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.

Virginia Neal Almand has served on The Trust for Public Land’s Georgia Advisory Board for over 20 years and participated on key committees such as Engagement and Board Development. She chaired the office’s first annual fundraiser, “Hot Dogs for Hard Times” and co-chaired the second Celebration of Land, “Pony Up for TPL.” She was a leader of TPL-Georgia’s BeltLine Bus Tours and has supported the Board Alumni Council activities.

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

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.

Cory joined Ashton Woods Homes, the 2nd largest private homebuilding company in the U.S., in 2009 and serves as the Chief Financial Officer. Before this, she was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Starwood Land Ventures, a subsidiary of Starwood Capital Group. Prior to that, she had more than 20 years of senior executive experience with two of the nation’s largest public homebuilders: Lennar Corporation (NYSE: LEN) and Beazer Homes (NYSE: BZH). From 2018 to 2020 she served on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of BMC Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: BMCH), and in 2021 she joined the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of Builders FirstSource, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLDR), the leading provider of diversified building products and services in the U.S. residential construction market. Mrs. Boydston is also the Co-Founder of Women's Housing Leadership Group.  Cory received a B.S. in Accounting from Florida State University and holds an active CPA license in the state of Georgia.

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

Alex is currently Director of Product Management for EPAM systems, a leading global product development, digital platform engineering, and top digital and product design agency.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a syndicated columnist, author, professional speaker, corporate strategist, corporate financial advisor and board member. Her third book, “Our Broken America: Why both sides need to stop ranting and start listening” was published in 2019. Her first book was “5 Principles for a Successful Life.” Her second book, “The Essential American: 15 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own,” covers the key points of our nation’s history. 

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.

Chris Graham is a senior vice president and leads the Compliance & Ethics Capability for Georgia-Pacific. 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.

Jeff Seavey is a wealth advisor and managing director with GenSpring | SunTrust Private Wealth. Jeff has over 30 years of broad commercial, corporate, and personal financial services experience. As a Wealth Advisor, Jeff advises a select number of high net worth families on investment policy and asset allocation, tax, financial planning and estate strategies, private banking, asset protection, and business succession planning.

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.

Charles (Chad) Wright 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.