Board of Directors

Board Members

Mr. Redman is the Chief Operating Officer at OneGoal, which is a growing organization focused on making college graduation possible for all students in our nation. From 2009-14, Mr. Redman served as Vice President of Strategy and External Affairs at Teach For America in Chicago. He worked for Deloitte Consulting from 2005-2009 in the Washington and London offices, focusing on business strategy and performance management.  Mr. Redman graduated as an honors scholar from Auburn University with a BS in business, and holds masters degrees from the University of Texas and the University of Cambridge. He lives in the Virginia Highlands with his wife and two daughters. 

Ms. Young is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice at Rock Springs. She specializes in supporting parents--particularly mothers--navigate the challenges & stress of parenting, while remaining grounded & caring for themselves. She also helps adults, adolescents and children struggling with difficult life transitions, depression, anxiety, trauma and behavior issues. Ms. Young takes a holistic approach to healing, integrating body, mind and spirit to promote health and well-being. She earned her master’s in Social Work from U.C. Berkley and has as worked in child-welfare and advocacy for ten years.

Mr. Nelson currently serves as a Finance Manager at The Coca-Cola Company, with forecasting and budget management responsibilities for Coke's business with CVS Health. Mr. Nelson has been with The Coca-Cola Company since 2011, first joining the company's audit department.  Prior to joining Coke, Mr. Nelson spent three years at Ernst & Young in the Atlanta office, working in the audit practice from 2008 - 2011.  Mr. Nelson received his bachelor's degree from Morehouse College, with a degree in business administration, concentrating in accounting.  He also received a Masters in Accounting from Wake Forest University.

Ms. Barksdale is the Chief of Staff to the CEO at Teach for America. She has over a decade of experience in education and non-profit management, including leading Teach for America’s national strategy team and managing the organization’s growth strategy and development efforts. Ms. Barksdale also has experience leading and advising on talent management efforts in schools and school districts. She previously worked in Morgan Stanley’s Public Finance Investment Banking group based out of New York and received her undergraduate degree from Duke University. Ms. Barksdale is a proud resident of Southwest Atlanta.

Ms. Cagle is founding team member and Associate Partner at Promise54. She has over 12 years of experience in education and talent work.  Before helping found Promise54, Ms. Cagle worked as an Associate Partner on the Talent Advising Team at Bellwether Education Partners. Prior to her work as a consultant, she was a Vice President with Teach For America’s recruitment team where she led the organization’s teacher recruitment function in the South, supported the communications and marketing strategy for the national team, and led all communications and processes related to the restructure of a 200 person team. Over her tenure there, the organization saw significant growth in the diversity of its teaching corps. Her work also included a focus on adult learning and leadership development, training and supports for new managers and establishing culturally conscious hiring practices.  Earlier in her career, Ms. Cagle worked as a middle school teacher in rural North Carolina.  Rebecca holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Yale University and lives in midtown Atlanta with her husband and son. 

Ms. Grovell is the Chief Communications & Engagement Officer at the Integral Group. In her role as CCEO, Ms. Grovell has responsibility for Integral’s Employee Engagement, Human Resources, Communications, Marketing, and Public Relations departments. Prior to joining Integral, Ms. Grovell founded her own consulting firm, The Customer Experience Unleashed!. Her consulting firm focuses on helping companies, nonprofit organization, government entities, and schools improve their internal and external customer experience. In addition, Ms. Grovell has over 20 years of experience working in Fortune 500 companies including Walmart, BellSouth, and Pulte Homes. Ms. Grovell received her undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University, and has a masters degree from the George Washington University in Higher Educational Administration & Organizational Development.

Mr. Lasher is currently the Vice President of Real Estate & Development at Hyatt Hotels Corporation, covering all development activity for the Hyatt Place & Hyatt House brands in the Southeast region. Prior to this position, Brett spent time in various roles in the Feasibility, Development Finance, and Real Estate Strategy functional areas of Hyatt. Before "catching the hotel bug", he worked as a management consultant with Bain & Company in a number of their offices across the globe.

Ms. Reid is a finance professional with over 15 years of experience.  She is a certified public accountant and currently serves as Manager of Financial Analysis for CNN's digital portfolio.  Her business expertise and knack for connecting with people has afforded her the opportunity to work across the organization both domestically and internationally within Asia, Europe and South America.  She is a native of Atlanta with a heart for service.  In conjunction with serving The Kindezi Schools, she is active with the National Association of Black Accountants, the Atlanta Suburban Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and attends Word of Faith in Austell, Georgia.

Ms. Taylor is a Partner at Bain & Company, where she is a leader in the firm’s retail practice.  Ms. Taylor has over ten years of management consulting experience with Bain. She co-leads the firm’s K-12 education pro bono efforts in the Atlanta office and holds leadership positions in recruiting, diversity, and mentorship. Ms. Taylor received an undergraduate engineering degree from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Harvard Business School. 

Mr. Wadley retired from a successful advertising career at firms including ClickMedia, Monetizeit and Media Whiz to volunteer his services to identify and promote successful educators with proven strategies teaching the inner city youth of Atlanta. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Music Project, one of Kindezi's studio partners.

Board Meeting Schedule

Date Location Address
July 20, 2017 Kindezi Old Fourth Ward 386 Pine St. NE Atlanta, GA 30308
September 21, 2017 Bethune Elementary 220 Northside Dr NW Atlanta, GA 30314
December 13, 2017 Gideons Elementary 897 Welch St SW Atlanta, GA 30310
January 29, 2018 Bethune Elementary 220 Northside Dr NW Atlanta, GA 30314
March 15, 2018 Kindezi West 286 Wilson Mill Rd SW Atlanta, GA 30331
May 17, 2018 Kindezi Old Fourth Ward 386 Pine St. NE Atlanta, GA 30308

Board Meetings begin at 6:30 pm with staff presentations, with the board business items starting at 7:00 pm. Meetings end at 9:00 pm. Please see the agenda in advance of each meeting, which is posted in the "Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes" section of this page.

Board Meeting Participation Policy

All Board meetings are open to the public.

Time is set aside at each regularly scheduled meeting to provide stakeholders the opportunity to address the Board. The public comment period is designed to gain input from the public and not for immediate responses by the Board to the public comments presented.
Individuals who wish to address the governing board at a Board meeting will be required to sign up in advance of the meeting by emailing the Executive Director (deanleeper[at] and the Board Chair (aredman[at] at least 24 hours in advance.

  • Speakers should be courteous and professional. The presiding Board officer may terminate public comments that are profane, vulgar, or defamatory.
  • Speakers will be heard in the order in which they emailed in their request to speak.
  • Speakers have three minutes each and must stop speaking promptly when signaled.
  • The board reserves the right to cap the public comment period to the first seven individuals who sign up.
  • Speakers may not address confidential student or personnel matters, but may submit such concerns to the Board in writing.
  • Board members will not respond to the comments during the meeting.  If follow-up is necessary, the appropriate staff or a representative of the Board will follow-up in a timely manner via email, letter, or telephone.

Grievance Policy

Parents, individuals, and Kindezi staff who have a grievance that they would like to present to the Board of Directors are requested to follow the Kindezi Grievance Policy.

Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Board meeting agendas and minutes are kept in public Dropbox folders. You do not need a Dropbox account to view the folders or contents -- simply press the "X" when it prompts you to login with an account.




The FY18 budget was adopted on May 18, 2017. You can view the FY18 budget here.

The Kindezi Schools will hold two public meetings to present the FY19 Budget. These meetings will occur on April 25, 2018 at 6:30 pm and May 17, 2018 at 6:30 pm at 386 Pine St. NE Atlanta, GA 30308 in the Media Center.