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
- Leigh Thompson, chair-elect
- Merrick Olives, treasurer
- Jenny Gruel, secretary
- Dr. James Calleroz White, president
- Stuart Fierman
- Peter Hartman
- Michelle Horstemeyer
- Michelle Maziar '98
- George McKerrow
- Hillery McNeill
- Michael Morrissey
- Wendy Newstetter
- Bill Nussey
- Ellen Orthwein
- Scarlet Pressley-Brown
- Adam Rabinowitz '05, Alumni Council President
- Chip Reed
- Subhash Sarda
- Koboi M. Simpson
- Bill Stevens
- Stephen Stradley '08
- Jenny Stribling, Parents Association president
- Neal Sumter
- Sharon Winn
In her eighth year as a Galloway parent, Debra has a daughter in Middle Learning, and an older son who previously attended Galloway. Over the years, Debra has volunteered in various capacities, including serving on the strategic planning committee, as an admissions ambassador, and as a classroom contact parent. Professionally, Debra is the Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Greenberg Traurig LLP, an international law firm with 31 offices around the U.S. and 10 international locations. Previous to this position, Debra was a litigation partner at Alston & Bird LLP where she practiced law for 18 years.
Leigh and her family have been part of the Galloway community for 15+ years. Her two daughters graduated from Galloway and her husband, Charlie, currently serves on the Alumni Parent Council. As a Galloway parent, Leigh volunteered in several roles including 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 Co-chaired last year’s Head of School Search Committee and currently serves as Board Chair-elect. 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 adults gain career direction and launch successful careers. Leigh earned her BA in Economics from UVA and an MBA from UCLA.
Merrick Olives is a beaming parent of two Galloway students: a son in 9th grade and a daughter in 6th. Merrick joined Galloway’s Board of Trustees in 2016 and serves on the Diversity 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.
Jenny Gruel is currently the co-founder and VP of Stratus Collective LLC. Jenny and her husband, Brent, started Stratus Collective, a company that brings innovative solutions to the retail space through creative design, displays, fixtures and print, in 2017, following in her family’s footsteps of owning a business. Before starting a family, she attended Marquette University and spent many years in the print industry, ultimately landing her in Atlanta, and worked on award-winning campaigns for both Coca-Cola and AT&T.
Prior to jumping back into the professional world, Jenny was lucky enough to be a stay-at-home parent. She has a son, Holden, in 7th grade and a daughter, Stella, in 4rd grade. Her family has been a part of the Galloway community since 2011. In that time, Jenny has been an active volunteer, serving most recently as Parents Association President. In her tenure as President she accomplished fully funding the PA, guided the turnover of the school store to FLIK and facilitated the addition of FOCUS as a Parents Association committee. Since joining the Galloway community, she has also served as Early Learning Coordinator, EL and ML contact parent, Fall Fun Fest Chair, New Parent Ambassador, School Store volunteer and Junior Scots soccer coach. Jenny has also been an active member on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the Development Committee as well as the 50th Anniversary Steering Committee. She is a very passionate advocate for Galloway and the incredible community we have.
Dr. James Calleroz White assumed the role of Head of School of The Galloway School in July 2018. He has over 20 years of leadership and administration experience in multiple educational environments including university, non-profit and JK-12 institutions.James earned his Bachelor of Arts in Government from Harvard University in 1995 and his Master’s degree in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2001. He completed his Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Teaching, and Administration from Arizona State Graduate School of Education in 2012. James is married to Dr. Mistalene Calleroz White, and they have three young children.
Stuart’s two children, currently in 7th and 10th grade, have been at Galloway since they were 3 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 8 restaurants. He has worked with the Hospitality Committee of the Atlanta Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Restaurant Association.
Peter’s daughter attended Galloway for fourteen years and graduated in 2014. This is Peter’s third year on the board; he chairs the facilities and space committee and also serves on the executive 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.
Michelle has spent her professional career in the residential construction industry. In her current role as Division Director of Land Development and Entitlement for the Pulte Group, Michelle utilizes her strengths and talents create new communities and amenities which enhance the lives of her customers. Professionally, Michelle represents Pulte as the Board President for the homeowner’s associations of all active Pulte communities in Georgia.
Michelle and her family have been at Galloway since 2009. Adler is currently in the eighth grade and participates in Chorus, Theater and Ultimate Frisbee. Michelle has participated in numerous classroom and school events.
Michelle serves on the board for Sheltering Arms, a non-profit which embraces early learning as the cornerstone for childhood development and success in school. Michelle also volunteers for Second Helpings by delivering unused food to organizations that can distribute it to those in need.
Originally from Florida, Michelle has lived in the Atlanta area for 27 years. Michelle enjoys cooking, gardening and outdoor exercise of any variety. She currently lives on the Chattahoochee River in Sandy Springs with her family and a growing number of pets.
Michelle currently serves as the founding Director of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs for the City of Atlanta, in addition to serving as the Director of Welcoming Atlanta, a public-private initiative which seeks to grow an inclusive, diverse metroAtlanta. At Welcoming Atlanta, Michelle leads strategic visioning for creating an inclusive region with the support of diverse stakeholders from across metro Atlanta. At the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, Michelle leads policy and programmatic initiatives as they relate to public safety, civic engagement, and economic empowerment. Michelle has spent most of her career working in social justice in the nonprofit, academic, and government sectors, advancing policies and initiatives that afford all residents equal access to civic life. Michelle is a graduate of the The Galloway School, Tulane University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education where her research focused on education equity for immigrant youth and families. Michelle was the recipient of Galloway’s ALUMinary Award in 2017.
George McKerrow is the co-founder and CEO of Ted’s Montana Grill, based in Atlanta. A 40-year veteran of the restaurant business with a history of success in both fine dining and casual restaurants, McKerrow has been called a “dinner-house legend” by Nation’s Restaurant News, which credits the restaurateur with “giving birth to an entire casual-dining segment” more than 20 years ago when he founded LongHorn Steakhouse.
McKerrow entered the restaurant business as a teenager. After graduating from Ohio State University with a B.S. in political science, he bought the Log Cabin Supper Club in West Virginia. He joined the Victoria’s Station restaurant chain in 1974 and was a Southeast regional manager when he left the company in 1980. He opened the first LongHorn Steakhouse as a neighborhood restaurant in Atlanta in 1981 – at a time when Atlanta had few choices in casual dining. He and his team successfully evolved that single location into RARE Hospitality International, which owns LongHorn Steakhouse and The Capital Grille and was sold to Darden Restaurants in 2007. McKerrow retired from RARE in 2000.
In 1996, the noted restaurant entrepreneur co-founded We’re Cookin’ Inc. with acclaimed Atlanta chef Gerry Klaskala and businessman Ron San Martin. The restaurant group today has two award-winning, fine dining restaurants in Atlanta: Aria and Canoe. In addition to serving on the board of directors for the National Restaurant Association (1997-2003) and the Culinary Institute of America (1996-2002), McKerrow received the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Restaurant Association in 2007 for his years of service to Georgia’s restaurant industry. In 2008, he was inducted into The Atlanta Hospitality Hall of Fame by the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau and in 2013 he was named “Restaurateur of the Year” by Share Our Strength with its “Restaurateur of the Year” award, recognizing his commitment to the national No Kid Hungry campaign. He serves as co-chair of the Atlanta Taste of the Nation culinary benefit by Share Our Strength, which has raised more than $9 million in Atlanta alone to help end childhood hunger in America.
Along with his partner, media entrepreneur, philanthropist and environmentalist Ted Turner, McKerrow founded Ted’s Montana Grill in January 2002, and serves as chief executive officer of the restaurant company. Based in Atlanta, Ted’s Montana Grill is a classic American grill serving Authentic American Food in an eco-friendly environment. The company currently has 46 restaurants in 16 states.
Hillery is an alumni parent to Jack ’09 and Annie ’11. Hillery played a key role in launching Galloway’s alumni parent program in 2011 and currently serves as Chair of the Alumni Parent Council. During her children’s years at Galloway, Hillery held several volunteer leadership roles including two years as PA President, which allowed her to serve on the board, and six subsequent years as a Trustee. She has been a longstanding member of the Development Committee and chaired significant fundraising initiatives such as the campaign for Elliott’s Circle, and she served as Current Parent Co-Chair of the capital campaign for the athletic fields. Hillery brings strong donor knowledge and institutional history to the Board.
In his fifth year on the board, Michael is the parent of a son and daughter in Middle Learning. Michael has served on the Director of Technology’s tech advisory group and is also leading a special board project on Communication and Collaboration.
Michael is CTO of FullStory, an Atlanta-based digital analytics company. Previously, he 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 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 has been a Galloway parent since 2013. His son is in Upper Learning (class of 2019). This is his second year on the board. Professionally, Bill has spent most of his career as the CEO of several venture-backed software companies. After selling his most recent company to IBM in 2014, Bill was promoted to become IBM’s VP Corporate Strategy out of the company’s headquarters in NY. Bill left IBM in 2016 to write a book called Freeing Energy that seeks to help accelerate the shift towards cleaner, cheaper electric power. He plans to launch a new renewable energy company in 2018. Bill received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Ellen is a parent of two Galloway boys, a ninth grader and a fifth grade, and her family has been part of the Galloway community since 2015. She enjoys volunteering at school, as well as in the community. At Galloway, she has served as a contact parent, worked at the school store, and helped as a parent volunteer for the Middle Learning robotics team. In the community, she has served on the St Anne’s Day School Advisory Council and the Board of the Junior League of Atlanta, as VP of Internal Operations where her responsibilities included budgeting, financial reporting, and operations.
Prior to marrying a native Atlantan and moving south, Ellen earned an M.B.A. with a concentration in accounting from Rutgers University. A former CPA, she worked at Deloitte for a number of years in audit and tax in both New Jersey and Atlanta. She also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from the School for International Training and has taught English as a Second Language in Poland, Mexico and Japan.
Adam graduated from Galloway in 2005 and is the current Alumni Association Council President. Adam is the Head of Support Operations for Instacart, a San Francisco-based online grocery delivery company. After an unfulfilling two years at another Atlanta-area private school, Adam learned about Galloway and proclaimed: "If every student in Atlanta knew about Galloway, they'd all want to be here." He joined the Galloway community in 11th grade, and in his college admissions essay, Adam compared Galloway to Triscuits and the school he switched from to Wheat Thins. Adam successfully earned a spot at his dream school, Vanderbilt University, where he studied Human and Organizational Development and Corporate Strategy. Later, Adam graduated with a Masters of Business Administration from the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech.
Chip has three teenage boys; his oldest graduated from Galloway in May 2017, and the other two are in Upper Learning. This is Chip's second year on the Board of Trustees and he serves on the finance and audit committees. Chip is a managing director and portfolio manager with Atlanta Capital Management where he has worked for the past 19 years. Prior to joining the firm in 1998, Chip was a portfolio manager with Florida State Board of Administration where he was responsible for managing their internal special situation equity fund. Chip is a graduate of Florida State University ('89) with a degree in Finance and holds the distinction of Chartered Financial Analyst.
Koboi Simpson is the Athletics Administrator for the Clayton County Parks & Recreation Department, where he manages youth sports operations and supervises the County's college internship program. He serves on the National Recreation and Parks Association’s programming committee and is a frequent speaker at several state and national conferences, delivering presentations on best practices in youth sports. He is also a Certified Youth Sports Administrator with the National Alliance for Youth Sports. Koboi holds degrees from Morehouse College and Temple University. In addition to athletics, Koboi is a tireless advocate for diversity and inclusion. He facilitates recruitment, training, and retention initiatives for the A Better Chance Program (ABC), which helps to place and support high-achieving students of color in independent boarding and day schools. Koboi’s son, Ahmadu ’17, is an ABC scholar, proud Galloway alum and currently finishing his first year at Northwestern University. Koboi remains a very active Galloway volunteer. He has been a frequent guest teacher and speaker in ML language arts and social studies classes. Koboi is very passionate about Galloway and holds a genuine appreciation for where Galloway is headed.
Bill is an alumni parent (Classes of 1989, 1993 and 1999) and a grandparent of a 2019 Galloway graduate and of a current Galloway ninth grader. He was on the Galloway Board of Trustees from 1996-2002, serving as Chair of the Board in 2001 and 2002. Bill received his undergraduate degree from The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and his law degree from Duke University. He is Senior Counsel at Dentons US LLP where he practices commercial real estate law.
Stephen is a Galloway alum and is currently pursuing his MBA at Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech where he is focusing on how businesses can utilize technology to transform mobility. Prior to returning to his own coursework today, Stephen taught U.S Government and World Geography to 9th and 10th graders in Baton Rouge, Louisiana through Teach For America. He next worked in the education technology space at BrightBytes where he leveraged his teaching experience as a product manager focused on building dropout prevention tools.
Since joining the Galloway community at age 2, Stephen has long cherished the many wonderful moments and growth points that he experienced as a Galloway student through his graduation there in 2008. Later, Stephen earned his BA in Politics from Whitman College (‘12).
Jenny has been a Galloway parent for five years and has twin boys in 7th grade. Her Galloway volunteer experience started in the Early Learning Library, and she eventually co-chaired the Library/Book Fair Committee for 2 years. After volunteering in roles ranging from book shelver, Fall Fun Fest general volunteer, and school store regular to Contact Parent and PA Secretary overseeing Galloway Gifting, she now serves as PA President. She is also a member of the 50th Anniversary Steering Committee. A former Senior IT Recruiter of 16 years, Jenny holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is an avid Tar Heel basketball fan. She was born in Missouri, raised in North Carolina, spent a few great years in Wyoming and Colorado and settled in Atlanta in 1995.
As a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley, Neal works closely with a network of regional and national specialists to design solutions for client needs in the areas of family governance, philanthropic strategy, tailored lending and lifestyle advisory. He joined the team in 2007 after serving for six years as Smith Barney’s Southern Division Director of Private Wealth Management, a role responsible for delivering the full spectrum of the firm’s family office services to some of the wealthiest individuals and families in the country. Prior to joining the firm in 1999, Neal was in private banking with a national commercial bank in Atlanta.
Neal received his B.S. in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his M.B.A. from Georgia State University. He is currently a member of the Association of Professional Investment Consultants.
Neal lives in the Buckhead area of Atlanta with his wife and their two children. He is a trustee for The Galloway School, where his child is in Upper Learning, emeritus trustee for the Schenck School and former trustee for Trinity School and the Peachtree Road United Methodist Church.
Sharon’s two children have been at Galloway for 6 years. They are currently in 8th and 12th grade. This is Sharon’s third year on the Board and she serves on the Development and Diversity/Inclusivity committees. She served as the Vice Chairman of the RISD Associates, a fund raising organization for the RISD Museum in Rhode Island, prior to moving back home to Atlanta. Professionally, Sharon worked in the financial industry in New York and New Jersey as an AVP for Pershing, a back office firm for large investment houses. Since 2009, she has worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, currently as the Director of Sales and Account Management for the state of Georgia. Sharon has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia.