science. He also is a graduate of Webber International University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Finance. Gill is the General Manager and managing partner of Marion Nelson Funeral Home Inc. with offices in Lake Wales and Frostproof. He has served on many local boards, including Lake Wales Family YMCA, Lake Wales Little League, Lake Wales Amphitheatre, LWHS Athletic Booster Club, and LWHS SAC. Currently, Gill serves as chairman of the LWHS SAC. He is married to Lisa Gill, a native of Bartow and a LWHS graduate. They have two children, Aaron and Zach. (Term expires June 30, 2015)
Seat 5 – Cheryl Garnett
Cheryl Garnett is the Interim Center Manager of the JD Alexander Center of Polk State College in Lake Wales. A native of Lake Wales, Garnett earned her Associate in Arts degree from Polk State; Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Florida Atlantic University; and Master’s in Business Administration from Webber International University. Garnett is a champion of education and crusader for early literacy. She represents Polk State on the Lake Wales Family Literacy Advisory Committee and serves as a board member of: the Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce, Lake Wales Arts Council and Lake Wales Main Street.  Garnett and her husband, Tony, have five children, including four who are enrolled in Lake Wales Charter Schools. (Term expires June 30, 2015)
Jimmy Nelson Seat 6 – Jimmy Nelson
Jimmy is a Polk County native from Lake Wales, a second generation graduate of Lake Wales Senior High School and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. With a financial advisory career that began in 1988, he owns and operates Nelson Financial Strategies. Jimmy is a Certified Financial Planner™ and holds his Series 7 and Series 63 Securities licenses, as well as Florida’s 2-15 Insurance licenses. He also serves his family’s business, Marion Nelson Funeral Home, Inc., in an advisory capacity. Jimmy has served locally on several boards and service and political organizations, and he formerly served as a Lake Wales City Commissioner. Jimmy and his wife, Kelly, have two daughters, Kristin and Maggie, who are third generation graduates of Lake Wales High School. (Term expires June 30, 2016)

James M. Nelson, CFP® 230 E. Park Ave., Suite 230, Lake Wales, FL 33853; 863-589-5362;
Securities offered through Sigma Financial Corporation. Member FINRA and SIPC. Fee-based investment advisory services offered through Sigma Planning Corporation, a registered investment advisor.
Nelson Financial Strategies is independent of Sigma Financial Corporation and Sigma Planning Corporation.
Seat 7 – Keith Wadsworth, Chair
A native of Virginia, Keith Wadsworth received his Bachelor of Arts in economics from Hampden-Sydney College and his law degree from Stetson University College of Law. At Stetson, he served as a Teaching Fellow, and was a member of the Stetson Law Review. Prior to attending law school, he worked as a trust officer for Wachovia Bank and Trust in North Carolina. Wadsworth is based in Peterson & Myers’ Lake Wales office, where his law practice includes estate planning, probate, real estate and taxation. He and his wife Angela Pulido (an attorney with Lilly, O’Toole & Brown) live in Lake Wales with their preschool-age son and their daughter, who is enrolled at Bok Academy. Wadsworth also serves on the boards of the Polk Museum of Art, the Lake Wales YMCA, and the Lake Wales Charter Schools Foundation. He was elected Board Chair in June 2013. (Term expires June 30, 2016)
Seat 8 – Dr. Terry Fasel
Terry Fasel grew up in Hobart, Indiana and completed his undergraduate and master’s degrees at Ball State University (Muncie, Indiana) in speech and hearing therapy and special education. He completed the Doctorate in Education (EdD) from Argosy University in Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Fasel and his family (wife Dr. Linda Fasel, son Jeremy and daughter Sara Fasel Kane) moved to Lake Wales in 1984. He was a special education teacher and staffing specialist with the Polk County School Board. He also serves on the Our Children’s Academy board (chair 2010-11) and serves as president of The Florida Association of Colleges of Teacher Education and the Advisory Council of State Representatives of AACTE. He is currently the Director of Teacher Education at Warner University where he is also a Professor in the Teacher Education Department. He serves on the Polk Avenue Elementary SAC and served previously on the Hillcrest Elementary SAC. (Term expires June 30, 2014)
General Counsel – Robin Gibson
Robin Gibson is a graduate of the University of Florida and the University of Florida College of Law. He is the senior partner at the Gibson Law Firm. He is the former chairman of the Board of Regents, State University System of Florida; member of the Executive Committee, Education Excellence for Florida and principal author of Article IX, Section 7 amending the Florida Constitution to provide a governance system for the State University System; member of the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission of Florida; former general counsel to the Governor of Florida; and parent of four children who attended Lake Wales area schools. Gibson currently serves as chair of the Lake Wales Charter Schools Foundation; he served on the LWCS Board of Trustees from the system’s inception in 2004 until June 2010, and was chair from 2004-2006.