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About Us

Meet our Leadership

Kevin Bracher
Head of School
Kevin Bracher is the head of school at Whitefield Academy. He began at Whitefield in 2007 as principal of the Middle School and continued to assume roles of increasing responsibility. Prior to his appointment as head of school in 2013, he was serving as the school’s academic dean focusing on curriculum, faculty development, testing, technology, and accreditation. With over 25 years of experience as an educator, Bracher has demonstrated consistent dedication to excellence, integrity, and Christ-centered leadership in both public and private schools. His career began as a high school math teacher (ranging from algebra through AP calculus) and coach of three sports, followed by leadership posts in all three K-12 levels - high school, middle school, and elementary school. Bracher has an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and three graduate degrees from Georgia State University, including a Ph.D. in educational leadership.
Maryellen Berry
Lower School Principal
Maryellen Berry serves as Lower School principal at Whitefield Academy. Before joining the Whitefield leadership team in 2018, Berry gained 18 years of experience as a Lower School teacher and an additional 15 years of experience as a curriculum and outplacement director and division head at Trinity School in Atlanta. Berry holds a B.A. in elementary education from Stetson University and a M.S. in elementary education with a concentration in curriculum and instruction from the State University of New York at Cortland, MS.
Allison Duncanson
Director of Christian Life and Diversity
Allison Duncanson serves as Whitefield's director of Christian life and diversity. She joined the Whitefield staff in 2015 as the gifts management officer for the development team before moving to serve in the administration office alongside Head of School Kevin Bracher. Duncanson graduated from Vanderbilt University and spent most of her career in corporate banking cash management. She has also served on the board of her community’s charter school.
Karen Gilbert
Director of Human Resources
Karen Gilbert serves as the director of human resources at Whitefield Academy. She joined the WolfPack in 2021, and she brought with her 20 years of experience in higher education human resources, including serving as the associate vice president for human resources at Agnes Scott College. Gilbert earned a B.S. in business and merchandising from Auburn University, and she holds two human resources certifications- SPHR and SHRM-SCP.
Michelle Hines
Director of Business Affairs
Michelle Hines joined the Whitefield team in 2018 as the director of business affairs. She brings 24 years of experience in accounting and finance to the WolfPack, having previously worked in industries including independent schooling, broadcasting, character licensing, and retail. Eighteen years of her experience comes from working with broadcasters in varying roles including creating several internal audit departments and working in both television and radio local markets as a financial manager. Hines has obtained a B.B.A. in accounting and a B.B.A. in finance from the University of Cincinnati and has her CPA certification.
Heather Karvis
Middle School Principal
Heather Karvis serves as the Middle School principal at Whitefield. Prior to joining the WolfPack in 2020, Karvis gained 10 years of experience at the Westminster Schools, serving in teaching and administration roles, most recently as the Middle School dean of students. She holds a M.Ed. in educational leadership from Kennesaw State University and a B.A. in English and communications from Oglethorpe University, where she also played basketball.
Brian Kennerly
Assistant Head for External Affairs
Brian Kennerly joined the Whitefield team in 2018 as assistant head of external affairs and also served as interim Middle School principal for the 2019-2020 school year. Before arriving at Whitefield, Kennerly served as head of school at Brookstone School in Columbus, Georgia, high school principal and assistant head of school at Wesleyan in Peachtree Corners, and a grade chairman at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta. Most recently he served as the executive director for the Council on Educational Standards and Accountability. Kennerly has earned a B.A. in political science from Vanderbilt University, an M.A. in education administration from Columbia University, and a doctorate of education in organizational leadership and policy from Vanderbilt University.
Lauren Race
Director of Development
Lauren Race joined the Whitefield team in 2018 as director of development. Race brings over ten years of fundraising experience to the position which were focused on developing and stewarding relationships with individuals, foundations, and corporate partners. She has managed annual campaign efforts and executed major comprehensive campaigns for organizations including the Kansas State University Foundation, United Way of Greater Atlanta, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. She holds a B.A. from Kansas State University.
Danny Ryan
Athletic Director
Danny Ryan serves as Whitefield Academy's athletic director, overseeing all athletic teams and programs along with the school's sports medicine and strength and conditioning program. He has been at Whitefield since 2008 and previously served as assistant athletic director and head athletic trainer. In those roles, Ryan provided athletes with daily instruction on the treatment and care of the body through proper nutrition, rehabilitation, and rest. As the head athletic trainer, Ryan also developed the Student WolfPack Athletic Training (SWAT) program for students interested in learning the basics of athletic training and for exposure into the worlds of sports medicine and physical therapy. Before coming to Whitefield, Ryan had a seasonal internship with the Tampa Bay Rays and was a graduate assistant at Georgia Tech. He has an undergraduate degree in athletic training and sports medicine from the University of South Florida. Ryan is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association as well as the Georgia Athletic Director Association and is a certified athletic administrator licensed and certified in the state of Georgia.
Mike Shaheen
Director of Student Leadership; Middle School Assistant Athletic Director
Mike Shaheenjoined the WolfPack as director of student leadership in 2018 and took on the additional role of Middle School assistant athletic director in 2019. Before arriving at Whitefield, Shaheen gained 14 years of experience as a history, economics, and government teacher in both Massachusetts and Georgia. He spent five and a half years as a missionary for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in the Dominican Republic where he created and developed FCA into a country-wide non-profit with 12 staff members. He continues as a leader of the FCA Board in the Dominican Republic. Shaheen also has many years of experience as a head baseball coach where he led teams to three GHSA State Championships. In 2011, he was inducted into the Gwinnett Dugout Club Hall of Fame. Shaheen holds a B.A. in history from Stonehill College as well as a M.Ed. from Cambridge College.
Nathan Stevens
Assistant Head of Academic Affairs
Nathan Stevens is the assistant head of academic affairs at Whitefield. In this role, he leads Whitefield's Instructional Leadership Team (ILT), a team of faculty members who oversee curriculum development and instructional practices. The ILT works together to align curriculum with the mission of the school while emphasizing biblical integration. Prior to joining the Whitefield faculty, Stevens worked in education for sixteen years and administration for nine years, working as an academic dean and a principal at both the middle school and high school level. Stevens has a B.S. in History Education from Maranatha Baptist University and an M.Ed. in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina.
Jennifer Woods
Upper School Principal
Jennifer Woods serves as the Upper School principal at Whitefield. Woods joined the WolfPack in 2010 and held roles including Middle and Upper School registrar, Upper School assistant principal, and Middle and Upper School English teacher. In 2019 she moved into the position of Upper School principal. Prior to joining the WolfPack, Woods taught high school English and journalism for two years in Cobb County. At Whitefield, Woods has coached varsity and Middle School softball, has served as accreditation coordinator, and co-led the Middle and Upper School daily schedule redesign process. Woods has an undergraduate degree in Secondary English Education from the University of Georgia and a masters degree in Educational Leadership from Kennesaw State University.