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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.

Team Member



Dr. Clayton Wilcox Photo

​​Dr. Clayton M. Wilcox


Laura Francisco
Chief of Staff

Avery Mitchell
Associate Superintendent
of Middle Schools

Trish Sexton
Associate Superintendent
of Elementary Schools

​Kathy Elling

Associate Superintendent, Student Services

Brian Kingsley
Chief Academic Officer

Tracy Russ
Chief Communications Officer

​Sheila W. Shirley

Chief Financial Officer

Carol Stamper
Chief Operating Officer

Frank D. Barnes
Chief Equity Officer

Derek Root
Chief Technology Officer

Gerri Parker
Interim Human Resources Officer

​Earnest Winston

Chief Engagement Officer / Ombudsman

​LaTarzja Henry

Executive Director of Community Partnerships & Family Engagement

Talla Rittenhouse
Executive Director,
Strategy Management

Sonja Gantt
Executive Director, CMS Public Schools Foundation

​Akeshia Craven-Howell

Associate Superintendent, Student Assignment and School Choice

Charlotte Nadja Trez

Executive Director, English Language Learner Services

​Valerie Truesdale

Associate Superintendent for Personalization and School Partnerships

​George Battle, III

General Counsel

 CMS Learning Community Superintendents

Learning Community



​​Denise Watts

Central 1

Tara Lynn Sullivan
Central 2

John Wall

​Dr. Matthew Hayes


Kondra Rattley

Stephen Esposito

Dr. Ann Stalnaker
Exceptional Children