Athens Area Community Foundation Welcomes 2019-2020 Board
Wednesday, September 25th, 2019
The Athens Area Community Foundation announced its new Board of Directors for the 2019-2020 year. The newly elected Board Members include: Mayor Kelly Girtz (ex-officio, no term); Clark Brown, Wealth Strategist at Vickery Financial; and Kirk Smith, President of The AdSmith. Rolling off of the board this year are Kathy Kirbo (ex-officio member), and Cynthia Lester (3rd term member).
These members will join the ranks of 25 current board members serving the Athens Area Community Foundation. These members will guide and support the foundation in its efforts to better connect and foster an active philanthropic community in Athens and surrounding areas.
“Our community is filled with people who are working hard to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Phil Bettendorf, Senior Vice President, Synovus Bank, who will be returning this year as Chairman of the Board for 2019-2020. “We believe that the diversity of minds and work from our board members work together to continue helping Athens be a place to thrive in education, work, and play. We are grateful for their time and service to the foundation and are excited for new members to join us for this coming year.”
The 2019-2020 Athens Area Community Foundation Board of Directors includes:
Chair - Phil Bettendorf, Senior Vice President, Synovus Bank
Vice-Chair - Rhodes McLanahan, President & CEO, First American Bank & Trust
Secretary - Kelly Holloway, Attorney, Epps, Holloway, DeLoach & Hoipkemier, LLC
Treasurer - G. Michael Smith, Managing Partner, G Michael Smith & Associates, CPAs
Immediate Past Chair, Alex Patterson, Retired Partner, Alston and Bird, LLP
Alicia Battle, Director of Workforce Development, Goodwill of North Georgia
David Bradley, President & CEO, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce
Clark Brown, Wealth Strategist, Vickery Financial
Bob Carson, President, Carson Advisory, Inc.
Kevin Clark, General Manager, Online Athens and Athens Banner Herald
Sally Coenen, Community Member
Myron Downs, Co-founder, Athens Veterinary Surgery Center
Rob Fezekas, Wealth Adviser, Vickery Financial Services
Dexter Fisher, Executive Director, District Services, CCSD
Jennifer Frum, Vice President for Public Service and Outreach - University of Georgia
Patrick Garrard, Attorney, Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C.
Hank Huckaby, Higher Education Administration – Retired
Tim Johnson, Executive Director, Family Connection-Communities In Schools of Athens
Kelly Girtz, Athens-Clarke County Mayor
Pat Mercardante, First Vice President – Investment Officer, Wells Fargo Advisors
Jinx Patel, Scientist, Athens Research and Technology, Inc. - Retired
R. Edward Perkins, Johnson & Johnson – Retired
Sara Schramm, Attorney, Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C.
Kirk Smith, President, The AdSmith
Lawton Stephens, Judge of Superior Court
Neil Stevens, President & CEO, Oconee State Bank
Kara Dyckman, Board of Education, CCSD
Justin Widener, Research & Development Leader, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health