board of directors

Kate Kennedy

Chair, Executive Director

Kate began her professional career as a Writer/Producer for Turner Network Television before transitioning into a career in service and ministry. After leaving Turner, Kate served as Director of Youth Ministries at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church and as Chaplain at Wesley Woods Rehabilitation Center while pursuing a Masters of Divinity degree at Candler School of Theology. Kate earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wake Forest University. Over the years, she has held many community leadership positions including President of the Parent Teacher Organization at St Thomas More Catholic School, Senior Warden of St Luke’s Episcopal Church and most recently, Board Chair of Crossroads Community Ministries, Inc. where she has become passionate about the issue of homelessness. Kate sees The Boyce L Ansley School as a major step in breaking the cycle of homelessness.

Julia Levy

Vice Chair

Julia is an experienced leader of non-profit organizations. After a career as Vice President with a Wall Street firm and senior associate with an Atlanta communications firm, Julia served as Board Chair and Executive Director of the Decatur Preservation Alliance. Since 2010 she served in multiple leadership roles at The Global Village Project, a school for refugee young women. She has served the organization as a Board member, interim Executive Director and the Director of Finance and Development. She has been named a City of Decatur Hometown Hero and has worked as an arbitrator and church elder. Julia holds a Bachelor of Arts from Yale College. Julia is proud and excited to be involved with the Boyce L. Ansley school as she welcomes the chance once again to help children who have experienced interrupted education succeed in school and achieve their dreams.

Reynolds DeLisle, CPA


Reynolds owns an accounting consulting firm providing controller services for small companies. Her work in both large and small accounting/auditing firms, provides a wide range of audit and financial reporting experience. Her volunteer activities include serving on a preschool board both as President and Treasurer, as well as her service to the City of Decatur 4/5 Academy as Treasurer. Reynolds holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University. Reynolds is looking forward to combining her accounting skills with her life long passion to serve those who need her most.

Ann Kimsey


Ann has retired from a 40 year career in the financial/compliance field, specializing in insurance and securities. She served Trinity Community Ministries as a volunteer, board member and Board Chair for several years and as a volunteer with numerous other organizations. Ann holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Agnes Scott College. Ann is committed to bringing her experience, passion and organizational skills to the Board and to the school.

Karen Kelly

Assistant Secretary

Karen is currently the Director of Exhibits and Education for the Atlanta Children’s Museum. In the past she served as the Director of Education and Interpretation for the Atlanta History Center. She is active with various education committees for museums and has served on boards of her neighborhood and church organizations. Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Case Western Reserve University. She is passionate about children and education and looks forward to bringing this passion and her experience to the Board of the school.

Chad Costley, MD/MBA


Dr. Chad Costley is the owner and lead physician of Ponce Primary Care in Decatur, GA and the Managing Partner of Waubascon Capital, LLC, a private equity firm focused on early-stage business investments.  He founded Ponce Primary Care in 2008 after practicing Family Medicine as a faculty member in the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, MI.  He completed both medical school and medical residency training at the University of Michigan where he previously earned a B.A. in English Literature.  His medical practice encompasses the full breadth of primary care for adult and teenage patients with a focus on nonsurgical sports medicine and preventive care.  The practice has grown to employ five medical providers and cares for more than 10,000 patients from the greater Atlanta area.  Dr. Costley has been chosen by his peers as one of Atlanta Magazine’s “Top Doctors” each of the past three years.  In addition to his medical career, Dr. Costley is a private equity professional.  As the Managing Member of Waubascon Capital, LLC he leads the group’s investments and operational involvement in multiple early-stage companies. Dr. Costley earned his MBA degree with honors from Emory University in 2005 with a dual concentration in Finance and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Costley has also served on the Board of Directors of the Decatur Family YMCA and currently serves on the board of The Costley Family Foundation which seeks to break the cycle of poverty by supporting organizations that provide educational opportunities to the disadvantaged.  

Anna Ansley Davis


Bio Coming Soon

Stacey French-Lee, Ph.D


Dr. Stacey French-Lee is the Director of the Child Development Program at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA.  Stacey has almost 30 years of experience working in the field of Birth through Five care and early learning in Europe and the United States. Stacey also serves as a private early learning consultant.  In addition to directing the Child Development Program, Stacey supervises pre-service teachers in the field and teaches courses in the department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education at Georgia State. Her work has been published in Early Childhood Education Journal, the American Journal of Play, and the Voice for Children on Campus Journal.   Stacey earned her B.S. degree in Communicative Disorders from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky and her M.Ed, Ed.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education at Georgia State University. Her major research interest is on how the intersections of race, class, and gender influence how African American boys are perceived and educated in the United States.

Esmael Hill


Esmael Hill is an expert in business strategy, commercial real estate and corporate finance. He has over sixteen years of experience in the commercial real estate and investment banking sectors. Prior to founding The Net Lease Group, Mr. Hill and his partner, Philip Wickstrom, formed and managed the Net Lease Services practice in Cushman & Wakefield’s Atlanta office. Mr. Hill spent eleven years with SunTrust Bank in various capacities. He was an investment banker with SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc. in its Capital Markets Structured Leasing Group, which was principally focused on sale-leaseback and build-to-suit mandates.Prior to joining the Capital Markets Group at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, he worked as a project finance and construction lender in SunTrust’s Commercial Real Estate Finance Group where he provided capital to finance all the primary types of real estate for commercial development on a project specific basis. Mr Hill earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance and Real Estate from Georgia State University. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, as well as a past member of the Fugees Academy Board of Directors.

The Reverend Canon Lauren R Holder


Lauren serves at The Cathedral of St. Philip as Canon for Outreach and Congregational Life.  She previously served on the clergy staff of Trinity Wall Street and of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, where she worked alongside founding board members of The Boyce L. Ansley School.  A former High School teacher, Lauren is passionate about the importance of early childhood education in vulnerable populations.  Lauren earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Washington & Lee University, her Master of Arts degree at St. John’s College, and her Master of Divinity degree at The General Theological Seminary.  She also serves on the board of Crossroads Community Ministries and on the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta.

Tyeka Rutledge


Ty Rutledge serves as the Renewal Project Manager for Crossroads Community Ministries, Inc., a homeless services agency in Atlanta. In her role, Ty works daily with clients to assist them in achieving the first critical steps towards ending homelessness including: obtaining official documentation such as birth certificates, social security cards and state identification, securing a mailing address, and transportation to employment and health related appointments. Ty works in collaboration with many other homeless service agencies in the area and understands first-hand the difficulties and barriers her clients face each day. Most recently, Ty has created "Ty's Closet" -- a premier clothing closet where clients can "shop" each week. Ty is currently pursuing her degree at Kennesaw State University. In her words, "Being a part of the Boyce L. Ansley School is a beautiful opportunity to be a part of a group of people that utilize their platforms to provoke change within the community. The lack of opportunity and choice permeates our communities. With the knowledge, this program bridges the gap between building and uplifting families. Not only uplifting them but providing an essential alternative to their success. Seeing these kids have opportunities the same as everyone else is essential. Knowing that one is not their circumstance is vital to the development of any child and their families."

Neil Schemm, Esq.


Neil is a member of the State Bar of Georgia. He retired from the full time practice of law in 2015. He spent the first twenty five years of his legal career in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia, and in 1981 became a founding partner of the Atlanta firm of Hendrick, Phillips, Schemm & Salzman, specializing in the representation of clients in the construction industry. He practiced with Hendrick, Phillips, Schemm & Salzman until July 2002, when he was recruited by a long time private client, RMC USA, Inc., to become its General Counsel. In July 2005, Neil joined British engineering firm Charter International plc, as its North American General Counsel. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia in 1974 and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1977. Neil is working with The Boyce L Ansley School because “children affected by homelessness absolutely need and deserve the educational opportunities that will allow them to break the cycle of generational poverty.”


The Right Reverend Robert C. Wright


The Right Reverend Robert C. Wright is the 10th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. Previously, he had served 10 years as rector of St Paul's Episcopal Church in Atlanta, as a school chaplain, and on the staff of the Cathedral of St John Divine, New York City. Wright is a passionate and vocal advocate for social justice. He was named among the 100 Most Influential Georgians by GeorgiaTrend Magazine. He was born in an orphanage in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and adopted at 9 months of age. After high school, he served 5 years in the US Navy. While attending Howard University, he worked as a child advocate for 2 mayors. Bishop Wright earned his MDiv at Virginia Theological Seminary and his doctorate at Sewanee : The University of the South. He is thrilled to be part of the growth and development of this project to serve our most vulnerable neighbors.


Allen Yee


Allen is Senior Legal Counsel at The Coca-Cola Company. He began his career as Law Clerk to U.S. District Judge B. Avant Edenfield in Savannah, GA before entering private practice with Vinson & Elkins, LLP in Dallas, TX. A native of Fayetteville, GA, Allen earned both his B.S. (1999) and J.D. (2003) (magna cum laude and with High Honors) from the University of Georgia where he was chapter president of the Sigma Pi Fraternity, an editor of the Georgia Law Review, and inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of the Coif, among other honors. 
Allen is an avid supporter of education and the arts. He is a Trustee of the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation, previously serving two terms as its Chairman (2010-2014). He helped create the Jurist in Residence program at the University of Georgia School of Law. He formerly served on the board of the Atlanta Opera and currently serves on the boards of the Atlanta Ballet and the Center for Puppetry Arts where he is Chairman (since 2016). His efforts have been recognized with 40 Under 40 leadership awards from both the Atlanta Business Chronicle (2016) and University of Georgia Alumni Association (2013). 
Allen’s personal interest include history, Asian art and antiquities, Aston Martin automobiles, Georgia Bulldogs football, and spoiling his two nephews Barrett and Tanner.