Senior Leadership

Ascension Leadership Academy is part of the accredited Presbyterian Home for Children Education System. The school opened to meet the educational needs of the community in 1997. Ascension Leadership Academy is governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by the Presbyteries in Alabama and operated by a Director of Education and the PHFC President and CEO.

  • Linda Harris
    Linda Harris Director of Education
  • Doug Marshall
    Doug Marshall President and CEO
  • Jonathan Ahern
    Jonathan Ahern Director of Development

Linda Harris, Director of Education
Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, Mathematics and Psychology from Jacksonville State
Master of Arts in Education, Gifted Education from The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Master of Arts in Education, Certification in Administration from The University of Alabama
Phone: (256) 362-4314
Cell: (256) 589-8350
Email: lgharris@phfc.org

Kendell Creel, Teacher
Bachelor of Science in Special Education K-12
Jacksonville State University

Janet Cobb, Teacher
Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, English and Biology from Jacksonville State University
Master of Arts in Special Education for the Visually Impaired from The University of Alabama

Elaine Keener, Teacher
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education K-9 from Jacksonville State University
Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education P-3 from Jacksonville State University

Charles Ponder, Teacher
Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education, Mathematics from Jacksonville State University
Master of Arts in Secondary Education, Mathematics from Jacksonville State University
Education Specialist, Mathematics from The University of Alabama

Donna Shivers, Teacher
Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, English and Economics from Jacksonville State University
Master of Arts in General Studies from Jacksonville State University

Sue Gallahar, Assistant to the Director of Education
Central Alabama Community College, worked as local school system bookkeeper and secretary responsible for school’s accounting procedures and day-to-day operation of the school’s office

Angie Harris, Elementary Instructional Assistant
L.B. Wallace Community College, worked as a children’s minister supervising day-to-day operation of church children’s ministry department, worked as pre-school teacher at Lowndes Academy and multiple instruction programs as a substitute teacher

Terry Liner, Assistant

Carolyn Estelle, Physical Plant Assistant