School Board


Dr. Folami Prescott-Adams, President
Neil Shorthouse, Vice President
Hakim Hilliard, Board Member
Sherise Danbury, Member
Colin Cavill, Member

Dr. Folami Prescott-Adams is an educator and community activist who has provided training, organization development, strategic planning, curriculum design and program for many educational institutions, non-profit organizations and consulting agencies including Atlanta Housing Authority, Atlanta Public Schools, DeKalb County Schools, Metro Atlanta Juvenile Courts, Fulton County Schools, Cool Girls, Inc., Wholistic Stress Control Institute, The Council on Alcohol and Drugs, Wellsys Corporation, Metro Atlanta YMCA’s, Creating Pride, and Hands On Atlanta’s Americorps Programs. Dr. Prescott-Adams has used her expertise to benefit such agencies as United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, Morehouse School of Medicine, Salvation Army Youth clubs, and 100 Black men of Atlanta.

Mr. Neil Shorthouse is President of Communities in Schools (CIS) of Georgia. CIS currently operates in 28 states, serving nearly two million students nationwide by bringing coordinated community resources directly to students in public schools. Mr. Shorthouse serves on the boards of directors of Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, The Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Kids in Need—Metro Atlanta, Kids Voting Georgia, and serves as Chairman of the Georgia Charter Schools Association.

Mr. M. Hakim Hilliard is a partner at the law firm of McKenna Long & Aldridge with a practice focused in state and local government law, specifically in the areas of land use and zoning, police licensing and permitting, economic development incentives and procurement. Prior to joining McKenna Long, he served as an assistant City Attorney for Atlanta, providing counsel to the Mayor, City Council and various city departments, including among many the Bureau of Planning Development and Neighborhood Conservation. Hakim serves as Adjunct Professor in the Criminal Justice Department of Georgia State University. He has a number of professional accolades including named to the 2006 Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. Hakim’s passion and long standing commitment to education was first inspired by his parents, well known education leaders, scholars, and public servants, Asa and Patsy Jo Hilliard.