Board of Directors

Parents for Public Schools Board of Directors include individuals with a variety of experience in policy, nonprofit leadership, community activism, and consultancy.  The board oversees PPS's work and ensures that we are fulfilling our mission. 

  • Steve Calloway, Columbia, MO | Chair
  • Lora Evans, Greenwood, MS
  • Susan Fahey Glisson, Syrcause, NY
  • Marcia A. Futel, Cincinnati, OH
  • Anthony L. Herbert, Sr., Ocean Springs, MS
  • Kathy Herring, Greenville, NC
  • Jeanne D. Jehl, Annapolis, MD
  • Stephanie Jones, Seattle, WA
  • Susan Kaesar, Cleveland Heights, OH
  • Doug McDurham, Waco, TX
  • Ann Rosewater, Philadelphia, PA
  • Sharolyn Smith, Jackson, MS
  • Charles "Chot" VanAusdall, Cincinnati, OH
  • Roberto Viramontes, Los Angeles, CA


  • Dr. Catherine Cushinberry, Executive Director
  • Jane Beach, Director of Administrative Services
  • Nita Rudy, Director of Programs and Training
  • Joann Mickens, Director of Chapter Services
  • Julius E. Rainey, Jr., Director of IT
  • Lashron "Shonnie" Cooley, Membership Services Coordinator
  • Chiquikta Fountain, Program/Training Manager, Delta MS
  • Sally Gray, Program/Training Manager, Northeast MS
  • Victoria Peters, Program/Training Manager, Pine Belt MS
  • Myya Robinson, Program/Training Manager, Gulf Coast MS

Advisory Board

  • Anne L. Bryant, Ph.D., Arlington, VA
  • Kelly Butler, Jackson, MS
  • James Comer, Ph.D., New Haven, CT
  • Linda Darling-Hammond, Ph.D., Stanford, CA
  • John N. Dornan, Raleigh, NC
  • Richard C. Harwood, Washington, DC
  • Karen L. Mapp, Ph.D., Cambridge, MA
  • David Matthews, Ph.D., Dayton, OH
  • C. Kent McGuire, Ph.D., Atlanta, GA
  • Deborah Meier, Hillsdale, NY
  • Hayes Mizell, Columbia, SC
  • Dick Molpus, Jackson, MS
  • Aurelio M. Montemayor, San Antonio, TX
  • Pedro Noguera, Ph.D., New York, NY
  • Lyndon L. Olson, Jr., Waco, TX
  • The Honorable Lt. Governor Bill Ratliff, Mount Pleasant, TX
  • The Honorable Richard W. "Dick" Riley, Greenville, SC
  • The Honorable Governor Ted Strickland, Columbus, OH
  • Angela Valenzuela, Ph.D., Austin, TX
  • The Honorable Governor William F. Winter, Jackson, MS
  • The Honorable Governor Bob Wise, Washington, DC