After 35 years as a public school educator and administrator throughout central Pennsylvania, Dr. Flurie serves CCA families by combining the best elements of traditional public education with the flexibility inherent in public cyber education.
Dr. Flurie came to CCA as assistant CEO in 2009 and was named CEO of Commonwealth Charter Academy in 2011. In this role, he leads a team of CCA employees that includes 600 professionals, who serve nearly 11,000 students in grades K-12 across Pennsylvania.
He previously served as assistant to the superintendent at Lower Dauphin School District and as a building-level administrator and teacher at secondary schools throughout the region.
He also shares his expertise as an adjunct instructor at Wilkes University, teaching graduate courses in educational law, current issues in education, school finance and educational psychology.
Dr. Flurie received a bachelor’s degree from Lock Haven University and a master’s degree from Tennessee Technological University. He received a master’s degree and superintendent letter of eligibility from Shippensburg University. He also received a doctoral degree from Duquesne University.
When he is not in his Harrisburg office, Dr. Flurie enjoys sailing, biking, hunting and fishing. He is married with two adult children.
Thomas Longenecker, President- and CEO-elect
Mr. Longenecker joined CCA in 2012 and currently serves as president- and CEO-elect. His background comprises 22 years of school operation leadership.
His previous experience working in public schools consisted of the Carlisle Area, Conrad Weiser Area and Susquenita school districts. In addition, he also served as an adjunct professor for Shippensburg and Wilkes universities.
Mr. Longenecker received an associate degree from Harrisburg Area Community College. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Shippensburg University and a master’s degree from Wilkes University.
In his spare time, Mr. Longenecker enjoys spending time with his family, outdoor activities and taking his boys for ice cream on his scooter with a sidecar.
Adam Fraser, Vice President and Provost
Mr. Fraser has been with CCA since 2008, and currently serves as vice president and provost. With more than a decade of teaching experience, Adam brings knowledge of many types of school experiences, including a traditional brick-and-mortar school, cyber school and home-school setting.
At CCA, he directs teachers and staff who dedicate countless hours to personalizing education for more than 2,500 elementary school learners.
Mr. Fraser earned a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and received a master’s degree from the University of Delaware.
Christopher Yerkes, Middle School Principal
With more than 17 years in education, Mr. Yerkes has a strong foundation of experience that helps him serve as not only CCA’s middle school principal, but also an instructional leader. He joined CCA in 2007 as a teacher and has held several leadership positions before becoming an administrator in 2011.
Mr. Yerkes is passionate about supporting and guiding CCA teachers so they can provide the most effective and comprehensive instruction possible.
Mr. Yerkes earned a master’s degree at California University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree at Shippensburg University. He has a certification in school administration, as well as teaching certification for the elementary level, middle school math and middle school science.
In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer and other outdoor activities.
Anthony Rusnak, High School Principal
Before becoming a CCA administrator, Mr. Rusnak served as a middle and high school science teacher and coach for 10 years. Now a seasoned administrator with 18 years of leadership experience, Mr. Rusnak still draws upon those years as a teacher in his role as principal.
Mr. Rusnak holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Colgate University. He earned a principal certificate and superintendent letter from the University of Scranton.
Mr. Rusnak also serves as an adjunct professor for the University of Scranton and St. Joseph’s University. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf.
Natasha Shane, Vice President of Family Services
Ms. Shane joined Commonwealth Charter Academy in 2011 as parent involvement coordinator before being named family involvement manager. She brings her prior leadership and organizational development experience to her current role as the director of family services. She leads a team that ensures federal program compliance, provides statewide training programs, facilitates curriculum-based educational field trips and social events, and provides mentor support to CCA learners and families statewide.
Before Ms. Shane joined CCA, she worked as an office manager for Dataware Inc. in York.
She attended Penn State University and American Public University for business. She’s been a United Way Capital Club and Bridges Society member since 2010. She is a certified Love and Logic facilitator, and Student Assistance Program certified. She previously served a term as president of a local chapter of the International MOMS Club.
In her free time, she enjoys gardening and traveling with her family.
Paulie Zozos, Director of Special Education
Ms. Zozos joined CCA in 2017 as the director of special education. With experience as an assistant director, teacher and elementary school principal, Ms. Zozos brings professional and practical knowledge to her position.
She began her career as the director of admissions for Harrisburg Academy. From there, she worked her way up to become a special education teacher and supervisor for teachers in special education. She also worked as assistant director of special education at Chambersburg Area School District. Most recently, she worked as the director of pupil services and special education for Susquehanna Township School District.
Ms. Zozos earned her bachelor’s degree in education at Hood College in Frederick, Md., and a master’s degree in education at Shippensburg University, where she returned as a graduate adjunct professor and taught courses in special education for several years.