Connections School of Atlanta, Inc., is governed by a working board whose role is to establish the philosophy, broad goals, and overall policies of the School, as well as to preserve and enhance its assets, including land, buildings, endowments and regular income. The working board members are also responsible for fundraising and development efforts, community outreach, public relations, acquisition of educational materials and equipment, and further educational development.

The Board delegates the management of the school program and its administration to the Associate Educational Director and the Associate Director, respectively.

Alison Auerbach
Social Worker, Author, Volunteer Advocate

Alison Auerbach, MSS, has more than 20 years’ experience advocating for social justice on both personal and professional levels. She has worked as an editor, a domestic violence prevention counselor, a support group facilitator and an author. Her writing can be found in Monday Coffee and Other Stories of Mothering Children with Special Needs. Alison is a graduate of Amherst College and the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.

Pamela J. Basciani
The Coca-Cola Company

Pamela is a seasoned consumer goods executive with more than twenty years experience at The Coca-Cola Company working in commercial, customer and shopper strategy and operations across the globe having lived in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong for over two decades.  She co-chairs Global Chapters for The Coca-Cola Company’s Women’s LINC organization to support women in leadership.

Mary Lynn Cullen
Elementary School Principal, The Paideia School

Mary Lynn has been with The Paideia School for over 30 years serving in a wide variety of capacities. She has an undergrad degree in Communications from Florida State University and a MAT from Emory University.

Laura Green
Community Volunteer

Laura has taught high school English in public schools in Charlottesville, VA and Atlanta. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Laura holds a MEd from the George Washington University and a MA from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury. Laura has been involved at the Paideia School for the past 10 years as a parent and volunteer.

Erin McAlister
Entrepreneur and Assistant Teacher, The Hirsch Academy

Erin is a small business owner/entrepreneur, hairdresser and former non-profit fundraiser. She currently owns and operates Relish Salon in Glenwood Park. In addition, she teaches at The Hirsch Academy, a small private school in Decatur, Georgia, supporting the communication, education and inclusion of non, minimal and unreliably-speaking students.

Denis Ng
Entrepreneur/Business Owner

Denis is an experienced real estate developer and entrepreneur. He has been involved in all aspects of the development process from land acquisition, obtaining bridge and construction financing, marketing and sales, and overseeing all aspects of design and construction. Since the mid 1990’s Denis has acquired, built and managed self-storage facilities in Georgia and Florida. Denis is married and a father of 2 children. His son attended Hirsch Academy for two years before transferring to The Howard School.  Denis enjoys many hobbies. He is an avid traveler with his family, a private pilot and a triathlete who has participated in races throughout the southeast.

Heather R. Patton, CPA
Tax Accountant, The Zeist Company, LLC

Heather joined Zeist in May 2013.  Heather graduated from Florida State University with a BS in Accounting.  She has been a CPA since 1996. She worked in public accounting for 5 years, followed by a stint with King and Spalding law firm and then 8 years in the private sector as manager of a tax group. Heather has served The Hirsch Academy, as a board member and volunteer in their annual fundraiser. She serves as a foster for Great Pyrenees Rescue of Atlanta.

Stephen Rothman
Attorney, Wilson, Brock & Irby, LLC

Stephen’s primary practice areas are zoning, land use and local government law and land use litigation. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and his law degree from the Georgia State University College of Law. He frequently lectures at zoning, land use and local government law seminars with the Institute of Continuing Legal Education and the National Business Institute and has published several legal articles regarding land use law, land use litigation, subdivision and platting law and the rezoning process.