The board of the Evansdale Education Foundation, according to its bylaws can be as few as 3 and as many as 21 members. Some members serve as chairs of committees, while other members are considered “at large members” and contribute their time serving on multiple committees, stepping up to volunteer for tasks as needed, or simply learning the ropes.
The foundation board usually meets once a month. However, during “crunch” times, such as our Spring Fundraiser event, board nominations period, or during the hectic time when the school receives its staffing information for an upcoming school year, the board might meet 2 or more times a month. Likewise, particular committees sometimes meet more often when working towards a deadline or goal.
All Evansdale Education Foundation members welcome input, comments, and suggestions about how we can better work with you to achieve our mission.
Are you interested in serving the Evansdale Education Foundation as a board member or volunteer? Please fill out the attached Foundation Interest Form . The board nominations process usually kicks off in early spring, so please contact us if you are interested in serving on the board. Volunteers are welcome any time!
Serena Vinter joined the Evansdale Education Foundation Board at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year and began her two-year term as President in the 2018-2019 school year. She and her husband, Ed, moved to the Evansdale community in 2013 in large part because of the school’s reputation. They are excited to send their twin 7-year olds off to second grade this fall.
Serena graduated from Davidson College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and later earned a Master of Health Science from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She moved to Atlanta in 2010 to take a job with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she currently works in the Center for Global Health. She is excited to bring her skills in partnership development, strategic planning, collaboration and communication to the Evansdale Foundation. Outside of work she enjoys exploring the parks and museums of Atlanta with her kids, hiking in Western North Carolina with her family, and walking her two dogs around the Evansdale neighborhood.
Amy René, LCSW has 25 years of social work experience in the Metro Atlanta area. She is a native Georgian. She lives in North Atlanta with her husband, Ray René of ten years, and 7 year old daughter, Elza. Elza has been a student at Evansdale Elementary School for 4 years. The René Family moved to the community because of the wonderful reputation of the public schools. The success of the French Immersion and STEM programs are critical to the community. Amy graduated from The University of Georgia in 1993 and 2004 with a Bachelor of Social Work degree and Masters of Social Work degree. She began her career in child welfare with the Division of Family and Children Services. She worked at DFCS until 2004 when she went to work for Hillside, Inc., one of the oldest non-profits in Atlanta. Hillside provides an array of mental health and social services to children and their families. She has worked there for 14 years and was recently promoted to be the Vice President of Clinical Programs where she is part of the Executive Team.
Audra Rojek works as a consultant in Transportation Planning in the Atlanta Region. She moved here from her native Boise, Idaho, to be with her husband, Joel, twelve years ago. The two have two daughters, Clara and Brynn, both of whom attend Evansdale Elementary. Audra holds a Masters of Public Administration from Boise State University and a Masters of Arts in English from University of Idaho. She also serves on the Board of the Atlanta Chapter of Women's Transportation Seminar.
April McCarthy has been working in education for eighteen years, fifteen of which have been in the DeKalb County School District. She came to Atlanta from Gainesville, FL with her family in 2005 and began working at Coralwood School and Diagnostic Center as a special education teacher. After working at Coralwood for 10 years, Mrs. McCarthy moved to Briar Vista Elementary School as the assistant principal from 2015 - 2019. During the 19-20 school year, Mrs. McCarthy served as the assistant principal at Pleasantdale Elementary while they prepared for a big move to a new building. In July of 2020, Mrs. McCarthy was named the proud principal of Evansdale Elementary school! She is so excited to be part of this dynamic and diverse community!
Eden Clark is the teacher-librarian at Evansdale. During her twenty-five-year career in education, she has served as a teacher-librarian on the elementary and middle school levels, an instructional technology specialist at an elementary school, an ELA, drama, and gifted teacher on the middle and high school levels, and a coordinator at the district level. Eden enjoys playing with her two dogs, reading, gardening, and working on home improvement projects with her husband.
Becky Klatt was born and raised in Lima, Peru. She graduated as a physician in Lima and then went to obtain her Bachelor and Masters of Science degree in Nursing in Georgia. She has worked 5 years in women’s health, and over past 3 years she has been serving as an oncologist nurse practitioner. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching movies, cooking, baking and gardening. She is married and has two children.
Christina Robinson joined the Foundation Board during the 2019-2020 school year. She and her husband have a first grader at Evansdale and two younger children. The Robinsons love the community feel of Evansdale. Christina graduated from Washington & Lee University with a major in Economics and a certificate in Environmental Studies. She earned her law degree from University of Georgia and practiced corporate litigation until the birth of her second child. Currently, she works part-time in marketing. Christina enjoys backpacking, swimming, and foraging with her family.
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