MEET KATRINA MCCOLLUM YOUNG
Katrina Young was first elected to the Rockdale County Board of Education in January 2007. As a four-term elected board member, Katrina was unanimously voted to serve as Board Chair in January 2019. In this role, Mrs. Young includes representing the Board at the Conyers Rockdale Chamber of Commerce Board of Governor and the Big Six Leadership initiative that includes both County and City governmental entities. Mrs. Young has served on multiple board committees including: Finance, District Strategic Planning, Board Ethics and Standard Policy Review, and Naming Facilities. Between 2010-2015, she represented the board as Delegate to the Georgia School Board Association’s Governmental Operations Committee. In 2017, she was appointed to the Conyers Rockdale Economic Development Council and Rockdale Leadership Collaborative in 2014.
Mrs. Young was elected as President of the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) for the 2018-2019 term. She served as President Elect 2017-2018 term and was elected as Vice President 2016-2017 term. She was appointed to the GSBA Risk Management Fund Board of Trustees in 2015. Notable service at GSBA since 2008 includes Strategic Planning Committee, Executive Committee, Legal Defense Committee, New Board Member Mentor, Georgia Vision Project Steering Committee, GSBA Delegate, Advocacy Institute and GSBA representative to the National School Board Association Federal Relations Network. Mrs. Young was selected by her peers via unanimous nomination to serve in the GSBA District 4 Directorship, where she represented City Schools of Decatur, DeKalb, Newton and Rockdale counties for two consecutive terms.
Mrs. Young’s advocacy for public education extends to the national level. In 2019, the National School Board Association (NSBA) president appointed her to the National Nominating Committee and she also served on the Southern Region Contingency Nominating Committee. She is a member of NSBA” National Black Council. In 2018, she received an NSBA presidential appointment to the National Policy and Resolutions Committee and served on the Regional National Nominating Committee.
Mrs. Young was appointed and served on then Governor Nathan Deal’s 2015 Education Advisory Board. In September 2017, she received an Executive Appointment from Governor Deal to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission which sets and applies guidelines for preparation, certification, and continued licensing of public educators.
Mrs. Young is a charter member of Rockdale Newton Section of the National Council of Negro Women and served as the section’s inaugural historian. Currently, she serves on the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta Spark Newton Advisory Board, as well as the Conyers Rockdale Council for the Arts Board. She has served in an array of community leadership positions in Rockdale, Newton, Morgan and DeKalb Counties.
Most notably, Mrs. Young is married to Simeon for 35 years, and they are the proud parents of Simeon II (Samantha) and Sharnel (Dontell) and one grandson, Simeon III. Mrs. Young is owner of Stellar Consulting Group LLC an organizational firm that specialized in assessment and leadership development. She was the former Director, Continuing Education of Economic Development at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia where she was responsible for Economic Development, Continuing Education programs and Customized Training for Business and Industry for DeKalb, Morgan, Newton and Rockdale Counties.
Mrs. Young holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from Georgia State University. In 2016, she was awarded an honorary Doctorate for Christian Humanitarian from Dowell Institute Theological Seminary. Dr. Young is a member and a licensed minister at Springfield Baptist Church in Conyers.
She’s authored several articles with a focus on Leadership and Advocacy. She is published in the Agenda Magazine Fall 2018 edition. She is a noted speaker/presenter and expert panelist at the state and national level. As a former Atlanta Falcon Cheerleader (AFC), she is active with the AFC Alumni organization performing and making appearances in Metro Atlanta.