MPCS Board of Trustees


The MPCS Board of Trustees (Board) has responsibility for setting school policies in line with mission. Our Board consists of respected business men and women, pastors, and community leaders. The Board meets on a monthly basis to govern the operations and goals of the organization. Administration of the total school program is assigned to a head of school, who is appointed by the Board. Working in conjunction with the head of school to lead the school are the school division heads, as well as a group of administrators and support staff on the Executive Council.  


Mount Paran Christian School is grateful for the amazing men and women who faithfully serve on our Board of Trustees, who truly work to uphold the calling and the mission of the school. We are grateful for their strength in leadership, depth of wisdom, and prayerful servant hearts.

  • Jeremy Abernathy – Abernathy Ditzel, Hendrick, Bryce, LLC, Founding Partner/Attorney, and
    Noonday Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor

  • Dr. Susan Banke – Gordon College, Director of the Graduate Leadership Program, and
    CoachEd, Co-owner/Consultant

  • David Bottoms – The Bottoms Group, President

  • Cameron Clayton – The Weather Company, CEO

  • Andrew Crain – Thomas | Horstemeyer, LLP, Partner, Intellectual Property Attorney

  • Angie Davis – Cobb County State Court, Clerk 

  • George Ethridge (Board Chair) – Ernst & Young, LLP,  Partner

  • Scott Keller – Marietta Wealth, Managing Principal, Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer

  • Lissette Rivera-Pauley – Regions Bank, Senior Vice President

  • David Sheffield – Global Payments, Inc., Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer

  • Michelle Stubbs – SMB IT Solutions, LLC, Vice President of Finance and Operations


MPCS Executive Council

The MPCS Executive Council (EC) is the managing group for day-to-day operations, policy administration, and activity planning for the school. The EC works to nurture our core values in all initiatives and lead students within the guidance of the school mission. We are grateful for God’s continued blessings as we skillfully lead our school family in this community of believers.

  • Cary Brague, Director of Fine and Performing Arts and the Murray Arts Center
  • Dr. Deborah Davis, Head of Lower School
  • Stephanie Dunn, Director of Admission
  • Penny Harrison, Head of Preschool
  • Jodee Foster, Director of Human Resources
  • Mitch Jordan, Director of Athletics
  • Steve Kyle, Assistant Head of School for Christian Life
  • Kathleen McCook, Chief of Staff
  • Jennifer New, Chief Development Officer
  • Julie Ray, Chief Financial Officer
  • Tawanna Rusk, Head of Upper School and Assistant Head of School
  • John Sess, Director of Operations
  • Dr. Kelly Swanson, Academic Dean
  • Catina Taliaferro, Director of Diversity and Belonging
  • Tiffany Westbrook, Director of Marketing and Communications
  • Dr. Timothy Wiens, Head of School

“The teachers, administrators, and staff at MPCS care about you, your success, your happiness, your future.”

-C. Reilly '14