Dekalb Agriculture Technology & Environment, Inc.

Board of Directors

Mission Statement

The Board shall uphold the school’s mission and vision and ensure effective organizational planning on the part of the school through an annual strategic planning and review process that will review and update the school’s short-term, mid-term, and long-range goals, and evaluate the effectiveness of the implementation of the school’s mission and plans.

The Charter School shall be subject to the governance of the Local Board as provided herein and in a manner consistent with the Charter School Act of 1998 and the Constitution of the State of Georgia. A complete explanation of its governance mechanism is contained in governance section. Day-to-day management responsibility shall be shared on-site between the Principal and Administrator. The Charter School shall utilize a Board of Directors, which shall be subject to the provisions of O.C.G.A. § 50-14-1 et seq. (Open and Public Meetings) and O.C.G.A. § 50-18-70 et seq. (Inspection of Public Records).

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Dr. Joe Ani is a professional trained teacher with Diploma in Accounting, Economics and Education; as well as Bachelor of Science Degree (BSc) in Accounting and Vocational Business; an Executive Certificate in Transformational Leadership from INT-USA through Beulah Heights University, Atlanta; an MBA in Accounting; and a Doctorate Degree (Ph.D) in Global Leadership and Organizational Management.


He has over 35 years of combined comprehensive experience in leadership, training, nonprofit organization, cultural integration, human capital development, accounting, Tax Services, Payroll, financial management, and business consulting services. Dr. Ani is published and has a passion for “Nonprofit, Cross-cultural Relationship, Process Improvement, Performance and Sustainability”.


Dr. Ani currently serves on different boards as the Secretary, Board of Directors, Institute for National Transformation (INTUSA), is the Founder and CEO of Light of Hope Outreach, a non-profit organization and Janic Business Group, LLC. Dr. Ani has earned the prestigious former Governor Sunny Purdue’s Citation for Community Service. He also serves on the Boards as treasurer, for Chamblee Charter High School.

Dr. Ani

Faye Garrett has been a devoted and compassionate educator for over 30 years. Mrs. Garrett is now retired with experience as an Elementary Teacher, Principal, and Assistant Superintendent for the City Schools of Decatur. She has also served on the DATE Board of Directors for over 6 years.

Ms. Garrett

Stefani Carter received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from the University of Georgia and Master of Arts in Audiology and Speech Pathology from the University of Memphis. She has worked almost 20 years as a Speech Language Pathologist in early intervention, private practice, school systems, and Trauma hospitals.


Stefani currently serves for the Dekalb County Board of Health as a Healthcare Manager. Under this title, she manages both state and federal programs including Babies Can’t Wait, Children’s Medical Services, Children First, Immunization Program, and Adolescent Health and Youth Development. Stefani also managed a private practice therapy company Speech 2Me Communication, LLC for speech, occupational, and physical therapy services.

Ms. Carter

Reginald Barrino received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Howard University. He has over 34 years of Environmental Engineering experience at his current employer, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


Reginald strives to live up to and exemplify his alma mater’s motto “Veritas et Utilitas or In Truth and Service”. He believes strongly that the best communities are made when people give back by becoming involved through community service and by creating awareness and providing solutions to help improve the quality of life in many communities.


Reginald has a broad and varied community service background and has served as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and on the deacon board at Wings of Faith Ministries of Conley, Georgia. He has also served as a mentor for EPA’s Greater Leadership Opportunities Fellowship Program, committed to STEM education and to encourage scholars to obtain advanced degrees and pursue careers in environmentally related fields. Reginald also privately tutors and mentors’ scholars throughout Metro Atlanta.

Mr. Barrino

Darold Honore, Jr. received his bachelor’s degree in Finance from Georgia State University and obtained his master’s from Strayer University. He currently owns a Farmers Insurance Agency in Downtown Lithonia. Darold is a community advocate that has served as Mayor and now as councilman for the city of Lithonia.


He has devoted years of service to the Dekalb community in many ways, in 2004 he was appointed by the Dekalb Board of Commissioners to the Dekalb Board of Health, where he became the first African American Chairman of the Board. Darold continues to service the community with his appointment to the executive board of the Dekalb History Center, he joined the Medical Reserve Corps for Dekalb County and volunteered with the Dekalb Library Foundation. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Lithonia Chamber of Commerce. Darold volunteers as the Assistant Scout Masters at D.A.T.E. He is a member of Leadership Dekalb class of 2008. Darold is married and has one son.

Mr. Honore’

George Jones is a Technical Architect Manager with 22 years of Enterprise Software Development and Delivery experience in driving the vision for digital platforms in complex IT environments. Championed Software Delivery Life Cycles by expanding his experience as a Software Developer and DevOps Engineer. In the last 15 years, George has implemented multiple Software Applications and DevOps based solutions in France, India and the US.


A heart for the outdoors, George is an active cyclist, skier and hiker. Sports that allow him to maintain his love for the environment and horticulture. A Scoutmaster for Troop 1833 for 8 years with 17 Scouts. Boy Scouts of America Soapstone Ridge District Chair for 3 years leading an organization servicing 1660 Scouts, 340 Scout Leaders and 2050 parents. Responsible for defining and implementing the strategic vision for the district’s Boy Scouts.


George is serving Dekalb Agricultural Technology & Environment Charter School Board of Directors for 14 years. He received his Computer Information Science Degree from Morris Brown College. Married for 22 years with three children.

Mr. Jones

Dr. Danielle Sweat Whylly currently serves as Community Outreach Specialist for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia. In this capacity, she develops and fosters relationships between the U.S. Attorney’s Office and community by creating partnerships, prevention and ex-offender (returning citizen) reentry initiatives, and opportunities for staff to engage with residents throughout the District. In 2013 and 2017, Danielle received the U.S. Attorney’s Award for her dedication and commitment to the pursuit of justice. In 2020, she was awarded the Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance in Prevention and Reentry Activities.

A native New Yorker, Danielle is a graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), receiving both a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, and a Master of Social Work degree in Administration and Community Development. Dr. Whylly earned her doctorate degree from Clark Atlanta University, in Social Work Policy, Planning and Administration, and is a proud author, wife and mother of two brilliant scholars at DATE Academy.

Dr. Whylly

Board Meeting Calendar

May 23

Board of Director Meeting

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Please refer to the By laws, section 3.2 and 3.3 for selection process and term process.

The Charter School will operate under the authority and governance of its Board of Directors. The membership designations and their terms shall be as follows.

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