Board of Trustees
Governance of the school starts with the board of trustees, whose function is to advance Galloway's mission and objectives by developing policies and long-range plans to assure the well-being of the school; ensuring the long-term financial viability of the school; and hiring and working collaboratively with the head of school, who is in charge of day-to-day administration and operations.
School leadership must be forward-thinking. To sustain the school and its mission, the board identifies and studies issues and challenges that will impact the school, then forms policies to address those issues. This is accomplished through a system of standing committees, as well as strategic committees and task forces, which focus on specific areas of interest and governance designed to enhance the Galloway experience.
The Galloway School's board of trustees is composed of dedicated and hardworking volunteer members with varied skills and perspectives. Trustees are parents of current and former students, alumni, and members of the external Atlanta community. All share a deep personal commitment to the school and its future. Board members normally serve three-year terms and are eligible to serve up to two consecutive terms.
- Leigh Thompson, chair-elect
- Merrick Olives, treasurer
- Jenny Gruel, secretary
- Dr. James Calleroz White, president
- Stuart Fierman
- Peter Hartman
- Michelle Horstemeyer
- George McKerrow
- Hillery McNeill
- Ellen Orthwein
- Scarlet Pressley-Brown
- Chip Reed
- Subhash Sarda
- Koboi M. Simpson
- Bill Stevens
- Neal Sumter
- Sharon Winn
Merrick Olives is a beaming parent of two Galloway students: a son in 9th grade and a daughter in 6th. Merrick joined Galloway’s Board of Trustees in 2016 and serves on the Diversity and Finance committees. Prior to joining Galloway’s board, Merrick served as a board member with the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. His professional background is in management consulting – he is a founder and Managing Partner of Candid Partners, an Atlanta-based Management and Technology Consulting firm. Merrick grew up in rural New Mexico and graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He also has an MBA from Cornell University.
Jenny Gruel is currently the co-founder and VP of Stratus Collective LLC. Jenny and her husband, Brent, started Stratus Collective, a company that brings innovative solutions to the retail space through creative design, displays, fixtures and print, in 2017, following in her family’s footsteps of owning a business. Before starting a family, she attended Marquette University and spent many years in the print industry, ultimately landing her in Atlanta, and worked on award-winning campaigns for both Coca-Cola and AT&T.
Prior to jumping back into the professional world, Jenny was lucky enough to be a stay-at-home parent. She has a son, Holden, in 7th grade and a daughter, Stella, in 4rd grade. Her family has been a part of the Galloway community since 2011. In that time, Jenny has been an active volunteer, serving most recently as Parents Association President. In her tenure as President she accomplished fully funding the PA, guided the turnover of the school store to FLIK and facilitated the addition of FOCUS as a Parents Association committee. Since joining the Galloway community, she has also served as Early Learning Coordinator, EL and ML contact parent, Fall Fun Fest Chair, New Parent Ambassador, School Store volunteer and Junior Scots soccer coach. Jenny has also been an active member on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the Development Committee as well as the 50th Anniversary Steering Committee. She is a very passionate advocate for Galloway and the incredible community we have.
Stuart’s two children, currently in 7th and 10th grade, have been at Galloway since they were 3 years old. He has been involved with Galloway’s development efforts since his first child started back in 2005. By proving himself incapable of saying “no,” he has worked his way down from caller, to grade captain, to level chair, and ultimately to chairperson of the Annual Giving Campaign in 2015/16 and 2016/17. He sees the bright side of his weak spine in Galloway’s first ever Million Dollar Year.
A graduate of the University of Texas Austin with a degree in Advertising, Stuart decided to forgo the Marketing path, instead pursuing a career in ski instruction, and ultimately hospitality. He is a Managing Partner with Fifth Group Restaurants overseeing the day to day operations of their 8 restaurants. He has worked with the Hospitality Committee of the Atlanta Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Restaurant Association.
Peter’s daughter attended Galloway for fourteen years and graduated in 2014. This is Peter’s third year on the board; he chairs the facilities and space committee and also serves on the executive and finance committees. Professionally, Peter is a partner at Hartman, Simons & Wood, LLP, an Atlanta based law firm which specializes in commercial real estate. Peter is also a trustee of the Georgia Conservancy. He has a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and a J.D. from Antioch School of Law.
Michelle has spent her professional career in the residential construction industry. In her current role as Division Director of Land Development and Entitlement for the Pulte Group, Michelle utilizes her strengths and talents create new communities and amenities which enhance the lives of her customers. Professionally, Michelle represents Pulte as the Board President for the homeowner’s associations of all active Pulte communities in Georgia.
Michelle and her family have been at Galloway since 2009. Adler is currently in the eighth grade and participates in Chorus, Theater and Ultimate Frisbee. Michelle has participated in numerous classroom and school events.
Michelle serves on the board for Sheltering Arms, a non-profit which embraces early learning as the cornerstone for childhood development and success in school. Michelle also volunteers for Second Helpings by delivering unused food to organizations that can distribute it to those in need.
Originally from Florida, Michelle has lived in the Atlanta area for 27 years. Michelle enjoys cooking, gardening and outdoor exercise of any variety. She currently lives on the Chattahoochee River in Sandy Springs with her family and a growing number of pets.
George McKerrow is the co-founder and CEO of Ted’s Montana Grill, based in Atlanta. A 40-year veteran of the restaurant business with a history of success in both fine dining and casual restaurants, McKerrow has been called a “dinner-house legend” by Nation’s Restaurant News, which credits the restaurateur with “giving birth to an entire casual-dining segment” more than 20 years ago when he founded LongHorn Steakhouse.
McKerrow entered the restaurant business as a teenager. After graduating from Ohio State University with a B.S. in political science, he bought the Log Cabin Supper Club in West Virginia. He joined the Victoria’s Station restaurant chain in 1974 and was a Southeast regional manager when he left the company in 1980. He opened the first LongHorn Steakhouse as a neighborhood restaurant in Atlanta in 1981 – at a time when Atlanta had few choices in casual dining. He and his team successfully evolved that single location into RARE Hospitality International, which owns LongHorn Steakhouse and The Capital Grille and was sold to Darden Restaurants in 2007. McKerrow retired from RARE in 2000.
In 1996, the noted restaurant entrepreneur co-founded We’re Cookin’ Inc. with acclaimed Atlanta chef Gerry Klaskala and businessman Ron San Martin. The restaurant group today has two award-winning, fine dining restaurants in Atlanta: Aria and Canoe. In addition to serving on the board of directors for the National Restaurant Association (1997-2003) and the Culinary Institute of America (1996-2002), McKerrow received the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Restaurant Association in 2007 for his years of service to Georgia’s restaurant industry. In 2008, he was inducted into The Atlanta Hospitality Hall of Fame by the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau and in 2013 he was named “Restaurateur of the Year” by Share Our Strength with its “Restaurateur of the Year” award, recognizing his commitment to the national No Kid Hungry campaign. He serves as co-chair of the Atlanta Taste of the Nation culinary benefit by Share Our Strength, which has raised more than $9 million in Atlanta alone to help end childhood hunger in America.
Along with his partner, media entrepreneur, philanthropist and environmentalist Ted Turner, McKerrow founded Ted’s Montana Grill in January 2002, and serves as chief executive officer of the restaurant company. Based in Atlanta, Ted’s Montana Grill is a classic American grill serving Authentic American Food in an eco-friendly environment. The company currently has 46 restaurants in 16 states.
Hillery is an alumni parent to Jack ’09 and Annie ’11. Hillery played a key role in launching Galloway’s alumni parent program in 2011 and currently serves as Chair of the Alumni Parent Council. During her children’s years at Galloway, Hillery held several volunteer leadership roles including two years as PA President, which allowed her to serve on the board, and six subsequent years as a Trustee. She has been a longstanding member of the Development Committee and chaired significant fundraising initiatives such as the campaign for Elliott’s Circle, and she served as Current Parent Co-Chair of the capital campaign for the athletic fields. Hillery brings strong donor knowledge and institutional history to the Board.
Ellen is a parent of two Galloway boys, a ninth grader and a fifth grade, and her family has been part of the Galloway community since 2015. She enjoys volunteering at school, as well as in the community. At Galloway, she has served as a contact parent, worked at the school store, and helped as a parent volunteer for the Middle Learning robotics team. In the community, she has served on the St Anne’s Day School Advisory Council and the Board of the Junior League of Atlanta, as VP of Internal Operations where her responsibilities included budgeting, financial reporting, and operations.
Prior to marrying a native Atlantan and moving south, Ellen earned an M.B.A. with a concentration in accounting from Rutgers University. A former CPA, she worked at Deloitte for a number of years in audit and tax in both New Jersey and Atlanta. She also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from the School for International Training and has taught English as a Second Language in Poland, Mexico and Japan.
Chip has three teenage boys; his oldest graduated from Galloway in May 2017, and the other two are in Upper Learning. This is Chip's second year on the Board of Trustees and he serves on the finance and audit committees. Chip is a managing director and portfolio manager with Atlanta Capital Management where he has worked for the past 19 years. Prior to joining the firm in 1998, Chip was a portfolio manager with Florida State Board of Administration where he was responsible for managing their internal special situation equity fund. Chip is a graduate of Florida State University ('89) with a degree in Finance and holds the distinction of Chartered Financial Analyst.
Koboi Simpson is the Athletics Administrator for the Clayton County Parks & Recreation Department, where he manages youth sports operations and supervises the County's college internship program. He serves on the National Recreation and Parks Association’s programming committee and is a frequent speaker at several state and national conferences, delivering presentations on best practices in youth sports. He is also a Certified Youth Sports Administrator with the National Alliance for Youth Sports. Koboi holds degrees from Morehouse College and Temple University. In addition to athletics, Koboi is a tireless advocate for diversity and inclusion. He facilitates recruitment, training, and retention initiatives for the A Better Chance Program (ABC), which helps to place and support high-achieving students of color in independent boarding and day schools. Koboi’s son, Ahmadu ’17, is an ABC scholar, proud Galloway alum and currently finishing his first year at Northwestern University. Koboi remains a very active Galloway volunteer. He has been a frequent guest teacher and speaker in ML language arts and social studies classes. Koboi is very passionate about Galloway and holds a genuine appreciation for where Galloway is headed.
As a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley, Neal works closely with a network of regional and national specialists to design solutions for client needs in the areas of family governance, philanthropic strategy, tailored lending and lifestyle advisory. He joined the team in 2007 after serving for six years as Smith Barney’s Southern Division Director of Private Wealth Management, a role responsible for delivering the full spectrum of the firm’s family office services to some of the wealthiest individuals and families in the country. Prior to joining the firm in 1999, Neal was in private banking with a national commercial bank in Atlanta.
Neal received his B.S. in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his M.B.A. from Georgia State University. He is currently a member of the Association of Professional Investment Consultants.
Neal lives in the Buckhead area of Atlanta with his wife and their two children. He is a trustee for The Galloway School, where his child is in Upper Learning, emeritus trustee for the Schenck School and former trustee for Trinity School and the Peachtree Road United Methodist Church.
Sharon’s two children have been at Galloway for 6 years. They are currently in 8th and 12th grade. This is Sharon’s third year on the Board and she serves on the Development and Diversity/Inclusivity committees. She served as the Vice Chairman of the RISD Associates, a fund raising organization for the RISD Museum in Rhode Island, prior to moving back home to Atlanta. Professionally, Sharon worked in the financial industry in New York and New Jersey as an AVP for Pershing, a back office firm for large investment houses. Since 2009, she has worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, currently as the Director of Sales and Account Management for the state of Georgia. Sharon has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia.