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The GCSA professional staff is dedicated to serving our member schools and expanding public school choice in Georgia. We offer customized consulting services, discount programs, and a wide variety of training programs for petitioners, established school leaders, and aspiring school leaders. Through advocacy, communication and education, our aim is to help launch and sustain high quality charter schools that can change childrens’ lives.
Executive Vice President of Policy and External Relations
Dr. Bonnie Holliday is the Executive Vice President of Policy and External Relations at the Georgia Charter Schools Association. Before joining the GCSA staff, Dr. Holliday served as Executive Director of […]
Vice President of New School Development
Gregg Stevens is an attorney with extensive experience assisting charter schools and charter support organizations through complex regulatory and legal problems to better enable schools and educators to focus on student success and academic achievement. Mr. Stevens comes to GCSA from private practice and previously served as Deputy Director and General Counsel for the State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia and Deputy General Counsel for the Georgia Department of Education. Mr. Stevens’ experience working with both charter schools and charter school authorizers provides a distinct and exceptional vision to promoting school choice through the development of new schools.
Director of Training
Ayana Clarke has joined the GCSA team as a program specialist. She has seen, first hand, how charter schools can positively impact the trajectory of a child’s education journey and enhance the growth of a community. Ayana entered the charter school arena in 2005 as Founding Dean of Students in a New York City charter school.
Director of Advocacy Communications
Beverly Melinda James was born in Tela, Honduras and grew up in New York City. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Print Journalism from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and a Master of Arts in Professional Writing from Kennesaw State University in Georgia. She spent the next 30 years as a journalist and public and media relations professional. Beverly lives near Atlanta, where you can find her strolling the aisles of local farmer’s markets and bookstores.
Jerome comes to GCSA after working for more than five years as a Business Manager for Rainbow House, a children’s shelter located in Jonesboro. During his tenure at Rainbow House, he oversaw the organization’s finances and managed building staff, payroll, human resources, the building itself and several grants.
Professional Learning Specialist
Brandyce comes to GCSA as a Professional Learning Specialist after serving as an IST for Fulton County Schools. She has served in that Special Education Leadership an administrative team role for 5 years at various schools throughout the school district, including Lake Windward Elementary School, Hapeville Elementary School, and Tri- Cities High School providing support to special education teams. In this role she was responsible for supporting all teachers within the special education de