Georgeanna Wiest

Georgeanna was born and raised in Cary, North Carolina and now lives with her husband, Chris, and their 5 kids on a farm in Holly Springs. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in 2006 and worked for 7 years as a Postpartum/Newborn nurse. After bringing their daughter home from Taiwan in 2013, Georgeanna quit her job to stay home and care for her medical needs, which marked the beginning of their family’s homeschool journey. Given life’s circumstances, homeschooling was the best option, but still not their family’s ideal.

After her second child started Kindergarten, Georgeanna began to seriously consider what her role might be in starting a hybrid school in the Apex/Holly Springs area. Over the next couple of years, God made it clear that the need was great and He wanted her to take the lead in opening a University-Model® School. It has been amazing to watch what God will do when we simply put our “yes” on the table. She is honored to play a part in the story God is writing through HLA.

Carl Chaney
Head of School

A desire to serve others by using the abilities and gifts God gave Carl instilled in him a deep passion for teaching and education, which led him to the mission field of the public school system here in Wake County for ten years where he was a lead teacher at Cary High School. In 2014, Carl took his first trip to South Sudan where he led teacher and administration workshops to the South Sudanese establish schools. It was then that God started laying on his heart a desire to work with teachers as a coach and mentor. God has opened many doors since in preparation for this role at HLA. Carl is overwhelmed by God’s graciousness and faithfulness as He continues to do more than we could ever hope or imagine in and through HLA to make His name great here in our community and across the world.


Carl is a husband to Elizabeth and father to three nonstop, beautiful children: Zeke, Haven, and Ameilia. He holds a Master’s of Arts in Teaching and History degree, and had the privilege of impacting close to 2,000 students at Cary High over his ten year tenure. Carl was honored as Cary High’s Teacher of the Year during his time at CHS as well as taking a lead role in initiating several programs to promote teacher development and growth for WCPSS. He also started a club called “Students for South Sudan” as a way for students to partner with the schools in the world’s newest country and has continued this partnership with the community at HLA. Carl continues to be blown away by God’s goodness and faithfulness in guiding HLA to raise up the next generation to impact the world for Christ!

Allison Bertholf
Apex MS/HS Site Administrator

Allison is excited to be back at HLA for her third year.  This year she is serving as site administrator for the Middle School and High School in Apex.  She also continues to serve as the missions coordinator for the Apex campus, as well as the Classreach Coordinator for all of HLA.  Allison is overwhelmed with excitement to be able to be used by our LORD in a variety of different ways. It is her prayer that GOD uses the gifts He has equipped her with along the way, as well as continue to grow new talents within her.

Allison and her family are fairly new to North Carolina, as they recently moved from Seoul, South Korea, where they served as missionaries with Network of International Christian Schools (NICS).  There Allison had the opportunity to teach a variety of subjects, such as science, English, and Aquatics.  Allison and her husband have three children, all who were born in South Korea. Her love for missions and reaching out to the international community runs deep, as she has been living abroad for the past 16 years. In addition to serving in a school setting in Seoul, Allison’s family has taken short-term mission trips to places like Indonesia and the Philippines. They have enjoyed leisure travel abroad as well, including visiting countries like Australia and Singapore. Allison comes to HLA with a B.A. in Education with certification in Elementary Education, as well as an M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning for the Middle School Grades. 

LaVett Saddler
Apex K-6 Site Administrator

LaVett has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Jackson State University and a certification in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. Before joining the Heritage team, she spent over 15 years working in nonprofit management for local and statewide nonprofits. She left the traditional workforce four years ago and began transitioning into education while homeschooling her children.  That experience prompted her to blend her passion for education with her nonprofit expertise as a member of HLA’s administrative team.

In addition to her nonprofit experience, LaVett has served as an adjunct professor at Saint Augustine’s College, and her heart to encourage and equip parents led her to become a certified parent-coach through the National Center for Biblical Parenting.  LaVett loves working one-on-one with parents to help them become better equipped in raising the next generation for Christ.
She and her husband Dwayne reside in Raleigh and have four beautiful children: Darrian, Madison, Brooke, and Gabriel.

Scott Slater
Durham Site Administrator

I was born and raised in north-central Texas, growing up primarily in Ft. Worth.  I graduated from Texas Tech University in 1983, and began my career in education in 1985, teaching and coaching in public school at the middle school and high school level.  School administration was always something that I felt God had gifted me with, and I had the opportunity to move into that field in 1991. After four years as an assistant principal, I was fortunate enough to secure principalships in a K-5 elementary school for 14 years, and a 6-8 middle school for 5 years.  My last year of service in Texas was as principal of our district’s alternative high school.

In the spring of 2017, God began to show us that changes were coming for the Slaters.  I had started to think about retiring from the school system and open my mind and heart to wherever He wanted to take us.  That process, facilitated by the Summit Network, led us to a one week, summer mission trip to the Triangle working with Waypoint Church primarily.  While we were here in Durham, we experienced the Holy Spirit’s subtle calling. We fell in love with the mission of bringing the Gospel to the Nations living right here among us, and also began to hear about a new University Model School coming to the area called Heritage Leadership Academy.

Donna and I relocated in July 2018 (one year to the day after leaving to travel back to Texas the summer before), and absolutely love it.  I am so encouraged by what God is doing here at HLA, and can’t wait to see what He has for us.

Diane Allen
Director of Program Support
Jen Mitchell
Business Manager
Jen is excited to be a part of HLA as both a parent and staff member.  She has been married for 13 years to her husband, John, and has two wild boys Cole, 9 and Ty, 6 that keep her on her toes.  After graduating from Meredith College in 2002 with a BS in Business Administration she joined her family business working in the Green Industry.  While her main role was the business side of things, she did enjoy getting her hands dirty with the plants, soil, and landscape materials.  She loves learning and playing outdoors.
Last year, Jen decided to take a step back from the business to focus on her family.  This has allowed her to not only enjoy co-teaching her children, but also use her talents in a business role at HLA.
Jenn McLain

Jenn McLain moved to North Carolina from sunny Southern California in 2014. She has been married to her husband Tim for 16 years and together they have 2 children who both attend HLA. Recently, Jenn and her family started Emma’s Foster Closet in an effort to come alongside foster families by providing gently used clothing for foster placements. Jenn enjoys spending time with her family, the beach, horses, and reading. Being a part of HLA community has been a huge blessing for her and her family and she is excited to be on staff this year.