Governing Board

David MacNair – FAST Board Chairman –

  Dr. MacNair 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, 2024 –

Desiree Andrews Vice Chair FAST Board

Desiree Andrews is an established healthcare leader with multimillion-dollar strategic, operational, and cultural transformation experience in the public and private sectors. With over two decades of experience in management consulting, productivity, healthcare operations and care delivery administration, market intelligence, and strategic planning, she has a proven track record of success. Her leadership at Kaiser Permanente reflects her dedication to enhancing consumer experience. Desiree is committed to making a positive impact on education by leveraging her professional skill set and board experience with Solidarity Sandy Springs and various community partnerships throughout Metro and Greater Atlanta. Her scientific foundation and analytical mindset provide a strong basis for her continuous improvement efforts and problem-solving approach.

In addition to holding a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Texas at San Antonio, she is certified as a Lean Six Sigma practitioner. Her extensive experience in managing complex operations, coupled with her strategic thinking and analytical skills, contribute to effective decision-making and the implementation of initiatives that benefit FAST students, families, and staff. 

Desiree lives in Sandy Springs with her husband and their two sons who attend FAST. 

Term expires June 30, 2026 –

Steve Jones – FAST Board Secretary – is an experienced business leader. He is currently the CEO and President of SJJ Advisory Services which provides Strategic and Operational expertise to Private Equity Firms as well as portfolio company leadership teams across industries in North America and Europe. Prior to this role, Steve was the CEO of Brill which is a leader in the manufacturing of Icings and Bakery products with over $650MM in revenues and over 3,000 employees across the United States. Steve spent a dozen years with The Coca- Cola Company and also held positions with General Electric and Lockheed Martin where he worked as an Engineer in the Aerospace Industry. Steve also worked for Bain & Company. Steve has degrees in Electrical Engineering and History from Duke University, a Masters in Engineering from Virginia Tech and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He lives in Milton, GA with his wife and six children – four of whom have graduated from local public schools, and two who are currently attending public schools. One of his children is an elementary school teacher at a local public school.

Term expires June 30, 2026 –

Al Stanley  FAST Board Finance Committee -is currently Chief Technology Officer for JPMorgan Chase, Correspondent Lending Division.  He has over 20 years of global experience serving in a variety of Business Operations, Information Technology, and Information Security positions including Chief Operating Officer, Chief Technical Executive, and Chief Information Officer for Fortune 500 and mid-market companies.

Al has served on boards of several business and technology associations and non-profit organizations, including Innosale Consulting, Holistic Information Security Practitioner Institute, the Society for Information Management, NPower CIO Council, The International Center, American Pianist Association, and Opera Carolina.  He holds a degree in Management Information Systems from California State University, Sacramento.

Al lives in Alpharetta with his wife and their daughter who attends FAST.

Term expires June 30, 2026 –

Tara Colon FAST Board Member – With over 17 years in the telecom business, Tara has hands-on experience in national marketing/promotions, product strategy and portfolio management. Currently, she serves as the Assistant Vice President overseeing all mobile products for AT&T and Cricket and is accountable for all device manufacturers’ relationships. Prior to her current role, Tara led the product launch execution and marketing strategy for video, broadband, and wireless, as well as support for National Retailers and Care.  Tara oversaw promotions, AT&T’s messaging strategy, and field marketing efforts.

A native of Kentucky, Tara is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and received her MBA from Lindenwood University. She currently resides in Alpharetta, Georgia, with her husband Alex, and their two sons with attend FAST.

Term expires June 30, 2026

Paras Shah – FAST Board Member -Paras Shah is an experienced business leader with over 15 years of marketing & sales experience across a wide range of consumer-facing industries. He is currently the Director of Digital Marketing for Georgia Pacific’s Consumer Brands business. Paras began his career at Procter & Gamble, where he worked in marketing for various well-known household brands in the Beauty Care & Home Care business units across North America & globally. He has also held positions in brand management, eCommerce & digital marketing at Yum! Brands, Benchmark Brands, and INVISTA. Paras holds a BBA in Management Information Systems and Business Honors as well as an MBA in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Alpharetta, GA, with his wife and two kids, who attend FAST.

Term expires June 30, 2026