Board of Trustees


Brant Suddath (President) 

Brant attended the University of Georgia. He is the Senior Director of Compensation and HR OPs at Home Depot. He and his wife Holly are members of Buckhead Church and have lived in Smyrna for over 13 years. Brant and Holly have two sons currently enrolled at CCS and one son that graduated from CCS in 2012.



Kelly Becker 

Kelly graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in Communications and has worked for ABC National Television Sales for over ten years.  She and her family are members at Smyrna Presbyterian Church where she volunteers in the nursery, coordinates the Community Acoustic Jam charity events,  and with her husband, Michael, teaches the Wednesday night children’s Bible study, King’s Kids.  Kelly and Michael have three daughters, Lily (5th), Ella (4th) and Amelia (K4).


David Stallings (Treasurer) 

David Stallings is a mortgage loan officer.  He is 65 years old and has served as an elder, Sunday school teacher at Smyrna Presbyterian Church and former session liaison to the Covenant Christian School Board.  He has served at Hope Presbyterian Church as a deacon, elder, and a Sunday school teacher.



Robert Funk

Robert received a Bachelor’s, MS and PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech. He is currently employed as a Research Engineer with Georgia Tech Research Institute and teaches undergraduate courses in the Georgia Tech School of Aerospace Engineering as an adjunct instructor. He and his family are members of Smyrna Presbyterian Church where he has previously served as a deacon. He and his wife Denise have two children attending CCS, Matthew (recently graduated from CCS) and Jonathan in 6th grade.



Mark Jackson (Secretary)

Mark Jackson graduated from Mercer University and is currently employed by the Cobb County School District as a Technology Specialist. He and his wife Pat have been members of Smyrna Presbyterian Church for 30 years where Mark currently serves as an Elder and is also on the Missions Committee. They have two children who attended Covenant Christian School. While at CCS, Pat and Mark were involved in many roles.  Mark is currently serving on the CCS Board as Technology Committee chairman.


John Larimer

John Larimer is a graduate of Emory Business School’s Executive MBA Program and held key private sector positions as Executive VP of World Wide Sales for Firestone Building Products and President/CEO of General Roofing Companies.  A local business owner for the last 11 years, John’s firm (Larimer/Shannon Group) provides technical sales and marketing services for commercial building materials throughout Georgia and Tennessee.  The firm provides specification, detailing and re-construction process management in various exterior building products and specializes in commercial roofing.  John served as a Board Member, Officer and President of the Cobb County Boys and Girls Clubs.  He is currently a member of Buckhead Church and he and his wife have led numerous small groups and newly-married groups.  He also serves as a current board member and Secretary of The Global Orphan Project.  A long-time local resident and neighbor of the school, John and his wife Kate are the proud parents of a young woman of faith and a nationally-ranked Equestrian. Quinn graduated spring of 2015 from Whitefield Academy.  


Matt Ramsey

Matt Ramsey and his wife, Julie, are members of Smyrna Presbyterian Church.  Matt holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and a law degree from Georgia State (cum laude).  Matt  joined the Board in the Spring of 2014 and serves as the chairman of the Education Committee.  Matt and Julie live in Smyrna with their dog, Scout.



 Ronald Jones

Ronald has lived in Smyrna 10 years, and has been a Georgia resident since 1995. He and his wife Joy have two children, Kennedi  (9 yrs) and Trip (5), both of whom attend CCS. Ronald’s family have been members of Shaw Temple AME Church for the last 8  years. Ronald works in Alpharetta at Equifax, where he acts as Vice President of IT Strategy and Effectiveness. Prior to joining  Equifax he held various leadership roles at a number of companies including Avaya Communications, ADP, and ACI Worldwide Inc.


Alex Powell (Vice President)

Alex is a 2001 graduate of Auburn University.  He is currently an Associate Merchant at Home Depot, where he has held several roles of increasing responsibility over the past six years.  Prior to that, he spent several years in the securities industry.  He and his wife Emily have been in the Atlanta area for the past 14 years and have been members of Smyrna First United Methodist Church for since 2004.  The Powell’s three children are all currently enrolled at CCS in first, third, and sixth grades.



James Wesley

James was born in Los Angeles California and moved to Georgia when he was 5 years old. He attended middle school and high school at Whitefield Academy and graduated from Auburn University.  He’s been married five years, and he and his wife Caroline have one son, Wyatt. They attend Smyrna Presbyterian Church. As an active member, James currently serves on the Diaconate. 




Lolita Antoine

Lolita Antoine brings over 15 years of experience managing large projects and cross functional teams in the financial services and retail industries. She is currently a SVP at SunTrust Bank in Enterprise Information System. She has been a member of Jackson Memorial Baptist Church for many years and spends time giving back to her community. She obtained her MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business (UVA) and studied in Brussels at the Solvay Business School. She is a native of New Orleans and the proud mother of Madalynn Yvonne, who is currently in the 3rd grade and has been at CCS for four years.