Our Board

DeKalb PATH Academy Governing Board

2016-2017 School Year

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 decision
  • Financial decision
  • 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
Veronica Linder Community Member Secretary
 Andrea Arroyo  Community  Member
Mark Zamora Community Member
Chester Wojna Community Member


Below is the biography for each board member:

Board Chair – Mark Miles

Mark Miles is a Marketing Director at The Coca-Cola Company, leading their growing coffee business in the USA.  Over his career, he has developed and implemented strategic marketing plans resulting in new businesses and products.   He enjoys working to over come obstacles and solve problems that provide a positive outcome for all.   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.

Contact: boardchair@pathacademy.org


Vice 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.

Contact: gwilliams@pathacademy.org


Treasurer – 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.

Contact: jpatin@pathacademy.org


Secretary– Veronica Linder

Veronica Linder is currently a software trainer at a major healthcare organization in Atlanta Georgia.  In that role she trains new and returning employees on organizational leadership, software use and the company’s mission and culture.  Veronica is also the PTO president of PATH.  She has organized successful fundraisers for the school.  She is also on the Board of Directors at Community Christian Ministries, where she serves as Director of Women’s Ministries and Services.  Veronica is the mother of three children, Andrew, Christopher and Lauren.

Contact: vlinder@pathacademy.org

 Board 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.

Contact: mzamora@pathacademy.org

Board Member – Chester Wojna

Contact: cwojna@pathacademy.org

Board Member – Andrea Arroyo

Contact: aarroyo@pathacademy.org


Upcoming Board Meetings

Our next Board will be April 19th.  All board meetings take place in PATH’s @ 6:30pm.  The public is welcome to attend.

  • August 17, 2016
  • September 14, 2016
  • October 12, 2016
  • November 12, 2016
  • January 11, 2017
  • February 11, 2017
  • March 16, 2017
  • April 19, 2017
    • Budget Hearing May 2nd – 4pm in the Cafetorium
    • Budget Hearing May 9th – 6:30pm in the Cafetorium
  • May 17, 2017
  • June 20, 2017

Meeting Minutes

Summary Of Actions

PATH Academy 2.1.17. Summary of Actions Taken

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

Meeting Agendas