Experienced, Dedicated, Proven

Kamal Carter

Chairman of the Board

Kamal graduated from Hampton University with a pre-med degree in biology. He teaches general chemistry, advanced chemistry, AP Chemistry, AP Biology, and AP Environmental Science at Clarkston High School in Clarkston, Georgia. He has been a National Institute of Health (NIH) Research Fellow and a member of the State Superintendent's Teachers Advisory Council. Kamal turned down two full scholarships to medical school to pursue his passion, science education.

Pamela Scully

Board Member

As Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs, Pamela Scully leads university-wide programs and initiatives to ensure academic excellence and student success across an interdisciplinary undergraduate experience. In collaboration with faculty, the undergraduate schools and the divisions of Enrollment and Campus Life, Scully works to ensure that an Emory undergraduate education provides students with optimal intellectual and personal exploration and development, preparing them for lifelong learning and career success.

Jacques Lesure

Board Member

​Jacques Lesure is a scholar-activist invested in educational justice from DeKalb County, Georgia. Jacques is the founder and CEO of Navigate College Now, an educational consulting firm that helps diverse students maximize available college resources. He is a Step Ahead Scholars alumnus from Clarkston High School.  He received his undergraduate degree from Occidental College, where he served as student body president and designed a major entitled Resistive Education in Theory, Research, and Policy. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and researches topics related to school climate and racial justice.

Bernard Parker

Board Member

Bernard Parker is the Senior Vice President of Global Commercialization at Mirum Pharmaceuticals, where he leads the company’s commercialization strategy and global launch planning. Bernard brings more than 20 years of commercialization, corporate development and growth strategy experience. He has held multiple U.S., Europe and global leadership positions at leading companies such as Novartis, Ionis, Ignyta and Amgen. Bernard has deep experience in both the US and international markets, including long-term assignments based in Switzerland and Germany. Earlier in his career, he was a management consultant at Bain & Company, where he worked on corporate strategy and private equity engagements. Bernard holds a B.A. in Biology from Hampton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.