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Dr. Jimmy Stokes
GAEL Executive Director

Dr. Jimmy Stokes was selected to serve as the Executive Director of the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders (GAEL) effective July 1, 2012.

Dr. Stokes has served in a variety of roles in Georgia education in a career that encompasses over forty years. Jimmy Stokes has served as a Chemistry teacher, Assistant Principal, CTAE (Career, Technical, and Agriculture Education) Director, and as Principal of Haralson County, Greene County, and Monroe Area High Schools. Stokes taught at the collegiate level for over twenty years and has been a coach, referee, and announcer for athletic events at the collegiate, high school, and middle school levels.

Dr. Stokes has degrees from Middle Georgia College and the University of West Georgia, as well as a Bachelor's, Master's and Doctorate from University of Georgia. He is the state's only nationally certified School Hearing Officer, and presides over cases in five middle-Georgia counties. In addition to his work with those school systems, Jimmy serves the GASSP as the Legislative Liaison and Lobbyist.

Jimmy is married to Dr. Patricia Stokes and they reside in Madison. They have two daughters, Dona Franks of Madison who is an insurance inspector and Mary Firth of Atlanta who is a language arts teacher at Lakeside High School in DeKalb County. Jimmy is the President of the Rotary Club of Morgan County for 2012-2013. He served as the President of GAEL in 2005-2006.

GAEL Staff

Dr. Jimmy Stokes Executive Director

Patricia Myers Conference Coordinator 706-250-4806
Dusty Smith Chief Operating Officer 706-250-4802
Ginny Smith Financial Coordinator 706-250-4801
Becky Dove Administrative Assistant 706-504-9078
Deborah White Director, Leadership Development (PT) 706-250-4804
Hal Beaver Director, School Improvement (PT) 706-250-4805
John Tippins Collections Support (PT) 706-250-4817
Don Splinter Adminstrative Support (PT)  
Main Office     706-250-4800

Board of Directors


President Jody Barrow Fayette County Schools  
Past President Candace Norton Forsyth County Schools  
President Elect Ben Wiggins Oconee County Schools  
Treasurer Jesse Davis Houston County Schools  
GASSP President Gina Linder Murray County Schools  
GASSP Member Wanda Law Gwinnett County Schools  
GAMSP President Lori Joiner GlynnCounty Schools  
GAMSP Member Melanie Sigler Jefferson City Schools  
GAESP President Donna Bishop Gwinnett County Schools  
GAESP Member Richard Bazemore Monroe County Schools  
GACIS President Bonnie Cochran Paulding County Schools  
GACIS Member Buffy Williams McIntosh County Schols  
G-CASE President Charleette Green Cherokee County Schools  
G-CASE Member Greg McElwee NW Georgia RESA  
GSSA President Tim Cochran Decatur County Schools  
GSSA Member Steve Barker Coweta County Schools  
GASPA President Paige Busbee Bibb County Schools  
GASPA Member Ron Wade Fulton County Schools  
Ga LF Leilani Esmond Gwinnett County Schools  
SSTAGE President Kristie Long Effingham County Schools  
GELFA President Ugena Whitlock Kennesaw State Univ.  
GaDOE Representative Caitlin Dooley GaDOE  
RESA Representative Rachel Spates West Georgia RESA  


Affiliate Executive Directors

GASSP- Melton Callahan 770-289-8759
GAMSP- Bob Heaberlin 706-250-4800, ext 4805
GAESP- Hal Beaver 706-250-4800, ext 4805
GACIS- Deborah White 706-250-4800, ext 4804
G-CASE- Sarah West 478-747-8222
GSSA - John Zauner 404-413-8147
GASPA - Wilma Widmer 770-687-1299