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Board Members


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Board Members


LESLIE JAMES, BOARD CHAIR

Leslie is a seasoned hospitality professional in the Atlanta area. With financial responsibility of over 20 million in direct hotel sales, Leslie has received various honors and awards and has worked with InterContinental Hotel Group, Starwood Hotels and Resorts and currently with Marriott International. Her civic duties include Tennessee State University Alumni and NAACP Atlanta Chapters, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, where she plans all meeting-related events for the South Eastern Region. Leslie obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from Tennessee State University. Mrs. James, resides in Palmetto, GA with her daughter and husband.

Jessica Pessu, Vice-chair

Jessica coordinates construction and operations for the sustainable living community, Serenbe. She received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and B.A. in Mathematics from Tuskegee University. Post-graduation she began her engineering career at Raytheon Missile Systems where she worked secret clearance level and NATO projects in both Tucson and Louisville. After being appointed as the liaison between regional and international contracts, Mrs. Pessu obtained her MBA with a concentration in Global Management. Now that she has relocated back to her hometown of Atlanta, she is humbled to also operate as the Executive Director of the Atlanta-based, non-profit organization, Diamond Girlz Forever. She coordinates services for young ladies in metro-Atlanta school systems; along with, partnering with the juvenile corrections system with rehabilitation and mentoring of middle and high school students. Jessica is also passionate about uplifting communities through her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is raising her three daughters with her husband, Joshua Pessu and also pushing initiatives of renewable energy and sustainable community living.

Tonyce Benn, secretary

Tonyce is a native of Portsmouth, Virginia. She has a Bachelor of Mass Communications from Norfolk State University. A job co-op for the 1996 Olympic Games brought her to Atlanta as a college student. She has been at Turner Broadcasting for 15 years and works as a Media Specialist. She is married and has two students currently at Chattahoochee Hills Charter School and has been involved with the school since it opened in the fall of 2014. She is very involved in her children’s extracurricular activities and education and serves as team mom for their sports teams.

Iesha archibald, TREASURER

Iesha operates a small business in Fairburn, GA and is an accomplished Hospitality professional with over 18 years of experience in Sales & Revenue Management. She is currently the Director of Revenue Management with Hilton Hotels Franchised properties where she is responsible for strategically overseeing a $15M operating budget that includes accurate forecasting and planning.  Iesha is member of Doubletree Hotels CARE Committee which focuses on maintaining an active, engaging workplace culture that delivers commitments.  They focus on shaping team members’ careers by providing a platform for sharpening leadership skills and creating and maintaining a strong positive presence in the community by volunteering and Teaching Kids to Care through partnership with local organizations.

Ebony calloway-spencer

Ebony joined the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), in April 2008.  As a Supervisory Attorney/Compliance Team Leader, Ms. Calloway-Spencer manages a team of dynamic attorneys and investigators in the enforcement of federal civil rights laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination on the bases of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, and age in OCR’s Southeastern region.  Prior to her work with OCR, Ms. Calloway-Spencer was an associate with Arnstein & Lehr, LLP and was an Assistant City Attorney with the City of Fort Lauderdale, where she advised and litigated on matters relating to civil rights, land use, municipal and government law, and employment issues.  She also served as an Assistant Attorney General with the State of Florida in its Civil Rights Division, where she investigated and litigated matters relating to civil rights laws, consumer rights issues and economic crimes and assisted in the negotiation of a $22 Million predatory lending settlement against a fortune 500 company.  Ms. Calloway-Spencer started her legal career as a Federal law clerk for the Honorable Joseph W. Hatchett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  She received her B.A. from Hampton University and her J.D. from the University of Florida. 

HEIDI DAY

Heidi Day is the Founder and Executive Director of Heidi Day Life Coaching and Chayil Inc. Chayil Inc.,(pronounced Ky-eel) is a non-profit organization that provides coaching for victims of trauma. Also, Ms. Day is the author of New Day Workplace Readiness, a curriculum that utilizes a trauma-informed approach in preparing individuals that have suffered major life traumas for the workforce. Heidi attended Oakwood University, earning a B.S. degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and went on to pursue Life Coaching training from the Graduate School of Coaching. Heidi has given keynote addresses and conducted training all over the country on domestic violence, self-esteem, trauma informed care and workplace readiness. She also has served as a consultant to assist various programs to become more efficient in their programming. After working in various areas of Behavioral Health, she went on to pursue experience in corporate America in professional sales. She is a Current Member of Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence Board of V-Day: Performed in The Vagina Monologues, Past Vice President of The Dogwood Festival Board, Past Advisory Board Member of Visions Anew.

ROZ LEMIEUX

Roz is CEO of Attentively, an award-winning cloud-based Engagement Marketing platform for causes and campaigns. Roz is also the co-Founder of Fission Strategy, a full-service digital agency that has helped over 300 top nonprofits “ignite social action for good”. Previously, Roz served as the Executive Director of the New Organizing Institute (NOI) – the premiere training institute for tech-enabled grassroots organizers. She currently serves on the board of The Turing School, National Priorities Project, and the Chattahoochee Hills Charter School Foundation.

MICHELLE VAUGHAN

Michelle currently serves as General  Attorney for the US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights where she investigates allegations of discriminations in schools, colleges, and universities in the areas of race, national origin, sex, disability, and age. Michelle attended University of Maryland, College Park and University of Maryland Law School and has been a practicing attorney since 1997. Previous experience includes working for The Legal Aid Bureau in Maryland representing students in foster care in the child welfare system. Additionally, Ms. Vaughan is a certified mediator in Washington, DC family court.  While serving on the Chatt HIlls board, Michelle doubles as the PTO President representing both her first grader and sixth grader at the school. Michelle's youth volunteer experience includes serving as a mentor at Preparing for Success, a Maryland-based program that helps prepare graduating high school Seniors with practical life skills.

Sandra Wright

Dr. Sandra M. Wright is CEO/Principal of Moaney Wright Training Solutions, and Possibilities Unlimited for Women.  She is an Amazon bestselling children’s author – Queen Imani, Queen of Love and Smiles, and Jay Christopher’s Big Surprise.  She has also co-authored a college-level textbook for McGraw-Hill publishing company.  Dr. Sandy (as she likes to be called) has also been on a Fulton County school governance board.  She is a dissertation chairperson and an assistant professor at Concordia University, and an adjunct instructor at Georgia Tech, Georgia State, and Clark Atlanta University.  Dr. Sandy has served in almost all capacities within the PTO at several Fulton County Schools – President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary---and BAND Booster’s President at Creekside High School.  She wrote two small drug awareness grants for the PTO at Creekside, and is also a grant reviewer for two federal agencies.  She recently co-founded a non-profit organization called the R.O.S.E. Academy for girls.  It is for girls between the ages of 11-16 and raises their self-esteem while building their leadership skills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Advisory Council


Advisory Council


Our Advisory Council members strengthen our service to the families at CHCS by providing valuable expertise and resources above and beyond those possessed by the Board.  The Advisory Council broadens our reach into the greater Atlanta leadership community,  thereby creating a more meaningful impact on the lives and education of students at CHCS. If  you are interested in joining our Advisory board please leave your information on the Contact Form. 

 

 

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Meetings


Meetings


The CHCS Foundation Board meets on the first Monday of each month.