Terry Ransbury

GENERAL MANAGER
  • Co-Founder of Accelerator School
  • Serial entrepreneur with 35+ years of experience, primarily in Silicon Valley
  • Executive level experience
  • Helped to raise over $90M in venture capital for startup companies
  • Will serve as General Manager of AS Operations and US business development
  • Subject Matter Expert for AS in engineering and coding 
  • BSEE & BME Duke University

Mariano Abeleria

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS DEVELOPER
  • Technical Director, Head of Coaching Development, and Scout for MCNY 
  • Argentine professional coach
  • 5 years as a professional player in Argentina, Gibraltar, and Spain
  • Two coaching certificates through Escuela de Entrenadores Menotti (coached the winning Argentina 1978 world cup team). 
  • Sports Team Travel Coordinator for South America through a partnership with PST Argentina for US MNT/WNT, MLS clubs, elite Universities and schools. 

John Kerr

FOOTBALL ADVISOR
  • Co-Founder of Accelerator School
  • Duke University Men’s Football Coach
  • Former coach at Harvard
  • Captained Duke to 1986 National Championship
  • Hermann Award Winner
  • US National Team player
  • First American to play in England’s First Division
  • Played in England, Ireland, France, & Canada

Chris Mumford

SCHOOL DIRECTOR, ENGLISH + SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATOR
  • Co-founder and curriculum developer of the AS Raleigh
  • Teaches innovation, design thinking and entrepreneurship at the Kenan-Flagler Business School
    at UNC – Chapel Hill.
  • During the last 15 years, Chris founded several businesses in the US and Asia.
  • Served in roles as CEO, CFO, COO, VP Sales and VP Design while raising over $30 million from VC and Private Equity.
  • Investment banker for 5 years

Jackie Avallone

ACADEMIC ADVISOR
  • B.A. in English from Florida State University
  • Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University
  • She has been involved in education for over 20 years as a classroom teacher and administrator working with students from preschool through high school
  • Prior to joining the Accelerator team, she worked as the director of a private school in Raleigh for six years
  • International education while living in Congo, Kyrgyzstan and Israel

Cindy Copolo

SCHOOL DIRECTOR, ENGLISH + SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATOR
  • PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from UNC Chapel Hill
  • Masters of Science in Human Nutrition and Foods at Virginia Polytechnic Institute
  • B.A. in Biochemistry at University of Virginia
  • NC teaching coach
  • Over 30 years teaching math, chemistry, biology and computer science
  • Faculty at the School of Education at UNC Chapel Hill for 7 years
  • Project Director of the North Carolina Leadership Network