Meet our Governing Board
Leah Nestor (Board Clerk)
Director of Cultural Competency and Inclusion. Leah obtained a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Armstrong Atlantic State University and a Master’s degree in Music Education from The University of Georgia. She has a certification in Administration from Johns Hopkins University. As her passion for music grew, so did her passion for social justice and equity. After extensive Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) training, she took on the role of Director of Cultural Competency at Savannah Country Day School. Leah is the President of a local non-profit, Sponsors of New and Talented Artists, Inc, an organization that provides scholarships for private music lessons. As an advocate for Social Justice and Equity, she is committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming environment for our community. Leah lives in Savannah with her husband and two daughters.
Christen Higgins Clougherty, Ph.D. (Co-Clerk)
Fine Art and Humanities faculty, Savannah State University and Founder/Executive Director of Nobis Project, Inc., an educational non-profit organization that collaborates with and support educators in providing young people with an education that prepares them to become informed, active, and caring global citizens, both at home and abroad. With over 18 years of experience in the field of education, Clougherty works to enhance her own capacity and the capacity of educators to recognize, understand, and address the impact of race, ethnicity, culture, religion, gender, and socioeconomic status in their work both in and out of the classroom. Her honors include recognition as a National Emerging Scholar for K-12 Service-Learning Research (2008 and 2009) by the National Service-Learning Partnership. Clougherty completed her doctoral research on the synthesis of experiential education, service-learning, creative-process theory, and global citizenship education through the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom; Masters of Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design in Fiber Arts; undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with an interdisciplinary major in non-profit business management; founder of Thundersmith Industries, Inc., a non-profit performances art company; former President and board member of the Friends of Oatland (FOO) of the Oatland Island Wildlife Center; founding board member of the Tybee Island Maritime Academy; and co-founder of the Arts Resource Collective of Savannah.
Heather DuCloux (Treasurer)
A Humanities Lecturer at Savannah State University in Savannah, GA. She has served as a YMCA Executive Director and U.S. Army broadcast journalist. As a YMCA Executive Director she represented the organization as a community liaison and chief fundraiser. She has served as a board member on the Milwaukee-based social justice journal Rethinking Schools and currently on Nobis Project, a nonprofit that focuses on professional development for educators.
Brian Joseph "Joe" Huffman, Jr. (Secretary)
Joe grew up in the Savannah, Georgia area wherein he attended the Windsor Forest Elementary School, the DeRenne Middle School, the Savannah High School and then graduated from the Savannah Arts Academy in the year 2000. Joe earned a Bachelor's degree in Music Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory in the year 2005. He then earned a Master of Public Administration from the Georgia State University - Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, as well as a Juris Doctorate from the Georgia State University School of Law, both in the year 2014. Joe is currently a practicing attorney at law with a focus on child advocacy and criminal defense. Joe resides in Savannah, Georgia with his wife and three children.
Kevin Lawver (Board Member)
A technologist and community organizer. Kevin’s been involved in technology since the early days of the World Wide Web, starting his career at AOL where he worked on search engines, early social media apps, and has a patent for some of his work with web standards. He spent 5 years working in web standards representing AOL in the W3C, helped write a book about web development, and has spoken at conferences all over the world. He moved to Savannah in 2008 with his family to be the CTO of a small music startup and fell in love with the area. He’s been involved in growing Savannah’s technology community as a board member with the Creative Coast, the Technology Association of Georgia’s Savannah Chapter, and the Professional Advisory Committee for Georgia Southern’s College of IT. He helped start Geekend, TEDx Creative Coast, runs Savannah’s RailsBridge Chapter which does quarterly free coding workshops, co-founded TechSAV.co which runs several meetups and tries to bring more people into the technology community, and tries to cause as much “good trouble” as possible. He’s passionate about expanding Savannah’s education possibilities and excited to help out at Susie King Taylor.
Patricia M. Stewart, Ph.D. (Board Member)
Patricia has a B.S. in Bacteriology from Virginia State College; M.S. in School Psychology and Ph.D. in Elementary Education, Cognitive Psychology/Statistics from University of Akron (1979). Dr. Stewart experience includes 15 years as an elementary school teacher, counselor and school psychologist in four Ohio school systems; 5 years as an administrator at Kent State University’s Race and Education Desegregation Center; 11 years Chief Operating Officer of Family Services of Summit County (OH) where she oversaw clinical counseling and seven community based services such as integrated teen parent services and case management and interpretation for the Deaf; 15 years Adjunct Faculty at two Ohio Universities and two Georgia Universities in Graduate Counselor Education and Public Administration as well as Undergraduate Education and Human Development; 45 years - cross cultural workshop facilitator, researcher, program evaluator, grant writer, conference presenter; rural to international places and spaces. Recent honors received from American Counselors. Professional, advocacy and trade organization board service and task force participation include Western Reserve Girl Scout Council, Vice President - President - 8 years; President, Pi Lambda Theta, University Chapter; President, Kent Area School Psychologists; Appointed by Governor of Ohio to Adoption Commission; President, Community Services for the Deaf Agencies in Ohio; and served on seven other civic, university and service organization boards and advisory committees. Ohio Licensures included: professional clinical counselor-supervisor- 1987-2017; psychology 1991-2016.
Michael Roach (Parent Representative)
Bio coming soon.