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Three School Board members sworn-in to new terms of office

At Tuesday’s Work Session, Fulton County Board of Education members Katie Reeves, Linda McCain and Julia Bernath were sworn-in to new four-year terms of office. In January, Reeves officially begins her sixth term, while Linda McCain begins her third term and Bernath begins her fifth term.

 

Katie Reeves, District 2

Katie Reeves represents the Alpharetta and Milton areas.

Reeves’ service to the local community spans 30 years, with stints on various boards and commissions, including the Alpharetta Planning Commission, Governor Sonny Perdue's Investing in Excellence Task Force and Georgia State School Superintendent John Barge's Transition Committee. She is currently a member of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, where she was recognized with the Pioneer Award in 2014. ​She also previously served as the Fulton County School Board President from 2003 to 2005.

A native of Pennsylvania, Reeves majored in Marketing at the University of Kentucky and worked for several years as an advertising account executive.

 

Linda McCain, District 5

Linda McCain represents the Johns Creek and Alpharetta areas.

McCain currently serves as Vice President of the Fulton County School Board. Before serving on the board, she advocated for children and public education for more than 12 years as a member of local school advisory councils and PTAs in her children's schools. As a school board member, she has promoted the efficient and conservative use of taxpayer dollars and the increased accountability of school system stakeholders. Additionally, she was a member of the board of directors of the Fulton County Schools Employees' Pension (FCSEP) Fund and is a former board member of the Fulton Education Foundation. In December 2014, McCain was appointed to serve on Governor Nathan Deal's Education Advisory Board.

A native of Ohio, McCain holds a bachelor’s degree in business, with an emphasis on marketing, from Miami University in Ohio. She was previously employed by Parisia Ltd. as a sales and marketing consultant, and has worked as a substitute teacher in Fulton County schools.

 

Julia Bernath, District 7

Julia Bernath represents portions of Sandy Springs, Roswell, Johns Creek and Alpharetta.

Bernath served as School Board President from 2007 to 2009 and Vice President from 2009 to 2010. She also has served on the FCSEP Board, including Vice Chair and Chair. In addition, she has represented the school board on the Fulton Education Foundation's Board of Directors.

At the state level, Bernath is an active member and previous president of the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA), as well as a graduate of Leadership GSBA. Additionally, she is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta, Leadership Sandy Springs, Regional Leade​rship Institute, the Education Policy Fellowship Program and other leadership programs. She also is a member of the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs and serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Bernath’s awards include the Georgia Music Educator Association Friend of Music Education Award, Jewish Federation of Atlanta's Women of Achievement Award, Crohns and Colitis Foundation Woman of Achievement Award, Leadership Sandy Springs Alumni Achievement Award and the PTA Lifetime Member Award.

 

Julia Bernath
Fulton County School Board Member Julia Bernath during swearing-in ceremony.

 

Katie Reeves and Linda McCain
Fulton County School Board Members Katie Reeves (left) and Linda McCain during swearing-in ceremony.

 

Craig L. Schwall, Sr.
The Honorable Craig L. Schwall, Sr. of the Superior Court of Fulton County presided over the swearing-in of the three board members. He is shown here with Board Members (l-r) Katie Reeves, Linda McCain and Julia Bernath.