Board Directory

Kenneth Tennyson Asher

Board Chair

Kenneth Tennyson is GCA's Governing Board Chair. Kenneth is a Financial & Treasury Advisor specializing in treasury and financial risk management consulting. Kenneth has over 15 years leading and directing different organizational initiatives to improve global cash and liquidity, operations, and risk management at PwC, SunTrust, Robinson Humphrey, and United Parcel Services. Kenneth holds the Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) credential from the Association of Financial Professionals (AFP) and has a M.S. degree in Finance from Webster University George H. Walker School of Business & Technology.

John Brooks

Board Member

John Brooks is Chief Executive Officer of Clarity Consulting Group with over 26 years of experience in senior executive human resources management, organizational development and technology consulting in the government, nonprofit and private sectors. Prior to founding Clarity Consulting Group, John served in various chief human resource officer and senior human resources management roles in institutions and systems including the Missouri State Office of Administration Division of Personnel, Missouri State Supreme Court, University of Missouri System (Administration, Healthcare, MOREnet, eMINTS, MOBIUS), the University System of Georgia, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Tennessee Technological University, Armstrong State University and Radford University. He has also served as senior consultant and project director for several large human resources and payroll enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems (PeopleSoft, Banner, ADP, Oracle HCM, Kronos, Workday).

Mr. Brooks holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Missouri State University and Bachelor of Science degrees in Criminal Justice Administration and Psychology from Drury University.

Eric Cochling

Board Member

Eric Cochling is Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the Georgia Center for Opportunity (GCO), an independent, non-partisan, and solutions-focused nonprofit, whose mission it is to create opportunities for a quality education, fulfilling work, and a healthy family life for all Georgians. Prior to joining GCO, he was in private practice for eight years with a focus on business formation, real estate, contract negotiations, estate planning, and civil disputes.

Eric is a licensed attorney in the State of Georgia and received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Georgia and his juris doctorate and master’s degree in public administration from Georgia State University. Eric has served on a number of boards and is currently on the founding board of The Other Side Academy – Atlanta. He and his wife have three children and serve as children ministry coaches at their church.

Dr. Amos Johnson

Board Member

Amos Johnson Jr. PhD leads and pastors Church for Entrepreneurs, a church without walls that equips believers across the world to succeed at their God-given entrepreneurial calling by teaching them the Word of God from and entrepreneurial perspective, providing them with godly counsel along their entrepreneurial journey and praying for their success. Dr. Johnson is also an Associate Professor in Computer Science at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Juli McBrayer

Board Member

Juliann Sergi McBrayer, Ed.D. is an Assistant Professor and Program Director in P-12 Educational Leadership at Georgia Southern University. She holds a Doctorate and Educational Specialist from Georgia Southern University, a Master’s degree from Ohio University, and a Bachelor's degree from SUNY College at Buffalo. She has served 20 years as an educational leadership assistant professor, educational program coordinator, instructional school leader, professional development and federal programs coordinator, classroom teacher and teacher leader. As a scholarly practitioner, her research interests include the development, implementation, and assessment of educational leadership and teacher preparation programs with a focus on purposeful, collaborative, and sustainable professional learning, specifically professional learning communities and programming to ensure effectiveness and accountability.

Mark Peevy

Board Member

Mark serves as the Technical College System of Georgia’s Assistant Commissioner for Governmental/Legislative Affairs and all Secondary Education Initiatives where he manages TCSG’s Legislative Affairs/Governmental Relations and also leads a team that manages all Secondary-facing initiatives (to include all Dual Enrollment efforts and the Georgia College & Career Academy network) across the entire state. He is also a leader in the charter school and education reform arenas and has served as Board Chair for the Georgia Charter Schools Association, former Executive Director of the Georgia Charter Schools Commission, and as CEO of one of Georgia’s College & Career Academies. He has extensive entrepreneurial and business-world experience as both a start-up entrepreneur and a business owner. He is a 1992 graduate of Princeton University, a 2008 graduate of Leadership Georgia, and a proud 20-year Veteran of the U.S. Army.

Dr. Karen Terry

Board Member

Dr. Karen Terry is an Assistant Professor at Valdosta State University in the Department of Teacher Education, teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Her research interests include teacher leadership, education policy, and disruptive innovation. Prior to moving to higher education, Dr. Terry was an Academic Administrator for K-12 online cyber academies and was a member of the 2007 inaugural faculty at GCA. She began her teaching career in Gwinnett County and then moved Cobb County. Dr. Terry has undergraduate degrees from Florida State University and Emory University. She received a Master’s of Education from Mercer University and Education Leadership certification from Valdosta State University. Her doctoral degree is from Walden University in the area of Teacher Leadership focusing on best practices in K-12 online learning.