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.
Mr. Wales Barksdale 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.
Wales operates Barksdale Law Firm in Conyers.
Mr. 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. Jim McBrayer was elected to serve as Board Chairman for 2013 and 2014. 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.
Ms. 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 two children currently attending Heritage High School, while one is currently studying at The University of Georgia.
Ms. 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.
Mr. 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.
Currently serving in her second elected term, Mrs. Katrina Young first took office in January 2007.
Katrina serves on the finance and Magnet School advisory committees. She served on district strategic planning, Board Ethics and Standard Policy Review, and Naming Facilities Policy committees. She was selected by her peers to the Georgia School Boards Association District 4 Directorship and represents Decatur City, DeKalb, Newton and Rockdale counties. She is on the GSBA’s Governmental Operations Committee, is a mentor for GSBA Mentoring Program and represents the Board for GSBA’s Delegate Assembly. She is a member of the National School Boards Association Federal Relations Network and former member of the National Black Caucus of School Board Members.
She has held an array community leadership positions and currently serves on the Congressional Black Caucus Spouse Scholarship Committee and Boyz to Men of Honor advisory board.
Katrina is a 1984 graduate of Georgia State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration-Marketing. She is an alumnus of Leadership Rockdale. She and her husband are the parents of a son and a daughter.