Board of Directors

Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA) is currently governed by seven community leaders from a variety of backgrounds including public policy, law, finance, education, and parents. The GCA Board is responsible for electing new Board members. The Board interviews prospective members obtain their endorsement of the school's mission and educational model and then elects each new member through a simple-majority vote.

Ryan Mahoney is GCA's Governing Board Founding Chair. Ryan is the Southeast Regional Advocacy Director at the Foundation for Excellence in Education, and previously Vice President for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. 

Other GCA's Governing Board Founding members are:

Dr. Erica Fener Sitkoff is the Head of Voices for Georgia’s Children, a leading child policy and advocacy organization. Erica 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.  Jemelleh has been a classroom teacher for five years in the general and special education setting. Jemelleh holds a Bachelor's of Science in Education and a Master's of Education in Teaching and Learning from Georgia Southern University.

Angela Lassetter is a current GCA Parent.  Angela is a graduate of Emory University's Goizueta 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 charters and private school boards, one being a National Blue Ribbon of Excellence School. Additionally, Angela 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, Charlie is Publisher of GeorgiaPol.com and is a syndicated columnist writing about Georgia politics. Charlie holds a BBA in Economics from the University of Georgia and an MA in Economics from Georgia State University.

Ben Brumfield is the Institute Senior Science Writer and Media Representative at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Prior to that, Ben was a prize-winning journalist at CNN for 14 years. Ben also worked for many years in Germany for German television networks including a long stint as a TV science journalist and documentarian.

Kenneth Tennyson is a Financial & Treasury Advisor specializing in treasury and financial risk management consulting.  Kenneth has over 15 years leading and directing different organizational initiatives to improve global cash and liquidity, operations, and risk management at PwC, SunTrust, Robinson Humphrey, and United Parcel Services.  Kenneth holds the Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) credential from the Association of Financial Professionals (AFP) and has a M.S. degree in Finance from Webster University George H. Walker School of Business & Technology.

Mike Kooi is GCA's Governing Board 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 for then-Governor Jeb Bush.  Mike later served as Policy Chief for Education in the Florida House of Representatives under then- House Speaker Marco Rubio, and 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.  

In 2013, Mike came to Atlanta and served as Education Division Director for Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s Office of Planning and Budget. Most recently, Mike was Managing Director of Capital Education Solutions, LLC.  


Board Meetings

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.

2017–2018 Board Meeting Dates [PDF]

Next Georgia Cyber Academy Board of Directors Meeting 

DATE:   Wednesday, July 18, 2018

TIME:    6:00  – 7:30 PM

AGENDA  [PDF]

LOCATION

                      Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center                     

                      1st Floor | GOLD ROOM

                      800 Spring Street, NW, 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. 

To request additional Board Information or board packet documents please click here.

Previous Board Meetings

Board of Directors Meeting Archives

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:   TBD

TIME:    TBD

AGENDA (Coming Soon)

Finance Committee Meeting

DATE:   TBD

TIME:    TBD

AGENDA (Coming Soon)

Governance Committee Meeting

DATE:   Wednesday, July 18, 2018

TIME:    5:00 - 6:00 PM

AGENDA [PDF]

LOCATION:   

                    Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center

                    1st Floor | Room GOLD

                    800 Spring Street, NW, Atlanta, GA  30309

 

 

 

Conference Line to Join Meeting: 1.515.739.1469, Access Code: 675050#                           


Contacting Georgia Cyber Academy School Board

If you would like to contact the Board, please route all communications to Ryan Mahoney, Board Chair, rmahoney@gacyber.org and to Mike Kooi, Board's Executive Director, mkooi@gacyber.org.


Contacting Georgia Cyber Academy Deputy Head of Schools

If you would like to contact the Deputy Head of Schools, Ms. Veronica Clemons, please email vgclemons@k12.com, or call 404.334.4790, ext.110.


Complaint Procedures 

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] . ​


School Charter Contract:

School Charter Contract [PDF]


School Budget:

GCA FY18 Board Approved Budget [PDF]
GCA FY17 Board Approved Budget [PDF]


Board Approved Policies:

GCA Complaint Procedure [PDF]

GCA Public Comment Policy [PDF]

GCA Enrollment Policy [PDF]

GCA Attendance Policy [PDF]

GCA Class Engagement Policy [PDF]

GCA Student to Instructional Teacher Ratio Policy [PDF]

GCA Instructional Live Class Connect Size Policy [PDF]

GCA Suicide Prevention and Awareness Policy [PDF]

GCA Health Screening and Immunization Policy [PDF]

GCA Fiscal Policies & Procedures [PDF]

GCA Governing Board Governance Training Policy [PDF]

GCA Governing Board Promotion and Retention Policy [PDF]

GCA Governing Board Lottery and Admissions Policy [PDF]