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 The Board of Education is the official policy making body for the DeKalb County School System. It, along with the Superintendent sets the school system's mission and goals. The Board of Education holds meetings throughout the year on a regular schedule. The nine board members are elected from individual districts.
Board Members
Dr. Melvin Johnson
Name: Dr. Melvin Johnson
Title: Chair
Work Phone: 404.621.3324
Email: melvin_johnson@dekalbschoolsga.org
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Dr. Melvin Johnson is a father, husband, career educator, and community leader.

Dr. Johnson received his B.S degree from Fort Valley State University and continued his education at Atlanta University where he earned Masters, Specialist, and Doctorate degrees.  During his 30 plus years as an educator, he has been a teacher, principal, Assistant Area Superintendent, Area Superintendent, Associate Superintendent, and Deputy Superintendent.  He has four children.  His youngest two are recent graduates or Redan High School and are currently enrolled in colleges. His adult children are also college graduates. He has been active in community, school and civic organizations including serving as a life-time member of the NAACP, serving on the Parent Advisory Committee, being active with the Redan Booster Club and Redan PTA, and serving as a DCSD Tribunal Judge.  A member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Dr. Johnson has served on several Boards over a number of years. He and his lovely wife, Felicia, are long-time residents of Stone Mountain and are committed to community involvement.  Because of his past and current knowledge of how school systems work and how Boards operate, he is uniquely qualified to serve on the DeKalb County Board of Education.
 
Mr. James L. Jim McMahan
Name: Mr. James L. Jim McMahan
Title: Vice Chair
Work Phone: 404.621.5854
Email: jim_mcmahan@dekalbschoolsga.org
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Jim is a 3rd generation native Atlantan.  A 1983 graduate of Northside High School of the Atlanta Public School District.  His father is a 1953 graduate of the same school.  Jim attended Georgia State University and Wofford College in SC.

At the age of 19, Jim decided to leave school early and enter the business world.  He has worked in the financial services industry since 1984 (29 years).  Jim has worked for Amstar Mortgage Network since 2008 and has been a residential loan originator for the last 10 years.

Jim and his wife Susan recently celebrated their 15th anniversary, and have two beautiful daughters who attend Sagamore ES and Henderson MS.

His parental involvement with the school district included room parent, PTA representative, member of 2 school councils (1 at the elementary and 1 at the middle school level), and PTA district representative for the Lakeside High School cluster of schools.

McMahan has based his experiences with the schools and the school district as well as community support as the main reasons to run for the school board.
He is currently the vice-chairman of the DeKalb County School Board.  And is pleased to be part of the solution going forward for DeKalb County Schools and its 99,000 students, parents and community stakeholders.
 
Mr. David Campbell
Name: Mr. David Campbell
Title: Board Member
Work Phone: 404.599.3528
Email: david_campbell@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us
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David Campbell is a senior manager at Georgia Power Company with 30 years in the Electric Utility Industry. He previously worked as a Certified Public Accountant and spent 8 years as a Lobbyist before the Georgia Public Service Commission.

David was born in Albany, Georgia and graduated from Albany State University, with Honors. He is a graduate of Leadership DeKalb, where he served as Board Chair. David is also a past member of 100 Black Men DeKalb County. He currently serves as Treasurer, DeKalb Police Alliance, and is an active member and officer at St. Philip AME Church.

 
Dr. Michael A. Erwin
Name: Dr. Michael A. Erwin
Title: Board Member
Work Phone: 404.599.4090
Email: michael_erwin@dekalbschoolsga.org
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Dr.Erwin is a U.S. Navy veteran and has been a graduate research assistant at DukeUniversity Medical Center and the University of South Carolina. He has workedfor the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National MarineFisheries Services and is a past chair of NOAA fisheries committees researchingthe biological status of fish species inhabiting the northeast Atlantic Ocean.In 2008, he earned a Ph.D. in Biological Science from the University of South Carolina.He has been a member of the faculty at Georgia Gwinnett College since 2009 andteaches undergraduate students in biological science. He graduated from North CarolinaCentral University with a bachelor’s in Biology and a master’s in BiologicalScience.  Dr. Erwin resides in Decatur.

 
Mr. Stan O. Jester
Name: Mr. Stan O. Jester
Title: Board Member
Work Phone: 678.676.0027
Email: stan_jester@dekalbschoolsga.org
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Mr. Thaddeus Thad Mayfield
Name: Mr. Thaddeus Thad Mayfield
Title: Board Member
Work Phone: 404.599.1930
Email: thad_mayfield@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us
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Thaddeus Mayfield is a senior partner with FOCOM, Inc., a Georgia-based business development firm. He holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Mercer University and received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Tougaloo College. He co-chaired the successful Friends of DeKalb Education SPLOST IV Campaign and is an active member of several business and civic organizations in the metropolitan area. Mr. Mayfield is a resident of Lithonia.

 
Dr. Joyce Morley
Name: Dr. Joyce Morley
Title: Board Member
Work Phone: 404.599.9632
Email: joyce_morley@dekalbschoolsga.org
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Dr. Joyce Morley was born the youngest of fourteen children and is the mother of three daughters. She is the owner and CEO of Morley & Associates, Inc. and J.Morley Productions, Inc. She is affectionately known as the “Doctor of Hope”, & is a “Relationship Expert”. Dr. Morley holds a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) in Elementary Education/Psychology from SUNY Geneseo; a Master of Science degree (MS) in Counseling from SUNY Brockport, Specialist degrees (Ed.S.) in Counseling and Education Administration from SUNY Brockport, and a Doctorate degree (EdD) in Counseling, Family and Worklife (CFW) from the University of Rochester. She is recognized as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and National Certified School Counselor (NCCSC) by the American Counseling Association (ACA), a Clinical Member, Diplomat, and Approved Supervisor by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), a Certified Criminal Justice Specialist by the National Association of Forensic Counselors (NAFC), and a Board Certified Coach (BCC) by the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE). Dr. Morley has served as an educator in the public school system and as a professor at the post secondary level for many years.  She engages in motivational/keynote speaking, training, executive, relationship, life coaching, and mediation at the national, state and local levels, and she serves as a licensed psychotherapist in private practice. Dr. Joyce does consulting for businesses, organizations, and educational institutions, including The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), Core Consultant for the Georgia Center for Nonprofit (GCN), The U.S. Dept. of Education, The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, Project GRAD Atlanta, the Chattanooga, Tennessee Project, and other organizations. She served as president of the Atlanta Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Jeannette Rankin Foundation in Athens, Georgia. Dr. Morley has served on several Boards of Directors, including Kate's Club and the Porsche Foxx Community Fund (PFCF). She has been recognized by Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who Among Human Service Professionals, the World’s Who’s Who Among Women and she is featured in the 2008 Edition of the African-American National Biography. She is featured on Storyofmylife.com. She is a member of the Partnership Council of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education and was selected to serve as an International Delegate for the World Mental Health Organization. She led a mental health team to assist in the mental health needs of hurricane Katrina survivors, especially first responders and their families. Dr. Morley is an elected member and Secretary of the National Board for Certified Counselors Foundation Board of Trustees (NBCCF), and she was appointed to the DeKalb County, Georgia School Board by the Governor of the State of Georgia in 2013. She has appeared on several TV programs, including Lifetime TV and the OWN Network. Dr. Morley provides expert opinions for local & national newspapers and magazines, as well as on air appearances for national & international TV/radio programs. Dr. Morley currently co-hosts a monthly radio relationship program and she appears on radio/TV shows globally.
 
Mr. Marshall D. Orson
Name: Mr. Marshall D. Orson
Title: Board Member
Work Phone: 404.621.3205
Email: marshall_orson@dekalbschoolsga.org
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Marshall Orson was elected from District 2 which includes Druid Hills and Cross Keys High Schools, Druid Hills Middle School, Ashford Park, Briar Vista, Fernbank, Laurel Ridge, McLendon, Montclair, Sagamore Hills and Woodward Elementary Schools, the International Community School and the Margaret Harris Center.

Mr. Orson is the founder of the consulting firm Melbourne Partners which provides business development services for intellectual property licensing, acquisitions and partnership transactions.  He was a co-founder and partner in the media strategy and crisis management firm Devonwood Media.  From 1989 to 2001, Mr. Orson worked at Turner Broadcasting including five years as Vice President and General Manager of the Turner Trade Group (“TTG”).  TTG is the world's largest media company-owned trade business and Mr. Orson oversaw its global media sales and retail operations, and all business and legal issues.  Mr. Orson also held a number of executive business positions at Turner focusing on content creation, use, acquisition and disposition. He joined Turner’s legal department in 1989, overseeing deals related to its motion picture library, selected production deals and due diligence projects related to Turner corporate acquisitions.

Prior to joining Turner, Mr. Orson practiced law in the Atlanta office of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker after clerking for the Hon. R. Allen Edgar (E.D. Tennessee).  He is a graduate of the Duke University School of Law (Order of the Coif and High Honors), where he served as Senior Editor of Law and Contemporary Problems, and he also received his bachelor’s degree (cum laude) from Duke University.  He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia. Marshall is a 2001 graduate of Leadership Atlanta and co-chaired its 2003 and 2004 Criminal Justice Day programs.  Marshall is a past President of the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Atlanta.

Mr. Orson’s two children attend Druid Hills Middle School and Fernbank Elementary in DeKalb County where they are in 7th and 5th grades. Mr. Orson attended public school in Miami, Florida in the Dade County Public Schools and he has a long history of working to support and reform public education and improve opportunities for all children including service on:

-The Emory-Lavista Parent Council where he served as Co-President.

-The Druid Hills Middle School and Fernbank Elementary School Councils which he chaired.

-The board of directors of Provost Academy of Georgia, a start-up Georgia virtual charter high school.

-The board of directors of APPLE Corps (Atlanta’s original local education fund) from 1986 to 2003 (including six years as chair or vice-chair).  He subsequently served on the board of the Atlanta Committee for Public Education and was a member of the founding committee of Great Schools Atlanta.

-The board of directors of the Public Education Network in Washington, D.C. from 1998-2003 including membership on its Public Engagement Committee.

-The board of directors of the Quest for Public Education, a music education initiative for the Atlanta, Dekalb and Fulton school systems.

-Leadership Atlanta’s Education Impact Team which he co-chaired in 2007 and 2008, and the 2010 Education Summit committee.

-The board of directors of the Atlanta Children’s Shelter from 2002 to 2007 where he chaired its Expansion Committee for two years after serving four years as chair of its Advocacy Committee. 

-Campaign manager for Joe Martin, 2010 candidate for Georgia State School Superintendent.

Mr. Orson has been married to his wife Peggy for 15 years.

 
Ms Vickie B Turner
Name: Ms Vickie B Turner
Title: Board Member
Work Phone: 678-676-0027
Email: Vickie_Turner@dekalbschoolsga.org
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Mrs. Vickie B. Turner
Name: Mrs. Vickie B. Turner
Title: Board Member
Work Phone: 678.676.0027
Email: vickie_turner@dekalbschoolsga.org
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Vickie B. Turner is an educator with over 24 years of experience and is a 20+ year DeKalb County resident. She is co-pastor of Augustine Chapel with her husband. Turner has a Masters of Education from Troy State University and a Bachelors of Science from Bowling Green State University. She cur-rently oversees the day-to-day operations of The Augustine Preparatory Academy of Atlanta (TAPAA) which was formed from Cathedral Academy (est. 1984). Turner had the privilege of being involved in the educational opportunities at the Cathedral since 1992 as an Instructor; Director of the Early Learning Center and for the last 4 years she was Headmaster. At TAPAA, Turner is also the Headmaster responsible for the financial affairs of the school which entail setting budgets, oversee-ing purchases and monitoring spending trends. She is responsible for implementing measures to ensure fiscal accountability and financial integrity. Turner supervises a full and part-time staff, con-ducts weekly staff meetings to apprise staff of current trends in education, to discuss student per-formance, and to create ways to increase parent involvement. She is responsible for reviewing school infrastructure, accounting practices, hiring procedures, teacher qualifications and methodol-ogies, and strategies of implementation. Turner regularly reviews and monitors lesson plans em-ploying strategies to accomplish successful student performance. She is responsible for ongoing communication with parents that are facilitated through PTA meetings and Parent/Teacher Conferences. Turner is charged with recruitment and maintaining a viable and sustainable enrollment. She firmly believes in establishing goals for students to aspire them to perform at their maximum potential.

Turner is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and supports community organizations such as Hosea Feed the Hungry, NAACP, Women’s Resource Center and promoting voter registration at local high schools. She has been a participant at elder abuse, child-sex traffick-ing and mortgage fraud community forums. Turner serves on the Executive Board of the Decatur Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Vice-Chairman of the Board of Grio’s Fire, a Performing Arts Theater Company and former member of the Association of Consortium of Chris-tian School Educators. She has also served as the Chairman of a private school accrediting team requiring periodic travel to oversee new school and renewal of accreditation applications.

Turner’s motto is simple, she will never expect more from your children than she has expected from her own. She is married to Robert Turner, II. The couple has three adult children and three grandchildren.

 

Superintendent
Mr. Michael L. Thurmond
Name: Mr. Michael L. Thurmond
Title: Superintendent
Work Phone: 678.676.0010
Email: michael_l_thurmond@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us
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Michael Thurmond has distinguished himself as an attorney, author, lecturer and public servant.  He is currently practicing law with Butler, Wooten & Fryhofer LLP, one of America’s most successful civil trial practice law firms.    

Thurmond graduated with honors from Paine College with a bachelor's degree in philosophy and religion and later earned a juris doctorate from the University of South Carolina’s School of Law. He also completed the Political Executives program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.    

In 1986, he became the first African-American elected to the Georgia General Assembly from Clarke County since Reconstruction. During his legislative tenure, Thurmond authored major legislation that has provided more than $250 million in tax relief to Georgia’s senior citizens and working families. 

Following his legislative service, Thurmond was called upon to lead the nine thousand employee state Division of Family and Children’s Services and direct Georgia's historic transition from welfare to work. He created the innovative Work First program, which helped over 90,000 welfare-dependent Georgia families move from dependence to independence.

In 1997, Thurmond became a distinguished lecturer at the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government. The following year, he was elected Georgia Labor Commissioner, becoming the first non-incumbent African American to be elected to statewide office in Georgia.

During his three terms as commissioner, the Georgia Labor Department underwent a major transformation in customer service and efficiency.  His Georgia Works program has earned national praise and bi-partisan support.  President Obama based part of the American Jobs Act after the Georgia Works model. However, Thurmond’s most gratifying accomplishment as a public official was the construction of a $20 million state-of-the art school for young people with disabilities at the historic Roosevelt Institute in Warm Springs, Georgia.

The son of Georgia sharecroppers, Thurmond is an enthusiastic advocate for public education. He is a motivational speaker and advisor to state school board association executives in nine Southern states on issues regarding leadership, diversity and public education advocacy in the 21st century.

Thurmond's latest book, Freedom: Georgia’s Antislavery Heritage, 1733-1865, was awarded the Georgia Historical Society's Lilla Hawes Award and the Georgia Center for the Book listed Freedom as one of The 25 Books All Georgians Should Read. He presently serves on the Board of Curators of the Georgia Historical Society.