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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

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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Eve Goldstein

Eve Goldstein is a retired attorney. Since graduating from Columbia Law School, she has held a variety of positions, including a faculty position at the University of Colorado, Principal Regional Counsel for Health and Human Resources of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and attorney at Jones Day in Atlanta.

She is currently a Board Member and docent at the Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum and co-chair of the Holocaust Survivor Legacy Committee. She is a past president of Jewish Family & Career Services and has previously been a volunteer literacy tutor in the Atlanta Public Schools.

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Kate Hall

Kate Hall is a Human Resources professional with a focus on Compensation, Performance Management and HR Systems. Kate currently works at SunTrust in the Total Rewards space. Prior to SunTrust, Kate was the Senior Director of Compensation and HR Systems for ServiceMaster in Memphis, TN. Before that, Kate was a Director in Total Rewards at The Coca-Cola Company and was a consultant at Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson). Through her consulting and corporate roles, Kate has experience building innovative rewards programs in a variety of industries, including Healthcare, Home Services, Financial Services, Manufacturing and Consumer Goods. Kate graduated from Vanderbilt University, where she studied Economics and Music. She returned to Atlanta in 2016 with her husband and son, where they have been keeping busy with various home improvement projects.

Nancy Hall

Nancy Hall has served as Interim Executive Director of Georgia Public Broadcasting since July 2004. Prior to being appointed to the Interim position by the GPB Board of Directors, she was the Director of External Affairs and served as the liaison to the Georgia General Assembly and Georgia's Congressional delegation for GPB. She also serves as President of the Foundation for Public Broadcasting in Georgia.

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Brigitte Roufail Peck

Brigitte Roufail Peck is a founding partner and current owner of Capstone Advancement Partners, a fundraising consulting firm based in Atlanta, GA. She works with a wide spectrum of nonprofit organizations to develop strategies that reflect each client’s needs and situation. Her favorite part of her job is working with dedicated staff and volunteers who are committed to turning an organization’s dreams into reality.

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Margaret M. Quinlin

Margaret M. Quinlin is President and Publisher of Peachtree Publishers, an award-winning independent publishing house founded in 1977. In 1990, she bought controlling interest of Peachtree, and became the third President and Publisher in the history of the company at the age of 39.

Throughout her life, her father’s great love of books and her Irish mother’s strong love of stories and verse supported her own passion for language and books. Originally planning to be an architect, Quinlin studied art and found the picture book to be the perfect art form, a marriage of words and art, a sensory experience for young and old alike.

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Julie Steele

Dr. Julie Steele currently serves as principal of Lamar County Middle School in Barnesville, Georgia. Dr. Steele’s career as an educator includes years as being a classroom teacher, an Instructional Coach, and an Assistant Principal. Dr. Steele has been an administrator in Lamar County for the past 15 years.

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Amy Burton Storey

Amy Storey has more than 20 years of experience in integrated marketing communications, working for global public relations agencies, corporations and book publishers, including KEF Media, Weber Shandwick, MSL Group (formerly Manning, Selvage and Lee) and HarperCollins Children’s Books. She is currently an independent consultant working with Peachtree Publishers. 

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R. Corley Watson III

Corley is a Managing Director of United Capital and leads the North Atlanta office. He is a native of Jackson, Georgia. Prior to joining United Capital, Corley was affiliated with PPA Advisors, where he served on the Strategic Planning and Investment committees. He graduated from the University of Georgia with an undergraduate degree in Agriculture and Applied Economics and, upon graduation, entered Morgan Stanley’s investment-training program in the securities industry. Corley and his wife, Elizabeth, live in the North Buckhead area of Atlanta. They have three sons, Corley, Will, and Sam, and are active members of Second Ponce De Leon Baptist Church. Corley is a Registered Investment Advisor and, in his spare time, he enjoys training for and participating in triathlons, golf, and chasing his three sons.

Rayna Wooden

Rayna Wooden is Vice President of Operations for the Partnership against Domestic Violence and an active member of the Junior League of Atlanta.

Staff

  • President
    Betsy Wagenhauser 

  • Director of Accounting/Development
    Amy Zygler 

  • Enrollment Coordinator/Office Manager
     Leslie Vestal 

  • Program Coordinator
    Susan Vaughn 

  • Regional Program Coordinator
    Debbie Ross 

  • Regional Program Coordinator
    Michelle Maddox 

  • Grant Coordinator
    Kelly Freyer 

  • Project Coordinator
    Emily Pettigrew 

  • Administrative Assistant Publications/Social Media
    Olivia Ramfos 

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