Our Leadership

To contact Cirrus Academy Charter School’s Governing Board, please email: [email protected]

or call at 478.250.1376. Please allow 24 business hours for responses.

Board of Directors

Dr. Gail Fowler, CEO/Superintendent

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Dr. Gail Fowler is a woman of impeccable integrity and indomitable patience. She is one of God’s anointed speakers with a message of inspiration, hope and deliverance. Her calling extends beyond the podium. Long recognized as a powerful teacher and educator, with a gift for working with the poor and underprivileged, Dr. Fowler’s purpose in life is to answer the calling that God has placed on her life by serving others.

Dr. Fowler comes to us from a committed background of ensuring that youth are provided an appropriate, meaningful and rewarding education. Her professional experiences cover a multitude of activities and she has received numerous honors reflective of her hard work and dedication to the betterment of mankind.

Dr. Fowler has received various honors and has been involved in an awesome sum of community activities–recipient of the National Association of Music Educators Award, Outstanding Leadership Award, Administrator of the Year IDEA, The Academy of Fellows Distinguished Educator’s, Graduate, Leadership Macon, Outstanding Georgia Citizen Award presented by Georgia Secretary of State, Cathy Cox, Outstanding Leadership Award in Education presented by Mayor of Macon, honored by Wesleyan College Outstanding Community Leader in Education.

Dr. Fowler was also honored by 100 Black Men of Middle Georgia for dedicated service to the Bibb County School System. On April 4, 2016, Dr. Fowler was honored by the Evangelical Ministers Alliance of Macon, Georgia and Vicinity with the Drum Major For Justice Award in Education and as a Civic Activist.

Dr. Fowler graduated from Thomas Jefferson Elder Comprehensive High School with honors at the age of 17. She continued her education at the following institutions of higher learning: Fort Valley State University (B. S. Degree Social Science), Mercer University (M. ED. Social Science), Georgia College and State University (L-5 Administration and Supervision Certification), Troy State University (ED. Specialist Degree – Administration and Supervision), Argosy University (ED. D. Degree – Educational Leadership). She is also a certified teacher Support Specialist.

Dr. Fowler has served in many leadership roles during her career: Assistance Principal, Miller Middle School, Assistant Principal, Ballard-Hudson Middle School, Principal, Ballard-Middle School and Complex Principal, Southwest Magnet High School and Law Academy. Dr. Fowler served as the Director of Georgia Military College, Sandersville Campus. She has severed as adjunct professor, Mercer University, Graduate Program in Educational Leadership, Macon Campus. Adjunct Professor, Political Science, Virginia College Macon, Campus. Presently, she serves as an educational consultant. She is the President – Elect of the Bibb Retired Educators Association. Dr. Fowler serves on the Georgia Retired Educators Association Governing Board representing Area 8 as Area Director. She is an Adjunct Supervisor for Field Study in the Tift College of Education for Mercer University.

Dr. Fowler, since retiring in 2006 has travel internationally to Germany, Mexico,
Ghana, Togo, Benin and the Ivory Coast in West Africa. Rome, Venice, Florence in Europe.

Dr. Fowler is an active member of the St. Luke Baptist Church where she sings in the Senior Choir . She currently serves as The Georgia Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia, 6th District Vice President of the Women Auxiliary, and the Assistant Coordinator of 6th District Deaconess of Georgia. Her interest include serving God, cooking, gardening, traveling, viewing old western movies and just being “Granny” to her six grandchildren.

Dr. Fowler is married and the mother of three children, and six grandchildren.

Sheldon Hart, Board President

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Sheldon Hart

Director, Middle GA Center for Academic Excellence (MGCAE) Upper Level Thinking (ULT) Program

Executive Director, S&V Education Systems, Inc.

Sheldon Hart is the Director of MGCAE’s Upper Level Thinking Program, a 10-year afterschool program serving students throughout Bibb County. He also is the Executive Director of S&V Education Systems, an educational consulting firm. Hart has over 20 years of experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and over 15 years of experience of coordinating, operating, and overseeing youth programs.

A native of Macon Georgia and alumni of THE Northeast High School, Hart received a BS in Mathematical Sciences degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a MA in Secondary Mathematics from Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California.

Hart has always had a passion for helping students realize their potential and helping them achieve their postsecondary dreams and goals. He sees Cirrus becoming the premier location for students using cutting edge technology to develop their interests in one or more of the STEAM disciplines.

In addition to the serving on Cirrus’ Governance Board, Hart is a member of Leadership Macon’s Class of 2017, the Georgia Association of Special Program Personnel (GASPP), the Southeastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (SAEOPP), and the National Council for Opportunity in Education (COE).

Albert Rogers

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Albert is a Macon native; he graduated from St Peter Clave Catholic School in 1958 and Ballard -Hudson Senior High School in 1962.Albert has an MBA in Aviation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an A B.S. in Technical Aeronautics from Tennessee State University.

He was commissioned as a 2nd Lt U.S.A.F. in 1967. He entered active duty as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer in January, 1968. He was assigned to bases in California, Vietnam, Thailand, and New Mexico. In 1973, he was assigned as Equal Opportunity and Treatment Officer, Chief of Social Actions to Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida.

Albert joined the Air Force Reserves in 1977 and was assigned to the 919th Special operations Group, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. He was promoted to Major in 1981 and assigned as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer, Air Force Logistics Command. He retired in 1988.

Albert’s work experience includes:

  • Engineer
  • International Paper Company, Panama City, Florida
  • Assistant Professor, Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Assistant Professor, Logistics Management, Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT).
  • Teacher/ Director, STARBASE ROBINS
  • Museum of Aviation, Robins Air Force Base
  • Interim Director of Education, Museum of Aviation
  • Director/Instructor, Mission Quest, Museum of Aviation.
  • Director of Education, Campus Clubs and STONE ACADEMY.

Shirlynn Kelly

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Communications Major at the University of Houston, the past 24 years I have had the awesome privilege of working with youth.  An advocate for children, my greatest accomplishment has been working to ensure all children have opportunity to achieve through education (morally and academically). Aiding in preparing them to compete in the global economy and be productive citizens within their communities.

To this end, two nonprofits were established.  In 1994 Campus Club, Inc was birthed in First Presbyterian Church, where I served as Program Director.  Many children during my 17 years of tenure came through the doors and was mentored, tutored, and loved. In August, 2010 Stone Academy, Inc was founded and I presently serve there as Program Director.

Nathan Lewis

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Nathan Lewis is President and CEO of Security Capital, an investment banking and brokerage firm.  With responsibilities that include acquisitions and strategic planning, Lewis has plays a vital role in assuring the company’s stability and continued success. Prior to acquiring Security Capital, Lewis worked at Jackson Securities under the tutelage of Maynard Jackson.  A.G. Edwards and Nestlé USA are other corporations where he developed his financial management and investment expertise.

Lewis received a BBA from the University of Georgia, an MBA from Clark Atlanta University, and he has studied Marketing and Investment Management at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

Lewis is registered with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority as a General Securities Principal, Investment Banking Representative and Qualified Research Analyst. He is Board Chair for the Middle Georgia Center for Academic Excellence, a member of National Association of Securities Professionals and The Association of Investment Management Sales Executives, as well as a board member of Zoo Atlanta.

In his spare time, the Georgia native enjoys reading, golf and spending time with his wife Nicole and son Alex.

Charlene Latrell Taylor

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Charlene Latrell Taylor is a graduate of the University of West Georgia, where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Marketing, and she also has a Technical Certificate in Early Childhood Education. She is a native of Macon and graduated from Jones County High School. For over 16 years, Charlene was the Assistant Director of Beloved Day Care Center, a large family-owned business that
served the Macon and Middle Georgia area for over 33 years. She has also served as the Administrative Director and Transportation Facilitator for The Stone Academy, Inc. Afterschool Program, where she set educational goals and standards for a STEAM-based Program. Charlene’s practical communication skills aided her in mentoring youth and gaining trust by many of those in the program. She instilled in them to be all that the Lord has gifted you to be. She was also instrumental in assisting in the implementation and set-up of the STEAM-based equipment at Cirrus Academy Charter School.

Charlene has previously served as the Executive Director of the Juanita June Foundation, where she worked in the community to help ensure that adults and children had adequate diabetic needs met. She also served on the Board of Feed the City. In that capacity, Charlene worked alongside community members and business organizations to help ensure that over 2,000 needy families per year were fed.  Along with serving on the Board, she is a Business Management Consultant for several organizations and facilitates transportation for Foster Care children.

Joe Morris III

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Joe Morris III

JOE MORRIS III is a licensed attorney and registered lobbyist with significant practical experience in law and government relations.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Bey and Associates, LLC (2020-Present)

  • Personal Injury Law

The Morris Firm (2009 – Present)

Public affairs team

  • Local Government relations consultant in local Governments for clients/former clients:
    • Clear Channel Airports, Comcast, Weston Solutions, The Law Firm of Berstein Litovitz Berger & Grossmann, OUTFRONT Media,
  • Served as Campaign manger for Committee to Elect Aaron Watson for Atlanta City Council Post At Large (2009)

Attorney/Legal Advisor

  • Advisor to Small Business Owners with clients/former clients:
    • Security Capital, Preston CPA, and The Bowtie Club of Atlanta
  • Pro bono Representation of Minors in delinquency actions in Fulton, Dekalb and Clayton Juvenile Court

Ahmann, Inc (2008)

Senior Associate

  • Member of tax referendum coalition to amend Tax Allocation District law
  • Project manager for Atlanta Committee for Progress (ACP); Projects included:
    • Beltline
    • Brand Atlanta Marketing Campaign
    • Atlanta Streetcar

City of Atlanta, Mayor’s Office (2002 -2007)

Shirley Franklin, Deputy Chief of Staff (2006 – 2008) & Special Assistant to the Mayor (2002 – 2005)

  • Senior Staff and Cabinet Member for The Franklin Administration
  • Designed Political Strategies for Mayor Shirley Franklin
  • Contact for Federal, State and Local leaders in government, civil, community and religious organizations
  • Member of the Atlanta delegation to Trinidad and Tobago for Delta Airlines Inaugural Flight
  • Manager of the $15 million annual Telecommunications franchise department.
  • Interim Director for the newly created Office of Constituent Services
    • Created office Performance metrics
    • Created rules for interface with city departments
  • Chair of the administration process for the creation and development of the Citizens Review Board
  • Managing Member of the City of Atlanta the annexation team for West Cascade Neighborhood

City Court of Atlanta Public Defender’s Office (1998-2002)

Senior Assistant Public Defender (1998 – 2000) & Assistant Public Defender (2001)

  • Served in the inaugural year of the Office
  • Represented indigent clients and their interest in the city court of Atlanta
  • Performed jury and bench trials, motions hearing and other court proceedings
  • Helped clients understand the legal process and gain an appreciation of their charges
  • Assisted clients in finding programs for alcohol and substance abuse as well as housing and literacy programs

COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE

Community Concerns, Inc., Board Member (2014 – Present)

An organization with a holistic approach to fight homelessness

 

Literacy to Legacy (2010)

I AM AN ANTI-BULLY Public Awareness Program

  • Designed programs to address how students safely report bullying and harassment.
  • Spoke at rallies regarding bullying and its negative effect on students

Year Up (2008 – 2009)

  • Founding Member of Year Up Atlanta Leadership Council
  • Served as a mentor to Year Up students
  • Raised awareness on issues concerning the opportunity divide

Fulton Missionary Baptist Church (2003-2005)

  • Associate Minister
  • Arranged seminars and counseled teens and young adults on issues including teenage sex and pregnancy, drug abuse, teenage suicide and bullying

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) (7/2010)

  • Bozeman, Montana
  • Enviropreneur Institute Fellow

Harvard JFK School of Government (5/2008)

  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Executive Education Certificate in Mastering Negotiations

North Carolina Central University, School of Law (5/1996)

  • Durham, North Carolina
  • Jurist Doctor

Morehouse College (5/1993)

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Bachelor of Arts: Banking & Finance

Tosin Olagunju

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Tosin Olagunju grew up in Macon, Georgia and graduated from Central High School. With a passion for entrepreneurship and technology, Tosin received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Managerial Science from Georgia State University.
During his time at GSU, Tosin was very involved in the tech and entrepreneurship  ecosystem. He co-founded a few businesses, including Atris Repair, a mobile hardware repair company that serves college students with affordable and convenient repair services. Currently, Tosin works as an Account Manager at Google Cloud.
Tosin is grateful to his mentors for their support as he continues to grow his career. He  believes in lifting as he climbs and is excited to work with the Board. He plans on collaborating to find opportunities to engage  youth in entrepreneurship, civic engagement, and the tech industry  with his work with the Board.