Michael “Bull” Brown program director/CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of the Coffee County Region (GA) leads a 21st CCLC afterschool site for over 130 students from K-9th Grade providing opportunities from academic enrichment to STEM, tennis, yoga, gardening and more.
Carol F. Lewis serves as the State Director and CEO of Communities In Schools of Georgia, a statewide nonprofit providing support to K-12 students at risk of school failure. Carol has a background in social services, education, and volunteer services. Rooted in her experience is 20 + years with Communities In Schools facilitating and supporting the Communities In Schools model of providing integrated student support services in partnership with local schools districts and state-level education policy. A Georgia Education Policy Fellow, Carol has served on numerous state-level youth and education committees including the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services State of Hope Advisory Council, Georgia Department of Education ESEA Federal Programs Subcommittee, Communities In Schools National TQS Governance Committee, Communities In Schools National President’s Collaborative Council and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Development Committee for Communities In Schools National.
Jillian Luchner, as Policy Manager for the Afterschool Alliance, tracks, maps and advocates for policy that supports youth across the 80% of time when school is out including before school afterschool and summer. She works with partners in the field including afterschool programs, state level program directors, educators, the private sector, students and parents to share innovations of how federal funds can be leveraged through partnerships to support successful student outcomes in school, life, college, and career. A former 9th grade teacher and afterschool and summer educator, Jillian aims to build bridges among communities and funding streams that serve our nation’s youth.
Kim Miller, Assistant Superintendent of Standards, Instruction & Assessment of Coffee County Schools, administers the 21st Century program and has seen the student impacts of investing in quality afterschool.