ABOUT US

Our Board of Directors

As a public charter school authorized by Atlanta Public Schools, the Westside Board of Directors plays an integral part in the oversight of WACS. They hold the leadership team accountable, hold fiduciary responsibility, and ensure the school is staying true to the mission and vision. Combining a wealth of expertise in a wide array of professional areas, the Westside Board is known for its strength and commitment to the school.

Board meetings are held the second Thursday of every month at the school at 7:00 P.M. and are open to the public.

** Our next Board Meeting will be Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 7:00 P.M. in the Media Center.


TERRELL GILBERT

Chair

Mr. Gilbert is a Partner in the Corporate and Securities and Corporate Governance Practice with Arnall Golden Gregory LLP in Atlanta, Georgia. He has prior experience as a teacher, school administrator, and interim principal. His prior experience as an educator and his current experience as an attorney have equipped him to chair the board with drive and grace.

HANNAH HECK

VICE-Chair

Ms. Heck is an attorney and recently served on Governor Nathan Deal’s Education Reform Commission and its School Choice Subcommittee. Prior to law school, Hannah spent five years serving as a policy advisor and as the Director of Policy for Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue. Hannah served on the board of the Georgia Department of Community Health from 2009-2012. She received a B.A. in Psychology from Harvard College and her J.D. from Emory University School of Law. She was chosen for her role on the Westside Board for her leadership skills, policy acumen, and passion for education in our community.

JULIUS FARRINGTON

SECRETARY

Mr. Farrington is a Regional Marketing Director at SAP America, a global software leader. In his role, he leads Marketing efforts for the South Region. Julius is experienced in design thinking methodology and a member of the West Highlands community. Julius grew up in the Atlanta metropolitan area before receiving a B.B.A. in Finance at Howard University in Washington, DC and an M.B.A. from Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.

CHUCK JOHNSTON

Board Member

Mr. Johnston holds B.A. and M.A.T. degrees from Vanderbilt University and an M.B.A. from Emory University. He is a graduate of the Atlanta Public Schools. For over four decades, Mr. Johnston has been a leader in the field of education, particularly in the Atlanta area. He has significant experience as a teacher, headmaster, executive director and school founder. He was chosen for his role on the Westside Board for his extensive knowledge of education and close community ties with other educators in Atlanta.

MONICA ALLEN

BOARD MEMBER

Ms. Allen is a serial entrepreneur on Atlanta’s Westside. She is co-owner of Allen Professional Graphics Group and Deuce Equity Group and is the sole proprietor of Monica Allen Interiors. She has an undergraduate degree in Risk Management and Insurance from the University of Georgia and an M.B.A. from Georgia State. Her entrepreneurial spirit and special expertise with branding and graphic design have proven to be a great help to our board.

JOHN PHELPS

BOARD MEMBER

Mr. Phelps is the Vice President of Strategy & Business Development for Clutch Technologies, a car-borrowing technology start-up. He also leads new ventures for Kenzie Lane Innovation, and held prior roles in the consulting and banking industry. John holds an Electrical Engineering Degree and M.B.A. from Georgia Tech, and brings tremendous marketing and communications insight to the Westside board.

KIM DAY

BOARD MEMBER

Ms. Day has been an educator for over 35 years and is currently the Director of Literacy & Early Learning at Purpose Built Schools (PBS). Prior to joining PBS, Kim was the Co-Director of the Rollins Center for Language & Literacy at the Atlanta Speech School, a professional development organization. In her role at the Rollins Center, Kim worked in partnership with Drew Charter School and was instrumental in developing the early language and literacy programs that have supported Drew’s cradle to college pipeline. This work led to the development of Rollins’ early learning program, Read Right from the Start. Prior to her work in the Rollins Center, Kim served in various teaching and leadership positions across Atlanta. She holds a Ph.D. in Special Education with an emphasis on language-based learning disabilities, assessment and educational leadership from the University of Georgia.

TYLER SKELTON

BOARD MEMBER

Mr. Skelton is the Director of eCommerce Finance for First Data Corporation in Atlanta, Georgia. Tyler is a resident of the Westside community and passionate about its development. Mr. Skelton received a Bachelor’s in Accountancy from the University of Mississippi and a Master’s in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is a CFA charterholder and CPA in the state of Georgia. Tyler brings strong financial and accounting acumen to the board.

DONOVAN POTTER

BOARD MEMBER

Mr. Potter is an attorney with Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers, LLP in Atlanta, GA. Prior to entering private practice, Donovan worked in the City of Atlanta’s Law Department as an attorney responsible for defending the City in a wide variety of civil lawsuits. Donovan currently serves on the board for the Atlanta Chapter of Handshake America, a non-profit organization. He received a dual B.S. in Business Management and in Kinesiology and Health from Miami University and his J.D. from Louis D. Brandies School of Law at University of Louisville. He was chosen for his role on the Westside Board for his analytical and leadership skills, and his passion to serve the Westside community.

DOUGLAS MCRAE

BOARD MEMBER

Mr. McRae is the Director of Asset Enhancement for The Dilweg Companies, a real estate investment firm focused on office properties in the southeast. He oversees asset management, leasing and property management for Dilweg properties around Atlanta. He has previously worked for Columbia Property Trust, RaceTrac Petroleum, and Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Douglas obtained his B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Georgia and his Masters in Real Estate from Georgia State University.

DAVID DAVIS

BOARD MEMBER

Mr. Davis is the Director of Development for Georgia Tech Athletics. Prior to his work at GT, he worked for the University of Michigan Athletics Department and oversaw all major gift fundraising throughout the Southern States Region of the country. David grew up in the Atlanta metro area prior to earning a B.S. in Kinesiology and Health from Miami University and his Masters in Sport Administration from Tennessee State University. David brings strong fundraising experience to the board.