Board of Directors

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Suzanne Boas

Board Chair

Suzanne Boas retired in 2011 from Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS), a national nonprofit community service agency that provides confidential budget counseling, money management education, debt management programs, bankruptcy counseling and education, and comprehensive housing counseling.

Boas is considered a national leader and authority in the credit counseling industry. During her tenure, she grew the agency from a 35-employee organization focused on in-person budget and credit counseling in metro Atlanta to more than 500 employees. Under her leadership, CCCS has provided a wide range of credit counseling services in all 50 states in person, over the phone and online.

She has served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the Board of Trustees of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) and the Fannie Mae National Advisory Council. She is a peer reviewer for NFCC’s accrediting agency, the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children.

Prior to joining CCCS (which was rebranded as CredAbility) in 1991, Boas was vice president of credit and consumer affairs for Macy’s South in Atlanta for 16 years. She also held positions in the human resources department of Aetna Life and Casualty Company in Hartford, Connecticut and in the estate administration department of Bankers Trust Company in New York City.

In addition to being the Board Chair for the Community Foundation, Boas is a founding member of the Georgia Consortium for Personal Financial Literacy, which sponsors the Georgia Saves program. She served on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. A graduate of Leadership Atlanta, she is a member of the Atlanta Rotary Club and serves on the Advisory Board of the Midtown Assistance Center. She has previously served on the Board of CHRIS Homes, a program of therapeutic group homes for abused children. She has also served on the vestry and was a junior warden of All Saints’ Episcopal Church.

Boas is a graduate of Sweet Briar College in Amherst, Virginia.

Kathleen Barksdale

Rockdale Foundation

Kathleen Barksdale is the co-founder of the Rockdale Foundation, established in 1994. The Rockdale Foundation is a private family foundation with a grantmaking emphasis in the areas of education, ethical leadership and community.

Barksdale has been actively involved in the Atlanta community for the past two decades. In addition to her service on the Community Foundation board, she serves on the Boards of the John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Charitable Foundation and Restless Development USA. She is a member of the steering committee for the International Education Funders Group, a trustee of the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta and a member of the Atlanta Rotary Club.

A former practicing attorney, Barksdale has also worked at CNN and Southern Company. She served as deputy press Secretary to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker of Tennessee and press assistant to Sen. Herman E. Talmadge of Georgia. Barksdale completed two terms on the Atlanta Board of Education and served as chair. She also served as chair of Teach For America Atlanta, the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta and Perimeter College Foundation. She was honored with the Silver Medallion Award from the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, was named a Hometown Hero of Atlanta and a YWCA Woman of Achievement.

Barksdale received her Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law, attended Hollins College and earned her B.A. from the University of Georgia.

Becky Blalock

Southern Company (Retired)

Becky Blalock recently retired from Southern Company where her tenure included nine years as senior vice president and chief information officer. Under her leadership, Southern Company was selected for five consecutive years as one of Computerworld Magazine’s 100 Best Places to Work in IT in America.

Prior to joining Southern Company, Blalock served as vice president of Georgia Power’s community and economic development organization. She has also worked in many cross-functional roles including customer service, accounting and external affairs. In addition to the Community Foundation board, Blalock is presently serving on the boards of Emory Healthcare, the Georgia Life Sciences University, Mercer University’s Board of Visitors for the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics, CYF, and CSI Laboratories. She has also served as chair of Leadership Atlanta in addition to chairing many successful fundraising events for numerous organizations including Techbridge, Fernbank Museum, the YWCA and the United Way.

Blalock has received many honors for her leadership. In 2010, she was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia CIO Leadership Association and the Legacy Award from Women in Technology. Additional honors received include the 2009 CIO of the Year in the Utility Industry by Energy Central Magazine, one of the Premier 100 CIOs in America by Computerworld Magazine, and one of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 100 Most Influential Atlantans.

Blalock’s efforts on behalf of women have been recognized by the Girl Scouts, YWCA and the Atlanta Women’s Foundation.

Robert L. Brown

R. L. Brown and Associates

Robert L. Brown, Jr., is president and chief executive officer of R. L. Brown and Associates, Inc., and an active community and business leader. A native of Dublin, Georgia, Brown graduated magna cum laude from Tuskegee University with two degrees in architecture. In 1999, he was elevated to the American Institute of Architect’s prestigious College of Fellows.

Brown’s business and civic leadership are evident in the impact he has had statewide and locally through many organizations with which he is involved, including his board service with the Community Foundation. He is a past chair of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority, the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education and the Georgia State Board of Corrections.

Brown currently serves on the State Transportation Board, chairing the Statewide Transportation Planning/Strategic Planning Committee. He is vice chair of the Georgia Historical Society. He also serves on the boards of two public companies, Citizens Trust Bank and Georgia Power and on the boards of the Metro Atlanta, DeKalb and Georgia Chambers.

Brown is a former Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce “Small Business Person of the Year,” the Atlanta Business League “Entrepreneur of the Year” has been recognized as one of Georgia Trend’s “100 Most Influential Citizens” and he received the “Ivan Allen Sr. Award” from the American Institute of Architects Atlanta. In 2010 his company received the “Chairman’s Award” for Supplier Diversity from the Greater Atlanta Economic Alliance.

Brown contributes much of his time and talent to serve organizations that promote education and lifelong learning, including the “Livable Communities Coalition,” the “Early Education Commission,” the Agnes Scott College Board of Trustees and the Atlanta Speech School Board of Directors.

He is married to the former Barbara Willis, a 1976 graduate of Tuskegee and a native of Birmingham, Alabama. Their son, Robert III, is also a Tuskegee graduate and directs business services at R. L. Brown & Associates. Their daughter, Robyn, is a student at the University of Georgia.

Ann Cramer

Coxe Curry & Associates

Ann Wilson Cramer, a native of Jacksonville, Florida, graduated from Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with a degree in mathematics. She is a senior consultant with Coxe Curry & Associates after retiring from a successful career at the IBM Corporation, where she started as a systems engineer and retired as its director for IBM Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs for the Americas. Cramer and her husband, Jeff, live in Inman Park and are active at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, where she has served as senior warden of the vestry. They are the proud parents of two adult children, Megan and Wil, and his wife, Lauren.

Cramer’s commitment to and involvement with children and youth has been a lifelong journey. She currently serves as chair of the Atlanta Partners for Education and as the past chair of the following – Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education (GPEE), the Carter Center Board of Councilors, Communities in Schools-Georgia, the Georgia Chamber’s Education Committee, Voices for Georgia’s Children, Georgia Shakespeare Festival and the Georgia Chapter of the International Women’s Forum.

In addition to her service on the board of the Community Foundation, Cramer is on the boards of the Metro Atlanta Chamber Education Committee, the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development and the Georgia Public Education Foundation. She serves on several non-profit organization boards including the Woodruff Arts Center, the Alliance Theatre Company, UGA Board of Visitors, the Hands on Atlanta Advisory Board and the Atlanta Cities of Service board. She currently chairs the Advisory Councils for the Alliance Theatre, Imagine-It the Children’s Museum of Atlanta and Public Broadcasting Atlanta (PBA). Her dedication to the community continues via organizations she recently rotated off, but maintains active in their initiatives, including the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Project GRAD and Year-Up Atlanta.

Likewise, she has served on the Executive Committee of the Council on Foundations as chair of both the Policy and Corporate Committees, chair of the United Way of America’s National Corporate Leaders Council, chair of the Conference Board’s Business Education Council, the Executive Committee of both the U.S. Chamber’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) and the Institute for Competitive Workforce, the Independent Sector’s Membership Committee, the Center for Corporate Citizenship Advisory Board at Boston College and the Southeastern Council on Foundations Communications Committee. BCLC awarded her with its first Lifetime Achievement Award in Corporate Citizenship.

In support of children, youth and education, Cramer most recently chaired the Workforce Development Task Force for the Governor’s Commission for a New Georgia. She has chaired the Governor’s Child Protective Services Task Force, served as chairman of the Governor’s Commission on Children and Youth and co-chaired the Governor’s Welfare Reform Task Force, the Governor’s Policy Council for Children and Families and the Grady Foundation, the Governor’s Action Council for Safe Kids and led a team developing Voices for Georgia’s Children.

In 2009, Cramer was the first to receive the “Essence of Atlanta” Award at the 41st Anniversary of Outstanding Atlanta. She was recently honored with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits 2011 Revolution Legendary Philanthropist Award and named by Atlanta Woman Magazine as the Power Woman of the Year, “25 Atlantans to Watch,” Legacy of Leadership by the Global Executive Women, inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame and awarded Georgia’s 1st Visionary Leadership Award, Leadership Atlanta’s Legacy of Leadership Award, the Lexus Leader of the Arts, the Shining Star recognition from the Atlanta Women’s Foundation and the first Narrowing the Digital Divide Award.

Cramer has also been honored with the Andrew Young Public Policy and Faith award, Leading Ladies and Women Making the Mark distinctions, the Georgia Council for Economic Education’s prestigious VanLandingham Award, the Urban League’s 2000 Distinguished Community Service Award, the LifeTime Achievement in the Arts, Outstanding Achievement in Child Advocacy, and she received the 1988 11-Alive Community Service Award, the 1983 Georgia Volunteer of the Year, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Public Service Award, 1991 Alumnae Leadership Award for Salem College, and the 1990 DECA Award as one of 10 outstanding business women in Atlanta.

She is past chair of the United Way of Metro-Atlanta, Leadership Atlanta, Research Atlanta, the Arts and Business Council, the WorldClass Schools Foundation, past president of the Junior League of Atlanta, Inc. and was selected by the YWCA for its first Outstanding Women of Achievement Recognition in 1984. She has participated in Leadership Atlanta, Leadership Georgia and the Regional Leadership Institute, is a member of Outstanding Atlanta and chaired Leadership Atlanta’s 25th Anniversary Celebration. Also, she chaired the Volunteer Task Force for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG), was appointed the public member and has served as the Chairman of the Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.

Edward Croft

Croft & Bender

Ed Croft is the managing director of Croft & Bender, an investment banking and private equity firm he co-founded in Atlanta in 1996. The firm provides merger & acquisition, capital raising and financial advisory services to middle-market and emerging growth companies in the Southeast and also sponsors and manages the C&B Capital growth equity funds.

Croft has served corporate clients for over 45 years as a professional in the investment banking field. Prior to Croft & Bender, he worked with The Robinson-Humphrey Company in Atlanta for 25 years, heading the corporate finance department and serving on the board for several years. Before that, he got his start in New York with White, Weld & Co., a leading Wall Street firm at the time.

Croft received a Bachelor of Arts from Washington and Lee University in 1964 and earned his MBA from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania in 1969. Prior to business school, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army with a tour in South Vietnam. He is a former member of the NASD Corporate Finance Committee, a standing committee of the industry’s primary regulatory association, now called FINRA. He serves as a board member of the Southern Capital Forum, which, since 1984, has strongly supported the venture capital and private equity community, a real driver of growth for metro Atlanta and the region.

Croft also has served as a board member of several companies and nonprofit organizations over the years. He is a former chairman of Northside Hospital, a leading hospital system in Atlanta, a former chairman of The Bridge Family Center’ a co-founder of the Habersham Park Association, and a member of the board and Investment Committee of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

Croft grew up in Atlanta and graduated from The Westminster Schools in 1960, where he remains active with alumni activities. He and his wife Susan who has also been involved for many years with a wide range of volunteer activities, have two children and five grandchildren. Their son Stockton and his wife Robin live in Atlanta with their three children, and their daughter Gabrey and her husband Tommy live in San Francisco, California with their two children.

He is a long-time supporter of the Community Foundation and is the successor advisor to his parent’s fund, The Irene Watson and Ed Stockton Croft Memorial Fund. He also has the Croft Family Fund with the Foundation.

Patrice Greer

Community Volunteer

Patrice Greer is a native Atlantan, and the former Director of Strategic Planning for Turner Broadcasting Systems. She is also a former trustee of Trinity School. Greer is an active community volunteer, serving on the Board of the Atlanta Ballet in addition to the Community Foundation’s board. She is actively engaged in several additional organizations, including the Links and Jack and Jill. She is a former member of the Fulton County Arts Council, Director, Strategic Planning for Turner Broadcasting 1999 – 2005, Atlanta Ballet Board of Directors and Atlanta Chair of Jack and Jill of America. Greer grew up in Atlanta’s Cascade Heights neighborhood. She holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Her husband, Ernest, is Vice President, Atlanta Managing Shareholder, Greenberg, Traurig. They have two daughters.

Dr. Sivan Hines

Wellstar Pediatric and Adolescent Center of Cobb

Dr. Sivan Hines has been a pediatrician for more than 20 years and has spent her career deeply committed to improving the lives of children both through her medical practice and through her extensive community involvement. She has been a partner at Wellstar Pediatric and Adolescent Center of Cobb since 2000 and is also the chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Wellstar Cobb Hospital.

Hines is deeply involved in a number of organizations throughout the Atlanta community. She is the chair of the Foundation Board for Atlanta Youth Academy, a private Christian school in southeast Atlanta that provides a top education to underserved children. She is an active member of the board of Girls Incorporated of Atlanta, serving on both its governance and fund development committees.

In addition, Hines serves on the board and Community Partnerships Committee of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta. She is also a member of the Leadership Council of the Match Foundation, an organization that works to provide bone marrow donor opportunities for all patients who need them. Her other areas of community involvement include working with the Woodruff Arts Center Round Table, the Lovett School and the Brown Atlanta Area Schools Committee. Hines is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Atlanta.

Hines was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and grew up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. She received her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Brown University. She was then awarded a U.S. Health Professions Scholarship and became a commissioned officer of the U.S. Army. Hines went on to receive her medical degree with honors from the Brown University School of Medicine.

Her husband, Dr. Jeffrey Hines, is a gynecologic oncologist. They are the proud parents of two adult children, are avid travelers and collectors of African American art. Together they have participated in international medical missions in Jamaica and the Philippines. They also serve as co-advisors to the Hines Family Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta.

Tad Hutcheson

Delta Air Lines

Tad Hutcheson is an airline marketing professional who serves as vice president of community and public affairs for Delta Air Lines. In this role, Hutcheson oversees efforts to build the airline’s brand in the communities it serves.

Prior to Delta, Hutcheson served as vice president of marketing and sales for AirTran Airways where he oversaw marketing, sales, e-commerce, public relations and the loyalty program. Hutcheson was instrumental in rebranding ValuJet Airlines as AirTran Airways in 1997.

In addition, Hutcheson served as vice president of marketing and business development for KIWI International Air Lines, a startup carrier in the mid-1990s.

A native of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, Hutcheson graduated from The McCallie School in Chattanooga. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from King College of Bristol, Tennessee, and an MBA from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

A graduate of Leadership Atlanta, Hutcheson is active in the Atlanta community serving on many boards in addition to the Community Foundation, including the Atlanta Business League, Atlanta Police Foundation, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Central Atlanta Progress, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement of Georgia, King College, Leadership Atlanta and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Hutcheson has received numerous awards including a Centurion Award from HOPE ATL, League Leadership Award from the Atlanta Business League, Y’s Man Award from YWCA, Whitney M. Young Service Award from Boy Scouts and the Aspire Award from Junior Achievement. Hutcheson has been active in Rotary for 20 years and is a member of the downtown Atlanta Rotary Club.

Hutcheson is a member of and serves on the vestry of The Church of the Apostles of Atlanta. He and his wife Janin, a Boeing 717 pilot, make their home in downtown Atlanta.

Jeffrey S. Muir

Fulcrum Equity Partners, Inc.

Jeffrey Muir is a founder and Partner of Fulcrum Equity Partners, Inc. In 2000, Muir co-founded Fulcrum Advisory and is also a co-founder and Managing Partner of the Chatham Funds, a mezzanine finance firm launched in 2001 with $200 million under management. He has more than 25 years of investment, operational, and professional experience and has led over 100 major transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, financings, private equity investments and offerings, both public and private.

Prior to forming Fulcrum Advisory and the Chatham Funds, Muir was Chief Operating Officer for OnTarget, Inc., a leading provider of consulting and training to large sales organizations worldwide, including HP, Cisco, Dell, IBM, Microsoft, Siemens, Deutsche Telecom, Nortel and BellSouth. There, he spearheaded the highly successful exit strategy for the owners, resulting in a merger with Siebel Systems in December 1999.

Prior to OnTarget, Muir held senior executive positions with rapidly growing companies, including Executive VP with NYSE health care company, T2 Medical, VP of a computer software firm, Information Systems of America, and he was a co-founder/principal of a physician management firm that merged with PhyMatrix as part of its initial public offering. He also served as a Managing Director in the Corporate Finance practice of KPMG and began his career as an attorney with the Atlanta law firm of Alston & Bird.

Muir is currently a board member for Red Bag Solutions, Bright Light Systems, Enduracare Acute Care Services, Partners Healthcare Group and Bruder Healthcare. He was an organizer and former director of North Atlanta National Bank. Muir is on the Board of the Southern Capital Forum and a member of the Southeast Investor Group, Association for Corporate Growth, and Society of International Business Fellows. In addition to his service on the Community Foundation board he also serves on the Investment Committee for two Atlanta foundations. He holds a B.A. and law degree from the University of Georgia, both with honors. Prior to law school, he served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force, including a tour in the Middle East.

Joe Oesterling

Clearleap, Inc.

Joe Oesterling joined Clearleap, Inc. in early 2014 as chief operating officer to help guide the company from being a leader in the Video On Demand business-to-business (B2B) delivery business to a market leader in enabling premium content providers to create business-to-consumer (B2C) multiscreen video solutions. In this role, he launched Verizon’s NFL Mobile solution in less than six months – reshaping a large, global, premium content provider’s direct to consumer model in Europe.

Oesterling spent 13 years at Cbeyond,Inc. (NASDAQ: CBEY – ~$500M in revenue) – an Atlanta-based managed service provider focused on delivering “big business” communications, cloud and IT services to approximately 60,000 small businesses across the U.S. He had responsibility for planning, developing and operating Cbeyond’s technology platforms, including nationwide customer voice and data networks, customer applications (e.g., email, virtual receptionist), cloud PBX and server environments, internal quote to cash applications, internal infrastructure (e.g., call center technology) and data centers. In addition, he was responsible for Cbeyond’s service delivery, technical support, customer service and customer retention operational organizations. He also managed supply chain management and facilities organizations.

In the role, Oesterling managed roughly 800 Cbeyond employees and roughly 200 contractors. His annual budget responsibilities included $100M in operating expenses, $70M in capital expenditures and $150M in network and applications cost of goods sold.

Oesterling led the implementation of a company-wide transformation effort as Cbeyond strived to become a leader in the networked cloud space for small to mid-sized businesses. His team implemented a number of new network partnerships, new network capabilities (e.g., nationwide MPLS, Smartphone as a PBX end point), cloud PBX services and cloud server capabilities within a year-long project timeframe. In parallel, the team redesigned business processes enabled through the deployment of Marketo and for marketing and sales automation while extending customer self-service to the web/mobile for cloud based services.

Previously, Oesterling had several roles within the company. He was promoted to EVP of network and technology after he helped the company stabilize technology platforms following a period of rapid growth. He served as chief information officer when the company launched several new products including a nationwide partnership with a mobile partner while meeting regulatory compliance requirements associated with becoming a public company associated with an IPO in 2005. Initially at Cbeyond, he was the vice president of information technology where he played a key role in launching the Cbeyond business in less than nine months of private equity investment of $141M.

Prior to Cbeyond, Oesterling held information technology leadership roles with Capital One and Security Capital Group (Operating Company and Investor in 20+ large, global REITs). Previously he led IT strategy and business process reengineering consulting engagement companies in the financial and telecommunications industries while working for Booz Allen and Hamilton. Sony selected him as one of five U.S. MBA students to work in Tokyo, Japan for a summer marketing summer internship. He worked at IBM as a developer, analyst and project manager on space-related projects at the Johnson Space Center earlier in his career. He holds an MBA from University of Texas at Austin and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Purdue University.

Oesterling is very active in the Atlanta community, in addition to the Community Foundation board, he currently serves on the Board of Directors for TechBridge and previously served on the Board of Directors for Credability and the Advisory Board for the Georgia CIO Leadership Association including being Chairman in 2009. He is also a member of the Customer Advisory Board for Neustar.

He has been recognized as Georgia CIO of the Year (2006) and Association of Telecommunications Professionals Industry Leadership award winner (2011).

Oesterling is married with three children. His family resides in Marietta, Georgia where they are very active in their neighborhood and church.

Chip Patterson


Chip Patterson founded AmeriPark in 1986 while studying business at Georgia State University. Since that time, he has been the visionary driving force behind the success of the company.

AmeriPark has grown over the past 20 years from a one-man shop to a well-respected, full-service parking company with more than 1,000 employees and 150 accounts throughout the U.S. He is also the owner of Trextel, a national technology deployment provider.

He is the founder of Reinvention Wheels, a bicycle charity serving the disadvantaged in the U.S. and internationally. He is also very involved in the local nonprofit community including the Georgia State University Athletics Board and the Cobb Youth Football League.

Patterson has been heavily involved with Atlanta business leaders in developing a major city as a founding board member of the Buckhead Alliance, a community action group now a part of the Community Improvement District. He is on the board for the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Central Atlanta Progress and a member of the Midtown Alliance.

Patterson lives in Marietta, Georgia with his wife Shawna and their four children.

John Reid

The Coca-Cola Company (Retired)

John Reid completed his master’s degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology 40 years ago, and has been successfully tackling huge issues ever since. He has been in the C-suite in the corporate, nonprofit, city and state government worlds.

His career has taken him to virtually every corner of The Coca-Cola Company. He retired as vice president of corporate social responsibility after 27 years of service with the company. He was the company’s first global chief environmental officer, led marketing in Coca-Cola USA and served in a wide variety of sales, marketing and strategic planning positions.

Reid was past chairman of Cross-Cultural Solutions, a global nonprofit enabling volunteering abroad, chief administrative officer of the City of Atlanta,; deputy director of operations for The State of New York, COO of The Edison Project, now Edison Learning, the grandfather of the charter school movement, CEO of LearnNow, sold to Edison and CEO of Comet Systems, one of the early innovators in internet technologies and search toolbars.

He has traveled extensively, leading teams and speaking publicly about complex, often sensitive issues to a variety of stakeholders. He has collaborated with doctors in Latin America, government officials in Washington, D.C. and Moscow, think tanks in Brussels, Singapore and Slovenia, peer global companies in food and beverage and retail customers throughout the world.

He is married to Karen Flanders-Reid and has five children and two grandchildren. Reid has extensive experience with over a dozen outstanding boards, and currently serves on the boards of the Emory Center for Ethics and The Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education and he is the chair-elect for the Community Foundation. He and his family live in Atlanta.

Teresa Rivero

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Teresa Rivero is a lead senior program officer with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. As part of the college-ready team, she focuses on systems grantmaking that advances the foundation’s mission of raising the national high school graduation rate and helping all students—regardless of race or family income—graduate prepared for college.

Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, Rivero was the grants officer for the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation and affiliated Foundations. She worked for the Latin American Association as the director of education and as a program manager for the Whitefoord Elementary School-based health clinic. She is a graduate of Emory University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance and a master’s degree in Public Health. She also holds an MBA from Georgia State University.

Rivero serves on the Emory University Board of Trustees where she is vice-chair of the Campus Life Committee, as well as a member of the Development and Alumni Relations, Governance and Public Policy Committees. In addition to her service on the Community Foundation board she is a board member for the Tomorrow Fund and for Hispanics in Philanthropy. Teresa also served a two-year term in the Peace Corps in Honduras, Central America, coached a youth soccer team and participated in the American-German Marshall Fellowship.

Joan King Salwen

Stanford University

Joan King Salwen is a 2016 fellow with the Stanford University Distinguished Careers Institute, a yearlong opportunity for established leaders from all walks of life who are eager to transform themselves for roles with social impact at the local, national and global levels.

Prior to this role she was associate head of school at Atlanta Girls’ School and had a 20-year career with Accenture, a global management consulting firm. Salwen was the firm’s first female partner in the southeastern U.S. and the leader of a global mentoring program for women executives. Her philanthropic investments favor the working poor locally and globally.

Salwen grew up in Iowa in the long shadow of her family’s 100-acre farm where she learned how to milk cows and savor the joys of homemade soap and fresh-frozen corn. Now, she grows and makes her own spicy pepper jelly. It occasionally appears on the menu of one of Atlanta’s hottest restaurants and has been served to, among others, philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates and Ted Turner.

She is married to Kevin Salwen, a writer and sports fanatic. Her children are Joseph, a budding songwriter and filmmaker, and Hannah, an entrepreneur and the co-author of the family memoir, The Power of Half.

David P. Stockert

Post Properties, Inc.

David P. Stockert has been chief executive officer of Post Properties since 2002. Prior to that time he was Post’s president and chief operating officer. Before joining Post in January 2001, he served as a senior executive officer for two public real estate investment trusts. In addition, Stockert’s career includes investment banking and public accounting.

In addition to serving on the board of the Community Foundation, Stockert sits on the board of directors of Central Atlanta Progress (Chair), YMCA of Metro Atlanta (Chair), the Georgia Apartment Industry Education Foundation (Chair), the Buckhead Coalition (past-Chair), Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce (past-Chair, Transportation Policy Committee and Economic Development Committee), Grady Memorial Hospital, Horizons Atlanta, The National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts and National Multi-Housing Council.

Stockert is also chairing the Igniting the Flame of Hope Capital Campaign for Special Olympics Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Colorado and an MBA from Columbia University.

Ramon Tomé

Georgia Department of Natural Resources (Retired)

Ramon Tomé is a retired chemist from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division. For the past 20 years he was involved with the capturing and cataloging of toxic compounds that are the precursors to the formation of ground ozone in Atlanta and its surrounding counties.

Tomé holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Wyoming. He also attended the University of Denver for a degree in Environmental Policy, primarily dealing with water issues. In addition to serving on the board of the Community Foundation, Tomé is member of the board of directors for the Museum of Contemporary Art-Georgia, the Latin American Association and Georgia Arts at Georgia Tech.

Tomé is married to Carol Tomé, the senior vice president and chief financial officer of The Home Depot. He is a native of Honduras and speaks fluent Spanish.

Benjamin White

Legal Counsel, Alston & Bird

Ben White is chair of the firm’s Exempt Organizations Group. He is also a co-leader of the Wealth Planning Group. His practice emphasizes exempt organizations as well as estate and tax planning.

As chair of the largest and most comprehensive exempt organizations practice in the region, White is widely known for his successful representation of exempt organizations with intractable tax problems. His clients include international, national, regional and local tax-exempt organizations located throughout the U.S. and in other countries. These organizations range from public charities and foundations, to schools, colleges and universities, to hospitals and other health care organizations, to scientific and medical research organizations, to business and professional associations and chambers of commerce, to social clubs and virtually every other kind of tax-exempt organization. With close to 30 years of experience in the area, White counsels extensively both with exempt organizations and with lawyers and accountants representing exempt organizations and he provides strategic advice on the array of tax, business, cultural and political issues that are distinct to exempt organizations.

White also maintains an active wealth planning practice, representing some of the wealthiest individuals and families in the southeast and providing counseling to individual and institutional trustees, executors and personal representatives throughout the region.

White is a prodigious lecturer and a prolific writer on topics ranging from exempt organizations to wealth planning to charitable gift planning and other tax and fiduciary subjects. He has lectured throughout the country for thousands of hours both to lay people and to professional advisors.

White is the co-author of a two-volume text, Georgia Estate Planning, Will Drafting and Estate Administration Forms Practice, which is updated annually and author of Foundation Desk Reference: A Compendium of Private Foundation Rules, which is updated periodically and used throughout the country. The author of numerous other articles and papers, White’s publications on taxes, wills, estate planning and exempt organizations are widely read both by laypersons and by professional tax advisors.

White is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a founding member of the faculty of the American Institute for Philanthropic Studies. He has served as chairman of the Fiduciary Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia and as president of the Harvard Law School Association of Georgia. White is a member of the Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law of the American Bar Association and also serves as a member of the Exempt Organizations Committee of the American Bar Association Tax Section. He is also a member of the Atlanta Tax Forum and a former member of the board of directors of the Atlanta Estate Planning Council. He is profiled in The Best Lawyers in America and in Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers.

Long active in community affairs, White has served as Chairman of the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund and serves on the Boards of a number of foundations and other charitable organizations. He is a past president of the Alliance Theatre Company and served as a trustee of the Woodruff Arts Center for many years. In 1989 he received the Fulton County Arts Council Salute to the Arts Award.

White received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the Harvard Law School in 1973 and graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina in 1969. He graduated from The Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut in 1964.