The following NAIS principles provide common ground for interaction between independent school professionals and their many constituents (parents, students, colleagues at other schools, and the public). The NAIS Principles of Good Practice for member schools define high standards and ethical behavior in key areas of school operations to guide schools in becoming the best education communities they can be, to embed the expectation of professionalism, and to further our sector’s core values of transparency, excellence, and inclusivity. Accordingly, membership in NAIS is contingent upon agreement to abide by "the spirit" of the PGPs.
 
In addition our Board strives to follow NAES Principles of Good Practice for Governance in Episcopal Parish Schools.  
 
The Rev. Brian Sullivan

The Rev. Brian Sullivan

Chair

Brian Sullivan is the rector of St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church. He grew up in East Cobb, completed his elementary studies at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School and later attended Walton High School. He studied art as a Printmaking Major at the University of Georgia and attended The General Theological Seminary in NYC. All three of his children (Maggie, Lexi and Ase) have attended St. Benedict’s Episcopal School.
Jimmy Warren

Jimmy Warren

Vice President, Warren Capital Corporation
Lynn Strickland

Lynn Strickland

Treasurer

Lynn Strickland was the 2012 senior warden of St. Benedict's Episcopal Church and has previously served as the chair of the Parish Events and Kitchen committees. A graduate of both University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Georgia Institute of Technology, Lynn worked in the emerging business and audit groups at Deloitte & Touche, as the manager of financial reporting for a subsidiary of Bellsouth and is currently the business manager for a local advertising agency. She and her husband Mitch have been Smyrna residents for 20+ years. They have two daughters, Emily and Annie.
Tim Gould

Tim Gould

Board Member & Finance Committee

Tim Gould is a member of St. Benedict's Episcopal Church, parent of two students at St Benedict's, and a small business owner. He chairs the Facilities Committee and is on of the Finance Committee. Tim is a former Senior Warden of the church Vestry, remaining involved with church finance committee and Children’s Ministries. He and his wife, Judy Fitzgerald, have two great children, Abbie and Jack, who both happily attend St. Benedict’s Episcopal School. Tim graduated from University of Buffalo with a BA in Mechanical Engineering and later earned is his professional engineering license. He obtained an MBA from Fordham University while working in New York. Tim moved to Atlanta in 1996 and co-founded Fordham Plastics Equipment Company in 1999 and started ZAG Equipment Sales a few years later. Both companies sell manufacturing equipment in the plastics industry. Judy is a Chief of Staff at Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.
Jackson Wilson

Jackson Wilson

Board Member and Facilities Committee

Mr. Wilson is an executive leader with deep technology skills. He has built a successful career delivering business results through crafting effective teams, improving data security, integrating cloud services and crafting industry-specific technology programs for companies at varying levels of maturity.
Larry Freeman

Larry Freeman

Board Member

R. LARRY FREEMAN and his wife Martha have raised their two daughters, Brittany Freeman and Katie Wasserman, in the Smyrna area. His grandchildren are now enrolled as students at St. Benedict's. He recently retired as the President and Founder of Consolidated Disposal. He is now COO of JCB of Atlanta. He has served on several local boards, such as Chair of the Cobb Chamber of Education, Chair of Chattahoochee Technical College, Past Chair of Smyrna Development and an original member of Smyrna Downtown Authority. He was on the Leadership Cobb class of 1989, received the President Award from the Cobb Chamber and was Smyrna Citizen of the Year.
Edward England

Edward England

Board Member

Mr. England, a lifelong educator, is the retired Head of School from Grace Episcopal School in Ocala, FL. Edward served as interim Head of School at St. Benedict's Episcopal School from 2012 - 2013.
Shelly Sharp Blews

Shelly Sharp Blews

Board Member

Shelly Sharp Blews was born in Independence, Missouri. She graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis on Economics in 1988. Ms. Blews graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 1991 and was a member of the Law Review and Order of the Coif. Upon graduation from law school, she worked in Kansas City, Missouri before relocating to Atlanta in 1994. Ms. Blews practiced law for over 16 years on the business litigation team of King & Spalding where she focused on labor and employment issues. Ms. Blews represented predominantly employers where her work included advice and counseling on employment matters, drafting and defending employment agreements and restrictive covenants, conducting corporate investigations and employee training, and responding to charges of discrimination with various government agencies. Ms. Blews also litigated numerous lawsuits, including several large class actions where she developed an expertise in the use of statistical analysis and labor economics in class action litigation. Ms. Blews' clients included numerous private employers, such as Fortune 50 companies, charitable organizations, and independent schools.
 While at King & Spalding, Ms. Blews met and married Scott G. Blews, now an employment law partner in the Taylor English Duma LLC law firm. They have two daughters who attend St. Benedict's, Sophie and Kyra. Ms. Blews served as the first Secretary/Treasurer of the St. Benedict's Parents Association and served two terms as the President of the PA. The family lives in Smyrna with their dog, Chloe.
Clarke Meyer

Clarke Meyer

Board Member

Clark Meyer has been teaching at The Westminster Schools since 1997, where he has a reputation for classroom innovation and student engagement. His primary teaching duty is 8th Grade English, and he has helped teach experiential high school summer courses in field geology and interdisciplinary field ecology/nature writing. Pedagogical interests include experiential and project-based learning, sustainability education, and film studies. He also serves as head coach for the Wildcats' Varsity Girls Soccer team. Clark enjoys spending time with his two sons. He blogs about parenting, teaching, and the natural world at Postcards from the Outback (clarkbeast.wordpress.com).
Dorothy Sullivan

Dorothy Sullivan

Board Member

Dorothy Sullivan is the Associate Head of School at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School in Atlanta, GA. She believes that every child has different talents, and it is all of our responsibility to identify those talents in each child and help bring them out in full.
Kate Wiley

Kate Wiley

Board Member

Kate Wiley is a Parent of Students at St. Benedict’s Episcopal School, Member of the School Board of Trustees, and Senior Warden for St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church. Kate and her husband, Chris, have been members of St. B’s since the days in the Campbell Middle School gym. Kate is a Clinical Instructor at Georgia State University.
Lindsay Johnson

Lindsay Johnson

Board Member

Lindsay and her family are long-time members of the St. Benedict's Church Community. She serves as the Southeastern Region Director of Marketing for Wells Fargo. For the past three years she has served on the Board of Directors for the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.
George Sullivan

George Sullivan

Board Member

George Sullivan is a real estate agent for Harry Norman. He brings a wealth of expertise from the business world, and served on several community and professional boards, such as, Past Chair of Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Broward County, Chair of Governance Task Force for the Broward County Superintendent’s Commission on Public Education, Former Board Member of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and received the “Corporate Citizen of the Year” 1987 by The Greater Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. (Note: All three Sullivans on the St. Benedict’s BOT have not familial relation to one another).
Tom O'Connor

Tom O'Connor

Board Member

Tom O’Connor is a member of St Benedict’s Episcopal Church and former senior warden of the vestry. Tom’s bride Maryanne serves the St. Benedict’s community as an usher and Eucharistic minister and has served on the Vestry Selection Committee, while their children, Jay and Alaina, serve as acolytes. Tom has also served on the Facilities Committee and the Finance Committee. Tom graduated from SUNY/Geneseo and obtained a Master’s degree at the University of Illinois before receiving a J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law. Tom has been with Georgia-Pacific in Atlanta where he presently is chief counsel – compliance.
David Christopherson

David Christopherson

Board Member

David Christopherson has been a member of St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church since 2008 and is a lifelong Episcopalian. He is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Floor & Decor and previously practiced law at King & Spalding in Atlanta and Sullivan & Cromwell in New York. David is a graduate of Breck School, an Episcopal Day School in Minneapolis, Davidson College and Harvard Law School. He and his wife live in Vinings, and their two children attend St. Benedict’s.