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High Meadows School

Address
1055 Willeo Road
Roswell, Georgia 30075

Contact Info
770.993.2940
info@highmeadows.org

School Hours
Monday – Friday
8:25 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Lisa Baker

Head of School & Camp

Lisa Baker joins High Meadows as the Head of School & Camp starting with the 2020-21 school year. As Head of School & Camp, Lisa will lead planning and programming, community building, financial management, attracting and developing faculty and staff, stewardship of our campus, and carrying out our mission.

Lisa joins us after serving as Head of Upper School at Bancroft School in Worchester, Mass where she was a visionary and charismatic leader. Recently she co-chaired on the Strategic Planning Team and launched the Social Justice and Equity Task Force. Additionally, she has collaborated closely with the Board. Baker began her career in education as a middle school teacher and coach and did the practicum for her counseling degree in a middle school setting. She began her path to educational leadership as the Camp Director at Camp Greenway at The Madeira School in McLean, Va.

“When we embarked on the journey to find a new head of school and camp, we asked the High Meadows community for input about the kind of leader we were looking for, and the feedback we received was very thoughtful and consistent,” says Javier Estrella, chair of the head of school search committee and board chair of the High Meadows Board of Trustees. “Lisa Baker is an experienced independent school leader who identifies as an educator and celebrates childhood and child-centered learning, both highly-regarded values of High Meadows. We believe she embodies our values and are confident she will lead our faculty, staff, and entire school and camp community to a bright future.”

 

 

 

 

The governing body of High Meadows School is the board of trustees. The board is a self-perpetuating group of volunteer parents, past parents, alumni, grandparents, and friends, all committed to setting the course for the school’s long-term success.

The board identifies and studies issues that will impact the school’s future. Through standing committees as well as strategic task forces, it focuses on governance and mission-centered areas of interest. Stewardship of High Meadows’ resources is a primary duty of the board, not the daily function of the school.

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Javier Estrella, Chair

Theresa Robison, Secretary

Amy Jewett, Vice Chair

Chris Rogers, Member At Large

Lisa Baker, Head of School & Camp

Geoff Knapp, Treasurer

Lisa Tilt, Member At Large

MEMBERS

Joe Crowley

Katie Johnson

Erica Davis

Mital Patel

Audrey Hines

Kate Pearson

Jody Holden*

Mark Sedgley

*Denotes Lifetime Trustee

BOARD BIOS

Javier Estrella - Chair

Javier Estrella

Javier Estrella serves as the Chair of the Board for High Meadows School & Camp. His family has been a part of the High Meadows community for the past five years. Isabel is in 5th grade and Ariana is in 3rd grade. Before becoming Chair of the Board, Javier was Co-chair of the Head of School & Camp Search Committee.

Javier is a facilitator, consultant, and coach with a passion for helping individuals and organizations achieve their full potential. He is a Continuous Improvement Director at Enpro. Prior to joining Enpro, he was an independent consultant after spending a decade at McKinsey & Company.

Javier was born and raised in Puerto Rico and holds a Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering and a Master’s in Operations Research from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He lives with his family in Marietta.

Amy Jewett - Vice Chair

Amy JewettAmy Jewett currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Board and a member of the Executive Committee. She is also Chair of the COVID-19 Task Force and a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Her family has been a part of the High Meadows community since 2004. Her 3 daughters are High Meadows School alumni, who attended from preschool through 8th grade.

Amy is an Epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and since 2009 has worked in Viral Hepatitis, Global Migration and Quarantine, Injury Prevention, and Reproductive Health. Prior to joining the CDC, Amy was a social worker, commercial real estate appraiser, and owned and operated a reproductive clinic.

Amy currently lives in Roswell and is a Georgia native. She has bachelor’s degrees in social work and biology, and a master’s degree in public health from Georgia State University.

Geoff Knapp - Treasurer

Geoff KnappGeoff Knapp currently serves as the Treasurer of the Board and a member of the Board of Trustees Executive and Finance committees. His family has been a part of the High Meadows community for eight years. He has one child entering 5th grade and another entering 10th grade. Geoff is the General Manager of the Payments Division at 2checkout where he has worked for the past three years. Prior to joining the company in 2017, Geoff spent 14 years in various positions with Fiserv.

Geoff grew up near Ft. Lauderdale, FL and graduated from Florida State University. He also has an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. Geoff and his family currently reside in Roswell.

Theresa Robison- Secretary

Theresa Robison

Theresa Robison serves on the Executive Committee and as the Secretary for the Board of Trustees. Her family is embarking on their sixth year as part of the High Meadows community, with children in pre-k, 3rd grade, and 5th grade. Theresa is currently the Security Officer at InVision App, where she leads Information Security, Compliance, and Risk. Prior to joining InVision App, Theresa served as the Security Officer at Liaison Technologies, where she ran the security team for five years, and assisted in acquisition planning, due diligence, and transition planning post acquisition of the company.

Theresa graduated from Virginia Tech with BS and MS degrees in Computer Engineering, with an emphasis on networks and network security. Additionally, Theresa is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Professional (HCISPP). She resides in Sandy Springs with her husband and children.

Chris Rogers - Member at Large

Chris RogersChris Rogers currently serves on the Executive Committee and as Chairman of the Advancement Committee at High Meadows School. His family has been an active part of the High Meadows community for the last six years. His children Hayden and Grace, are entering the 7th and the 5th grades this upcoming school year. Chris serves as the Vice Chairman of a large family run business, Rogers Electric. He also serves as President of John Rogers Renovations leading their marketing and operations divisions.

Chris grew up in the Atlanta area, attending high school at Greater Atlanta Christian School in Norcross, then attending Auburn University, graduating with a degree in Finance. He also holds an MBA from the University of Georgia. Chris and his wife Jennifer, and their children Hayden and Grace currently live in Roswell, GA.

Lisa Tilt - Member at Large

Lisa TiltLisa Tilt is past Board chair and currently serves on the Executive Committee and Committee on Trustees. She is a High Meadows camp alum with a younger brother and sister who attended both school and camp. She rejoined the High Meadows community in 2011 with her husband Mike and two daughters.

Lisa is CEO of Full Tilt Consulting, a marketing communications firm she founded in 2006. She also sits on the boards of Public Relations Society of America (Georgia chapter) and Georgia Ensemble Theatre. Lisa is an Atlanta native and graduated from Florida State University. She and her family currently reside in Historic Roswell.

Lisa Baker - Head of School & Camp

Lisa BakerLisa Baker joins High Meadows as the Head of School & Camp starting with the 2020-21 school year. As Head of School & Camp, Lisa will lead planning and programming, community building, financial management, attracting and developing faculty and staff, stewardship of our campus, and carrying out our mission.

Lisa joins us after serving as Head of Upper School at Bancroft School in Worchester, Mass where she was a visionary and charismatic leader. Recently she co-chaired on the Strategic Planning Team and launched the Social Justice and Equity Task Force. Additionally, she has collaborated closely with the Board. Baker began her career in education as a middle school teacher and coach and did the practicum for her counseling degree in a middle school setting. She began her path to educational leadership as the Camp Director at Camp Greenway at The Madeira School in McLean, Va.

Joe Crowley

Joe CrowleyJoe Crowley currently serves as a Trustee on the Board of Trustees. The Crowley-Mack family joined the High Meadows community in 2019 when they relocated back home to Sandy Springs from Hong Kong. Joe and his husband Phil have one daughter who is in 2nd grade. Joe is the Global Head of Learning and Head of HR for the Atlanta Innovation Hub at BlackRock where he’s worked for over 12 years. In this capacity, Joe leads the Learning team, with responsibilities for the strategy, governance, and execution of the BlackRock Academies, Instructional Design, and Professional Development for the firm. As Head of HR for the Atlanta iHub, Joe is responsible for embedding BlackRock’s culture and driving the firm’s talent and diversity agenda.

Joe grew up in Sandy Springs and earned BA degrees in Economics and Fine Arts from Vanderbilt University.

Erica Davis

Erica DavisErica Davis currently serves in her 6th year as a member of the Board of Trustee. She has 2 children who enjoy both High Meadows School & Camp. They are entering the 4th and 6th grades for the 2021-22 school year. Erica is a content strategist at Epsilon, and has worked in digital marketing and strategy for 20 years. Her husband, Luke, works in Finance and during their COVID-19 quarantine, they became really dorky and tried to teach their kids pivot tables in excel. (It unfortunately didn’t catch.)

In her spare time, she likes to coach soccer and basketball through the Roswell Recreational leagues. She is an avid reader, and has been known to run a fantastic book fair for the school to benefit the library and the overall love of reading for the children. She grew up in Kentucky (GO CATS!) and graduated from Miami University (in Ohio).

Audrey Hines

Audrey HinesAudrey Hines serves as Co-chair of the HMS Board’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee. In 2004, Audrey formed Dillard Hines & Associates, a human resources and DEI consulting business. Prior to forming Dillard Hines & Associates, Audrey was a Corporate HR professional with experience as a strategic member of the management leadership team. Her strong business background was developed through line and staff positions in various industries: consumer packaged goods, banking, economic research, and medical diagnostic imaging. Some of the companies are Mars, Incorporated, PepsiCo, Picker International (now Siemens), and the American Bankers Association. This experience provides a solid foundation for Audrey’s success as a management consultant, facilitator/trainer and management coach.

Audrey became associated with High Meadows as a DEI consultant in 2018. She received a BS degree from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia and an MBA from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. She and her husband, Ernie live in Roswell, GA.

Jody Holden

Jody Holden is a member of the original four who incorporated High Meadows Camp and School in 1973. She was responsible for the establishment of a preschool and kindergarten which, over time, grew to include the primary and early elementary years of school. She continued in that position until 1993 when the school was sold to a Non-profit board of parents and friends. In 2001, Jody began thirteen years of teaching with the City Schools of Decatur and is now retired.

Jody completed undergraduate work at Duke University and a Master of Education at Georgia State University.

Katie Johnson

Katie Johnson is the mom of a High Meadows Day Camper. Katie currently serves as a Senior Consultant for The Redwoods Group. In this role, she provides risk management services and guidance for youth serving organizations such as YMCAs, Camps, Boys & Girls Clubs, and Jewish Community Centers. Prior to joining Redwoods 4 years ago, Katie worked at the American Camp Association for 8 years. Before this, Katie worked at resident and day camps as a director throughout Washington, Oregon, and California.

Katie grew up in Oregon and has a heart for the outdoors, youth development, and keeping kids and families safe in organized settings. She has a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego and a M.S. from Aurora University. Katie lives in East Cobb with her family and a houseful of pets.

Mital Patel

Mital Patel was born and raised in Mississippi. She went to Louisiana State University for her bachelor of science, then moved to Chicago to complete her doctorate in optometry from Illinois College of Optometry. She moved to Atlanta where she finished a residency program in ocular disease. Mital bought her first practice in 2012 and has grown to 3 different locations. Being an entrepreneur has kept Mital on her feet and always learning and growing from new challenges.

Mital currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. Her family has been a part of High Meadows since 2018. Her son is in second grade and her daughter is in kindergarten. She enjoys outdoor yoga, riding on her Peloton, traveling, and hiking with their dog (named ODi a goldendoodle). Her favorite guilty pleasure is chocolate chip cookies and ice cream. Mital and her husband enjoy the High Meadows approach to learning and the loving atmosphere.

Kate Pearson

Kate PearsonKate Pearson is a member of the Board of Trustees and she currently serves on the COVID-19 Task Force. Her family has been part of the High Meadows community for four years, with son Andrew (6) entering first grade and daughter Eleanor (3) joining High Meadows in pre-k this year. Kate is a Health Policy Analyst at the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she gets to help Congress understand the importance of public health. She has served in various leadership roles on CDC’s COVID-19 Emergency Response since January 2020.

Kate is an avid distance runner, Disney fanatic, and beer drinker. She’s happiest when these three things are combined and would be happy to talk to you at length about any of them. She loves to spend time with her family and to explore new places. Kate holds a Masters Degree in International Development from the University of Denver and Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Berry College. She resides in Alpharetta with her husband Ben, their children, and four cats.

Mark Sedgley

Mark SedgleyMark Sedgley is serving his 6th (that’s 35 in High Meadow Board years) year as a member of the High Meadows Board of Trustees. The Sedgley family has been part of the High Meadows community for the last 9 years. All three of Mark and Dorota’s children attend High Meadows. Jake (8th), Ashton (6th), and Kaia (1st). Mark and Dorota have been together since high school and are committed (read as raving) fans of the High Meadows School.

In his free time, Mark is the Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) of Personify. Personify is a mission management software designed to empower mission-based organizations to thrive through refreshing technology and a heart for service. Obligatory note about Mark’s education: He attended Wake Forest where he double majored in English and East Asian Studies and graduated with honors in 3.5 years. Yep, you guessed it, he has done absolutely nothing with his major since.

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Lisa Baker

Head of School & Camp

Chad Brinker

Associate Camp Director

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Ginger Brusa

HR Coordinator

James Cox

Safety & Facilities Manager

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Darlene Coyne

Co-Nurse

John Dovic

Director of Camp & After School Programs

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Michelle Epstein

Educational Administrative Assistant

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Deanna Fetsch

Co-Nurse

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Bill Hamby

Facilities

Gracie Hansen

Barnyard Assistant

Consuela Harris

Consuela Harris

Front Office Manager

Lori Kennedy

Lower Years Principal

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Russell Knudsen

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Angela Lockard

Associate Director of Development & Communication

Laura Nicholson

Director of Enrollment & Advancement

Matt Nuttall

Middle Years & Connections Principal

Michael Rhodes

Director of Technology

Roslyn Terrell

Business Manager

Anne Verville

Controller

Peggy Volrath

Enrollment & Database Manager

Danielle Wright

Director of Equity, Justice & PYP/MY’s Theatre Arts Teacher

Our faculty inspire, guide, and mentor students every day. We have 50 teachers at High Meadows School, 70% of whom hold a master’s or other advanced degree. Their commitment to exceptional academic preparation and individualized learning through engagement and connection is unparalleled. Every one of them models lifelong learning for students, frequently collaborating with colleagues on project-based initiatives to enrich our teaching methods.

Our unique teaching model places two lead teachers in most classes from pre-k through fifth grade. Our Middle Years teachers are subject matter experts who teach specific courses to sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. Small class sizes allow students to develop relationships with a consistent group of teachers throughout these three pivotal learning years.

High Meadows’ commitment to professional development for faculty touches on many areas of learning and education, often focused on studying different viewpoints and techniques to enhance our current programming. These experienced educators are regularly recognized at the national level for innovations in instruction and exceptional student outcomes.

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