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Jeff DeJarnett, Ward 1

Jeff DeJarnett was elected to the unexpired Ward 1 term of Alan Levine in November 2021. He is Managing Broker of the Harry Norman Realtors Marietta office. He previously served as a sales associate with Harry Norman for more than 14 years where he specialized in residential, land, and equestrian properties. A native of Marietta, Jeff attended Marietta High School before earning a degree in Music Education at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky. He immediately returned to Marietta where, for ten years, he taught instrumental music with both Cobb and Marietta City Schools. Jeff and his family spent the next 11 years living in the suburbs of Paris, France where he helped organize various musical events for local Protestant and Catholic churches. He is a member of the National Board of Realtors and the Cobb Association of Realtors. He and his wife Kibbie live close to the Marietta Square and are active at Stonebridge Church. They have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.

Email: jdejarnett@marietta-city.k12.ga.us
Phone: (404) 626-1744

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Jason Waters, Vice-Chair, Ward 2

Jason Waters, a Cobb County native, was elected to the Board in November 2013 and re-elected in 2017. Professionally, he works as a Chief Financial Officer and Licensed Mortgage Originator. Waters is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™.

Jason earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Georgia. He and his wife Katie have 3 children, with the oldest two attending Marietta City Schools.

Mr. Waters serves as the district's liaison for the Marietta Schools Foundation.

Email: jason@jasonwaters.org
Phone: (404) 403-8787

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A.B. Almy, Ward 3

A.B. Almy joins the board for her first term this year. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University, where after graduation she taught high school through the Teach for America program. After a few years teaching, she joined the Teach for America Special Education cohort where she managed over 100 teachers, working with them to increase student achievement. Now, she is a mother to three great children and co-chairs the school Governance Team at West Side Elementary. 

Email: abrobbins@gmail.com
Phone: (678) 591-3392

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Jaillene Hunter, Ward 4

Jaillene Hunter was elected to Ward 4 in November of 2021. She is the mother of four boys who are 5th generation Marietta students and wife of Marietta graduate, Mitch.  She serves as PTA co-president at West Side Elementary, on the Board of Directors of Marietta’s Mentoring for Leadership, and Wellstar Kennestone Hospital’s Regional Health Board.  As the former Communications Director for Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, she helped develop and implement Georgia’s Charter Systems and College and Career Academy programs. Ms. Hunter graduated from Norcross High School and received a B.A. in Communications from Taylor University. She and her family are active members of Stonebridge Church.

Ms. Hunter serves as the Board's Legislative Liaison.

Email: jaillenehunterward4@gmail.com
Phone: (770) 688-5002

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Angela Orange, Ward 5

Angela Orange is a native of rural south Georgia, but has lived in Marietta for the past several years. A former middle school teacher and current managing director at Teach for America, Ms. Orange holds degrees from both Emory University and the University of Georgia. Having worked in public education for over 15 years, Ms. Orange brings a strong understanding of classroom needs and campus dynamics to Marietta City Schools. Angela was sworn in as the Board's newest member, January 2018.

Email: aorange@marietta-city.k12.ga.us
Phone: (404) 375-9653

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Kerry Minervini, Chair, Ward 6

Kerry Minervini and her family moved to Marietta in 2006 after living in Colorado for ten years. She and her husband, John, are both natives of New Jersey where she received her undergraduate degree in Finance from The College of New Jersey in 1991. She previously worked with retirement accounts at Merrill Lynch/Bank of America for 13 years as a project manager and currently works as a Realtor for Harry Norman, Realtors based out of their East Cobb Office. She has served on various PTA Executive Boards at Marietta City Schools for the past five years, as well as co-chairing the Villages of East Park's Children's Social Committee. She and her husband have two sons who are currently enrolled in Marietta City Schools.
 
Phone: (770) 530-0882

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Irene Berens, Ward 7

Mrs. Berens, a graduate of Georgia Tech,  joined the school board in April 2001 and is now in her fifth term. She recently retired as a ballet teacher at the Georgia Dance Conservatory and is currently employed as Office Manager for Emstar Contractors in Marietta. She and her husband Bob, a Marietta High School graduate, have two children who also graduated from MHS and are proud grandparents to four grandchildren.
 
Phone: (678) 386-1008

Board Of Education Duties


    • Enact policies that guide the operation of the system; Adopt programs of study and evaluate program effectiveness;
    • Employ staff members upon recommendation of the superintendent;
    • Approve budgets, financial reports and major expenditures;
    • Provide funds for operation;
    • Establish and maintain a system of records and accounts;
    • Plan for the expansion, improvement and financing of the capital building program;
    • Keep the public informed on school issues
    • Act as a tribunal at certain employee and student hearings.