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 pm and are open to the public.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Pettit is a private equity partner with MSouth Equity Partners, a private equity firm based in Atlanta. He serves on the firm’s investment and administrative committees and is actively involved in fundraising and investor relations. Peter currently serves on the Board of Directors of multiple companies and was chosen for the Westside Board for his strong financial governance and oversight experience, as well as his passion for the Westside community. Peter received a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia and a M.B.A. from Northwestern University.
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.
Ms. Mitchell is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Georgia’s Division of Family and Children Services. She formerly held leadership roles at the Surdna Foundation/Andrus Family Fund, United Way of Greater Atlanta, and the National Urban League. Katrina holds an English degree from Wellesley College and a Graduate Degree in Education from Harvard. Katrina brings a strong background with fundraising, grants management and a history of grant making focused on improving the outcomes for children and their families to the Westside board.
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.
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.
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.