Cathy Henson, Founder and President
An attorney by profession, Cathy Henson is an advocate for the improvement of public education. In response to a requirement of the A+ Education Reform Act of 2000 that all Georgia public schools create and operate school councils, Cathy created the nonprofit Georgia School Council Institute to train parents, educators and members of the business community to improve Georgia's public schools. The GeorgiaEducation.org website (www.gsci.org) has received numerous awards for its ease of use by the average "interested but otherwise uniformed" member of the public.
Cathy has a long history of service in support of public education. She has served as both the Legislative Chair (1995-1997) and President (1997-1999) of the Georgia PTA. She was appointed to the State Board of Education by Governor Roy Barnes in 1999 and was the first woman in Georgia to be elected its chair. Ms. Henson served on Georgia's Education Reform Commission in 1999 and 2000, and on the Closing the Achievement Gap Commission in 2001 and 2002. She is a highly regarded speaker on educational issues and has taught Education Law as an adjunct professor at Georgia State University College of Law, her alma mater.
Cathy currently serves on several boards, including the Georgia State University Andrew Young School of Policy Board of Advisors, the Georgia State University Athletic Association (Vice Chair), the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, and Teach for America's Metro Atlanta Regional Advisory Board. Her past board service includes the Georgia State University Foundation Board (Chair), the Georgia Perimeter College Foundation (Chair), Piedmont College Board of Trustees, Wofford College Education Advisory Board, and the Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice.
Cathy Henson has received various honors for her volunteer work in public education, including the Georgia Perimeter College Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award, the Georgia State University Alumni Award, the Business to Business "Woman of Excellence" award, and the Bank of America "Local Heroes" award. She has been named several times by Georgia Trend magazine as one of the "100 most powerful and influential Georgians."
Linda Schultz, Chief Operating Officer
Linda Schultz joined the Georgia School Council Institute in 2002. She has more than 25 years experience in education and advocacy for children.
Linda is a former member of the Fulton County Board of Education, representing areas in Alpharetta, Milton and Roswell. First elected in 2005, Linda served as President of the Fulton County School Board from 2011 to 2014. She has also served as Vice-President twice. During her tenure, the Fulton County School Board received both the National School Boards’ Magna and CUBE awards for school board excellence. Linda is a member of the Federal Relations Network, and has presented at many national and state conferences. She is a past member of the Fulton County Schools Employees’ Pension Board and the Fulton Education Foundation Board.
Prior to joining the school board, Linda served as Legislative Chair for the Georgia PTA, as a member of the State Standards and Grading Committee and was appointed to the bipartisan Blue Ribbon Young Driver and DUI Study Commission. Her accomplishments include securing state funding for clinic aides, increasing state funding for education, lowering class sizes, and advocating stronger teen driving laws and policies to reduce underage drinking.