The Board of Trustees

The role of the St. George's Board of Trustees is to lead the school strategically so to ensure the viability of its mission and the school’s overall sustainability.  Our three campuses, located in Germantown, Memphis, and Collierville, are governed in accordance with its Charter of Incorporation and governed by a single board of trustees. Board members are elected to a term of three years and may serve two consecutive terms. Standing committees of the board of trustees include the Executive, Finance, and Building and Grounds committees. Currently, the School Life Committee operates as an ad hoc committee of the board. The St. George’s Independent School Foundation, incorporated separately, is comprised of trustees and ex-officio members of the St. George’s Independent School Board of Trustees and oversees the school’s fund raising.

Profiles of Trustees are below.

Officers for 2017-18:
Mr. Jere S. McGuffee II, Chair
Mr. Richard W. McDuffie, Vice-Chair
Mr. Michael K. Waddell, Treasurer
Mrs. Elaine K. Sanders, Secretary


Board of Trustees 2017-2018

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Wilson P. Barton, III

Mr. Barton is the Director of Franchise Development at Dobbs Brothers Management Service where he oversees all real estate and financial matters for the company. He has a liberal arts degree from the University of Mississippi. The Bartons are active members of Fellowship Memphis Church. Mr. Barton and his wife, Kristin, are residents of Memphis and have four children, Wil '14, John '17, Olivia '18, and Meghan '20.

Kirsten N. Cannon (ex-officio - young alumna)

Kirsten Cannon is a therapist at Lakeside Behavioral Health System and is responsible for psychosocial assessments, therapy, treatment planning and case management, and crisis intervention is adult services units. A 2008 graduate of St. George’s Independent School, Kirsten received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Memphis as well as a M.S. in counseling. Ms. Cannon is a communicant at Hope Presbyterian Church.

James A. Cole

Mr. Cole is the owner of Poplar Wines and Spirits. Prior to opening his own business, he was a retail wine salesperson with Victor L. Robilio and Co. He has an M.B.A. from the University of Mississippi and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association. Mr. Cole and his family are active members at Christ United Methodist Church. Jimmy and his wife, Ann, have three girls, Callaway ’13, Channell ‘17 and Jacqueline ‘19.

Timothy "Hunter" Cowan (ex-officio - young alumnus)

Hunter Cowan is a Fixed Income Broker at Raymond James and Associates, where he specializes in financial strategies and services for institutions. He attended Millsaps College and played football his freshman year. He is a graduate of University of Mississippi with a degree in Business Administration. Mr. Cowan is also a 2008 graduate of St. Georges Independent School, and attended St. George’s Day School since prekindergarten in 1993. Hunter served on the St. George’s Head of School search committee in 2014, helping in the selection of Ross Peters as new Head of School. He serves on the Impact Council for Slingshot Memphis, a non-profit organization fighting poverty here in Memphis.  Hunter has also served on the Memphis Chapter of Ducks Unlimited since 2014. Hunter is married to Miller Crenshaw Cowan who is also a 2011 St. George’s graduate. They both attend Calvary Episcopal Church and live in East Memphis.

David G. East

David East a Partner and Director of Due Diligence for Gerber/Taylor Capital Advisors, Inc.  He has previously been a manager in the Audit Division of Arthur Andersen, LLP.  He obtained his CPA certification in 1991, and graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Professional Accountancy in 1989.  He currently serves on the SGIS Investment Committee and is treasurer of Man Rise Foundation.  He and his wife, Deborah, are parents to Alex ’15, Stephen ’16, Avery ’20, and Addison ’27.

Tamecca S. Fitzpatrick

Dr. Tamecca Fitzpatrick is currently a Program Chair and Professor at Ashford University. She has previously served as an Associate Professor (Southwest Tennessee Community College), an Instructor (LeMoyne-Owen College), a teacher (Campus School at the University of Memphis), and a Chair and team member on several local accreditation site visits (AdvancED SACS CASI). Since joining the SGIS community she has actively volunteered and served as the Elementary Fall Fundraising Chair (2016) Admissions Support Co-Chair and 6th Grade Co-Room Mom (2017). Dr. Fitzpatrick received her B.A and M.A from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and Ed.D. from the University of North Texas. She and her husband, Gaylan, are the proud parents of two children, Miya ’23 and Gavin ’26.

Lowry H. Howell

Mr. Lowry H. Howell is a Principal and Senior Analyst at Southeastern Asset Management, Inc. He joined the firm in 2006. Prior to this, Mr. Howell was a Security Analyst and Principal at Flippin, Bruce & Porter, Lynchburg from 2000 to 2005. From 1995 to 2000, he was an Equity Analyst and Associate Vice President at Southern Capital Advisors, Memphis. Mr. Howell is a C.F.A. charter holder, receiving it in 1999. He received an M.S. in accounting in 1996 and a B.A. in finance in 1995, both from Rhodes College. Lowry and his wife, Laura, have one child, Hannah Grace '19.

Rubye J. Knight

Ms. Knight has spent over 20 years in business strategy and technology. Most recently she was the Worldwide Director of Competitive Sales and Strategy for Microsoft. Currently, she is the Chief Innovation Officer for Slingshot Memphis Org. and a Business Executive for Avanade Inc. in their sales community. Ms. Knight has a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a Master in Business Administration. Ms. Knight is mother to three St. George's students -  McKenzie ’22, Justin ’24 and Rylee ’27.

The Rev. John P. Leach (ex-officio - clergy)

The Rev. John P. Leach is the Rector of the Church of the Holy Apostles, Episcopal. Prior to his arrival at Holy Apostles, Father Leach served as Vicar and then Rector of Church of the Annunciation in Cordova, TN. Prior to entering seminary, John was the Director of Youth Ministry at Church of the Holy Communion in Memphis and also served as the Diocesan Youth Coordinator. John holds a B.B.A. from Millsaps College and a Master in Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary. He is currently a candidate for the Doctor in Ministry degree from Virginia Theological Seminary. In addition to his service to the church and school, Father Leach serves on the Advisory Board of Fairhaven Treatment Center and is a participant in Leadership Collierville.

Sheryl A. Jackson

Sheryl Jackson is Communications Manager, Retail and Commercial Operations for AutoZone. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Tennessee State University and a Master of Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University. Sheryl spent several years in Maine and Florida working for major manufacturers and distributors of Federal Drug Administration-regulated medical devices and electronic computer assemblies.  She has been a volunteer tutor for Memphis City Schools, mentor for a teen girls’ book club, and previously held positions as SGIS Parents Association New Family Chair, Vice President and President – Memphis Campus. She is the mother of twin daughters Keegan ’25 and Kerrigan ‘25.  Sheryl and her family are members of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church.

Wendy McCrory

Ms. McCrory is President of Hot and Spicy Holdings, LLC. She negotiated the original franchise agreement with the Bonner family and original owner of Gus’ Fried Chicken. Mrs. McCrory and her husband, Matt, have opened Gus’ Franchises across the United States. They have one daughter, Sophia '27.

Richard W. McDuffie

Mr. McDuffie received his B.B.A. in finance from Mississippi State University's College of Business and Industry. Currently with Dunavant Enterprises, he is Chief Operating Officer of Dunavant Global Logistics. Mr. McDuffie has over 20 years of global Multi-industry Fortune 500 Supply Chain experience in operations, process re-engineering/implementation, and business start-up and development with AutoZone, Williams-Sonoma, Inc., and Cardinal Logistics. He is also an alumnus of the New Memphis Institute and continues to support Bridges USA and Concord Academy, a program that provides special needs students the opportunity to earn a regular high school diploma. Members of the St. George’s community since 2005, he and his wife, Sandra, have two girls, Courtney ’12 and Ashley ’15. They attend Christ United Methodist Church.

Jere S. McGuffee, II

Mr. McGuffee serves as the manager of Piper Jaffray's  Southeastern Region for Public Finance Services. A specialist in devising creative financing techniques to meet the needs of municipal clients, he has over 25 years of experience in the business. Prior to joining Piper Jaffray in 2011, Mr. McGuffee spent his career both in the Southeast and on Wall Street working with regional, national and international firms such as Ernst & Young, Morgan Keegan, Bear Stearns, and Deutsche Bank. He has a B.B.A. in finance from Memphis State University and a M.B.A. from Emory University. Mr. McGuffee holds a General Securities Registered Representatives Series 7 License and Municipal Securities Series 53 and 63 licenses. Mr. McGuffee and his wife, Angie, are residents of Germantown and have two children, Mac '16 and Morgan '19.

J. Scott Murphy

Scott Murphy is Vice President, Strategic Planning and Business Development for AutoZone, where he has served on the CEO Team since 2007. Prior to joining AutoZone in 2003, Mr. Murphy was Vice President and Controller for ResortQuest International and began his career as a CPA with Arthur Andersen. He has a B.B.A. in accounting from Millsaps College and a M.B.A. from Christian Brothers University. Mr. Murphy previously was a board member of Lifeblood for five years, where he served on the executive, audit and strategic planning committees and as a board member of the Exchange Club Family Center for ten years, holding multiple terms as treasurer and secretary. Mr. Murphy and his family are active members of St. Patrick Presbyterian Church where he has served on the finance committee and as an elementary Sunday school teacher. Mr. Murphy and his wife, Martha, are residents of Collierville and have three children, Maggie ’19, Mac ’22 and Mary Alice ’23.


Mollie M. Newman

Ms. Newman is the President of Financial Resource Consulting, Inc. and former vice president of the National Bank of Commerce. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and has an M.S. in finance and cconomics from the University of Memphis. Ms. Newman is also a 1975 graduate of St. George’s Day School. She served as St. George’s Day School Treasurer and Board Chair, as well as St. George’s High School Board Chair. Ms. Newman and her husband, Scott, have two children John and Mary Caroline.

J. Ross Peters (ex-officio - Head of School)

Mr. J. Ross Peters is the Head of School at St. George's Independent School, having moved to Memphis in 2015 from Atlanta, where he served as Head of Upper School at The Westminster Schools. Previously at Hawken School in Cleveland, Ohio and Asheville School in Asheville, North Carolina, he began his career as an English teacher and a tennis and lacrosse coach at Providence Day School in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ever the educator, Mr. Peters' most cherished professional accomplishment is being named one of only 26 Georgia STAR teachers this spring, having been nominated by a former student. The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program honors Georgia's highest achieving high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development. The STAR award is the highest honor a teacher can receive in the state of Georgia. Mr. Peters and his wife, Katie, live in Collierville and have one daughter, Eleanor '22.

M. E. "Beth" Porter (ex-officio - CFO)

Mary Elizabeth ("Beth") Porter serves as CFO of St. George's Independent School. She holds a B.A. in accounting from the University of Mississippi and brings experience as a corporate controller and auditor at a public accounting firm. Married to Joel and mother to Joel '15, Margaret '16 and Emma '25, Ms. Porter enjoys skiing and reading. In October 2012, Ms. Porter won the Memphis Business Journal's CFO of the Year Award in the category of non-profit company (less than $30 million).

Elaine K. Sanders

Ms. Sanders is Senior Counsel at FedEx Corporation. She provides advice and counsel regarding customer issues and contracts, marketing agreements, and service offerings. She received her B.A. from the University of Tulsa and Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma. Ms. Sanders and her family are active members of Holy Apostles Episcopal Church. Ms. Sanders and her husband, Jeffrey A. Dlabach, reside in Eads and have three children, Isabel ‘20, Nicholas ‘22, and Reese ‘23.

Emily C. Shaw (ex-officio - Parents Association President)

Emily Shaw has been an active parent and volunteer at St. George's for many years, currently serving as the President of the Parents Association. Receiving her education at University of Mississippi and Blue Mountain College, she is married to Craig and has two children, Carter '21 and Briley '28. The Shaws attend Collierville United Methodist Church.


Charles K. Slatery

Mr. Slatery is the President at NFC Investments, Inc. and also serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University where he majored in history. He received his M.B.A. from the University of Tennessee. Mr. Slatery served as treasurer of St. George’s Day School, and Board Chair and Treasurer of St. George’s High School. He is married to Jane and they have three sons Kyle '98, Wil '07 and Jack '09. Kyle is a member of the St. George's upper school faculty and is the boys varsity lacrosse coach.

Anne H. Stokes

Ms. Stokes has played an integral role in several Memphis organizations over the years. She is currently an Honorary member of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis having served 10 years. She also serves on the board of ArtsMemphis and is a former board member of Elmwood Cemetery, MIFA, The Hope Foundation, Memphis Botanic Gardens, Junior League of Memphis, and Coalition for the Homeless. Ms. Stokes is the mother of Mim Brown, former St. George’s middle school English/Math enrichment teacher, and Elizabeth Bran, St. George’s Director of Counseling and Learning Services. She and her family are active members of Idlewild Presbyterian Church. Ms. Stokes and her husband, John, are residents of Memphis. They have three children, John, Mim, and Elizabeth. They also have 12 grandchildren, eight of whom are St. George’s graduates.

Rajiv Subramaniam

Rajiv Subramaniam works in the Information Technology division at FedEx Services, where he manages the department responsible for customer systems. He received an M.S. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Arizona State University. He and his wife, Poorna, are residents of Germantown and have one son, Ashwin ’26.

Van D. Turner, Jr.

Mr. Turner is a partner at Brittenum Bruce, PLLC. His professional experiences include practicing primarily in the areas of business transactions and litigation, employment law, education law, and regulatory law. Prior to joining Brittenum Bruce, he was of counsel at Butler Snow and in-house counsel for the Memphis City Schools. As in-house counsel for Memphis City Schools, he represented the board in real estate transactions, litigation matters, governmental relations, and regulatory and compliance issues. Mr. Turner and his wife, Tammie, are residents of Memphis and have three children, Malik, Masai, and Malia. Mr. Turner and his family are active members of Metropolitan Baptist Church.

Michael K. Waddell

Mike Waddell is Executive Vice President, Chief Operating and Financial Officer for FTN Financial, the capital markets division of First Horizon National Corporation (First Tennessee Bank) and a member of the First Horizon Executive Management Committee. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University and is an alumnus of the New Memphis Institute (formerly The Leadership Academy), and he and his wife, Anne, are also long-time supporters of the United Way of the Mid-South, Youth Villages, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, among other non-profit organizations. They have four daughters, Christen, Catherine, Mary Anne and Sarah Grace ‘18.

Dr. Lisa J. Young

Dr. Lisa Young is an adult cardiologist at the Sutherland Cardiology Clinic, where she has been employed for over 12 years. She has a B.S. degree in chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, New York. She completed her medical training while serving in the U. S. Navy for over ten years. Dr. Young is a member of the Board of Directors of the State Volunteer Medical Insurance Company, where she also serves on the undewriting committee. She is also on the board of directors for the Metrocare Organization.  Dr. Young and her family attend New Sardis Baptist Church. Dr. Young and her husband, Kevin, live in Germantown and have three children, Kevin Jr., Kellen ’14 and Kym ’21.

Thomas S. Young

Mr. Young is Co-CEO of StoneRiver Pharmacy Solutions, a leading provider of workers' compensation prescription programs. With over 60,000 participating pharmacies, SPS offers the largest workers’ compensation-specific network for processing workers’ compensation pharmacy claims. Mr. Young is a graduate of the University of Mississippi. Mr. Young and his wife, Lauren, are residents of Memphis and have three children, Stuart '21, Wilson '25, and Parker '30.

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