Board of Directors
Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA) is currently governed by seven community leaders from a variety of backgrounds (including public policy, law, finance, and education) and parents. The GCA Board is responsible for electing new Board members. The Board interviews prospective members, obtains their endorsement of the school's mission and educational model, and then elects each new member through a simple-majority vote.
The founding Chair of the GCA Governing Board is Ryan Mahoney, Southeast Regional Advocacy Director at the Foundation for Excellence in Education, and previously Vice President for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
Other members of the founding Board are:
Dr. Erica Fener Sitkoff is the Head of Georgia’s leading child policy and advocacy organization, Voices for Georgia’s Children. She draws upon her more than ten years of experience as a licensed psychologist, researcher and innovative school administrator to facilitate policy change that improves access to quality services for children and families.
Jemelleh Coes is 2014 Georgia Teacher of the Year. She has been a classroom teacher for five years in the general and special education setting. She holds a Bachelor's of Science in Education and a Master's of Education in Teaching and Learning from Georgia Southern University.
Angela Lassetter, current GCA Parent. She is a graduate of Emory University Business School and has extensive experience in corporate operations, human resources, and facility management. Her children have been educated in a variety of educational environments including traditional public school, traditional charter school, private school, home school, and virtual school, which allows her to bring a well-rounded educational perspective to the board. Ms. Lassetter has years of experience on several other charter and private school boards, one being a National Blue Ribbon of Excellence School. Additionally, she has served on several school advisory committees, school AdvancED accreditation teams, and an AdvancED STEM certification team.
Charlie Harper is the Executive Director of PolicyBEST, a public policy organization that advocates for issues in the fields of Business & Economic Development, Education, Science & Medicine, and Transportation. In addition he is Publisher of GeorgiaPol.com, and is a syndicated columnist writing about Georgia politics. He holds a BBA in Economics from the University of Georgia and a MA in Economics from Georgia State University.
Ben Brumfield is Institute Senior Science writer and media representative at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to that, he was a prize-winning journalist at CNN for 14 years. Ben also worked for many years in Germany for German television networks including a longer stint as a TV science journalist and documentarian.
Jeff Gates, Associate General Counsel for Porsche North America with over 25 years of experience as an attorney and litigator.
Mike Kooi is the Board's Executive Director. Mike began his career as a commercial litigation attorney before moving on to work as an attorney for the Florida Department of Education defending many of the education reform initiatives of then Governor Jeb Bush. He later served as Policy Chief for Education in the Florida House of Representatives under then House Speaker Marco Rubio, as Executive Director of the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools and as Executive Director of the Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice at the Florida Department of Education.
Mike came to Atlanta in 2013 to serve as education division director for Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s Office of Planning and Budget. Most recently, he was managing director of Capital Education Solutions, LLC.
Board Meetings are open to the public and held on the third Wednesday of each month as listed, unless otherwise noted. Agendas are posted to the website and in the GCA office prior to the scheduled meeting.
Next Georgia Cyber Academy Board of Directors Meeting
DATE: January 17, 2018
TIME: 3:00–3:15 PM
Robbins Law Offices
999 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 1120
Atlanta, GA 30309
Conference Line to Join Meeting: 1.515.739.1469, access code 675050#
Public Comment Policy
The Board encourages members of the public to offer comments and express opinions on both specific actions to be taken by the Board, as well as any other issue directly related to the operation of the School. In accordance with this policy, any individual may address the Board on agenda items during the public comment period as long as they meet any legal provisions governing participation at public meetings. Individuals may present either in-person or by telephone.
Previous Board Meetings
- January 17, 2018 - Minutes Summary [PDF]
- December 20, 2017 - Minutes Summary [PDF]
- December 13, 2017 - Minutes Summary [PDF]
- November 15, 2017—Minutes [PDF]
- September 19, 2017—Minutes [PDF]
- August 16, 2017—Minutes [PDF]
- July 26, 2017—Minutes [PDF]
- June 21, 2017—Minutes [PDF]
- May 17, 2017—Minutes [PDF]
- April 19, 2017—Minutes [PDF]
- March 15, 2017—Minutes [PDF]
- February 15, 2017—Minutes [PDF]
Board Committee Meetings
Board Committee Meetings are open to the public. Agendas are posted to the website and in the GCA office prior to the scheduled meeting.
Academic Oversight Committee Meeting
DATE: December 11, 2017
TIME: 2:30–3:30 PM
Governance Committee Meeting
DATE: January 17, 2018
TIME: 5:00 - 6:00 PM
AGENDA (Coming Soon)
Contacting Georgia Cyber Academy School Board
Contacting Georgia Cyber Academy Head of School
If you would like to contact the GCA Head of School, Dr. Andrew Oberg, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404.334.4790, ext.107.
If you have a specific complaint or grievance, please follow one of the complaint procedures below:
Complaint alleging violation of state law: GCA State Complaint Procedure [PDF]
Complaint alleging violation of federal law: GCA Federal Complaint Procedure [PDF]
All other complaints: GCA complaint procedure [PDF] .