Board of Directors
Egbert L. J. Perry, Board Chair
Professionally, he is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Integral, a community development and commercial real estate company he co-founded in 1993 with a mission to “create value in cities and (re)build the fabric of communities.”
Egbert is also Chairman of the Board of Fannie Mae and the Penn Institute for Urban Research, and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, since 1996, and the National Center for Civil & Human Rights.
An honors graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Egbert received both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from the University’s Towne School, and a Master of Business Administration degree with majors in Finance and Accounting from its Wharton School.
Renee Glover, Budget, Finance and Facilities Committee Chair
Renee is the Founder and Managing Member of The Catalyst Group, LLC, a national consulting firm, focused on urban revitalization, real estate development and community building; urban policy; and business transformation.
Renee served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Atlanta Housing Authority for almost 20 years, until September 2013, during which she pioneered master-planned, mixed-use,
mixed-income communities. During her tenure, the housing authority sponsored 16 master-planned, mixed-use, mixed-income communities, in partnership with private sector real estate
developers and other investors, leveraging $300 million of federal funds into over $3 billion of private investment and economic impact.
Renee was elected to the Board of Trustees of Starwood Waypoint Homes in February 2017.
Renee was also elected to the Board of Directors of Fannie Mae Corporation in January 2016
and the Board of Trustees of Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. in December 2015. Renee
served on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity International from November 2006 to
November 2015, including serving as Chair of the Board of Directors from November 2013 to
November 2015. Renee served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of
Atlanta from January 2009 to December 2014. Renee was appointed to the Board of Advisors
of the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute of Urban Research in June 2015.
Panya Lei Yarber-King, Governance Committee Chair
Panya Lei Yarber-King received her Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.
She started her career as an Engineer at Motorola in Austin, Texas. She has also worked as a senior supply chain manager for AT&T. In addition to her tenure in telecommunications and wireless, she has experience with entrepreneurial ventures, having authored a business plan that led to the successful launch of a coffee shop and business services center. After selling her coffee shop, she became a Resident through the Broad Residency in Urban Education and spent 10 years supporting public schools in several leadership roles. Her most recent educational role was as Executive Director of Information Technology Strategy and Planning at Atlanta Public Schools (APS).
Carol Santos, Head of School at Centennial Academy
Carol Santos has over 20 years experience as an educator, having served as a teacher, varsity basketball coach, Assistant Director of Admissions, Dean of Students, Director of Diversity, Director of the Women In Science and Engineering Program, and Associate Head of School at reputable independent schools such as Westover School, Groton School and Miss Porter’s School. During that time, Carol has built science and engineering summer camps and effectively led schools through accreditation processes, internal and external department reviews as well as served on the founding board of the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Residency Master’s in Teaching program.
With a B.S. degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and Ed.M. in Private School Leadership from Columbia University’s Teachers College, Carol has a strong background in organizational management and finance. Carol has been a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority since 1990 and has held numerous leadership positions, most notably as Budget and Finance Committee Chair and Treasurer at the State and Regional levels.
Carol is the proud mother of two children, one of which, Nemahn Santos, is a Centennial Academy Legend in the Class of 2017.
Julie Allen, Board Secretary
Julie began her career in Dekalb County as a third grade teacher before moving joining staff at Teach for America coaching teachers and designing professional development opportunities in Metro Atlanta. Julie graduated from Georgia State University in 2013 with a Master of Arts in Teaching degree. She is currently serving as the Assistant Principal at Brandon Elementary School in Atlanta Public Schools. Julie is also a 2017-18 Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education Policy Fellow and a founding member of Georgia State University's Young Alumni Council.
Demetrius Patterson is an IT Director for Coca-Cola North America (CCNA). His team currently provides IT partnership to the following organizations: Technical Innovation & Stewardship (TI&S), Equipment Commercialization, Shopper Marketing, and Public Affairs & Communications (PAC).
Demetrius started at The Coca-Cola Company over 20 years ago in a co-op program as a college student. He is originally from Milwaukee, WI, and a proud alumnus of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. He has been a part of the IT organization at Coca-Cola for his entire career, serving as a programmer, project manager, business analyst, and group manager before his current role. He has supported the Marketing organization for the majority of his career.
Demetrius is a member of Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral and is the proud father of two sons who attended Centennial Place Elementary.
Maurice Baker serves as manager of community relations at Georgia Natural Gas in Atlanta. Since joining the company in 2002, he has been responsible for planning and executing many of the company’s award-winning external community outreach programs. He developed its signature TrueBlue Community Awards which annually recognizes non-profit organizations throughout Georgia with grants and awards. He also developed the company’s TrueBlue Crew employee volunteer program, and has been a spokesperson for Georgia Natural Gas commercials and on local and national television broadcasts.
‘Moe’ Baker — as he is casually known to colleagues — began his early career at WSB-TV/Radio, supervising the Consumer Action Center. Following that, he was promoted to WSB-TV News/Special Projects, originating numerous consumer stories and special investigative series. His career later progressed in advertising and marketing at Atlanta-based agencies. He has worked in print, direct mail, radio and television. Over the years, his accounts have included some of Georgia’s leading energy companies, including Georgia Power, Southern Co. and Atlanta Gas Light.
Other important accounts have included nationally and internationally known nonprofits like Save the Children, American Red Cross and Salvation Army.
Committed to community service, Baker has served non-profit organizations extensively. Recently, he served as board president of the Corporate Volunteer Council of Atlanta. Currently, he serves on the board of trustees of A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab, the board of directors of the Arthur M. Blank Family Youth YMCA (recognized as Metro Atlanta YMCA Volunteer of the Year in 2005), the advisory board of the Woodruff Arts Center’s Alliance Theatre, and co-chair of the Atlanta Partners for Education through the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he has organized development campaigns and raised funds for organizations like the United Way of Greater Atlanta, where he has served as the utility chair.
The Boston University graduate is a member of several professional organizations including the American Association of Blacks in Energy, where he serves on the scholarship committee. He is also a graduate of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Regional Leadership Institute. In his spare time, his interests include international travel. Baker has traveled extensively across every continent except for Antarctica — which he is saving for retirement someday.
Board Member biographies are in progress for the following board members:
|Rewa Berry||Centennial Academy PTA|
|Walt Higgins||Centennial Academy PTA|
|Lauren Koontz||YMCA of Metro Atlanta|
|Howard Grant||Atlanta Housing Authority|
|Christopher Burke||Georgia Institute of Technology|
|Virginia Sheppard||Georgia Institute of Technology|
|Isaac Sparks Jr.||Atlanta Public Schools|