Board of Trustees
Term Ends 2024
Mrs. Spears was elected to the Fort Mill School Board in 2016. She and her husband, Robert, live in Tega Cay with their daughter.
Spears is a long term resident of the area, having attended Fort Mill Schools from elementary through graduation from Fort Mill High School in 1986. She graduated from Clemson University in 1990 with a B.S. In Mathematics, where she was hired by Bank of America (then NCNB) into their technology division. She held multiple leadership positions in Project and Risk Management until retirement in 2014.
Mrs. Spears has always been an active volunteer in her daughter's schools. She has served multiple roles on PTO / PTA Boards, Parent Liaison Committee, School Improvement Council, and AdvancED Accreditation Committee for the Fort Mill School District. She was active in the Tega Cay Community Relations Committee. She Co-Chaired the successful 2015 Keep Our Schools Strong Bond Referendum Committee, which earned her the 2015 Volunteer of the Year award from the Tega Cay Area Chamber of Commerce.
Term Ends 2026
Mr. Bouldin, a 32-year resident of Fort Mill, has served on the Fort Mill School Board since 2009, including 5 years as Vice Chairman. Before his election to the school board, he was a tri-chair for the 2008 bond referendum, a $96 million referendum that allowed the district to build TCES, DBES, BTMS, NAFO stadium, and purchase land for future needs. He also served 7 years on School Improvement Councils at elementary, middle, and high school levels, including leadership roles as chair at each level.
Mr. Bouldin is a graduate of NC State. He has 37 years of manufacturing industry experience in various engineering and management roles. He volunteers as a First Responder and a First Responder Trainer.
He has served the community in many capacities in addition to his duties on the school board. Mr. Bouldin coached Fastpitch Softball for recreation league and travel teams for 7 years, has been a member of the Boy Scouts of America for 44 years, including 20 years on the Executive Board of the Palmetto Council serving as Vice President of Programs and VP-Membership, and as former scoutmaster of Troop 108. He is a Silver Beaver award recipient, received the Scouter of the Year recognition, is a Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow, and served as the Course Director for Wood Badge SR-1019 (adult leader training course).
Mr. Bouldin has been married to his wife, Harriett, for 36 years. They have two children, who both graduated from Fort Mill schools, and two grandchildren attending schools in the district currently. He has two daughters teaching in the district as well. Mr. Bouldin is a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church, where he serves on the church council and has served as a youth leader and member of the Praise Band.
Term Ends 2024
Anthony has been a resident of Fort Mill since 2006. He and his wife, Kathy, have been married since 2007. They have a 14-year-old daughter, Addison, who attends Fort Mill Middle School as an eighth grader.
He is committed to serving his community and volunteers in several capacities on numerous local boards and non-profit service organizations, including serving as Board Chair of Defend the Fatherless, York District Chairman- Palmetto Council Boys Scouts of America, Governance Board for the Boys and Girls Club of York County, and a Committee Member of Anne Springs Greenway. From 2016 to 2019, Anthony served as Volunteer Manager for Community Café, and Meal Server for the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte. He mentors high school students across the York County area and has written more than 200 recommendation letters (Colleges, Scholarships and Eagle Scouts) over the last four years.
Anthony also founded the Community of Hearts Project, which is a service project created and coordinated to serve local underserved communities. Multiple times a month, Anthony leads groups of volunteers and picks up non-perishables, furniture items, clothing, home goods, etc., to distribute to the underserved communities. He attends Forest Hill Church.
Currently, he works as an executive sales rep for a global organization named RICOH USA. His role is to open new doors with key stakeholders in most vertical markets and help them solve critical business challenges with a diverse services and solutions portfolio. With over 25 years of leadership experience, his professional career has revolved around creating memories for millions of visitors at entertainment venues across North America. Over the years, he honed his management, communication, training, planning, hiring, and sales skills in executive positions.
Anthony oversaw many theme parks, zoos, and other entertainment venues in the U.S and Canada. He managed leadership positions and was indirectly responsible for more than 2,000 team members. Also, he has managed more than $100M portfolio in revenues, facilitated training and trained more than 10,000 employees, and hired more than 5,000 full-time and seasonal employees over a 20-year period.
He was a communications/liberal arts major at the College of Lake County located in Grayslake, Illinois. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of the campus newspaper, The Chronicle. Under his team’s leadership, The Chronicle earned a Pacemaker Finalist Award as one of the best college publications in the country. The Pacemaker Award is the highest honor and unofficially known as the “Pulitzer Prize” of college student journalism. While at the College of Lake County, he also represented the student body with professors and administration on a search committee for the next President of the College.
Term Ends 2026
Mrs. Branning was elected to the Fort Mill School Board in 2014. During her time on the board she has served as the chair for the policy committee, vice chairman and has served on the Strategic Planning Committee. She has earned Level 5 for outstanding boardmanship from the South Carolina School Boards Association. She is the Region 13 Director for the South Carolina School Boards Association and has served on their legislative, policy, financial, nominating and awards committees.
Michele is a Rotarian with the Fort Mill Rotary Club, a Rotary board member, a Paul Harris Fellow and the 2016 & 2017 Rotarian of the Year. She was the club President for the 2017-18 Rotary year. She was instrumental in the monthly service projects impacting our community locally and abroad always using #ServiceAboveSelf, a motto she lives.She has received a Meritorious Mast from the Fort Mill High School JROTC and Eagle honor for her dedication and support to the cadets and program since 2013.
Mrs. Branning is a licensed real estate professional in both North and South Carolina working with Keller Williams Fort Mill, is a co-owner of a Power Sports business and is the former co-owner of several mobility facilities, which offer wheelchair accessible vehicles and equipment for people with special needs and disabilities. She is the proud mother of Michael, a graduate of Fort Mill High School now attending the University of South Carolina and Nik, a 2012 graduate of Fort Mill High School and a graduate of Furman University now teaching conversational English and American culture in China and Hong Kong. Michele is originally from Indiana and attended Purdue University.
Before being elected to the Board, Mrs. Branning was involved in Fort Mill Schools, spearheading Pleasant Knoll Elementary School’s inaugural Parent Teacher Organization where she served as President and was the 2013 Bond Referendum Co-Chair. Michele has served on School Improvement Councils at her children’s schools as well as holding numerous committee and board positions within all parent booster organizations. She was a founding member and board member for The Fort Mill Gridiron Club, serving as fundraising chairperson for the first 2 years as well as secretary. She is the past President and Vice President of the Fort Mill High School JROTC booster club.
Term Ends 2024
Dr. Scott Frattaroli has been married to his wife, Beth, for 25 years, and has two sons, Anthony, a student at Berry College in Rome, GA and Dominic, a student at Nation Ford High School. Dr. Frattaroli is a Senior Collaboration Manager for TD Bank. Dr. Frattaroli received his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, his M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Winthrop University, and his Elementary Teaching Certification and B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Frattaroli worked in the Fort Mill School District for eighteen years. He taught second grade at Fort Mill Primary School, where he was named Teacher of the Year in 1999. He's served as the assistant principal at Riverview Elementary School, and the principal of Springfield Elementary School, Sugar Creek Elementary School, and Doby's Bridge Elementary School. He also served as the principal/project manager in charge of opening Sugar Creek Elementary School, Pleasant Knoll Elementary School, Doby's Bridge Elementary School, and Tega Cay Elementary School.
In addition to his previous work experience with the Fort Mill School District, Dr. Frattaroli has been involved in leadership with many outside civic and philanthropic organizations. He served as an adjunct professor in the Counseling and Leadership Department at Winthrop University. He served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Western Carolinas Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the York County Boys and Girls Club, the Follett Educational Services National Educators Advisory Board, and was an Elder at Unity Presbyterian Church. He remains involved as an Executive Board member and leadership coordinator for Camp KUDOS, a camp for children with Type I Diabetes.
Term Ends 2026
Lipi Pratt was a teacher with Fort Mill Schools for more than 25 years. In that time, she worked at six different elementary schools across the district. She worked with hundreds of students, partnered with many parents and families, and collaborated with teachers from almost all of our schools. She served on many different School Improvement Councils and worked with different PTOs as well as leading the district Teacher Forum. In 2013, she was selected as District Teacher of the Year and has represented our school district across the state of South Carolina.
Lipi attended Winthrop University where she received a BS in Elementary Education. She has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Coppin State College in Maryland, and has an additional thirty hours specialization in Gifted and Talented Education from Converse College.
Lipi is married to Mike, who is also a retired educator, and they are the proud parents of two boys who are products of Fort Mill Schools. Both of them currently serve in our Armed Forces. The Pratt family knows first hand how important our schools are to our community.
Term Ends 2026
Joe Helms serves on the Fort Mill School Board. He is passionate about the students, parents, teachers and staff of the Fort Mill School District. Born in 1987, Joe has been actively engaged in Fort Mill for over 15 years. Joe is married to Julianna and has four children, three of which are currently in the district.
Joe is well-known in the area from his involvement in his local church. He leads worship and volunteers in other areas nearly every Sunday; in this capacity, he mentors on spiritual, personal and academic issues.
Professionally, he works as an account executive. Utilizing analytical and communication skills, Joe strives to provide his clients with personalized, attentive services. He has helped many clients look at finances through a creative lens so that his clients achieve goals that were never thought possible. He shows them how to set their families up for generational wealth. He brings this same thoughtful approach of finances to his work in the district.
Every member of the Fort Mill School District Board of Trustees has completed board training as required by state law, Section 59-19-45.