SBCA is governed by a board of directors consisting of business leaders and pastors.

Robert Mayes

Chairman & President

As the Chief Executive Officer of Columbia Southern Education Group, the parent company of Columbia Southern University (CSU) and Waldorf University, Mr. Robert Mayes provides strategy and leadership support to the institutions and is responsible for governmental affairs. Mr. Mayes has more than 25 years of experience in distance education. Mr. Mayes co-founded Columbia Southern University, an online university headquartered in Orange Beach, Alabama, along with his parents and sister, Chantell Mayes Cooley, in 1993. He transitioned to the role of president of CSU in 2005 and served until May 2018. In his role as president of CSU, Mr. Mayes worked closely with leadership to accomplish the goals, objectives, and strategies of the university. During this time, the University grew from 7000 students to 30,000. He was awarded the title of president emeritus on May 1, 2018, for his contributions and impact on the University. Mr. Mayes also led the acquisition of Waldorf University (previously Waldorf College) in Forest City, Iowa, in 2010, a task that included achieving approvals from the U.S. Department of Education and the Higher Learning Commission. During his time at CSU, Mr. Mayes had direct experience in many areas of online university operations, including key roles in accounting, finance, information technology, online course design, outcomes assessment, the development of policies and procedures, accreditation, and more. Mr. Mayes serves as a Member of the National Advisory Committee for Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), which reviews and advises the U.S. Secretary of Education on the recognition of accrediting agencies. He is chairman of the board of directors for South Baldwin Christian Academy. He serves as a board member of the Business Council of Alabama. He served eight years on the board of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission board of directors and served on its executive, finance, and nominating committees. In 2017, Mr. Mayes was awarded the Distance Education Accrediting Commission’s Distinguished Service Award and was a Boy Scouts of America Golden Eagle Honoree. In 2019, he was named the Distance Education Accrediting Commission’s Person of the Year.

Philip Anthony


Phillip L. Anthony, CPA is a graduate of the University of South Alabama with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting (Beta Alpha Psi) in July, 1994 and became a Certified Public Accountant in May 1997. Mr. Anthony became a partner with Anthony Financial Group, CPAs – Mobile / Gulf Shores in 1998. Mr. Anthony served as CFO and member of Executive Board of Management at A.B. Dick Southeastern, Inc. until 2003. Mr. Anthony now serves as Administrative Pastor at Christian Life Church in Orange Beach, AL, while continuing in a consulting role with Anthony Financial Group, CPAs. Mr. Anthony previously served on the Executive Board of Directors of the YMCA of Metro Mobile and on the Board of Directors of Calvary Christian Learning Center. Mr. Anthony married Jenny in April 2004 and they have two sons, Ben and Will as well as a daughter Claire.

Joanna Mayes

Board Member

Joanna Mayes is a key visionary behind SBCA. She has served on the Board of Directors since its inception and has helped guide the school forward. She is a Christian writer and blogger with a passion for reaching the lost and hurting. She is the founder of the www.ChristianFreedom.Life, a resource offering Christian resources and encouragement to help believers grow deeper in their faith. Additionally, Joanna serves on the Board of Directors of Inner Cry Ministries and is involved in leadership of their women’s ministry. She also established the Healing House, a Christian retreat and ministry house used by Inner Cry in Downtown Foley. She resides on the Gulf Coast of Alabama with her husband and three children. Her oldest two children graduated from SBCA in 2016 and 2020 respectively and her youngest child is a current student.

Minnie Mayes

Board Member

Mrs. Mayes is a co-founder of Columbia Southern University (CSU) and serves in an executive advisory capacity at Columbia Southern Education Group. Mrs. Mayes has also been with CSU since its founding, is on the Board of Directors, and follows strict ethical standards. Before CSU, Minnie co-founded a safety consulting company that provided training and services to small businesses nationwide. Mrs. Mayes has much knowledge about CSU through her long tenure as a board member and numerous work and advisory experiences in all aspects of distance study for more than 20 years.

Fred Franks

Board Member

Fred Franks has served in ministry for almost forty years. Ten years as a youth pastor in Illinois and Florida in addition to District Youth Director in Illinois. For over twenty years Fred has served as lead pastor in churches in Illinois and California; as well as Vice President of Saul’s Consulting Services in Atlanta, Georgia, a leadership and stewardship firm. Fred currently serves as the Preaching and Vision Pastor of Christian Life…the Island Church – a position he assumed in May of 2011. Fred has served on numerous ministry and district boards including the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Board at his alma mater: Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. He is known as the ‘leader of leaders.’ Fred has a great passion for life and ministry, having spoken in churches all across America and around the world. He is a family man and has been married to his college sweetheart Liz for 38 years. They feel privileged to have their son Luke, his wife Michele, as well as their daughter Paige and her husband Matt serve in ministry with them.

Dr. Ernie Rosado

Board Member

Dr. Rosado is originally from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, and raised in New York City. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (University of Puerto Rico), a Master’s in Business Administration (University of North Dakota), a Master’s in Education – Special Education (University of West Florida), Educator Administration Certification (University of South Alabama) and Doctorate in Educational Leadership (NOVA Southeastern University). Dr. Rosado retired from the US Air Force as Minuteman III Nuclear Missile Launch Officer and transitioned into the Troops to Teaching program as a special education teacher at the University of West Florida. After 21 years in public education, he retired and his last assignment was the Principal at Gulf Shores High, Gulf Shores, Alabama for ten years. He is now serving as the Director of Military Outreach at Columbia Southern University. He is excited to be a part of this great team at Columbia Southern University and he has a strong desire to assist our service members in reaching their educational goals. He is married to Luz Rosado and a member of Wisdom House Church.

JP Wilson

Board Member

Pastor JP Wilson was born and raised mostly in a small farming community in northeast Missouri. He attended bible college in New Orleans and has been in full-time ministry for over 30 years. While serving as a youth pastor in Mississippi, JP met his wife, Melissa, which he’s been married to for over twenty-five years now. They have three children and live in Gulf Shores, Alabama. JP pastors the Summit Church in Foley, AL.

Ernest Lee

Board Member

Bio coming soon...

Cori Frerichs

Board Member

Ms. Cori Frerichs and been an SBCA parent for over six years and served as the Booster Club President for 2022-2023. She also volunteers at SBCA by assisting with school events and fundraisers. Cori, her three children, and husband Tim, are residents of Orange Beach. She spent most of her childhood in South East Asia with her parents while they were serving as missionaries. She has a Bachelor of Science in Bio Medical Sciences and a Master of Health Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of South Alabama. Cori practiced as a Physician Assistant for nine years at Cardiology Associates in Mobile. Cori has a heart for women’s ministry with various supportive roles in ministry at Inner Cry Ministries.

Christa Park

Board Member

Ms. Christa Park is a resident of Foley, Alabama, with her husband BroDon. She is the mother of five children, one of which attended SBCA. Christa and BroDon serve as the Pastors of Inner Cry Ministries. Christa devotes much of her time to counseling and walking women through emotional and spiritual healing. She also serves in a key administrative role for the ministry. Christa has a heart of elementary education and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Certification in Special Education and Art.