• Andrea Conarro, Chair​

    • Andrea Conarro is herself a graduate of Lumpkin County High School. She is an attorney with a private practice in Dahlonega, focused primarily on family law. Andrea has three children in Lumpkin County Schools. She is a big believer in public education, and in imagination leading to great, world-changing ideas. She is grateful to serve on the Board of LCEF, raising funds both to build an endowment for our community schools AND to inspire our educators to dream and do for our kids. JOIN US!

  • Cathy Sparks, Treasurer

    • Catherine (Cathy) is a graduate of the Smeal College of Business at the Pennsylvania State University.  She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.  She has over 30 years of accounting and management experience.  She has been married to her husband Ray since 1995. They have two children Drew Sparks and Anna Sparks, Lumpkin County High School classes 2017 and 2018, respectively.  The Sparks are an adoptive family and have been residents of Lumpkin County since 2010. Cathy’s interest in education foundations preceded her move to Lumpkin County.  While living in Cobb County her children attended a grade school which did not have a school foundation.  Her best friend’s children attended another Cobb County elementary school less than two miles away.  That school had a foundation.  The advantages of the school with a foundation far exceeded the school without a foundation.  Cathy has been involved in the Lumpkin County Education Foundation since the initial meeting.


  • Jack Rogers

    • ​​Jack Rogers is a retired US Air Force officer and current public school educator. He served for 26 years as an F-16 and A-10 pilot, retiring in the grade of Colonel. After retirement, he began a second career as a science teacher, and taught at Lumpkin County Middle School for four years. He currently teaches the Aerospace and Flight Operations pathway at Forsyth County School's Alliance Academy for Innovation. He believes a strong public education system benefits everyone in the community, and hopes the foundation's efforts will enable our dedicated teachers to reach higher levels of success with their students.

  • Tom MacMillian

    • Tom is the oldest of five brothers, and raised in Philadelphia, and a product of the Philly public schools and a graduate of Drexel University (BSME and MBA).  Tom met his wife, Trudy, in HS and have been married for 59 years. They have four kids and three grandkids. Tom retired in 2012 (Yes, at age 76) following a career in engineering and then in industrial sales in GA, IL, and NC, where he dealt primarily with Power Generation, Paper Mfrg, Water and Wastewater Treatment, Chemicals, and Food Processing. Upon retiring, he and Trudy moved back to Georgia (Dahlonega) to be close to family- their daughter/son-in-law and youngest son/daughter-in-law and their two kids- granddaughter, Tara freshman at UGA and grandson (Thomas Rees MacMillan II) HS junior . Other granddaughter, Danielle, is a middle-schooler in Illinois. His daughter and daughter-in-law here in GA are educators in Forsyth County.  Tom is a Chicago Cubs fan, a member of Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church, and he is involved because well educated citizens are the foundation of a successful/prosperous democracy.

  • Noah Steinberg

    • Noah Steinberg is a retired military veteran. He served 22 years in the Army on active duty as an enlisted medic and later as a medical officer. Noah and his family moved to Dahlonega in 2007. He is married to Michelle Steinberg and they have two children Rachel (21) and Adam (18), both of whom are products of the Lumpkin County School System. Noah has a Bachelor's degree in Economics and also Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Physician Assistant Studies. Noah strongly believes in a well-structured education system and he has observed that educational funding has been a persistent concern at the local level. He joined the LCEF to encourage a great incentive program for educators who think outside the box of the conventional lesson plan or who are willing to go the extra mile to deliver a great learning experience, but lack the typical funds allocated to their curriculum.