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2018 - 2019 Foundation Board of Directors

Co-Chair:  Gregory Jay pcmsfoundation.gjay@gmail.com

Co-Chair:  Douglas Quinby pcmsfoundation.dquinby@gmail.com

Directory of Regulatory:  Peggy Bussert pcmsfoundation.pbussert@gmail.com

Director of Academics and Curriculum:  Mandy Sandrock pcmsfoundation.msandrock@gmail.com

Director of Facilities and Hospitality:  Allegra Johnson pcmsfoundation.ajohnson@gmail.com

Director of Finance:  Kris Mamaghani pcmsfoundation.kmamaghani@gmail.com

Secretary:  Megan Cann pcmsfoundation.mcann@gmail.com

Financial Secretary: Jennifer Fenmore pcmsfoundation.jfenmore@gmail.com

Treasurer:  Brian Sims pcmsfoundation.bsims@gmail.com

Past Co-Chair Parent Representative: Fran Bartel pcmsfoundation.fbartel@gmail.com

Community Member:  Wanda Roane pcmsfoundation.wroane@gmail.com

Teacher Representative:  Deirdre Heffernan deirdre_o_heffernan@dekalbschoolsga.org

Teacher Representative:  Deidre Carter Deidre_Carter@dekalbschoolsga.org

Teacher Representative:  Jenny Schiff jennifer_g_schiff@dekalbschoolsga.org

 

 

Gregory Jay

Co-Chair, Peachtree Charter Middle School Foundation Board of Directors

 

Gregory Jay is co-chair of the Co-Chair, Peachtree Charter Middle School Foundation Board of Directors, serving on the Board since 2017.  A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Finance and a graduate of the University of Georgia College of Law, he is currently a partner in the law firm of Chandler, Britt & Jay, LLC where he concentrates his practice in the areas of local government law.  Additionally, he assists clients on general business and corporate matters, estate planning and probate, and eminent domain.  As City Attorney to the cities of Suwanee, Buford, and Braselton, Mr. Jay advises his clients on such matters as zoning and land use, personnel, governmental finance, and public utility regulation. He also serves as attorney to the Buford City School System and has represented a number of other local governments in the metropolitan Atlanta area. He is a member of the local government and education sections of the Georgia State Bar Association.

 

Mr. Jay is on the Executive Committee of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, an alumnus of Leadership Gwinnett, a member of the Buford-North Gwinnett Rotary Club, and formerly served as Chairperson of the Dunwoody Elementary School Council. 

 

Douglas Quinby

Co-Chair, Peachtree Charter Middle School Foundation Board of Directors

 

Douglas Quinby is co-chair of the Board of Directors of the Peachtree Charter Middle School Foundation, serving on the Board since July 2018.  A graduate of Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, he is currently co-founder and CEO of Arival, an insights and events company for creators and sellers of tours, activities & attractions.  A 20-year travel industry veteran, Douglas has held various roles in marketing, media, and research most recently as Senior Vice President at Phocuswright, the leading travel industry research firm. For more than 10 years, he played a key role in building Phocuswright research and programming the Phocuswright Conference, the bellwether event for online travel.

 

A resident of Atlanta and Brookhaven since 2001, he is the parent of a seventh grader at PCMS.

 

Allegra Johnson

Director, Chair of Facilities and Hospitality Committee

 

Allegra Johnson is chair of the Facilities and Hospitality Committee of the Peachtree Charter Middle School Foundation, returning to the Board of Directors in July 2018.  A graduate of Michigan State University with a double major in Hospitality Business and German, she has 18 years of experience in the private club industry.  She was a certified club manager who served as the first female president of the Georgia Chapter of the Club Managers Association of America.

She stays close to her alma mater as an alumni board member mentoring underclassmen and was 2017-2018 President of The School of Hospitality Business Alumni Association.

 

Ms. Johnson has extensive experience with PCMS having previously served as chair of the Board of Directors of the PCMS Foundation, co-chair of the former PCMS Parent Teacher Charter Council, and co-chair of the rewrite of the present PCMS Charter petition.  Active in her children’s activities, she currently serves as president of the Dunwoody High School Boys Soccer Booster Club.  Her previous experience also includes serving as chair of the Charter Council for Kingsley Charter Elementary School.  She is the parent of three children all in their “first” year of their schools - a Florida State freshman, a Dunwoody High School freshman, and a PCMS 6th grader.

 

Megan Cann

Secretary, Peachtree Charter Middle School Foundation Board of Directors

 

Megan Cann is secretary of the Board of Directors of the Peachtree Charter Middle School Foundation as well as its Regulatory Committee, serving since July 2018.  A magna cum laude graduate of Wake Forest University with a BS in Health and Exercise Science as well as a graduate of Emory University with a BS in Nursing, she is currently employed as a RN at Emory St. Joseph's hospital in the CVICU.

 

Ms. Cann has been an active volunteer at Dunwoody Elementary School, currently serving as Secretary on the School Council and previously serving as PTO President.  She is also very active at Dunwoody United Methodist Church serving as a lay leader, Sunday school teacher, and on the following committees:  Staff/Parish Relations, Leadership Round Table, Church Council, and the building committee.  She is the parent of a 6th grade PCMS student and a 3rd grade Dunwoody Elementary student.

 

Fran Bartel

Director, Peachtree Charter Middle School Foundation Board of Directors

 

Fran Bartel serves on the Board of Directors of the Peachtree Charter Middle School Foundation having previously served as its co-chair.  She received her B.S. in Educational Psychology from University of Georgia and her Paralegal Certification from The National Center for Paralegal Training.  She was a Senior Paralegal at King & Spalding. 

 

Ms. Bartel has served in many volunteer positions in the community and in her children’s schools.  At Austin Elementary, she served as the Teacher and Staff Appreciation Chair for 9 years, a room parent for 10 years, and the Room Parent Coordinator for 2 years.  In addition to serving as co-chair for the Foundation at PCMS, she has served as the CV Classic Volunteer Coordinator and as a member of the Cultural Arts Committee. At Dunwoody High, Fran has served the PTSO as the Chair of Teacher and Staff Appreciation as well as a member of the Grants Committee.  In the community, she is actively involved in Boy Scout Troop 764 at St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church and currently serves on the troop’s Executive Board as Treasurer. 

 

Ms. Bartel currently serves as a substitute teacher for the DeKalb County School System.  She is the parent of a senior at Dunwoody High School and eighth grade twins at PCMS.

 

Peggy Bussert

Director, Chair of Regulatory Committee

 

Peggy Bussert is chair of the Regulatory Committee of the Peachtree Charter Middle School Foundation, returning to the Board of Directors in 2017.  A graduate of William & Mary with a B.A. in Psychology and M.Ed. in Diagnostic-Prescriptive Teaching and a cum laude graduate of the University of Toledo College of Law, she currently serves as a court-appointed advocate for children in foster care and tutors students in the areas of math and science.  Upon graduation from law school, she practiced in the area of corporate and public finance at Kilpatrick & Cody (now Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton) with an emphasis in general obligation bonds, including school bonds.  It was after attending one of these school board meetings that she decided to return to her real passion - teaching.  She retired from education in 2016 having served as an assistant principal and having taught both math and special education since her return to teaching.  She is a member of the immigration and school law sections of the Georgia State Bar Association.

 

Ms. Bussert has served several different terms on both the Foundation Board of Directors and the former Parent Teacher Charter Council.  She also served on the rewrite committee for the last two charter petitions.  

 

Kris Mamaghani

Director, Chair of Finance Committee

 

Kris Mamaghani is the chair of the Finance Committee of the Peachtree Charter Middle School Foundation.  Previously, Ms. Mamaghani served as the Treasurer of the Foundation for the 2016-2017 school year and as a non-voting member for the 2015-2016 school year.  Ms. Mamaghani is an experienced corporate accountant and CPA with expertise in financial reporting and analysis. She is known for an ability to lead financial projects that enhance compliance, streamline processes and create efficiencies. Her areas of strength include financial controls, accounting research, SEC reporting, cash flow statements and ad hoc reporting. Ms. Mamaghani is currently the Director of Corporate Accounting and Financial Reporting for GE Industrial Solutions, Inc.

 

Ms. Mamaghani had been an active volunteer at Dunwoody Elementary, most notably serving as the Field Day chair from 2011-2016.  In addition to serving on the Foundation Board, she is also involved with the PCMS Orchestra Booster Club.  She is the parent of two boys, a freshman at Dunwoody High Schoool and 7th grader at PCMS.

 

Mandy Sandrock

Director, Chair of Academics Committee

 

Mandy Sandrock is the chair of the Academics Committee of the Peachtree Charter Middle School Foundation.  A graduate of the University of Georgia, she has over 18 years of experience dedicated to identifying strategic recruiting strategies and building relationships with stakeholders. She currently leads Southeast Tax Recruiting for PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers).  In addition, she actively leads diversity and inclusion initiatives for the Tax recruiting team.

 

Previously, Ms Sandrock served as the Director of Facilities and Hospitality for the Foundation for the 2017-2018 school year and a non-voting member for the 2016-2017 school year.  In addition to her volunteer work with PCMS, she is an active Board Member for Murphey Candler Softball and Dunwoody Elementary. She is a Georgia native and the mother of 2 children, a 5th grader at DES and an 8th grader at PCMS.

 

Brian Sims

Treasurer, Peachtree Charter Middle School Foundation Board of Directors

 

Brian Sims serves as Treasurer for the Peachtree Charter Middle School Foundation Board of Directors, serving since July 2018.  A graduate of Georgia Tech with a B.S. in Management, he has held positions in auditing, corporate accounting, and human resources.  For the last year, he has held the dual role of Human Resources and Accounting Manager for a Sandy Springs corporation.

 

Mr. Sims previously served as Treasurer on the Kingsley Elementary Charter Council Board and as the Treasurer for Cub Scout Pack 434.  He currently has a 7th grader at PCMS and a 10th grader at Dunwoody High School.

 

Deidre Carter

Faculty Representative, Peachtree Charter Middle School Foundation Board of Directors

 

Deidre Carter is a faculty representative on the Peachtree Charter Middle School Foundation, serving since July 2018.  A graduate of Georgia Tech with a B.S. in Applied Psychology and of Valdosta State with a M.Ed. in Middle Grades Math and Science Education, she has over 25 years of middle school teaching experience.  She is in her second year at Peachtree Charter Middle School and currently teaches 7th grade math.

 

Prior to entering education, Ms. Carter worked as a corporate trainer.  She is active in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the National Council of Teachers of English. 

  

Deirdre Heffernan

Faculty Representative, Peachtree Charter Middle School Foundation Board of Directors

 

Deirdre Heffernan is a faculty representative on the Peachtree Charter Middle School Foundation, serving since July 2018.  A graduate of Virginia Tech with a double major in Economics and Management and of Duke University with an MBA, she is currently in her fourth year at Peachtree Charter Middle School.  As a math teacher, she teaches multiple levels and grades – 6th grade on grade, high achiever, and accelerated, and 7th grade math tools. 

 

Prior to her teaching career, Ms. Heffernan worked in the corporate world for 30 years.  In her work with Roadway Express, she held positions in front line management, personnel, sales, sales management, district administration, corporate quality, and customer engineering.

 

Jenny Schiff

Faculty Representative, Peachtree Charter Middle School Foundation Board of Directors

 

Jenny Schiff is a faculty representative on the Peachtree Charter Middle School Foundation, serving since July 2018.  A graduate of Georgia State University with a double major in Psychology and Middle Childhood Education and of Graceland University with a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, she has 15 years of teaching experience almost exclusively at PCMS.  While at Peachtree, she has taught almost every core subject at almost every academic level and currently teaches 6th grade science.  At PCMS, she served several years as a team leader and currently serves as co-chair of the science department working closely on the school’s STEM initiatives.  She has previously served on the former Parent Teacher Charter Council and Governance Councils and as a faculty representative on the Foundation’s Academic Committee.

 

In addition to her teaching career, Ms. Schiff has over 17 years of training and experience as a certified law enforcement officer, specializing in the areas of school safety and internet safety for children.