Cherokee Charter Academy is governed by the The Georgia Charter Educational Foundation. The Georgia Charter Educational Foundation is a Georgia not-for-profit entity organized exclusively for educational purposes and is comprised of respected leaders in the state of Georgia that are committed to providing high quality educational options for the citizens of this State. The Board of Directors is responsible for developing and outlining the mission, vision, and values of the school and developing the appropriate policies to ensure those fundamentals are maintained. The Georgia Charter Educational Foundation Board of Directors has contracted with a professional education management organization, Charter Schools USA, to provide all necessary management and professional expertise. Charter Schools USA assists in developing, planning, and marketing the School, as well as finance, human resources, curricula and school operations. Charter Schools USA is responsible for developing and implementing the ongoing operational procedures in accordance with the mission, vision, and values outlined by the Governing Board. The Georgia Charter Educational Foundation is responsible for the legal and financial obligations of each school. The Governing Board establishes policy consistent with the school's mission and ensures the school's programs and operations are faithful to the terms of the Charter including compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements. The Governing Board will continue to uphold the mission and vision of the school through visible leadership and stewardship of the school, including the following:
Lyn Carden, Chairperson, is the owner of Tri-M Consultants, a boutique marketing firm handling local direct and internet marketing for small business clients across the state. She retired as a 20-year broadcaster in 2001, co-hosting morning radio shows as well as managing radio station marketing and promotions departments. After retirement Ms. Carden launched an event management company in Savannah specializing in non-profit fund raising for organization such as The Boy Scouts of America, Goodwill Industries and the Pet Assistance League. Ms. Carden has organized hundreds of community events including concerts, relief efforts, directing Savannah’s Miss St. Patrick’s Day pageants, and was selected as Savannah air talent of the year 4 years in a row.
Marian Parker, Esq., is a skilled attorney with extensive experience litigating in state and federal courts. Her expertise in law extends to such areas as business, nonprofit, estate planning, and civil and criminal litigation. She is licensed to practice in Georgia, Illinois and Louisiana. She has served as a board member for several profit and non-profit organizations in Metropolitan Atlanta. She is an experienced and successful grant writer and has managed relationships with corporate partners, such as Bank of New York. She is an excellent teacher and communicator capable of building a solid, highly motivated team.
Bob Young, Vice Chairperson, is the former mayor of the City of Augusta and senior executive in the cabinet of President George W. Bush. Bob Young is the President/CEO of the Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy. His public service followed twenty six years as an award-winning broadcast journalist. Last year Bob retired as business manager for the Department of Defense Schools in Beaufort, SC. Bob is the owner and president of Eagle Veterans Services LLC, an industrial supply brokerage. His first novel, The Treasure Train, was published earlier this year, and he has appeared as an extra in a number of movies. As a member of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Bob created the Preserve America Communities Program for The White House and was recognized with the national leadership award in preservation from the History Channel. Bob attended Wofford College and Augusta State University. He is an air force veteran of the Vietnam War. He is active in a number of organizations, including the Augusta Kiwanis Club.
Danny Dukes, Treasurer, is currently the founder and president of Danny F. Dukes and Associates, a financial management and CFO outsourcing firm in Canton. He has spent most of his career managing many aspects of the financial institution and mortgage industries in the areas of financial management, accounting management, risk management, audit, compliance, investment management, consulting, investment banking, treasury management, shareholder relations and bank operations. He has served as a chief financial officer and chief operations officer for community banks in Georgia as well as an adjunct college professor of accounting at Clayton State College and University and Keller Graduate School. Additionally, Danny is actively involved in many professional and civic organizations, such as the Rotary Club of Cherokee County, the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Georgia Charter Educational Foundation Board, Cherokee County Republican Party, the Georgia College Alumni Board, Mercer University Alumni Association and serves as a member of the County Property Tax Equalization Board.
Frederick Black is retired from a 30+ year career as an educator and administrator for several prestigious preparatory academies in Atlanta and Athens. He brings a breadth of experience in the education industry, including student discipline, school operations management, development of diversity programs, curriculum design, and statewide competitive athletic programs. He is a resident and native Georgian with a BA in History and a MEd from Georgia State University. After his academic career he created a construction company that built a restaurant /bar in the Seaside,FL area and a luxury country home in Walton Co., GA. He presently serves as the Head Coach of the nationally ranked wheelchair basketball teams at Shepherd Spinal Center.
John W. McIntyre, Jr. is currently the executive director at Morgan Stanley & Co., Private Wealth Management Division based in Atlanta. Prior to this, he was a partner in Highland Associates, an Investment Consulting Firm. Mr. McIntyre has a BA in Economics from Washington & Lee University and a MBA from Harvard University. He is a valued member of his community, serving on the Trinity Community Ministries Board of Associates, a member of Northside United Methodist Church, on the Capital Campaign Committee of Woodruff Arts Center, and a former Board member of the Emory Board of Visitors. He and his family reside in Atlanta, Georgia.
Ernest Taylor is president of Beech Hill Group an executive search firm in Atlanta. He has been in executive search for 20 plus years after being a banker for the first 10 years out of college. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Honduras Outreach for over 15 years, based in Decatur, Georgia. This organization runs 5 schools, 5 clinics and 40 kindergartens in the mountains of Honduras. Mr. Taylor holds a BA in Marketing from the University of Tennessee and a MBA in Finance & International Business from Georgia State University. As a businessman in Atlanta for 36 years, Mr. Taylor’s contacts throughout Atlanta are quite extensive. He recently hosted a luncheon for Steve Forbes last October and had over 400 Atlanta CEOs in attendance in his role as Atlanta Committee Chair for the Washington based Heritage Foundation as well as hosting a meeting at the Atlanta History Center for over 250 top executives in Atlanta, with the Honorable Ed Meese, the former Attorney General of the United States as the speaker. Additionally, Mr. Taylor has facilitate numerous discussion around policy with Governor Sonny Perdue, Senator Johnny Isakson, Senator Saxby Chambliss, and Congressman Tom Price as well as facilitating education seminars with Dr. Tom Meredith, former Chancellor, University of Georgia System, Atlanta; Dr. Terrence Moore, Principal, The Ridgeview Charter School, Fort Collins, CO; Mrs. Jeanne Allen, President, The Center for Education Reform, Washington, DC. As an example of many philanthropic endeavors, Mr. Taylor, as a member of Georgia State University Foundation Board, successfully chaired a $32 million campaign for the $84 million Life Sciences Building to teach science teachers (The State of Georgia provided the additional $52 million). Other affiliations include: Member of the Board of Directors, Honduras Outreach, Inc; Chairman of the Atlanta Committee, The Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC; Chairman of the Board, Awakening, Inc; Chairman of the Board, Le Reveil, Inc.; Former Member of the Board of the Georgia State University Foundation; Former Member of the Board of the Georgia Family Council; Former Member of the Board of Ward Howell International; Former Member of the Board of Southside National Bank; and Former Member of the Board of Boyden International.
Clifford D. Hayes, Jr. - Educator, administrator, motivational speaker, consultant, and a highly recognized public school leader with 20 years educational experience include Regional Superintendent for the Cleveland Municipal School District and the current Executive Director for the John H. Harland Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta. As Principal, Mr. Hayes moved all of his schools’ academic ranking from “Academic Emergency” to “Continuous Improvement” or better. Mr. Hayes served as Head of School at the legendary Ginn Academy High School, the only all boys urban public school for at-risk students in Ohio where thanks to his work over 90% of students graduate and enroll in colleges throughout the country. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Central State University, a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Cambridge College, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Urban Studies at Walden University. Mr. Hayes’ professional affiliations include National Association of Secondary Principals, National Association of Teachers, Cleveland Council of Administration & Supervision, President of The Haley School Board Committee and serves as a Governing Board Member for Kidz-R-People-2, LLC, Youth Services Organization. He has been married for 19 years to high school sweetheart, Martina L. Hayes, and the proud father of Parris Hayes, Clifford Hayes III, Jermanie Hayes, and Brittan Hayes.
Mark Johnson has practiced law for over 30 years in the Atlanta, Georgia, Cobb County areas. He obtained his JD/MBA from the University of Georgia, his LLM (Taxation) from Emory Law School, and his BA (Journalism/Advertising) from UNC-Chapel Hill (graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Atlantic Coast Conference Honor Roll). He represents entrepreneurs and closely held businesses and their principals in transactions, estate planning, probate, litigation, appeals and government approvals and has served as in house general counsel to a real estate development conglomerate with a $3 billion acquisition fund. He is an AV peer rated lawyer, is a graduate of the Coverdell Leadership Institute, Leadership Cobb, a Paul Harris Fellow, and served on the Hospital Authority of Cobb County and Wellstar Regional Health Board. He pioneered surrogacy and assisted reproductive technology (ART) law in Georgia, representing the first gestational, artificial insemination, and donor surrogacies, and has delivered papers before the American Society of Reproductive Medicine Annual Conferences in San Diego and Philadelphia. He is a Memphis Barbecue Network (MBN) certified Judge and judges barbecue competitions across the state of Georgia.
To ensure local community involvement/control, each charter school will have a Governing Council comprised of community leaders and parents that will have primary oversight of the school. The Georgia Charter Educational Foundation will delegate broad authority to the Governing Council, including:
Heather Blevins is an Independent Sales Director with The Pampered Chef. Ms. Blevins recruits, trains and manages direct sales professionals. She sets monthly sales goals. Ms. Blevins is also the owner of the Corcoran Blevins Group, a non-profit consulting business that provides organizational support to local and national non-profits. This support includes event planning, grant writing, fundraising, financial oversight, and membership management.
Ms. Blevins has lived in Cherokee County since 2000 and is active in the local community. She has served on boards for the Junior Service League of Woodstock and Leadership Cherokee. Ms. Blevins is currently a board member for the Anna Crawford Children’s Center in addition to her service on the Cherokee Charter Academy board.
Larry Blase is Vice-Chair for Cherokee Charter Academy's Local Governing Council. His background in communications & education include his role as executive producer of an international educational news program on CNN and adjunct professor of communications at Reinhardt University. Mr. Blase also served as producer & director for the trend-setting reality TV program, Trading Spaces. He is a ten-time Emmy nominee and a national Emmys judge. Mr. Blase also serves on the Advocacy Committee for Georgia Charter Schools Association and is a proud parent of two Cherokee Charter Academy students.
Treasurer, is currently the founder and president of Danny F. Dukes and Associates, a financial management and CFO outsourcing firm in Canton. He has spent most of his career managing many aspects of the financial institution and mortgage industries in the areas of financial management, accounting management, risk management, audit, compliance, investment management, consulting, investment banking, treasury management, shareholder relations and bank operations. He has served as a chief financial officer and chief operations officer for community banks in Georgia as well as an adjunct college professor of accounting at Clayton State College and University and Keller Graduate School. Additionally, Danny is actively involved in many professional and civic organizations, such as the Rotary Club of Cherokee County, the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Georgia Charter Educational Foundation Board, Cherokee County Republican Party, the Georgia College Alumni Board, Mercer University Alumni Association and serves as a member of the County Property Tax Equalization Board.
Mr. Pfohl is a seasoned business executive with more than 25 years of leadership experience in general management and finance. He has held senior management positions in both public and private companies. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer for publicly-traded Scio Diamond Technology Corp. and is the President of Rose Creek Associates, LLC a management consultancy practice. Prior to joining Scio Diamond Technology, he was the Chief Executive Officer for Wireless Express, LLC one of Sprint’s largest nationwide distribution partners. He has held senior positions with companies such as Movida Celular, AirGate PCS, Sprint and Frontier Corporation.
He holds a BS and an MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He and his wife Beth have lived in Woodstock for the past 15 years and have 4 children including a student at Cherokee Charter.
Dr. Greene’s education career spans over 35 years in the United States and abroad and includes a BS degree in Science Education and MS degree in Administration and Supervision. Dr. Greene’s early career began as a teacher and included middle and high school Science instruction, Science department chairmanship, teacher supervision and coaching. He has also served as Principal for elementary, middle and high schools.
After post-graduate work in curriculum at the University of Florida and Florida International University, in 1995 he completed a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. His dissertation explored the use of self-assessment in guiding the professional growth and development of veteran teachers.
During his educational career as a lifelong practitioner, Dr. Greene has focused primarily on evaluating and improving school quality, institutional advancement, and developing effective professional growth strategies for faculty. In addition to the principal and other administrative roles over the last 27 years, he has served as an adjunct professor, a strategist for school improvement and a school board governance consultant. He has been a participant and team leader for strategic planning and accreditation, served as a private and charter school board member and a professional development advisor. Dr. Greene has been a frequent conference and guest speaker in the United States, Central America, India, China, South Asia, and the Middle East.
Dr. Greene was the Founding Director of the International School of Kabul (ISK), Afghanistan. Now in its eighth year as a State Department and USAID funded project, the K-12 coeducational, college preparatory school quickly earned Middle States Association international accreditation and has successfully grown to over 380 students. To date, ISK has placed over 80 Afghan national and international students in American and foreign universities.
During the initial five years of ISK (2005-10), Dr. Greene was strategically involved with the highest levels of American and Afghanistan government educational agencies, working frequently with the leadership from the State Department, US Embassy and Afghan Education Ministries.
Over the past four years, Dr. Greene has provided both international and domestic educational consulting services at schools in China, Korea, Singapore and the USA. He and his family reside in Woodstock, Georgia.
Sean Jerguson grew up in southern end of Cherokee County. He attended college locally where he served in leadership roles on the Student Government and as a Vice President of the Student Government Association and earned both his undergraduate degree in Biology (BS) and Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Kennesaw State University
During this time and upon graduation, Sean continued his community service as a teacher. He substitute in the Cherokee County Public School System and then taught mathematics and chemistry at the high school level for five years.
In 2000, Sean started Jerguson Construction, Inc. and began a career as a developer, builder, and property owner. He was successful in building that business and it is still in operation today.
In 2008, in the midst of a falling economy, Sean felt the need to roll up his sleeves and create more jobs. He developed and opened Hi-Caliber, a gun store and indoor shooting range which now employs over 17 people from our community.
Not only has Sean served Cherokee County’s children through teaching, but he has also served our community as a long standing elected official. He first ran for office in 2001 when he was elected to the Holly Springs City Council. He served 2 years on the city council as the Mayor Pro Tem and then acting Mayor.
In 2004, he felt a higher calling. Sean ran unsuccessfully, for the Georgia State House of Representatives. It was a hard fought campaign and he lost to former State Representative whom the community knew better. Sean’s passion and unwavering commitment to good government led him to try again just two years later. Sean won and was sworn into office as a State Representative in January of 2007.
Upon being elected to the House of Representatives, Sean rose in seniority, stature, and leadership. The Speaker immediately, seeing Sean’s leadership capabilities, appointed Sean to several high profile committees and he served as the Vice Chairman of the powerful Regulated Industries committee. He has served as the Chairman of the Congressional Reapportionment Sub-Committee and as Chairman of the Cherokee County Legislative Delegation. In January 2013, Sean made an unsuccessful bid for the Georgia State Senate to fill an unexpired term. Although this endeavor was unsuccessful, Sean’s commitment to out community is unwavering and as strong as ever. He recently has accepted a board position with the Cherokee/Pickens County Scout Council and coach’s baseball and football within Cherokee County.
Sean along with his wife, Kate, and their two children, Eli and Claire, reside in Holly Springs, GA. They are actively involved at First Baptist Church Woodstock.