top of page

Our Governing Board

The Brain Trust behind 7 Pillars Career Academy

Board and Committee meetings are open to the public.

What does our Governing Board do?

The function of the Governing Board is to uphold the Charter School's mission and vision, to set policy for the Charter School, to work collaboratively with school officials to ensure the Charter School complies with the performance goals set forth in Section 8 (Performance-based Goals, Measurable Objectives, and Consequences), to ensure effective organizational planning, and to ensure financial stability of the Charter School. 


Dr. Hilary Carruthers, DrPH, MSW

A children's welfare advocate for over 10 years, Ms. Carruthers brings a wealth of experience. She served as an international child welfare advocate in London, UK. Doctorate in Public health with a focus on physical activity policies and practices in middle schools. She served as a non-profit program director for 7 years, garnering experience with federal grant programming, contract compliance, public education, and push-in services. 4 years charter school board experience

Marcus Norman

Owner of six Zaxby's in the Metro-Atlanta community. Community advocate and youth mentor serving in the Atlanta area for over 20 years. Mr. Norman will lead the entrepreneurial and apprenticeship track.

4 years of charter school board experience

Claude Mwanda, CPA, CFE

Over 20 years of proven leadership in audit, compliance and financial management from various business sectors: Private industry, International NGO, Federal, State, and Local Government

4 years of charter school board experience

Jazzmine Biggs

Director of Marketing Masters Inc. Holistic Lifestyle Coach at Jazz Up Your Life. 2.5 years of charter school board experience.

Bisi Aiyeola

 Senior Risk Advisory specialist with Ernst & Young, LLP. Specializes in Internal and Financial Audit IT Integration Audits.

Advisory Board Members 

Honorable Rep. Valencia Stovall

Served as State Representative of Georgia with 8 years of experience in polices and law..

23 years of experience in finance and business management.



Dr. L. Joy Baker

Board Certified general Obstetrician Gynecologist at the Upson Regional Medical Center in Thomaston, Georgia.

A native of Clayton County and a graduate of Riverdale High School.

Dela Hoinso

Senior Risk Advisory specialist with Ernst & Young LLP

Specializes in Internal and Financial Audit IT

1.5 years of charter school experience

Founding Board Members 2018

Dr. Hilary Carruthers

Sharon Daniel

Jazzmine Briggs

Marcus Norman

Claude Mwande

Bisi Algeola

Dela Hoinso

bottom of page