Executive Bios

Grady's Executive Team

Chief Executive Officer John M. Haupert

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/ Chief Nursing Officer

Chief Nursing Officer Rhonda A. Scott, PhD, RN, NE-BC, NEA-BC

Rhonda A. Scott, PhD, RN, NE-BC, NEA-BC

Rhonda A. Scott, Grady’s chief operating officer and 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.


Executive Vice President / Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer Mark Meyer

Mark Meyer

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

Senior Vice President / Chief Legal Officer Timothy Jefferson, Esq.

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 Medical Officer/ Chief of Staff

Grady CMO Robert Jensen, MD, MBA

Robert Jansen, MD, MBA

Robert Jansen is a seasoned physician executive with more than two decades of experience. Before coming to Grady, he served as President of WellStar Medical Group and Executive Vice President/Chief Administrative Medical Officer of WellStar Health System.

Jansen holds a Doctor of Medicine Degree from Emory University School of Medicine and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Kennesaw State University. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Barnes Hospital, Washington University. After a year of research at the National Institutes of Health, he returned to Washington University and completed a fellowship in nephrology.

Active in the community and profession, Jansen is past president of the National Kidney Foundation of Georgia and Georgia‚ÄźSouth Carolina Society of Nephrology. He is a member of numerous medical professional organizations including the Renal Physicians Association.


President, Grady Health Foundation

Grady Foundation President Renay Blumenthal

Renay Blumenthal

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&rsquorsquo;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 / Public Affairs and Marketing

SSenior Vice President / Planning and Marketing Lindsay Caulfield

Lindsay Caulfield

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 boards throughout her 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.


Senior Vice President/ Chief Human Resources Officer

Senior Vice President/ Chief Human Resources Officer Lina George

Lina George

Lina George brings a wealth of experience to Grady. Over her career, Lina has served as Chief Human Resources Officer for three global corporations, most recently serving as the Vice President of Human Resources for the Latin America division of Wal-Mart, overseeing all human resources functions for 4200 stores in nine countries. Lina began her career as an Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) attorney specializing in human resource and employee benefits litigation and counseling to corporate clients. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Denver.


Senior Vice President / Chief Information Officer

Chief Information Officer Ben McKeeby

Ben McKeeby

Ben McKeeby joined Grady in 2010 and was named Senior Vice President/Chief Information Officer in 2014. He is responsible for overseeing all clinical and business systems and the technology infrastructure for the health system.

Before coming to Grady, Ben was a healthcare technology consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he assisted various organizations through many transformative initiatives.

A graduate of the University of Florida, Ben holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Decision and Information Science.

Ben serves on the Georgia Health Information Exchange Technology Committee and is active in many charitable, healthcare and technology organizations.


Vice President / Government Relations

Matthew Hicks, Vice President of Government Relations

Matthew Hicks

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.


Grady's Board of Directors

Mark P. Becker

Mark P. Becker, president of Georgia State University, is strongly committed to academic research, raising awareness of cutting-edge scientific study underway in Atlanta and equalizing opportunities for all.

As president of GSU, Becker has focused on making the school one of the top urban research universities. He has also strived to create a culture of support for students. As a result, the GSU graduation rate has improved by 10 percent and the school leads the nation in eliminating graduation rate disparities based on race or ethnicity.

His commitment to research dovetails with Grady Health System’s own mission of fulfilling the unmet medical needs of metropolitan Atlanta. Grady medical research has led to breakthroughs in the treatment of stroke, improvements in medical technology and refinements in surgical devices.

Becker’s background also complements Grady’s objective of improving public healthcare in the region. Before coming to Georgia, he was dean of the School of Public Health and assistant vice president of Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response at the University of Minnesota. He has also served as executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of South Carolina.

He sits on several boards and committees of civic, government and professional bodies, including the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Aquarium, Georgia Research Alliance, and the Atlanta Committee for Progress.

A Maryland native, he attended Harford (Md.) Community College, earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Towson State University in 1980 and his doctoral degree in statistics from the Pennsylvania State University in 1985.

Thomas D. Bell, Jr.

Tom Bell is chairman of Mesa Capital Partners, a multifamily real estate investment firm that makes commercial real estate investments on behalf of the firm’s principals and private investors.

Before joining Mesa Capital Partners, Bell served as chairman and CEO of Cousins Properties, an Atlanta-based real estate investment trust that developed and owned commercial and residential properties throughout the Sun Belt. He retired from the company in 2009.

Bell has deep experience in corporate management, governance and leadership. He spent 10 years at Young & Rubicam Inc., retiring as chairman and CEO when it merged with WPP, a communications holding company. Earlier, he had been chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam Advertising and CEO of Burson-Marsteller and Young & Rubicam's Diversified Communications Group.

He has served as a director of 13 New York Stock Exchange companies and currently is a director of Regal Entertainment Group, AGL Resources Inc., Norfolk Southern Corporation, Emory University, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Bell was the 2005 chairman of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the 2010-2011 chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he presently serves as chairman of the Compensation Committee.

During the Reagan administration, Bell chaired the Committee on the Next Agenda, which prioritized issues for President Ronald Reagan's second term. He also chaired the Workforce 2000 Advisory Committee for the U.S. Secretary of Labor. Early in his career, he 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, is fellowship trained in anti-aging and natural and regenerative medicine. She has more than 30 years of experience in private practice in the Metro Atlanta area.

Dr. Harley founded The Harley Anti-Aging Institute, which specializes in preventive health to decrease incidences of age-related diseases, thereby improving the quality of life for vibrant, healthy individuals. Her interests include hysterectomy alternatives, bioequivalent hormone replacement therapy, allergy testing, nutritional supplements, fibromyalgia treatment, stress- related diseases, preventive healthcare and perimenopausal/andropausal medicine. She also works with the Atlanta Women Specialty Group.

She was named one of the nation’s top physicians for three consecutive years, 2003, 2004 and 2005, by National Consumers Research and 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 actively works with interns and residents as an assistant clinical instructor at Emory University Hospital at Midtown, and has staff privileges at Northside Hospital. She is active in community service, an accomplished speaker and conducts regular seminars for women’s groups on preventive health and empowerment. She also frequently serves as guest speaker on local and network radio and television programs.

She has been 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.

Frank Blake

Frank Blake, retired chairman and CEO of The Home Depot, has a history of public service.

Before joining The Home Depot in 2002, he was deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy, a role similar to that of chief operating officer in the private sector. He managed the department’s annual $19 billion budget and influenced policy decisions.

Earlier, Blake served as general counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, deputy counsel to then-Vice President George H.W. Bush and law clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court.

From 1991 to 1995, he briefly left the public sector to work at General Electric, where he served in various roles, including general counsel and senior vice president, Corporate Business Development. During his time there, he oversaw worldwide mergers, acquisitions and dispositions.

After his final return to the private sector with Home Depot, Blake’s first served as executive vice president for Business Development and Corporate Operations, and vice chairman on the board of directors, reporting directly to then-Chairman and CEO Robert Nardelli.

He was responsible for the company’s real estate, store construction and maintenance, credit services, strategic business development, special orders and service improvement, call centers and Installation Services. He became chairman and CEO in 2007 and restored the company’s stock performance.

Blake is active in Atlanta’s business and philanthropic communities. He is a director of Delta Airlines and the Georgia Aquarium.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a jurisprudence degree from Columbia University School of Law.

Lisa M. Borders

Lisa M. Borders, chairwoman of The Coca-Cola Foundation and vice president of Global Community Affairs at The Coca-Cola Company, brings deep and unique understanding of Grady’s mission.

Before Coca-Cola, Borders was the long-serving president of the Grady Health Foundation. Under her leadership, the Foundation completed its Greater Grady Capital Campaign, a five-year, $325 million fundraising effort that led to significant investment in new facilities and services at the hospital, including the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center.

Today, Borders focuses on efforts to integrate Coca-Cola’s global community outreach and philanthropic efforts into the organization’s broader sustainability agenda.

Formerly, she served as president of the City Council and vice mayor of Atlanta. She was elected in a special citywide election in August 2004 and re-elected by an overwhelming margin in 2005’s normal citywide election cycle, serving through January, 2010. Her community initiatives included increasing the availability of affordable housing, uncovering transportation solutions to address the region’s traffic challenges and promoting neighborhood safety and preservation.

Throughout her community service, Borders has focused on family issues in the areas of education, healthcare and housing. She is a trustee at The Westminster Schools, a member of the Board of Ethics at Emory University, a founding leader of No Labels, a board member of the Atlanta Downtown Community Improvement District (ADID), and an emeritus board member at Clark Atlanta University,

Borders holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a Master’s Degree of Science in Health Administration from the University of Colorado.

Pete Correll

A.D. "Pete" Correll, chairman of Atlanta Equity and chairman emeritus of Georgia-Pacific Corp., chairs the Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation Board.

Since he became chairman of the Grady board in 2007, he and the board have directed a transformation that restored financial stability and burnished the institution’s reputation.

Correll, who was inducted into the Georgia Trend Most Influential Georgians Hall of Fame in 2007, 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 serves 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., chairman emeritus of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and president and CEO of TWD, Inc., is a leader who diligently works to dismantle systemic barriers to empowerment.

Under his guidance, 100 Black Men of America expanded to include 102 chapters throughout the United States, Africa, England and the West Indies. Formed in 1986, the organization’s mission is to improve the quality of life and enhance educational and economic opportunities for African-Americans.

A former top aide to former Georgia senator Sam Nunn, Dortch was 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 chairman for the Assault on Illiteracy Program and co-chaired the Atlanta Jewish/Black Coalition.

After more than 20 years of experience in public service, Dortch founded TWD, Inc., a consulting firm focused on business development, public relations and fundraising. He also became president of South West Investment Group (SWIG), a community development and investment group, and CEO of Atlanta Transportation Systems, Inc., a paratrasnsit system that manages non-emergency transportation for Fulton County Government.

He is also president of Cornerstone Parking and Lancor Parking Management, and managing partner of FAD Consulting, LLC, a diversity management, marketing, and events management company.

His experiences led Dortch to author The Miracles of Mentoring, a how-to guide for those interested in becoming role models. 

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, was appointed president and chief operating officer of AGL Resources Inc., in May 2015.

Evans also serves as the principal financial officer, principal accounting officer and vice president of AGL Capital Corporation. In addition, he is the chief financial officer and executive vice president at Northern Illinois Gas Company. Evans previously served as CFO and executive vice president of AGL Resources Inc.

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 its 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.). During his tenure there, he oversaw market analysis and structured product development for the energy marketing business. He served as a director at Energy Transfer Partners LP. He served as director of Finance for Mirant's trading business, Mirant Americas Energy Marketing.

Earlier, Evans was employed by the Cambridge, Mass. office of 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 is a retired partner in the Atlanta office of King & Spalding, where he was a member of the Finance Practice Group, involved in all aspects of commercial and banking law, including secured and unsecured loan transactions, workouts and bank regulation.
Hewes counseled several of the law firm’s large financial clients, including Sun Trust Bank, United Parcel Service and the Atlanta agency of Barclay’s Bank.

Through the years, he was active in local, regional and national 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 remains a member of the American Law Institute, Atlanta Bar Association, State Bar of Georgia and the American Bar Association.

He has been active in community and civic organizations, serving as a director and co-founder of the Henry W. Grady Health System Foundation, Inc., which raises money for Grady Health System. With the foundation, he helped raise more than $1.5 million to renovate space for a Teen Services Unit.

He is a director and past chairman of the Childhood Autism Foundation, Inc., and serves on the advisory boards for Emory University’s Autism Center and the Marcus Autism Center. In addition, he is a director of Ben Franklin Academy, an Atlanta secondary school, and a director of Novare Group, a developer of mixed-use high-rise communities.
Hewes is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, and earned his law degree from Harvard University.

Christian P. Larsen, MD

Christian P. Larsen is dean of Emory University School of Medicine, vice president for Health Center Integration for the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center, and chairman of The Emory Clinic.

An internationally recognized leader in transplant surgery and immunology, Dr. Larsen joined the Emory medical faculty in 1991 and was appointed chairman of Surgery in 2009. His clinical practice is focused on kidney, pancreas, and islet transplantation at Emory University Hospital and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. He is also an affiliate scientist at Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory.

Dr. Larsen has long been committed to research. He was the founding director of the Emory Transplant Center, one of the world’s leading research and clinical transplantation programs. In 2003, he and his team there performed the first islet transplant in Georgia and have continued to be leaders in this innovative field of transplant.

He has also been a collaborator in developing a new class of immunosuppressive drugs, the co-stimulation blockers. Poised to replace the cyclosporine class of drugs, these new drugs have the promise of being just as effective while avoiding the major side effects and toxicities associated with cyclosporine.

Larsen received his medical degree from Emory in 1984. He was a Livingston Surgical Research Fellow at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, and he received his doctor of philosophy in transplantation immunology from Oxford in 1990. He completed general and transplantation surgery training at Stanford University and at Emory, where he was chief surgical resident and a fellow in transplantation surgery.

Kelly L. Loeffler

Kelly L. Loeffler, senior vice president of corporate communications, marketing and investor relations at Intercontinental Exchange and co-owner and co-chairman of the WNBA Atlanta Dream, is a trailblazer.

She was recruited to the Intercontinental Exchange in 2002 to create an investor relations and public relations operation in advance of the exchange going public. She has since become responsible for most of the company’s communications, including investor relations, public relations, corporate communication, global marketing and brand strategy.

In 2011, Loeffler became co-owner and co-chairman of the WNBA Atlanta Dream, the only women-owned professional sports team in Atlanta. The franchise has qualified for the playoffs in six of its eight years in Atlanta. It has reached the WNBA finals three times.

Before coming to Atlanta, Loeffler held positions at the William Blair investment management company in Chicago, Citi Global Asset Management in Stamford, Conn., and Toyota in Los Angeles and Kansas City.

Loeffler is active in business and civic organizations. She is a trustee for the Georgia Research Alliance and a director of the Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Central Atlanta Progress, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Skyland Trail. She also serves on the advisory board of the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago.

A native of Illinois, Loeffler earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree at the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University. She is also a chartered financial analyst.

Pierluigi Mancini, Ph.D.

Pierluigi Mancini, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of Clinic for Education, Treatment and Prevention of Addiction, Inc. (CETPA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing affordable, linguistic and culturally appropriate behavioral health services to the Latino community in Georgia.

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.

In 1999, he founded CETPA, Inc., the only Latino behavioral health agency in Georgia to earn state licensing and national accreditation for providing integrated services in English and in Spanish.

With degrees in psychology and business, and his personal experience as a person in long-term recovery from addiction, Mancini has devoted his energies to helping the Latino community understand and seek help through counseling services and prevention and education programs.

Mancini is current board president of the National Latino Behavioral Health Association and is the 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.

Aasia Mustakeem

Aasia Mustakeem is a partner in the Real Estate Practice of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, focusing on commercial real estate.

She represents developers, purchasers and sellers in the acquisition, disposition and development of office, hotel, retail, industrial and mixed-use projects, and has advised lenders and borrowers in a variety of financial transactions.

Mustakeem works with institutions nationwide in the ownership, operation and finance of corporate-owned real estate and representing energy companies, particularly in connection with sustainable development projects.

Since 2004, 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 an author and chairperson of the 2,000-member Real Estate Section of the Georgia Bar.

She still serves on several boards, including Zoo Atlanta, 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 has received several honors. She received the Commitment to Equality Award in 2010 from the Women in the Professions Committee of the State Bar of Georgia, the Outstanding Woman in the Profession Achievement Award from the Atlanta Bar Association in 2003 and the Trailblazer Award presented by the Black Law Student Association at Georgia State University College of Law in 2009.

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.

Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD

In 2014, Valerie Montgomery Rice became the sixth president of Morehouse School of Medicine and the first woman to lead the institution.

A renowned infertility specialist and researcher, Dr. Montgomery Rice joined Morehouse in 2011 as dean and executive vice president. When she was elevated to president, she retained the deanship.

Dr. Montgomery Rice brings to the board a valuable combination of experience at the highest levels of patient care and medical research, as well as organizational management and public health policy. These assets make her an invaluable strategist, influencer and community partner.

She founded the Center for Women’s Health Research at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, where she also served as dean of the School of Medicine and senior vice president of health affairs.

Dr. Montgomery Rice has been active within the medical industry through her involvement with the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities advisory council, the Society for Women’s Health Research board, the March of Dimes board, the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Deans Administrative board, the Food and Drug Administration’s Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health Drugs, the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, the Every Life Matters, Every Dollar Counts Campaign and the National AIDS Fund board.

A Georgia native, Dr. Montgomery Rice holds a bachelor’s degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She also completed the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program at Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia.

Michael Russell

Michael Russell is CEO of H.J. Russell & Co., the nation’s largest African American-owned real estate and construction company, and vice chairman of its sister company, Concessions International, LLC.

In 2003, he took charge of Russell, succeeding his retiring father, Herman Jerome Russell, who founded the business in 1952. Russell drives the company’s strategic direction and continues to preserve the values of entrepreneurship, empowerment and excellence that his father instilled in the business.  

The two Russell organizations employ more than 2,400 people and generate revenues of more than $300 million. They have operations in Atlanta, Baltimore, Birmingham, Chattanooga, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Miami, New York, Newark, Phoenix, Portland, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Russell grew up in the construction business and has been dedicated to it his entire career. He got his professional start as a construction manager, then returned to the family business with a broader understanding of the industry.

At Russell, he has managed the business through the economic downturn and overseen its expansion outside Atlanta.

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.

Russell 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.

Pamela S. Stephenson, Esq.

Pamela S. Stephenson, an attorney and state representative from Lithonia, has been a director of the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority since 2001 and currently serves on the Health and Human Services, Intragovernmental Coordination, and Judiciary committees of the Georgia House.

An 18-year resident of DeKalb County, she has worked tirelessly for her community and the needs of children, seniors and others.

Stephenson has also spent nearly two decades working to improve the quality of Georgia healthcare. 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. In 2000, former Gov. Roy Barnes appointed her to the State Medical Education Board.

She was first elected to the Georgia General Assembly in 2002.

Stephenson earned her law degree from Atlanta's Woodrow Wilson College of Law.

She also has a Master's Degree in Health Planning from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University. In addition, she is a graduate of the Harvard University Government Program.

Beyond her work with state and local government, Stephenson has been active in civic organizations. She served as president of the Decatur-DeKalb Chapter of 100 Black Women and is active in Greenforest Baptist Church.

David P. Stockert

David P. Stockert is CEO of the real estate investment trust Post Properties and a veteran of Atlanta’s real estate industry.

Stockert became CEO of Post Properties in 2002, after serving as the company’s president and chief operating officer. Post is a leading high-quality multifamily housing company headquartered in Atlanta. The company operates in nine major markets.

Earlier, he served as a senior executive in two other public real estate investment trusts, executive vice president of Acquisitions/Dispositions of Duke Realty and chief financial officer of Weeks Corporation. He was instrumental in the 1999 merger of Weeks and Duke that formed a $5.5 billion office and industrial real estate company with operations in 16 cities. Before entering the real estate industry, Stockert was an Investment Banker in the Real Estate Group at Dean Witter Reynolds Inc. (now Morgan Stanley).

Stockert is a director of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts and the National Multi-Housing Council. He is chairman of the boards of YMCA of Metro Atlanta, Central Atlanta Progress, Horizons Atlanta and the Georgia Apartment Industry Education Foundation. In addition, he is former chairman of the Buckhead Coalition and the president of Post HOPE Foundation, Inc., the company’s non-profit foundation.

In addition, he has been active with Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, where he has served on the school board and as a senior warden.

He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Colorado and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Columbia University.

Erica Qualls-Battey

Erica Qualls-Battey, general manager of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, was recently named the Atlanta Business Chronicle's 2015 Most Admired CEO in the hospitality category. It was the second time she received the honor.

Qualls-Battey is zealous about customer satisfaction and has imbued the Marriott Marquis with her commitment to quality service. As a result, she has been recognized by Marriott International, which named her General Manager of the Year in 2013 and 2014.

Qualls-Battey began her career with Marriott in 1993. She has served as hotel manager and director of human resources at the Marriott Marquis, and general manager of the Residence Inn by Marriott in Sunnyvale, Calif.

She is also involved in local and national community organizations, including Children’s Miracle Network, United Negro College Fund, United Way, the Azalea City Chapter of the Links and the International Women’s Forum of Georgia. She is a director of the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl, Atlanta’s annual college football bowl game; the YWCA, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Atlanta Hotel Council, the Atlanta Business League and the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Qualls-Battey has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Leadership Award for outstanding volunteerism from the Atlanta Business League, which listed her as one of Atlanta’s Top 100 Black Women of Influence.

She has also been honored within the hospitality industry, named Host Hotels and Resort General Manager of the Year, and General Manager of the Year by the Georgia Hotel Lodging Association, as well as Most Admired CEO by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Sam A. Williams

Sam Williams, former president of the Metro Atlanta Chamber is a professor at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.

For more than 40 years, Williams has been both an observer of Atlanta’s progress and participant in its civic activities, working in the administration of Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen Jr. and serving as the first director of Research Atlanta. He later joined the development and architectural firm of internationally-renowned John Portman.

After leaving the Portman organization, he became president of Central Atlanta Progress, where he organized downtown leaders to create a privatized police force, cutting crime and leading to downtown residential growth.

In 1996, he became president of the chamber, where he focused on efforts to attract business in key industry sectors, including biosciences, logistics and telecommunications. He was instrumental in mobilizing chamber support for efforts to save Grady.

He serves as chairman of several 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 on the senior advisory board of MedAssets, Inc., and is a director at Emory University Hospital Midtown and Emory Healthcare, Inc.

Williams is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology and Harvard Business School.