Our Team

Administration

Zach Gautier

Zach Gautier

Head of School

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Dr. Gautier is coming to us from Valor Christian, a high school in Colorado, where he has served for 15 years in various high level administrative roles. Valor is one of the only private schools in the country to have earned the National Blue Ribbon Award twice and Dr. Gautier was instrumental in this accomplishment. 
Prior to Valor, Dr. Gautier taught in Plano, Texas at Jasper High School and was given the Time Warner Cable National Teaching Award in 2007.
He has been a classroom teacher, debate coach and administrator for 20 years. He is married to wife, Jen, who is an elementary teacher. Together, they have three kids including an incoming Ambassador junior.
Jay Poag

Jay Poag

Athletic Director & Head Football Coach

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Ambassador Christian is pleased to introduce Jay Poag as our Athletic Director. Jay comes to ACS with over 30 years of coaching experience at both the college and high school level. A Davidson College 4 year football letterman (‘87), he has had coaching stops at NC State, Lenoir-Rhyne, Presbyterian College and Davidson. Most recently, he has been Dean of Students and Head Football Coach at Christian Heritage School in Dalton, GA where his teams have qualified for the state playoffs 5 years in a row. He was named the Georgia region ‘Coach of the Year’ in 2020 after leading his squad to an 11-1 record and the school’s first region championship.

“After previously spending 12 years in Lake Norman raising our family, what a blessing to be able to return to the area we absolutely love to help start such a unique school. Ambassador Christian is committed to pursuing excellence and to pointing students towards the Kingdom target! I couldn’t be more excited about joining the ACS team!”

Amy Poag

Amy Poag

Director of Student Services

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Amy Poag is an accomplished education professional with over 25 years of experience in the field. Amy has spent the last decade as the Director of College Advising and Student Life at Christian Heritage School. Her driving force is her commitment to Calling Prep. She firmly believes that each student possesses a unique “Divine Design” and that discovering and pursuing this design is the key to a fulfilling and purposeful life.

“I look forward to joining the Ambassador Christian team as a compassionate advocate for students, guiding them toward a future that aligns with their unique Kingdom purpose.”

Outside of her professional endeavors, Amy’s interests include hiking, yoga, gardening and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Jay, are proud parents to three wonderful children.

Alison Winters

Alison Winters

Director of Student Life

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Alison Winters is excited to begin at Ambassador Christian School as the Director of Student Life. Alison is originally from Raleigh, NC and has spent the last decade in Charlotte. Alison graduated from UNCC with an education degree. She then went on Young Life Staff and for the past four years served as an Area Director with Young Life in Cabarrus County. Her role at Ambassador will be to build student culture, inject fun and spontaneity into the school day, and create opportunities for students to develop deep relationships and lasting memories.

Ben McDaniel

Ben McDaniel

Director of Operations

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Ben McDaniel is a farm boy who’s had the dirt knocked off along the way… He grew up on a family farm in Summerfield, NC where he learned to build things, grow things and sweat. He is thrilled to be joining Ambassador Christian as the Director of Operations where he will use his gifts to build things, grow things, and sweat once again. He is passionate about crafting spaces and environments where people can grow and become the person God created them to be. He will focus on the day-to-day systems, spaces, and people that will make Ambassador such a special and unique place to learn and grow.

Ben attended NC State where his favorite class was “Bees and Beekeeping”. In his major, he studied volunteer leadership and non-profit organizations. He met Jesus through the ministry of Young Life as a teenager and then became a Young Life leader for the next 20 years of his life.

After serving 13 years as Area Director of LKN Young Life, Ben has felt led to shift his focus from the front lines of relational ministry to a ministry of equipping where he will focus on

Joyce Burke

Joyce Burke

Director of Marketing and Events

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Joyce Burke is delighted to be joining Ambassador Christian as the Director of Marketing and Events. After years of volunteering, she was on staff at The Community School of Davidson for 15 years overseeing development, communications, and events. Joyce began her career in entertainment with ten years at NBC in NYC and three years at Paramount before she took an extended leave to raise her two daughters.

“I’m excited to be surrounded by a team filled with integrity to help students build authentic relationships that withstand time and unabashedly teach truths and build knowledge. ACS is going to be a phenomenal high school!”

Jay Cuttino

Jay Cuttino

Controller

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Jay Cuttino is excited to join Ambassador Christian as Controller, leading Accounting and Finance. Jay joins Ambassador from Red Hat (a subsidiary of IBM), where he managed Accounting Consolidations. He has worked in KPMG’s audit function and is a registered CPA in the state of North Carolina. Jay has a bachelor’s degree from NC State in Accounting and a Master of Accountancy degree from UNC Charlotte.

When asked what excites Jay the most about joining Ambassador, he said: “I attended middle and high school a few miles south of Ambassador. I am thankful to have the opportunity to partner with what God is doing in my hometown. I look forward to giving back to the community that has invested so much in me.” 💜

In his spare time, Jay enjoys fly fishing in the Blue Ridge Mountains and hiking with his Australian Shepherd Cooper.

Ana Castellanos

Ana Castellanos

Registrar

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Ana is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina and has been living in the United States since 2002. She worked for 17 years in various corporate administrative roles where she developed a love for databases and spreadsheets! She took a 13 year hiatus from the working world to be a stay-at-home mom to her daughter, during which time she taught Spanish and was a substitute teacher at her daughter’s school. She restarted her career as a registrar for a local K-12 school and will now be moving into the same role at Ambassador.

“I’m so grateful and honored to be part of this new school where clearly God is going to make a great impact in our community and on our youth.”

Athletic Coaching Staff

Stephen Chaconas

Stephen Chaconas

Men's Soccer

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Coach Chaconas is a former high school, college, and USL 2 player who has coached at the college level (NCAA Div III), professional level (USL W-League), and every club level.

As a coach, Stephen has won 3 State Titles, and a Regional Finalist. Most recently, he has turned around the Bradford Preparatory Varsity Soccer soccer program, taking the team from 0 wins in 2019, having never qualified to NCSHAA State Playoffs, to back to back 13 win seasons and a 4th round state playoff appearance. Along the way, Stephen won the NCHSAA 1A West ‘Coach of the Year’ award.

Stephen possesses two of the highest licenses in the US, the USSF Senior A License as well as the United Soccer Coaches Premier Diploma. Stephen specializes in college recruiting and is an educator and “teacher” at heart. Stephen is the current ECNL Boys Director of Coaching at CSA North and will remain in that role. He is also the owner and Head Trainer of F4 Soccer Training.

Married to Tara Reese Chaconas, father to three, owner of one big fluff ball known as Domino.

“We’re so very fortunate to have Coach Chaconas join us at Ambassador’, says Athletic Director Jay Poag. “He has been one of the top soccer coaches in our area for many years. His experience and passion for soccer will serve our student athletes well. You don’t have to be around Stephen for very long before you know he loves God and soccer with his whole heart. He’s going to build one of the top soccer programs around. It will be exciting to watch!”

Robyn Horner

Robyn Horner

Women's Soccer

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Coach Horner joins the Ambassador family following a decorated coaching and playing career at nearly every level of women’s soccer. Spanning the better part of the past 2 decades, Robyn has worked as an administrator, director and mentor with over 17 years of coaching experience, 4 years of college senior athletics administrative and club director experience, and she currently coaches in the USL-W, women’s pre-professional soccer. She has played professionally in Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) and the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), and spent 8 seasons playing semi-professionally, of which 5 of those seasons she was named Conference GK Of The Year, and spent 6 as a team captain. She has spent time in both Sports Ministry with the Charlotte Lady Eagles as a player and a coach, and also as a ministry coordinator to the Executive Pastor and special events for Multiply Church Concord.

Robyn is most passionate about creating a positive, challenging environment where young athletes can perform creatively in confidence, feel at home, and enjoys helping athletes navigate the college recruiting experience with her vast network of contacts. She resides in Harrisburg, NC with her husband Paul and three children, Ben, Charlotte, and Sophie.

“There’s not many people around that have the experience that Coach Horner brings to our Girls Soccer program,” says Athletic Director Jay Poag. “She has played and coached at every level. She has the reputation as one of the top goalkeepers in the United States. We’re so fortunate to have her with us at Ambassador. Her passion for her players and her love for the Lord make her such a good fit to lead our program.”

Jennifer Temple

Jennifer Temple

Women's Basketball

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Coach Temple brings her experience and knowledge to the women’s basketball program at Ambassador Christian. She has 14 years coaching experience, nine years at the collegiate level, playing experience at the Div 1 level and overseas.

Throughout her college coaching career she has coached 2 All-Americans, 4 All-Freshmen and 19 All-Conference players.

In 2022, the coaching staff of 2010 including Temple was inducted into the Gannon University Hall of Fame for their historical year finishing 37-1, ranked #2 in the nation in the final 2010 USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Poll, and most wins in a season in Div II history.

Since moving to Mooresville, NC she has been very active in the local recreational clubs, program director of LKN Lady Attack and has served as the Middle School Girls Basketball coach at Pine Lake Preparatory for the last two seasons.

Originally a native from Vancouver, Canada she was a four year starter at Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC (2002-2006). While at Campbell she was an active member of FCA and SAAC committees.

Temple resides in Mooresville, NC with her husband Alex, and three daughters Isabelle (10), Norah (8) and Edith (5).

“Coach Temple brings a wealth of experience to our girls basketball program,” says Athletic Director Jay Poag. “She has played or coached at virtually every level across the nation. She’s been able to attract a huge following in her short time in this area. Her love for the game and her active faith make her such a good hire for us. We’re blessed to have her leading our Lady Lions basketball program.

Nathan Sharp

Nathan Sharp

Men's Baseball

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Coach Sharp graduated from Southlake Christian Academy where he co-captained their team to the 2011 State Championship. As a pitcher and shortstop, Nathan was selected as the Lake Norman Player of the Year, 1st Team Charlotte Observer and All-State Teams; while receiving Southlake’s Christian Character, Heart & Hustle and Wendy’s Heisman Awards. Nathan graduated from Lynchburg College with a degree in Sports Management where he was a 2-year starter, led the team in RBI’s and had a .301 career batting average.

Nathan has been the owner & founder of Soaring Eagles Baseball Academy since 2012, where he currently leads camps, clinics, and lessons with a focus on FUNdamentals, faith, and character development; while encouraging a healthy, competitive spirit amongst his players.
When not on the ballfield, Nathan enjoys fitness training, pickleball, golf, wakeboarding, and relaxing with friends. One of Nathan’s favorite life verses comes from Romans 5: 3-4, “We glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance develops character; and character leads to hope.”

“Coach Sharp is a well known personality in our area and has built a tremendous reputation for his quality instruction in his baseball academy over the past 12 years,” says Athletic Director Jay Poag. “His positive energy and love for Jesus are so evident whenever he engages with his players and their families. He’s the perfect person to be leading our baseball program.”

Kim Vinson

Kim Vinson

Women's Volleyball

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Coach Vinson, is a standout figure in the world of volleyball. A former NAIA 1st & 2nd Team All-American at Taylor University, Kim’s achievements also include induction into the Taylor University Athletic Hall of Fame, Regional and Conference Player of the Year, and two time Female Athlete of the Year. She was inducted into the Oswego High School Athletic Hall of Fame, and was offered to play overseas after college.

Kim impacts the Charlotte area volleyball community through private lessons and has led her varsity teams to second and third place State Championships. Her coaching philosophy emphasizes pursuit of excellence, integrity, and discipline while building confidence and character in her players.

Though a true competitor, faith and family are her top priorities. She has been married to Kinyon Vinson for 20 years and they have 3 amazing
children. Kim finds fulfillment in balancing her passion for volleyball with her role as a dedicated wife and mother.

“Coach Vinson has such a great volleyball following in our area,” says Athletic Director Jay Poag. “When we started looking for that perfect person to lead our volleyball program, every single finger pointed us to Coach Vinson. She’s a great motivator and her athletes follow her because they know that she loves both them and Jesus. She’s going to do great things at Ambassador.”

David Ross

David Ross

Men's Golf

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Coach Ross is a lifetime member of the PGA with over 40 years of playing and teaching experience. David began his career as an assistant at Pine Tree Country Club in Kennesaw, GA. As a part-time assistant, David pursued a career as a touring professional, having success on various Mini Tours and PGA Section events. As a young aspiring professional, David began working with Davis Love Jr. Through Davis’s guidance and mentorship, David’s pursuit for playing shifted as he took on a new position as Director of Golf at Seabrook Island. Here, his passion for teaching flourished and his niche for player development began. Since then, David has given over 35,000 lessons in his career, coaching all skill levels from beginner to tour winners. David’s coaching has produced winners on several of the top tours in the world along with several number one ranked junior boys and girls, along with first team All-American college players. His passion to develop future golf stars fosters an environment that pushes him to pursue excellence while pushing others to realize their dreams of playing elite level golf. David is acknowledged by many of his students and peers as one of the top instructors in the Carolinas.

“Coach Ross has been ‘the man’ in the Lake Norman golf circles for a lot of years,” says Athletic Director Jay Poag. “There’s not much that he hasn’t seen or done in the golf world. He is a man of great faith that shares the Ambassador vision of ‘launching Ambassadors for Christ…” He’s one of the most respected golf instructors in the Southeast and we couldn’t be more proud to have him leading our Boys Golf program.”

Kennedy Ramsey

Kennedy Ramsey

Women's Golf

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Coach Ramsey is a native of Huntersville, graduating from North Meck High School in 2014. Kennedy began her golf journey as an assistant professional, while competing on several mini tour and section events in the Southeast over the last several years. As Kennedy pursued playing, she moved into a full-time teaching role and began studying the golf swing, understanding body movements, and has dedicated much of her time to honing her passion and craft for elite golf instruction for the past four years. Kennedy’s stable of players consists of several elite players who have competed and won many of the Carolinas tour pro events. Kennedy is currently a Teaching Professional at River Run Country Club in Davidson. Kennedy’s knowledge and certifications as a golf instructor will be a great asset to the Girl’s Golf program as she is TPI certified (Titleist Performance Institute) and an EQ certified mental coach. Kennedy looks to bring her passion, encouragement, and guidance to develop each player and be an Ambassador for Christ.

“Coach Ramsey needs no introduction to the Lake Norman golf world,” says Athletic Director Jay Poag. “Coming out of North Meck HIgh School, she has spent her career traveling the professional golf circuit. Our girls in our golf program will be able to learn so much from her. She has such a heart for Christ and a passion to guide her players. I’m excited to watch her build an elite golf program at Ambassador.”