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Berean Christian Junior Academy is overseen by an 8-member appointed board, who are members of the Adventist community dedicated to quality Christian education.

School Board Members play an integral part in the success of the Academy through their exceptional experiences and backgrounds as they guide the academy towards the future.  The board sets an example in personal giving, by actively participating in the fundraising process and serving as ambassadors and advocates the Berean Christian Junior Academy.


High expectations are placed on all board members who are committed to educational excellence, financial sustainability and institutional integrity. The Board actively seeks opportunities for philanthropic giving in partnership with community and corporate stakeholders.


About the Board Members

Mr. Brod Boyd, Chairperson

Brod Boyd serves as a partner and Sr .Vice-President for Corkerbec Venture Partners based in Atlanta, GA. He brings over 20 years of professional experience via a cross section of industries including education, media, health, real estate and legal. Most recently, he served as the Director of Media overseeing station acquisition and content creation for over 600 television and radio outlets in North America, Southeast Asia and parts of the Middle East. Brod began his career as a teacher and educational consultant working in elementary, and secondary schools. Brod earned a degree in Music Education from his beloved Florida A&M University, and studied Public Administration at the graduate level while also earning an MBA with a specialization in Marketing. He is active in community and civic organizations and relishes his time with family in New York, Miami and overseas.

Ms. Carmen Duncan

Ms. Duncan brings over 35 years of professional experience as a retired educator and certified Speech-Language Pathologist to the board. She's developed curriculums for students with severe language and developmental issues. Prior to serving on this board, Ms. Duncan spent 28 years in the Cobb County school system in Georgia and was selected to bring her mastery at the state level serving for 4 years as a Speech-Language Pathologist within the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. Ms. Duncan currently or previously served on the Finance and Personnel Committees of the board. She holds a Masters degree in Speech Language Pathology and spends her personal time visiting family and loved ones throughout the south east United States.

Mr. Sam Palmer, III

Sam is an alumnus of BCJA and is a member of the Berean SDA church. Berean SDA Church members founded the school in 1906. Sam is a career banking professional, with over 25 years of experience, and is currently employed by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta as a Senior Bank Examiner.  Previously,  he served as an Assistant Vice President with Suntrust and CIT banks, specializing in corporate investment banking. Sam is a graduate of Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL and is currently enrolled in the LSU Graduate School of Banking. Sam serves on the finance committee of the board. Sam is active in the community and also serves as the Head Deacon for his church. He is married and has two children, both of which are also proud graduates of BCJA.

Mrs. Peggy Walker

Mrs. Walker has been a member of the Berean Christian Junior Academy (BCJA) School Board for over 5 years. Ms. Walker brings to the board over 37 years of accounting, billing and collections experience with 4 top rated law firms known Nationally and Internationally. They include: Cotton White & Palmer LLP, Troutman Sanders LLP, King & Spalding LLP and Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP. During her professional career as Law Firm Manager, Ms Walker exemplified the best in leadership through establishing and enforcing financial controls for offices covering nearly 700 attorneys and paralegals throughout the United States and Europe. After retirement, Ms. Walker volunteered for several non-profit organizations which included, Meal on Wheels, Senior Services of Fulton County, Georgia Usher Association, Federated Kings Daughters and more. Ms. Walker attended Atlantic Union College and Georgia State majoring in Accounting. She serves as the chair of the finance committee. Ms. Walker is supported by her husband of 45 years, Major Horace Walker, Jr. They have two adult children and three grandchildren. She is a faithful member of the Berean Seventh-Day Adventist Church and truly loves the Lord.

Ms. Marilyn Shaw

Mrs. Shaw has served on the Berean Christian Junior Academy School Board for the past 5 years. She's also served as the Education Coordinator for the Atlanta Berean SDA Church for over 5 years. Mrs. Shaw is a product of Christian Education and a graduate of Northeastern Academy, in New York, NY. She is also a graduate of College of New Rochelle, in New Rochelle, NY. Her background is in Child Psychology and Education. Currently Mrs. Shaw works in Social Services as a Case Manager for the Department of Human Services for the State of Georgia. Prior to relocating to the Atlanta area,  Mrs. Shaw worked for17 years in the Hospital and Medical Practice settings in New York as Supervisor and Administrative Assistant.  She was also the owner and Director of Gentle Care Academy for several years.  

She is married to Christopher Shaw for 26 plus years, who is also a supporter of Christian Education. They have two beautiful daughters who are both proud graduates of Berean Christian Junior Academy.

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