Board of Directors

Dr. Sandra Golden


Dr. Golden is an Associate Professor of Teacher Education and the Director of Schools and Community Partnerships at Notre Dame College, South Euclid, OH. She has over 20 years in literacy development working with young children to adults and 18 years has a teacher educator.

Joe Nicklos

Vice President

Joe has been involved at all levels of school education including administration, school counseling and teaching for over 30 years. For the past 9 years he has serviced in an administrative position for the Cleveland Heights - University Heights City Schools.


Over the years, Joe has been an integral member of the District Leadership, Management and Strategic Planning Team responsible for moving the district forward in academics, staffing and advancement of technology and professional development. Joe had developed a Pilot Learning Community: Presented an education program in the White House.

Angela Neeley


Angela currently serves as a Director of Finance in Akron. She has worked with charter schools in the finance role and as a board member for over 20 years. Angela has received a number of awards for her work in the finance field from the Auditor of State and other organizations. Her leadership and guidance in charter schools is an asset to SMART Academy.

Jereme Sykes


Jereme has been a pillar in the urban community serving as a Pastor for over 10 years. He displays his leadership skills through coordinating events and projects that help assist the urban communities in a multitude of ways. His role as a school board member at SMART Academy will assist in connecting our families and the community together to continue to serve it's mission. 

Tatiana Wells


Tatiana Wells is the early learning navigator, for the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood at Starting Point. In partnership with Starting Point and Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, she utilizes the early learning systems to improve services for Central families with young children. 


Tatiana has a MA in Early Childhood Education and a background in child care and development including experience as a child care director, 4th grade teacher and youth and family coordinator.  She has been in the early childhood field for over almost 20 years. Tatiana will lend SMART Academy her expertise in early literacy, community engagement and partnering with neighborhood early learning programs to increase enrollment and deepen family engagement. 

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