Founding Advisory Committee

EdQuest Georgia

Founding Advisory Committee Members

These individuals served as members of the Advisory Committee for the EdQuest Georgia Baseline Report from January 2016 to December 2017. Their advice and time were a huge part of making this report a success.


Brian Anderson
First Vice Chair, Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives

Dr. Leah Austin
Vice President of Programs, Southern Education Foundation

Chris Baumann
Executive Director, Georgia Association of Educators

Kristen Bernhard
Deputy Commissioner for System Reform, Department of Early Care and Learning

Mindy Binderman
Executive Director, Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS)

Bobby Cagle
Director, Division of Family and Children’s Services

Anna Chafin
Chair, Georgia Economic Developers Association

Margaret Ciccarelli
Director of Legislative Affairs, Professional Association of Georgia Educators

Karen Hallacy
President-Elect, GaPTA

Duaine Hathaway
Executive Director, Georgia CASA

Kelly Henson
Executive Secretary, Georgia Professional Standards Commission

Matt Jones
Chief of Staff, Department of Education

Dr. Charles B. Knapp
President Emeritus, University of Georgia; Chairman, Education Reform Commission

Dr. Bob Michael
Associate Vice Chancellor, Educator Preparation and Policy, University System of Georgia

Dr. J. Patrick O’Neal
Commissioner, Department of Public Health

Jessica Pinson Pennington
Executive Director, Truancy Intervention Project Georgia, Inc.

Dr. Jennifer Rippner
Coordinator, Georgia Alliance of Education Agency Heads

Dr. Tony Roberts
President and CEO, Georgia Charter Schools Association

Zane Shelfer
Director of Student Support Services, Department of Juvenile Justice

Dr. Jimmy Stokes
Executive Director, Georgia Association of Education Leaders

Tisha Tallman
President and CEO, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Martha Ann Todd
Executive Director, Governor’s Office for Student Achievement

Arianne Weldon
Director, Get Georgia Reading Campaign

Pat Willis
Retired Executive Director, Voices for Georgia’s Children

Valarie Wilson
Executive Director, Georgia School Boards Association

John Zauner
Executive Director, Georgia School Superintendents Association