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 Board Members


The Rockdale County Board of Education is composed of seven members who serve four-year terms. Board members are elected at large, bi-partisan by the qualified voters of Rockdale County. Elections are held every two years with two members being elected at one such election and five members being elected at the election two years later.


BarksdaleWEB.jpgMr. Wales Barksdale was elected to serve as Board Vice Chairman for 2015 and 2016.  He began serving his first term on the Board in January 2005.  He served as Vice Chairman in 2007 and 2008, and as Chairman in 2009 and 2010.  He served a second term as Chairman  during 2011 and 2012.  He also serves on the Board Finance Committee, The Truancy Protocol Committee, and the RCPS Truancy Protocol Committee.

Mr. Barksdale is self-employed as an attorney.  His firm is Wales F. Barksdale PC.


DowdyWEB.jpgMr. Tony Dowdy began his first term as a Board member in January 2013.  He attended Rockdale County High School until his senior year when his family moved out of state.  After graduation, Tony returned to Rockdale County and has been living here for 25 years. 

A father of six and now a grandfather, Tony is currently a salesperson in the concrete ready-mix industry.  He served as Vice President of the Rockdale County Home Builder’s Association for 15 years.  He holds an associate’s degree in business from DeKalb Community College. 

Mr. Dowdy currently serves as the President-Elect of the Rotary Club of Rockdale County.

HotchkissWEB.jpgMr. Jim McBrayer was elected to serve a second term as Board Chairman for 2015 and 2016.  He began his first term on the Board in January 2011.  A graduate of Georgia Southern College and Georgia College, Jim is a retired educator and was also a popular athletic coach at the high school level.

Jim and his wife are residents of Rockdale County.


NorthWEB.jpgMs. Mandy North began serving her first term on the Board of Education in January 2013.
A graduate of Georgia State University with a BBA in Accounting, Mandy is the owner of two local small businesses in the county.  With her own CPA practice and mobile advertising business, she also manages to be actively involved in her three sons’ extracurricular activities and her home church at Rockdale Baptist.  She has one child currently attending Heritage High School and a son who will graduate from the University of Georgia in May 2015.
PharrWEB.jpgMs. Sharon Pharr began her first term on the Board in January 2013.  Originally from Montgomery, AL, she is a long-time resident of Rockdale County.  Sharon moved here in 1978 from Los Angeles, CA, and has three children who attended Rockdale’s schools. 
Ms. Pharr is employed by Mayer Electric Supply Company as a credit manager.


Brad Smith

Brad Smith new WEB.jpgMr. Brad Smith was elected to serve as Board Vice Chairman for 2013 and 2014.  He began serving his first term on the Board of Education in January 2009.

Brad is a 1984 graduate of Heritage High School and he retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2004, having served in Desert Storm, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He is a member of the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce, Board Member of Honor Flight Conyers, and a member of American Legion Post 77 in Conyers. Brad is a lifetime member of the Air Force Sergeants Association. He holds two degrees, Personnel Management and Aircraft Armament Systems Technology, from the Community College of the Air Force.
Brad owns and operates Olde Town Awards & Engraving and is a fireman for the City of Covington, Georgia.
Katrina P. Young is the Director, Continuing Education of Economic Development at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.  At Georgia Piedmont, she is responsible for continuing education programs and customized training for business and industry in Morgan, Newton and Rockdale counties.
Currently serving in her third elected term on the Rockdale County Board of Education, Katrina first took office in January 2007 and serves on the Strategic Planning Committee.  She was unanimously nominated and selected by her peers to serve as the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) District 4 Director representing Decatur, DeKalb, Newton and Rockdale county schools.  Ms. Young is appointed to the GSBA Executive Board and GSBA Risk Management Board.  Ms. Young was recently selected by Governor Nathan Deal to serve on his Education Advisory Board and will meet with the governor and his staff over the next year to provide input on education policy issues facing the state.
Ms. Young is very active in multiple civic organizations including the Rotary Club of Conyers, Rockdale Emergency Relief, Conyers-Rockdale Leadership Collaborative and the Conyers-Rockdale Council of the Arts. 
Ms. Young earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from Georgia State University.  She is a member of Springfield Baptist Church and serves in ministry leadership.  Katrina is married to Simeon Young and they have a son Simeon Young II, daughter Sharnel Young and daughter-in-law Samantha Young.



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