Our Team

Committed to enhancing and improving public education in Georgia.

Supporting Georgia Public Education

Our GSBA team is a dedicated and diverse group of experienced educators, policy experts, and administrative professionals, united in our commitment to serve and empower school boards and educational leaders throughout Georgia. With a wealth of knowledge and a shared passion for education, we’re here to help our members navigate challenges and embrace opportunities in public education.

Valarie Wilson

Valarie Wilson

Executive Director
Nancy McLellan

Nancy McLellan

Executive Assistant
Mark Willis

Mark Willis

Assistant Executive Director
Kate Cammack

Kate Cammack

Executive Assistant

Board Development​

The Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) provides board development services focused on strengthening the governance skills and effectiveness of school boards across Georgia. These services encompass comprehensive training, community engagement strategies, and governance workshops, all aimed at enhancing the educational leadership and decision-making capabilities of board members.

Key Focus Areas: board development, conferences, workshops, awards

Dr. Sam King

Dr. Sam King

Director of Board Development & Superintendent Search Services
Ashley Mosby

Ashley Mosby

Executive Assistant
Donna Hinton

Donna Hinton

Senior Board Development Specialist
Julia Bernath

Julia Bernath

Board Development Specialist
Leigh Crow

Leigh Crow

Program Manager: Conferences and Events

Risk Management

GSBA Risk Management Services (RMS) offers protection through its group-self-insurance plans for workers’ compensation, property and liability risks. RMS partners with Georgia public school systems and goes far beyond the normal service of a commercial insurance broker. The staff builds relationships with its members and provides training and information to assist members in successfully managing their risks.

Key Focus Areas: insurance, claims, safety and loss control

Cliff Cole

Cliff Cole

Director of Risk Management
Mary Bailey

Mary Bailey

Executive Assistant
John Shore

John Shore

Assistant Director of Risk Management
David Colvard

David Colvard

Safety and Risk Control Coordinator
Ricky Brantley

Richard Brantley, Ed. D

Member Advocate
Kim Fraker

Kim Fraker, Ed. D

Member Advocate
Mickey Key

Mickey Key

Member Advocate
Darrell Evans, Sr.

Darrell Evans, Sr., Ed. D

Member Advocate
Cliff Hood

Cliff Hood

Member Advocate
Damon Gibbs

Damon Gibbs, Ed.D

Member Advocate
Tom Flynn

Tom Flynn

Senior Underwriting Manager

Greg Light

Underwriting Manager
Inga Copeland

Inga Copeland

Underwriting Assistant
Rodean Wilson

Rodean Wilson

Staff Assistant

Superintendent Search Services

GSBA’s Superintendent Search services offer tailored and comprehensive solutions to school districts seeking exceptional leadership. With a deep understanding of education and a commitment to finding the right match, we assist districts in identifying and selecting top-tier superintendents to drive educational excellence.

Dr. Sam King

Dr. Sam King

Director of Board Development & Superintendent Search Services
Mary Bailey

Mary Bailey

Executive Assistant

Focus Areas: superintendent search, vacancies, application process

Policy and Legal

GSBA’s Policy and Legal services provide Georgia districts with informed guidance on essential policies and legal issues, ensuring they stay updated on legislative changes and compliance requirements. Our aim is to empower districts with the knowledge to make informed decisions and navigate the evolving educational landscape effectively.

Angela Palm

Angela Palm

Director of Policy and Legislative Services
Heather Chappel

Heather Chappel

Policy Coordinator

Focus Areas: board policy, policy management, legal issues, Simbli Policy software

Simbli Board Management Software

Simbli Board Management Software
Originally developed by GSBA for the purpose of helping Georgia school boards operate more efficiently and effectively, Simbli’s board management software includes a suite of integrated modules that help streamline paperless meetings, strategic planning, policy management, board evaluations, document management, and communications.

Focus Areas: board management software

Mark Willis

Mark Willis

Chief Operating Officer
Kate Cammack

Kate Cammack

Executive Assistant
Charlie Rigby Photo

Charlie Rigby

Business Development Manager
Amelia Libman

Amelia Libman

Sales and Marketing Coordinator
Tim Covert

Tim Covert

Systems Architect Manager
Rashi Sood

Rashi Sood

Software Development Manager

Sandra McGuire

Training and Support Manager
Nancy McGinnis

Nancy McGinnis

Customer Support Representative
Lisa Lou

Lisa Lou

Customer Support Representative
Tonya Tuite

Tonya Tuite

Customer Support Representative
Kassie Sweeney

Kassie Sweeney

Customer Support Representative

Member Engagement

GSBA’s Member Engagement team works in close partnership with member districts to gain insights into their unique needs and challenges, ensuring GSBA’s comprehensive range of services is tailored to maximize value, and support educational excellence within each district.

Julie Rhame

Julie Rhame

Director of Member Engagement
Emily Thompson-Anderson

Emily Thompson-Anderson

Member Engagement Specialist

Focus Areas: member benefits, mentor program

Strategic Planning

GSBA’s Strategic Planning Services for Georgia school districts specialize in tailoring educational strategies to meet local needs. We provide comprehensive support in setting visionary goals, developing effective plans, and implementing sustainable improvements to enhance the educational experience for every student.

Dr. Steve Barker

Dr. Steve Barker

Director of Strategic Planning
Lynita Jackson

Lynita Jackson

Strategic Planning Services and Vision Manager

Focus Areas: strategic plan development, vision and goals, stakeholder engagement

Advocacy

Through our dedicated grassroots network, the GSBA Advocacy team passionately advocates for legislative positions endorsed by member board delegates at the annual Delegate Assembly. Effective communication ensures that GSBA’s members receive timely updates on critical education issues and legislative updates.

Angela Palm

Angela Palm

Director of Policy and Legislative Services
Stephanie Tanner

Stephanie Tanner

Legislative Services Associate
Justin Pauly

Justin Pauly

Director of Communications

Focus Areas: advocacy, legislative updates, policy analysis, research

Business Opportunities

GSBA’s Business Opportunities team facilitates connections between businesses and more than 1,800 educational professionals, including school board members, superintendents, and facility managers. These professionals collectively invest billions annually in Georgia, enhancing school facilities, curricula, transportation, and educational offerings for Georgia’s 1.7 million public school students.

Mark Willis

Mark Willis

Assistant Executive Director
Pam Harrison

Pam Harrison

Business Opportunities Manager

Focus Areas: sponsorships, advertising, conference exhibits

Marketing and Communications

GSBA’s Marketing and Communications team is dedicated to promoting the organization’s mission, initiatives, and programs across various channels, ensuring GSBA’s mission to support and enhance public education is widely understood and appreciated.

Justin Pauly

Justin Pauly

Director of Communications
Andy Ryff

Andy Ryff

Director of Marketing
Bridgett Johnson

Bridgett Johnson

Communications Manager
Chris Triplett

Chris Triplett

Video Production Specialist
Eden Bentley

Eden Bentley

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Focus Areas: public relations, public engagement, marketing and communications

Operations

GSBA’s Operations team is responsible for managing GSBA’s internal processes and systems, overseeing logistical aspects, finance, and ensuring that all operational activities align with the organization’s mission to support educational excellence in Georgia’s public schools.

Charlton Calhoun

Charlton Calhoun

Director of Finance
Shanan Williams

Shanan Williams

Business Office Manager
Amber Gratwick

Amber Gratwick

Staff Accountant
Rachel Locatelli

Rachel Locatelli

Staff Accountant
Tammy Baker

Tammy Baker

Staff Accountant

Focus Areas: finance, human resources, facilities, technology, health and safety

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