HPA Board of Directors

High Point Academy | Spartanburg, SCHigh Point Academy school board members are elected or appointed officials who devote many hours to setting policies and planning. Our board positions are staggered two-year terms with seats up for election each spring. Those who serve on the school board are either elected by parents, High Point Academy faculty and staff or are appointed by current members. Each family of an enrolled student at High Point Academy receives one vote per the number children enrolled at the school.


Those who serve the board do so because they care about providing quality education for our students. The Board of Directors asks for your support in meeting our common goal of educational excellence at High Point Academy. Regularly scheduled board meetings are on the third Monday of the month, at 6:00 P.M. and are open to the public. All discussions are held in the open, except for executive sessions. Meetings are held in the HPA Board Room on the campus.

Meet Our Board Members


High Point Academy | Spartanburg, SCMatt Nestberg

Board Chair



With a degree in Education, Matt is passionate about caring for people and nurturing relationships. A strategic thinker, he endeavors to face challenges and conflicts in a way that builds others up and creates opportunities to find healing and resolution. His desire for HPA is to create an environment for students and teachers alike to grow in their relationships with each other and foster a sense of community. Matt grew up in the Upstate and is married to his “awesome” wife, Katie. They have three children, Jake, Molly, and Andy. They love to travel, especially to Yosemite, and recently visited both Scotland and Ireland. Matt enjoys roasting coffee, reading, hunting, and gardening, and he has plans to add honeybees to his outdoor hobbies. Matt is currently a Teaching Pastor at Cross Life in Spartanburg; he also served as a Worship Pastor for many years previous.



High Point Academy | Spartanburg, SCB.J. Lyles

Vice Chair



B.J. Lyles is a passionate advocate of the hands-on approach High Point Academy endures in the classroom. He believes the real-world education offered by teachers at HPA will play a vital role in preparing students for the global economy of the future, enabling them to leave a strong international legacy. B.J. is a retired senior Industrial Engineer and Radiographer. He has also served his country in the U.S. Army, and holds a Phi Theta Kappa degree from Allied Health. He and his wife, Tujina, are both graduates of the University of South Carolina and now live in Boiling Springs. They attend Cornerstone Baptist Church and have two grown children and one grandson, who enjoys attending HPA. The Lyles enjoy travelling, reading, family events, and DIY projects. BJ believes the real-world education offered by HPA will play a vital role in preparing students for the global economy of the future, enabling them to leave a strong international legacy.



High Point Academy | Spartanburg, SCAnn Marie Israel




Ann Marie Israel looks to bring an analytical style of reasoning and effectiveness to the HPA Board of Directors. Her professional success has come with multiple start-up businesses. Currently, she manages the operations, human resources, and marketing campaigns for a five-store clothing chain. She believes her financial experience will allow her to look at things from an operational standpoint and understand the impact it has on the organization as a whole. Ann Marie is passionate about bringing the very best educators to High Point Academy and equipping them with the resources and tools they need to be successful in the classroom. She attended Wofford College and grew up in Spartanburg County. Ann Marie and her husband Brent have been married for 20 years and have two sons, who attend HPA, and a yellow lab named Charlie. On vacation, you will most likely find Ann Marie and her family in the South Carolina Low Country. Ann Marie says she is a true “boy mom” and spends a lot of weekends at soccer games or volunteering in her local Cub Scout Troop.



High Point Academy | Spartanburg, SCBroncher Hosley




In her career dedicated to education Broncher endeavored to make certain each student left her class performing far above the average academic level. Mrs. Hosley is passionate about helping children set goals and achieve them. She uses her gifts of motivation and encouragement to that end, insisting they can achieve anything to which they set their mind. Mrs. Hosley grew up in Spartanburg, but has lived in Greenville, and Princess Anne, MD. She loves to vacation in Charleston, and her hobbies include reading and crocheting.



High Point Academy | Spartanburg, SCDerek Hawk

Board Member



Originally from Southeastern Michigan, Derek Hawk, now calls Spartanburg his home and is excited to be a part of the High Point Academy family. He aims to bring a dedication of service to all families at HPA. Derek makes a living a Certified Financial Planner. He believes his strength is “studying the numbers and situations in order to summarize and find a workable solution to problems.” Each day, Derek’s goal is to help families prepare and plan for the future. He hopes to bring that same passion to High Point Academy. Derek and his wife, Elizabeth, have five wonderful children, four of which attend HPA. They enjoy spending family time together on the coast of North Carolina at Holden Beach. In his spare time Derek enjoys spending time weightlifting and mountain biking.



High Point Academy | Spartanburg, SCDenia Brown

Board Member



Denia aims to bring her leadership experience, and strong communication skills to “make sure all teachers and administrators are certified and highly qualified for the respected positions so they can provide the best instructions to learners.” As a part of the Board of Directors, she also strives to help see all HPA students succeed, by providing academic resources and opportunities. Mrs. Brown joined the HPA Board of Directors in 2017. She is a native of Spartanburg County and has spent a lifetime in the field of Education. She holds principal certifications in both the elementary and high school levels. Denia spent the majority of her career teaching English Language Arts to young people inside the public school system. Currently, she works for a nonprofit organization training adult caregivers who work with special needs individuals. Happily married for 11 years, and a mother of four, Denia enjoys spending time with her family especially traveling and taking cruises.


High Point Academy | Spartanburg, SCMichael Gregg

Board Member



Michael is particular interested in the potential to “impact and change lives” for students, staff and anyone involved with High Point Academy. He believes his experience as a business leader will allow him to contribute to the success at HPA and hopes to serve as an ambassador for the school to the surrounding communities. He is a lifelong resident of Spartanburg County. Mr.Gregg holds a B.A. in Business Administration and has more than 20 years of experience in business and logistics. Michael enjoys working with others who share “common values and seeks to bring people together to develop a community for generations to come.” Michael is happily married and is the father of six daughters. He enjoys volunteering with organizations like Mobile Meals and Habitat for Humanity. He also helped create and facilitate “Backpacks of Blessings” through New Life Baptist Fellowship where the goal was to deliver needed food supplies to local schools. In his spare time, Michael likes to spend time with his family, college football and traveling. He also collects old coins.