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.

** The next board meeting will be on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. Meeting dial-in information is below:

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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.

JESSICA WEISSINGER

Board Member

Ms. Weissinger is the COO of Audit Operations at Frazier & Deeter CPAs and Advisors. She is also an audit principal and CPA, having served clients of Frazier & Deeter for more than 10 years in various industries, including not-for-profits. Jessica has both her undergraduate and master’s degrees in accounting from Auburn University and brings a strong financial accounting background to the board. Jessica has been a resident of West Highlands since 2010, where she currently lives with her husband and 2 young boys.

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.

SUMHR GIBONEY

BOARD MEMBER

Mrs. Giboney is an Aftermarket Solutions Manager for Caterpillar, Inc. Sumhr is a resident of the Westside community of Atlanta and is passionate about its development. Mrs. Giboney holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN. She has worked in various sales and operations roles and helps drive operational efficiency on the Westside 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 Management for The Loudermilk Companies, a real estate investment company that develops and manages a wide variety of real estate holdings. He oversees asset management, leasing and property management for the company’s portfolio. He has previously worked for The Dilweg Companies, 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.

Jonathan Baker

Board Member

Jonathan is the CMO and co-founder of Monday Night Brewing. He graduated from Emory in 2005 with a BBA in Marketing and a minor in Religion. His background is in marketing strategy consulting, where he worked with many Fortune 500 companies including UPS, Home Depot, Pfizer, Heineken, and Coca-Cola. He is married to the lovely Sarah, and lives in Howell Station with one daughter, one son, and two dogs.