The Atlanta History Center was founded on the big ideas and relentless fascination of 14 Atlantans who were emphatic about our city’s historical relevance in society. In a sense, our organization was created by Atlanta’s biggest fans, and we love that detail. In 1926, these founding members introduced the Atlanta Historical Society into the world with one mission: to help preserve Atlanta’s history. In 1990, after decades of collecting, researching, publishing and celebrating the early stories of our great Southern community, the Atlanta Historical Society and all of its holdings officially became the Atlanta History Center.
Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President of Operations and Legal
Paul Carriere is Executive Vice President for Operations and Legal of the Atlanta History Center.
Prior to joining the History Center, Paul spent almost nine years at the American Cancer Society. During his time with the Cancer Society, Paul held key leadership positions with the Cancer Society’s South Atlantic Division, its largest division in revenue and staff, including Chief Counsel (2009-2012) and Senior Vice President for Operations(2012-2015). As Senior Vice President for Operations, Paul served in the second highest leadership position for the division. And he was responsible for leading day-to-day operations, including fundraising and mission delivery.
Before he joined the Cancer Society, Paul was General Counsel for EzGov, Inc., an Atlanta-based software solutions company, an associate in the Atlanta office of Troutman Sanders LLP and a law clerk to Judge Davison the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Paul received his J.D. from Tulane Law School Magna Cum Laude in 1996 and is a member of the Order of the Coif. He earned a B.A. in History in 1991 from the University of Texas.
President and Chief Executive Officer
F. Sheffield Hale is President and CEO of the Atlanta History Center. Prior to joining the Atlanta History Center in 2012 he served as Chief Counsel of the American Cancer Society, Inc. and was a Partner practicing corporate law in the firm of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.
Mr. Hale serves as a Trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Robert W. Woodruff Library of Atlanta University Center, Fox Theatre, Inc., Buckhead Coalition, Midtown Alliance, Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the University of Georgia Press. He is a Past Chair of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, the Atlanta History Center, St. Jude’s Recovery Center, Inc., and the State of Georgia’s Judicial Nominating Commission.
Mr. Hale received his B.A. in History from the University of Georgia summa cum laude in 1982, and received his J.D. in 1985 from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a member of the American Law Institute.
Vice President of Marketing Communications
I consider historical interpretation for all aspects of the region’s past to develop the Atlanta History Center’s primary collections, historic houses, historic gardens, and public programs. I am particularly focused on innovative projects that connect Atlantans’ current concerns to history in meaningful, personal, and often surprising ways.
I love the Atlanta History Center because we are story-keepers! Every day, I get to learn and share new stories about this fascinating city and its people.
Vice President of Properties
I am responsible for capital projects, construction management, real estate, and working with the contractor which maintains the institution’s facilities.
I love the Atlanta History Center because I like helping our organization achieve big things so that our mission of connecting people with history and culture can happen in a significant way.
I direct the talented Gardens team and work on developing our gardens and forest to the highest standards of a botanical garden through landscape design and capital projects, plant and animal collections, interpretation, preservation, and collaboration on programs and partnerships.
I love the Atlanta History Center because of our combination of museum, public garden, research center and horticultural library; it allows for a much broader understanding of our past, with fascinating and diverse programs and exhibits both indoors and outside.
Chief Mission Officer, Executive Vice President
I supervise the research, interpretation, and presentation of collections and exhibitions, including historic houses and gardens.
I love the Atlanta History Center because it lets individuals better understand themselves, their neighbors, their environment, and their lives.
Michael Rose is Executive Vice President of the Atlanta History Center, responsible for the institution’s interpretive and research content, including the Kenan Research Center, historic houses, historic gardens, exhibitions, and the library, archives, museum, and living collections.
Mr. Rose serves on boards of the Georgia Archives Institute, Southern Architecture Foundation, Istanbul Center of Atlanta, and Daguerreian Society, is a past board member of the Southeastern Registrars Association and the Library Council of the Atlanta Regional Council on Higher Education.
He is a Fellow of the Winterthur Museum Institute and has served as a consultant to the American Alliance of Museums’ Museum Assessment Program.
Mr. Rose is the author of seven publications, including Atlanta Scenes; Atlanta: A Portrait of the Civil War; Atlanta: Then and Now; Historic Photos of Atlanta; and Lost Atlanta.
Since 1997, Mr. Rose has been the curator of over twelve exhibitions, including Captured by the Camera; Exploration and Discovery in Mapping Georgia, 1493 - 1921; Sherman’s Photographer: Scenes of Civil
War Atlanta; I Have a Dream: The Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection (co-curator); In the Classical Tradition: Designs by Philip Trammell Shutze; Eudora Welty: Exposures and Reflections (local component); and Atlanta's Book: The Lost “Gone With the Wind” Manuscript.
Vice President of Finance
I lead the Atlanta History Center’s development team in support of the organization’s fundraising efforts including capital and major gifts, membership and annual fund, special events, and programmatic sponsorships.
I love the Atlanta History Center’s role as storyteller. Famous names and common folk – we all have a story worth sharing.
I oversee all education and public programming for the Atlanta History Center and Margaret Mitchell House. This includes but is not limited to toddler programs, summer camps, family festivals, school tours and outreach, adult programs, and the Meet the Past museum theatre experiences. I also curate the One for the Books author program series.
I love the Atlanta History Center because I never have the same day twice!
Manager of Guest Experience
I oversee the Guest Experience department and am responsible for ensuring a welcoming, safe, and positive experience for all annual visitors. We are the welcoming faces that greet you at the Admissions desk and in our Museum Shop.
I love the Atlanta History Center because it is a place that truly makes history come to life.
Guest Experience Coordinator at The Margaret Mitchell House
I coordinate all daily functions and operations at the Atlanta History Center’s Midtown campus. I focus on admissions, tours, group tours, and customer service. I also act as gift shop and retail manager and assist all departments and their programs as they are hosted here.
I love the Atlanta History Center because the passion shared by both our guests and colleagues is exhilarating every day.
I work to build our membership and create special member events to show our appreciation of our member’s generosity. Our member’s generosity makes it possible for the Atlanta History Center to thrive as a cultural institution.
I love the Atlanta History Center because we bring history to life.
I manage the donor and fundraising events for the Atlanta History Center, including exhibit openings and our two major fundraisers.
I love working at the Atlanta History Center because I learn something new every day in a beautiful location.
I help manage and maintain membership information and other donor data, as well as supporting all correspondences and member needs through mail, email, and by phone. I also help with membership and other donor programs.
I love the Atlanta History Center because I'm part of an organization that celebrates so much arts and culture and education.
I enter gift information and assist in maintaining our donor database, produce drafts of acknowledgment letters, and manage the pledge process. I also assist in managing our grant proposal and reporting process, including drafting proposals and reports and conducting research of prospective foundations.
I love the Atlanta History Center because of our opportunity to serve as a civic educator.
I specialize in the subject areas of American landscape history and historic preservation. I manage the preservation and interpretation the Cherokee Garden Library collection, including rare books, manuscripts, landscape architectural drawings, seed catalogs, and more.
I love the Atlanta History Center because I'm a passionate history and plant geek!
I care for, monitor conditions of, locate, and handle the nearly 57,000 museum objects in our collection that are spread across our campuses. I also handle loans of collections items and help researchers.
I love the Atlanta History Center because I get to geek out about history all day with fellow nerds.
I manage over 1100 manuscript collections at the Kenan Research Center by keeping the materials organized, overseeing preservation, and cataloging new donations. In addition, I assist with reference and work with donors.
I love the Atlanta History Center because I participate in the protection and the dissemination of Atlanta’s rich past.
I manage and provide access to the visual collections at the Atlanta History Center.
I love the Atlanta History Center because I am passionate about preserving different aspects of culture expressed in visual images and the use of technology to manage cultural heritage resources. Our visual collections provide creative inspiration through the lens of history!
I manage the Atlanta History Center’s oral history collections and produce genealogy programs for our members and the public.
I love the Atlanta History Center because everybody has a story to tell and we collect, preserve, and share those stories with the world!
I provide care for the Atlanta History Center’s animals: sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, honey bees, and a cat. Also I’m in charge of the wildlife projects we undertake on campus.
I love the Atlanta History Center because we have a great staff of humans as well as a great group of animals.
I am involved in all of the countless, behind-the-scenes jobs to help make this place look nice.
I love the Atlanta History Center because this is a very beautiful place… and the people here are so friendly.
I spend most of my time researching and maintaining the Smith Family Farm gardens, and love chatting with visitors about changes and continuities through Georgia’s agricultural history.
I love the way the Atlanta History Center constantly reimagines our buildings and grounds to create immersive experiences for our visitors that not only convey facts, but evoke emotion – our staff truly brings the past to life.
The Atlanta History Center is a non-profit, public-benefit organization. The Board of Trustees of the Atlanta History Center serves in the public interest as it relates to the constituent parts of the Atlanta History Center and considers itself accountable to the public as well as the institution. The Board acts as the ultimate governing authority for the Atlanta History Center and is responsible for the formulation and maintenance of its general policies, standards, conditions, and procedures.
Ernest L. Greer is Co-President of Greenberg Traurig, a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and Co-Chair of the firm’s U.S. Strategic Committee. He is also an accomplished business litigation attorney.
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Ernest attended Harvard College, where he lettered in Varsity Football and graduated with an A.B. degree in Government. He attended Northwestern University School of Law as a Northwestern University Fellow, earning his law degree in 1991. Following graduation, he served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Damon J. Keith, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Ernest serves the community in many ways. He is the past-chairman (2014) of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and he is the first lawyer to serve in this capacity in the Chamber’s 99-year history. He recently served on the Board of Directors for the Center for Civil & Human Rights (2015), and he currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Woodruff Arts Center, and the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Police Foundation and Achieve Atlanta. Ernest is a member of several organizations, including the Rotary Club of Atlanta, The National Association of Guardsmen, Inc., Sigma Pi Phi (Boulé), The Buckhead Coalition, the Rotary Club of Atlanta (Vice-Chair of the Membership Committee), Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and the Buckhead Coalition. He also served on the transition committee for Attorney General Sam Olens, and the City Attorney search committee for Mayor Kasim Reed. In addition, he was a Committee Member for the Georgia Competitiveness Initiative.
Ernest has been married to Patrice Greer, an Atlanta Native, for twenty-six years.
Ms. Diaz is Executive VP of Community Affairs for Diaz Foods, one of the country’s leading distributors of Hispanic foods serving both retail and Foodservice establishments across 26 states. She is also part of The Diaz Group, the management company for Diaz Foods, Tortillas de Casa and EDUA.
Barbarella is a graduate of Florida State University where she received a B.A. in International Affairs with a minor in Spanish. She has been involved with several community organizations and currently serves on the boards of The Atlanta History Center, ArtsBridge Foundation, Emerging Leaders for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Institute of Mexican Culture and is an active member of International Women’s Forum. Barbarella was also recently appointed by Governor Deal to the REACH board.
Barbarella was named in 2009 as one of Atlanta Women’s Magazine’s “Top Latina Women in Business”, was honored by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as a “Woman of Style and Substance“, and was one of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 under 40 in 2014. She has chaired numerous events including the 100th year Anniversary Gala for the Girl Scouts, the Frida and Diego exhibit at the High Museum of Art, the White Coat Grady Gala for the Grady Foundation, Scrubs for CHOA and Amuse’um for The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Barbarella along with her husband, Rene, just completed chairing the United Way’s Capital Campaign which exceeded the goal of 75.5 million dollars.
Barbarella has given countless hours of community service to many organizations across Atlanta many of them benefitting Latinos in Georgia. Her main passions in philanthropy focus on helping children in the areas of education, health and wellness programs.
She has three children, Alex, 23, Julia, 10 and Olivia, 9.
Jocelyn serves as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel with The Home Depot in Atlanta where she is responsible for legal issues relating to Compensation, Benefits, Merchandising, International, Supply Chain, Intellectual Property, Regulatory Affairs and Employment. Additionally, Jocelyn serves as Secretary for the Board’s Compensation Committee. Prior to joining Home Depot, Jocelyn served as Assistant General Counsel at Dun & Bradstreet Software Services, Inc. and as an Associate with Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker as well as Mack & Bernstein. Jocelyn is a member of the Board of Trustees with the Alliance Theatre, a Board Member of the American Employment Law Council, a Board Member of the Duke Law Alumni Association and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies. Jocelyn also serves as the President of the Atlanta Chapter of The Links Incorporated and is a Fellow with The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Jocelyn was the recipient of the 2013 Georgia Multicultural Leadership Award.
A native of Atlanta and a graduate of Cornell University, Tom Asher is a former executive vice-president of the investment firms The Robinson-Humphrey Company and Smith Barney. There he was regional director in charge of branch offices in the southeast. A charter member of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, he was also on the board of governors of the National Association of Securities Dealers (now known as FINRA). Tom recently retired after 48 years in the investment business. He is currently the president of The Rich Foundation. He has served as chairman of MedShare International, Georgia Community Support and Solutions, The Howard School, the Atlanta Alliance on Developmental Disabilities (AADD), the Atlanta Chapter of The American Jewish Committee and the Breman Jewish Museum. In addition to his board membership of the Atlanta History Center, Tom is on the investment committees of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and the Woodruff Arts Center. Tom is married to Spring Asher; they have 3 children and 8 grandchildren.
Greg Bronstein joined Wells Fargo in 1991 and is currently Senior Managing Director for the Wealth Management Southeast Region. He is responsible for all brokerage, private banking, financial planning, investment management, fiduciary and insurance services. He oversees teams of financial professionals who focus on complex wealth management needs for affluent and high net worth families throughout Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. Mr. Bronstein's prior roles include leading the Mid-Atlantic and Washington state regions. He began his career in San Francisco in private banking and brokerage, progressing to co-CEO of Wells Fargo Investments. Mr. Bronstein earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Economy from Williams College. Mr. Bronstein lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife and two young children.
As Vice President and Chief Privacy Officer for Cox Communications, John Spalding oversees Cox Communications’ privacy program.
Prior to assuming his Vice President and Chief Privacy Officer role on a full-time basis in 2015, John served as Vice President of Government Affairs beginning in 2006 and added the additional role as Chief Privacy Officer in 2011. Before that, John served as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for seven years and as a Senior Counsel for three years. He joined Cox Communications in 1994 as Attorney after serving two years as Attorney for Cox Enterprises, Inc., Cox Communications’ parent company, starting in 1992. Previously, John was a partner with Swift, Currie, McGhee and Hiers, an Atlanta-based private law firm.
Spalding serves currently as Chairman of the Atlanta History Center. Spalding also currently serves as Immediate Past-Chairman of The University of Georgia Foundation, the University’s fundraising support arm. In 2006, Spalding received the Jere W. Morehead Award from UGA for distinguished service and support of the University’s Honors Program. He is also a past trustee of Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.
Spalding holds bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Georgia, where he was a magna cum laude honors graduate and elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Mr. DuBose is President of DuBose Companies, a real estate and construction firm in Atlanta. Mr. DuBose previously served as Chairman of the Atlanta History Center. He also serves on the board of the National Civil War Preservation Trust and the National Museum of the American Revolution, and was on the Board of Trustees at Washington and Lee University. Along with his father, he assembled what is regarded as the largest private collection of Civil War memorabilia that facilitated the exhibit Turning Point at the Atlanta History Center.
Michael Flock is currently Chairman and CEO of FLOCK Specialty Finance, which finances consumer debt portfolios and also provides capital to firms in litigation funding, merchant cash advance, tax liens and subprime loan originations. FLOCK has financed over 400 portfolios since its inception and has about $300 million of financing power.
Michael has been involved in the credit, collections, debt buying and outsourcing over 25 years, beginning with Dun & Bradstreet where as President of the Receivables Management Services company he engineered a major turnaround of the business. He later became President of D&B’s companies in the Asia-Pacific, Canada and Latin American regions. Following his career at D&B, he founded Flock Advisors which provided M&A advisory services in the credit and collections industries and later launched the Falcon Debt Buyer Fund for middle market debt buyers.
Michael began his career in 1976 as a sales representative and later as an International Account Manager in IBM’s large account division, where he was a sales leader. Following IBM, he moved to AT&T in the business communications systems division, where he held a variety of sales and marketing management positions.
Michael attended the University of Virginia as an Echols Scholar and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in History in 1973. During his college years, he served as a White House Intern. Later he worked as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant in France and also did graduate work at the Institut d’Etudes de Sciences-Politiques in Paris. He received an MBA in finance from Fordham University in 1982.
Michael is sought out as a commentator in the credit, collections and debt buying industries, and often speaks at industry events. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Atlanta History Center and recently joined the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Shakespeare Company. Michael and his wife, Frances reside in Atlanta with their two daughters.
Shelley is the Tax Market Leader for the Greater Atlanta Market, including the Atlanta, Nashville and Birmingham tax offices of PwC. Leading a team of approximately 30 Tax partners and more than 350 professionals, and working closely with her Assurance and Advisory partners, Shelley ensures that clients receive the highest level of business advisory and tax services.
Shelley also serves as an International Tax Partner. In conjunction with her clients, she develops international tax strategies to minimize her client’s global tax burdens and effective tax rates. She has extensive experience in developing acquisition/expansion strategies, tax efficient financing and cash repatriation strategies, and strategies to enhance the utilization of tax attributes. In addition to planning and consulting with her clients, Shelley has extensive experience with Accounting for Income Taxes and helping companies meet their international tax compliance and reporting requirements.
Prior to moving to Atlanta, Shelley worked in the Seattle, Portland Oregon, and London offices of PwC. She currently resides in the Atlanta area with her husband and their two children.
Mary Katherine Greene is a retired civil defense lawyer. She practiced for twenty years with Carlock Copeland & Stair. Ms. Greene has handled several high profile civil cases including her representation of the Piedmont Center Buildings in the Mark Barton day-trader shooting cases, NFL player Ray Lewis in the civil suit arising out of the post-super bowl murders in Buckhead as well as Franklin-Strickland Funeral Home in the Tri-State Crematory class action. Ms. Greene has also represented numerous physicians and surgeons in medical malpractice cases. Ms. Greene serves on the board of the Forward Arts Foundation and is a member of the Peachtree Garden Club. She serves as a spokesperson for the Home Depot and Scotts Miracle-Gro web-based series "Gardenieres" about gardening. She is their Gardeniere of the South.
Michael is the second-generation Rogers and third Atlanta native to own and run Dorsey Alston, Realtors. He became chairman of Dorsey Alston in 2000, while serving as the president of BMW of Macon and as the lead developer of Manhead Marina in Brunswick, Georgia. In 2009, Michael returned to Atlanta to join Dorsey Alston full-time as the company’s president and CEO. He holds a broker’s license with the Georgia Real Estate Commission and is a member of the Atlanta Board of Realtors. He also serves on the board of directors of the Buckhead Coalition and is a member of the Southern 7 Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). Raised in Atlanta, Rogers graduated from The Westminster Schools before receiving his bachelor’s degree with honors in economics from the University of Virginia and his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Rogers lives in Buckhead with his wife and their two children.
Stuart has recently been appointed to SVP, Brand USA Operations. Her new responsibility is the short and long term management within the US of many of TCCC’s largest brands. The scope covers both Sparkling brands, led by Coca-Cola, as well as Still brands within the water, tea, coffee and sports drinks categories (exs.: PowerAde, DASANI TM, vitaminwater, smartwater, Gold Peak), In this role, her primary assignment is to gain more drinkers and profitability for the Coca-Cola Company and its partners.
Prior to this assignment, Stuart was the SVP of Customer Marketing. In this role, she was responsible for driving mutual sustainable growth (profit & incidence) for our customers and brands by delivering a differentiated value bundle (brands, goods, services & capability), world class customer marketing, category management and innovative delivery systems (Keurig).
Her previous position was the SVP, Sparkling Brands within the Coca-Cola North America Group. In that position, she was responsible for all Sparkling brands within the United States including brands such as Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Fanta and others. Stuart was part of the team that returned Coca-Cola, Sprite and Fanta to growth and kept the continual multi-year growth on Coke Zero.
Prior to this role, Stuart was the head of the Coca-Cola trademark (Coke, Diet Coke & Coke Zero TMs). During her time, Diet Coke was named the second largest US beverage brand behind Coca-Cola.
Previously she was the VP of the Walmart and Sam’s Club US Total Beverage Business for The Coca-Cola Company. Her responsibilities included every aspect of the company’s North American beverage business, field and headquarter-based professionals & combined annual revenue of over $3B.
Stuart assumed the reins of Walmart North America in March 2009 after year and a half tenure as Vice President of Marketing for the team. Her collaborative work with Walmart’s marketing and merchandising leadership garnered her industry recognition for strategic execution of co-equity advertising around summer and Christmas seasonality.
Prior to joining the Walmart North America business in 2007, Stuart successfully held a variety of leadership roles in Coca-Cola marketing and organizational development. Including spearheading an overall reorganization and restructuring of the Coca-Cola North American business division — the Company’s largest operating division in the world.
In addition, Stuart served a year as Executive Assistant to the Coca-Cola North America CMO and EVP she was engaged in high profile Mergers & Acquisition and Marketing initiatives.
Together with her husband, Kurt, she is the proud parent of two daughters and three dogs.
Stuart graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jamie MacLean is an Advisory Partner with EY. Ms. MacLean has an extensive background in operational and technology risk management, particularly in the consumer products and retail sectors. She assists some of the world’s most prestigious companies in identifying, evaluating, managing and monitoring operational risks. Her previous experience also includes serving as the Technology Audit Director for BankOne and JPMorganChase, where she was responsible for the global IT audit program and for monitoring and assessing some of the largest technology change initiatives in the financial services industry. Jamie has led several business units, teams and international initiatives at EY and has lived internationally with EY. Jamie lives in the Buckhead area with her husband, Doug, and their two children. Jamie is a graduate of the University of Arkansas, a CPA in Georgia, Texas and Ohio and a member of the Information Systems Audit & Control Association.
Jack Markwalter is chairman and chief executive officer of Atlantic Trust, holding these positions since January 2004. In addition, he serves on the CIBC Operating Committee as a member of CIBC’s executive leadership team. He joined Atlantic Trust in 2002 as head of business development and has more than 29 years of experience in the private client and investment industry. From 2005 to 2013, Jack also served as senior managing director of Invesco and as a member of the Invesco Executive Management Committee. From 2008 to 2010, he was head of Invesco U.S. Institutional Sales, Client Service and Consultant Relations as well. Prior to joining Atlantic Trust, Jack served as managing director and national director of the client strategy group for Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management. Jack earned a Bachelor of Science with highest honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. Jack serves in various leadership roles for numerous community organizations. Among other positions, he is a member of the board of directors for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation, the board of directors for the Georgia Tech Foundation, the board of directors for the Marist School and the board of directors at the Atlanta History Center. He serves as co-chairman for his Harvard Business School Reunion Fund Campaign and is a member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters board of directors and Capital Campaign Committee. Jack has been featured in various publications and other media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, CNBC, Private Asset Management magazine and Family Wealth Report.
Laura Miles is a Partner and Director in the Atlanta office of Bain & Company. Laura leads the M&A practice in North America with extensive experience both merger integration and corporate screening and diligence. She also is a leader in the consumer products and retail practices, with particular expertise in hospitality and travel. Laura also sits on the Board of Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School. She earned an MBA from Darden at the University of Virginia and is also a graduate of Duke University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and psychology. She has been a History Center board member since 2007, and was formerly the Board Chair.
Shirley Mitchell's past work includes her role as National Regional Strategist for U.S. Trust. Prior to that role, she was the Bank of America Georgia Market Manager where she was responsible for strategic market planning; coordinating and leveraging of the bank’s local philanthropic contributions and sponsorships and facilitating relationships with community and opinion leaders. Prior to her roles with Bank of America, she was the regional corporate relations director for AT&T. A native of the Washington, D.C. area and a graduate of Howard University with an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, she succeeded at a number of positions at AT&T including, marketing program analysis director, strategic planner and senior project manager. Shirley holds several leadership roles with civic and philanthropic organizations. She serves on the Board of Directors for the International Women Forum Georgia, Advisory Board for True Colors Theatre Company and Trustee for her church. She has been voted one of the 100 most influential women in Georgia, recognized as a “Woman of Vision” by the Atlanta Business League, named and “Outstanding Citizen of Georgia” by Secretary of State, inducted in 2007 YWCA Academy of Women Achievers and listed in the Atlanta Business Chronicle as Who’s Who in Finance.
Peter is an Atlanta native and alumnus of The Lovett School. He owns a home in Ansley Park. He is founder and managing principal of CORBINVEST, LLC –an Atlanta based, family firm that since 1987 has invested in commercial real estate properties and small businesses. In years past, he was a managing director of Morgan Stanley & Co., Incorporated, senior advisor to Kidder, Peabody & Co., Incorporated and president of real estate investment banking at Coldwell Banker Commercial, Inc. (now CBRE). Peter served as an U.S. Army officer with the 7th Special Forces domestically and with the 84th Engineers in Vietnam. He holds an A.B. from the University of North Carolina, M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, and M.A. R. (cum laude) from Yale University. In addition, he completed three years of Ph.D. studies at Emory University with a concentration in the field of ethics.
John Montag is President and Chief Investment Officer of A. Montag & Associates, a family owned and operated Investment Management firm. An Atlanta native and graduate of The Westminster Schools, he earned a B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, during which time he worked as an analyst for Salomon Brothers. John is active on many boards, serving as Chair of the Camp Twin Lakes Foundation Investment Committee, as well as serving as a Board or Committee Member for various other organizations including The Westminster Schools Endowment Committee, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation, and the Atlanta Speech School Finance Committee. He lives in Buckhead with his wife Erika and their three children.
Louise was the fourth generation of her family to lead the 108 year old office furniture and workspace solutions company. She succeeded her great-grandfather and company founder, Ivan Allen, Sr., her grandfather, the late mayor Ivan Allen, Jr., her uncle, the late Ivan Allen III and her father, H. Inman Allen. Atlanta born and educated in The Westminster Schools, Louise began her business career in California with Goldman Sachs in San Francisco. Her real passion for business developed when she joined an internet company in the mid 90's. When they sold the company five years later, Louise headed to New York where she joined Thompson Financial, a leader in providing e-information and integrated work solutions to the worldwide financial communities.
Louise was asked to take over the daily operations of Ivan Allen Workspace in May of 2005. As CEO, she became the first woman in the Allen family to assume this position and led the company with courage and a passionate dedication toward providing her customers with extraordinary service. She managed to switch manufacturers, buy her family out of the business and ultimately sold the family business to a publicly traded company.
Louise is currently working with the Woodruff Arts Center Annual Corporate Campaign and serves on the Authority Board of Grady Hospital.
Angie Mosier is a writer, photographer, stylist, and cook endeavoring to merge all of these skills in a meaningful way. She studied journalism and broadcasting at Georgia State University but her culinary career began over 20 years ago when she started a wedding cake and pastry business and eventually ran her own bakeshop in the Atlanta area for three years. When her creations were photographed for books and magazines, Angie found that she loved the process of making food look good for the camera and began working as a food stylist and eventually a professional photographer. Telling the story of food both visually and with words is important to Angie and through her company, Placemat Productions, serves her clients to build better brands and reach a broad audience.
In addition to being a member of Les Dames d'Escoffier and The James Beard Foundation, Angie is a proud member of the Southern Foodways Alliance and is pleased to have served as a past president on its board of directors. She is a native of Atlanta and lives in the historic Grant Park neighborhood with her husband Johnny.
Mr. Howard D. Palefsky is a private investor, board member and advisor to healthcare companies.Mr. Palefsky served as the Managing Director, General Partner, and Managing Member from 2002 to 2015 and a Venture Partner from 1999 to 2002 at Montreux Equity Partners. From 1997 to 2002, he served as a Private Investor and Board member of healthcare companies. Over the past 40 years, Mr. Palefsky’s activities have included serving as a CEO, Board Chair and as a Director of numerous public and private companies; providing advice and guidance to companies, entrepreneurs, and managers with regard to industry trends and strategy, and making private investments. Prior to joining Montreux, he served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the NeurogesX Inc. From 1978 -1997 Mr. Palefsky was the Chairman and CEO of Collagen Corporation, a pioneer in the aesthetic medicine area.
Mr. Palefsky holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 1971 and a B.S. from the City College of the City University of New York in 1967.Mr. Palefsky serves on the Board of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the 21st Century Foundation of the City College of New York.
Mr. Peard is a partner in the Atlanta office of the accounting/consulting firm Deloitte LLP. Mr. Peard also serves as Chairman of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and has previously served on the Board of Trustees of the Atlanta History Center, where he served as Treasurer. He is also a member of various professional organizations including the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, the American Institute of CPAs and the Georgia Society of CPAs.
Teya Ryan is a 30-year broadcast media veteran with a career that includes broadcast management, production and content creation. Ms. Ryan brings a wealth of experience to her role as President and Executive Director of GPB Media. Ms. Ryan formerly served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of CNN/US. Before taking on her role with CNN/US, Ms. Ryan served as Executive Vice President and General Manager for CNN Headline News and CNN fn. Ms. Ryan has also generated a series of television “firsts,” including “Talk Back Live,” the first daily live talk show to incorporate interaction via the Internet. While working jointly for CNN and TBS, Ms. Ryan served as the executive producer for “Network Earth,” the first weekly environmental magazine series. During her tenure as Executive Vice President and General Manager for CNN Headline News, she also pioneered the unique multi-element screen as part of the network redesign launched in 2001. As Executive Vice President and General Manager for CNN fn, Ms. Ryan also built the first set for the CNN NewsGroup at both the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ. Ms. Ryan’s additional career accomplishments include consulting for PBS on the design of the digital cable network, Public Square. Before joining GPB Media, she led her own multi-platform media company.
In 2012, under her leadership, GPB Media received the Southeast Regional Emmy for Station Excellence and again in 2015. She also received a Womenetics 2012 POW! Award for business innovation. Additionally, Ms. Ryan has won seven Emmys, four Cable Ace Awards and she was named one of the ten most powerful women in media by Crain Media in 2002. Her civic roles include serving as a board member for Oxfam America; serving as a vice president and founding member of The Society for Environmental Journalists; serving as vice president of the board for LEAD International, serving as vice president of the board for the Verde Valley School, a secondary school in Sedona, Arizona; and being active with Women in Film and The Women’s Leadership Forum. She is also a member of Atlanta’s Woodruff Arts Center Board of Trustees and the Rotary Club of Atlanta.
Allison serves as President, Chairman, and CEO of the Atlanta Division of SunTrust. In this role Allison has responsibility for providing the full complement of SunTrust’s banking products and services as well as coordinating the delivery of the investment banking and capital markets capabilities offered by SunTrust Robinson Humphrey to wholesale banking clients.
Over the course of her career at SunTrust, she has held leadership positions in corporate and investment banking, finance, and private wealth management including managing director and head of syndicated finance originations for SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, chief financial officer of consumer banking and private wealth management, and co-head of SunTrust’s national private wealth management business. Allison began her career at SunTrust in 1997 in the corporate banking training program, and rejoined the company in 2002, after serving two years as director of finance at Axiom Global, Inc. in New York.
Allison graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Vanderbilt University. She holds an MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University where she graduated with honors from the Executive MBA program.
Allison serves on the Board of Directors for Haverty Furniture Companies Inc. An active member of the Atlanta community, Allison’s civic responsibilities include serving on the boards of Junior Achievement of Georgia, the Alliance Theater, the Atlanta History Center, Midtown Alliance, Camp Twin Lakes, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, the Investment Committee of The Westminster Schools, and she is a member of the Atlanta Rotary Club. She is a Trustee of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation, the Camp-Younts Foundation, the Pitts Foundation, and the SunTrust Trusteed Foundations. Allison and her husband, Billy, are both Atlanta natives and parents to two sons.
The Atlanta History Center connects people, history, and culture.
The Atlanta History Center through its collections, facilities, programs, exhibitions, and publications preserves and interprets historical subjects pertaining to Atlanta and its environs and presents subjects of interest to Atlanta’s diverse audiences.
The Atlanta History Center (AHC) deeply values the contributions that our donors make to sustain our mission. To protect the privacy of our donors, we maintain the following policies:
AHC collects and uses personal information such as name, address, phone number, and email address when a donor voluntarily provides it to us.
In addition, AHC keeps a record of each donor’s giving history. This information is kept on file for IRS purposes and is also used by the Development Department for internal analysis and record keeping, and to acknowledge donations and inform donors about upcoming AHC activities.
In addition, AHC does not sell our donor lists to other organizations. When making a donation, donors may request that AHC list them as anonymous or not at all in our publications. Donors may request to not be solicited in the future. Donors may request to not receive informational mailings such as our newsletter.
For further information, please contact:
Cheri Snyder, Vice President of Development via email or 404.814.4056.
The documents below provide comprehensive information about Atlanta History Center's finances from past budget years.
The Atlanta History Center supports hundreds of local nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations annually by donating Family Passes to assist in fundraising efforts. Due to the volume of the requests received, organizations must meet the following guidelines to be considered.
firstname.lastname@example.org (email requests will only be accepted if it includes a PDF of the donation request letter on organization letterhead).
Atlanta History Center
Attention: Community Donations
130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30305
Requests are not accepted by phone.
All requests are evaluated on an individual basis. Submitting a request does not guarantee a donation.
Organizations seeking tickets beyond the standard donation are encouraged to purchase tickets at the group rate for distribution. Discounted group rate tickets are available for purchases of more than 10 tickets. Please contact the Group Sales department at 404.814.4031 to purchase tickets.