Advisory Board Georgia

Doug Aldridge has been in the financial services industry for almost 4 decades. He is currently a Managing Director – Investments with the Aldridge Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors where he is responsible for key client relationships, focusing on affluent families, foundations and institutions.

Hunter Amos is a Director with the multifamily investment sales team at Newmark Knight Frank.

Marcia Bansley, retired from her role as Executive Director of Trees Atlanta, has been active in non-profit management for over 20 years.

Patricia Thrower Barmeyer, past Chair of the Georgia Advisory Board, is a partner in King & Spalding's Atlanta office and the head of the firm's environmental practice.

Dr. Mark Simpson Berry, P.E., is vice president of Environmental & Natural Resources for Georgia Power.
Named to the position in August 2015, he is responsible for maximizing the value from Georgia Power-owned natural resources, acquiring real estate to support company operations and managing the company's environmental compliance and stewardship programs to meet or surpass all environmental laws and regulations.

Mose Bond, retired from SunTrust Bank Atlanta, where he was a Senior Vice President in the Wealth Management Division.

Mary Calhoun is a homemaker and mother of two boys, 8 and 6. She serves on the board of the Atlanta Opera and chairs various committees at Atlanta Classical Academy, Cherokee Garden Club, and Cathedral Antiques Show. She is also a judge for the James Beard Restaurant and Chef awards in the southeastern division.

Bick Cardwell, a former chair of the Georgia Advisory Board, is President of Colliers International, focusing primarily on institutional sales and mortgage banking.

Cushman’s background in corporate finance, including running the financial planning department for a $3 billion wireless company, provides her with a unique financial perspective based on diverse positions within operating companies. Cushman has worked in business valuation, and served as an interim General Manager of a wireless company where she managed both retail operations and agent distribution. As a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, and having served as the teacher of the economics review section for the CFA Review course for the Atlanta Society for Financial Analysts, Cushman understands both the theory and practice of finance and economics. She earned her MBA in Finance from Georgia State University.

Jocelyn has been with WSB-TV for more than 40 years. She has been Director of Editorials & Public Affairs at Channel 2 since 1983. From 1973-83, Jocelyn was an anchor/reporter/producer and assignment editor for WSB-TV's Channel 2 Action News. In fact, she was the first African-American anchor of a Channel 2 newscast as well as the first African American news anchor in the Atlanta market.

Ms. Robin D. Dunson is Assistant General Counsel- Commercial at Cox Enterprises, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia.  Prior to serving in this role, Ms. Dunson served as Assistant General Counsel, Marketing, Sales and Product, at Cox Communications, Inc.  Before joining Cox, Ms. Dunson served as for 3 years as Counsel at SBC/Ameritech concentrating on marketing and residential and large business commercial contracts; worked for 5 years as Attorney at AT&T Corporation with a focus on marketing law, contracts, and regulatory litigation; and started her legal career as an Associate at the law firm of Jones, Day in their Corporate and Finance Group handling Mergers and Acquisitions, Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) of stock, and general corporate transactions.  

Ralph is a principal with EBS Property Investments, LLC, a real estate investment firm. During his career, he has also engineered the formation of over fifty partnerships to acquire, manage and sell real estate assets.

Alan Elsas, a fourth generation Atlantan, was born July 29, 1940. He attended Little Lovett School, The Wesminster Schools and graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1962.

Chris Graham leads the Compliance, Safety and Investigations group in the Georgia-Pacific law department. In addition to his legal role, Chris also manages the corporate security capability. Prior to working at GP, Chris was the General Counsel for INVISTA and an in-house lawyer for Koch Industries in Wichita, Kansas. Before working for the Koch family of companies, Chris was a partner with Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Virginia. He came to Hunton & Williams after serving as a Captain in the United States Army as a Judge Advocate at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Henry D. "Greg" Gregory, Jr., retired from IDI, founded this company in 1989.  

John Hardman is the CEO of WildArk, an effort to protect as much of the world’s biodiversity as possible, while inspiring people to reconnect with nature through various digital and physical experiential learning offerings.  John also serves as the Managing Director of Internative Investment Group, a business advisory and investment firm located in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Paula Hennessy grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, Virginia.

Jim Irwin is the President of New City, LLC and directs the company’s real estate development and consulting operations, as well as new business pursuits. Over the course of his career, Jim has been responsible for over $1 billion of new investment around the United States.  New City’s current work includes major mixed-use projects along the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail and in Nashville, Tennessee.

Bob Kinney is retired from Norfolk Southern, where he worked for 341/2 years as a Budget Analyst for Capitol Programs. A University of Delaware graduate, Bob earned his degree in Engineering Administration.

David has had a lifelong interest in national forests and parks, river conservation and river access issues both in Georgia’s region and on the national level.

Suzanne Masters has been active in nonprofit work for twenty years, working to build thriving communities in the areas where she lives.  Suzanne believes that in order to be truly healthy, individuals and families need nature, recreation, fresh food, housing and access to well-rounded healthcare.  Based on her personal experiences of the powerful impact of nature in her early life, Suzanne believes in the necessity of a relationship with mental health and nature especially among populations that are underserved.

Jim Morgens, past chair of the Georgia Advisory Council, has been president of Morgens Property & Investment Company since 1978.

Gary is a graduate of University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business with a degree in Risk Management.  He has had a State Farm Insurance agency for 32 years.

Mr. Neely, past Chair of the Georgia Advisory Council, retired in 2005 as a Senior Client Partner in Korn/Ferry International’s Atlanta office and Global Leader of the firm’s Communications and Convergence sector.

Carlos Pagoaga is Group Director, Partnerships for The Coca-Cola Company where he is responsible for managing the Company’s community engagement efforts including strategic partnerships, grant making and matching gifts.  He has 29 years of national and international experience in external facing roles including Community Relations, Public Relations and Grant Management with The Coca-Cola Company and The Coca-Cola Foundation.

Amy Phuong is Vice President of Government Relations for the Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena.  This position is an expansion of the Atlanta Hawks’ External Affairs efforts to unite the broader Atlanta community through the play of basketball while deepening the organization’s relationships with local and state leaders.  Prior to, Phuong spent nearly a decade in public service; most recently serving as Parks and Recreation Commissioner and the first Chief Service Officer for the City of Atlanta.  Phuong has also been a long-time leader and supporter of numerous civic and philanthropic organizations dedicated to improving Atlanta.  She has deep relationships with Atlanta’s arts, culture, civic and academic communities.

Christopher Glenn Sawyer is a partner with Alston & Bird, specializing in corporate governance, real estate and conservation law.

Sally is a retired healthcare business analyst working for Arthur Andersen, Emory Healthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia as Network Director. Over the decade she specialized in healthcare system mergers and start ups. 

Rian Smith is Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at The Integral Group, a vertically-integrated real estate development firm.  Rian overseas all real estate related legal documents, and provides legal and transaction support to all of Integral’s real estate development divisions.

Markham Smith is a founding principal of Smith Dalia Architects. For thirty-five years Markham's work in the field of design and development has focused on building more sustainable, mixed-use urban communities, both new and existing.

Shelli Willis is currently an active member of counsel for SunTrust Bank in Atlanta.  

Charles (Chad) Wright, current Chair of the Advisory Board, was born and raised in Atlanta and earned a degree in Biology from the University of Richmond and a Masters in Environmental Management from Duke University. Upon graduating, he worked as a staff scientist for Law Engineering and Environmental Services and as a partner in a variety of development projects.