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Rhonda Lennon Cheek

Key Wins

Experienced and Effective Leadership

  • Protected neighborhood based student assignment over multiple comprehensive reviews.

  • Saved Sports and Extra Curricular Programs during Covid closures in 2021; which lead to several CMS schools winning regional and state events; and more importantly allowing students to shine .

  • Increased magnet and special curricular programs in District 1; giving local students access to more options.

  • Opened both Middle College program at CPCC Merancas Campus and the CTE Hub at North Meck HS creating more options for students in North Mecklenburg.

  • Saved Middle School Sports during budget cuts in 2010-11.

  • Lead advocate for Comprehensive Safety Review in 2022.

  • Connected local business to schools to create industry validated career pathways  and career opportunities through partnerships with Lake Norman Chamber and its Education Collaborative.

Committees and Leadership

  • Board Vice Chair from 2017-2018

  • Policy Committee from 2008 to 2011

  • Intergovernmental Relations Committee from 2011 to present.  Chair from 2015-2019

  • Audit Committee 2020 to present

  • Municipal Education Advisory Committee 2019 to present, Chair 2021 to present

  • Facilities and Operations Committee 2017 to 2018

  • Ad Hoc Chief Compliance Officer Search Committee

School and Community Involvement

  • Previous PTA Board Member at: North Mecklenburg HS, Bradley MS, Huntersville ES, David Cox Road ES

  • North Carolina PTA Oak Leaf award for outstanding PTA Volunteer in North Carolina

  • Former Girl Scout Leader and District Manager (Awarded the Honor Pin and Thanks Badge. Both Board level volunteer service recognitions)

  • Citizen Capital Budget Advisory Committee (CCBAC)- Appointee to the Mecklenburg County committee from 2003-2008.  Chair of the CMS and CPCC Sub-committees.  Vice-Chair of CCBAC 2007-2008.

  • School Building Solutions Committee- Appointment for Town Of Huntersville on the committee lead by former Governor Martin following the failed 2007 bond.

  • Superintendent Standards Review Committee 2005-2006- Appointed by CMS Board of Education. Committee review capital facilities and looked for efficiencies and improvement in function.

  • Mom of 3 CMS Graduates- served as CMS Volunteer in numerous roles:  Room parent, Field trip chaperone, Math Superstars tutor, Health Room Assistant, Team parent in both MS and HS for soccer, track and cross county.

  • Community Volunteer:  Youth choir director at University City UMC, Vacation Bible School teacher at UCUMC and Mt. Zion UMC, Youth group volunteer at Mt Zion

  • Civic Involvement: Former member and officer of University City Women's Group. Former Board Member Charlotte Advocates for Education, Former Board member for Carolina Foundation for Oral Health.

  • Founder of F.U.M.E. Families United for Mecklenburg Education, an advocacy group to lobby for increased capital fundng for North Mecklenburg.

Family Life

I am a CMS graduate and mom to 3 CMS graduates ( Amanda-North Meck 2010, Madison- North Meck 2011 and Mason-Hough 2020).  I married Brent Cheek (North Meck 1987) in 2018 and got 2 bonus children; Liv and Marshall(both attended CMS and CSD). 

We have 3 grandsons, Easton, Calloway and Myles, and baby Henry is due in October.  We are loving this new chapter in our lives.

Three of our children live locally, Amanda, Marshall and Liv; Mason is attending UNC Chapel Hill and Madison lives at the NC Coast in Swansboro, where we enjoy visiting as often as possible.  

We are blessed to each have our mothers, sisters, niece and nephews living near by in North Mecklenburg.

Professional Life

I am a Registered Nurse and currently work as a Medical Case Manager.  I am a graduate of CPCC (Nursing) and UNCC (Business Administration).  Over my career, I have worked a acute patient care, medical device and pharmaceutical sales and marketing, medical research, home health and workers compensation.

I also hold an NC Real Estate Brokers license, although I am inactive at this time. 

Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity work for my self, for a start-up and also work for Fortune 50 companies.  I bring that broad work experience to the board.

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