Chief Executive Officer
John M. Haupert, FACHE
John M. Haupert came to Grady as president and CEO from Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas, where he was executive vice president and chief operating officer.
He began his career at Methodist Dallas Medical Center in 1992 and by 2000 had been appointed president of Methodist Charlton Medical Center. In 2003 John became executive vice president for corporate services and business development for Methodist Health System and in 2006 he left to become COO at Parkland.
John is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and recipient of its Regent’s Leadership Award. He has served as chairman of the Dallas/Fort Worth Hospital Council, chairman of CareFlite, a director of the Texas Hospital Association Political Action Committee, a delegate to Regional Policy Board 7 of the American Hospital Association, a director of Parish Episcopal School in Dallas and in leadership roles with several Dallas area community organizations.
A native of Ft. Smith, Ark., John is a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, where he earned a Master of Science Degree in Health Care Administration. He also received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Trinity.
Executive Vice President / Chief Operating Officer
Christopher R. Mosley, FACHE, DSL
Christopher R. Mosley, an experienced healthcare leader in hospital operations at academic medical centers, large health systems and community hospitals, joined the Grady executive team in April 2013.
Mosley most recently served as senior vice president and chief administrative officer of Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. He is a former chief operating officer for St. Anthony’s Hospitals in Denver and former president and chief executive officer of Chesapeake Regional Medical Center in Chesapeake, Va.
He has been recognized by several healthcare groups. In 2006, Mosley was named one of Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Minority Healthcare Executives; in 2009, he received the President’s Award from the National Association of Health Services Executives. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and past president of the National Association of Health Services Executives.
A graduate of Alabama State University with a bachelor of science degree in Accounting and Business/Management, Mosley earned a master degree in Public and Private Management, Health/Health Care Administration/Management from Birmingham Southern College. He received a doctorate in Strategic Leadership from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va.
Executive Vice President / Chief Financial Officer
Mark Meyer joined Grady as executive vice president and chief financial officer in April 2012, from Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. Mark is a senior healthcare executive with over 25 years of business experience including the last 18 years in progressively more complex hospital systems.
Prior to joining Grady, Mark served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, the flagship hospital in the 14 hospital Texas Health Resources System based in Arlington, Texas. He also served with Methodist Charlton Medical Center and later as Vice President of Finance for Methodist Health System.
Mark is a graduate of Leadership Southwest (Dallas) and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Healthcare Financial Management Association and other healthcare related associations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Oklahoma State University (OSU) in 1984 and shortly afterward, received his CPA certification.
Mark recently celebrated his 20th wedding anniversary to his wife, fellow OSU alum and best friend, Kelly.
Executive Vice President / Chief Legal Officer
Timothy Jefferson, Esq.
Timothy Jefferson joined Grady in 1998 as the health system’s general counsel.
A senior executive with more than 25 years of health-related experience, Timothy has served in several different roles at Grady in addition to his general counsel role. He was chief operating officer from 2001 to 2003 and interim president and CEO in 2007.
Before joining Grady, he was senior vice president/general counsel at D.C. Health & Hospital Public Benefit Corp., senior associate general counsel at Howard University and senior attorney for the Department of Health & Human Services/National Institutes of Health.
Jefferson is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, National Association of Public Hospitals, National Association of Health Services Executives and American Health Lawyers Association.
Timothy Jefferson holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and a Juris Doctorate from Columbia University Law School.
Executive Vice President / Chief of Staff
Curtis Lewis, MD, MBA
Curtis Lewis, MD, is Grady’s chief of staff and executive vice president of medical affairs.
An interventional radiologist by training, he oversees nearly 2,000 physicians and physicians-in-training and is responsible for ensuring they deliver quality medical care to all patients within Grady Health System. He works closely with Emory University and Morehouse Schools of Medicine to provide clinical services and serves as an Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs for both medical schools.
Curtis is a cardiovascular healthcare fellow, a Society of Cardiovascular & Interventional Radiology fellow, a member of the National Hispanic Medical Association and the Cardiovascular & Interventional Radiological Society of Europe. He has served as an associate editor for the "Journal of Vascular & Interventional Radiology" and as chair of both the Committee on Standards of Practice for the American College of Radiology and the Standards Division for the National Society of Cardiovascular & Interventional Radiology. He is widely recognized for his leadership role to develop venous access as a procedure to be performed safely and successfully in Radiology.
Curtis received his Medical Degree from Emory University School of Medicine, his Master's Degree in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University and a Law Degree from Georgia State University. He also attended Georgia Institute of Technology.
Executive Vice President / Chief Nursing Officer
Rhonda A. Scott, PhD, RN, CS
Rhonda A. Scott, Grady’s chief nursing officer, is often credited for eliminating nurse contract labor, improving nursing, patient and physician satisfaction and enhancing nurse recruitment and retention.
When she joined Grady in 2004, Rhonda had 20 years of nursing experience at some of the finest healthcare institutions in the U.S., including the University of Chicago Medical Center, University of Alabama Medical Center, Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital and Saint Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta.
She is a member of several professional associations, has served as president of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, is now a nurse executive fellow at the Wharton School of Business and has been widely published in leading nursing journals. Rhonda was awarded Tenet's "Outstanding Chief Nursing Officer Award" and received the "Up and Comers Award" from Modern Healthcare magazine for rising stars in healthcare management.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Master of Science in Nursing from Rush University, and a PhD in Nursing Science with a focus on Advanced Practice Nursing and Healthcare Administration from Georgia State University.
President, Grady Health Foundation
Renay Blumenthal, a long-time community leader, is president of the Grady Health Foundation. In this role, she leads all aspects of the foundation, including setting the foundation’s strategic direction, coordinating all fundraising activities, and providing community outreach to increase support for Grady.
Blumenthal’s career spans a rare mix of both public and private sector experience. For nearly 10 years, she served as senior vice president of public policy for the Metro Atlanta Chamber, where she directed initiatives to strengthen the region and city. She has been a trusted adviser to Georgia’s top elected officials, serving as policy director to former Gov. Roy Barnes, budget and policy director to former Gov. Zell Miller, and budget chief to former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin. She was also instrumental to former Gov. Sonny Perdue’s transition team.
Throughout her career, Blumenthal has used her positions of authority to strengthen Grady, whether leading a Chamber task force that led to a $325 million infusion for Grady, or securing state and federal funding for Grady while in the Governor’s office.
Blumenthal, an influential member of several community boards, has received numerous leadership awards and is consistently recognized as one of Georgia’s top female lobbyists. A native Atlantan, she holds an MBA from Georgia State and is a cum laude graduate of Georgia Tech.
Senior Vice President/ Chief Human Resources Officer
Larry A. Callahan joined Grady as senior vice president/chief human resources officer in 2012, bringing more than 25 years of human resources leadership experience to the health system, most recently with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in Washington, DC, where he led leadership development and talent management.
Before joining Grady, he served as system chief human resources officer for the University Health System of Eastern Carolina; vice president and chief human resources officer at the University of Chicago Medical Center and vice president of human resources at Norton Healthcare in Louisville, Ky. Callahan joins us from Earlier, he served in senior human resource executive roles with Siemens USA.
He is active in the community and helps organizations to reach their strategic objectives through the development and implementation of strong people policies, programs and processes. In addition, he has successfully completed the prestigious Leadership Develop Program (LDP) at the Center for Creative Leadership.
Callahan received his Masters of Arts degree from Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., and his Bachelors of Arts degree from West Virginia State University.
Chief Information Officer
Deborah Cancilla is Grady’s chief information officer and has overseen a total transformation of the health system’s technology.
She completed a wholesale network replacement to handle the smooth flow of medical records, updated the desktop computing platform, implemented a wireless network, facilitated a major phone system upgrade, introduced bar code technology to assist with patient identification and safety and installed EPIC clinical and revenue software.
As a result, Grady now is one of the few facilities nationwide who have achieved HIMSS level 6 recognition, the highest ranking available. Grady has also been recognized as one of the nation's Most Wired. The nation's Most Wired hospitals are leveraging the adoption and use of health information technology to improve performance in a number of areas including protecting patient data, and optimizing patient flow and communications.
Before joining Grady, Deborah worked with the Erie County Medical Center, Corp. in Buffalo, N.Y., where she was recognized as a top expert in health information technology.
Deborah earned a Master's Degree in Global Business and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, both from Daemen College in Buffalo.
Senior Vice President / Planning and Marketing
Lindsay Caulfield joined the Grady executive team in January 2012, recruited from global public relations agency Cohn & Wolfe, where she served as executive vice president.
Through the years, she developed and led fully integrated marketing communications programs, public relations initiatives and strategic planning for Fortune 500 companies, as well as several Atlanta area brands. She has counseled CEOs and worked with corporate communications and marketing teams. Her work has fueled the growth of many companies, the repositioning of their brands and the revitalization of products long thought to be past their prime.
Lindsay has served on several board throughout a career. She served on the board of Heart to Heart, an organization committed to saving babies and children aboard dying of congenital heart defects. She was on the advisory board for Seneca center, an organization that provides mental health treatment and support services to emotionally troubled youth. She most recently sat on the board for Park Pride here in Atlanta.
Lindsay received a Master of Science in Health Communication from Tufts University School of Medicine and Bachelor of Science in English Literature from Northeastern University.
Deputy Senior Vice President / Medical Affairs
Kelvin J. Holloway, MD, MBA
Kelvin J. Holloway is deputy senior vice president/deputy chief of staff of Medical Affairs at Grady Health System and an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Morehouse School of Medicine.
He is responsible for leading the health system’s performance improvement/patient safety efforts.
Kelvin serves on several boards, including the Southeastern Chapter of the American Lung Association, National Center for Healthy Housing, Howard University Medical Alumni Association, Atlanta Children’s Shelter and the Coalition for a Healthy and Responsible Georgia. He is the current chair of the Allergy, Asthma and Immunology section of the National Medical Association. He is also a Diplomat of the American Board of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American Board of Pediatrics.
He has received several honors, including recognition as one of America’s Leading Physicians by Black Enterprise Magazine, listed in the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Who’s Who in Atlanta Health Care and inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.
He received his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. and received his M.B.A. degree from Kennesaw State University.
Senior Vice President / Clinical Operations
Craig J. Tindall, MBA, MHA
Craig J. Tindall, who oversees Grady clinical operations, has been with the hospital since 1988, when he joined Grady as an administrative resident.
An executive healthcare leader with an extensive background in project management, hospital operations and team facilitation, Craig has handled a variety of roles and responsibilities at Grady, including interim executive vice president/chief operating officer, senior vice president of operations and facilities, vice president of general and ancillary services and director of facilities planning.
His current responsibilities include executive leadership of the neurosciences, cardiology, oncology and behavioral health service lines, the sickle cell program, the pharmacy, rehab therapy and respiratory therapy clinical support departments and the non-clinical support services division.
He is a graduate of Leadership Georgia Hospital Association and Leadership Atlanta, is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and member of the Georgia Association of Healthcare Executives.
Craig holds a master's degree in both business and hospital administration from Georgia State University and a bachelor of arts degree from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Vice President / Government Relations
Matthew Hicks, vice president of Government Relations since 2011, is responsible for managing the vital relationships between Grady and its government partners.
A veteran of health system public policy, Matthew has worked with local, state and federal government. Today, he helps Grady to manage the intricacies of implementing the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as well as the challenges of maintaining stable funding from the State of Georgia and Grady’s local government partners.
He most recently served as Associate Legislative Director for the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG). At ACCG, he managed transportation and economic development policy and represented Georgia’s 159 counties before Congress, the General Assembly, state agencies and other organizations.
Earlier in his career, Matthew worked on social service and healthcare matters for United States Senator Zell Miller. He also served as a healthcare provider, working as an emergency medical technician throughout and after college.
He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Emory University.
Thomas D. Bell, Jr.
Thomas D. Bell, retired director and chief executive officer of Cousins Properties and chairman of SecurAmerica LLC, joined the Grady board in 2008.
Bell has a wealth of experience in corporate management, governance and leadership. He spent 10 years at Young & Rubicam Inc. (NYSE:YNR), retiring as chairman and CEO when it merged with WPP. Earlier, he had been chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam Advertising and CEO of Burson-Marsteller and Young & Rubicam's Diversified Communications Group.
He is a member of the boards of Emory Healthcare, Regal Entertainment Group, AGL Resources Inc., the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He has held senior positions in business and government. He served as vice chairman of Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, executive vice president of Ball Corporation, president and CEO of the Hudson Institute and chairman of the Center for Naval Analysis.
During the Reagan administration, Bell chaired the Committee on the Next Agenda, which prioritized issues for President Reagan's second term. He also chaired the Workforce 2000 Advisory Committee for the U.S. Secretary of Labor. Early in his career, Mr. Bell served as Chief of Staff for former U.S. Senator William Brock (R-Tenn).
He attended University of Tennessee and New York University.
Sharon Bent-Harley, MD
Sharon Bent-Harley, a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist, has served on the Grady board since 2009.
Ranked among the nation’s top OB/GYN physicians by the National Consumers Research Council, she has served on quality assurance committees for healthcare at several community hospitals and actively participates in community events, and has been active in medical missions to South Africa.
Dr. Harley is an assistant clinical instructor at Emory University Hospital, a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, a trustee on the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority, and a director of Carrie Steele Pitts Children’s Home and stays actively involved in community service. She is an accomplished speaker and frequently provides seminars on preventive health and empowerment for women’s groups.
She is active in the National Medical Association, the Georgia State Medical Association, Zenzele Service Corp and the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
Dr. Harley received her Medical Degree from State University of New York and her Bachelor’s Degree from Hunter College, City University of New York.
A.D. "Pete" Correll, chairman of Atlanta Equity and chairman emeritus of Georgia-Pacific Corp., chairs the Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation Board.
Correll spent 40 years in the forest products, paper and consumer products industries. He joined Georgia-Pacific in 1988 as a senior vice president and quickly rose through the executive ranks. He oversaw the acquisition and divestiture of companies with a total value of $45 billion. In the process, he led a transformation of Georgia-Pacific from a commodity forest products concern to an international company with a suite of consumer brands.
He is the co-founder of Atlanta Equity, a private equity firm focused on investments in growth companies primarily in the Southeast.
Correll also has served as a director on the boards of Mirant Corp., Norfolk Southern Corp. and SunTrust Banks, Inc., all based in the Southeast, as well as the Georgia Aquarium, Empower Software Solutions LLC, Consumer Financial Services LLC, Marshall Physician Services LLC, and The Mother Nature Network LLC.
A native of Brunswick, Ga., Correll holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia and Master’s Degrees in Pulp and Paper Technology and Chemical Engineering from the University of Maine.
Thomas W. Dortch Jr.
Thomas W. Dortch Jr., president and CEO of TWD, Inc., is a member of the Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation board.
Dortch is chairman emeritus of 100 Black Men of Atlanta organization. His dedication helped win him the national chairmanship in 1994. The organization’s membership includes former U.S. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and Richard Parsons, former chairman of Citigroup and former chairman and CEO of Time-Warner.
His experience with the organization led Dortch to author The Miracles of Mentoring, published in 2000; a how-to guide for those interested in becoming role models. Publishers Weekly termed it an "inspirational and practical book.”
Formerly a top aide to former Georgia senator Sam Nunn, Dortch has remained active in civic affairs. He founded the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame, co-founded the Georgia Association of Minority Entrepreneurs, served as national vice chair for the Assault on Illiteracy Program, and co-chaired the Atlanta Jewish/Black Coalition.
After years in politics, he founded Atlanta Transportation Systems to provide shuttle services for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.
Dortch has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Clark Atlanta University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Fort Valley State College.
Andrew W. Evans
Andrew Evans, executive vice president and chief financial officer of AGL Resources, joined the Grady board of directors in 2012.
Evans, who serves on the Grady board’s finance committee, directs finance, accounting and information technology for all AGL Resources businesses, as well as investor relations and the company’s strategic planning functions. He also has responsibility for various unregulated subsidiaries.
Evans joined AGL Resources in 2002 as vice president of finance and treasurer, where he was responsible for the company’s treasury and finance operations. He also played a key role in the company’s corporate development and growth initiatives, and assisted in deal evaluation and structuring.
Before joining AGL Resources, he served in various finance and business development roles at Mirant Corporation (formerly Southern Energy Inc.). Earlier, Evans was employed by National Economic Research Associates and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
He is active in the Atlanta community and serves as chairman of the board of Zoo Atlanta, a director of the Georgia Council for Economic Education and on the finance committee of Refugee Family Services.
Evans is a graduate of Emory University.
Henry Grady III
Henry Grady III, the great-grandson of Grady Health System’s founder and the managing director in healthcare investment banking at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, has been on the Grady Board since 2009. He also served on the Grady Health System Foundation board from 2001-2009 where he was Chairman for three years. He is licensed in dispute resolution and is frequently called upon by the NASD/FINRA.
Through the years, he has remained active in the Atlanta community. He sits on the Board of the Student Aid Foundation, Inc. This organization is charged with aiding women in securing higher educational opportunities. He is an active alumnus of The Westminster Schools, where he was elected to their Board of Trustees in 2008. Currently, Henry is involved with the strategic planning and mission of the Investment Committee at Westminster and has recently completed a $100,000,000 Capital Campaign for the school.
He is an active member and an ordained Elder at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. Henry served for five years as President of the Church and Clerk of the Session. He has been involved with membership efforts for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, was chosen by Emory University to sit on their Executive Board of Visitors, and has spearheaded two United Way Campaigns for SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. His civic efforts have been acknowledged by Leadership Georgia, Leadership Buckhead and Who's Who in America and in the South and Southeast.
Grady received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia Terry College of Business.
George Lemuel Hewes
Lem Hewes, a retired partner in the Atlanta office of King & Spalding where he was a member of in the Finance Practice Group, is a member of Grady’s board.
Hewes is experienced in all aspects of commercial and banking law, and counseled several of the law firm’s large financial clients.
Through the years, he was active in legal and financial organizations, serving as an associate member of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, and as a member and Past-President of the Bank Counsel Section of the Georgia Bankers Association. He is a member of the American Law Institute, Atlanta Bar Association, State Bar of Georgia and the American Bar Association.
He is also active in the community, serving as a board member and co-founder of the Henry W. Grady Health System Foundation, Inc. which raises money for Grady Health System. He helped raise over $1.5 million for renovation of space in the hospital for a Teen Services Unit.
He is a board member and past chairman of the Childhood Autism Foundation, Inc. and serves on the advisory board for Emory University’s Autism Center and the Marcus Autism Center.
Hewes is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, and earned his J.D. from Harvard University.
Pierluigi Mancini, Ph.D.
Pierluigi Mancini, Ph.D., founder and Executive Director of a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing behavioral health services to the Latino community in Georgia, has served on the Grady board since 2008.
Dr. Mancini, a nationally certified addiction counselor Level II, has helped people in Georgia recover from mental illness and addiction since 1985. He was the first Latino appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Council for Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse; the first Latino appointed to the State of Georgia Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council where he serves as chairman, and a member of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention’s Hispanic Latino Initiative Steering Committee for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in Washington, D.C.
His organization, Clinic for Education, Treatment and Prevention of Addiction, Inc., is the only Latino behavioral health agency in Georgia to earn state licensing and national accreditation for providing integrated services in English and in Spanish.
Dr. Mancini is current president of the National Latino Behavioral Health Association and the Immediate Past Chairman of the State of Georgia Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council.
He has been honored with the Hispanic Health Coalition Salud Hispana Award; the NAACP Gwinnett Health Services Award and the Mental Health America “Heroes in the Fight” Award.
Robert W. Miller
Robert W. Miller, a retired health law partner of King & Spalding and an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law joined the Grady board and became its secretary in 2008.
Miller practiced health law in Atlanta for over 30 years and retired in 1998. He is a past president of the American Academy of Healthcare Attorneys, a predecessor of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA). In 2008 he was named an AHLA Emeritus Fellow; in 2011 he was presented the group’s Greenburg Award.
He is currently an adjunct professor of law at Emory University’s School of Law, where he has taught health law, bioethics and regulation of healthcare providers.
Last year, he ended a four-year run as editor in chief of the Journal of Health & Life Sciences Law, overseeing the publication of 15 issues and 94 articles, reviewing countless others in the process.
Miller served as a director for Otix Global, Inc.; Magellan Health Services, Inc.; OrthAlliance, Inc., and Paracelsus Healthcare Corporation. He presently is a director of QuadraMed Corporation (NASDAQ), a hospital software company.
He received his law degree from Yale Law School and his Bachelor's Degree from University of Georgia.
Aasia Mustakeem, a partner in the Real Estate Practice of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP, joined the Grady board in 2008.
Mustakeem’s legal practice focuses on commercial real estate and she represents developers, purchasers and sellers in the acquisition, disposition and development of office, hotel, retail, industrial and mixed-use projects. She has advised lenders and borrowers in a variety of financial transactions.
Since 2004, Ms. Mustakeem has been included in the list of Georgia Super Lawyers by Atlanta magazine; named one of Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite and previously served as chairperson of the 2,000-member Real Estate Section of the Georgia Bar.
She still serves on several boards, including ZooAtlanta, the Georgia Bar Foundation and the Real Estate Executive Council. She is a member of Leadership Atlanta, Leadership CREW and a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.
Ms. Mustakeem received the Commitment to Equality Award in 2010 from the Women in the Professions Committee of the State Bar of Georgia, and the Outstanding Woman in the Profession Achievement Award from the Atlanta Bar Association in 2003.
Ms. Mustakeem received her Juris Doctor Degree, cum laude, from Georgia State University College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh.
Rev. Joseph L. Roberts, Jr.
The Rev. Dr. Joseph L. Roberts, Jr., former senior pastor of the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church joined the Grady board in 2008.
During his 30 years at Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Dr. Roberts secured financing for Ebenezer’s new Horizon Sanctuary, a soaring brick building; added more than 2,000 new members and increased financial giving by more than 300 percent. He also launched an expansive community outreach program that included the Teenage Mother’s Ministry, a tutoring program, counseling, a food co-op and a seniors’ day care center. He is the author of “Sideswiped By Eternity,” a collection of sermons from his years at Historic Ebenezer.
Dr. Roberts was recently selected to be the Wade Huie Professor of Preaching and the Director of the new Center of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta.
He is the recipient of numerous honors, including five honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees. He was the 2004 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Awards of both of his graduate schools, Union Theological Seminary and Princeton Theological Seminary. He serves on several board and committees.
Dr. Roberts received his Master of Divinity Degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City and his Master of Theology Degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey. He graduated Cum Laude from Knoxville College.
Joe W. Rogers, Jr.
Joe W. Rogers, Jr., chairman and CEO of Waffle House, Inc., a 24-hour fast food restaurant chain of over 1,500 restaurants in 25 states, has served on the Grady board since 2008.
Rogers joined the Waffle House chain of about 75 restaurants in 1971 as vice president of finance. Two years later, he succeeded his father as company president and began a frenetic expansion program.
He was the founding co-chairman of Gov. Sonny Perdue's Commission for a New Georgia, which convened top business executives to identify areas to make Georgia one of the best managed states in the nation and helped to save the state $100 million in contracts for supplies, equipment and services. He has also served as a trustee of Georgia Research Alliance, Inc., SunTrust Bank, Georgia Tech Foundation, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and Associates of the Harvard Business School, Woodruff Arts Center and American Business Products, Inc.
Rogers has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Management from Georgia Tech. Between Georgia Tech and Harvard, he served a year in the Air National Guard.
Michael Russell, CEO H.J. Russell & Co., the largest African American owned real estate and construction company in the United States, joined the Grady board in 2008
In 2003, Russell succeeded his retiring father, Herman Jerome Russell, who had founded the company in 1952, as CEO. Russell is a visionary leader. He serves as the key driver of the company’s strategic direction and continues to preserve the core values of entrepreneurship, empowerment and excellence that his father instilled in the company. He has managed the business through the economic downturn and overseen its expansion into developments outside Atlanta. He has 26 years of experience in the construction industry, serving in a variety of hands-on roles, from construction manager to field engineer to project manager.
He is active in a variety of civic organizations, including the Metro Chamber Executive Committee, Commerce Club Board of Directors, University of Virginia Engineering School Board of Trustees, Georgia State University Athletic Association Board, Children’s Healthcare Foundation Board and 100 Black Men of Atlanta.
He received his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Georgia State University and his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia.
James E. Stephenson
James Stephenson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Yancey Bros. Co., joined the Grady board in 2008.
He assumed leadership of the privately held Yancey Bros. in 1994, after spending 18 years as a lawyer with the Atlanta law firm, Smith, Currie & Hancock. Yancey Bros. is the country's oldest Caterpillar dealership. The company also provides Blue Bird Bus Co. products and services throughout the state of Georgia, and International Truck products and services in most of middle and south Georgia.
Stephenson serves or has served as a director of Republic Bank of Georgia, Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, the Metro Atlanta Chapter of the American Red Cross, Georgians for Better Transportation, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, and The Trust for Public Land. He also is an advisory trustee to the Wesleyan School and a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta.
He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Yale University and Law Degree from Duke University.
Pamela S. Stephenson, Esq.
Pamela S. Stephenson, an attorney and state legislator from Lithonia, joined the Grady board in 2008.
She was appointed to the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority in 2001 and currently serves on the Health and Human Services, Intragovernmental Coordination, and Judiciary committees of the Georgia House.
Stephenson has been devoted to the critical health care needs of Georgians for more than a decade. Her experience in health care is extensive: In 1996, former Gov. Zell Miller appointed her director of the Georgia State Health Planning Agency, where she was responsible for regulatory oversight of all of Georgia’s hospitals, and in 2000 former Gov. Roy Barnes appointed her to the State Medical Education Board. She was elected to the Georgia General Assembly in 2002.
Stephenson has a Master's Degree in Health Planning from the University of Michigan, a law degree from Atlanta's Woodrow Wilson College of Law and a Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Michigan University. She is also a graduate of the Harvard University Government Program.
An 18-year resident of DeKalb County, she has worked tirelessly for her community and the needs of children, seniors and others. Stephenson has served as president of the Decatur-DeKalb Chapter of 100 Black Women and is active in Greenforest Baptist Church.
Louis W. Sullivan, M.D.
Louis Sullivan, former Secretary of Health and Human Services and founding president of Morehouse School of Medicine, joined the Grady board in 2008.
As the founding dean and director of the Medical Education Program at Morehouse College, Sullivan oversaw the development of the school’s fledgling programs. Morehouse is now nationally recognized for its medical school and Sullivan continues to support the school as its president emeritus.
As President H.W. Bush’s Secretary of Health and Human Services, he introduced improved FDA food label requirements, released the Healthy People 2000 guide for improved health promotion/disease prevention, educated the public about the health dangers of tobacco and promoted greater gender and ethnic diversity in senior positions of the department.
Before Morehouse, Sullivan taught medicine at Harvard Medical School, Seton Hall College of Medicine and Boston University.
He is a member of numerous medical organizations, including the American Medical Association and the National Medical Association, and was founding president of the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools (AMHPS). Sullivan is current chairman of the National Health Museum in Atlanta, whose goal is to improve health by enhancing health literacy and advancing healthy behaviors.
Sullivan received his Bachelor's Degree from Morehouse College and Medical Degree from Boston University School of Medicine.
Sam A. Williams
Sam Williams, president of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, has been on the Grady board since 2012.
Since 1997, Williams has led the chamber, a group representing 4,000 member companies throughout the area. Under his leadership, the Chamber has focused on efforts to attract business in key industry sectors, including biosciences, logistics and telecommunications.
He was instrumental in winning Chamber support for the effort to save Grady Memorial Hospital from closure, and supported the campaign that raised $300 million in private sector pledges to the new Grady nonprofit board.
He has served as the President of Central Atlanta Progress where he organized downtown leaders to create a privatized police force, cutting crime in half and leading to resurgence in downtown residential living. He serves as the Chairman of numerous boards and organizations including: the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Jekyll Island Authority. He was Founding Chairman of the Atlanta World Trade Club and a Member of the Carter Center Board of Councilors, the National Council on Philanthropy, the Action Forum, the Emory University Board of Visitors, the Georgia Tech Board of Advisors and the Corporation for Olympic Development in Atlanta. He serves as a Director of Emory University Hospital Midtown and Emory Healthcare, Inc.
Williams is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology and Harvard Business School.