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Metro Atlanta Leadership

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Board of Directors


Beth Reese
Executive Vice President of SCS Shared Services
Southern Company


Jeff Bearden
Forsyth County Schools

Stephanie Blank
Founding Chair
Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students

Marcus Brown, M.D.
President Elect
Interventional Cardiologist
Northside Heart

Jeff Buzzelli
Senior Vice President
Comcast Business

Thomas W. Dortch, Jr.
President & Chief Executive Officer 
TWD, Inc.

Kathleen Eidbo
AVP & Senior Counsel
Genuine Parts Company

Divya Gupta
Medical Director, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation
Emory Healthcare

Veronica Malsonado-Torres'
Founder & Chief Executive Officer 
VMT Consulting

Gary McNease
Regional Vice President, Southeast
Advance Auto Parts

DeRetta Rhodes, Ph.D.
Chief People Capital Officer
Atlanta Braves

Dawn Whaley

Health Equity Committee


Ayanna Buckner
Community Health Cooperative


Elaine Archie-Booker
Assistant Professor/Director of Community Engagement
Morehouse School of Medicine

Leslie Becker
Chief Executive Officer 
32nd Street Media, LLC

Gregory Bolden
Program Consultant
National African American Tobacco Prevention Network

Shanti Das
Chief Executive Officer 
Silence the Shame, Inc.

Latresh Davenport
SNAP Nutrition Program Coordinator
Georgia Department of Human Services

Angelica Geter, DrPH, MPH
Chief Strategy Officer
Black Women's Health Imperative

Gina Lundberg
Medical Director Women’s Cardiovascular
Emory’s Heart & Vascular Center

Laurie Reid
Registered Nurse
Atlanta Black Nurses Association

Heather Mills
Human Resources Manager
NCR Corporation

Will Sellers
Executive Director
Wholesome Wave Georgia

Shirley Anne Smith
Executive Director
Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation

Rachel Sprecher
Executive Director of Partnerships & Development
Atlanta Public Schools

Heart Walk Executive Leadership Team


Beth Reese
Executive Vice President of SCS Shared Services
Southern Company

Executive Leadership

Adam Bush
Division Vice President

Annie Cheek
Vice President, Cardiovascular Services
Grady Health System

Brad McLamb

Dan Owens
Chief Executive Officer
Emory University Hospital Midtown

Ken Morge
Senior Vice President & Treasurer
Delta Air Lines

Lisa Ashby
Senior Vice President

Michael Wahlstrom
Vice President, Sales & Account Management
United Healthcare

Rob Teas
Regional Vice President of Sales

Scott Webb
Senior Director, North & Latin America
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Suzanne Reitz
Director of Marketing
Northside Hospital

Tom Biltz
Principal Director

Tom Draper
Vice President, Cardiovascular Service Line 
WellStar Health System

Go Red For Women Executive Leadership Team


Valerie Montgomery-Rice
President and Dean
Morehouse School of Medicine

Dawn Whaley

Circle of Red Chair

Keisha Olinger
Senior Director, Client Management
Willis Towers Watson

Women of Impact Chair

Melissa Silberman
Director of Partnership Activation
Atlanta Hawks

Executive Leadership

Stacey Panayiotou
Executive VP, Human Resources
Graphic Packaging Holding Company

Shan Cooper
Executive Director
Atlanta Committee for Progress

Katie Kirkland
Director of Health & Benefits
Southern Company

Teresa White

Tremese Davis
VP, Operations
Southern Company Gas

Dr.Sophia McIntyre
Ambulatory Division

Kelley Elliot
Managing Director, Global Rewards
Delta Air Lines, Inc.

Nedra Dickson
Managing Director, Global Supplier Inclusion & Sustainability

YaTonya Cody Oliver
Senior Manager, Offer Operations

Heart Ball Executive Leadership Team

Executive Leadership

Lori Cohen
Vice Chair
Greenberg Traurig

Martin Davis
Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Southern Company