Board of Trustees

Governance of the school starts with the board of trustees, whose function is to advance Galloway's mission and objectives by developing policies and long-range plans to assure the well-being of the school; ensuring the long-term financial viability of the school; and hiring and working collaboratively with the head of school, who is in charge of day-to-day administration and operations.

School leadership must be forward-thinking. To sustain the school and its mission, the board identifies and studies issues and challenges that will impact the school, then forms policies to address those issues. This is accomplished through a system of standing committees, as well as strategic committees and task forces, which focus on specific areas of interest and governance designed to enhance the Galloway experience.

The Galloway School's board of trustees is composed of dedicated and hardworking volunteer members with varied skills and perspectives. Trustees are parents of current and former students, alumni, and members of the external Atlanta community. All share a deep personal commitment to the school and its future. Board members normally serve three-year terms and are eligible to serve up to two consecutive terms.

Debra Sydnor, board chair

Debra has a daughter in Early Learning at Galloway. Debra has volunteered in various roles, including serving as an admissions ambassador and a classroom contact parent. In addition, she served on Galloway’s Strategic Planning Steering Committee, and co-chaired one of the work groups. This year, in addition to serving as board chair-elect, she serves on the development, finance, trustees and executive committees. Debra practiced law at Alston & Bird LLP from 1995-2013, and was a Partner at the firm from 2003 to 2013. Her practice was focused on defending Fortune 500 companies in consumer class actions, pharmaceutical product liability litigation, and toxic tort litigation. Debra was a 2011 recipient of Women Looking Ahead News Magazine’s Law and Justice Award. She earned her B.S. in Economics and Business Administration at the University of Delaware (1991) and her J.D., cum laude, at Howard University School of Law (1995).

Leigh Thompson, chair-elect

Leigh and her family have been part of the Galloway community for 17 years. Her two daughters recently graduated from Galloway and her husband, Charlie, currently serves on the Alumni Parent Council. As a Galloway parent, Leigh served in roles including EL and UL Coordinator, Co-founder of the Fine Arts Booster Club, and President of the Parents Association. Returning to the board after a previous service in her role as PA President, Leigh is a member of the finance and trustee committees. Leigh also serves on the board of Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church. Professionally, Leigh is the founder of Launchgrad, LLC, where her work focuses on helping young people gain career direction and launch successful careers. Leigh earned a BA in Economics from UVA and an MBA from UCLA.

Alan Taetle, treasurer and finance chair

Alan is the parent of two daughters; one is a 2014 Galloway graduate and the other is in Upper Learning. He previously served on one of Galloway’s Strategic Planning work groups. He is chair of the finance committee and also serves on the executive committee in his third year on the board. Alan is a General Partner at Noro-Moseley Partners. He joined NMP in 1998 and has focused his investment activities on software and information technology companies. Prior to joining NMP, Alan was the Executive Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for MindSpring. Alan currently serves as Chairman of Venture Atlanta and is Past Chair of the Florida Venture Forum. Alan serves on the Board of Advisors of the Georgia Tech College of Computing, and on the Board of Directors of GivingPoint, a nationwide community-based youth development organization. He previously served as board chair at Cliff Valley School. Alan received a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Ginny Little, secretary

Ginny has been a Galloway parent for 16 years. She has one daughter who is a 2014 Galloway graduate, one daughter in Upper Learning, and a third daughter in Middle Learning. She volunteers in various roles such as school store volunteer, contact parent and annual giving grade chair. In her fifth year on the board, the first of which was as president of the Parents Association, she serves on the executive, audit and trustee committees. Ginny earned a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Wake Forest. Professionally, she is a former CPA and was an auditor at Price Waterhouse and internal auditor for Wake Forest University. She is trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading instruction.

Suzanna Jemsby, president

Suzanna Jemsby is Galloway's Head of School and you can find more information about her, and read her blog, on her page.

Jane Blount

Jane has boy/girl twins, Whit and Greer, who are juniors at Galloway. She serves on the Development and Diversity/Inclusivity committees of the board. In addition, she serves on the boards of the Georgia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and the Georgian Chamber Players, and is a volunteer parent at the Atlanta Ballet. She has served on the boards of Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children and The Atlanta Lawyers' Orchestra. Since 2010, Jane has been outside counsel to The Coca-Cola Company for global marketing and international licensing. Prior to that position she was a marketing lawyer for the International Olympic Committee and for the American Cancer Society. She has a BA in French and Economics from UGA, and a Masters degree in International Relations and a J.D. from GSU.

Amir Farokhi '96, diversity/inclusivity chair

Amir was a student at Galloway for thirteen years, graduating in 1996. He previously served on the board from 2005 until 2010. He chairs the diversity/inclusivity committee. Amir is Director of Strategy at BrightHouse, a division of Boston Consulting Group. Previously, he was Founder and Executive Director of GeorgiaForward and practiced commercial litigation with an Atlanta law firm. In 2011, 2012 and 2013, Amir was named among the Most Influential Georgians by Georgia Trend Magazine. He was a 2011 Marshall Memorial Fellow and is a Term Member with the Council on Foreign Relations. Amir is a graduate of Duke University and Duke University School of Law.

Stuart Fierman

Stuart’s two children, currently in 5th and 8th grade, have been at Galloway since they were three-years-old. He has been involved with Galloway’s development efforts since his first child started back in 2005. By proving himself incapable of saying “no,” he has worked his way down from caller, to grade captain, to level chair, and ultimately to chairperson of the Annual Giving Campaign in 2015/16 and 2016/17. He sees the bright side of his weak spine in Galloway’s first ever Million Dollar Year.

A graduate of the University of Texas Austin with a degree in Advertising, Stuart decided to forgo the Marketing path, instead pursuing a career in ski instruction, and ultimately hospitality. He is a Managing Partner with Fifth Group Restaurants overseeing the day to day operations of their eight restaurants. He has worked with the Hospitality Committee of the Atlanta Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and will be serving on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Restaurant Association beginning in 2017.

Peter Hartman

Peter’s daughter attended Galloway for 14 years and she graduated in 2014. This is Peter’s first year on the board and he is on the facilities and space and finance committees. Professionally, Peter is a partner at Hartman Simons & Wood, LLP, an Atlanta based law firm which specializes in commercial real estate. Peter is also a trustee of the Georgia Conservancy. He has a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and a J.D. from Antioch School of Law.

Jenny Gruel, Parents Association president

Bio coming soon.

Jim Kieffer, development chair

Jim has been a Galloway parent for ten years and has two daughters, one in Upper Learning and one in Middle Learning. In his fourth year on the board, he is chair of the development committee, a member of the trustees committee, and also serves on the Head of School’s Innovation committee. Jim is a managing director of Artisan Partners, an investment management firm. Jim earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Emory University.

Maggie Klein

As the mother of two young boys and the daughter and granddaughter of educators, the opportunity to serve on The Galloway Board of Directors was a natural fit. Maggie brings with her more than 12 years of public relations, communications, and marketing experience and is the founder of Magpie Messaging, a branding and PR firm. She spent 10 years at Spanx as Senior Director of Global Marketing and previously head of PR. While there, she helped turn the brand into a household name securing features in top outlets from Forbes to Good Morning America and leading omni-channel marketing and content strategy. Prior to joining Spanx, Maggie was Communications Director for a political consulting agency where she wrote, directed and produced television and radio advertisements. Maggie also serves on the Board of Directors for The Packaged Good, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering kids to give back. She graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication/Public Relations and lives in Atlanta with her husband, two young sons and rescue dog.

Sandy McCauley

Sandy has been a Galloway parent for 13 years. She has four children at Galloway; a son and daughter in Upper Learning and two daughters in Middle Learning. Now in her second year on the board, she serves on the diversity/inclusivity committee and the trustees committee.

Sandy works part-time in the Development Department as Alumni Coordinator for The Schenck School. Prior to this, Sandy worked as Marketing Director and Account Supervisor at an Atlanta graphic communications agency specializing in investor relations. Sandy holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with a minor in Political Science from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

Allen Mendenhall

Bio coming soon.

Seth Morganstern '01, alumni association president

Seth’s association with Galloway began when he was a student in seventh grade. He graduated from Galloway in 2001 and went on to earn a BS in Environmental Science from The Evergreen State College and an MS in Geographic Information Science from University of Southern California. His professional career is in timberland investments and he is currently Business Analyst/ Project Manager at Weyerhaeuser Company. In his first year on the board, he serves on the development committee. He has also served on the Alumni Council since 2009 and is the current president.

Michael Morrissey

In his third year on the board, Michael is the parent of a son in Early Learning and a daughter in Middle Learning. He is a member of the finance and diversity/inclusivity committees, and has served on the Director of Technology’s tech advisory group.

Michael is Vice President of Engineering at Yik Yak, an Atlanta-based social networking startup. Previously, Michael was Senior Director of Engineering at Google, where for eight years he was a key driver in developing, scaling, and improving the Android platform. At Google, he focused on initiatives ranging from wireless communications and mobile security to speech recognition and mobile advertising. He moved to Google from Microsoft, where he also focused on advanced mobile devices. Prior to Microsoft, Michael worked at several pioneering startups in Silicon Valley.

Wendy Newstetter

Wendy is a cognitive and learning scientist who collaborated with Galloway faculty and administration on the design of the new science laboratories. At Georgia Tech, she is the Assistant Dean for Educational Research and Innovation in the College of Engineering. She is also a faculty member in the Department of Biomedical Engineering where she developed a problem-based learning (PBL) curriculum and an adjunct professor in the College of Computing. She sits on the U.S. Army Science Board. She has two daughters, who attended Atlanta Public Schools, but she herself attended Winchester-Thurston, an independent school in Pittsburgh, PA. In her first year on the board, she serves on the ad hoc facilities and space committee.

Bill Nussey

Bio coming soon.

Merrick Olives

Merrick Olives is a beaming parent of two Galloway students: a son in Middle Learning and a daughter in Early Learning. Merrick joined Galloway’s Board of Trustees in 2016 and serves on the Development and Finance committees. Prior to joining Galloway’s board, Merrick served as a board member with the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. His professional background is in management consulting – he is a founder and Managing Partner of Candid Partners, an Atlanta-based Management and Technology Consulting firm. Merrick grew up in rural New Mexico and graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He also has an MBA from Cornell University.

Chip Reed

Bio coming soon.

Neal Sumpter

Bio coming soon.

Rachel Fox Weitz ‘01

Rachel attended Galloway for 11 years, graduating in 2001. She serves on the executive and development committees and is the school’s Alumni Giving Chair. Rachel is an attorney for Delta Air Lines, and prior to that, practiced law in the corporate department at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP in Atlanta. She has her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan and law degree from Emory University School of Law. While in law school, Rachel served as the president of the Student Bar Association and was a research assistant on issues of federal and state housing and real estate finance laws and policies. Prior to law school, Rachel worked at a political media consulting firm where she managed media for campaigns across the country. She also worked on presidential campaigns, as well as designed and implemented communications plans for corporate, non-profit and political clients while working at a public affairs firm in Washington, DC.

Sharon Winn

Bio coming soon.

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