Ms. Sacks-Mandel is the Microsoft Global Chief Technology and Transformation Officer for the education industry. Prior to joining Microsoft, she was the Chief Information Officer at two unique, technically advanced, large, and diverse public school districts where she enabled student-centric teaching and learning, which resulted in dramatic improvements in literacy, graduation rates, test scores, and advanced placement credits.
She has led innovation teams at IBM, Walt Disney World, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and provided management consulting at many others. Serena has won numerous state, national, and global awards for leadership, vision, technical excellence, and her commitment to improving student outcomes. She and her husband, Scott are adventure seekers – biking, hiking, traveling, and boating, often with their three wonderful adult daughters.
Favorite exhibit: The STEAM Timeline with tech, people stories, and pop culture
First computer: IBM PC with dual floppy drives and a Casio calculator
Why I serve on the CMoA board: The Museum is important for preserving our shared technical past, inspiring future innovation, and has the potential to be a magnet for community, connection, education, and economic development.
John J. Scroggin (“Jeff”) is a semi-retired attorney practicing with the law firm of Scroggin & Burns in Roswell, GA. Jeff earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting, a Juris Doctorate, and a Master of Laws in Taxation, from the University of Florida. Since 1979, Jeff has practiced as an Atlanta-based tax, business, charitable planning, and estate planning attorney. US News and World Report repeatedly named Jeff as one of the Best Lawyers in America, and he was named a Georgia SuperLawyer for 15 years. He was inducted into the NAEPC Estate Planning Hall of Fame in 2017 and served on the University of Florida College of Law Board of Trustees for eight years. Jeff has served on 16 different charitable boards over his career.
A nationally recognized speaker on tax and estate planning issues, Jeff has authored over 260 published articles on tax, business, and estate planning and was extensively quoted in national media, including nine times in the Wall Street Journal, five times in Forbes magazine, and three times in the New York Times. He was Founding Editor of the Journal of Estate and Tax Planning, a national publication of the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils.
Jeff owns one of the largest collections of tax memorabilia in the US, with the collection being the subject of a front-page Wall Street Journal article on April 15, 2015.
Favorite Exhibit: The World Wall II German Enigma Computer
First Computer: A Texas Instruments handheld business calculator I purchased in 1973 for more money than I could afford.
Why I serve on the CMoA board: I hope to broaden the impact of the museum’s preservation of history and development of community while supporting the founder’s vision.