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  • 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.

  • David Rambin