Board of Directors

Back to Basics Charter School Foundation

DBA Terrace Community Middle School

Board of Directors President: Ms. Alba Más

The Board meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 6PM. The public is encouraged to attend.

Finance & Development Committee meet 2nd Wednesday of the month directly after the Board meeting. 

Building Committee meet 2nd Wednesday of the month unless otherwise stated.

Building Committee Meeting August 25th, 2022 4:00pm at Belt Engineering Offices 1503 West Busch Ste A Tampa, FL 33612

Academic Standards Committee meets the Thursday before the monthly board meeting at 3PM.

September 14th, 2022 Board Approved Minutes

October 12th, 2022 Board Agenda



Terrace Community Middle School is a non for profit public charter school. Years of work preceded the granting of our Charter on April 7, 1998. In 1994, a group of parents became concerned their children were not acquiring the skills necessary to succeed in high school, college, and the work place. This group was joined by an equally concerned group of teachers and business leaders in the community. An Advisory Board was established to determine the ideal way to achieve our goal. The goal was simple: Establish a school to teach all students to read critically, write coherently, and use numbers comfortably as tools. A modified Department of Defense Curriculum was chosen because it is a classic core curriculum designed to be implemented on a limited budget. In January 1998, the Back-To-Basics Charter School Foundation, Inc. was incorporated and an administrative board was established. We were granted a charter three months later. The first year commenced in August 1998 with fifth through seventh grades. Eighth grade was added in the 1999-2000 school year which also marked our first graduating class. We invite all parents and interested parties to attend the Board of Directors meetings on the second Wednesday of the month at 6 pm in Room 208. Minutes of all Board meetings are available online. Please feel free to contact the Board of Directors with any questions you might have. We invite everyone to be an active participant in TCMS.

Mrs. Alba Más


Board President

Mrs. Alba Más is a Registered Landscape Architect and Professional Engineer. She received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Florida and a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of South Florida. Mrs. Más is a retired Director of the Regulation Division of the Southwest Water Management District.  Email: alba.mas-at-tcmstornadoes-dot-com

Mrs. Tiffany Sperry

Board Vice President

Mrs. Tiffany Sperry, Director, is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and the University of St. Augustine For Health Sciences with her Masters Degree in Physical Therapy. She has specialized in Orthopedic physical therapy and sports medicine for the past 20 years. She started her career at HealthSouth Rehabilitation in Tampa and Brandon before becoming a clinic manager at Florida Orthopedic Institute in Tampa. Currently, she is working at Achieve Home Care as a Physical Therapist and Clinic Manager. Mrs. Sperry grew up in Temple Terrace and returned in 2008 with her husband and 3 children . She has been actively involved with the Lewis PTA for the past 10 years. She serves on the Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School Board of Directors and Development Committee, and is also very active in the community, volunteering with her children's sports team, HOA, and King High School alumni. Email: tiffany.sperry-at-tcmstornadoes-dot-com

Mr. Gil Schisler

Board Treasurer

Mr. Gil Schisler is a founding member of the Board who is committed to the fiscal integrity of Terrace Community Middle School and the Foundation on which it was created. He brings his business operations and financial background to TCMS from his years of professional experience as the Controller for the Fluid Regulation Division of CIRCOR International, with over 25 years of executive management experience in finance and accounting. He holds an Accounting Degree from the University of South Florida. Mr. Schisler has no children at TCMS. His being active with TCMS is merely a continuation of his deep commitment to the community. Email: gil.schisler-at-tcmstornadoes-dot-com

Mrs. Creah Demps

Board Secretary

Mrs. Creah Demps has spent the majority of her professional career as a senior administrator within post-secondary institutions. Currently, she continues this passion for education with the University of South Florida, where she leads initiatives to increase the outreach and access for historically underrepresented populations. Mrs. Demps completed her undergraduate studies with a double major in Business Management and Psychology from the University of Tampa. She has also attained a Master’s of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. She resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and two beautiful children. Email: creah.demps-at-tcmstornadoes-dot-com

Dr. Lew Kirk Ph.D.


Lew Kirk, Ph.D., is a founding member of TCMS. As a Board member he served as a past Treasurer and Secretary. He also was a past President of the Lewis Elementary PTA and served on the City of Temple Terrace School Improvement Task Force. His son graduated from TCMS in 2000. He has been involved for many years in the Temple Terrace Community as a volunteer coach and team manager for the Florida Soccer Club. Dr. Kirk holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science. He retired after 23 years as a medical practice administrator. Email: lew.kirk-at-tcmstornadoes-dot-com

Ms. Lynne Volpe


Ms. Lynne Volpe, Director, is a retired educator.  She received a Master’s Degree in Mathematics Education from the University of South Florida.  Her last position with the Hillsborough County School District was as Assistant Principal for Magnet Curriculum at King High School, in charge of the International Baccalaureate Program.  She subsequently worked as a consultant for the International Baccalaureate Organization. Email: lynne.volpe-at-tcmstornadoes-dot-com



Dr. Lonnie Bryant


Lonnie Bryant, Ph.D. is a Professor of Finance at the University of Tampa (UT) specializing in Valuation. While at UT, Professor Bryant has served in various leadership roles including the Interim Director of the Graduate Programs, Finance Department Chairperson and Academic Coordinator of the Master Programs. Lonnie holds a doctorate degree from the University of South Florida in Business Administration Finance, a Master’s of Business Administration degree from the University of North Carolina and The Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas (ESADE) and an Electrical Engineering degree from the Florida A&M University/ Florida State University College of Engineering. Dr. Bryant’s professional experiences include Cap Gemini Ernst Young Consulting firm, Proctor and Gamble Inc., Kimberly-Clark Co., National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA)-Johnson Space Center, Tampa Electric Company (TECO) and the College of Charleston. Lonnie has served the Tampa Bay community by serving on the Hillsborough County School Board Accounting and Finance Board of Directors, Florida Head Start Policy Council and Head Start Foundation. Lonnie and his wife, LaToya, live in Temple Terrace and have two children, one of which will be attending TCMS in the Fall of 2019. Email: lonnie.bryant-at-tcmstornadoes-dot-com

Ms. Ashley Phelps


Mrs. Ashley Phelps has been serving students in Hillsborough County in both charter and traditional schools since her graduation from USF's Elementary Education program in 2009. Mrs. Phelps has a Master's Degree in Reading Education (also from USF) and is a current Doctoral Candidate finishing her PhD in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Change at Walden University. She is a passionate educator who believes in putting students first in all decisions. She is honored to be a member of TCMS's board, as she believes that TCMS honors their mission to do exactly that. She has dedicated her career to advocating for students of all abilities and helping to ensure equitable educational opportunities for all students. She resides in Riverview, Florida with her husband and is a foster parent for children in our community's child welfare system. Email: ashley.phelps-at-tcmstornadoes-dot-com

Mr. Todd Amaden


Mr. Todd Amaden, Director, is the President of Landmark Engineering & Surveying Corporation. He has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is a practicing Civil Engineer. He and his wife Lori live in Tampa with their three children. Email: todd.amaden-at-tcmstornadoes-dot-com

Yamury Germino

Parent Representative


Shavonda Jones

Faculty Representative


Board Committees



Gil Schisler, Chair
Tahvia Shaw
Matthew Gonzalez
Lonnie Bryant

Meets 2nd Wednesday of the Month



Lew Kirk, Chair
Tiffany Sperry
Creah Demps

Next meeting: TBD



Lynne Volpe, Chair
Ashley Phelps
Tahvia Shaw
Odalis Peña
Cecilia Diaz
Dan Oswald

The committee meets first Thursday of every month, 3:30PM, Principal's Office



Alba Más, Chair
Todd Amaden
Tahvia Shaw
Scott La Baw
Gil Schisler

The Committee meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 5:30 to 6:00PM unless otherwise stated.



Tahvia Shaw
Odalis Peña
Cecilia Diaz
Dan Oswald
Lew Kirk, Ph. D.



Tiffany Sperry
Ashwini Nadili
Seanna Ellis

Next meeting: TBD



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