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Board of Directors

Errika Moore

Errika Mallet

Board Chair

Errika is the Senior Program Officer at the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta leading the team that’s focused on creating equity in education and workforce development initiatives in 23 counties. She is the former Executive Director of TAG-Ed (Technology Association of Georgia Education Collaborative) where she focused on K-12 STEM Advocacy throughout the state of Georgia. Prior to this she served as the Vice President of Member Services and External Affairs for IT Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) - the only national organization focused on increasing the representation of black professionals at senior levels in technology, the Vice President of Operations for the Gifted Education Foundation, a HR Strategist for the VP of HR at Southwire supporting 4 business line presidents and 4500 employees, a Marketing Director for BMC Software servicing thousands of customers and 1,100 employees in Canada, the US and South America and an Account Executive for IBM.

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Warren Steele

Treasurer

Warren was born in Fort Carson, Colorado and graduated high school in Summerville, South Carolina, and now resides in Columbus, GA.

He graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. degree in psychology and social relations in 1984. After graduation, he joined Aflac and retired in 2004 as Senior Vice President, US Marketing.

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Lauri Strauss

Secretary

Lauri Strauss is president of Strauss Media and Communications LLC. Previously, she served as president of the Atlanta Press Club for more than ten years managing the day-to-day operations, events and fundraising for the professional journalism organization. She also served the club’s mission to support Atlanta’s journalism community and a free press. Lauri’s background is in broadcast journalism. She started her career working for the local NBC affiliate in Tucson, Arizona, before moving to Atlanta to work for CNN. Lauri also worked in media relations for The Coca-Cola Company and was an area manager for the American Cancer Society. Lauri is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta’s class of 2015. She is a board member for Ferst Readers and an active volunteer with the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta and the Junior League of Atlanta. She sits on the advisory council for the Agape Youth and Family Center and serves in advisory roles for other nonprofit organizations.

Christopher Barge

Executive Committee

Christopher obtained his B.S. in Agriculture degree from the University of Georgia. He began his career in Horticulture working in the Southeast, then the Pacific Northwest. He entered the Sales, Marketing, and Financial world when moving to Montana in 2010 and began working in the Agriculture industry.

Currently, Christopher is the US-Product Manager for FMC Corporation responsible for crop protection delivery technologies for both synthetic and biological active ingredients. He analyzes market opportunities and develops go to market strategies, while growing market share.

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Dr. Paul Alberto

Dr. Paul Alberto is a Regents’ Professor whose area of scholarship is education of students with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities. He was appointed Interim Dean of the College of Education July 1, 2012, and permanent Dean March 13, 2014. Prior to that he served as Chair of the University Senate Executive Committee for eight years. As a member of the faculty he founded the Multiple and Severe Disabilities program and directed the teacher training and research components of the program through the Bureau for Students with Severe Disabilities until 2012. His research received continuous federal and state funding for 30 years. This work brought to Georgia the first funded programs in community-based education, inclusive education, education of students with profound disabilities, and literacy for students with moderate to severe disabilities. He served on the national board of The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps. Dr. Alberto has authored over 75 journal articles and five books including Applied Behavior Analysis for Teachers, which has been printed in four languages and is in its 9th edition.

Susannah Cameron Balish

Susannah Balish is Senior Director of Supply Chain Operations at COX Communications.

An award-winning leader recognized for pioneering forward-thinking projects, Susannah has over two decades of measured success scaling bottom-line results in Fortune 500 telecommunication companies. She is a trusted advocate, mentor, and coach known for the professional development of diverse teams. Most recently, she co-architected MentorUp! a reverse-mentoring program at COX and is actively engaged in a design opportunity to enrich the employee experience.

Susannah is an active volunteer in the Atlanta community and has held board positions in several organizations including Ferst Readers, Voices for Georgia’s Children, Atlanta Children’s Shelter, and Trees Atlanta. Susannah is a past president of The Junior League of Atlanta, a member of the Leadership Atlanta class of 2013, and recipient of the Mentor Award from Women in Cable and Telecommunications SE. She received her MBA from George Mason University, BA from Miami University and studied at the Dolibois European Center.  Susannah resides in Atlanta with her husband Chris and four children.

Stacy Brees

Stacy Brees is a consultant with Candid Partners, a management consulting and technology services firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. She has spent most of her 20-year career in consulting, working with clients in industries that include commercial real estate, electric utilities, oil & gas, and food & beverages. The Coca-Cola Company has been her sole client for the last five years. Stacy is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Junior League of Atlanta member, and she is a current member of the Nominating Committee. She is a member of the Covey Guild of the Covenant House Georgia and has also held a number of volunteer roles at The Children's School, including two years as co-chair of the annual fundraising auction and two years as co-chair of the Parents' Association. Stacy holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech, and she lives in Atlanta with her husband and nine-year-old son.

Vicki Cansler

Vicki Cansler joined Piedmont in February, 2013, as the Chief Human Resources Officer. She leads system-wide Human Resources, including Learning and Development, Total Rewards, Employee Relations, Talent Acquisition and HR Service Delivery. 

Vicki has extensive HR leadership experience in healthcare, both on the payer and provider sides, as well as healthcare HR consulting. She served as SVP of Human Resources for HealthMarkets, a private equity-owned individual health insurance company based in Texas, and Chief People Officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee. Vicki also held senior global Human Resources and consulting positions with Booz, Allen and Hamilton in Virginia and Deloitte & Touche LLP based in Dallas. 

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Lisa Chester

Lisa Chester is Executive Director of Warrick Dunn Charities, Inc. and a Strategic Planning and Senior Marketing Insight Expert. Lisa currently directs and manages the work and structure of national program initiatives that address the needs of underrepresented populations within at-risk communities in the areas of economic empowerment, affordable homeownership, wellness and children’s bereavement.

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Dr. Stan DeJarnett

Dr. Stan DeJarnett currently serves as the Executive Director for The Georgia Vision Project: A Vision for Public Education, a collaborative project developed to transform Georgia’s public schools by maximizing potential in two primary areas: 1) student achievement and 2) trust and support for public education in every community. This venture, begun in 2009, has the support of 80% of Georgia’s local school systems, Georgia’s colleges and universities, the business community and the leading educator organizations in Georgia. The Vision Project’s research-based recommendations are being implemented with success in school systems all over Georgia. Other states have begun their own Vision Projects using the Georgia model.

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Denise M. Finley, Ed.S.

Denise M. Finley, Ed.S. — Curriculum/Learning Support Specialist K-12

Denise Finley currently serves as K-12 Curriculum Coordinator/Learning Support Specialist for Lamar County Schools. Mrs. Finley holds a dual Specialist degree (Educational Leadership/Reading-Family Literacy) from Georgia College and State University. She has 32 years of experience as an educator working in a variety of public settings with diverse student populations from birth through high school. Mrs. Finley has served in a number of roles as classroom teacher, instructional coach, professional learning consultant and educational curriculum consultant.

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Staff

  • Director of Accounting/Development
    Amy Zygler 

  • Enrollment Coordinator/Office Manager
     Leslie Vestal 

  • Program Coordinator
    Susan Vaughn 

  • Regional Program Coordinator
    Debbie Ross 

  • Regional Program Coordinator/Content Manager
    Michelle Maddox 

  • Grant Coordinator
    Kelly Freyer 

  • Project Coordinator
    Emily Pettigrew 

  • Administrative Assistant Publications
    Olivia Ramfos 

  • Database Management
    Glenda Cofer 

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