Board Members


Board Members


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.


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.

cathy kimbrel

Cathy Kimbrel has over 38 years of experience in building both organizations and systems of care to address the health and human service needs of the community. She built Health and Human Service Divisions for both Broward County, Florida and Gwinnett County, Georgia which included writing and managing multi-million dollar federal and state grants. In 2008 she retired from her position as Director of Gwinnett County’s Division of Health and Human Services, took a part-time position as a senior consultant with a company and provided external evaluation for grants administered by DeKalb County Board of Education, Children’s Health Care of Atlanta and Georgia Easter Seals. She spent 25+ years building the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services by serving on its 56 member Board of Directors, chaired the Coalition’s Research and Accountability Committee, and provided leadership in the development and management of five different five year strategic plans. She volunteers her time to write grants. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling, and a Doctorate in Public Administration.


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.

Ingrid Wells

Coming soon!

Sandra Wright

Dr. Sandra M. Wright is CEO/Principal of The Wright Learning Solutions, and Possibilities Unlimited for Women.  She has been here from the beginning (2010).  Dr. Wright is one of the founding members of Chattahoochee Hills Charter School coming together with a group of neighbors from the “Hill Country” to envision this great school—which was once called, Hill Country Charter and renamed to Chattahoochee Hills Charter School.  She was instrumental in determining the type of curriculum the school should utilize; going from one Fulton County Board meeting to another, to champion the cause to start this school when it seemed FCBOE did not want another charter school, and much more. She volunteered as a clerical person to assist the first principal, Duke Bradley, PhD in his new role…manning the phones, calling parents that might be interested in enrolling their scholars-- in a small setting at Serenbe.  She is a best selling Amazon author of four books, one published through McGraw Hill publications.  Dr. Sandy (as she likes to be called) has also been on a Fulton County school governance board.  She is keynote speaker, master trainer, 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.  












The CHCS Foundation Board meets monthly except in July.  Meetings are generally open to the public except during executive sessions.

2017-18 Meeting Schedule*

August 14, 2017

September 18, 2017

October 16, 2017

November 13, 2017

December 11, 2017

January 22, 2018

February 12, 2018

March 12, 2018

April 16, 2018

May 7, 2018

June 25, 2018


*Meetings begin at 5:30 PM and are held on campus.