Meet Our Staff

our Management

Keri Burpee
Keri Burpee
Executive Director

Keri is the executive director of Foundation Academy Operations. She graduated from Mercer University in 1987 with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She later received her Masters in Early Childhood Education and Specialist degree in Instruction from Piedmont College. She is a retired school teacher, and has been working with children for over 30 years. In her spare time she enjoys spending time at the beach and with her family.

Jennifer Salies

Jennifer Salies
Newnan Area Manager

Jennifer Salies is the area manager for Newnan. Jennifer comes to us with a long background in Early Childhood Education and 30 years of experience working with children, families, and centers. She graduated from Ashford University with a Bachelors in ECE and a Specialist in Infant and Toddlers setting in 2015 and a MBA with a concentration in Organizational Leadership in 2017. In her spare time she enjoys traveling with her husband. They have six children, two grandchildren, four dogs (two Dalmatians) and two cats (it is never a dull moment on the ranch).

Shannon Smith

Shannon Smith
Warner Robins Area Manager

Shannon Smith is the area manager for Warner Robins. Shannon worked at Foundation Academy for over 7 years before getting her CDA certification. She became an aunt at the age of 9, and knew at that time she wanted to work for children when she grew up. In her spare time she enjoys watching her son play baseball or cheering on the Braves and Georgia Bulldogs.

Amy Hopper

Amy Hopper
Atlanta Area Manager

Amy Hopper is the area manager for Atlanta. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Georgia Southwestern State University in 2007. She has been the director at Foundation Academy Warner Robins since the center opened over 10 years ago! In her spare time she enjoys shopping and leading worship at her church.

our Location Directors

Sthar Trotman

Sthar Trotman
Cornelia Center

Sthar is the director of Foundation Academy Habersham. She graduated from The University of Georgia in 1987 with a degree in Accounting, and worked as an accountant for 6 years. Before Sthar became the director at Foundation Academy Habersham in 2008, she owned and operated her own childcare center for 10 years. In her spare time she enjoys organizing parties to celebrate others, and spending time at the lake with friends and family.

Nakeiya Walker

Nakeiya Walker
Newnan Center

Nakeiya serves as the Director of Foundation Academy Newnan and is excited to join the Foundation Academy family! Before joining the Newnan team, Nakeiya obtained her Masters Degree in Psychology and worked as a Registered Behavioral Technician, specializing in children with ASD. When Nakeiya is not working, she loves spending time with her wonderful husband and her two beautiful children. Her goal this year is to create an environment at Newnan for students to learn and succeed in their early childhood development.

Amanda Sullivan

Amanda Sullivan
Briarcliff Center

Amanda is the director of Foundation Academy Briarcliff and has worked with children for 20 years. While pursuing her bachelors in early childhood education, Amanda obtained her CDA in Child Development, along with various Daycare director certifications. She is also a loving mother, with two children thriving in college and a third finishing the 3rd grade.

Bre Hopper
Warner Robins Center

Shawnee Bowen
Perry Center

Gloria Moleka
Brookhaven Center

Gloria has over 10 years experience in childcare. She has a four year degree in Psychology and completed her CDA in 2017. Gloria grew up in Portugal and can speak six languages. She loves working with children and gives her whole heart in everything she does. She enjoys spending time with her daughter and shopping.