Governing Board

Scott Boze – FAST Board Vice Chair, Member of Academic Committee – is an experienced corporate strategy professional. He is currently the SVP, Transformation at KIK Customer Products, a private equity-owned consumer products company.  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. He has also held positions at The Coca-Cola Company and CSM Bakery Solutions. 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 middle school-aged children who attend The Westminster Schools.

Term expires June 30, 2023 –

Joseph Akpan – FAST Board Chairman – 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 include 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 hair care 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 June 30, 2023 –  

Jenevieve Goss -Academic Committee Chair –grew up in Lewiston NY, a town on the Niagara River outside of Buffalo, New York. She attended college in Buffalo and earned her Bachelor’s in Art Education from Buffalo State College in 2003. She went on to earn her master’s in Education from The State University of New York at Buffalo in 2005 and her Doctorate in Curriculum Instruction and the Science of Learning from The State University of New York at Buffalo in 2018. She served as a tenured art teacher at Springville Griffith Schools in Springville, New York, and then left to pursue her doctorate degree full time. She also served as a graduate assistant for a nationally-funded science grant that helped bring new technologies to science teachers in underperforming city schools in Buffalo. She is passionate about art integration and her dissertation “Black Market Teaching: The Fusing of Art Integration and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in an Urban ELA classroom. She is currently working at Georgia State as a supervisor of student teachers guiding them through the EdTPA process. Jenevieve and her family recently moved to Georgia when her husband was offered a professorship at Kennesaw State. Jenevieve is an avid cook as well as a ceramic artist and a painter and is currently working on two book proposals one for the academic world and a children’s book.

Term expires June 30, 2023 –

Yvonne Lampkin Fowlkes – FAST Board Secretary – (a FAST grandparent) has extensive experience as an educator, corporate manager, and entrepreneur. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Auburn University, a master’s degree in Guidance and Rehabilitation Counseling from Georgia State University, and a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Sarasota. In addition, she completed a certification program in Career Exploration from the University of Georgia. Yvonne’s academic background includes: high school math teacher (Atlanta Public Schools); elementary, middle and high school counselor (DeKalb County Schools); teacher, career counselor, and Minority Affairs Coordinator (Clayton State College).  In the corporate arena, Yvonne has held positions as an engineer, cost analyst, and trainer (Southern Bell) and marketing staff manager (AT&T). She left the corporate world to start a residential maid service franchise business. Years later, she co-partnered with her daughters to open two franchised restaurants.

After re-joining the educational world and earning a doctorate, Yvonne secured a position as an adjunct professor, teaching MBA and doctoral students at Argosy University. In conjunction with that job, she served as an associate faculty member in the School of Psychology at Ashford University.

Yvonne served for 3 years on the DeKalb Schools SPLOST Advisory Committee and has been active in several community organizations and non-profit boards. Her primary interests include school improvement, neighborhood preservation, crime prevention, and economic
empowerment. She lives in Alpharetta, GA.

Term expires June 30, 2023 –

Brian Fitzpatrick is a technology executive and two-time entrepreneur who resides in Roswell with his wife Anne and their two young boys. His career evolved from software development to ultimately leading a product line for CDC Software (now Aptean).  Utilizing those skills, Brian started his first software company, Identitystream, in 2008.  This company enabled banks to extend their services to underserved markets within Africa and Asia. After serving as co-founder and chief technology officer, the company was acquired to become a new product line within HID Global. Brian currently serves as President and co-founder of Listen360, a software company based in Alpharetta that provides valuable customer insights to over 30,000 businesses worldwide.

Brian believes the environment at FAST promotes success and will enable children to thrive in a world driven by science and technology. As a board member, he can draw on his past experience to help in the growth and future success of the school.

Brian holds a BS in computer science from Southern Polytechnic State University.

Term expires June 30, 2022 –

David MacNair – Member Committee- serves as Director of Laboratory Development in the Woodruff School and manages Junior and Senior level laboratories in Mechanical Engineering. He develops innovative laboratory experiences based on lessons learned from the maker movement and real-world industrial challenges and is building an “ecosystem” of academic laboratory equipment and curriculum resources which allows universities to collaborate on the development and execution of effective undergraduate laboratory experiences.

Dr. MacNair joined the Woodruff School in 2015 after working for the Georgia Tech Research Institute, and as an Educational Consultant for Enable Training and Consulting and National Instruments before that. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering in 2008 and his Ph.D. in Robotics in 2013, both from Georgia Tech.

Term expires June 30, 2023 –

Karen Doty- Member Committee-  currently serves as a consultant with Learning Sciences International where she primarily works with leadership and teaching professionals aimed at school improvement. Prior to consulting, she served over 30 years in public schools and higher education as a teacher/instructor, school leader, and administrator primarily in south Georgia. She was a teacher in a laboratory school, for Georgia Southern University, for 10 years and conducted research collaboratively with professors as well.  As an administrator, she served at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.  She has collaboratively written and was awarded four competitive grants aimed at professional development and literacy and math growth during her tenure as principal.

She earned her Masters and Doctoral Education degrees at Georgia Southern University (Middle Grades Education, Curriculum Studies, and Educational Leadership) and Bachelor’s degree at the University of Kentucky (Special and Elementary Education). She also became a National Board Certified Teacher in 1994 and has worked closely with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

She has lived in Roswell since 2016 and her two grown sons live in Atlanta and Savannah.

Term expires June 30, 2023 –