Vice President of Operations and Investments
- Vice President of Operations and Investments
Angira Sceusi is the Vice President of Operations and Investments at redefinED atlanta. Previously, she worked as a high school math and computer science teacher in the Houston Independent School District where she earned a United States Congressional Recognition for her work in STEM teaching. She also served as Director of Finance and Director of Talent Initiatives at YES Prep Public Schools in Houston. Sceusi began her career as a financial analyst and spent 10 years working in energy finance. She co-led Royal Bank of Canada’s U.S. oil and gas origination business before entering the education profession. Sceusi holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in information systems management from Carnegie Mellon University. She also holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from the Broad Center for the Management of School Systems.
Caitlin D. Kokenes
Communications and Engagement Manager
Caitlin D. Kokenes
- Communications and Engagement Manager
Caitlin Daugherty Kokenes is redefinED atlanta’s Communications and Engagement Manager. She has worked at the Southern Regional Education Board and later the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, helping to create and share reports on the status of education policies in the region. At both organizations she helped to identify and advocate for best practices in education with the goal of providing maximum benefit to students and families. She completed the Georgia Education Policy Fellowship Program in 2017 and went on to help coordinate that program in 2018. Kokenes served as a college Spanish instructor, a middle and high school teacher, and an ESL coach prior to completing a Master of Science in Public Policy from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2013. She also holds a master’s degree in Hispanic Studies and a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from Auburn University.
- Executive Director
Ed Chang is redefinED atlanta’s Founding Executive Director. For over 18 years, Ed has worked as a tireless champion for high-quality public schools. Chang began his career as a physical therapist before entering the education profession as a 7th-grade science teacher. He spent five years teaching at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Southeast Atlanta before going on to found KIPP STRIVE Academy in 2009. Following this, Ed focused on coaching and strategy for school leaders and districts across the country. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology and a master’s degree in physical therapy from Washington University in St. Louis. Chang holds a master’s degree in secondary science from Mercer University and a Certificate for Advanced Study in Educational Leadership from National Louis University.
Director of Development
- Director of Development
Mary-Kate Starkel is the Director of Development at redefinED atlanta. A seasoned nonprofit professional, Starkel has spent 15 years working on behalf of educational and youth serving organizations in program management and resource development roles, including positions that required the management of federal, state, and local contracts. Her most recent previous position was Associate Director with Horizons Atlanta, a six-week summer learning program serving over 1000 Atlanta area students. Starkel is an Atlanta native and graduated from Georgia State University with both her Bachelors of Social Work and Masters of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management.
Board of Directors
Program Officer, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
- Program Officer, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
Ayana L. Gabriel has more than ten years of experience in planning and executing complex projects across varied cross-functional teams. She has a passion for improving opportunities through education and civic leadership. As a program officer for the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, she manages more than $1.5 million in education grant funding. She worked as a chemical engineer before becoming a teacher in Atlanta Public Schools and then working at Teach for America, where she consulted on diversity and equity. She has served as president of the Westview Community Organization, and she is community representative for the Atlanta Beltline, Inc. Gabriel holds a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Georgia Tech.
Controller, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
- Controller, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
Brian Graham is responsible for coordinating the Foundation’s accounting functions and activities. Brian came to the Foundation after serving at Mosaica Education, Inc., where he provided financial management and oversight to independent charter schools across the U.S., U.K. and India. Brian began his career at Ernst & Young and also served as the Controller for KIPP Metro Atlanta. Brian received his B.S. in accounting from North Carolina A&T State University and his master’s in Accounting from the University of Virginia.
Curley M. Dossman, Jr.
President, Georgia-Pacific Foundation
Curley M. Dossman, Jr.
- President, Georgia-Pacific Foundation
- Director, 100 Black Men of America, Inc.
Curley M. Dossman, Jr. is president of the Georgia-Pacific Foundation and vice president of community affairs at Georgia-Pacific. He oversees the company’s community-based programs nationwide and the foundation’s philanthropic giving. Prior to joining Georgia-Pacific in 1994, he was state vice president, government affairs for AT&T. He is active in many organizations including past board chair of the Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals, board member of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and member of the Community and Government Affairs Advisory Council for Atlanta Committee for Progress. Dossman holds a law degree from Washington University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College.
Dena Kimball, Chair
Executive Director, Kendeda Fund
Dena Kimball, Chair
- Executive Director, Kendeda Fund
- Trustee, Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
Dena Kimball serves as the redefinED atlanta board chair. She is executive director of The Kendeda Fund and has been a leader in convening local foundations around education reform issues for the past three years. Before joining The Kendeda Fund in 2014, Kimball served as vice president of network support for Teach for All and the vice president of alumni affairs and deputy vice president of admissions for Teach for America. Kimball holds a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Emory University.
Chief Diversity Officer and Georgia State President for Bank of America (Retired)
- Chief Diversity Officer and Georgia State President for Bank of America (Retired)
Geri Thomas was Chief Diversity Officer and Georgia State President for Bank of America, where her impact on diversity and inclusion policies drew national recognition. She founded GPT Consultants to partner with leading organizations to provide strategic vision and thought leadership in global human resources, diversity and inclusion, and staffing. She received the 2016 Ruby Award from the Center for Talent Innovation for her work in diversity. In 2014, she received the Firestarter Award from Re:Gender. She serves on the boards of the Georgia State Foundation, Georgia Tech and Executive Leadership Council. Thomas earned a Bachelor of Science from the College of Public and Urban Affairs at Georgia State University.
Vice President, Goldman Sachs
- Vice President, Goldman Sachs
- Chair, New Schools for New Orleans
- Board Member, Teach for America – Metro Atlanta
- Member, Gov. Nathan Deal’s Education Reform Commission
Hunter Pierson is a vice president at Goldman Sachs & Co, where he manages the assets of foundations, endowments and families across the Southeast. He previously served as executive director for Teach for America – Northern California. He began his career as a Teach for America corps member, teaching sixth grade. He is currently a board member at Teach for America – Atlanta and board chair of New Schools for New Orleans. He serves on Gov. Nathan Deal’s Education Reform Commission in Georgia. Pierson holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Harvard University.
K.E. Anderson Consulting
- K.E. Anderson Consulting
- CEO, Families First (Retired)
Kim Eileen Anderson has spent her career leading dialogue, advancing change and convening partners who are committed to empowering marginalized people. She was CEO of Families First, senior director for BoardWalk Consulting and executive director of AID Atlanta. A former attorney for Alston & Bird, Anderson was general counsel of Grady Health System, vice president and assistant general counsel for Magellan Health Systems and senior legal counsel for the Atlanta Housing Authority. Anderson serves on the boards of KIPP Metro Atlanta, Partners for Home and the Supreme Court of Georgia’s Committee on Justice for Children. Anderson holds a law degree from Columbia University and a bachelor of arts in psychology and sociology from Oberlin College.
President, CF Foundation, Inc.
- President, CF Foundation, Inc.
- the Cousins Foundation, Inc.
- Nonami Foundation and Nonami, LLC
Lillian C. Giornelli serves as president of CF Foundation, Inc., The Cousins Foundation, Inc., Nonami Foundation and Nonami, LLC. She oversees many of her family’s foundations and investment ventures, focusing on investments, homelessness, cradle-to-college education and religion. She practiced law in Atlanta prior to assuming her role in her family’s business. She serves on the board of directors for the East Lake Foundation, Cousins Properties Inc., Drew Charter School, J.M. Tull Foundation and the Better Angels Society. Giornelli holds a law degree from the University of Georgia and a bachelor of arts in history from Dartmouth College.
Founder, Urban Realty Partners
- Founder, Urban Realty Partners
- Sartain Lanier Family Foundation
- Atlanta Board of Education (2000-2009)
Mark Riley founded in 2000 Urban Realty Partners, an Atlanta-based real estate development organization that creates mixed-use developments. He began his career as a real estate attorney at King & Spalding and later joined Trammell Crow Residential and Cousins Properties. He is director of the Sartain Lanier Family Foundation, which focuses on improving educational options in Atlanta. He served on the Atlanta Board of Education from 2000 to 2009. He is a member of the Atlanta District Council of the Urban Land Institute and the Congress for the New Urbanism. Riley holds a law degree and a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University.
Richard Nyankori, PhD
Founder and CEO, SPEDx
Richard Nyankori, PhD
- Founder and CEO, SPEDx
- Executive Vice President, Insight Education Group
- Former Deputy Chancellor of Special Education, District of Columbia Public Schools
Richard Nyankori is founder and CEO of SPEDx, a startup that explores data to attain success for students with special needs. Prior to founding SPEDx, Nyankori was executive vice president of the international education consulting firm Insight Education Group. He is the former deputy chancellor of special education for the District of Columbia Public Schools. He is faculty member at several leadership development programs, including the Pahara-Aspen Fellowship and the Surge Fellowship. He serves as an advisor to Goalbook Curriculum Associates and IO Education. He is a founding board member of Education Leaders of Color. Nyankori holds a doctorate from the University of Maryland, a Master of Science from McDaniel College and a Bachelor of Arts from Emory University.
Independent Philanthropy Consultant
- Independent Philanthropy Consultant
- Founding Leadership Team, The Ron Clark Academy
Staci Lynch is an independent philanthropy consultant. Prior to her current role, she managed a robust portfolio of donor-advised funds for the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. Before joining the Foundation, Lynch worked for Fulton County Schools and The Ron Clark Academy. She serves on the advisory board of the Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Institute for Philanthropy and Service Learning at the Westminster Schools and the advisory board of the Atlanta Speech School. She is a German Marshall Memorial Fellow and a graduate of LEAD Atlanta. Lynch holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a master’s degree from Columbia University.