2020-21 Board of Trustees

St. Martin's Board of Trustees consists of parents, parishioners from St. Martin in the Fields Church and other community leaders who provide guidance and support to the school's mission.  Click on the links below to read more about each Trustee.

List of 15 items.

  • Chair: Mr. Derek Porter

    Derek Porter is currently managing Blue Ridge Ventures, which provides investments and advising to early stage companies. Previously he spent his career in the banking software industry. Most recently he was a co-founder and chief technology officer for Firethorn, a mobile banking provider and prior to that he performed similar roles at nFront, an Internet banking provider.

    Derek graduated with a B.S. in Management from Georgia Tech with certificates in Finance and Accounting. He was inducted into the College of Business’s Council of Distinguished Young Alumni in 2008 and is a past member of the College of Business Advisory Board. He serves as the Chairman for an undergraduate leadership program called Leadership for Life.  He is a past member of the Zoo Atlanta Leadership Council and served as Director for the Murphey Candler Girls Softball Association.  He resides in Brookhaven with his wife Kendall and their three children, Katelyn, Brent and Mark, who all attended St. Martin’s Episcopal school.
  • Vice Chair: Mrs. Shara Sanders

    Shara has been active with the St. Martin’s Episcopal School PTO since her daughter, Jillian, started Kindergarten in 2013.  Shara served as the Peach of a Party Fling Acquisitions Chair in 2013-14; Havana Nights Fling Chair in 2014-15; Co-Vice-President in 2015-16; and Co-President in 2016-17 and Illuminate Fling C-Chair in 2018-19. 
    Shara graduated from Emory School of Law in 1999.  She earned her B.A. degree in English from Presbyterian College in 1992 and her B.S. degree in Biology from the Florida State University in 1995.  After practicing Labor & Employment and General Litigation law for over 10 years, Shara left the world of law to stay at home with Jillian.  However, Shara returned to the practice of law in January 2018 with Sugarman Law.
    Shara, her husband Garrett, and Jillian live in the Decatur/Oak Grove area.  Garrett is a dentist in Tucker and the family attends Oak Grove United Methodist Church (OGUMC).  At OGUMC, Shara served on the Finance Council; as President of the Parents’ Council at the Young Children’s School, and worked part-time as the Associate Youth Director from 2012-2017.
    Shara has also been a member of the Junior League of DeKalb County since 2010.  Shara’s positions with the JLD include Assistant Chair of the Derby Party Fundraiser; Chair of the Tour of Kitchens Fundraiser; Treasurer; Vice-President of Finance; Secretary; President-Elect, and President of JLD.  In addition, Shara is a member of the Leadership DeKalb Class of 2017 and was recently named to the Leadership DeKalb Board of Directors.  Finally, Shara is happy to support her love of reading by being a DeKalb Library Foundation Board Member since 2017.
  • Treasurer: Mrs. Jennifer O'Leary

    Jennifer first became involved with St. Martin's PTO in 2014 by serving on the PTO Executive Board and from there was PTO Member at Large, Co-VP and Co-President.  Mother to Tate, 6th grade, Cullen, 4th, and Maggie, 2nd grade, she is excited to continue her involvement with the St. Martin's community. 

    Jennifer previously spent 7 years at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey in Corporate Investment Banking.  She earned a BBA from the University of Georgia in both Finance and Management and is currently employed by Elk Brokerage LLC as VP of Human Resources.   Jennifer and her husband, Tim (Managing Director, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey), live in Brookhaven and love skiing, wine country and managing all their children’s activities and adventures.
  • Secretary: Dr. Rachel Derr Dickert

    Rachel is an endocrinologist and partner at Endocrine Specialists of Atlanta, LLC in Sandy Springs. She focuses on treating patients with diabetes, thyroid disorders, osteoporosis, and other hormonal conditions.
    Rachel grew up in Dunwoody. She graduated in 1993 from The Westminster Schools and in 1997 from Princeton University. She went to medical school at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, where she also completed residency in Internal Medicine, fellowship in Endocrinology, and a PhD in Clinical Investigation.
    Rachel moved back to Atlanta in 2008, settling in Brookhaven with her husband Neal, a cardiologist at Emory University. They have three sons, Jackson, Henry, and Owen, all of whom attend St. Martin's.  
  • Mr. Greg Benoit

    Greg Benoit is the CEO of QGenda, a healthcare software company with over 400 employees specializing in automated workforce management, currently serving over 300,000 clinicians in more than 4,000 hospitals.
    Upon graduating from Miami University in 2006 with a B.S. in Computer Science, Greg started QGenda to provide scheduling software to healthcare practices across the country. Since that time, Greg has leveraged his unmatched 15 years of healthcare software experience to establish QGenda as the industry’s leading vendor of automated physician scheduling software with offices in Atlanta, GA, Baltimore, MD, and Burlington, VT. As CEO of QGenda, Greg also won a Glassdoor Employees Choice Award honoring the Top 50 CEOs of 2018 in the United States.
    As an active participant and investor in Atlanta’s entrepreneurial community, Greg founded TechRise Ventures in 2016 to give back to early stage software companies. He is a regular presenter at local software and innovation networking events, and often helps mentor early stage software startups. In 2018 Ernst & Young honored Greg’s efforts as they presented him with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
    Greg has shown his commitment to the Atlanta community by starting QGenda Cares, a program designed to provide employees with an opportunity to make a difference in their own community. QGenda employees nominate a local non-profit to support and complete an impactful service project. Examples include: organizing events for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA), building a local park (Loridan’s Park), and participating in an internship program through Cristo Rey Jesuit High School.
    Most of all, Greg enjoys family time with his daughters McKinzie (6 y.o.) and Gabi (4 y.o.) at their home in Buckhead.
    2018 EY Entrepreneur of the Year
    2017, 2018 & 2019 Georgia Fast 40 (2 years in a row as one of GA’s 40 fastest growing companies)
    2018 & 2019 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 (2 years in a row as one of America’s 500 fastest growing companies)
    2018 Glassdoor Top 50 CEO
    2018 & 2019 AJC Best Places to Work
  • Mrs. Laura Glenn

    Laura is a Director of Investment Advisory Services for Public Trust Advisors where she is responsible for providing individually tailored and customized investment management, administrative, and advisory solutions to public sector entities across the U.S. Prior to joining Public Trust, Laura most recently served as a Portfolio Manager for the State of Georgia. Laura was awarded a CFA charter by the CFA Institute in 2002.  She has served as President of the Government Investment Officers Association (GIOA) from 2009-2013 and currently serves as a Member-at-Large.
    She is a graduate of Auburn University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.      

    Laura and Michael Glenn live in Brookhaven and have two children:  Caroline, a 7th and Christian, a 5th grader, both at St. Martin’s Episcopal School.  Laura has been an active volunteer at the school, serving as a co-chair for the Annual Fund committee for two years and volunteering for various roles of PTO sponsored events.  The Glenns are members of Buckhead Church.  Laura spends her free time with her family, attending Auburn football games, running marathons and teaching indoor cycling.  
  • Dr. Lori Hart

    Dr. Lori Hart travels throughout the country speaking on college campuses in areas of leadership, prevention and healthy relationships mixed with intense humor and honesty.  She has been recognized for her work by Campus Activities Magazine, the North American Interfraternity Conference, Delta Chi Fraternity, Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity, Alpha Delta Pi Fraternity and Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. 

    Lori has an undergraduate degree in Education from Auburn University, a master’s degree in Education from the University of Montevallo and a doctorate degree in Higher Education from Georgia State University.

    In addition to her volunteer work at the school, Lori and her family are members at St. Martin in the Fields Church where she serves on the Endowment Committee.  
  • Mr. Roger House

    Roger is the President and CEO of Axiom Corporation. He is a retired officer from the U.S. Navy. His 20 years of service included duty on three different ships, numerous shore commands and overseas assignments. He held many leadership, management and administrative positions, and is a veteran of the first Gulf War. During his time in the Navy, Roger was part of the surface warfare department and the medical department. He spent five years at the Navy recruiting command headquarters, where he was responsible for recruiting officers into the Medical Department of the Navy.
    After retiring from the Navy in June 2003, Roger transitioned to a government job, serving as the Deputy Director of the Vital Records Branch, Division of Public Health, Department of Human Resources for the State of Georgia. From there, he went to work for Axiom Corporation in August 2004 as the Director of Business Development. He later became Vice President of Axiom Corporation and then purchased the company from the previous owners on February 1, 2007.
    Currently, Roger also serves on the Board of Governors for the Buckhead Club, Board of Directors for KIPP South Fulton Academy School, and the Board of Advisors for Golf for Kids benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. He is also a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
    Roger holds a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Master of Pubic Administration (MPA) from Troy State University. He is a Credentialed Fellow (CFAAMA) in the American Academy of Medical Administrators (AAMA). He is originally from Montgomery, Alabama.
    Roger and his wife Jennifer have lived in Atlanta for 16 years and have three daughters. Amber graduated from Howard University in 2014, Apryl is a recent graduate of the University of Miami and Stella is a 3rd grader at St. Martin’s Episcopal School.
  • Mr. Chris Hubbard

    Chris Hubbard was one of the first employees of Insight Global, a privately-held staffing firm.  Chris retired as Co-President from the company in April of 2016.  While at the company, Chris managed Corporate Recruiting, Public Relations, the Managed Service Provider (MSP) division, and co-managed all sales and operations as an executive of the firm.
    Chris graduated with a Bachelor of Science from East Tennessee State University.  While attending the College of Business at East Tennessee State, Chris concentrated his studies on Management and Organizational Behavior.  Chris also worked full-time while in college and was President of his fraternity, Alpha Kappa Lambda.
    Chris and his wife, Julia, have lived in Atlanta since 2007.  They have three children, Mason, Madeline, and Morgan, who all attend St. Martin’s Episcopal School.  Chris and Julia have served in various leadership and volunteer positions at the school and coaching at Murphey Candler Baseball.  Chris is on the Jobs Committee at Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School.  The Hubbard’s are also active members of St. James United Methodist Church and Capital City Club.
  • Mr. Austin Jowers

    Austin Jowers is a partner at King & Spalding LLP in Atlanta, where he is a member of the Financial Restructuring practice.  Austin has extensive experience in bankruptcy matters, with a focus on representing lenders in connection with commercial workouts and restructurings. 
    Austin graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Rhodes College in 2000 and received his J.D. from Washington & Lee University in 2003.  He is a Director of the Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute, the Secretary of the Georgia State Bar Bankruptcy Section, and Past Chair for the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Annual Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop. 
    He and his wife, Sarah, live in Garden Hills and have two children, Claire and Hank, both at St. Martin’s.  Sarah has been an active volunteer at the school, serving as room mom for both Claire and Hank and volunteering for various roles for PTO sponsored events.
  • Mrs. Celena Matlock

    Celena Matlock is a Senior Executive in Finance & Accounting, and business leader in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).  Celena is currently utilizing her expertise to lead Matlock Business Services, which among other services, partners with businesses on culture assessments and thought leadership paired with strategy on the development and execution of DEI initiatives. Previously, Celena served as the Executive Director for the global Financial Compliance function for Warner Media, and Co-Chair of the business resource group – Black Professionals at Turner.  Celena also held the positions of Senior Director of Financial Compliance and Director of Internal Audit at Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.  Celena has also served in leadership roles at AT&T and Ernst & Young, LLP.

    Celena is a graduate of Boston University with a B.S. in Business Administration and Accounting, and a CPA.  She is an Advisory Board Member of The Women’s Collective, member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., graduate of Leadership Atlanta class of 2019, past President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta – Dekalb County Board of Directors, and past volunteer of the Upstreet children’s ministry at Buckhead Church.  Celena and her husband George reside in Brookhaven with their twin daughters that attend St. Martin’s Episcopal School.
  • The Rev. Monica Mainwaring

    The Rev. Monica Mainwaring is the Rector of St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church. Previously she served as Vicar of Church of the Common Ground, a worshipping community on the streets of downtown Atlanta serving those experiencing homelessness, and as Dean of the Mid-Atlanta Convocation of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta.  Monica also served as Assistant Rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Coronado, California, and on a number of diocesan committees in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego. 

    She has twenty years of lay and ordained ministry experience in church, school, hospital, and camp settings in California, Virginia, Massachusetts, and abroad. Monica moved to Atlanta in the summer of 2017 with her husband, The Rev. Dr. Simon Mainwaring, Rector of All Saints’ in Atlanta, and their three children. They live in Midtown and take every opportunity to be outside, amidst the trees or in water.
  • Mrs. Betsy Sawyer

    Ms. Betsy Reedy Sawyer graduated from Georgia Tech with a Business Management degree and holds a Masters in Sports Administration from Georgia State.  Her experience and strengths are in logistics, analysis and management.  She brings to the board personal experience navigating five different school systems across the country. 

    Betsy lives in Brookhaven with her husband, Ryan, and their four children:  Tyler, a Westminster graduate currently attending Georgia State, Eli, a Westminster graduate currently attending Santa Clara University, and daughters Sidney and Paige who attend St. Martin’s.  They worship at Peachtree Presbyterian Church where Betsy serves as a Stephen Minister and co-facilitates a Divorce Recovery group.
  • Mr. Vince Vitti

    Vince is currently the VP of Business Development, and Digital Strategy for infinitee Communications, Inc. infinitee is an Atlanta-based, strategic branding and marketing firm, and in his role, Vince lead's the agency’s business development and sales efforts, as well as assisting in growing its digital department and service line. Vince is responsible for generating new business from existing and new/prospective clients as well as participating in developing marketing plans for clients, special project initiatives, and digital campaigns. Before joining infinitee, Vince spent 20+ years in the employer branding and recruitment marketing space with global firms such as TMP Worldwide and Hodes Symphony Talent. Vince is a graduate of Liberty University with a Bachelor's of Religion. 
    Vince is very active in the life of St. Martin's Episcopal Church. He has served three terms as Senior Warden and currently serves on the Endowment Committee. Vince is a certified Stephen Minister and Eucharistic Minister. He and his wife Ann Martin have been married for 30 years and have two daughters who graduated from St. Martin's Episcopal School. 
  • Mr. Ed Zunzunegui

    Ed is currently the SVP of Customer Success for QModo AI and the founder of FlyTopPilot. QModo AI is a software solution that provides the right information, at the right place, at the right time and Ed is responsible for ensuring customers realize the value of the software solution. FlyTopPilot allows a flying enthusiast to fulfill their love of flying in a safe virtual reality simulator.  In the past, Ed was COO for GPA Learn, an online education startup company. He has held executive positions in three startups and has over 30 years of consulting and management experience.   In his previous role as the VP of Operations for both Digital Assent and Vendormate, he built and managed customer support, implementation, and account management teams. Prior to Vendormate, he spent time with Borland Software, Deloitte Consulting, and Lexmark.  He has had the opportunity to work at multiple levels of many companies, learning from great mentors, and working with amazingly talented people.
    Ed is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering.  He was born in Cuba, lived in Spain, and came with his family to the US as a young child.
    Ed and his wife Heather have been married for over 20 years, live in Brookhaven, and have one son.  Aaron has been at SMES since Pre-K and all three are members of St. Martin's Episcopal Church.

Ex-Officio Members

Dr. Luis Ottley, Head of School
Dr. Jodie Guest, Vestry Liaison
Mrs. Sarah Jowers, PTO Liaison
Mrs. Stephanie Kokabi, PTO Liaison

Strategic Planning

The Board of Trustees has updated the school’s strategic plan in order to provide the necessary framework for carrying out the school’s mission. The goals set forth in the strategic framework cover educating students, developing and retaining excellent teachers and administrators, stewarding, governing and community building, with specific priorities and measures for each area.

It includes a summary of the school’s identity as an Episcopal School as well as its unique configuration as a Preschool-8th grade school.

The document is available for download below. Printed copies are also available on campus for anyone who desires a print version.

Strategic Framework 2020

Strategic Framework (print version)

St. Martin’s Episcopal School is a private day school for students in preschool through grade 8, located in Atlanta, GA. We are dedicated to providing a quality education of the whole person in a loving, Christian atmosphere, which fosters lifelong learning.