Board Chair: Marty Beech - Tallahassee, FL. MEd in Reading Specialization, Kent State; PhD in Special Education and Language Development, Kent State. Recently retired Research Associate at Florida State University. Over 40 years experience in education involving large-scale educational development, reform initiatives and teacher training.
Board Leadership Team
Chair: Beverly Cree – St. Augustine FL. MA in Clinical Psychology, Morehead State University; MEd in Education: Curriculum and Instruction Supervision, UNC-Wilmington; PhD in Child Development, UNC-Greensboro. Work experience includes teaching young children, parent and teacher training, and program management.
Colin Kirkman – Atlanta, GA. BA in American Studies, Grinnell College; CPRP – Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner; QMRP – Qualified Mental Retardation Professional. Work in the field of mental health includes training, management, and resource development; as well as volunteer fundraising and grant writing.
Eunice Benton - Oxford, MS. BA UNC Chapel Hill, MA University of Mississippi. Unitarian Universalist Minister, Trustee and District Executive for Thomas Jefferson District of Unitarian Universalist Association; District Executive of the Mid-South District of the UUA.
Institutional Advancement Team
Chair: Charles Lee – Charlotte, NC and Sarasota, FL. B.S. from UNC-Chapel Hill and M.S. in Public Health Administration, UNC-Chapel Hill. Charles has been a Senior Executive Manager with top-level not-for-profits. He worked with local, regional and national organizations to achieve strategically planned goals and objectives.
Lem Arnold – Atlanta, GA. B.S. in Life Sciences from MIT; M.D. from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston; Residency in Pediatrics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He is a Pediatrician with The Southeast Permanente Medical Group (Kaiser Permamente), where he has held administrative positions.
Shane McGee - Earlysville, VA. Bowling Green State University, University of Cincinatti College of Law. Practicing attorney in Washington, DC area.
Mani Subramanian - PhD Purdue University, taught at Purdue University and led research and corporate activities in Telecommunication industries, including 20 years with Bell Labs. Currently Adjunct Professor at Georgia Tech.
Institutional Performance Team
Patrick Pohl – Lexington, KY. BA in Secondary Education.The University of Evansville. He has worked as a corporate trainer and is now a Territory Manager for Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America. Patrick is a certified corporate trainer for Wilson Learning Social Styles and Strengths Deployment Inventory.
Erin Thompson - Athens, GA University of Georgia. Currently ISO Coordinator and Management Representative with manaufacturing company.
Linda Sterner - Charlotte, NC. BS University of North Florida; Retired IT Professional in Financial Services industry.
Planning and Finance Team
Ed Mangiafico, Jr.–Atlanta GA. A.B., Georgia State University; J.D., Emory University School of Law. Atlanta attorney, who is a partner in Ragsdale, Beals, Seigler, Patterson & Gray, LLP. Ed specializes in the mediation, arbitration and litigation of tort, commercial and insurance disputes, both as an advocate and as a neutral.
Recording Secretary: Nancy Delux—Charlotte, NC. BS in Elementary and Special Education, The State University of NY-Buffalo; and training as a paralegal. Nancy has worked as a credit and housing counselor for the United Family Services, a Charlotte area nonprofit family service agency.
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