Ken Beard

Michael D. McPherson, Board Chairman

Mike served his country and state in the US Army and North Carolina Army National Guard. Starting as an infantry soldier while in ROTC in 1988, then commissioned Second Lieutenant, Armor, in 1991. He held various leadership positions to include platoon leader and company executive officer, before receiving an honorable discharge in 1998. Mike received the Meritorious Service Medal and Army Commendation Medal for his service. He has also served his community as a volunteer firefighter.

Today, Mike works as Global Account Manager at Cisco Systems. He is married with two children.

Robin's son Kevin is a veteran of Desert Storm, having served 2 terms in Iraq with the Army's 1st Armored Division.  Having a piece of her heart overseas in harm’s way touched Robin to continue serving those who sacrifice so much.  Professionally, Robin is a PMP at Cisco, managing Sales Enablement for the US, Latin America and Canada.

Robin is the wife of “The Finest Man Alive,” the mother of three amazing children, and Nana to a beautiful, kind young lady. 

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Since 1999 "Pastor Allen" has served as Senior Pastor of Solid Rock Ministries in Angier, NC where his mission is to preach and reach those who are hurting the most. Allen's wife Reba serves alongside him as Pastor at Solid Rock. Together they minister to the congregation, their community and their two grown children Joshua and Kassie.

Prior to his ministry Pastor Allen earned his degree in Commercial Art and Advertising Design. 

Allen L. Mason

Board of Directors

Robin Falcone

Ken has 35+ years of leadership experience as an officer with the US Armed Forces, commanding at every level from Field Artillery Battery to Brigade.  His leadership experience includes Leader and Unit Training and Development; Long-Term Strategic Planning; Project Planning; and Execution Exercise Planning and Execution. While an executive in the NC National Guard Ken worked with Soldier Support Services to secure education and employment opportunities for veterans and their family members. 

Ken is currently a Director with RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company. He is married with two children and 5 grandchildren.