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  • Council On Innovation 2015

    DISRUPTIVE CURIOSITY

What is the Council On Innovation?

The Council on Innovation comprises about 20 members -- experts and visionaries in entrepreneurship, education, business, and community leadership. Called together as a league of advisors, the Council provides insights and inspiration to Mount Vernon Presbyterian School and the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation. The Council serves as a major spoke of Mount Vernon’s efforts to lead in practitioner research and design for K-12 education. As a school of inquiry, innovation, and impact, Mount Vernon believes inviting such perspective and partnership enhances the School’s capacity to develop learners who engage real-life challenges and contribute as strong citizen leaders in a complex and rapidly changing world. The Council, inaugurated in 2013, focuses annually on a specific topic or theme -- this year’s theme is Disruptive Curiosity.

2015-2016 Council Members

We believe that if you change perspective, you will never see the world the same way again. So, we annually invite industry and civic leaders to Mount Vernon to co-vision with us the future of learning.

The Council serves as a major influencer of Mount Vernon’s efforts to lead in research and design for transformational K-12 education. COI is an event where visionaries in entrepreneurship, education, business, and community leadership come together as a league of advisors to provide insights and inspiration to MVPS and MVIFI. As a school of inquiry, innovation, and impact, Mount Vernon believes inviting such perspective and partnership enhances the School’s capacity to develop learners who engage real-life challenges and contribute as strong citizen leaders in a complex and rapidly changing world.

Member Biographies
Todd House

President, Fleetcor

Todd House

Emily Soelberg

Executive Director - Strategy, AT&T

Emily Soelberg

Wayne Li

Oliver Professor of Practice of Design and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Wayne Li

Charisse	Williams

Charisse M. Williams Consulting

Charisse Williams

Hank Klibanoff

James M. Cox Jr. Professor of Journalism, Emory University

Hank Klibanoff

Jeannie Tarkenton

Founder & CEO, FundingU

Jeannie Tarkenton

Carl Insel

Area Executive, First Citizens Bank

Carl Insel

Andrea Darweesh

Chief Human Resource Officer, The Weather Company

Andrea Darweesh

Patty Tucker

Ex VP Edelman, Edelman

Patty Tucker

Jeff Garrison

Partner, S.J. Collins Enterprises

Jeff Garrison

Gabriel Sterling

Sandy Springs Councilman

Gabriel Sterling

Russell Dalba

President & CEO, Quick-Med, Inc dba, ExamOne

Russell Dalba

Stuart Sherrill

President, SteelFab, Inc.

Stuart Sherrill

Mallard Holliday

Vice President of Public Affairs, Cox Communications

Mallard Holliday

Carlos Herrera

Chief Economist, Coca-Cola

Carlos Herrera

Hetal Gordon

Global Client Lead, Google

Hetal Gordon

Kappy deButts

Executive Director, Zeist Foundation

Kappy deButts

Kevin Brown

President & CEO, Piedmont Healthcare

Kevin Brown

Jeff Mills

Vice President of Finance, Enterprise Holdings

Jeff Mills

2014 Council Members

Lisa Ford - Author and speaker
Anthony Tuggle - Vice President for Consumer Marketing, AT&T
Stan Deans - President of Central Region, UPS
Brent Reid - President and CEO, Winter Construction
Jennifer Hale - Vice President Talent Development, Assurant Specialty Property
Michelle Dobbins - CFO/CCO, Masters Capital Management
Randy Geoghagan - Founder and Owner, Tracepoint Consulting
Amanda Schab - Director of Global Communications and Media Relations, The Coca-Cola Company
Tom Mallory - President, Acadia Associates, Inc.
Jim Collins - Director, Talent Acquisition and Strategy-Services, Ultimate Software
Stephen Schoen - President and CEO, Schoen Insulation Services, Inc.
Darren Short - Head of Southeast Institutional Equity Sales, RBC Capital Markets
Renay Blumenthal - President, Grady Health Foundation
Deborah Von Kutzleben - SVP Group Account Director, BBDO Atlanta
Laura Flusche, Ph.D. - Executive Director, Museum of Design Atlanta
Rusty Paul - Mayor of Sandy Springs
Brent Herd - Industry Director Telco, Travel & B2B Twitter
Jackie Yeaney - EVP, Strategy & Marketing, RedHat
Charisse Williams - Director of Advancement and Advocacy, The Woodruff Arts Center
Randy Latimer - VP of Marketing, United Way of Atlanta
Terrance L. Dixon - Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management, Morehouse College
Carl Streck - Co-founder of Mountainseed

2013 Council Members

Amir Farokhi - Chief Operating Officer, College Advising Corps.
Laura Dames - Senior Vice President of Business Operations, Turner Entertainment Networks
Eric Levitan - Chief Operating Officer, Sintecmedia Inc
Doug Kruep - Founder, Lift / Retail Marketing Technology
James Calleroz White - Head of School, Louisville Collegiate School
Ellen Dalton - Chief Marketing Officer & Executive Vice President, Medecision
Larry Drake - Chief Executive, LEADership
Russell Kohl - President/CEO, Freud America, Inc.
Drew Clayton - Co-op Student, Winder Construction
Julie Seitz - Director, Workplace 2020, The Coca-Cola Company
Beth Friese - Library Media Specialist, Gwinnett County Public School
Laura Flusche, Ph.D. - Executive Director, Museum of Design Atlanta
Monica Mirro - Vice President of Sales, Spanx Inc.
Michele Molden - Executive Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer, Piedmont Healthcare
Jeff Hilimire - President and Chief Digital Officer, Engauge and Dragon Army
Russell Todd - IT Solutions Architect, North Point Ministries
Tiffany Hendryx - Senior Strategist, Crane Metamarketing
Scott Sanchez - Vice President of Innovation, First Data