Betsy Wagenhauser

President

Betsy Wagenhauser has been a part of Ferst Readers for more than four years. She served on the Board of Directors beginning in 2011, then moved into the role of President in January 2013. However, her relationship with Ferst Readers began years earlier - in 2000 when she enrolled her one year old son in the Ferst Readers program.

 

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Board of Directors

Stacy Brees

Board Chair

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.

Errika Moore

Vice Chair

Errika is an executive with sales, marketing, fundraising and executive management experience. Recently she has leveraged her pedigree and experience to add value as an Independent Consultant for Georgia Tech’s School of Public Policy, the Gifted Education Foundation (GIFTED), which supports students from low-income communities and IT Senior Management Forum (ITSMF), the only national organization dedicated exclusively to cultivating professional talent among African-American IT executives. Errika’s career began at IBM as an Account Executive in the oil and gas industry. She then transitioned to BMC Software’s Professional Services organization as a Marketing Manager working with analysts from Gartner and Forrester, developing marketing campaigns and making executive presentations to C-Suite clients. Prior to leaving BMC, she was promoted to the Americas Marketing Programs Director executing customer forums for over 1,100 customers and providing internal program development support for more than 3,000 employees within 11 geographies. In 2005 she created her own business to provide strategy and marketing support to small businesses and non-profit organizations. And in 2010 the VP of HR at Southwire Company invited her to join Southwire as a Strategist. There she developed strategies with business unit presidents and senior executives to identify and acquire strategic talent, to create internal development programs that enabled sustainable professional development and succession planning, to enhance new hire and professional hire retention and to develop an Engineering Internship program that established an elite collegiate talent pipeline.

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Warren Steele

Treasurer

Warren B. Steele, II was born May 1, 1962 in Fort Carson, Colorado. He graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. degree in psychology and social relations in January, 1984 after completing high school in Summerville, South Carolina.

After graduation, he joined Aflac in March, 1984 as a management trainee and served in several positions with Aflac until his retirement in October, 2004 as Senior Vice President, US Marketing. He still resides in Columbus, GA.

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Dr. B.K. (Babs) Johnston

Secretary

B. K. (Babs) Johnston is a lifelong educator who is both a product of and a teacher in Georgia schools -- elementary through college. She spent over 20 years at Georgia State University, with a PhD in Educational Administration (1987). DeKalb County (GA), where 5 of her 6 children graduated from high school (Druid Hills & Lakeside), is home. She and her husband Hiram have lived in Morgan County since 1999.

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Ursula Reynolds

Executive Committee

Ursula Reynolds has over 15 years of higher education experience in the areas of marketing, recruitment, and student services. She has worked for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, University of Georgia, and is currently the PhD Graduate Program Manager at Georgia Tech. She is also the founding principal of Magnolia Consulting Group, providing marketing planning and implementation services to nonprofit organizations. She is very passionate about the Atlanta community and serves on various nonprofit boards that include DocNet, past board service with The Junior League of Atlanta, and the marketing and fund development committee at Whitefoord. She regularly provides vital trainings on social media, nonprofit storytelling, communications planning, and community engagement.

Will Acree

 

Will Acree is a Vice President within Goldman Sachs’ Investment Management Division where he advises family offices, entrepreneurs, foundations and endowments across the country. Prior to joining Goldman, Will was a Senior Consultant in Arthur Andersen’s and Deloitte & Touche’s Corporate Tax and Economic Development service areas. Will received his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, with a concentration in Finance, from the University of Tennessee.

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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 oversees new product integration within the supply chain organization at Cox Communications. With more than 15 years in the telecommunications industry, Susannah has extensive experience developing and implementing strategic initiatives that drive profitability and customer satisfaction. She is an active volunteer in the Atlanta community and is currently serving on the boards of Ferst Readers, Voices for Georgia’s Children, and Women in Cable Telecom, Southeast. Susannah is a past president of The Junior League of Atlanta, a member of the Leadership Atlanta class of 2013, and a past board member of the Atlanta Speech School, the Atlanta Children’s Shelter, Trees Atlanta, and the Anti-Prejudice Consortium. Susannah received her MBA from George Mason University and BA from Miami University. She resides in Buckhead, Atlanta with her husband Chris and four children, Cameron, Ian, Will and Kate.

Christopher Barge

Christopher obtained his B.S. in Agriculture degree in 1990 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 Sales and Marketing Manager and Financial Services Manager for CHS, Big Sky. He is responsible for 16 locations, 15 employees, and 200+ million in annual sales in agronomy, grain, feed, and energy divisions. He creates sales and marketing strategies, input loans, provides sales training, and nurtures vendor relationships, while growing market share and profitability.

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Jason Byars

Jason Byars is Vice President of Business Development at Mas Energy, LLC, an energy development firm. Jason has nearly 20 years of sales, business development and project management experience in the energy industry. He is responsible for Mas Energy's business and project development activities in North America, including identifying and developing long-term, integrated energy services contracts for North American clients, technical oversight, negotiations with customers and sub-contractors, and capital structuring.

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James Scott Campbell

Scott Campbell is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and relocated with his family to Atlanta in 1973, at the age of ten. He grew up in the Decatur area and graduated from Southwest Dekalb High School. In 1987,Scott earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunication Management from The University of Georgia.

Scott began his career in Logistics with American President Lines, an international shipping company. After a few years in the corporate world, he felt the entrepreneurial tug and started the first of several businesses. He began with retail restaurants and later started a manufacturing company in Bristol, Virginia and a logistics company in Augusta, Georgia.

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Staff

  • President
    Betsy Wagenhauser 

  • Accounting and Development Coordinator
    Amy Zygler 

  • Director of Operations/Translations
    Claudia Jasso 

  • Program Coordinator
    Susan Vaughn 

  • Regional Program Coordinator
    Debbie Ross 

  • Regional Program Coordinator/Technology
    Michelle Maddox 

  • Grant Coordinator
    Kelly Freyer 

  • Project Coordinator
    Emily Pettigrew 

  • Administrative Assistant Publications/Social Media
    Olivia Ramfos 

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