BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors is the paramount decision making body of Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts and is responsible for overall governance and helping to sustain the mission, vision, and charter of the School. The Board consists of four (4) officers and a maximum of up to twenty-four (24) directors.
The work of the Board of Directors focuses on five areas as outlined in the PHSSA strategic plan:
The PHSSA Board of Directors is looking for volunteers to help our board committees continue delivering efficient guidance and support to the school. These committees play an essential role in establishing connections to the at-large community while also handling some of the business delegated from the main Board of Directors to help fulfill the PHSSA mission.
Board committee meetings are once a month and are scheduled based on the availability of committee members. Below you will find the primary functions and responsibilities of each committee.
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Ozie Bradford, Director
Term: January 2016-2019
Biography coming soon.
Cezar Carvalhaes, Secretary
Term: April 2016-2019
Cezar is passionate about educational equity and joins PHSSA with the intent of helping create a better future for Richmond and as well as the state of Virginia. Upon graduating from Western Michigan University’s Lee Honors College with a BA in Anthropology and Philosophy, he embarked with Teach for America to teach in some of our nation’s highest needs schools. After teaching summer school Chemistry in Atlanta, Cezar spent two years teaching Chemistry at an independent charter school in inner-city Memphis, before moving to a KIPP charter middle school where he taught language arts. Upon moving to Richmond two years ago, Cezar spends his days at Armstrong High school where he works as a Communities In Schools site coordinator working to connect students to support services and enrichment programs. He also serves as Armstrong’s head wrestling coach.
Eva Colen, Director
Term: April 2016-2019
A native Virginian, Eva believes that great schools change everything. Eva is currently completing an Education Advocacy Fellowship with 50CAN (The 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now). After graduating from Columbia University, Eva joined Teach For America. She taught high school English in Philadelphia while earning her Master’s Degree in Urban Education from the University of Pennsylvania. After leaving the classroom, Eva joined Teach For America's national recruitment team, eventually returning to Virginia to oversee recruitment at colleges and universities across the Commonwealth. She has lived in Richmond since 2010.
Eva is an alumna of Leadership for Educational Equity’s Public Leadership Fellowship and ChamberRVA’s RVA Leadership Lab. She is a member of YWCA Richmond’s Young Women’s Leadership Alliance, the Urban League of Greater Richmond Young Professionals, the Board of Directors of Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts, and the Leadership Metro Richmond Class of 2017.
Ashley Colgate, Director
Term: January 2016-2019
Ashley is a passionate educator and resident of the Woodland Heights neighborhood. With her education background and ties to the community, she was drawn to PHSSA due to the many unique aspects the charter offers to the students and families of Richmond. In her current position, she teaches 7th grade math, sponsors National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), and leads several committees within the school building. Colgate received her BA in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. After relocating to Virginia, she earned an endorsement in middle school math and continued her education by taking courses at Longwood University focused on proportional reasoning and student-centered math instruction. Colgate is a candidate to receive her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Richmond in May 2016.
Tiffany Ford, Director
Term: June 2016-2019
Tiffany Ford is the Director of Procurement and Contract Administration at Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA). She oversees all aspects of strategic procurement planning, vendor management and contract management. Prior to her current position at RRHA, Ford was the Compliance Director at Richmond Ambulance Authority. She is an avid advocate for educational and housing equity. Ford earned a dual JD/MPA degree from University of Richmond School of Law and Virginia Commonwealth University.
Audrey Jackson, Director
Term: June 2016-2019
Audrey is a vice president in the MWCAdvocacy group specializing in grassroots issues management. Her primary areas of service include coalition development and traditional and e-advocacy organization and mobilization. Her current work includes energy and natural resource matters along with other public affairs and grassroots campaigns. Audrey brings nearly a decade of campaign and grassroots organization experience. Before joining McGuireWoods Consulting, she served as political director to Ed Gillespie’s 2014 campaign for the U.S. Senate, was the statewide field director for the Mark Obenshain for Attorney General campaign in 2013, and statewide director for Americans for Prosperity. Prior to that, she worked as the director of legislative and government affairs for the office of the Attorney General of Virginia, central Virginia field director for the Cuccinelli for Attorney General campaign in 2009 and campaign manager and legislative aide to Delegate Matt Lohr for several General Assembly sessions. Jackson hold a BS in History and Social Sciences (2004) from Eastern Mennonite University and an MA in Public Policy (2015) from Liberty University.
Natisha Knight, Director
Term: May 2016-2019
Natisha Knight has been an educator for 15 years and is passionate about ensuring positive learning experiences for all children. She worked as a first and second grade teacher as well as a Title I math teacher for Richmond Public Schools. In 2013 she left to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector as the Director of Education at Peter Paul Development Center where she manages a robust after-school program as well as a summer program for youth in Church Hill. In 2015 she also began working as a coach for the Richmond Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI) which is a quality improvement process for out-of-school-time organizations in the area.
Sarah McLillard, Interim Chair
Term: November 2015-2018
Sarah McLillard has filled numerous roles at PHSSA including two years as the PTA president, long-term substitute, hospitality committee chair, and SPMT liaison. McLillard has a son in his fourth year at Patrick Henry School and believes passionately in the goals and mission of the school. McLillard has a BS in Psychology and a MSW from VCU. She is a licensed clinical therapist at Dominion Outpatient Services, working with children and adolescents with mental health issues.
Sarah Milston, Director & Facilities Committee Chair
Term: July 2014-17
After a decade working in nonprofits focused on fundraising, marketing, and board development, Milston left to build a varied and diverse consulting practice focused on strategy and implementation. Whether a guide, instigator, or knowledge base, Milston is passionate about connecting the dots and giving people the right plan and tools to make stuff happen. Over the last eight years as a consultant, Milston has worked with over 100 associations, nonprofits and businesses to help at the intersection of creativity, strategy, and action.
Lou Zammett, Treasurer
Term: September 2016-2019
Lou has over 40 years of experience as a Chief Financial Officer, Controller, and Internal Audit Director working in the private and public sectors. Some of his major industry experience includes responsibility for financial and budgetary management in the state of Virginia prison system, Public Housing Authorities, and two fortune 100 companies. In the local government space, Lou was responsible for performing financial and operating audits for a large local government and school board.
Zammett has received honorable mention from two Richmond, Virginia newspapers for his financial acumen. He holds an MBA degree and is a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM). He currently serves as board chair of Make A Difference 2020, an organization that focuses on supporting STEM in the Commonwealth and is also past chair of Richmond’s Chapter of National Black MBA Association. He is past member of Bon Air Rotary and a Paul Harris fellow. He was the founding member and past President of the Virginia Local Government Auditor Association, which was founded to improve efficiency and effectiveness in government.
To contact a Board member, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Board of Directors meets on every fourth Tuesday at 6:00 pm in the library at the school. Please refer to the school calendar to confirm meeting dates/times.