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 Bachelorís, Masterís and Doctorate from University of Georgia. †He is the stateís 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 Coordinatorpmyers@gael.org706-250-4806
Dusty SmithDirector, Accounting and Financedsmith@gael.org706-250-4802
Ginny Smith
Financial Coordinatorgsmith@gael.org706-250-4801
Deborah WhiteDirector, Leadership Development (PT)dwhite@gael.org706-250-4804
Hal BeaverDirector, School Improvement (PT)hbeaver@gael.org706-250-4805
Don Splinter
Director, Adminstrative Support (PT)dsplinter@gael.org
Main Office706-250-4800

Board of Directors

PresidentCindy Flesher
Houston County Schoolscynthia.flesher@hcbe.net
Past PresidentJerry Davis
Coweta County Schools
President Elect
Greg Arnsdorff
Effingham County Schools
Sue Carter
Walton County Schoolsscarter@walton.k12.ga.us
GASSP PresidentTracey Barrow
Carroll County Schools
GASSP Member Alan Long
Jefferson County Schools
GAMSP PresidentPhil Dockery
Coffee County Schools
GAMSP MemberArdith Bates
Murray County Schoolsardith.bates@murray.k12.ga.us
GAESP PresidentJason Miller
Lee County Schoolsmillerja@lee.k12.ga.us
GAESP MemberRichard BazemoreMonroe County Schoolsrichard.bazemore@monroe.k12.ga.us
GACIS PresidentCyndee Phillips
Franklin County Schoolscphillips@franklin.k12ga.us
GACIS MemberAmy Fouse
Houston County Schools
G-CASE PresidentJennifer MellorJones County Schoolsjmellor@jones.k12.ga.us
G-CASE MemberChris Horton
Fayette County Schools horton.chris@mail.fcboe.org
GSSA PresidentJody Barrow
Fayette County Schoolsbarrow.joseph@mail.fcboe.org
GSSA MemberKeith PorterDawson County Schoolskporter@dawson.k12.ga.us
GASPA PresidentSid Camp
GwinnettCounty Schoolssid_camp@gwinnett.k12.ga.u
GASPA MemberMark Scott
Houston County Schools
GaDOE RepresentativeMartha ReithrathGaDOEmreichrath@doe.k12.ga.us
RESA RepresentativeCarolyn Williams
RESA cwilliams@mgresa.us

Affiliate Executive Directors

GASSP- Melton Callahanmcallahan@gael.org770-289-8759
GAMSP- Bob Heaberlin
706-250-4800, ext 4805
GAESP- Hal Beaver
706-250-4800, ext 4805
GACIS- Deborah Whitedwhite@gael.org
706-250-4800, ext 4804
G-CASE- Rae Ann Gerhardt
GSSA - John Zauner
jzauner@gsu.edu 404-413-8147