E-SPLOST Advisory Committee
OverviewIn June 2012, DeKalb County School District invited members of the public to volunteer their services for a 12-member Citizen’s SPLOST Oversight Committee. The SPLOST Oversight Committee members have a wealth of experience in accounting, architecture, auditing, construction, engineering, finance, K-12 education, legal, planning, project management and/or real estate.
Meeting Agendas and Minutes2017 Meetings
- 10-25-2017 | 6:00pm | agenda | minutes
- 09-27-2017 | 6:00pm | agenda | minutes
- 08-23-2017 | 6:00pm | agenda | minutes
- 06-28-2017 | 6:00pm | agenda | minutes
- 05-31-2017 | 6:00pm | agenda | minutes
- 04-26-2017 | 6:00pm | agenda | Meeting Cancelled
- 03-22-2017 | 6:00pm | agenda | minutes
- 01-25-2017 | 6:00pm | agenda | minutes
- 12-14-2016 | 6:00pm | agenda | Minutes
- 10-26-2016 | 6:00pm | agenda | Minutes
- 09-28-2016 | 6:00pm | agenda | Minutes
- 08-31-2016 | 6:00pm | agenda | Minutes
- 07-28-2016 | 6:00pm | agenda | Minutes
- 06-23-2016 | 6:00pm | agenda | Minutes
- 04-28-2016 | 6:00pm | agenda | Minutes
- 02-25-2016 | 6:00pm | agenda | Minutes
- 01-28-2016 | 6:00pm | agenda | Minutes
- 11-19-2015 | 6:00pm | agenda | Minutes
- 10-22-2015 | 6:00pm | agenda | Minutes
- 09-24-2015 | 6:00pm | agenda | Minutes
- 08-27-2015 | 6:00pm | agenda | Minutes
- 07-23-2015 | 6:00pm | agenda | Minutes
- 05-28-2015 | 6:00pm | agenda | Minutes
- 04-23-2015 | 6:00pm | agenda | Minutes
- 03-26-2015 | 6:00pm | agenda | Minutes
- 02-12-2015 | 6:00pm | agenda | Minutes
- 01-15-2015 | 6:00pm | agenda | Minutes
- 12-11-2014 | 6:00pm | agenda | Minutes
- 11-13-2014 | 6:00pm | agenda | Minutes
- 10-11-2014 | 6:00pm |
- 10-09-2014 | 6:00pm | agenda | Minutes
- 09-11-2014 | 6:00pm | agenda | Minutes
- 08-28-2014 | 6:00pm | agenda | minutes
- 07-24-2014 | 6:00pm | agenda | Minutes
- 06-26-2014 | 6:00pm | agenda | minutes
- 05-22-2014 | 6:00pm | agenda | minutes
- 04-24-2014 | 6:00pm | agenda | minutes
- 03-27-2014 | 6:00pm | agenda | minutes
- 02-27-2014 | 6:00pm | agenda | minutes
- 01-23-2014 | 6:00pm | agenda | minutes
- 12-19-2013 | 6:00pm | agenda | minutes
- 11-21-2013 | 6:00pm | agenda | minutes
- 10-24-2013 | 6:00pm | agenda | minutes
- 09-19-2013 | 6:00pm | agenda | minutes
- 07-18-2013 | 6:00pm | agenda | minutes
- 06-08-2013 | 10:00am | agenda | minutes
- 05-09-2013 | 6:00pm | agenda | minutes
- 03-14-2013 | 6:00pm | agenda | minutes
- 02-21-2013 | 6:00pm | minutes
- 02-21-2013 | 6:00pm
Cathy Blakeney | Vice-Chair
Cathy Blakeney has been a resident of Stone Mountain and DeKalb County since 1995. Ms. Blakeney graduated high school in Prince George’s County Maryland and is an alumnus of North Carolina Central University in Durham North Carolina earning a Bachelor’s of Arts in Business Administration concentration in Finance. She also earned a Master’s of Arts Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.
Ms. Blakeney is employed by the State of Georgia as a Business Analyst. She has two children, one a graduate of Stephenson High School and the other a current junior at Stephenson High School. She has extensive experience in finance, accounting, project management and business administration. She holds and has held several leadership roles within community. Ms. Blakeney is looking forward to being an active member of the oversight committee and making another effective contribution to the community, with special focus on the education of the children in DeKalb County.
Ms. Blakeney’s neighborhood is in the Stephenson High School Cluster, Academic Region 3 and Board District 6.
A resident of DeKalb County since 1994, Nwandi Lawson is the mother of two daughters, one of whom is a student at DeKalb School of the Arts. She has a degree in broadcast journalism from Howard University and an MBA from Emory University. Upon graduating magna cum laude from Howard University, Nwandi spent a year teaching eighth- grade literature, U.S. History and language arts in East Palo Alto, California before accepting a position at CNN in Atlanta.
Ms. Lawson is an entrepreneur who has experience hosting, writing and producing for commercial and public broadcasters, including Cable News Network (CNN), Turner Broadcasting System (TBS), Public Broadcasting Atlanta (WPBA), Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB), WABE radio and WCLK radio. After founding Rêve Productions in 1999, Nwandi has spent over a decade coordinating and guiding production teams for many political and business television programs. Nwandi, also, assists organizations to elevate their communications strategies through her consulting company The Virtues Collective.
Ms. Lawson has been elected to serve two terms on the Board of Governors for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS)-Southeast. She was a 2004 Telly Award finalist and was awarded a 2002 Sigma Delta Chi/Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Award for television deadline reporting. In 2000, the Coalition for a Healthy & Responsible Georgia (CHARGE) named her Television Journalist of the Year for coverage of tobacco settlement funds allocation in Georgia. She is also the recipient of a 1999 Southern Regional Emmy Award for the live production of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards. Business and Professional Women named Nwandi 2008 Georgia Woman of Achievement.
Ms. Lawson’s neighborhood is in the Towers High School Cluster, Academic Region 5.
Mr. Morrison has been a resident of DeKalb County since 2009. He is a retired military officer (U.S. Coast Guard) and former DeKalb County Police Officer. Mr. Morrison is a graduate of the Atlanta Federal Executive Board’s Leadership Program, holds a Bachelor of Science in Management (Excelsior College), and is pursuing an MBA in Project Management.
Gene Morrison is currently employed as Senior Program Specialist with the Department of Homeland Security; he performs project management, contract management, coordination and oversight for various federal programs.
Mr. Morrison enjoys reading, physical fitness, and spending time with family and friends. He believes public service is every citizen’s fundamental duty and good stewardship is our charge.
Mr. Morrison’s neighborhood is in the Lithonia High School Cluster, Academic Region 4 and Board District 7.
Deirdre Pierce has been a proud Gresham Park resident of South DeKalb County for 42 years; has been married to husband, Melvin, for 43 years; has five grown children – three of whom graduated from DeKalb County schools and ten grandchildren – one is presently attending Cedar Grove High School.
Mrs. Pierce graduated from Spelman College with a degree in English and Secondary Education. Before retiring in 2005, she was employed by Delta Air Lines, Inc. for 33 ½ years, where working with people from all walks of life, age groups and ethnicities was the norm. She also was a substitute teacher in DeKalb County schools for 13 ½ years on her off days.
Over the course of 25 years, Mrs. Pierce has been an active advocate for education and has served in many leadership and community service roles, including president of the DeKalb County Council of PTAs; the DeKalb County School System Strategic Planning Committee, Calendar Committee, Dress Policy Committee, Flexible Education Options Advisory Committee, EngageMEnt Now Committee and CTAE Committee. In August, 2012, Mrs. Pierce was recognized as a White House Champion of Change by the Obama Administration for her community advocacy efforts.
Mrs. Pierce’s neighborhood is in the Ronald E. McNair High School Cluster, Academic Region 5 and Board District 3.
Attorney Karen Pulliam has been a resident of DeKalb County since 2013. Attorney Pulliam is an alumni of Barnard College (Columbia University) in New York City earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She earned a Juris doctorate Degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Following years of activism and a special focus on the education of children, she was elected a Board member of the Gary (Indiana) Community School Corporation.
Since admission to the Georgia Bar, Attorney Pulliam has been employed as Senior Attorney / Guardian Ad Litem in the Fulton County Juvenile Court. She is looking forward to being an active member of the Advisory Committee.
Attorney Pulliam’s neighborhood is in the Lithonia High School cluster, Academic Region 4 and Board District 5.
James Redovian has lived in DeKalb County since 1977, coming here from Northern Ohio. He is a graduate of Ohio University, majoring in Business Law and Finance.
Mr. Redovian has been married to his wife Sherrill foe 50 years and they have six children, all are DeKalb County School Graduates. All have gone on to get their college degrees and are involved in successful careers. They have also produced 11 grandchildren for James and Sherrill to spoil.
Mr. Redovian is employed by Atlantic Southern Products, a wholesale distributor, which he owns and started in 1985. James has been involved for many years with the DeKalb School System in many ways and served four years as District One School Board member. James looks forward to working with this committee and bringing his experience and knowledge of his time working with the system.
Mr. Redovian’s neighborhood is in the Dunwoody Cluster, Academic Region 1 and Board District 1.
Charles Rogers is a Partner in the Atlanta office of Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP, a national law firm focused on the representation of the construction industry. Mr. Rogers’ legal representation covers all phases of construction planning, design, construction and facility operations and management. His experience in these contexts includes the resolution of project-specific disputes, as well as management of post-project operations and claim handling. He has helped clients resolve a wide range of issues through traditional litigation, claim preparation and defense, contract drafting and negotiation, and alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Rogers has also provided general consultation for construction-related matters for all building types, including high-rise office and residential towers, hotels, schools, recreational and athletic centers, auditoriums, retail developments, medical facilities, industrial plants and science labs.
He has litigated claims in all levels of municipal and state courts and within the Federal Court system, including within the U.S. District Courts of Georgia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., the Fourth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Rogers also provides consultation to facility owners related to government contract compliance, including issues raised by application of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to construction contracts and other related documents, the resolution of construction-phase issues, the interpretation of contractual responsibilities and obligations and the development of appropriate compliance programs, risk management procedures and safeguards. Mr. Rogers is a 1989 graduate of Duke University and he earned his Juris Doctorate from the Emory School of Law in 1993. He resides in DeKalb County with his wife, Christina, and their three children, the oldest two of whom attend Fernbank Elementary.
Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood is the Druid Hills High School Cluster, Academic Region 2 and Board District 2.
Guy Van Ort
Guy Van Ort is originally from Castleton-on-Hudson, NY and attended SUNY at Delhi and is a Hotel/Restaurant Management graduate of 1980. After graduation, he began a job with Marriott Hotels and proceeded a 20+ year career in hospitality, receiving promotions that awarded him working in 18 hotels and resorts. His next phase of hospitality included 8 years in sales at the Convention & Visitors Bureau at both the City of Alpharetta and Gwinnett County. After caring for his mom in NY in 2006, when Guy returned to Atlanta he chose to begin his own business as a REALTOR® and has his license with Keller Williams Realty Metro Atlanta.
Guy Van Ort has been a resident of DeKalb County since 2007. He is active in the DeKalb Association of REALTORS® as VP of Political Affairs, spearheaded the Seeing is Believing Tour of DeKalb County Schools for agents as the School Board Liaison Chair, is the Chair of TCA’ s (Tucker Civic Association) Give an Hour monthly volunteer program and has been very active in volunteering with several park projects in Tucker as well as spearheaded the beautification project at Midvale Elementary School. Guy is the recipient of DeKalb Association of REALTORS® Clark Harrison Community Service Award for 2017.
Mr. Van Ort’s neighborhood is in the Tucker High School cluster, Academic Region 2 and Board District 4.
Lisa A. Wright
Lisa A. Wright graduated Cum Laude from Rowan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration specializing in Accounting. She has over 20 years of not for profit and for profit accounting experience. Throughout her tenure, Ms. Wright has effectively contributed to accurate and responsible financial reporting for highly-notarized clients such as Herman J. Russell Sr. of H.J Russell & Company and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, GA. Currently, Ms. Wright successfully practices as a CPA with her own accounting and business advisory firm, L.A Wright and Associates, LLC., while simultaneously serving as Treasurer for Georgia Production Partnership – managing potential and actual tax incentives that help to promote the film and television industry in Georgia.
Ms. Wright has been a resident of Lithonia, GA since 1999 and has proactively engaged in many local organizations during her residency.