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Meeting Minutes January 2017- Present

Summary Of Actions

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PATH Academy 3.16.17 Summary of Action Taken

PATH Academy 4.19.17 Summary of Actions Taken

PATH Academy 5.17.17 Summary of Action Taken

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Our Board

DeKalb PATH Academy Governing Board

DeKalb PATH Academy INC. is governed by a nonprofit governing board. The governing board consists of members of the local community representing a diversity of expertise including legal, business, non-profits, financial, accounting, and education. The board also consists of a variety of stakeholders, including parents, teachers, and the community.

The governing board of DeKalb PATH Academy has the autonomy in making decisions on behalf of the school in the following matters including but not limited to:

  • Personnel decisions
  • Financial decisions
  • Curriculum and instruction
  • Resource allocation
  • Establishing and monitoring the achievement of school improvement goals
  • School operation

With the above autonomy, the governing board is subject to the control and management of the DeKalb County Board of Education and is subject to the provisions of O.C.G.A. §§ 50-14-1 et seq. and 50-18-70 et seq.

The role of the DeKalb PATH Academy governing board is to provide supervision, control, and direction to the management of DeKalb PATH Academy. The board’s functions include setting policies; advancing the mission, purpose, and objectives of the PATH Academy; and supervising the disbursement of funds. The board is responsible for the hiring, supervision, and evaluation of the CEO.

The governing board’s duties include assuring that the school has adequate resources to fulfill its mission; monitoring the financial health of the school by approving the annual budget and reviewing monthly financial statements; assuring that the CEO has the moral and professional support needed to effectively manage and lead the school to success; serving as liaison between the school and the community; championing the school’s mission; and measuring the performance of the school in relation to its charter goals and objectives.

The board is composed of 9 members representing various fields of expertise, including legal, finance, accounting, business, and education. The board at all times consists of two parent representatives and one faculty representative. Below is a list of the current board members:


Mark Miles Community Member Chair
Ginger Williams Community Member Vice Chair
Joseph Patin Community Member Treasurer & Finance Chair
Andrea Arroyo  Community Member   Member
Mark Zamora Community Member Member & Governance Chair
Crystal Felix-Clarke Board Member De Facto Member
Laura Toro Community Member Member
Acelis Castro  Parent Member Member
Nadra Hopkins  Parent Member Member
Eric Johnson  Community Member  Member


Below is the biography for each board member:

IMG_4656smBoard Chair – Mark Miles

Brand Director,  The Coca-Cola Company.   Mark has held various roles at Coca-Cola in finance, marketing, strategy and product innovation.  He has built very successful businesses for Coca-Cola in the tea and coffee categories including the launch of Gold Peak Brewed Tea and Coffee and most recently launching the Dunkin’ Donuts RTD Coffee business.  During his time away from work, Mark spends time with his wife and two daughters and at PATH Academy where he has been a board member for several years.

Mark obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration, Major Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), non-active license.

Board Position & Tenure: Board Chair, 2013 to present



IMG_4641smVice Chair – Ginger Williams

Ginger Williams is a life-long educator.  Having taught for over 30 years, she retired from Oglethorpe University, where she was Director of Field Experiences and Student Teaching and taught Foundations of American Education and The Student Teaching Seminar.  Additionally, she taught pre-K through fourth grades in public and private schools, including a wide range of diverse students. She was educated in DeKalb County Schools and earned a B.S. in Education (K-8) from GA Southern University and an M. Ed. (Prek-5) from Mercer University, Atlanta.

Board Position & Tenure: Vice Chair, 2009 to present



JOE SMTreasurer – Joseph P. Patin II

Joseph is a Senior Director of Tax at Georgia Pacific LLC, where he focuses on federal & international income tax planning & compliance.  Previously he was the State Tax Counsel responsible for state and local income & franchise tax compliance and planning for the GE Energy business.  Joseph has over 20 years of experience in the tax field as he also practiced state and local tax accounting at the firm of KPMG LLP.

Joseph obtained a B.S. in accounting from Syracuse University and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.  Joseph is a registered CPA in Georgia and Massachusetts and is admitted to the bar in Massachusetts.

Board Position & Tenure: Finance Chair, 2013 to present



IMG_4647smBoard Member – Mark Zamora

Mark Zamora is the son of Cuban born immigrants who fled Castro’s Cuba in the early 1960’s. Mark is an attorney living in Atlanta with his wife and family. Originally from Florida, he has lived in Georgia for 17 years. Mark has been a leader since college. He was named the University of Florida’s Outstanding Male Graduate in 1984. He served as the leader of a Florida alumni association starting in 1995. Professionally and from a civic standpoint he is a leader. He worked to form the Hispanic American Business Association in Jacksonville, FL. He was nominated and selected to Leadership Jacksonville in 1996.

Upon moving to Georgia in 1997, Mark has served as a Board Member for the Southern Trial Lawyers Association (STLA). The STLA is a 500 member lawyer association covering 13 states. For more than ten years he has served on its Board, and Mark is currently that group’s Treasurer.  He has been named as one of America’s Top 100 Litigators by the National Trial Lawyers Association. Mark has spoken at more than fifteen law seminars in the past eighteen months, and he is in high demand as a speaker.

Mark devotes many hours to his community. He formed the Athletic Association at Our Lady of the Assumption (OLA) Parish, where he created the first ever soccer program.  Under his leadership, sports at OLA have grown from 275 participants in 2010, to nearly 800 in 2013-2014. He is involved in the Knights of Columbus, and volunteers at a local high school.  Through his efforts, OLA became the first parish to join the Georgia Soccer Association, the sport’s governing body in the state.

Mark first volunteered at PATH by improving the field conditions at the school. He was asked to serve on the Board, and served as the Board Chair for 2.5 years. He also volunteers by coaching one of the school’s soccer teams.

Board Position & Tenure: Member & Governance Chair, 2012 to present



IMG_4642smBoard Member – Andrea Arroyo

Director of New Site Development and Community Engagement for Citizens of the World Charter Schools, a national network of diverse-by-design public charter schools.   She has over 15 years experience as a manager, strategist, and advocate in the nonprofit and economic development sectors.  Andrea was born and raised in Coachella, California a largely rural and agricultural based community comprised of predominately Mexican immigrants and multigenerational Mexican Americans. It was her experience as a first generation college student that led her to dedicate her personal and professional time to public education and community development.

Board Position & Tenure:  Board Member, 2016 to present


IMG_4650smBoard Member–Eric Johnson

In 1998, Eric formed Comprehensive Program Services, with the vision for the firm being to provide a level of client service that exceeds the industry standard. Through his career, Eric has been responsible for over $3 Billion worth of Building Programs.  Eric is extremely involved in multiple local government and civic organizations, including the Vice Chairman for the Sandy Springs Board of Appeals, Interfaith Outreach Home Board Member, Chamblee Comprehensive Planning Committee, Citizens for a Safer Douglas County, Cobb County Judicial Advisory Board and the Metro Bank Board of Directors (Founding Member).

Board Position & Tenure: Board Member, 2017 to present


IMG_4653smBoard Member – Crystal Moníque Félix-Clarke

Crystal Moníque Félix-Clarke join the PATH Family as CEO and Principal of Dekalb PATH Academy in August 2016.  She serves as a defacto, non-voting member of the PATH Academy Board.  Crystal was born and raised in Inwood Heights, New York City.  She began her career as an educator in 2003, when she became a bilingual dual language teacher in NYC.  In 2005, Crystal graduated from CUNY at City College with a degree in Bilingual Education.  In 2007, she graduated from the New York City Leadership Academy with a degree in Educational Leadership and opened a new school: The Washington Heights Academy PS 366.  She moved to Georgia with her family in 2012 and joined the division of Strategy & Innovation at Fulton County schools in 2013 before joining PATH in 2016.  Crystal is also a certified Gallup Strengths Coach.  Crystal is passionate about her family, social justice in education and coaching both adults and children towards developing their talents into extraordinary strengths.

Board Position & Tenure:  De Facto Board Member, 2016 to present


IMG_4638smalltinyBoard Member – Nadra Hopkins


Board Position & Tenure:  Parent Board Member, 2017 to present




IMG_4629smalltinyBoard Member – Laura Toro

As of August 2017, Laura is practicing in the area of Real Estate Law, conducting residential real estate closings in English and Spanish. Beforehand, she practiced Immigration Law at a non-profit for 3 years; managed a leadership program focused on the Hispanic community at another non-profit for 2 years, while conducting travel real estate closings. Now that I am in a private, for-profit, practice, I want to remain involved in my community by doing what I can support the furtherance of immigrants in our society.

Board Position & Tenure:  Board Member, 2017 to present


IMG_4634smBoard Member – Aceli Zenil


Board Position & Tenure:  Parent Board Member, 2017 to present





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