Alicia Norman

Alicia Norman

Board President

Alicia Norman will serve as the Executive Director of Perea Elementary School. She has served as the Principal of Perea Preschool for 13 years where she has been employed through Church Health since June of 2001. She has been in Early Childhood Education for over 20 years.

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Perea serves 164 preschoolers and their families, whom 86% fall below, the federal poverty line. The faculty and staff of Perea strive to provide an active learning environment where children become self-confident, creative, and socially well adjusted. This environment will prepare children for academic and life success through kindergarten readiness and Social Emotional Wellness. Each fall 60-70% of the students that enter Perea scores delayed or very delayed on the BSRA National Standardized test upon entry. After two years of high quality instruction, 87- 93% of the students score average or above average on the BSRA which is a very dependable indicator of kindergarten readiness.

She is considered a leader in education. She serves on the CPAC Advisory Council for Shelby County School Pre-K Division. She served on the TAEYC and MAEYC boards in Memphis and Nashville, TN. She has led her school/staff through NEAYC Accreditation for two terms. She is a part of Leadership Memphis 2014 Class.

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Michaelia Sturdivant

Board Chair

Michaelia has over 30 years of leadership and management experience. Her most recent
experience has been with a well-known not for profit providing medical and wellness services to the underserved in the Memphis community.

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Her skills include strategic planning, budgeting, coaching and personnel development, human resources, legal compliance and risk management and operations.

Michaelia’s service to the community as a volunteer has included serving with City Beautiful,
United Way, reading to children and assisting teachers with classroom activities, and Girl Scouts to name a few.

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Susan Elswick

Assistant Professor, BA Program Director - Board Vice Chair

Susan Elswick obtained her Master of Social Work at University of Tennessee in 2006 and her Doctor of Education in Instructional and Curriculum leadership with a specialty in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Memphis in 2011.

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Served as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Tennessee College of Social Work Memphis Campus from 2008-current. Served as a clinical assistant professor at the University Of Memphis Department Of Social Work Memphis from 20l2-2015. She served as assistant professor and BA Program Director from 2015-current at the University of Memphis Department of Social Work.

Dr. Susan Elswick has taught both undergraduate and graduate level courses in her time as a professor. She has taught over thirty sections of master’s level courses in the areas of human behavior in the social environment, field education/field seminar, social work practice with children and families, and school social work. She has also taught 8 sections of undergraduate content and curriculum in intro to social work, school social work, and social response to the human need. She has served as field liaison and field instructor for both graduate and undergraduate students since 2008.

Dr. Susan Elswick has over 15 years of clinical mental health experience that includes community mental health, case management, residential programming, ABA-based programming, school-based programming, parent coaching, integrated behavioral health, infant mental health, and home-based services. Dr. Elswick is the CEO/Founder of Behavior Services of the MidSouth LLC. Her research interests include assessment and intervention for children with both academic and behavioral difficulties, the use of Response to Intervention in multiple settings, improving outcomes for students through effective teacher training and supports, the use of evidence-based interventions and services to correct maladaptive behaviors in order to improve outcomes for children and families, the use of expressive art therapies/ experiential therapies in the field of social work practice, and the use of informatics and technology in the field of social work.

Dr. Elswick is the author of fifteen peer reviewed journal publications, two monographed books, and served as the editor for one book publication. She also has over thirty referred conference presentations. She has received more than $1 million in internal and external grants to date. She was also awarded the NASW-TN West Branch Social Worker of the Year in 2077, and was awarded the prestigious Gary Lee Shaffer Award for Academic Contributions to the Field of School Social Work by the School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA) in 2018. This is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a school social work faculty member.

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Kathryn Perry

Treasurer

As a Senior Vice President with Raymond James Fixed Income Capital Markets and committed volunteer for over 15 years with Perea Preschool, it was natural we asked Kathryn Perry to join the Board as Treasurer of PES.

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A twenty year resident of Memphis and dedicated philanthropist, Kathryn quickly recognized many opportunities to assist non-profit organizations. She was taught at an early age that to whom much is given much is expected.

Through the years in Memphis, Kathryn has held positions such as the Treasurer of the Junior League of Memphis, Secretary of Economic Opportunities (a division of the Memphis Leadership Foundation), Treasurer and President of the Memphis Kappa Alpha Theta Alumnae Chapter and volunteered with numerous other organizations.

While all of these roles have enriched her life, her participation in the Memphis Leadership Academy solidified her commitment to Education of the Children of Memphis. During her fellows year in the program, all participants were required to watch a film on the History of Memphis, spotlighting many highlights as well as disappointments of Memphis. The most intriguing fact Kathryn learned about Memphis was the Yellow Fever Epidemic, the root of the education problem in Memphis. Kathrp specializes in serving Depository Entities, Insurance Companies, Money Managers and the Governmental Sector including School Districts as a Fixed Income Broker at Raymond James. Developing comprehensive investment portfolio analysis, product information, budgets, growth models and cash flow analysis ard daily tasks she performs.

What do those matter if a child in Memphis is not learning? Not Graduating? Kathryn wanted to find a way to utilize her talents to assist in giving each child of Memphis the opportunity to achieve an education and be a contributing citizen of Memphis. Through an outreach at Christmas many years ago, Kathryn was introduced to Perea Preschool. She knew she found her conduit, her vehicle of change to assist the children of Memphis.

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Martha Boyd

Secretary

With a degree in psychology and postgraduate work in counseling, Martha Boyd brings sensitivity to the critical importance of social-emotional learning for the educational development of young children.

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Martha Boyd, now retired, has almost 20 years of experience working in the Memphis non-profit community recruiting volunteers, fundraising, writing newsletters and grant requests, as well as providing emotional and tactical support for volunteers.

Before her retirement in 2014, Martha coordinated 3 Habitat Home builds for Holy Communion Church where she acted as social outreach director and then served as Development Director of Trezevant, a continuing care retirement community.

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Dr. Carolyn Harvey

Board Member

Dr. Carolyn Harvey serves as Shelby County Schools Advisor for the state’s largest Early Childhood Program which serves more than 5,380 children.

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Her essential function is to ensure all District and Community based Pre-K classrooms offer quality instruction by supporting the implementation of developmentally appropriate practices according to the standards of the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). As a district Advisor, Dr. Harvey provides professional development for early childhood teachers and support staff.

She also collaborates with Pre-K Staff, School Principals, and Community Partners Directors to address identified needs and recommend and support strategies to improve implementation of early childhood programs. Additionally, Dr. Harvey has served as Pre-Kindergarten Program Director for Memphis City Schools During her purview, she managed the largest public school early childhood collaboration in the state of Tennessee, including school district, Head Start, and non-profit and private childcare providers, expanded the early childhood collaboration from 146 Pre-Kindergarten classrooms to 206. Thip accomplishment supported the program in consistently surpassing academic gains of over 80% of Pre-Kindergarten children gaining 25% more skills in five developmental domains as measured bythe Brigance Inventory of Early Learning Development Assessment. While managing a budget of $20 million of mixed funding sources (federal, state, and local).

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James Maclin

Board Member

As a general partner of a multi-billion dollar publicly traded Apartment REIT, James Maclin is tasked daily with creating new revenue streams, implementing complex processes and identifying operating efficiencies.

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Whether serving on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of the Mid-South, The Memphis Housing Authority or the Church Health Center, his talents are recognized and valued as a contributing member ready to utilize his skills to make a difference in the Memphis Community.

James is also an accomplished Mechanical Engineer with over 20 years of experience. His dedication and hard work allowed him to grow from the beginnings of his career as a Project Engineer at SGL Carbon, AZO and Marvin Windows to a Vice President of Mid-America Apartments in 2002.

During his tenure with Mid-America Apartments, James was responsible for maintenance operations of 40,000 apartments while managing over 400 associates. He also assisted the financial performance of the company through his ability successfully implement new programs and processes that led to consistent rural growth and increase of revenues. After 14 years with Mid-America Apartments, James assumed the role as a general partner of M&M Enterprises LLC wirere he is presented with opportunities to utilize his years of experience and broad skill sets to negotiate transactions, develop and implement strategies and conduct portfolio analysis. With James’ love for children, heart to serve and business experience, he is an asset to the Board of Perea Elementary.

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