There are rules and regulations that apply to the board members of not-for-profit organizations. There are ideas that board members can provide access to generous donations of money and goods. There are “high profile” people who can get attention for your name by lending their own.
But then there is the reality that it takes more than rules, money, and publicity to make a school great. In deciding who should be on our board, we have looked for people who are eager to actively contribute to the education of kids with specific needs, needs perhaps not currently being met in the metro Atlanta educational community. The folks who have joined us as board members all bring a set of skills and a unique perspective to our endeavor. We are so happy to have them along for this tremendous journey.
As a founding parent, I am a board member. I like to think that my legal education has been helpful in navigating the process of incorporating and creating a workable structure for The Cloverleaf School. I now work in healthcare, which has led us to focus on continuity of care and appropriate placement assistance. I also bring a good bit of passion, as I watch my son learn at a rate and in a way I’d never thought possible.
Mark Ledden is also a founding parent board member. His Ph.D. in English made him a talented wordsmith, but his powerful analytic abilities are central to The Cloverleaf School’s vision and its very existence. Moreover, his work at Kenning Associates has honed his knowledge of the fundamentals of strategy, marketing, operations, and organizational transformation.
Julie Smith, known as Chief Webmaster and IT guru within The Cloverleaf School, brings a wealth of IT knowledge, as well as the perspective that springs from mothering a child with ADHD, Dyslexia and a Mood Disorder. Her theatre experience has also given her the ability tackle problems with innovation and creativity
Toral Fadia, M.D., is a practicing psychiatrist, currently serving as Medical Director for the Northside Hospital’s Behavioral Health Services. She is board-certified in both general psychiatry as well as child and adolescent psychiatry. She holds a medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine and a B.S. from the University of Florida. Her passion for early childhood development and child advocacy drew her to The Cloverleaf School, its staff, and its students.
We also have a board position dedicated to teacher representation, and our teaching staff are encouraged to attend board meetings, as they are the ones doing the teaching, after all!
Together, we believe we are doing something worthwhile.