Governing Board

Governance@fastk8.org

Meredith Atwood (a FAST parent) is a Georgia licensed attorney who practiced law (civil litigation and real estate) in the Atlanta-area for over eleven years. Meredith is a four-time IRONMAN triathlete, certified triathlon coach, motivational speaker, author and podcaster. She is a contributing writer and content provider to over a dozen publications, and operates an online clothing business for triathlon. Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Meredith has competed internationally in Olympic weightlifting. She lives with her husband and two children in Roswell, Georgia.

Term expires 2021 – meredith.atwood@fastk8.org

Scott Boze is an experienced corporate strategy professional. Scott began his career at Bain & Company, where he worked with a wide variety of corporate clients to improve or grow their business. After Bain, he joined a family business helping developers of affordable (or “workforce”) housing access tax-exempt bond, tax credit and conventional financing for new or rehab projects. In 2010, he joined The Coca-Cola Company to help manage the integration of Coke’s $12B acquisition of Coca-Cola Enterprises. This role evolved into leading the Strategy team for Coca-Cola’s North American Supply Chain. Scott is currently the Vice President, Strategy, Business Development at CSM Bakery Solutions, a global business-to-business provider of finished goods and ingredients to large retail, food service and industrial customers. At CSM, he leads real estate, sustainability and manages numerous special projects for the privately held company. Scott holds a BA in Political Science from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He lives in Sandy Springs, GA with his wife and two elementary school aged children who attend Holy Innocents Episcopal School.

Term expires 2020 – scott.boze@fastk8.org

June Erickson, Governing Board member holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Biology and Chemistry from Mount Mercy University. Immediately after graduating from undergrad she started and built a successful small business with 67 FTEs and $3.5M in annual sales that was later sold. That business required sales and marketing, financial planning and cash flow management, employee management and training. These functions were not outsourced, they were accomplished internally by June and her business partner, neither of whom had prior business experience. After earning an MBA she worked as a strategy consultant for Bain & Company and a Divestiture Trustee working with a small firm hired by the Federal Trade Commission to ensure perfect compliance to the FTC divestiture stipulations in large oil and gas and pharmaceutical technology divestitures. These two positions, with Bain and as a Divestiture Trustee, required the skills of quick proficiency in a given industry, detailed understanding of government requirements, and the ability to organize work flow to be as efficient as possible. On the FAST board June is currently responsible for curriculum, the enrollment marketing planning, and grant writing, with oversight to the technology function at a sub-committee level. June has visited Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School in Atlanta, a K8 set of schools, to understand their best practices in regards to board structure, board recruitment and development, and administrative design and management of a K8 environment. She has also visited the DuBois Integrity Academy to understand how they managed an extremely tight opening timeline, enrollment, and marketing and how they use a CMO for back-office functions.

Term expires 2019 – june.erickson@fastk8.org

Michael Finley is a Governing Board member and is currently a founding principal at AnswerRocket, a Sandy Springs, GA, startup focused on Business Intelligence, Enterprise Reporting and Machine Learning. In Atlanta since 1990, Finley was an early employee at Radiant Systems where he directed software development, international expansion and product marketing for two decades as the small, private company became an international public powerhouse. Reinvigorated by the challenge of another startup, Finley joined Qualia Labs and then HiRez studios, earning credits on titles Global Agenda and Tribes: Ascend. After Radiant was acquired by NCR, Finley returned to the retail business and led the introduction of mobile app technology and Software as a Service.  In 2008, Finley co-authored You.next(), a guide for technical minds that seek a transition into corporate leadership ranks. The book resulted in ongoing writing, mentoring and organizational development engagements. A graduate of Transylvania University with degrees in Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Finley currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees. Finley holds patents in diverse areas from cryptography to optics and, of course, enterprise software. Finley was fortunate to live in Madrid, Spain for the formative years of childhood and now has two children of his own, ages 15 and 18. Finley has been in the Atlanta area for nearly 30 years and can frequently be found with a fly rod in search of the elusive native brown trout on the Chattahoochee.

Term expires 2019 – mike.finley@fastk8.org

Keith Louer has over 15 years experience in Business Development, Marketing, and Corporate Strategy in the healthcare and medical device field. Currently, Keith serves in a Business Development Role for Edwards Life Sciences, a global leader in medical innovations for structural heart disease located in Irvine, California. In this role, Keith consults with local and regional healthcare systems, defining both short-term and long-term strategies focused on growth and profitability. Additionally, this role has allowed him to work on special projects in Japan, Germany, Thailand and Vietnam. Keith has an undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and recently received an Executive MBA from Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. He has also completed Executive Education programs at Harvard Business School and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Keith resides in Johns Creek, GA with his wife Beth, son, Jack a 2nd grader and daughter, Ella, a kindergartener both at FAST.

Term expires 2020 – keith.louer@fastk8.org

Edgard Nieves has over 30 year of Technology Consulting, Product Management and Systems Architecture experience for major companies such as FedEx, Bank of America, Bass Hotels, Nations Bank and for government agencies such as NASA and the IRS.  He worked for Sun Microsystems, Price Waterhouse and Booz Allen & Hamilton. For the Past 15 years he owned and operated Sassy South  (a wholesale fashion jewelry company) and provided consulting services to his retail customers. He has a  Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with majors in Accounting and Information System from the University of Puerto Rico and a Master of Science in Informations Systems from DePaul University in Chicago.

Term expires 2020 – edgard.nieves@fastk8.org

Joseph Akpan is a Finance professional at IBM, where he currently works within Business Development and is responsible for leading M&A Pricing/Integration for Software products and services. Previous experiences at IBM includes leading World Wide Software Pricing for Financial Markets, Customer engagements and Watson. Before joining IBM, Joseph was a Web Developer within the Educational Technology Group at Liberty Science Center (LSC), an interactive science museum and learning center in Jersey City; where, he led efforts in building the center’s platform for delivering web-based  programs to support science exhibits and educational outreach programs for K-12. Prior to LSC, Joseph was a chemist at International Specialty Products (Ashland Chemicals), where he did research and development on skin and haircare products. Joseph holds a BSc in Applied Chemistry from NJIT (New Jersey Institute of Technology) and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. He lives in Alpharetta with his wife and three children.

Term expires 2020 – Joseph.akpan@fastk8.org  

Mahnaz Charania is a Research Psychologist who has spent her career applying data analytics, research, and evaluation to implement evidence-based practices to improve organizational impact. She is the founding Executive Director of the Rozhar Education Collaborative, an organization committed to strategically using data to improve learner outcomes. In her work, she partners with K-12 education organizations who are in need of strategic data support and planning to improve the impact of their programs. Her projects have included using learning science to inform the selection and use of education technology in classrooms, teacher coaching and training programs, informing foundation funding priorities, and ensuring that schools and districts measure what matters to support 21st century learners. Prior to this, Mahnaz was the Director of Strategic Planning, Research and Evaluation at Fulton County Schools, a charter system of schools serving over 96,000 students in Atlanta, GA. Her expertise in strategic evaluations and planning enabled the district to understand and appreciate bright spots in innovative practices and efforts towards evolving personalized learning into business as usual.

She channels her work through the firm belief that an ecosystem of diverse thinkers within the same realm can attain powerful solutions to pressing problems – and is a strong advocate for creating equitable learning and teaching environments. Civically, she serves on the Research Advisory Board for Digital Promise and served on the National Aga Khan Education Board, overseeing the quality of curriculum and instruction of educational programs across the nation. Mahnaz graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in experimental social psychology, and earned her PhD in Experimental Social Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Term expires 2020 – mahnaz.charania@fastk8.org