Speaker Date Topic
Brian Hooker, Exec Dir, Fort Mac LRA Sep 25, 2018 12:00 PM
Public-Private Partnership: How the Fort Mac Redevelopment is Revitalizing Southwest Atlanta.
 Public-Private Partnership: How the Fort Mac Redevelopment is Revitalizing Southwest Atlanta.

Brian Hooker serves as Executive Director of the Fort Mac LRA, the organization leading the redevelopment of 486 acres in the underserved Southwest Atlanta community. His chief responsibility is to lead the Fort Mac LRA team and its partners to manage and facilitate nearly $1 Billion of revitalization projects featuring mixed used, affordable developments utilizing market based financing and public incentives.  Previously, Brian served as the Director of Real Estate for Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., and prior to that Brian served as Director of Site Selection Consulting with CBRE.  

Brian has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He serves nationally on both Urban Land Institute’s Public Development and Infrastructure Product Council and as Co-Chair of the Association of Defense Communities’ LRA Directors Council. Locally he was appointed to the City of Atlanta’s IN REM review board and serves on the Southwest Atlanta Partnership Board of Directors.

Brian hails from Southwest Atlanta where he graduated from Benjamin E. Mays High, and where he now lives with his wife and family.  He is member of Cascade United Methodist Church, where he serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees.


INTRODUCTION:  Peggy Johnson
Installation of 2018-19 Officers and Directors Oct 02, 2018 12:00 PM
James Ottley, President
Beth Finnerty, CEO & Dr. Ray Kotwicki, CMO Oct 09, 2018 12:00 PM
Skyland Trail: Paving the road to recovery from mental illnesses
Skyland Trail: Paving the road to recovery from mental illnesses

As the founding executive director, and now president and CEO, 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 developed and implemented 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 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 a special presidential commendation in 2014. They 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 from Davidson College and a dual master’s in  business and healthcare administration from GSU.  She serves on numerous boards and advisory committees.  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.   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’s in Public. 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, 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.

Visit:  www.skylandtrail.org

Connie Veates and Greg Levine, Co-ED, Trees Atl Oct 16, 2018 12:00 PM
Trees Atlanta and the Future
Trees Atlanta and the Future
Connie Veates is Trees Atlanta’s Co-Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer.  She has a long history with the organization having served on the board for 10 years; 5 of which she was President.  Under her leadership, Trees Atlanta successfully completed a capital campaign which resulted in the building of their facility – one of the few Platinum LEED certified buildings in Georgia.  In her current role Connie is responsible for development, finance, marketing, education, communications, human resources and special events.
Prior to coming to Trees Atlanta she was a long-tenured executive with BellSouth and AT&T.  Connie holds a Master’s of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University.
Greg Levine is Trees Atlanta’s Co-Executive Director and Chief Program Officer. Greg has been with the organization for over 22 years and is responsible for all programming that supports the mission of Trees Atlanta.  Under his leadership Trees Atlanta has forged a strong partnership with the Atlanta BeltLine and is in the process of planting the BeltLine Arboretum.  Additionally, he oversees neighborhood and city plantings, forest restoration, advocacy, and the urban forestry crew.
Greg has a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia and is an ISA Certified Arborist. 
Both Connie and Greg were recently named to Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Who’s Who in Sustainability.
INTRODUCTION:  Marbury Rainer
A.D. Pete Correll, Chair, Atlanta Equity Oct 23, 2018 12:00 PM
The Journey From "Who's Who" to "Who's He!"
The Journey From "Who's Who" to "Who's He!"

Brunswick, Georgia, native A. D. “Pete” Correll had a lifelong career in the pulp and paper industry and is the chairman emeritus of Georgia-Pacific Corp., the company he served as President, CEO and Chairman for thirteen years. He also serves as Chair of the Board of the Grady Health Foundation. 


Correll’s involvement with Grady began in 2007 when he agreed to lead an effort to save the then-failing hospital. Drawing upon his relationships with Atlanta’s business and philanthropic communities, he formed and co-led the “Saving Grady Task Force” and helped raise $325 million that has since been invested in new facilities and services including the Correll Cardiac Center. He also served for eight years as the inaugural Chair of the new Board of Directors formed after the health system’s governance was restructured into the non-profit Grady Memorial Health Corporation. 


Correll and his wife, Ada Lee, continue to make a significant impact on organizations throughout the state including the University of Georgia, Emory University, College of Coastal Georgia and the Teen Center of the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia, which was named in honor of his late mother, Elizabeth F. Correll. When Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King, Jr. preached before his death, needed funding for restoration, Correll again reached out to the business community and quickly raised the funds needed to ensure the future of the historic site. He also played a leading role in the renaming of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to honor the late Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson. 


Correll currently serves on the boards of the Georgia Aquarium and the University of Georgia Foundation.  He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and received

his master’s degree from the University of Maine. He has also been bestowed honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Georgia and the College of Coastal Georgia, in honor of his ongoing impact on his home state.  Pete and Ada Lee Correll have two children and five grandchildren, all of who reside in Atlanta. 


INTRODUCTION:  Peter Sayeski
5th Tuesday Social, Oakland Cemetery Oct 30, 2018 6:00 PM
Tim Keane, Commissioner, Dept. City Planning Nov 06, 2018 12:00 PM
City of Atlanta
Dr. Thomas J Jackson, Jr. Nov 13, 2018 12:00 PM
Veterans Day Program - World War I Commission
Mary Blackmon, Founder, Farm Star Living Nov 20, 2018 12:00 PM
Thanksgiving Program
Thanksgiving Program

Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, is a fourth-generation farm owner from the border of Arkansas and Louisiana. She left her hometown Monroe, Louisiana, to pursue a career in advertising sales and marketing in Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York City, working with notable publishing houses and internet companies, including Wired, Walt Disney Internet Group and Vivendi-Universal Internet.

In 2002, she founded Spa-Addicts.com, the first national discount site for the spa & wellness industry. The site quickly grew to become a multi-million-dollar business and leader in the industry, attracting hundreds of thousands of women, as well as numerous sponsors including Proctor & Gamble, Johnson

& Johnson, General Motors, and American Express. As the innovator behind the pre-“Groupon model” for the spa industry, Mary was featured in OPRAH Magazine, EXTRA, TV Guide, and more.

In a pivotal moment in 2008, Mary made the decision to take over her family farm because there was no one available to run it and thus it would need to be sold. Her brother gave his nod of agreement; and as a result, she moved back South, rediscovered her roots and developed a new love for farming and deep respect for farmers. Several years later, she was inspired to start Farm Star Living and launched it in 2013.

Today, Farm Star Living (accessible online as well as via its own app) offers a national directory of farms searchable by fun activities for all, a national guide of farm to table restaurants, plus monthly content on Farm Stars™ food health, seasonal recipes, educational and entertaining videos and more. Celebrating farms, farm-fresh foods and healthy living, Farm Star Living has been recognized as a trend-setter and leading content provider on the farm to table movement nationwide. Since launching her lifestyle   brand, Mary has received recognition from CBS, SHAPE, MNN, Best Self Magazine, ATLANTAN, Jezebel, among others, and was chosen as one of the most inspiring women in the US by Country Woman Magazine, naming her one of the most important farm voices in the country. She also hosts her own segments on iHeartRadio called the “Farm Star Living Minute.” She recently hosted a new television  pilot to educate audiences on where their food comes from and tackle food questions more in-depth.

Dr. Lora Sallman, VP, Asia-Pacific Dec 04, 2018 12:00 PM
EastWest Institute




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