The Museum School’s Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring that the academic program of The Museum School of Avondale Estates is successful, that the school’s program and operation are faithful to the terms of its charter, and that the school is a viable organization.

Board Information

The Museum School’s Board of Directors will meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm. Email Executive Director, Dr. Katherine Kelbaugh at Katherine.kelbaugh@themuseumschool.org for Zoom access to the meeting.

Public comment (no longer than one page) should be submitted via email to Katherine.kelbaugh@themuseumschool.org. Your comments must be received by 10:00 am on the day of the meeting. Only those emails received during the allotted time will be read aloud and broadcast. Emails received outside of the allotted time will be included in the Public Comments record for the next meeting.

To access past meeting minutes, click here or contact the board’s secretary at zach.robison@themuseumschool.org.

To volunteer with the board or it’s committees, click here.

To access a FAQ about the Board, click here.

For information on Submitting an Open Records Request, click here.

The Nominating Process

Directors are either nominated by members of the community or they can submit their own application for their candidacy. Nominations and applications are reviewed as they are received. Nominees and applicants possessing skills currently needed for the Board of Directors may be selected to be interviewed by the Governance Committee. After interviewees are selected for nomination, they may be elected as a Director by a majority vote of the Board of Directors held during a meeting of the Board. Each Director serves The Museum School’s Board of Directors for at least one two-year term. Directors may serve a maximum of three terms, for a maximum tenure of six years. After a Director’s tenure concludes, they may join the Advisory Council to continue to serve The Museum School. 

The Museum School Board of Directors seeks a diverse set of experience and expertise to fulfill its mission of ensuring the fiscal and academic success of The Museum School. 

To nominate someone for The Museum School’s Board of Directors – Click Here to Submit a Nomination Form.

To apply for The Museum School’s Board of Directors – Click Here to Submit an Application.

To be considered as a candidate for the Board of Directors, applicants should have either a demonstrated commitment to The Museum School or offer a level of expertise or experience identified as a need for the Board. Though commitment can be demonstrated in a variety of ways, actively involved committee members are often the Board’s primary source of recruitment.

The Committees of the Governing Board

The committees of The Museum School Governing Board are each chaired by a member of the Governing Board. Committees are staffed largely by members of the public with interest in serving The Museum School. Most committees meet monthly and their meetings are always open to the public. If you have interest in helping The Museum School using whatever talents, skills and experience you may possess, please Click Here to Complete the Committee Interest Form or contact a committee chair directly at their email below.

The committees, their respective responsibilities, and their leaders are listed below:

 

Facility Committee

Oversees implementation of facility renovations and maintenance. Members of the community serving this committee possess skills in building, facility, and property management as well as architecture, IT, and construction. 

Chairperson: Jade Yang
Committee Meets: 2nd Monday of every month – 8pm

 

Finance Committee

Works with the school’s principal and business manager to create the annual budget, monitors implementation of approved budget on a regular basis and recommends proposed budget revisions. This committee also recommends policies for management of The Museum School’s cash flow and assets. Members of the community serving this committee possess skills in accounting, corporate or nonprofit finance, and financial strategy.

Chairperson: Andrew Tashiro
Committee Meets:  2nd Tuesday of every month – 7pm

 

Governance Committee

Responsible for matters pertaining to Board recruitment, nomination, orientation, training, and evaluation of Board members in accordance with the bylaws and policies and practices approved by the Board. Members of the community serving this committee typically have a background in corporate, government, or nonprofit management, recruiting, HR, training, strategy, law or governance.

Chairperson: Richard Piercy
Committee Meets: 2nd Thursday of every month – 7pm

 

Diversity Committee

Oversees the board’s efforts to build a diverse and inclusive school community in partnership with school leaders and parents. Members of the community serving this committee have experience with corporate and educational diversity initiatives, HR, communication, and training.

Chairperson: Christina Cassidy
Committee Meets: Monthly

 

Advisory Council

Former Directors are invited to join the Advisory Council to foster institutional memory for the Governing Board.
Council Meets: Annually

In accordance with O.C.G.A. § 20-14-46(d), click this link to view DeKalb County School District’s financial information. This information is published by the Georgia Department of Education.

Click this link to access DeKalb County School District’s financial efficiency ratings published by and found on the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement’s website. School level data is available here.

View the bylaws of the Avondale Education Association, Inc. here.

Kelly Swinks

Kelly Swinks
CHAIR
Term ends 06/30/24
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Janaun Ivy

Janaun Ivy
VICE CHAIR
Term ends 12/31/2022
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Andrew Tashiro

Andrew Tashiro
TREASURER
Term ends 12/31/2022

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Zach Robison
SECRETARY
Term ends 06/30/24
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Christina Cassidy
Term ends 6/30/2023
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Sterling Johnson
Term ends 06/30/24
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Katherine Kelbaugh

Katherine Kelbaugh
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Katherine Moore
Term ends 12/31/2023
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Richard Piercy

Richard Piercy
Term ends 12/31/2022
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Robin Reese

Robin Reese
Term ends 06/30/24
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Tamara Richards

Tamara Richards
Term ends 12/31/2022
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Jade Yang
Term ends 06/30/23
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Advisory Council

Mary Lamb, Adela Yelton, Tish Craig, Jenifer Cooper-Melia, Amy Crownover, Sasha Webb, Tamara Shipley, Brian Deutsch, Aspen Kron, Matt Knoop, Mark Joyner, Veny Alexsandrov, Bert Thornton, Bill Elek, Josh Andrews, Andrea Avery, Matt Spaulding, Nicky Rosenbluth, Dena Chadwick, Patti Ghezzi, Yolanda Silveri, Carla Smith, Josh Horne, Katie Cota, Leah Dobbs, Andy Huff, Jesse Lincoln, Danielle Royden, Andrea Jones, Frank Furman, Rick Clark, Judith Wohl, Ingrid Irby, Clay Jones, and Maryum Gibson.

The Board meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at The Museum School.

To contact the school’s board chair Kelly Swinks, kelly.swinks@themuseumschool.org

To contact the school’s Executive Director, please email Katherine Kelbaugh at executivedirector@themuseumschool.org or call 404.289.0320.