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Gwinnett BOE approves school and district leaders

July 22, 2022

        At its regularly scheduled business meeting on July 21, 2022, the Gwinnett County Board of Education (BOE) approved the appointments of three district leaders to new positions as part of the district’s reorganization to support its strategic plan. In addition, the BOE appointed the new principal at Brookwood High School. The new appointments are as follows:

  • Cathy Hardin has been named the Chief Human Resources Officer. Ms. Hardin currently serves as System Vice President, Employee Relations for Emory Healthcare, Atlanta.
  • Glenn Melendez has been named Chief Technology and Innovation Officer. Mr. Melendez currently serves as Chief Information Officer for Fulton County Government.
  • Natalie Gore has been named Chief Strategy Officer. Ms. Gore currently serves as Assistant Superintendent of District and School Performance for Henry County Schools.
  • Brett Savage has been named the new principal at Brookwood High School. Dr. Savage currently serves as Principal at Crews Middle School. He assumes the position as William “Bo” Ford leaves the school district.

Cathy Hardin, Chief Human Resources Officer:Cathy Hardin

2021-Present                    System Vice President, Employer Relations for Emory Healthcare

2018-2021                         Vice President, Human Resource

2013-2018                         Executive Director, Human Resources, DeKalb Regional Health System

2012-2013                         Employee Relations Manager, Northeast Georgia Health System

2008-2011                         Manager, Open Recruitment, Emory University

2005-2008                         Divisional Human Resources Director, Emory University

2003-2005                         HR Division Manager, Emory Healthcare

2004-2005                         Interim Director, Employment and Career Services, Emory Healthcare

2002-2003                         Employment Manager, Emory Healthcare



Bachelor’s degree in Communications—Southern University

Master’s degree in Human Resources—Central Michigan University

Mr. Glenn Melendez, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer

2015-Present                   Chief Information Officer, Fulton CountyGlenn Melendez

2014-2015                        Independent Consultant, Capgemini, Kennesaw StateUniversity, Ernst and Young

2008-2014                        Director Enterprise Applications, Atlanta Public Schools

2005-2008                        Director IT, WellPoint (Anthem)

2003-2005                        Senior IT Manager, United Healthcare

2001-2003                        Program Management Consultant, Blue Cross Blue Shield

1994-2001                        Account Manager, Ajilon Consulting LLC



Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Information—Rutgers University

Master’s degree in Corporate Communication—Seton Hall University

Natalie Gore, Chief Strategy OfficerNatalie Gore

2018-Present                  Assistant Superintendent of District and School Performance, Henry County                                                     Schools

2014-2018                      Assistant Superintendent of Leadership Services, Henry County Schools

2006-2014                      Principal, Cotton Indian Elementary School, Henry County Schools

2005-2006                      Principal, Lakeview Elementary School, Bloomington, Ind.

2004-2005                      Assistant Principal, Childs Elementary School, Bloomington, Ind.



Bachelor’s degree in English and Secondary Education—University of Iowa

Master’s degree in Educational Leadership—National Louis University 

Master’s degree in Literacy—Indiana University

Specialist’s degree in English Education—Indiana University

Dr. Brett Savage, Principal, Brookwood High School

GCPS Employment:Dr. Brett Savage

2019-Present                   Principal, Crews Middle School

2016-2019                       Assistant Principal, Creekland Middle School

2013-2016                       Assistant Principal, Riverside Elementary School

2005-2013                       Teacher, Collins Hill High School



Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health Science—The University of Georgia

Master’s degree in Science Education—The University of Georgia

Specialist’s degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision—Lincoln Memorial University

Doctoral degree in Educational Policy Studies—Georgia State University

Dr. Savage is a graduate of the 2012 Quality-Plus Leader Academy, Aspiring Leader Program, and a member of the 2021 Quality-Plus Leader Academy, Aspiring Principal Program.