Speaker Date Topic
Lynnette T Riley, Commissioner, GA Dept. Revenue Jul 24, 2018 12:00 PM
New Tax Law Changes - A Legislative Update
New Tax Law Changes - A Legislative Update

Lynne Riley was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to serve as the State Revenue Commissioner in January of 2015. Lynne comes to the Department of Revenue most recently from the Georgia General Assembly, where she served four years in office as the House District 50 (Johns Creek) Representative. She served as one of Governor Deal’s floor leaders in 2014, and as a member of the Ways and Means, Natural Resources and Environment, Retirement and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Oversight committees. Riley served as the Fulton County House Delegation Chair during the 2013- 2014 session, and as a Governor’s Floor Leader in 2014.

Commissioner Riley served as the Fulton County Commissioner for District 3 from July 2004 to December 2010. In service to the citizens of North Fulton, Lynne collaborated with the Fulton Legislative Delegation in the creation of the new cities of Sandy Springs, Johns Creek and Milton.

 

Commissioner Riley currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Federation of Tax Administrators, the Southeast Association of Tax Administrators, and the Identity Theft Tax Refund Fraud Information Sharing & Analysis Center Senior Executive Board.

 

Commissioner Riley has long been involved with an extensive group of community and civic organizations. Riley is a member of the Class of 2005 of the Atlanta Regional Commission's Regional Leadership Institute and an alumnus of the Coverdell Leadership Institute.  Riley is currently the Board Chair of the Johns Creek Advantage, and a member of the Emory Johns Creek Hospital Board of Trustees. Lynne is also a proud member of the Rotary Club of Johns Creek-North Fulton.

 

Lynne Riley was Principal of Riley Accounting Services for over 30 years. Lynne is married to Mike Riley, who recently retired after 26 years of service with The Coca-Cola Company. They have three adult children and one grand-daughter. The Riley family has enjoyed living in the Johns Creek community since 1988.

INTRODUCTION: Richard Maddox
INVOCATION: Kathy Kite
Fifth Tuesday Social Jul 31, 2018 6:00 PM
Dr. Pamela J. W. Gore, Professor, GSU Perimeter Aug 07, 2018 12:00 PM
Geology of Stone Mountain and Metro Atlanta
Geology of Stone Mountain and Metro Atlanta
Pamela J. W. Gore, Professor of Geology at Georgia State University, Perimeter College, has taught Geology in Georgia for more than 30 years.  Originally from the Washington, DC area, she attended the University of Maryland for her undergraduate degree in Geology. She then attended graduate school at the George Washington University, with a year at Johns Hopkins University. She received her MS and PhD degrees in Geology from George Washington University in Washington, DC, where her dissertation was on the sedimentology, stratigraphy, and paleontology of Triassic rift basins. She has also done graduate research on the Piedmont in Maryland.  
After coming to Atlanta, she first taught at Emory University, and then DeKalb College, and Georgia Perimeter College. She wanted to learn about the geology of Georgia, and not finding any books on the subject, made it her mission to write one. In addition to the Roadside Geology of Georgia book, published by Mountain Press in 2013, she is also the author of theHistorical Geology Lab Manual published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. in 2014.
 Dr. Gore is a licensed Professional Geologist, and has served as President of the Georgia Geological Society, and as President and Secretary-Treasurer of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, Southeastern Section for more than 15 years.  She has received the NISOD (National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development) Teaching Excellence Award twice (in 1992 and 2004), and received theRegents Teaching Excellence Award, from the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia in 1998. She was recognized for her service learning work with students on the United StatesPresident’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2013.
INTRODUCTION: Chuck Bruce
INVOCATION:
Alana Shepherd, Co-Founder, Shepherd Center Aug 14, 2018 12:00 PM
Shepherd Center Today – The Future to Come
Alana Shepherd and her family co-founded Shepherd Center in Atlanta in 1975 to treat patients with spinal cord injuries. Through the years, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed rehabilitation hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions. Now, Shepherd Center treats about 900 inpatients, 575 day program patients and more than 7,700 outpatients each year. Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation.
 
Alana, Harold and James Shepherd were awarded honorary doctorate of humane letters degrees in December 2011 by the University of Georgia, in conjunction with the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, in recognition of their contributions to healthcare and the state of Georgia.
 
Alana has received many awards, including the 2012 J.W. Fanning Award from Leadership Georgia and the Georgia Hospital Association's 2009 Lifetime Heroic Achievement Award for her lifetime of service to enhancing operations and patient care at Shepherd Center. She also received Atlanta Gas Light’s and WSB Radio’s 2005 Shining Light Award. Alana was included on the Georgia Trend list of Notable Georgians for 2009 and inducted into the National Spinal Cord Injury Hall of Fame in 2008. She also has been named to Atlanta Business Chronicle’s list of “Who’s Who in Healthcare” multiple times. In 2015, the Georgia Historical Society inducted Alana as a Georgia Trustee, and that same year, she also received the Andrew Young International Leadership Award for Public Service and Advocacy. In 2017, the Delta Air Lines Advisory Board on Disability chose Shepherd Center co-founders Alana, Harold and James Shepherd as the 2017 recipients of Deltas Jay & Hagar Award for servant leadership.
 
Alana’s numerous civic involvements have included serving as former vice president and current member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta, the Greater Grady Task Force and secretary of the board of directors for the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games.
 
In 1989, Alana was the first woman elected to be a member of the Buckhead Coalition, and in 2003, she became the first woman elected as chairman of the Coalition. She was also the first woman elected to the board of directors of Genuine Parts and the board of directors of Wachovia Bank of Georgia.
 
Through the years, Alana has been Shepherd Center's chief fundraiser and prime mover-volunteer. Alana is known for her upbeat honesty, business savvy and relentless drive. She continues to serve as secretary of the board of directors at Shepherd Center, and she is a constant presence at Shepherd Center, meeting and offering encouragement to new patients and their families, leading tours and championing Shepherd Center’s mission and vision.
 
INTRODUCTION:  Gene Pearce
INVOCATION:

 

John Weatherford, Pres, Weatherford Communications Aug 21, 2018 12:00 PM
German Submarine Activity on Georgia Coast During WWII
German Submarine Activity on Georgia Coast During WWII
John Weatherford, President of Weatherford Communications and Executive Producer with Broadcast Solutions, is an Emmy and Telly award-winning producer with over 40 years of creative work in radio, television, audio and digital media.  John’s current work includes producing, writing, researching and narrating documentaries as well as selected projects for domestic and international clients.
 
From 2004 to 2015, John served first as Senior Vice President and General Manager and then as Chief Operating Officer for Public Broadcasting Atlanta (WABE-FM and WPBA-TV/30).  Prior to joining PBA, John founded and operated Weatherford Communications, Weatherford Television and a group of related companies for 15 years.  Educational programming produced by Weatherford companies has been seen across the U.S., via satellite and PBS stations.
 
Before founding Weatherford Communications, John was a reporter, anchor, producer and executive producer for Atlanta CBS affiliate WAGA-TV for 15 years.  He was Executive Producer of the Local Programming Department at WAGA during the PM Magazine years and was the first U.S. citizen invited to participate in the BBC Study Visit program in London.  Prior to WAGA, he was a reporter and anchor for more than six years at the NBC radio and television affiliate in Greenville, South Carolina.
 
Weatherford’s awards include six Emmy Awards, more than a dozen Emmy nominations,  27 Telly Awards, eight AXIEM Awards, three U.S. International Film & Video Festival Awards, two Flame Awards, ICIA National Educator of the Year, in addition to various awards from Associated Press and Parents’ Choice.  He is a 2002 Silver Circle inductee of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.  He was elected twice to the Board of Governors of the Atlanta Chapter of NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences), where he also served as Vice President and Emmy Awards Chair.  After ten years as Vice President of the Georgia Radio Reading Service (GaRRS) Board, John is in his second five-year term as President of the GaRRS Board.
 
Weatherford has served on the Georgia Association of Broadcasters Board of Directors, serving on the Executive Committee with stints as Secretary and Treasurer.  He was Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Digital Convergence Alliance (DCA), Inc., as well as Secretary of DCA, Inc.  He served two terms as Board Chair of the Independent Public Television Station Association [formerly the Beta Stations Group].  He served as a member of the American Public Television Stations Spectrum Task Force, a representative of the Affinity Group Coalition and the Captioned Radio Advisory Council of NPR Labs and a member of the Board of Directors of Eastern Region Public Media.  He was born and raised in Athens, Georgia.
 
INTRODUCTION:  Chuck Bruce
INVOCATION: 
John Ahmann, Exec Dir, Westside Future Fund Aug 28, 2018 12:00 PM
Westside Project Update
Westside Project Update

For more than 25 years, John Ahmann has been driven by the determination to improve the way communities and institutions function in Atlanta. From his early days working in Washington, D.C. to his positions with private, governmental, and organizational entities in the Atlanta area — including his eight years as an elected school board official in Decatur — he has focused his energy on solving the big problems whose resolutions can ultimately change Atlanta’s trajectory. He has worked primarily behind the scenes, bringing together diverse stakeholders and managing initiatives through to fruition, and has had a hand in some of the region’s most important public policy initiatives and cross-sector collaborations. Along the way, John has built a vast network of individuals who are impacting Atlanta and its future.

John is a native son. He was born at Grady Hospital in Atlanta in 1965, was one of Paideia School’s first graduates in 1983, and earned his BA in Political Science from Emory University in 1987. After having moved to Washington, D.C. and worked for Representative Pat Williams of Montana and then Congressman Ben Jones of Georgia, he entered Yale School of Public Private Management in 1991 and graduated with seven letters of recognition in 1993.

Within months after returning to Atlanta, John was hired by the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games as the Program Coordinator of Government Relations. He was soon promoted to Manager of Federal and State Government Relations where he worked with officials from four federal government offices, including the White House. Following the 1996 Olympic Games, John worked at Edington & Wade, a public affairs firm, and then Georgia’s Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism (GDITT, now the Department of Economic Development), where he led and managed strategic planning teams. From there he moved into GDITT’s newly created position of Deputy Commissioner for Strategic Planning and Research.

In 2000, John was hired by the Metro Atlanta Chamber to serve as its Senior Vice President of Community Development. There he oversaw the Chamber’s initiatives regarding transportation, education, arts and culture, the environment, and legislative affairs. In 2003, John bought the majority interest in a local public affairs firm, and in 2006 he established Ahmann, Inc. While in private practice in 2004, John began his engagement as the outsourced Executive Director of the Atlanta Committee for Progress (ACP), a group of top CEOs and university presidents that advises and supports the mayor on priorities critical to Atlanta’s economic vitality.

While with ACP, he was heavily involved in launching the Atlanta Beltline, the acquisition of the Martin Luther King Jr. Personal Collection, the 2015 Renew Atlanta Bond Program, and ACP’s Westside Redevelopment Task Force that lead to the launch of the Westside Future Fund. John is currently the Executive Director of the Westside Future Fund.

John has also been an elected public servant. He won his race for the City Schools of Decatur Board of Education in 2003, was re-elected in 2007 without opposition, and served until 2011. John was the first Paideia School alumni invited to join the Paideia School’s Board of Trustees where he served for four years.

John’s unwavering commitment to Atlanta and deep knowledge of specific areas such as education, economic development, infrastructure and local fiscal policy make him a unique presence in Atlanta’s change landscape. He is honored to serve the board of Westside Future Fund as its Executive Director.

INTRODUCTION:  Mitchell King
INVOCATION:
Virginia S. Pryor, MSW, Director Sep 04, 2018 12:00 PM
Georgia Division of Family and Children Services
Georgia Division of Family and Children Services

Virginia Pryor has approximately 30 years of experience in child welfare and social policy with a focus on bringing tangible hope to organizations and communities through human service innovation, leadership development, and strategic system and policy reform. She is currently the Director of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services -- providing vision, leadership and strategic direction for all programmatic and administrative operations responsible for serving individuals, children and families across the state. This includes leading a staff of almost 8,000 and overseeing an annual budget of more than $1 billion dollars. In her role she is responsible for leading the state’s reform effort -- The Blueprint for Change -- which focuses on three key platforms: Robust Workforce Development, a Practice Model and Constituent Engagement. As a change agent, she is now also championing the next evolution of the reform effort, which is Georgia’s journey toward a State of Hope. Prior to assuming her current role as Director she served as both the Division’s Chief of Staff and Deputy Director of Child Welfare.

Prior to her work in Georgia she served for over 11 years with Casey Family Programs (CFP), a national child welfare foundation based in Seattle, Washington. During her tenure at CFP she continued her commitment to children and families in several capacities, including as the Senior Director of Strategic Consulting, launching and implementing Family Group Conferencing throughout the Casey Field Offices, serving as the Chair of National Foster Care Month, supporting state child welfare jurisdictions, and leading several key national relationships.

Her commitment to hope and inspiration also extends to her volunteer work as a mentor for youth in the foster care system, as well as her service as past Board Member and President of the Black Administrators in Child Welfare (BACW) – an organization whose mission is to advocate for culturally appropriate services for African American children and families in the child welfare system. She has also served as Adjunct Faculty for the Schools of Social Work at Howard University and Virginia Commonwealth University, working to prepare the next generation of child welfare advocates. Ms. Pryor is also the Principal of Immersion Consulting which allows her to demonstrate purposeful inspiration by building the capacity of individuals, groups and organizations to both lead and serve.

INTRODUCTION: Emily Acker
INVOCATION:
Brad Carver, Attorney Sep 11, 2018 12:00 PM
Water for Alabama, Florida, and Georgia: Briefing for the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta
Water for Alabama, Florida, and Georgia: Briefing for the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta

Brad Carver will clarify the on-going dispute between Georgia and neighboring states over water rights, an issue that landed him on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and on the History Channel "How the States Got Their Shapes."

 

Brad Carver is a partner with the law firm of Hall Booth Smith, P.C., and Senior Managing Director of Government Affairs.  He also served as Special Executive Counsel to former Gov. Sonny Perdue on water issues.

 

He gives an insider look at where we are now and where we go from here regarding this crucial problem.  Brad went to Duke undergrad and UGA Law and MBA, is a Daily Report Dozen Under 40, Atlanta Business Chronicle and Georgia  Trend 40 Under 40.  He is also a U.S. Army Officer in the rank of 1st Lt. Colonel with combat deployments to both Bosnia and Iraq where he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and Bronze Star Medal during combat operations.

 

INTRODUCTION: Gene Pearce
INVOCATION:
James E. Stephenson, Chair & CEO Sep 18, 2018 12:00 PM
Yancey Bros Co., Vice Chair, US Chamber of Commerce

 

 


INTRODUCTION: Bill Whitaker
INVOCATION: 
Brian Hooker, Exec Dir, Fort Mac LRA Sep 25, 2018 12:00 PM
Fort Mac LRA

 

 

INTRODUCTION:  Peggy Johnson
INVOCATION: 
Installation of 2018-19 Officers and Directors Oct 02, 2018 12:00 PM
Beth Finnerty, CEO & Dr. Ray Kotwicki, CMO Oct 09, 2018 12:00 PM
Skyland Trail
Skyland Trail

As the founding executive director, and now president and chief executive officer, Beth Finnerty has helped Skyland Trail grow from a start-up nonprofit serving four clients to a nationally recognized psychiatric treatment organization serving hundreds of clients and their families each year.

Finnerty has led the development and implementation of four strategic plans, the completion of four capital campaigns totaling more than $48 million, and the development and construction of new treatment facilities across four campuses. She also has overseen a significant expansion of clinical services and programs. A leader in the field of recovery-focused psychiatric treatment, Skyland Trail offers innovative programs including integrated primary care  and wellness counseling, vocational services, interfaith pastoral counseling, cognitive remediation therapy, comprehensive psychiatric assessment and adjunctive therapies such as art, music and horticultural therapy.

The American Psychiatric Association recognized Skyland Trail with the Gold Award in 2004 and with a special presidential commendation in 2014. Skyland Trail has also received the Rosalynn Carter/Johnson & Johnson Caregiver Award, the Managing for Excellence Award from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, the 11-Alive Community Service Award, and the Georgia Center for Nonprofits Revolutions Award.

Finnerty received her bachelor’s degree from Davidson College and a dual master’s degree in  business and healthcare administration from GSU.  She serves on numerous boards and advisory committees and is a past member of many boards and organizations.  She is a Diplomate in the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a 2006 graduate of Leadership Georgia and a 2009 graduate of Leadership Atlanta. Finnerty was a Woman of the Year honoree in 2007 by Atlanta Woman magazine and received the 2006 Leadership Award from the Georgia Psychiatric Physician’s Association. In 2014, she was selected as a YWCA Woman of Achievement and was recognized with a Womenetics POW! Award.

Dr. Ray Kotwicki is the Charles B. West Chief Medical Officer at Skyland Trail.   In this role, he oversees all the clinical, educational, quality, and research activities within the organization.  He trained as a Department of Energy Fellow and was a Medical Scholar at the University of Wisconsin Medical School.  He had post-graduate training at Harvard Medical School, the Boston University School of Medicine, and Emory, where he earned a Master in Public Health degree in Health Policy and Management. He remains on the adjunctive faculty at both the Emory School of Medicine as well as the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Kotwicki has presented more than 200 invited lectures, symposia, and seminars to thousands of attendees. He regularly appears on television, radio and in newspaper articles discussing issues related to mental health and integrated medical care.  He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is President of the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians’ Association, a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2011 and served as President of the Board of Directors of Positive Impact, the Southeast’s premiere HIV mental health program for three years. He has received numerous distinctions, including Emory University’s most prestigious Dean’s “Golden Apple” Teaching Award and the Rollins School of Public  Health at Emory University’s “Distinguished Achievement Alumnus Award” in 2017.

INTRODUCTION: Jackie Montag
INVOCATION: 
Michael J Egan, III, SVP & Gen Counsel, AMB Group Oct 16, 2018 12:00 PM
Mercedes-Benz Stadium Update
 
INTRODUCTION: Blake Young
INVOCATION:
Pete Correll, Chair, Atlanta Equity Oct 23, 2018 12:00 PM

 

 

INTRODUCTION:  Peter Sayeski
INVOCATION: 
5th Tuesday Social Oct 30, 2018 12:00 PM
Dr. Thomas J Jackson, Jr. Nov 13, 2018 12:00 PM
Veterans Day Program - World War I Commission
 
INTRODUCTION: Sam Friedman
INVOCATION: 
Thanksgiving Program Nov 20, 2018 12:00 PM
Dr. Lora Sallman, VP, Asia-Pacific Dec 04, 2018 12:00 PM
EastWest Institute

 

INTRODUCTION:  Joel Cowan
INVOCATION: 

 

Annual Holiday Luncheon Dec 18, 2018 12:00 PM
NO MEETING TODAY Dec 25, 2018 12:00 PM
Merry Christmas!