Hi, I'm Carmen



I grew up in Decatur, Georgia, and graduated from Chamblee Charter High School. I am married to Okera Hanshaw, a private practice anesthesiologist. We have three daughters, two of whom will be at Decatur High School in the fall in 9th and 12th grade. Our youngest will be in 4th grade at Talley Street Upper Elementary.


My parents still live in DeKalb County.  My mother, Dr. Jackie Sulton is a local pediatrician who worked in the old Oakhurst Community Center and provided low-cost medical care for Decatur kids for years when I was a child.  I have been a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church since I was a child and still attend mass there with my entire family.  Advent season is my favorite time of the year.


I graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and earned my Medical Doctorate from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. Currently, I work in the Pediatric Emergency Department at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, where I also serve as the Medical Director for Procedural Sedation at the Egleston Campus. 

I have served on the Decatur High PTA and organized its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. I served as a parent volunteer at Winnona Park and as a Spirit wear volunteer for the Decatur Bulldog Boosters.  As an active member of the Beacon Hill Black Alliance, I serve on the Education Committee.  I am particularly proud to be a founding member and the current Chair of the City Schools of Decatur Black Parents Alliance (CSD BPA), Inc. CSD BPA is a non-profit organization that provides a safe space for parents of Black or African American children to share issues and concerns, highlight ideas and formulate action plans regarding keeping CSD administration, school board and faculty responsible and accountable to the health, safety and success of their children.

I enjoy volunteering my time, giving my energy, and sharing my talents with my community.  I am a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., as well Jack and Jill of America, Inc.  I have served in numerous leadership roles across these organizations and volunteered countless hours.  I mostly enjoy being in the company of people who are invested in the community, and in our children. 

My leadership style is to collaborate with others and to empower community stakeholders. I am eager to utilize my effective leadership methods to represent District 2 and the community as a whole. 




Equity Meets Opportunity

I stand for equitable and innovative approaches to learning that are student-centered. As your Board Member, I will listen to community concerns and provide the accountability and transparency that we deserve.

You can read more about my platform here.