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
- Ginny Little, secretary
- Jane Blount
- Dr. James Calleroz White, president
- Amir Farokhi '96
- Stuart Fierman
- Peter Hartman
- Jim Kieffer
- Maggie Klein
- Michelle Maziar '98
- Hillery McNeill
- Michael Morrissey
- Wendy Newstetter
- Bill Nussey
- Scarlet Pressley-Brown
- Adam Rabinowiz '05, Alumni Council President
- Chip Reed
- Koboi M. Simpson
- Neal Sumter
- Tammy Tilley, Parents Association president
- Rachel Fox Weitz ‘01
- Sharon Winn
In her sixth 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 roles, including serving as a new parents ambassador, an admissions ambassador and a classroom contact parent. She also 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, she chairs the executive committee and serves on the finance and trustees committees. Debra practiced law at Alston & Bird LLP from 1995 to 2013, including 10 years as a Partner in the firm’s Litigation and Product Liability practice groups. During her 18 years at Alston & Bird, she defended 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 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.
Ginny has been a Galloway parent for 18 years. She has two daughters who are Galloway alums, graduating in 2014 and 2017, and one daughter in Upper Learning. She volunteers in various roles such as school store volunteer and contact parent. In her sixth year on the board, the first of which was as president of the Parents Association, she serves on the audit, finance 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 and volunteers with Los Ninos Primero, an educational program serving preschoolers and their families in Sandy Springs.
Jane has boy/girl twins, Whit and Greer, who graduated with the Class of 2018. She serves on the Development and Diversity/Inclusivity committees of the board. In addition, she serves on the boards of the Georgia Lawyers for the Arts and the Georgian Chamber Players.
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 in-house marketing counsel 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.
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.
Amir was a student at Galloway for thirteen years, graduating in 1996. He currently serves as the District 2 representative on the Atlanta City Council. Amir is also the 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’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.
Jim has been a Galloway parent for twelve years and has two daughters in Upper Learning. In his sixth year on the board, he is chair of the audit 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.
As the mother of young children and the daughter and granddaughter of educators, the opportunity to serve on the Galloway School board was a natural fit. Maggie will lead the special project on Messaging and Communications and brings with her more than 12 years of public relations, communications, and marketing experience. She is the founder of Magpie Messaging, a branding and PR firm and 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 and led omni-channel marketing and content strategy. She 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 sons and rescue dogs.
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.
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 an engineer at FullStory. 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.
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.
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.
Tammy has been a Galloway parent for six years. She has two daughters: one in 10th grade, and one in 7th grade. Her Galloway volunteering work started with selling popsicles at the Fall Fun Fest. After volunteering in roles ranging from locker decorator and School Store sub, to Contact Parent and Fall Fun Fest chair, she now serves as PA President. Tammy currently works as Editor of a physician-to-physician startup in the field of rheumatology. Prior to that, she spent more than 20 years in nonprofit management, most recently as head of communications and PR for an international medical society. She was raised in Kansas City, has lived in Oregon and Washington, DC, and now calls Atlanta home. Tammy holds a Bachelor's in Business Administration from Oregon State University (go Beavs!).
Rachel attended Galloway for 11 years and graduated 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’s two children have been at Galloway for 5 years. They are currently in 7th and 11th grade. This is Sharon’s second 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 Individual and Small Group Sales for the state of Georgia. Sharon has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia.