Management Team

The CMS management team is comprised of executive staff,  learning community superintendents and other CMS leaders. To contact a member of the management team, click on the appropriate contact link and complete the form, including your name, address, phone number, email address, e​​tc.

Dr. Clayton M. Wilcox


Cabinet Members

Frank D. Barnes

Chief Equity Officer

Akeshia Craven-Howell

Associate Superintendent
Student Assignment and School Choice

Kathy Elling

Associate Superintendent of Student Services

Laura Francisco

Chief of Staff


Brian Kingsley

Chief Academic Officer

Gerri Parker

Interim Human Resources Officer



Derek Root

Chief Technology Officer


Tracy Russ

Chief Communications Officer

Sheila W. Shirley

Chief Financial Officer

Carol Stamper

Chief Operating Officer


Earnest Winston

Chief Engagement Officer / Ombudsman

George Battle, III

General Counsel


Executive Staff and Learning Community Superintendents

Angie Bartles

Executive Director of Strategy Management


Michael Chilcutt

Assistant Superintendent of Fine Arts Education

Dr. Stephen Esposito

Southwest Learning Community Superintendent

Sonja Gantt

Executive Director of CMS Public Schools Foundation

Northwest learning community superintendent

Dr. Matthew Hayes

Northwest Learning Community Superintendent

LaTarzja Henry

Executive Director of Community Partnerships & Family Engagement

Lisa Mangum

Chief of CMS Police

Renee McCoy

Executive Director of Communications

Avery Mitchell

Associate Superintendent of Middle Schools


Dr. Cotrane Penn

Executive Director of Student Services


Kelly Price

Executive Director of Federal Programs

Kondra Rattley

Associate Superintendent of School Programs

Trish Sexton

Associate Superintendent of Elementary Schools


Dr. Ann Stalnaker

Associate Superintendent of Exceptional Children

Tara Lynn Sullivan

Central 2 Learning Community Superintendent

Charlotte Nadja Trez

Executive Director of Learning and Language Acquisition


John Wall

Northeast Learning Community Superintendent

Tangela Williams

Southeast Learning Community Superintendent