What We Stand For

"(1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit. (2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace."


– Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

2011–2013 Board of Directors

Dyci Manns, Chairman

Dyci is the founder and Executive Director of MODEL26.


Prior to founding the organization, Dyci volunteered and studied in Belmopan and San Antonio, Belize, where she was first exposed to international poverty and education issues. She also interned at Fundación Leer, the national literacy foundation in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2009. In 2010, she spent a month in Finland as the U.S. delegation leader to a CISV International summer camp where she worked with leaders from 11 other countries to develop activities about sustainable development, human rights, conflict resolution, and diversity for children. Her semester spent in Washington, DC as a Progress 2050 intern at the Center for American Progress inspired her to restructure Bookbags With the Basics and create MODEL26. Dyci’s first columns about education policies that could positively affect communities of color were published in 2010 by the Center.


Dyci will be graduating from the University of Georgia in May and intends to pursue her Master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in nonprofit management in the fall.



Berry Beard, Treasurer

Berry is a certified public accountant and managing member of The Beard Group, LLC, a financial services company specializing in providing a full range of accounting, tax and consulting services for small and medium size businesses. Berry is a graduate of Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA in 1981with Bachelors degree in account and management.



Emmanuel Atsegbua*, Vice Chair

Emmanuel Atsegbua was born the fifth out of six children in Kaduna, Nigeria. He moved to Lawrenceville, GA in November 1999 at age 11 where he began middle school.


Emmanuel attended the University of Georgia where he majored in Economics and Finance. Throughout his academic tenure, he volunteered with Hearts Everywhere Reaching Out (H.E.R.O.), the Make a Wish Foundation, and various other organizations aimed at helping the homeless population in and around the Athens area.


Upon graduating, he began working as a consultant for I.B.I.S. Inc. While working in the corporate sector, Emmanuel’s passion for educational reform persisted. In October 2010, Emmanuel’s passion became evident when he took on a more active role with Bookbags with the Basics and its transition to MODEL 26. It is his hope that MODEL 26 gains a global presence in addressing educational issues and making a push for educational equity and accessibility.



Carmen Schneider*, Secretary

Carmen attended The Florida State University and graduated in May 2009. While an undergraduate at Florida State, Carmen volunteered with The Educational Research Center for Child Development, was a Literacy Volunteer of Leon County, and was a researcher at FSU's Center for Autism & Related Disabilities. Carmen received her degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders and is now a Speech-Language Therapist for elementary schools in the greater Jacksonville, Florida area. Carmen is a member of the National Student Speech Language & Hearing Association, the National Stuttering Association, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.


Carmen plans to become a university professor and own her own private practice.