The Brentwood School Board of Directors is made up of volunteers from area businesses, the community and educational leaders. The 2017 - 2018 Board of Directors are Cliff Sheppard, Chair; Ken Bibb, Vice Chair; Charles Tarbutton, Treasurer; Layne Kitchens, Secretary; Michael Atkinson; David Brooker; Conni Fennell Burley; Kevin Cobb; Anne Knox Hodges; Lee Lord; Joy Norris; Donna Smith; Michele Strickland; Ben Tarbutton, III; and Brian Wright.
Effective governance is an imperative foundation for a healthy independent school. A 15-member Board of Directors (Trustees) has the fiduciary responsibility for the school and sets the policy for the operation of the school. The Head of School is the Chief Operating Officer and carries out the policies of the Board. Listed below are Brentwood's Board of Directors and a brief biography.
Mr. Cliff Sheppard, Chair
After graduating from Middle Georgia College, Mr. Sheppard received his Bachelor's degree from Georgia Southwestern College. Mr. Sheppard has been a member of the Brentwood Board of Directors since the 1988-1989 school year, including Vice Chairman of the Board from 1995-1999 and Chairman of the Board since the 1999-2000 school year.
Mr. Sheppard is President of Howard Sheppard, Inc., Chairman of the Board of Citizens Bank of Washington County, and a member and past Chairman of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Board. He and his wife, Dianne, and two sons, Trey and Mitch, are members of the First Baptist Church in Sandersville.
Mr. Ken Bibb, Vice Chair
Mr. Bibb received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee and has been a member of the Brentwood Board of Directors since the 1998 - 1999 school year. He has been Vice Chairman of the Board since the 1999- 2000 school year.
Mr. Bibb is President of the George D. Warthen Bank. He is a past President and member of the Sandersville Rotary Club. He also serves on the Washington County Chamber of Commerce Board.
He and his wife Deana have three daughters: Callie, Kessler, and McFerrin. They are active members of the Sandersville United Methodist Church.
Mr. Charles Tarbutton, Treasurer
Mr. Tarbutton, a life-long resident of Sandersville, graduated from Emory University School of Business with a degree in finance.
He is Assistant Vice President of the Sandersville Railroad Company and also serves on the Georgia College and State University Foundation Board, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation Board, the Georgia Department of Economic Development Board, and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Board. He is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sandersville Technical College, past Chairman of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, and past Chairman of the Board of Leadership Georgia.
Mr. Tarbutton and his wife, Helen, and their three children, Mary Helen, Charlie, and Bradley are members of Sandersville United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Layne Kitchens, Secretary
Mrs. Kitchens is a graduate of Brentwood School (class of 1981). She received her Bachelors Degree from Georgia Southern University, Cum Laude and Phi Kappa Phi, and earned her Master's Degree with honors from the University of South Carolina. Mrs. Kitchens has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1999 and Secretary of the Board of Directors since the 2001 school year.
Mrs. Kitchens is a nurse practitioner with Washington County Internal Medicine. She serves as Secretary for the Board of Directors of the Washington County Historical Society. She is also a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She and her husband, Dr. Kim Kitchens, along with their sons Nathaniel and Christopher, are members of First Baptist Church of Sandersville.
Mr. Michael Atkinson
Mr. Atkinson is a graduate of Brentwood School (class of 1983) and received degrees from North Georgia Technical College and Athens Technical College. He is President of Atkinson Oil Company, President of Bio Trans Intermodal, past President of the Sandersville Rotary Club, past Director of Georgia Oilman's Association, and past President of the Twin City Country Club.
He and his wife, Kelly, and their two daughters, Ellie and Kate, are members of the Sandersville United Methodist Church.
Mr. David Brooker
Mr. Brooker received his Bachelors degree from Georgia Southern University in 1992. He is a 1999 graduate of the Georgia Bankers Association's and University of Georgia's School of Banking. David is also a 2002 graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. He is also a graduate of Brentwood School (class of 1987). Mr. Brooker has been a member of the Brentwood Board of Directors since the 2007-2008 school year.
David is President and Board Member of Citizens Bank of Washington County, Chairman of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, past treasurer of Brentwood's PTO and Alumni Council, Vice-Chairman of the LIFE Board, and member of the Sandersville Lions Club.
He and his wife, Anne, and their three children, Caleb, Katie and Cannon are members of the First Baptist Church of Sandersville.
Mrs. Conni Fennell Burley
Mrs. Burley is a graduate of Brentwood School (Class of '84). She received her Bachelors degree from the University of Georgia. Mrs. Burley served in marketing and public relations positions in South Carolina, Ohio, and Tennessee before returning "home" to Georgia. She is Vice President of Sweat & Associates, LLC.
Mrs. Burley is involved with Leadership Georgia and serves as the Director of Women's Ministry at Brown Memorial Baptist Church in Wrightsville where she and her family are members.
Mrs. Burley and her husband Blaine, have three children: Blaize, 2014 Brentwood graduate, and Brandt and Brock, current students at Brentwood School.
Mr. Kevin Cobb
Mr. Cobb is a 1979 graduate of Brentwood School. He received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Georgia in Agricultural Economics. He is the Vice President of Ag Lending at Queensborough National Bank and Trust Co. Mr. Cobb is the past chairman of the Farm Service Agency county committee and the past president of the Twin City Country Club. He and his family are members of Friendship Baptist Church where he serves as a deacon and Sunday School teacher.
Mr.Cobb and his wife, Allison (Brentwood Class of 1984), have four children: Trevor and Tucker, who are Brentwood graduates; Morgan, who is a current Brentwood student; and Jordan Grace.
Mrs. Anne Knox Hodges
Mrs. Hodges is originally from Monroe, Georgia and received her Bachelor's degree in Business-Finance from the University of Georgia. She is a former eighteen-year employee of Wachovia Corporate Services in Treasury Services; she currently owns Knoxi's Silver Shoppe located in Warthen Lane Interiors and is a tennis instructor and Varsity and Junior Varsity coach at Brentwood School.
Mrs. Hodges and her husband, Allen, have 3 children: Suzanna, a 2012 Brentwood graduate, Allie, a 2014 Brentwood graduate, and Marshall, a current 11th grade student at Brentwood. She and her family are active members of the First Christian Church of Sandersville. Mrs. Hodges is a member and past president of the Transylvania Club, Music Club, and the Guild; she is past program chair and Board member of Leadership Georgia; and she is also an active Board member of the Washington County Community Concert Association.
Mr. Lee Lord
Mr. Lord, a life-long resident of Sandersville, served in the Georgia Army National Guard from 1970 through 1976. He has worked in state and local government since 1972. He served as County Administrator for the Washington County Board of Commissioners from 1983 through 2010.
He and his family are members of the Sandersville United Methodist Church, where he served as Sunday School Secretary and as a member of the Finance Committee. He has previously served on the Administrative Board.
Lee and his wife, Bett, have two children, Adam (Brentwood class of 1998) and Fran (Brentwood Class of 2002).
Mrs. Joy Norris
Mrs. Norris graduated from Brentwood School in 1974 and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Georgia in 1977 with her Bachelors degree. She has been a member of the Brentwood Board of Directors since the 2001-2002 school year.
Mrs. Norris is a commercial insurance agent, Certified Insurance Counselor, and Certified Risk Manager for Moye's Insurance Agency, a company of Doherty, Duggan, Hart and Tiernan in Sandersville. She is past Chairman of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce and past President of the Pilot Club. She currently serves as a member of the local advisory board for the Boys and Girls Club of WashingtonCounty.
Mrs. Norris and her husband, Wayne, have two children, Patrick and Emily, who are Brentwood graduates. They are members of the Davisboro United Methodist Church, where Mrs. Norris serves as the Church Treasurer and is a Sunday school teacher.
Mrs. Donna Smith
Mrs. Smith graduated from Brentwood School and obtained both Bachelors and Masters degrees from Georgia College and State University. She has been a member of the Board since 2015.
Mrs. Smith is the Internal Audit Manager at Thiele Kaolin Company. She is past member of the Brentwood Boosters Club and past Treasurer of the Brentwood Alumni Council.
She and her husband, Chris, have two children: Tristan, Brentwood graduate and student at University of Georgia; and Kirstan, a Brentwood student. They are active members of Mt. Gilead Primitive Baptist Church.
Mrs. Michele Strickland
Mrs. Strickland graduated from Brentwood School in 1988 and from Georgia College in 1992 with her Bachelor's Degree in Middle Grades Education. Mrs. Strickland furthered her education at Georgia College by graduating with a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership in 2000 and a Specialist's Degree in Educational Leadership in 2003. She has been a member of the Brentwood Board of Directors since March 2016.
Mrs. Strickland taught at Brentwood from 1992-2006. At that time, Mrs. Strickland went to work at Oconee Fall Line Technical College (Sandersville Technical College). She is the Dean of Academic Affairs at the college.
Mrs. Strickland is married to Lee Strickland, a 1984 graduate of Brentwood. They have two children, Sarah Elizabeth (Class of 2013) and Benjamin (Class of 2016). They are members of the First Baptist Church of Sandersville. Mrs. Strickland serves as Church Clerk and is a Sunday School teacher.
Mr. Ben J. Tarbutton, III
Mr. Tarbutton graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is currently in his first year of service on the Brentwood Board of Directors. Mr. Tarbutton is President of the Sandersville Railroad Company, a shortline railroad located in Sandersville, Georgia. The Sandersville Railroad has been in operation since 1893 and hauls various commodities including kaolin, wood chips, and plastics.
Mr. Tarbutton is active in his community and at the state level. Presently, he serves as a member of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, as a Board of Director of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the American Shortline and Regional Railroad Association, the Georgia Railroad Association, and as the Vice Chairman of the Washington County Industrial Development Authority. He is past Chairman of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, Leadership Georgia, Washington County Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Higher Education Facilities Authority and past President of the Georgia Railroad Association and the Sandersville Rotary.
He resides in Sandersville with his wife and three children where they are active members of Sandersville United Methodist Church.
Mr. Brian Wright
Mr. Wright is a graduate of Brentwood School (class of 1991) and received his Bachelor's Degree from The Georgia Institute of Technology.
Brian is a partner of Wright and Wright, P.C., a past Rotary Club President, and a past Brentwood Alumni Council President. He and his wife, Jennifer, and their three children, Mary James, Will, and Carrie, are members of the Sandersville United Methodist Church.