Learn4Life Team Members

Ken Zeff, Ed.D
Executive Director
Rebecca Parshall, PhD
Director of Strategy & Development
Damian Ramsey, MSW
Community Engagement Manager

Leadership Council

The Leadership Council is a diverse group of senior executives who guide our work and bring together stakeholders throughout the region to partner with us and make a collective, positive impact on education in our region.

Pre-K-12 education
  • Anna Roach, Executive Director*, Atlanta Regional Commission
  • Dennis Lockhart, Former President and CEO†, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Dr. Kamau Bobb, Director, STEM Education Strategy, Google and Director, Constellations Center for Equity in Computing, Georgia Tech
  • Ann Cramer, IBM Corporation, Retired
  • Raj Gazula, Head of Treasury Solutions, Truist
  • Kevin Greiner, President and CEO, Gas South
  • Katie Kirkpatrick, President and CEO*, Metro Atlanta Chamber
  • Keith Parker, President and CEO, Goodwill of North Georgia
  • Lisa Smith, VP of Community and Economic Development, Georgia Power
  • Sylvia Russell, Former President†, AT&T Georgia
  • David Scheible, Former President and CEO†,Graphic Packaging International
  • Al McRae, President, Bank of America Atlanta
Higher education


*Indicates Executive Committee members. The Executive Committee is made up of established nonprofit organizations with a shared commitment to strengthening our region.

Indicates Executive Champions. Executive Champions are senior members of the metro Atlanta business community who bring their leadership and influence to support the Learn4Life vision.

Core Team

The Core Team is a group of cross-functional leaders who support implementation and communication across sectors to eliminate silos and deliver results. 


  • Dr. Jennie Welch, Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement
  • Tim Cairl, Senior Director of Educated Workforce, Metro Atlanta Chamber
  • Mike Carnathan, Researcher, Atlanta Regional Commission
  • Cori Cain, Associate Vice President, United Way of Greater Atlanta