Board of Directors

Telra Institute, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization governed by a board of directors charged with establishing policy, overseeing all activities of the organization, and ensuring adherence to our mission.  Learn more about our organization and the members of our board below. Our board meetings and documents are available to the public.

Meet Our Board of Directors

 
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Mr. David Doctor

Treasurer

Eric M. Gamble, PhD

Director

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Dr. Gregory Denlea

Chairperson

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Dr. Michael Matthews

Vice-Chair

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Dr. Elizabeth Reyes

Secretary

 

Dr. Gregory Denlea

Chairperson

Greg and his wife Celia raised their three children in Charlotte where they have resided for the past 18 years. He has served as an adjunct, lead faculty, and area chair with two universities and currently trains teachers in an International Baccalaureate Masters in Education program. Greg’s private sector experience includes management roles with Amazon, Sunkist, Universal Studios, Matson Navigation, Washington Mutual, Wachovia, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo. For the last three years he has worked on data integration efforts at TIAA, a company serving the financial needs of people in academia. Greg earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. He also holds a masters degree in science from NC State and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Both his thesis and dissertation involved studies on enhancing student learning outcomes.

Dr. Michael Matthews

Vice-Chair

Michael is a father of three who has volunteered many hours in gifted services in CMS schools and has served on the board of Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy. Michael is Professor in the College of Education at UNC Charlotte, where he directs the university’s graduate programs in gifted education.  He has written several books and numerous scholarly articles on gifted education topics, is co-editor of the journal Gifted Child Quarterly, and also provides professional development to teachers and parents on topics related to gifted education, advanced learners, and English Learners.

 

Dr. Elizabeth Reyes

Secretary

Elizabeth is a mother of two and a research associate at UNC Charlotte for the TIES Center: Increasing Time, Instructional Effectiveness, Engagement, and State Support for Inclusive Practices for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities. She has taught students with various high-incidence and low-incidence disabilities in Title I schools in both rural and urban areas in North Carolina in self-contained, resource, and inclusive elementary settings, and also directed a K-12 inclusion program for students with a range of disabilities at a private school in Charlotte, NC

 

Mr. David Doctor

Treasurer

David is father of a 10th grader attending the CMS virtual online magnet school and an award-winning business builder and leader. As CEO, he has created, led or served on the board of directors of 23 start-ups, growing one company to more than $1 billion in annual sales. Currently, he is the President and CEO of E4 Carolinas, a trade association for 140+ Carolina energy companies which collaboratively promotes workforce development, economic development, policy, and innovation. Prior to Telra, David has advised or served on the board of directors of four private schools in Kentucky, Texas, and North Carolina, taught new venture finance for 8 years as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Louisville College of Business, and helped build the Duke University Energy Initiative.

 

Eric M. Gamble, PhD

Director

Dr. Gamble, is an Assistant Professor at Johnson & Wales University – Charlotte Campus. He is in his 19th year with the University, teaching business management, finance, and entrepreneurship courses in the College of Business. Dr. Gamble received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he focused on methods to reduce student loan debt. His MBA in International Trade is from Johnson & Wales University, in Providence RI, along with his BS in Computer Systems Management.

 

Dr. Gamble worked in the hi-tech industry for more than 15-years with companies such as IBM, Oracle, and two venture capitalist (VC) funded startups in Silicon Valley. He held a variety of senior sales, application engineering, and systems engineering positions. Dr. Gamble currently resides in the University District of Charlotte with his wife of more than 25-years, Helena, and their 4 children, ages 22, 19, 17, and 16.

 

Board Meetings

Meeting calendar:  The Telra Institute Board of Directors meets monthly, typically on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm.

Upcoming meetings

Date:  September 7, 2021 - Regular meeting

Time:  6:30pm

Location: +1 980-213-0751,,412780075#

Date:  October 5, 2021 - Regular meeting

Time:  6:30pm

Location: +1 980-213-0751,,412780075# 

Public participation:  Any member of the public may join and listen to a Board meeting. Members of the public wishing to speak must pre-register by completing the contact form at least 3 business days prior to the meeting to be added to the agenda. Please include your name, the topic of interest, and the phone number from which you will be dialing in.