Meet the Members

Board Chair

 Lewis B. Jones

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Lewis B. Jones

Lewis Jones has lived in Decatur since 1998. Lewis and his wife Tamara are the proud parents of five children in City of Decatur schools. Lewis is a Partner at King & Spalding, where he practices environmental law. He holds degrees from the University of the South at Sewanee, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Harvard Law School. He was elected to serve on the Board of Education in 2014.



District: Board of Education District 1
Term: Expires 2021 

Vice Chair

 Tasha White

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Tasha White

Tasha White has the heart to serve this community and to be a voice to the voiceless.  She is a product of both private and public education and believes, unequivocally, in the value of public education. She has been a resident of Decatur since 2011 and is the mother to three fabulous children. Jordan Elizabeth is a Decatur High School graduate now attending Tuskegee University, Kenneth Jrattends Renfroe and Nia Rose attends Winnona Park.


After graduating from Tuskegee University, Tasha 
worked as a social worker at the Lee County Mental Health Center in the Teen Pregnancy Program.  While living in the metro Atlanta area, she also served as the Volunteer Coordinator and Operations Manager at Georgia Lions Lighthouse. Like so many others, the loss of her job during the recession led to her decision to spend more time with her children, and manage two businesses from home.  


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of her strengths is the ability to truly listen. With a background in social work and small business management, she uses these strengths as she navigates her role as a city of Decatur School Board member.


District: Board of Education District 2
Term: Expires 2019

Board Member

 Annie P. Caiola

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Annie P. Caiola

Annie Caiola has lived in Decatur since 2005.  She and her husband, Greg, have two daughters, Abigail and Isabelle, both of whom started at College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center when they were infants.  Annie received her Bachelor of Arts in English and her Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  Annie is a trial attorney with Slotkin & Caiola, LLC located in the heart of downtown Decatur.  Annie has served on the Board of Directors for DeKalb Bar Association, is a member of Leadership DeKalb Class of 2013, and is a parishioner at St. Thomas More Church in Decatur.  Annie was voted Vice-Chair in 2015 and Chair in 2016. 


District: At-Large
Term: Expires 2021

Board Member

 C. Garrett Goebel

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C. Garrett Goebel

Garrett began his tenure on the Board of Education in 2012 representing District 1. Garrett and his wife Georgina have four children enrolled in City Schools of Decatur. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the James Madison College at Michigan State University. By profession a software developer, Garrett has worked at ScriptPro USA in Research and Development for over 15 years. ScriptPro is a pharmaceutical automation manufacturer. Garrett was voted Chair in 2015 and Vice-Chair in 2016.


District: Board of Education District 1
Term: Expires 2019

Board Member

 Heather Tell

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Heather Tell

Heather Tell has lived in Decatur since 2002. She and her husband Joseph have two daughters attending the City Schools of Decatur. Heather earned her BS in Civil Engineering and her MS in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University. She worked in engineering and information technology for many years, and since 2007 has worked for Atlanta Intown Real Estate Services where she is a Realtor. Prior to serving on the Board of Education, she served on the School Leadership Teams at Oakhurst Elementary and the 4/5 Academy at Fifth Avenue.


District: Board of Education District 2
Term: Expires 2021

Superintendent

Dr. David Dude

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Dr. David Dude

Dr. David Dude became the Superintendent of City Schools of Decatur (CSD)  in November 2015 after serving over 19 years in numerous capacities as an educator and educational leader.

Most recently, he worked as Chief Operating Officer of the 13,500-student Iowa City Community School District where he was responsible for nearly all aspects of operational efficiency and effectiveness in the district.  After designing and implementing a district-wide technology initiative, he led the district's Facilities Master Planning process, leading to the adoption of a 10-year plan which included three new 500-student elementary schools and a new 1500-student comprehensive high school. 

Prior to his tenure in Iowa City, Dr. Dude served as Chief Technology Officer in Kansas City, MO, and provided technological leadership and development within Iowa’s state testing program at the University of Iowa. Dr. Dude's career as an educational leader is rooted in his 11 years of teaching high school math. 

Dr. Dude graduated cum laude from Cornell College with a B.A. in Mathematics and Secondary Education. He earned an M.A. in Educational Administration and an M.A. in Educational Measurement & Statistics, both from the University of Iowa, after which he earned a Ph.D. in Educational Policy & Leadership Studies, also from the University of Iowa.


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