Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Meet our board of directors

Charles A. Alt, Esq.


Washington and Lee University (B.S., 1977); College of William and Mary (J.D., 1980; M.L.T., 1981)


1980, Virginia and U.S. Tax Court; 1984, U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia; 1985, North Carolina and U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina


High Point Bar Association; North Carolina Bar Association; Virginia State Bar; American Bar Association

  • United Way of Greater High Point
  • High Point Library Board
  • High Point Library Foundation
  • Community Clinic of High Point
  • The ARC of High Point
  • High Point Museum

Perry Flynn, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, AP Associate Professor

APT Associate Professor and the Consultant to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in the area of Speech Language Pathology.

He is a member of ASHA’s Board of Directors and the Chair of the Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council. Perry has served two terms on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Speech-Hearing-Language Association in addition to serving on many of the associations’ committees. He has chaired ASHA’s School Finance Committee,and been a member of the School Service Delivery Committee and Convention Committee.

Perry is co-author of ASHA publications: Developing Educationally Relevant IEPs and Conducting Educationally Relevant Evaluations and has presented several ASHA “webinars” on topics related to Federal and State Law.

He is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, Operation Smile volunteer and the Director of the Equestrian Sport Development Team for Special Olympics North Carolina. He is the recipient of the UNCG, Ethal Martis Lauther Outstanding Alumni Award for Communication Sciences and Disorders, The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, School Support Child Nutrition Services, Friend of Child Nutrition Award 2010-2011, and the Wayne Secord, Lindamood Clinical Leadership Award in Language and Literacy 2012.

Joel M. Palma, PE

As President of Palma Engineers, a Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Consulting Engineering Firm, Mr. Palma has been involved in the management, design, and commissioning of numerous buildings and structures ranging from a small park building to the design of an entire university campus.

Though Mr. Palma and his company have expertise in the design of a wide array of building and structure types (medical, municipal, mixed use, commercial, sports, coliseum, auto, dining, etc.), one of his premier passions is the design of education facilities including Kindergarten thru grade 12 and higher education (colleges and universities) facilities. Mr. Palma has expertise in all type of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, but is especially interested in the design of green and sustainable systems. He has been involved in numerous LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified/inspired building under the guidelines of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

Mr. Palma is a 1994 graduate of the North Carolina A&T State University Architectural Engineering program with the specialization in Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Design. He is registered as a Professional Engineer in the states in North Carolina and Virginia with reciprocity in 47 states.

In addition to his role as a board member at Phoenix Academy, Mr. Palma is also a curriculum committee member of the Mechanical Engineering Technology Program at Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) and a member of the inaugural committee for the Architectural Engineering Professional Engineering Exam. Mr. Palma has also served as an adjunct professor of Mechanical Engineering teaching Statics, Dynamics, and Reinforced Concrete Design for the GTCC Mechanical Engineering Department.

Mr. Palma has published numerous articles and is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), and Tau Beta Pi.
In his spare time, Mr. Palma loves spending time with his wife, Stephanie, and two daughters. He also loves to play golf, racquetball, working on projects around the house, and tinkering with his car.

Major General John F. Phillips (ASAF Retired)

Major General John F. Phillips is commander of the Sacramento Air Logistics Center, McClellan Air Force Base, Calif. The center provides worldwide logistics support to a number of aircraft that include the F-117 Stealth fighter, F-22, F-111 series, A-10, F-15 and KC-135; manages more than 200 communications systems and eight space systems; and repairs, overhauls and modifies entire categories of complex avionics components, hydraulic and pneudraulic systems, and flight control systems. The center manages $3.2 billion annually, including a $548 million payroll and $820 million in contract awards.The general entered the Air Force in December 1963, accepting his commission as a second lieutenant from Officer Training School, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. He has a wide range of experience in managing various Air Force systems, and commanded the Logistics Management Systems Center and Joint Logistics Systems Center before assuming his current position. The general is an experienced pilot, navigator and instructor pilot with more than 3,000 flying hours, including more than 300 combat flying hours over Vietnam.

  • 1963 Bachelor of science degree with honors in biology and chemistry, Jarvis Christian College, Texas
  • 1972 Honor graduate, Institute of Aerospace Safety Engineering, University of Southern California
  • 1975 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
  • 1975 Air Command and Staff College (Correspondence), Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
  • 1976 Master of science degree in logistics management, Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
  • 1976 Industrial College of the Armed Forces (correspondence), Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
  • 1978 Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
  • 1983 National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
  • 1992 Senior Managers in Government Course, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  • Distinguished Service Medal
  • Legion of Merit
  • Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
  • Air Medal
  • Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
  • Combat Readiness Medal
  • Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
  • Listed in “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities”
  • Selected as one of the Outstanding Young Men in America
  • Co-authored book, “Military Project Management”
  • Numerous articles and lectures on leadership and management
  • Poet, published and copyrighted
  • Inducted into Texas Historical Hall of Fame
  • Second Lieutenant Dec 20, 1963
  • First Lieutenant Dec 20, 1965
  • Captain Jun 20, 1967
  • Major Nov 1, 1974
  • Lieutenant Colonel Nov 1, 1979
  • Colonel Oct 1, 1982
  • Brigadier General Oct 1, 1988
  • Major General Aug 1, 1991

Colonel Chris Swadener (ASAF Retired)

Vice President of Operations
NCI Information Systems, Inc.
Manage the LAN,IDPS, and Consolidated IT/Programmer/DBA contracts with the Air National Guard.
Senior Operations Director, AirForce and Technology Services Group
NCI Information Systems, Inc.
Ran three IT contracts for the Air National Guard.
Director, Aerospace Programs
American Business Development Group
July 2008 – October 2009 (1 year 4 months)
Managed aerospace sector for business development, consulting, business intelligence, and program management contracts.
Director of Operations, Air National Guard USAF
February 2005 – August 2007 (2 years 7 months)
Director of Operations
National Guard Bureau
2005 – 2007 (2 years)
Director of Operations
Air National Guard
2005 – 2007 (2 years)
C-130 Navigator USAF
1987 – 1991 (4 years)

Kenneth A. Kopf, Esq.

Mr. Kopf has practiced corporate and government procurement law for over 30 years, representing both large and small corporations. Prior to IPS, Mr. Kopf served as Chief Legal Officer at Trusted Computer Solutions, (acquired by Raytheon Corp.) a leading producer of (commercial and) classified government cross-domain information and cyber security software. In all his corporate positions, Mr. Kopf was responsible for all U.S. and International legal, ethics, and compliance matters.

Prior to joining Trusted Computer Solutions, Mr. Kopf spent 22 years as Chief Legal Officer for Cubic Corporation, a $1B multi-product international commercial and government defense contractor. In addition to the above corporate positions, he held various legal positions with the U.S. Navy, Veterans Administration and U.S. Air Force. Mr. Kopf’s legal specialties are in Corporate law, ethics and compliance, federal, state and municipal government contract law, US and international commercial IP and contract law, US and international ADR, and investigations. Mr. Kopf served in the Air Force as a JAG and as a Russian Linguist with the U.S. intelligence community, and has served as a special assistant U.S. Attorney and a pro tem Superior Court Judge in California.

Mr. Kopf taught law school and is a sought-after lecturer on many legal, corporate and government topics. He participated in a State Department Trade Mission to Russia, served on law review, graduated with honors from Hamline U. School of Law, and served as law clerk to a Minnesota District Court judge. Mr. Kopf was a licensed clinical psychologist, teacher, is an “AV” rated attorney with Martindale Hubbell. Mr. Kopf recently ran for U.S. Congress in the N.C. 6th District.