Our Leadership

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Board of Directors

Dr. Ashanti Johnson, CEO

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Dr. Ashanti Johnson is the Chief Executive Officer and Superintendent of Cirrus Academy Charter School.  She is founder of the Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success Professional Development and Mentoring Institute (MS PHD’S PDMI) and STEM Human Resource Development, Inc. (STEM HRD, Inc.). Immediately prior to joining the Cirrus Academy Charter School leadership team, Dr. Johnson was Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Recruitment and an Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Texas at Arlington (UT Arlington). She brings to her position at Cirrus Academy Charter School more than 15 years of collective experience and expertise gained while serving as a faculty member at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Savannah State University, UT Arlington, University of Michigan, and the University of South Florida (USF), as well as 8 years of non-profit leadership experience acquired as the former Executive Director of the Institute for Broadening Participation.

Dr. Johnson received her B.S. in Marine Science (1993) and her Ph.D. (1999) in Oceanography from Texas A&M University. Her areas of research include: 1) professional development of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students and early career professionals, 2) STEM diversity-focused initiatives and 3) environmental aquatic radiogeochemistry.  Her radiogeochemistry research activities focus on the utilization of various biogeochemical indicators to interpret past events that have impacted the marine, estuarine and freshwater environments in the Arctic, as well as in coastal and inland regions of Texas, Georgia, Florida and Puerto Rico.  Her STEM professional development and diversity-focused activities facilitate the advancement of students representing diverse socioeconomic, cultural, gender, racial and academic backgrounds. She is the Director of the NASA and NSF-funded MS PHD’S in Earth System Science Professional Development Initiative, originally launched in 2003 at the National Academy of Science.  She served as PI and Director of the NSF-funded Infrastructure for Broadening Participation in STEM Project, UT Arlington LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Graduate Fellowship Program, the NASA-funded NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative Broker-Facilitator for Predominately White Institutions and Predominately Black Institutions, as well as the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Minority Ph.D. Program, the LSAMP BD Graduate Fellowship Program and Co-Director of an NSF-funded GK-12 Graduate Fellowship Program at USF and Coordinator of an NSF Alliance for Graduate Education to the Professoriate (AGEP) Program at Georgia Tech. Among her board service includes the National Academies Gulf Research Advisory Group, the NSF Advisory Committee on Environmental Research and Education, AGU Committee on Education and Human Resources and Subcommittee on Diversity, and the Savannah River Environmental Sciences Field Station Advisory Board.

She is well published in both scientific and education journals and has received numerous honors and awards, including a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring at the White House, recognition by TheGrio.com, an NBC product, as one of 100 History Makers in The Making and profiled in the Black Enterprise Magazine March 2011 Issue’s “Women In STEM” Feature Story. In 2016 Dr. Johnson was for the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC) EICnetwork.tv Science Engineering & Technology Channel’s “Women and Girls at the Intersection of Innovation and Opportunity: A Webcast Series on Harnessing the New Career Potential of STEM + Arts”, a Nobody In Particular podcast entitled “Swimming with the Sharks”, and a Sigma Xi: Scientific Research Society Google Hangout session on engaging more African Americans in STEM.  She was also featured in one of four 2016 Black History Month celebration segments on Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends show.

Dr. Gail Fowler, Principal

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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.

Michael Jordan

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Michael D. Jordan obtained his license as a Certified Public Accountant from the Georgia State Board of Accountancy in 2004. Michael founded Rising Star Consulting Services in 2003 to assist individuals and small business with their tax planning, preparation, and resolution needs and Jordan Capital Asset Management LLC in 2013 to provide comprehensive financial planning services to his clients.

Michael obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Auburn University in 1996 and his Master of Science Degree in Management Information Systems with a concentration in Accounting from Georgia College and State University in 2002.  Michael currently serves on the following Boards: GA College Alumni Board, GA College Foundation Board, Macon Area Habitat for Humanity, and Cirrus Education Group.

Ashley Harper

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Ashley R. Harper is a Student Finance Specialist at Virginia College. Mrs. Harper enjoys inspiring others and helping them to improve their educational economic awareness. Her primary objectives as a Student Finance Specialist is to educate students regarding their student loan repayment options and most importantly, to assist students in developing a strategic plan to journey on a successful path to loan repayment.

Mrs. Harper is committed to serving her family and community. Some of her many roles include: a panelist for United Way of Central Georgia Community Investment since 2016, the owner of Virtuous Woman Jewelry, the Business Manager of Seeds of Life Counseling Agency, LLC., and a Sunday School teacher at her church, Kingdom Life Inc.

Mrs. Harper is a native of Macon, GA where she resides with her wonderful husband Darius, and their two handsome sons, Christian & Jeremiah.