Chris Caldwell is a Financial Consultant and Vice President
at Raymond James. He is one of the most
involved public school parents in the region and a strong advocate for public
education. After being appointed to the Shelby County School Board in 2011, he was
elected in August 2012 to serve District One for a two year term. He's served
in various parent and school organizations and also has been active in
recruiting those Midtown Memphis parents who traditionally choose not to send
their children to public schools.
During 2012 Chris served on the SCBE Audit Committee, the
Internal Board Operations Committee, the Community Engagement Committee, the
Facilities Committee, and Chaired the Superintendent Selection Process
Committee, as well as, the Superintendent Selection Committee. Chris currently
serves as Vice Chairman of the SCBE, Chairman of the Budget and Finance
Committee, and Chairman of the Community Engagement Committee. He is also Chairman
of the Trustees Committee of the Tennessee School Board Association GASB Trust
which is a statewide trust that helps school districts fund their OPEB
Chris Caldwell is a native Memphian and MCS product. Married
for thirty two years to Cheryl Robison Caldwell (also an actively engaged
parent), they have three children in Shelby County
Schools from middle to high school. Chris is dedicated to being a voice for
Parents, Teachers, Principals, and other School Administrators who are most
responsible for the quality of education and what happens in the classroom.
“We have a window of opportunity to have an
“once-in-a-lifetime” positive impact on our community by making sure we improve
the quality of education for all children in Shelby County. What we do in the
next few months and years will affect the quality of life for generations to
come. It’s time for all of us to work together so that our children and our
community can compete globally and we all can
enjoy the prosperity that will follow!”
Teresa Jones District II
Ms. Teresa Jones was born in Holly Springs, Ms. She attended Byhalia High School, Lane College and Memphis State University Law School. She currently serves as Chief City Prosecutor for the City Of Memphis Law Division and has served in this capacity since May 2003. Prior to this position, Ms. Jones served as senior trial attorney and supervisor in the Shelby County Public Defender Office for fifteen years. She has been licensed in Tennessee since 1987.
Ms. Jones is an active member of the Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the Memphis Bar Association and the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program. She is also very active in the community as a member of the NAACP Executive Committee Member as well as the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
On October 1, 2011, Ms. Jones began her appointment with the merged Shelby County Board of Education as the District 2 Representative for Shelby County.
Ms. Jones is a member of the Midtown Church of Christ. She is single and does not have any children. Ms. Jones is an avid tennis player and bowler.
Stephanie P. Love District III
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Scott McCormick District V
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Shante K. Avant District VI
Shante K. Avant is a native Memphian who earned her Bachelor
of Arts in Psychology and Master’s of Science in Social Work from the
University of Tennessee.
After completing her studies she returned to Memphis with
the belief that her beloved city had much to offer to her and she to it. She
currently serves as Deputy Director for the Women’s Foundation for a Greater
Memphis (WFGM) and manages WFGM’s staff and operations. She is also
responsible for grant allocations, creating strategic partnerships to collaborate
with corporate partners, community organizations, institutional giving and
large donor stewardship. She has 17 years of non- profit experience,
specifically with agencies focused on women and children.
Shante’s community involvements include serving on the board
of directors for Clean Memphis, Secretary of Community LIFT, College of Social
Work Advisory Board and New Memphis Institute Advisory Board. Mayor AC Wharton
appointed her to the Mayors Advisory Council on Education and the Minority Business
Development and Oversight Commission. Other accomplishments and achievements
include Memphis Business Journal “Top 40 under 40”, Tristate Defender Woman of
Excellence, New Memphis Institute Fellows Program (formerly The Leadership
Academy), MPACT Memphis, Past Board Chair, Women’s Funding Network
International Leadership Cohort and Leadership Memphis. Other affiliations include
Early Success Coalition and Grantmakers Forum. She is the proud mother of one
daughter, Peyton (8), who attends the creative and performing arts school,
William "Billy" Orgel District VIII
William E. Orgel (Billy) is a native of Memphis, Tennessee and has a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1985. After graduation, he moved to Memphis to work at his family business, Majestic Communications, which he helped build into the areas' largest retailer of Motorola two-way radio equipment as well as the largest private licensee of 800MHZ FCC licenses. Due to the Telecommunications Act of 1996, an emergence of multiple wireless phone carriers across the country began, and Billy began to build on his existing portfolio of communications towers by performing build to suit services for these new carriers. The company that he runs with his partners, Tower Ventures, currently own over 640 towers and they have built and sold 325 towers since the company began. Tower Ventures currently leases tower space in over 30 states and is one of the largest private tower companies in the country. Tower Ventures has also established a REIT, Tower Ventures REIT, to purchase easements and land underneath existing tower sites across the country.
Billy is the Immediate Past President of the Board of Trustees at Temple Israel Synagogue and former Co-Chair of their $25 million capital campaign. He is a Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bridges, Inc., where he chaired the Building Committee for their new facility. Billy is also a past Board Member of the New Memphis Arena Public Building Authority that oversaw the construction of the FedEx Forum, the home of the University of Memphis Tigers and the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies. In addition, he is a member of the Executive Board of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, a member of the Lebonheur Foundation Board and a past member of both the Port Commission for Memphis and Shelby County and the Memphis and Shelby County Charter Commission. In 1999, Billy was selected by the Memphis Business Journal as one of their "Top 40 Under 40" of local community leaders and was recently selected as a member of the Memphis chapter of the Society of Entrepreneurs, where he now serves on the board. In addition, Billy is an Organizer and Director of the First Capital Bank, located in Germantown, Tennessee, a community bank with $185 million in assets.
Over the years, Billy became interested in preserving historic buildings in Downtown Memphis, and to date, he and his partners have completed new construction as well as preserved six buildings that include commercial space and 155 apartments. Billy is also involved in the restaurant business as a franchisee of Ruth's Chris in Rogers, Arkansas.
He and his wife, Robin Salky Orgel, are life-long Memphians and have three children, Benjamin (19), Megan (16), and Hannah (12). Benjamin is a sophomore at The University of Texas at Austin and both Megan and Hannah attended and graduated from Grahamwood Elementary. Hannah is currently a student at White Station Middle School.
Kevin D. Woods Chairman District IV
Kevin Woods is the Director of Career Development with New Horizons. A husband and father of two, he credits public schools for his ability to provide for his family and connect with students, parents, and teachers. After high school, he received a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and a master’s degree in Business, both from the University of Memphis.
Now 37 years old, this proud Memphis city resident is dedicated to his work, where he has been a two-time recipient of The President’s Club -- the highest accomplishment for any consultant with New Horizons. He is dedicated to his family, where he coaches basketball for his daughters, Lauren and Lily. Yet, he credits his wife, Dy, for their girls love for reading and math. He is also committed to his community, where he sits on his Homeowners Association Board; he raises funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and supports community involvement initiatives through his affiliation with Memphis Alumni Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, where he is an active member. Kevin Woods is committed to being a stronger leader in the Memphis community. He is a graduate of New Memphis Institute (A13 Class), Leadership Memphis Executive Class (2014), and was named a Memphis Business Journal Top 40 Under 40 recipient.
Currently serving as Chairman of the Shelby County School Board, Kevin represents District 4 which includes parts of East Memphis and Hickory Hill.
Like many of his colleagues, he dedicates many long hours to doing the work of the district.
It is his experiences and willingness to work with all stakeholders in the entire education spectrum that gives him such a unique perspective to carry on the work needed for Shelby County Schools.
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