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    School Council Members
       2019-2020
     
    Michael Oglesby - Chairperson
     
     
     
    Vice Chairperson
    Alicia N. Barney Duck - Vice Chairperson

    Alicia N. Barney-Duck, Esq., is a native of Northwestern PA and is an attorney with over 20 years of legal experience. Mrs. Duck is licensed to practice in the states of Pennsylvania and Georgia and is the owner of ABDUCK Law Group, LLC, a small law practice in which she takes pride in assisting start-ups and small businesses with their legal and consulting needs. In her current practice, Mrs. Duck serves as General Counsel for companies such as, Frances Mitchell Management, LLC, Caduceus Occupational Medicine in Morrow and McDonough, and PREvent Health Clinic Incorporated. Other clients have also included a financial/investment consulting firm, a construction company and an Independent Record Label. Mrs. Duck provides key legal and business advice regarding contracts, commercial leases, contractor agreements, and employer/employee related issues. In the area of Entertainment Law, Mrs. Duck drafts and negotiates various deals, as well as management, producer and artist agreements.


    Prior to doing transactional work in her current practice, Mrs. Duck represented the Governmental Agency of the Office of Children and Youth in Erie, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Duck was chosen by the County Executive to join the new legal team implemented to restructure the practice and policy of the Agency. In this capacity, Mrs. Duck handled all legal matters before the Juvenile Dependency and Orphan’s Courts, as well as appellate matters in the Commonwealth Court and Superior Court of Pennsylvania. Mrs. Duck maintained an extensive Motions practice and provided daily consultation to Administrators, clinical supervisors and caseworker staff. Mrs. Duck was solely responsible for the development of Agency policy, regulations, contracts, correspondence and literature regarding the newly adopted legislation of the Pennsylvania Adoption Act. Her belief that family is instrumental to a child’s wellbeing, in whatever form “family” takes to a child was instrumental in decreasing the number of children and families entangled in the Child Welfare System.


    In a career spanning over two decades, Mrs. Duck has maintained a solo practice, clerked for a President Judge in the 6th Judicial District of The Common Pleas Court of PA, and worked as an Associate at Knox, McLaughlin, Gornall & Sennett, P.C., one of the premier law firms in Northwest PA, where she was the first African-American attorney to be employed by the firm. Mrs. Duck has also been involved in several professional associations including being a member of the Sports and Entertainment Law and Child Advocacy Sections of the GA Bar. Mrs. Duck was as a longtime Member of the Pennsylvania Bar and Erie County Bar Associations, serving as the first African-American attorney to hold the office of Board Director, as well as Co-Chair of the Young Lawyers Division.


    Mrs. Duck is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, GA where she received a BA in English and graduated cum laude. While at Spelman, Mrs. Duck served as President of the Pre-Alumni Council of the UNCF, Vice President of the campus chapter of the NAACP and was also a member of the International English Honor Society (Sigma Tau Delta). After working two years in Corporate America, Mrs. Duck continued her studies at The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law in Columbus, Ohio where she received her juris doctorate. Mrs. Duck participated in the college’s Study Abroad Program after her first year where she spent several weeks in Oxford, England at the University of Oxford, studying Consumer Sales Law and Comparative Professional Ethics. Mrs. Duck traveled to London and Paris, France during the program. As a law student, Mrs. Duck also served as the Black Law Students Association’s (BLSA) First-Year Representative and participated in the Mediation Practicum, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, Inter-Professional Council and Negotiation Competition, making it to final rounds.


    Community involvement and the Youth have always held a special place in Mrs. Duck’s heart. In addition to serving on the School Council of Dutchtown High School, Mrs. Duck serves as a founding board member of Atlanta Zoom Athletics Track Club, a premier youth track club North-metro Atlanta. Mrs. Duck has also participated in many initiatives to prevent heart disease, breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and youth suicide. Importantly, Mrs. Duck and her family take the time to feed the homeless with the St. Francis Table Soup Kitchen, volunteer in clothing & food drives with ATL Zoom’s, “Zoomin’ To Action” program, as well as pack supplies for back to school programs supported by the Caduceus USA Morrow and McDonough offices.
    Of her accomplishments, Mrs. Duck is most proud to be the wife of Glenn Duck, Jr. and the mother of 3 beautiful children, son, Jaylen and daughters, Anai and Alivia. In her role as “Mom”, Mrs. Duck continues to instill the great value of family, community, education and leadership. The motto her dad, the late Robert M. Barney, ingrained in her throughout her life still rings loudly in her home, “Good, better, best, never let it rest until your good is better and your better is best.”


    Mrs. Duck can be reached by email at alicia@abducklaw.com

     

     
     
      
     
    School Council  
     
    Lyra Ratmeyer - Secretary 
     
     
    My name is Lyra Ratmeyer and I have served as Vice Chairperson of the DHS School Council
    for the past two years. I would like to help further implement the concepts of the Dutchtown High School Village that School Council began developing three years ago. This is an initiative to
    engage all stakeholders in Dutchtown High School. As part of that endeavor, this past year I
    created a parent involvement database and organized the monthly Dawghouse Breakfast as a
    forum for parents to share ideas and information to help their children succeed.

    I have served on school councils for the past ten years consecutively, some years at two
    schools concurrently, at Pate’s Creek Elementary, Dutchtown Middle, and Dutchtown High
    School. I enjoy finding ways to support our school. Last year I served as a DHS Science Fair
    judge, Career Day speaker, and Earth Day speaker and volunteer. I helped with Teacher
    Appreciation Week and DHS Band Booster. I also chaperoned the Technology Student
    Association trip to Athens for the State Leadership Conference and several parades in which
    our DHS Marching Band performed.

    I am a pediatrician working in Henry County for the past 16 years. I work at Primary Pediatrics
    After Hours. Previously, I had a solo pediatric practice in Bainbridge, Georgia for 6 years. I
    graduated from Dunwoody High School, Emory University, Mercer University School of
    Medicine, and completed my residency in pediatrics at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.
    My husband Steve and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary this past April. He is a tax
    accountant with Rödl & Partner in Atlanta. Our son Max is in 11th grade, plays trumpet in the
    DHS Marching Band, and loves technology. Our daughter Nora is in 9th grade, sings in the DHS
    Chorus, and swims for the DHS Swim Team.

    I fully believe that children thrive in an environment of encouragement, love, and support from
    teachers, staff, administration, family, and community. I am looking forward to serving another
    two years on the DHS School Council to help Dutchtown High School continue to be the best
    school for our students.
     
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    Coylitia O' Neal- Parent Representative 
     

    Coylitia Williamson O'Neal is a native of Athens, GA and currently resides in the southern crescent of Metro Atlanta. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Organizations Management and Keller Graduate School of Management with a Masters in Business Administration in Human Resource Management. She has over twenty years of experience in both the long term care and the funeral service industries. Coylitia is currently involved in several entrepreneurial and ministry endeavors.

    As a second generation business owner, she upholds the mantle passed by her father, the late Coy C. Williamson, Jr. She lives by the scripture, “unto whomsoever much is given, much is required” and is affiliated with numerous civic and professional organizations including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Clayton County Chamber of Commerce, Women In Business Council, The Advancing Families Foundation, and Southern Crescent Pearls Foundation. Coylitia is an ordained Elder and the Leading Lady of Global Impact Christian Ministries in Stockbridge, GA where her husband, Spencer T. O’Neal is the Lead Pastor.

    While obligations to professional, civic and ministerial commitments are important, Coylitia maintains that her primary commitment is to her family. She faithfully serves as her husband's helpmate and as a loving mother to their two children: son, Spencer II (Stone) and daughter, Bethany.

     

    Warm Regards,

    Coylitia O'Neal 

    Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on earth. - Shirley Chisholm

     
     
    Richard Postell - Teacher Representative
     
     
    DHS School Council may be reached at dhsschoolcouncil@gmail.com 
     Libra Brittian, Principal
Last Modified on January 14, 2020