Commission Staff

Gregg Stevens, Interim Executive Director 
Mr. Gregg Stevens is the SCSC's Interim Executive Director. Mr. Stevens has served as SCSC General Counsel since March 2013 and as Deputy Director since March 2015 where he has provided legal counsel and guidance in all areas of agency operations. Before joining the SCSC staff, Mr. Stevens served as Deputy General Counsel for the Georgia Department of Education where he provided legal support to the Department and State Board of Education for over seven years. Mr. Stevens is frequently a speaker on topics in school law, governmental law, and charter schools.

Mr. Stevens received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and law degree from Emory University.

Lauren Holcomb, Chief Communications Officer
As Chief Communications Officer, Ms. Lauren Holcomb directs internal and external agency communications, coordinates outreach efforts and serves as a spokesperson for the agency. She also oversees SCSC research initiatives. Ms. Holcomb joined the SCSC staff in July 2013 and previously directed the organizational development of state charter schools. Prior to joining the SCSC staff, Ms. Holcomb served as Race to the Top Project Director in the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement and as Education Policy Advisor to Governor Sonny Perdue. She also worked previously in Governor Perdue's Press Office managing external affairs. 
 
Ms. Holcomb received dual bachelor's degrees in journalism and political science from the University of Georgia and a master's degree in public administration with an emphasis in policy analysis from Georgia State University.
 
Morgan Felts, Deputy General Counsel and Director of Strategic Initiatives
Ms. Felts provides legal and policy guidance to the SCSC, oversee contracts and implement key agency initiatives. Ms. Morgan Felts joined the SCSC staff in January 2015 and previously served in the roles of Associate General Counsel and Petitions Program Manager. Prior to joining the SCSC staff, Ms. Felts served as Attorney and Program Manager for the Georgia Department of Education Charter Schools Division where she provided legal and program support to the Department and State Board of Education for more than four years. Ms. Felts is widely-regarded throughout the state as an expert in charter school law.
 
Ms. Felts received her bachelor's degree from Wesleyan College and law degree from the University of Georgia.
 
Terence Washington, Financial Accountability Manager
Mr. Terence Washington was named Accountability Manager in July 2013. In this role, he is charged with monitoring the financial performance of state charter schools, ensuring that schools are financially sound. Before joining the SCSC staff, Mr. Washington served as the Fiscal Analyst for the Georgia Department of Education Charter School Division. He provided grants, compliance, and fiscal accountability support to the Department and State Board of Education.
 
Mr. Washington received his bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University.

Katie Manthey, Academic Accountability Manager
Ms. Manthey oversees the academic performance of state charter schools, specifically assessing whether state charter schools are fulfilling the SCSC mission of providing students with a better educational opportunity. Ms. Manthey also helps develop and manage SCSC research initiatives. She previously served as the SCSC Business and Operations Manager and as a research assistant with the SCSC. Prior to joining the SCSC, Ms. Manthey participated in the state-wide evaluation of the Race to the Top grant as an intern with the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. She is a member of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education 2018-2019 Georgia Education Policy Fellowship Program.  
 
Ms. Manthey received her bachelor’s degree in journalism with a concentration in public relations from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in public policy from Georgia State University. She has a certificate in business intelligence from Emory University.  
 
Sarah Beck, Operational Accountability Manager
Ms. Sarah Beck started as SCSC Operational Accountability Manager in July 2017 after serving as the SCSC Business and Operations Manager for the year prior. As Operational Accountability Manager, Ms. Beck is charged with assessing the legal compliance of state charter schools boards and staffs. Prior to joining the SCSC, Ms. Beck served as System Reform Communications Specialist and System Reform Coordinator at the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning where she supported the implementation of Georgia’s Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant. She is also a member of the 2019 Zell Miller Leadership Institute. 
 
Ms. Beck received bachelor’s degrees in international affairs and political science from the University of Georgia and her law degree from Georgia State University. 
 

Rennie Laryea, Organizational Development Manager
Ms. Rennie Laryea joined the SCSC as Organizational Development Manager in September 2017. Ms. Laryea coordinates training and development opportunities for operational and prospective state charter school boards, leaders and staffs. Previously, Ms. Laryea served as a research assistant with the SCSC and was involved in the petition review process for the 2016 cycle. She also worked on legal compliance projects for charter schools responding to changes in federal law. 

Ms. Laryea received bachelor's degrees in French and International Relations from Agnes Scott College and a law degree from Washington and Lee University. She taught AP French and World History and served as a Program Coordinator at a school in Maryland prior to starting her law degree.

Kristen Easterbrook, New Charter Program Manager
Ms. Kristen Easterbrook started as the New Charter Program Manager in January 2019 after serving as the SCSC Business Manager since 2017. Ms. Easterbrook oversees the processes and procedures for petitioning the SCSC and works closely with newly approved state charter schools. Prior to joining the SCSC, Kristen served as System Reform Coordinator at the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning where she supported the implementation of Georgia’s Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant.

Ms. Easterbrook received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Mercer University.

Darcy Callaway, Business Manager
Ms. Callaway joined the SCSC in April 2019. As Business Manager, she maintains the agency budget, oversees office administrative functions, recruits and manages interns and serves as a constituent and legislative liaison. Prior to joining the SCSC, Ms. Callaway worked for the Georgia General Assembly as the Assistant to the Higher Education Committee.
 
Ms. Callaway received her bachelor’s in International Affairs, Political Science, and French from Mercer University and is currently pursuing a law degree from Georgia State University.