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.

 
Earnest Winston
Earnest Winston
Superintendent
 

Earnest Winston was named superintendent for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools August 2, 2019. He brings the experiences of a teacher, a parent, a communicator and a chief of staff to the role.
 
Winston joined Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in 2004 as an English teacher at Vance High School, where he also taught journalism and served as adviser to the school’s student newspaper. After two years in the classroom, he moved into administration, joining the district’s communications department as an external communications supervisor. In 2008, he became executive coordinator/communications liaison for then-Chief Operating Officer Hugh E. Hattabaugh, who became interim superintendent in July 2011. Winston served as chief of staff to the two superintendents who followed Hattabaugh. In 2017, he was named chief community relations and engagement officer.
 
Winston began his career as a reporter for the Mansfield News Journal in Ohio, later moving to the Cincinnati (Ohio) Enquirer where he covered local government in the city and nearby towns, as well as education in Northern Kentucky. He left Cincinnati to join the Charlotte Observer, where he covered government, development, general news – and wrote about his cousin Jennifer Hudson’s rise to fame on “American Idol.”
 
Winston currently serves on the board of Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, where he is chairperson of the Program Evaluation Committee. Previously, he served on the Freedom School Advisory Board at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, where he is a member. He has also served on the boards of Charlotte Works Youth Council, Stratford Richardson YMCA, Children’s Scholarship Fund and the Ohio Wesleyan University Alumni Board of Directors. Winston is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Charlotte and a 2016 graduate of the Leadership Development Initiative (Community Building Initiative). Winston has been recognized as an Atrium Health Martin Luther King Jr. Growing the Dream Award recipient (2019) and a YBM Leadership Alliance Success Leader (2016). He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.’s Beta Nu Lambda Chapter.
 
A native of Chicago, Winston holds a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from Ohio Wesleyan University. He is married with two daughters who are CMS students.

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
 

Christine Pejot  

Christine Pejot

Chief Human Resources Officer
 

 

Derek Root

Chief Technology Officer

 

Silhouette

Vacant

Chief Communications Officer
 

Sheila W. Shirley

Chief Financial Officer
 

Carol Stamper

Chief Operating Officer

 

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 High Schools
 

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