Our Board

 

 

 

 

Jeff BlackJeff Black, Vice President

Jeff Black is the Vice President of Sales in Stealth Partner Group’s Atlanta office. With over 15 years of stop loss and ancillary benefits experience, Jeff brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his current position. Prior to joining the Stealth team, Jeff spent more than 10 years managing the Sun Life Financial offices in Atlanta, Georgia, Nashville, Tennessee and Charlotte, North Carolina.  Jeff lives in Dunwoody with his wife, Lauren and 4 sons.

 

 

Christopher Brown

Chris Brown, Georgia State Manager for Brown-Forman Corporation, is a proven beverage alcohol executive and engaged Atlanta citizen. Chris earned a Bachelor of Science from Auburn University in 2002 and an MBA from Kennesaw State University in 2005.  Over the course of his ten years at Brown-Forman, he has worked in Georgia, New York, and Kentucky in sales, marketing and route-to-market leadership roles. In addition to his operational responsibilities within Brown-Forman, Chris has made valuable governance contributions serving as a member of the Brown-Forman/Brown Family Shareholders Committee. Chris and his wife, Kelly, reside in Dunwoody, GA and love spending time with their three young children.

 

Leslie CharlesLeslie Charles Graham

Leslie has handled talent management through intentional placement and strategic destination / succession planning with companies such as Apple, Target, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Gap to name a few. She develops and mentors high potential business leaders for future growth opportunities and Drive best in class results in all HR metrics such as turnover, payroll and headcount while leading a compliance culture that mitigates legal risk. Leslie currently serves as People Services Director for DaVita Kidney Care. She lives in Marietta with husband, 3 daughters and 2 stepdaughters.

 

alex desiderioAlex Desiderio

Alex is a passionate and dedicated professional with over 25 years in Public Speaking and Hospitality engagement and currently working with the Woodruff Arts Center.. He is dedicated to developing effective team strategies through high impact and interactive training programs. His programs are designed to inspire, motivate and foster a culture of teamwork and success for any organization.  Alex has been developing Pebble Tossers Volunteer Foundations program and writing custom curriculum for youth development.  He lives in Atlanta and has 2 children.

 

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Dr. Catherine Franklin, DC

Dr. Catherine “Cathy” Franklin is one of only a handful of Zone Healing experts in the world.  Dr. Franklin supports patients with life changing health programs using a holistic approach which creates optimal health and encompasses the whole person – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Dr. Franklin practices in Sandy Springs, Georgia and actively supports her community. A passionate advocate of the true principles of healing, Dr. Franklin is the Lead Instructor for the Chiropractic Principles & Practice Seminars for continuing education credits for Doctors, co-sponsored by Life University and the Concept-Therapy Institute, throughout the U.S. and Sydney, Australia.

 

Karyn GreerKaryn Greer

A long-time Atlanta resident, Karyn is well known in the local television market and has a history of hands-on community involvement. She is the past president of the Atlanta Press Club and currently serves on the Board of Governor’s for the National Academy of Television, Arts & Sciences. The Emmy award winning anchor is also a member of the Magnolia chapter of The Links Inc., a board member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, a member of the Greater North Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc., and on the board of The Sport of Giving, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. to name just a few. Throughout her career she has been the recipient of numerous awards honoring both her professional work and community contributions. In 2008 she was named one of Atlanta’s 100 Women of Influence by the Atlanta Business League. Karyn is a native of Chicago, Illinois. In her free time she enjoys reading and traveling with her husband Tony and being a football, baseball, lacrosse and swim mom to their sons, Kyle and Tyler.

 

Ortez GudeOrtez Gude

Ortez heads Corvado,  a leading provider of technology expertise and cloud services to the Real Estate, Design and Construction sector. Partnering with Innovative companies including Salesforce.com and Cisco, Corvado helps transform the way buildings and infrastructures are built, managed and experienced.  Gude serves as Chairman & CEO.

 

eric meierEric Meier

Eric is a Senior Vice President, Client Relations for United Healthcare.  Eric specializes in the healthcare industry with proven ability in delivering earnings, building strategy, client management, strategic selling and creating customer value. He is an experienced leader versed in managing for results, optimizing expense structure, recruiting talent, designing compensation programs and job specifications to foster a diverse, high performance culture.

He attended Mercer University and serves as a mentor for a Cristo Rey student.  Eric lives in Dunwoody with his wife, 3 kids and 2 enormous Mastiffs.

 

amy merryAmy Merry, President

Amy Merry is Senior Director Global Sales Enablement | DOMO and is responsible for continuing to develop and build effective global learning programs focused on Sales teams to enhance their understanding of the Domo Business Cloud solutions for success within a complex environment. She and her family have been active volunteers within Pebble Tossers for years. She lives in Peachtree Corners with her husband and they have 2 children.

 

Wakeeta Rosser 

As Senior Community Relations Coordinator at Gas South, Wakeeta Rosser is responsible for planning, developing, executing and managing programs that benefit local communities through employee volunteerism. A member of the Gas South team since its inception in 2006, Ms. Rosser has leveraged more than 20 years of customer service and human resource experience to activate community relations programs responsible for facilitating thousands of employee volunteer hours in Georgia communities.
Ms. Rosser holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from Capella University and is a March 2014 graduate of Pathbuilders professional development program. She serves on the Corporate Volunteer Council of Atlanta Board and is a 2005 alumni of United Way’s VIP Program. Wakeeta is a native of Atlanta, married and has one daughter who attends NC State University. She completely embraces the Pay It Forward philosophy and her favorite quote is “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” – Sir Winston Churchill

 

Juan SanchezJuan Sanchez, Past President

Juan has been with the Fed since 2002 and serves as Senior Officer in charge of the Compliance Supervision, Credit and Supervisory Support. This includes regulatory oversight of consumer protection, bank applications, bank examinations, enforcement and compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act, Bank Secrecy Act and Wealth Management. Also oversee the International Bank Supervision function directly responsible for the supervision of foreign banking agencies operating within the Southeast United States as well as senior oversight of our Atlanta Fed’s Credit Risk Management department.  Mr. Sanchez has served on boards and committees of numerous nonprofits such as the United Way and Leadership Atlanta.  He lives in Sandy Springs with this wife, Kristine and their 2 children.

 

Al Stanley

Al Stanley is the Chief Information Officer for Angel Oak Companies.  Mr. Stanley has over 20 years of global IT experience in business technology, infrastructure, and software engineering.  He has held a variety of corporate IT leadership positions, including Director of Software Development, Vice President of Engineering, and Chief Technical Executive for multi-billion dollar national and international corporations in the Computer Software, Financial Services, Healthcare, Utilities, and Aviation sectors.  Mr. Stanley has an impressive record of innovative, results-driven leadership, and has built first-class, forward-thinking teams with demonstrated success in creating and executing winning business and IT strategies.

 

G Manning PVSA 2016Jennifer McGowan Guynn, Co-Founder & Executive Director

Jen is Co-Founder and Executive Director for Pebble Tossers, Inc.  Jen’s background includes organizational and marketing experiences, having worked with the Council for Quality Growth and then managing many facets of the family real estate business, McGowan Properties, Inc.  She was appointed by Governor Deal to serve on the Commission for Service and Volunteerism for the State of Georgia in 2016. In 2014 she was voted a top 10 finalist for the Over 40 and Fabulous by Best Self Magazine. A past board member of the Junior League of Atlanta, The Impact! Group, the American Cancer Society, and Furman University Young Alumni Council, Jen continues to lead by example in her community.  She graduated in the class of 1995/96 from Leadership Gwinnett and currently serves on the Advisory Board of Directors at the Dunwoody Nature Center and on many committees at her church and children’s schools.  An Atlanta native, Jen attended St. Pius X High School, graduated from Furman University, and resides in Dunwoody with her husband, Mike, their three children and two rescue dogs.

Advisory Council

Jeni Stephens, Co-Founder

Jeni is Co-Founder of  Pebble Tossers, Inc.  Jeni has a background in high-tech product and on-line services marketing, having worked for six years as a media relations manager and marketing programs manager for NCR Corporation, and 8 years in varying marketing roles at LexisNexis, most recently as their Global Corporate Brand Manager.  Jeni credits her early success is business with volunteering at a young age.  By volunteering to run the teen volunteer program at Children’s Medical Center in Dayton, OH, Jeni was able to gain writing and management experience while still in college.  That experience enabled her to land her first job with a Fortune 500 company before she graduated from Wright State University.  Jeni moved to Atlanta in 2005, and resides in Roswell with her husband, Dave, and their four children.

Richard Bartolanzo

Richard is a shareholder with over twenty years experience in providing tax advisory services.  Prior to rejoining Bennett Thrasher in 2006, Richard spent nine years with KPMG LLP’s Federal Tax Practice in Atlanta.  At KPMG, Richard served in a number of different roles including Southeast Director for middle-market tax outsourcing engagements and Coordinator for FAS109/income tax provision preparation and review projects.  Richard has had extensive experience with clients in the food and beverage, consumer products, software, telecommunications and chemical industries with such clients ranging in size from Fortune 500 SEC registrants to closely held multi-national entities to venture capital backed start-up companies. A graduate from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a degree in Finance and a Masters of Science degree in Accounting and Taxation,  Richard is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Georgia Society of CPAs (GSCPA). He lives in Roswell with his wife, Trixie and their two daughters.

 

Tiffani Hollis

Tiffani is professional fine artist, graphic designer, and web designer with 15 plus years experience in these fields having worked for hundreds of clients from small one-man-shows to fortune 500 corporations. She stays on top of the latest trends in her industry and consistently provide top notch design that improves client’s image and increases their return on investment. She lives in the suburbs of Atlanta with her five children.

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Anne Collier Wood 

Anne Collier Wood works with the public accounting firm Bennett Thrasher, LLP, where she performs audits in the non-profit, construction, distribution and technology industries. Anne Collier has a BS in Public Accounting from Washington and Lee University and is a member of the Georgia Society of CPAs. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and their dog.