Meet the Board

  • Greg Davis - District One

    210 Deertree Drive 
    Athens, GA 30605

    Email: davisg@clarke.k12.ga.us 
    (706) 589-5568 
    Term Ends: December 2018

    Mr. Davis retired from the Clarke County School District in 2011 and is now working as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Before coming to Athens in 2008 as the District Family Engagement and Equity Specialist, he spent 12 years as a high school social studies teacher and seven years as a middle school counselor in the Augusta area. Mr. Davis current serves on the Evaluation of the Superintendent Committee, the Policy Committee and the Government Relations Committee.


    Vernon Payne - District Two

    200 Payne Drive 
    Athens, GA 30601

    Email: paynev@clarke.k12.ga.us 
    (706) 548-3447 
    Term Ends: December 2020

    Mr. Payne has served on the Clarke County Board of Education since 1979. A general contractor, Mr. Payne is active in many church and community activities. He also devotes himself to active service in the Georgia School Boards Association and the National School Boards Association. In 2000, Governor Roy Barnes appointed Mr. Payne to the State Professional Standards Commission. Mr. Payne serves on the Community Oversight Committee, Early Head Start Policy Council and Chair of the Property Committee. Fax: (706) 552-3913


    Linda Davis - District Three

    167 Peach Street 
    Athens, GA 30606

    Email: davislin@clarke.k12.ga.us 
    (706) 543-2943 
    Term Ends: December 2018

    Ms. Linda E. Davis is vice president of Georgia based Indigo Business Solutions, Inc. and an adjunct instructor at Athens Technical College. Ms. Davis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Shorter College in 1996 and an MBA from Kennesaw State University in 2000. She returned to Athens in 2006 to actively serve the youth in her former community. Ms. Davis is also engaged in other civic and community endeavors such as the Bethlehem Cemetery Society, Athens Clarke Heritage Foundation, Envision Athens Steering Committee and the West Broad Feasibility Study Initiative. Ms. Davis currently serves on the Evaluation of the Superintendent Committee and is the Vice Chair of the Finance Committee and Policy Committee.


    Jared Ruiz Bybee - District Four

    310 Milledge Hts 
    Athens, GA, 30605

    Email: bybeej@clarke.k12.ga.us 
    646-382-2612 
    Term Ends: December 2020

    Mr. Bybee currently serves on the Community Oversight Committee and the Finance Committee.


    Sarah Ellis - District Five

    321 Dubose Avenue 
    Athens, GA 30601

    Email: elliss@clarke.k12.ga.us 
    (706) 338-6265 
    Term Ends: December 2018

    Ms. Ellis is currently Vice President of the Board, serves on the Foundation for Excellence, as Chair of the Policy Committee and Vice Chair of the Property Committee.


    Charles Worthy - District Six

    120 Melbourne Drive 
    Athens, GA 30606

    Email: worthyc@clarke.k12.ga.us 
    (706) 549-1509 Cell Phone: (706) 255-7795 
    Term Ends: December 2020

    Mr. Worthy, a retired principal from the Clarke County School District, has a cumulative total of 33 years of service as an educator. He has worked in three Georgia counties, serving as a fourth grade teacher in Washington County, a Social Studies and Career Education teacher in Jefferson County, and a teacher and administrator at Cedar Shoals High School in Clarke County. Mr. Worthy worked 28 years at Cedar Shoals, including 12 years as a Career Technical Education/Social Studies teacher. He also served as Assistant Principal from 1987 to 1989, Interim Principal from 1989 to 1990, Associate Principal from 1990 to 1995, and Principal from 1995 to 2003. Mr. Worthy was first elected Board President in 2006 and he was re-elected to the position in 2008, 2012 and 2016. He currently serves on the Evaluation of the Superintendent Committee, the Property Committee and the Finance Committee.


    Carol Williams - District Seven

    115 St. George Place 
    Athens, GA 30606

    Email: williamscar@clarke.k12.ga.us 
    Term Ends: December 2018

    Ms. Williams currently serves on the Evaluation of the Superintendent Committee, the Policy Committee and the Government Relations Committee.


    John A. Knox - District Eight 

    225 Gentry Dr. 
    Athens, GA 30605 

    Email: knoxj@clarke.k12.ga.us 
    706-542-2118 
    Term Ends: December 2020 

    Dr. Knox is a professor of geography and undergraduate coordinator of the atmospheric sciences program at the University of Georgia, where he has worked since moving to Athens in 2001.  He serves as a mentor in the Clarke County Mentor Program and is active locally in leadership in Presbyterian campus ministry.  He and his wife Pam, a climatologist, have one son, Evan, who attended CCSD schools for 13 years and graduated from Cedar Shoals High School in 2014.  His Facebook page for education-related activities is www.facebook.com/knox2016/. Dr. Knox currently serves on the Finance Committee and the Government Relations Committee.


    Ovita Thornton - District Nine

    P.O. Box 82313 
    Athens, GA 30608-2313

    Email: thorntono@clarke.k12.ga.us 
    (706) 353-7633 
    Term Ends: December 2018

    Ms. Thornton joined the Clarke County Board of Education in January 2003, representing the newly-created ninth district. Long active in community concerns, Ms. Thornton currently serves as Electoral Reform Director of Democracy South. Ms. Thornton serves on the Government Relations Committee and on the Property Committee. Fax: (706) 353-7633 (call first)