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 has been a major force in establishing a system for the cultivation of individual donors to The Trust for Public Land. With 3 other volunteers, she served for several years as a guide on TPL BeltLine tours.

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.

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.

Adina Alford Erwin is Vice President & General Manager of the Fox Theatre, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the historic Atlanta entertainment icon, including managing a team of 140 employees and 1,500 volunteers and the award-winning Fox Theatre Institute, a consulting and community engagement division for the Fox Theatre.

Andrew Feiler is a strategist and entrepreneur. Currently engaged in several start-up endeavors as well as business strategy consulting, Andrew's consulting practice has included clients in retail, online services, real estate development and other sectors.

Lewis Glenn is the Vice President of Real Estate Brokerage for Sea Island Properties.


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.

As an attorney with Smith Moore Leatherwood, Howell Hollis maintains a broad business practice that includes litigation and transactional matters. 

Henry retired from Wachovia Bank, where he enjoyed a 30-year career in banking in Atlanta. He is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Business School.

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.

Ken Kraft is a vice president of marketing for Cox Business, Cox Communications’  $1.2 billion division that provides video, voice and data telecommunications services to businesses.  

As Senior Vice President, Global Consumer Solutions (GCS), Assad has overall leadership responsibility of the consumer benefits strategy via employer channels, including sales, operations, marketing, customer success, and product development.

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.

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

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.

Born in Greensboro,  Libby Prickett spent most vacations at summer camp in the mountains in western North Carolina, enjoying hiking, horseback riding, and canoeing. A love of nature was born.

Eugene "Gene" M. Rackley, IV is Director, Government Relations for Coca-Cola North America headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. He is responsible for federal and state legislative and regulatory issues that impact the beverage industry.

Hazel Sanger was educated at Oxford University, where she received a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

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

Jeff Seavey is a Client Advisor in the private wealth management group of SunTrust Bank, Atlanta, serving as a financial advisor to high net worth individuals and families.

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.