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Betsy Wagenhauser

President

Betsy Wagenhauser has been a part of Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy (FFCL) for more than four years. She served on the Board of Directors beginning in 2011, then moved into the role of President in January 2013. However, her relationship with Ferst Foundation began years earlier - in 2000 when she enrolled her one year old son in the FFCL program.

 

Board of Directors

Michelle Coward Wells

Board Chair

Michelle Coward Wells has over 15 years experience as a health physicist and medical physicist. She is an active community volunteer, whose personal mission statement is to live life in Faith, exhibiting honesty, integrity, and excellence for family and community.

Wells began her career as a health physicist and has practiced Diagnostic and Therapeutic Medical Physics for the majority of her professional life. Wells is the 2013-2014 President of The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc. She has held key leadership positions previously, such as Chairwoman of the organization’s largest operating business and voting member of the Executive and Investment Committees.

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Stacy Brees

Vice Chair

Stacy Brees is a consultant with Candid Partners, a management consulting and technology services firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. She has spent most of her 20-year career in consulting, working with clients in industries that include commercial real estate, electric utilities, oil & gas, and food & beverages. The Coca-Cola Company has been her sole client for the last five years. Stacy is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Junior League of Atlanta member, and she is a current member of the Nominating Committee. She is a member of the Covey Guild of the Covenant House Georgia and has also held a number of volunteer roles at The Children's School, including two years as co-chair of the annual fundraising auction and two years as co-chair of the Parents' Association. Stacy holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech, and she lives in Atlanta with her husband and nine-year-old son.

R. Corley Watson III

Treasurer

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

Errika Mallett

Secretary

Errika is an executive with sales, marketing, fundraising and executive management experience. Recently she has leveraged her pedigree and experience to add value as an Independent Consultant for Georgia Tech’s School of Public Policy, the Gifted Education Foundation (GIFTED), which supports students from low-income communities and IT Senior Management Forum (ITSMF), the only national organization dedicated exclusively to cultivating professional talent among African-American IT executives. Errika’s career began at IBM as an Account Executive in the oil and gas industry. She then transitioned to BMC Software’s Professional Services organization as a Marketing Manager working with analysts from Gartner and Forrester, developing marketing campaigns and making executive presentations to C-Suite clients. Prior to leaving BMC, she was promoted to the Americas Marketing Programs Director executing customer forums for over 1,100 customers and providing internal program development support for more than 3,000 employees within 11 geographies. In 2005 she created her own business to provide strategy and marketing support to small businesses and non-profit organizations. And in 2010 the VP of HR at Southwire Company invited her to join Southwire as a Strategist. There she developed strategies with business unit presidents and senior executives to identify and acquire strategic talent, to create internal development programs that enabled sustainable professional development and succession planning, to enhance new hire and professional hire retention and to develop an Engineering Internship program that established an elite collegiate talent pipeline.

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Dr. Stan DeJarnett

Executive Committee

Dr. Stan DeJarnett currently serves as the Executive Director for The Georgia Vision Project: A Vision for Public Education, a collaborative project developed to transform Georgia’s public schools by maximizing potential in two primary areas: 1) student achievement and 2) trust and support for public education in every community. This venture, begun in 2009, has the support of 80% of Georgia’s local school systems, Georgia’s colleges and universities, the business community and the leading educator organizations in Georgia. The Vision Project’s research-based recommendations are being implemented with success in school systems all over Georgia. Other states have begun their own Vision Projects using the Georgia model.

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Will Acree

 

Will Acree is a Vice President within Goldman Sachs’ Investment Management Division where he advises family offices, entrepreneurs, foundations and endowments across the country. Prior to joining Goldman, Will was a Senior Consultant in Arthur Andersen’s and Deloitte & Touche’s Corporate Tax and Economic Development service areas. Will received his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, with a concentration in Finance, from the University of Tennessee.

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Jason Byars

Jason Byars is Vice President of Business Development at Mas Energy, LLC, an energy development firm. Jason has nearly 20 years of sales, business development and project management experience in the energy industry. He is responsible for Mas Energy's business and project development activities in North America, including identifying and developing long-term, integrated energy services contracts for North American clients, technical oversight, negotiations with customers and sub-contractors, and capital structuring.

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James Scott Campbell

Scott Campbell is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and relocated with his family to Atlanta in 1973, at the age of ten. He grew up in the Decatur area and graduated from Southwest Dekalb High School. In 1987,Scott earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunication Management from The University of Georgia.

Scott began his career in Logistics with American President Lines, an international shipping company. After a few years in the corporate world, he felt the entrepreneurial tug and started the first of several businesses. He began with retail restaurants and later started a manufacturing company in Bristol, Virginia and a logistics company in Augusta, Georgia.

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Lisa Chester

Lisa Chester is Executive Director of Warrick Dunn Charities, Inc. and a Strategic Planning and Senior Marketing Insight Expert. Lisa currently directs and manages the work and structure of national program initiatives that address the needs of underrepresented populations within at-risk communities in the areas of economic empowerment, affordable homeownership, wellness and children’s bereavement.

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Eve Goldstein

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

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

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