The Atlanta History Center is a non-profit, public-benefit organization. The Board of Trustees of the History Center serves in the public interest as it relates to the constituent parts of the History Center and considers itself accountable to the public as well as the institution. The Board acts as the ultimate governing authority for the History Center and is responsible for the formulation and maintenance of its general policies, standards, conditions, and procedures.
2014 Board of Trustees Officers
2014 Board of Trustees
Beverly DuBose, III
Mary Katherine Greene
William B. Peard
Michael A. Woocher
John M. Allan
John M. Allan is a tax partner with the law firm of Jones Day where he has been since 2002. Prior to Jones Day, he was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers. John received his bachelor's degree in history, Master of Accountancy, and law degrees all from the University of Georgia. He is a Georgia native, and both he and his wife, Juliet McClatchey Allan, who teaches at The Westminster Schools, are from families with long Atlanta and Georgia histories. They have three children, and live in the city of Atlanta. As a former Eagle Scout, John has been an active volunteer in the Boy Scouts of America, and they have been members of All Saints Episcopal Church for over 20 years.
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 has served as chairman of The Howard School, the Atlanta Alliance on Developmental Disabilities (AADD), the Atlanta Chapter of The American Jewish Committee, and the William Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum. He is currently the president of The Rich Foundation as well as on the boards of MedShare International, Georgia Community Support and Solutions, the Piedmont Hospital Foundation, 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.
James "Jimmy" Edward Cushman, Jr.
Jimmy Cushman works for Halpern Enterprises in Doraville, Georgia in leasing and property management. His experience in the business world includes Material Handling, commercial alarm systems, and mortgage brokerage.
Cushman is passionate about improving the world his two children will inherit. His non-profit activities include serving on the Board of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens from 2000-2007. While on the board he served on the executive committee from 2005-2007, while chairing the Education Committee. Jackie and Jimmy Cushman, Jr., live with their two elementary-school children in Atlanta. Cushman attended the Lovett School and graduated from High School from Avon Old Farms. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C.. He also has his Georgia residential real estate license.
Barbarella Diaz joined Diaz Foods in 2003 to lead the corporate sales function at Diaz Foods. She also coordinates a large part of the Company's community service, managing donations to various nonprofits and other organizations. Prior to joining Diaz, Barbarella focused on the Hispanic market as she worked in advertising sales at CAMA.
Barbarella is active in the community and has served on the Board of Directors of many organizations, including Diaz Foods, the Latin American Association, Girl Scouts Council of Northwest Georgia, UNICEF and the Mexican Center of Atlanta, which she chaired.
Barbarella is a graduate of Florida State University, where she studied International Affairs.
Beverly M. DuBose, III
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. 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.
Prior to founding Flock Advisors, Michael provided M&A advisory support to private equity firms, helped companies reengineer their operations, and led a successful recapitalization of a consumer collections agency where he was interim CEO. He was also an advisor to Croft & Bender, a middle market investment bank. Michael began his career in 1976 as a sales representative and later International Account Manager in IMB’s large account division, where he was a sales leader. From IBM Michael moved to AT&T in the business communications division, where he held a variety of sales and marketing management positions. Michael Grew up in Illinois and Connecticut, attended University of Virginia as an Echols Scholar and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in History in 1973. He served as a White House Intern, worked as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant in France and did graduate work at the Institut Etudes de Sciences-Politiques in Paris. He received an MBA in finance from Fordham University in 1982. He and his wife reside in Atlanta with their two daughters.
Tom Fricke is President and CEO of HMSHost Corporation, a world leader in travel dining and shopping, providing restaurant and retail concessions to the travel industry. Tom leads a company that has won international recognition for its original restaurants and retail stores, creative designs, and outstanding customer service.
Prior to joining HMSHost in 2012, Tom served in a variety of substantial leadership roles, most recently as the CEO of Cartridge World—one of the largest retailers of remanufactured ink and toner cartridges. His work at Cartridge World consisted of overseeing 1,700 units operating in 63 countries. In addition to his experience leading Cartridge World, Tom has amassed an abundance of hands-on experience with PepsiCo, Home Depot and Giant Eagle grocery stores. He has lived and worked abroad in strategic positions, most notably with PepsiCo in Sydney, Australia and with Frito-Lay in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Tom is an expert in the operations of multi-national companies and has a tremendous understanding of consumer preferences and trends.
Tom graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland and holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering. After serving as a Naval Intelligence Officer, Tom left the Navy to attend Stanford University, where he earned an MBA.
HMSHost is the recipient of five Airport Revenue News Awards for Outstanding Food & Beverage Operator. The Company operates in 112 airports worldwide and 101 motorway travel plazas throughout North America. A part of Autogrill Group, the world’s leading provider of food & beverage and retail services for people on the move, HMSHost has annual sales in excess of $2.7 billion and employs more than 34,000 sales associates worldwide.
Greater Atlanta Tax Market Leader, International Tax Partner, PwC Shelley leads the Greater Atlanta, Nashville and Birmingham tax offices of PwC. Working with her Tax, Assurance and Advisory partners, she ensure that clients receive the full complement and highest level of business advisory and tax services. Over her career, Shelley has also been asked to lead some of PwC's important internal efforts, including serving on the Board nominating committee and the new partner admissions committee.
Shelley also serves as an International Tax Partner. With over 17 years of experience in international tax, Shelley works with her clients to develop strategies to manage the complex tax aspects of their international business operations. She has extensive experience in developing international acquisition/expansion strategies, and helping companies meet their tax compliance and financial reporting requirements.
Shelley is active in the community, including serving on the Board of CHRISKids, a Georgia based non-profit dedicated to unlocking the potential of underprivileged and at-risk youth. She is also passionate about youth education and is heavily involved with her children's school, the Atlanta International School, including serving on the Finance Committee.
Prior to moving to Atlanta, Shelley worked in the Seattle, Portland Oregon and London offices of PwC. She currently resides in the Morningside neighborhood with her husband, Ron Carmichael, and their two children.
Mary Katherine Greene
Ms. Greene is a civil defense litigation attorney 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.
Jocelyn serves as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel with Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. in Atlanta where she is responsible for legal issues relating to Compensation, Benefits, Merchandising, Intellectual Property and Regulatory Affairs. She is also responsible for all Litigation and Employment work. 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. She graduated from Duke University School of Law and is a member of the Board of Trustees with the Alliance Theater Company, The Links Incorporated, and as an Advisory Board Member for Skyland Trail. She is a Fellow with The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and serves as an Advisory Board Member of the American Employment Law Council.
Stuart is the SVP, Sparkling Brands within the Coca-Cola North America Group. She leads the strategy and marketing/innovation direction of all Sparkling brands within the United States together with her team. Prior to this role, Stuart was the head of the Coca-Cola trademark (Coke, Diet Coke and Coke Zero TMs). During her time, Diet Coke was named the second largest US beverage brand behind Coca-Cola. Stuart was also previously the Vice President of the Walmart and Sam’s Club US Total Beverage Business for The Coca-Cola Company. 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. Stuart served a year as Executive Assistant to the Coca-Cola North America CMO and EVP. Together with her husband, Kurt, she is the proud parent of two girls and two dogs.Stuart graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jack Markwalter is chairman and chief executive officer of Atlantic Trust and has been in the role since January of 2004. He joined Atlantic Trust in 2002 as head of business development and has more than 27 years of experience in the private client and investment industry. From 2004 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. 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 Alexander-Tharpe Fund, the board of directors for the Marist School and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He serves as 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.
Ms. MacLean is a Partner with Ernst & Young and leads the IT Risk and Assurance practice for the Southeast region. Ms. MacLean assists clients in identifying, evaluating, managing and monitoring information technology related 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. Ms. MacLean is a CPA in Georgia, Texas and Ohio and a member of the Information Systems Audit & Control Association.
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 is currently the Board Chair.
Shirley Mitchell is a Senior Marketing Strategist for U.S. Trust where she is responsible for developing, implementing and analyzing marketing strategies to achieve U.S. Trust regional business goals. Prior to her current 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 current role, 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 Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund and the Georgia International Women Forum. 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 with his wife, Whitney. He is founder and managing principal of CORBINVEST, LLC –an Atlanta based, family firm that since 1987 has actively invested in commercial real estate and mid-sized businesses; as well, he is a managing director of The Prescott Group a global real estate merchant banking and capital management firm headquartered in New York City. In years past, he was a managing director of Morgan Stanley & Co., Incorporated, senior advisor to Kidder, Peabody & Co., Incorporated and head of real estate investment banking services at Coldwell Banker Commercial, Inc. 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 ethics. He has been a member of several advisory boards including Yale Divinity School, the Board of Visitors and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at the University of North Carolina, and The Emory Center for Ethics. Peter is also a member of the board of directors of a private medical research foundation and devotes significant time to an array of civic activities, charitable causes and professional associations.
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 Families First and 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 School Endowment Committee, The Temple, the Anti-Defamation League and the Atlanta Speech School Finance Committee. He is a past trustee of the Atlanta Society of Financial Analysts and a graduate of Leadership Atlanta (Class of 2001). He lives in Buckhead with his wife Erika and their three children.
Brand Morgan is founder and CEO of Brand Properties. Brand started this company in 1998 and partnered with other real estate companies. He acquired and developed many properties in Gwinnett including the apartment complex The Overlook at Gwinnett Stadium, One Sugarloaf Centre, a class A office building LEED certified, and Buford Village, a mixed used development in Buford, GA. Future projects include a mixed-use development around the Gwinnett Stadium. Brand is involved on the Board of Directors for The Brand Banking Company, The 1818 Club, The 9 O’Clocks, The Center for the Visually Impaired, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and The Gwinnett Children’s Shelter.
Reinaldo Pascual is a corporate partner at Paul Hastings LLP specializing in mergers & acquisitions and securities. Mr. Pascual received his AB cum laude from Syracuse University and his JD magna cum laude from Creighton University School of Law. Mr. Pascual has been recognized as a “Leading Lawyer” for Corporate/Mergers and Acquisition Law by prestigious Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business every year since 2004. Since 2007 he has also been listed in every edition of Best Lawyers in America for corporate law and mergers and acquisition law. Mr. Pascual has been named a Georgia Super Lawyer by Atlanta Magazine every year since 2004. He is a Director of the Metropolitan Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials; is the chair of the Syracuse University Georgia Advisory Council, and a member of the Georgia Advisory Council of ACCIÓN USA and the Atlanta Business Forum. Mr. Pascual is also a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2000. He and his wife Eugenia have three children.
William B. Peard
Mr. Peard is a partner at the Atlanta office of Deloite. Mr. Peard serves on the board 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 Society of International Business Fellows, the American Institute of CPAs and the Georgia Society of CPAs.
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.
Christian B. Schoen
Chris Schoen is Managing Principal of Greenstone Properties. Schoen joined Greenstone in September 2011. Previously, Schoen was vice chairman and CEO of Barry Real Estate Companies for 15 years. Prior to Barry, Schoen was an executive at Portman Barry, where he established himself as one of the pre-eminent developers in the Southeast.
Schoen is a graduate of the architectural program at Auburn University and the Harvard School Executive MBA program. He serves on the boards of the Atlanta History Center and the Lovett School and the advisory board for the Atlanta Youth Academy. Previously, he served on the board of Midtown Bank & Trust Company.
John Spalding is Vice President of Government Affairs for Cox Communications Inc. He oversees Cox Communications’ government relations and public policy efforts at the federal, state and local levels. Prior to assuming his current role in 2006, Mr. Spalding served as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for seven years and as Senior Counsel for three years. He joined Cox Communications in 1994 as an Attorney, following two years as an Attorney for Cox Enterprises, Inc., Cox Communications’ parent company. Previously, he was a Partner with Swift, Currie, McGhee and Hiers, an Atlanta-based private law firm. Spalding currently serves as a Trustee of The Arch Foundation for the University of Georgia, the University’s official fundraising arm. In 2006, Spalding received the Jere M. Morehead Award from UGA for distinguished service and support of the University’s Honors Program. He has also served as a trustee of the 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.
Michael A. Woocher
Michael Woocher is currently Head of Client Development and a member of the executive committee at GenSpring Family Offices. GenSpring is a multifamily office with $16B in assets under advisement across 12 local offices throughout the country. Michael was a member of the senior leadership team at GenSpring from 2008-2011 when he served as president of the Atlanta - Buckhead family office and later had responsibility for GenSpring business development efforts throughout SunTrust Bank. Michael held increasingly responsible roles within SunTrust Private Wealth Management from 1997-2007 before joining GenSpring. He returned to SunTrust Private Wealth Management as a managing director from 2011–2012. Michael has advised wealthy families on a wide range of investment and wealth planning issues since 1997.
He is an attorney and a Certified Financial Planner™. He has held multiple securities and insurance licenses, including the Series 7, 66 and 24.
Michael received his JD from the University of Georgia School of Law and BA from Emory University. He is on the Board of Trustees of the Atlanta History Center, William Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum and Friends of the First Tee of East Lake.
Michael is married with 4 sons and resides in Atlanta, GA.
Chris Womack is Georgia Power’s Executive Vice President of External Affairs, an office has held since 2006. Womack is responsible for leading and directing the policies and activities of Governmental and Regulatory Affairs, Environmental Affairs, Land, Diversity, Corporate Communication and Economic Development. He also works closely with the company’s region officers, who manage the company’s field operations. Prior to this position, Womack served as Senior Vice President and Senior Production Officer in Southern Company Generation, where he was responsible for coal, gas, and hydro generation for Georgia Power and Savannah Electric. Womack has held a number of leadership positions within Southern Company and its subsidiaries and has worked for the U.S. House of Representatives as a legislative aide to Leon Panetta and as staff director for the Subcommittee on Personnel and Police, Committee on House Administration. Womack serves on the boards of The Nature Conservancy; Community in Schools, where he is chairman of the board; and Leadership in Atlanta. He also is a board member of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, and is a national trustee for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He has received numerous honors, including the Johnny Morrow Endowment Foundation “Man of the Year” (1996); SCLC Leadership Award (1998); Distinguished Almuni, Western Michigan University (2003); and Black Enterprise Magazine’s 75 Most Powerful Blacks in Corporate America (2005). He received the Boy Scouts of America Whitney M. Young Award for Public Service in 2007. A native of Greenville, Alabama, he holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and a master’s degree in public administration from The American University. He attended the Stanford Executive Program in 2001.