School Leadership

Michelle Alexander, Head of Lower School

Michelle has been at Cannon since 2010. She previously served as the Director of Diversity Programs and Community Outreach at The Seven Hills School in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Michelle earned a Bachelor of Arts at Middlebury College and a Master of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She and her husband, Raymond, are parents to Tyler '20, Harrison '22, and Maryne '26.
Whit Brown, Director of Business and Finance

Whit has been at Cannon since 2007. He previously served as a senior consultant for McGladrey & Pullen and holds a Certified Public Accountant licensure.

Whit earned a Bachelor of Arts from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Business Administration from Boston University. He and his wife, Heather, are parents of Morgan '23, Peyton '25, and Carson '28.

Bill Diskin, Director of Admission and Financial Aid

Bill joined Cannon School in 2007. Before coming to Cannon, Bill was the Director of Admission and Marketing at York Country Day School in York, Pennsylvania. He also held various positions at Winchester Thurston School over the course of twelve years.

A Pittsburgh native and devoted Penguins fan, Bill earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His wife, Nicole, serves as an advisor and coach in the Middle School. They are the parents of Chloe '10, Jakob ’17, Ben ’19, and Eliott ’21. In his spare time, Bill enjoys reading, writing, and fishing.
Bill Donovan, Director of Institutional Technology

Bill joined Cannon School in 2015. Prior to coming to Cannon, he served as the Director of Technology at Sandy Springs Friends School in Sandy Spring, Maryland, and as the Technology Director at Canton Country Day School in Canton, Ohio. He and his wife Bonnie have two adult daughters, Mollie and Katie.

Bill earned a B.S. in Business Administration from University of Phoenix. In his spare time, he enjoys playing drums and guitar.
Todd Hartung, Director of Advancement

Todd joined Cannon School in 2010. He previously served as Associate Vice President of Alumni Programs and Annual Giving at Queens University of Charlotte and Director of Development at Forsyth Country Day School.

A native of Connecticut, Todd received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned a Master of Business Administration from the Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University. He and his wife, Regina, are parents to Isabella '24, Emma '26, and three-year-old Alexander.

Fabio Hurtado, JrK-12 Director of Studies

Fabio joined the Cannon School family in 2008. Before joining Cannon, he served as an English, Spanish, and Theology teacher at Catholic independent schools in South Florida. He also coached state and national championship chess teams. At Cannon, Fabio has held the role of teacher, department chair, and Upper School Academic Dean prior to becoming the JrK-12 Director of Studies this year.

A native of Cuba, Fabio has lived and worked in Cincinnati, Baltimore, and Miami. He is married and has three children - Joseph ’20, Rebecca ’22, and Grace ’24 - currently at Cannon, seven overall, as well as two grandkids. His wife, Teresita, serves as Cannon's Upper School Learning Specialist. Fabio enjoys riding his motorcycle on Cabarrus county back roads and visiting our peer schools.
Carla Moyer, Head of Middle School

Carla joined Cannon School in 2000 as a math and science teacher. After serving as the Dean of Seventh and Eighth Grades from 2008 – 2014, she was named the Head of Middle School.

Carla earned her B.S. in mathematics from Muhlenberg College, and her M.Ed in Middle Grades Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Carla and her husband, Pat, are parents to Mackenzie ’12 and Tully. She is an avid reader, enjoys visiting her children in Arizona and Maine, and loves her running group.
Dr. Patrick Moyer, Director of Athletics

Pat has been at Cannon School since 2013. Before coming to Cannon, Pat was an award-winning physics professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He was also the founding coach of Cannon's varsity softball program.

Pat earned his B.S. in Physics from Moravian College, his M.S. in Physics from Saint Bonaventure University, and his Ph.D. in Physics from North Carolina State University. He and his wife Carla are parents of Mackenzie ’12 and Tully. Pat enjoys golfing, exercising, and discussing science with anyone who will listen.
Debra Otey, Head of Upper School

Deb joined Cannon School in 2011. Previously, she served as a teacher, lower and middle school division head, curriculum director, and assistant superintendent at public and private schools in West Virginia, Illinois, and North Carolina.

Deb earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Alderson-Broaddus University, a Master of Arts in Education from West Virginia University, and her Administrative Certification in Educational Leadership through Northern Illinois University. She and her husband, Rex, are parents to Caeden '22 and Carter '20. Come football and basketball season, you can find Deb cheering for her beloved West Virginia University Mountaineers.

Anne Shandley, Director of College Counseling

Anne joined Cannon School in 2004. Anne began her career as a special education teacher in the public schools and has worked in higher education in both college admissions and career planning. Prior to coming to Cannon, Anne was a school counselor with the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system. She holds a B.S. in Education from the University of Tulsa and an M.S. in Guidance and Counseling Services from the University of Memphis. Anne and her husband Tom have three adult children living in the area - Elizabeth, Joey, and Will.


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