2021 - 2022 Governing Board

“We believe students are best served through relationships with adults in their lives, particularly those at school and in their homes.”

The Main Street Academy’s (TMSA) Governing Board is responsible for the development of the mission, vision and strategy for the school, as well as overseeing the key areas of finances, culture, and academics.

Beginning in December 2006, a dedicated group of concerned citizens formed the school’s Founding Board, and worked diligently for four years to bring a new charter school to the community. The Main Street Academy, a Fulton County Schools public charter school, opened in August 2010. TMSA is a public K-8 public charter school located in College Park, GA and is easily accessible to the residents of Fulton County.

Please feel free to join us for our committee  Governing Board meetings. Please refer to our school's online calendar or CharterBoards for monthly meeting locations and times. 

Governing Board Directors

 

Heather Wells

President 
Heather Wells
Lewis Brisbois Environmental Practice Manager
Best Achievement: Raising a child.
Favorite Quote: "You can do anything but not everything." - Unknown

Term (2 of 2): July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2022 

 

Mitch Foster

Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair
Mitch Foster, II
Travelers Insurance Company, Second Vice President of Underwriting Quality and Compliance
Ultimate Life's Goal: Early retirement to pursue full-time philanthropy, a little more sleep and a quest for the best coffee in the world.
Best Achievement: Conscientious work-life balance, which allows me to focus on family, church and service to others.
Favorite Quote: " I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Term (1 of 2): July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2023

 

Kristal Ramirez

Vice-Chair and Governance Committee Chair
Kristal Ramirez, Esq.
K. R. Law, Attorney at Law
Ultimate Life's Goal: To achieve the perfect work-life balance.
Best Achievement: My roles as wife, mother, attorney, and business owner.
Favorite Quote: " The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams." - Oprah Winfrey

Term (1 of 2): July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2023

 

Bridgett Bell
Secretary
Bridgett Bell
Force Incorporated, Vice President/CFO
Ultimate Life's Goal: Dual citizenship.
Best Achievement: Becoming a mother to a three-year-old.
Favorite Quote: "If it is to be, it's up to me." - Unknown
Term (2 of 2): July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2022

 

Kristen Jackson

Academic and School Performance Chair
Kristin Jackson
Horizons Atlanta at Woodward Academy, Site Director
Ultimate Life's Goal: Create spaces for equitable public education
Best Achievement: Helping kids fall in love with science
Favorite Quote: "The universe is not only stranger than we imagine but stranger than we can imagine." - Haldane
Term (1 of 2): July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2023

 

Brittany Dunn
Director at Large, Finance Committee
Brittany Dunn
PPD, Clinical Research Associate
Ultimate Life's Goal: To raise my children to be productive members of society and always show love. 
Best Achievement: Being a wife and mother.
Favorite Quote: " I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou
Term (1 of 2):  July 1, 2021 - June 20, 2025


 Chanel Recasner
Director at Large,
Academic and School Performance Committee and Governing Committee
Chanel Recasner
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Public Health Advisor
Ultimate Life's Goal: To retire comfortably and spend that time traveling around the world. 
Best Achievement (to date): Achieving the balance of doing what I love (work and personal) with my job as wife and mom. Also, serving as a detail on the COVID federal response in what is described as the biggest pandemic of this era. 
Favorite Quote: "Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." - John F. Kennedy
Term (1 of 2):  July 1, 2021 - June 20, 2025

 

Satonja Scott
Director at Large, Governance Committee
Satonja Scott, Esq.
Gilbert & Watkins, LLC., Attorney at Law
Term (1 of 2):  July 1, 2019 - June 20, 2023

Carla Wagner

Director at Large, Academic and School Performance Committee
Carla Wagner
WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, Accreditation and Licensure Manager
Ultimate Life's Goal: To speak Spanish fluently.
Best Achievement: Completed a 5K after hip replacement surgery.
Favorite Quote: " It's going to be hard, but hard does not mean impossible." - Unknown
Term (1 of 2):  July 1, 2019 - June 20, 2023

  

 

Dr. Walker-Browner
Director at Large, Finance Committee
Kimberly Walker-Browner, Ph.D.
Communities in Schools of Atlanta, Director of Evaluation
Ultimate Life's Goal: To break down educational inequities and create opportunities for women and students of color.
Best Achievement: Mentoring young women and letting them know they have a voice.
Favorite Quote: "Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life and not something you do in your spare time." - Marion Wright Edelman
Term (1 of 2):  July 1, 2021 - June 20, 2025

Mr. Dolland
Ex Officio Board Member/TMSA Faculty & Staff Representative
Farand Dolland
6th Grade Teacher, The Main Street Academy

Ishmael Abdul-Salaam
Ex Officio Board Member
Ishmael Abdul-Salaam
Principal, The Main Street Academy

Jennifer Fine
Ex Officio Board Member
Jennifer Fine
Invest Atlanta, Vice President of Planning and Strategic Initiatives