Governing Board

Board President

Charles Knight

Board President

Charles Knight has dedicated himself to the improvement of Birmingham area communities, schools, and the education of the area’s young people. He has worked with numerous educational, community, professional and civic organizations over the years supporting youth leadership development, family services, neighborhood crime awareness and school/church safety. In his years of experience working in the private sector and in government, Charles is known as a respected security professional and business leader. He is the founder of ARGUS Protective Services, Inc. and ARGUS Security Solutions, LLC.  Over his career, he acquired an extensive background in business and government operations, global industrial and corporate security development, risk management, public safety and government affairs. Today, his firm provides customized security, risk management, systems integration, and consulting services to public and private companies, schools/churches, non-profits and wealthy families. Charles is a veteran of the United States Air Force and 117th Alabama Air National Guard and holds degrees in Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice/Business and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.

Vice President

Tramayne Russell

Vice President

Tramayne Russell is an industry leader in professional sports sales and corporate relations. He has more than 15 years in the industry across several major sports. He is an expert in high profile customer management and corporate partnership acquisition. Currently, he is the director of ticket sales for the Nashville Soccer Club.


Auri Brown


Auri Brown is a passionate real estate professional with a deep knowledge of the Birmingham market. As a Birmingham native, he has spent the majority of the past 20 years working in both the healthcare and real estate sectors. He is passionate about education and sees high quality school options as a critical piece to overall community development. Currently, he is a licensed realtor with eXp Realty.


R.J. Smith


Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) R. J. Smith graduated from Wenonah High School in Birmingham, AL, and attended Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, AL. While attending Alabama A&M University, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. Colonel Smith served nine and a half years in the active Army before joining the Alabama Air National Guard to continue flying. Upon joining the Alabama Air National Guard, Colonel Smith earned his Air Force pilot wings.

Courtney French

G. Courtney French is a top-rated attorney selected to Super Lawyers (2014 – 2020). He is a founding partner of the law firm of Petway, French & Ford, LLP, in Birmingham, Alabama. He has devoted his entire legal practice to representing individuals and families who have suffered serious personal injuries and wrongful death. 

Courtney completed legal studies at Samford University Cumberland School of Law and graduated with the class of 1998. He passed the bar in 1998.

Megan Jones

Megan Jones is an experienced educator with a love for learning and children. She began her career in education as a 4th grade teacher in Birmingham City Schools. She has taught on several different grade levels and also has been a private tutor. She brings a strong grasp of foundational learning needs and remedial education.

Tiffany Storey

Tiffany Storey is an AAHS parent and a licensed professional counselor with more than 17 years of experience working with families and adolescents in community service and outreach programs.

Merrick Sims

Merrick is a career educator and STEM professional. Merrick brings experience and expertise as both a math coach and engineer. As a Birmingham native, he also is deeply committed to improving educational options for all students in the city of Birmingham.

Tierra Wright

Tierra Wright is a career educator with experience in both K-12 education and higher education. She currently serves as the adult education director at Jefferson State Community College.