Dr. Richard J. Ackermann
Middle Georgia Convocation
Dr. Richard Ackermann is Professor of Family Medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, where he currently serves as Director of the Division of Geriatrics, the Geriatrics Fellowship Program, and the Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship. He received his MD degree from Duke University and did his family medicine residency training at Naval Hospital, Charleston, SC.
Dr. Ackermann is board-certified in family medicine. He is also certified in geriatric medicine, is a certified medical director of a long-term care facility, and is certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He has published on geriatric and palliative medicine topics, particularly care of the frail older adult and those facing end-of-life decisions. He is the principal or co-investigator on over $2.5 million in education and research grants.
He is a 25-year member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Macon, Georgia, where he also serves as chair of the finance committee. He also enjoys serving as a substitute organist and helping with the grounds. He has been senior warden several times.
He is married to Hilary Ellwood, who is also a family physician. She works in urgent care in Macon. He has two children – Caleb, a freshman in medical school and Hannah, a civil engineer working in Atlanta.
His hobbies include piano & organ, gardening, travel, and most recently, beekeeping.
Ms. Jennifer R. Bonds
Jennifer R. Bonds serves as the Administrator for the Regional Telehealth Service at the Atlanta VA Health Care System. Board Certified in Healthcare Management, she is responsible for business and clinic operations for multiple telehealth services, such as Tele-Primary Care and Tele-Ophthalmology, provided predominately to Veterans in rural Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama.
Prior to this role, Jennifer served as the Business Manager for the Primary Care Service Line, Surgical Service Line, and Interim Medical Center Facility Planner. Prior to working at the Atlanta VA, she previously served as Executive Assistant to the Chief Medical Officer for the VA Southeast Network—VISN7. VISN 7 staff manage care for our nation’s heroes in Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama.
Jennifer received a Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Behavior from the University of Florida cum laude and a Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2016, she completed a Graduate Theological Certificate in Faith and Health from North Park Theological Seminary. She is also a Graduate of the Class of 2014 of LEAD Atlanta and a 2012 Graduate of the United Way Volunteer Involvement Program.
Jennifer is a toddler Episcopalian from the Diocese of Florida and has been an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in SW Atlanta since 2011. She currently serves on the Board of Morningstar Urban Development, a non-profit organization dedicated to Housing and Community Development. In her free time, she enjoys arts and crafts, reading, Florida Gator Football, and spending time with family and friends. Jennifer blends her personal and professional lives to live out her calling of eradicating healthcare inequities and ensuring all persons are able to become their best selves.
Mrs. Ann F. Burton
North Atlanta Convocation
Ann Burton is the Chief Financial Officer of the Coca-Cola Bottlers’ Association and has been in the Coca-Cola system for 14 years. She is responsible for all financial aspects of the Association and in addition works with the Independent Bottlers across the United States to provide various programs for their operations.
Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Bottlers’ Association, Ann served as COO and CFO for Monarch Beverages, a 3rd tier independent Beverage Company in Atlanta. Before joining Monarch, she served as CFO for AJC International, a global procurement and sale of frozen meat, poultry, pork, seafood and vegetable products.
She graduated from Georgia State University and received a degree in Accounting.
Ann is married with adult children and is a long-term member of St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church. She currently serves as finance chair and has served on the vestry in the past. Over the years, she has been involved in outreach and in-reach projects for St. Martin’s, serving as chair for some of the major fund raisers for Outreach such as the Annual Bazaar.
When time permits, Ann enjoys, boating, golf and visiting her Children who both reside out of state.
Mrs. Shannon S. Darke
Marietta Convocation and Chair, Communications Committee
Shannon Darke is currently Principle owner of Springboard Consulting, a communications agency that specializes in integrated marketing campaigns designed to reach and engage specific target markets. Some of Springboard Consulting’s current and former clients include the Coca-Cola Company, Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta, Camp Twin Lakes, ChildFund, St. Vincent de Paul Society of Georgia, Girl Scouts of America and the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership.
Prior to starting Springboard Consulting, Shannon worked for the Arthritis Foundation as a Senior Director of Cause Development, CARE as Director of Media and Marketing Alliances, and The Coca-Cola Company on media analysis, branding and media planning. She has created and executed multi-faceted campaigns and been on the ground floor of launching and growing new brands.
In addition to her work with Springboard Consulting, Shannon is an active member of Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, Cumming, GA. Shannon has served in several Parish leadership roles over the past few years including: the Vestry from 2011-2014 with outreach ministry and Christian Education liaison roles, Co-Chair of the Sabbatical Planning Committee and Capital Campaign Coordinator.
Additionally, Shannon just completed her second year of Education for Ministry, volunteers at the church pantry, serves as a Lector and serves as Eucharistic Minister.
Shannon has an undergraduate communications degree from the University of Georgia and a Masters in Business Administration from Mercer University, Atlanta. Shannon is a mother of four and in her spare time enjoys running, reading and relaxing at the lake.
Mark John DiGiovanni
Northeast Metro Convocation
Mark DiGiovanni grew up in Rochester, NY, the son of a firefighter and a homemaker. After graduating from SUNY, Oswego in 1975, Mark moved to Athens, Georgia to begin his first career as an Industrial Arts teacher. Mark met his future wife in 1978, fellow teacher and Georgia native Beth Rainwater. They married in 1983, moved to Atlanta, and Mark began his career in financial services. During the 1980's Mark completed his MBA at Kennesaw State University and passed the CPA Exam. Mark and Beth ended the decade with the birth of daughter Mara.
Mark started Marathon Financial Strategies in 1995. Mark began running in 1969, so the 'Marathon' name was a natural choice. The name serves as a reminder that achieving worthwhile goals requires the same persistence and discipline as running a marathon. In addition to starting his business in the 1990's, Mark earned the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designations. Mark also served in 2002 as president of the Georgia Chapter of the Financial Planning Association. Mark has been named a "Five Star: Best in Client Satisfaction Wealth Manager" by Atlanta magazine in each of the last eight years. In 2010, Mark was selected as one of only seven CFP Ambassadors by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. As a CFP Ambassador, Mark communicates to consumers the importance of personal financial planning and the need for a Certified Financial Planner professional.
Mark understands the importance of a healthy body, mind, and soul. He exercises daily. He is a voracious reader and has written seven books. He has been a member of St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Snellville since 1989, and is active on the finance and stewardship committees. Mark has been a Rotarian since 1996, serving as his club's president in 2003 and 2012. He also volunteers to speak to groups interested in raising their financial IQ. His interests include history, music, movies, cars, motorcycles, and a variety of sports.
Christopher C. Evans
Chris Evans is an architect based out of Athens Georgia. He owns his own architectural firm with his spouse Katrina. Chris grew up in Swartz Creek Michigan then moved to Ames Iowa for school. He completed his master’s degree in Architecture at Iowa State and was lucky enough to meet his wife there. Chris and Katrina moved to Atlanta in 2000 and then to Athens in 2001. Soon after, they joined Emmanuel Episcopal Church where Chris and his children Cooper, Delaney and were baptized. For the past 4 years, Chris has served as chairman of Emmanuel¹s Mission and Extended Ministries Committee, which distributes grants to the Athens community and beyond. Along with chairing MEMC, he is committed to Emmanuel¹s partnership with a church/school located in Limonade Haiti, where he has visited several times. Through his church, Chris and his family are also dedicated to helping the homeless through volunteering at local shelters.
Mr. Clayton D. Harrington
Clayton Harrington is the Program Coordinator for Youth Ministry at the Cathedral of St. Philip. He is passionate about utilizing Scripture and Tradition in shaping and transforming our personal and community narratives as Christians, especially with youth. Clayton was formerly the Seminarian of the Cathedral from August 2015 to May 2017. There he served in various ways, including assisting in worship, pastoral care, and Christian education.
Before moving to Atlanta in August of 2014, Clayton earned a BA in History and Religion from Campbell University in North Carolina (May 2014). Clayton is a graduate of Candler School of Theology, having earned a Master of Divinity with a Certificate in Episcopal Studies (May 2017). At Candler, he worked for the Office of Student Programming as a Community and Spiritual Life Coordinator and as a summer Communications Coordinator. Clayton plans to begin the process of discernment for ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church in the near future.
Mrs. Elizabeth B.Howell
East Atlanta Convocation and Vice Chair
Beth Howell is President & CEO of Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities (ARMHC), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing temporary housing and support services to families with ill and injured children being treated at local hospitals. She is responsible for operations of 2 houses that currently include 81 rooms. Under her leadership the organization just completed Phase II of the organization's expansion to build a 31-bedroom facility near Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite which increased total rooms to 81. Under her leadership the organization also just completed its Strategy 2020, which includes the addition of a Care Mobile program and a Family Room program.
Prior to her tenure at ARMHC, Howell worked for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for over two decades. She joined Children’s in 1990 to assist with program planning. In 2001, she became Chief Compliance Officer and was promoted to Vice President of Corporate Oversight in 2004, before being named Vice President of Academic Administration in 2008. As Vice President of Academic Administration, Howell led the expansion efforts related to research and teaching in collaboration with academic partners, such as Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Howell also served as the Administrative Director of the Pediatric Center of Georgia, a non-profit corporation supporting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University. The Pediatric Center includes more than 300 Emory University School of Medicine faculty working in more than 20 specialties and subspecialties that are actively involved with pediatric clinical care, teaching, research and child advocacy efforts in Georgia and throughout the Southeast.
Howell is a native of Atlanta and earned her bachelor’s degree from Agnes Scott College. She and her husband, Bob, reside in Atlanta.
Ellen G. Jones
At-Large and Chair, Planned Giving Committee
Ellen Jones is a proud graduate of the University of Georgia with a master’s degree in public administration from Kennesaw State University. Her career in planned giving began at the Medical College of Georgia, she then served 7 years in major and planned gifts for Kennesaw State University. Ellen joined the Habitat for Humanity Resource Development team in the fall of 2014 as Development Officer, Planned Giving. In this role, she serves on a team of 5 who raise planned gifts which support Habitat for Humanity in 1,300 US communities and in 70 countries globally.
She has been a member of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners since 2011. Ellen serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Planned Giving Council and the Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia.
Ellen and her husband, Mitch, live in Atlanta and attend the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Decatur. They have two children (who have flown the nest) and 4-legged child (who rules the nest).
The Rev. Canon P. Lang Lowrey, III
The Rev. Canon P. Lang Lowrey is the Canon for Christian Enterprise for the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, focusing his work on special projects and new initiatives. He also does work for The Episcopal Church nationally.
Lowrey has served at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta and was founding vicar at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church and Day School in Vinings, a successful church plant that now has 2,000 people in its community. From 2010 to 2013, he was president of The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York City, where he led the institution through a period of broad-based restructuring and the development of new revenue streams.
After college at Georgia Tech and Georgia State University, Lowrey owned and ran several successful ventures before selling them to create Buckhead Technology Angels to incubate emerging technology companies. He twice was selected to run Fortune 500 firms facing difficult challenges, implementing complex turnaround plans and securing robust equity events. Following a period of discernment, he responded to a call to ordained ministry. As a postulant from the Diocese of Atlanta, he attended Candler School of Theology and was ordained to priesthood in 2004.
Lowrey also currently serves as the Director of the Episcopal Studies Program at Emory University’s Candler School for Theology where, in addition to teaching courses, he arranges and supervises contextual education for Episcopal students and recruits those who teach courses required for Episcopal students.
Ms. Jeanne E. Mathews
Northwest Georgia Convocation
Jeanne Mathews of Rome is a recent retiree from Berry College where she served as Assistant Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing with responsibility for all communications, social media, web, creative services and special events. Prior to joining Berry, she spent most of her career in health care, serving as Vice President at Tanner Medical Center in Carrollton and later as Marketing Director for the Georgia operations of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). After a stint at HCA’s corporate office in Nashville as Director of Physician Communications, she joined Podiatry Insurance Company of America as Vice President of Marketing.
Jeanne grew up in Carrollton where her family attended St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church and she is currently a parishioner at St. Peter’s in Rome. A former foster parent, she recently volunteered to organize and manage a clothes closet for foster children in Floyd County, many of whom enter care without any possessions. She formerly participated in the Rotary Club, campaign leadership for United Way and Leadership Brentwood (Tenn.)
She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of West Georgia. She has a daughter, a son and six grandchildren.
Jeanne says that, as a new retiree, she is enjoying other volunteer activities such as the Friends of the Library, the Community Kitchen and spending “lots of time” babysitting and attending school events with the grandchildren.
Richard D. Shunnarah
Rick and his wife Lisa (Carole Williams Shunnarah) have been members of Holy Innocents Episcopal Church since the mid-90s. His current involvement includes Finance Committee Chair and Treasurer. In the past, Rick has been involved with Vestry, ESL and was a member of the Youth Committee. In addition, he was the Chair of the Men of Holy Innocents and was responsible for the Confirmation Class Mentors Program at HIEC. Previously, he was a member of the Cathedral of St. Philips.
Rick is Founder and CEO of MetGen, Incorporated. MetGen is involved in the development and manufacturing of medical devices used in the treatment of metabolic genetic disorders. His career includes working with Abbott Laboratories based in several locations, as well as with Royal Dutch Numico, based in Maryland. His background involves life sciences, human genetics, clinical nutrition and human physiology. Rick earned a BS in biology and a MS in medical genetics from the University of Alabama- Birmingham.
Rick and Lisa have one daughter Rachel who lives in Atlanta.
Mrs. Marjorie Morton Smith
Chatahoochee Valley Convocation
Mollie Smith is Associate General Counsel at Total System Services, Inc. (TSYS), a global payment solutions provider headquartered in Columbus, Georgia. She is responsible for negotiating long-term agreements with North American banks for credit card transaction processing, call center, and loyalty program support services. Before moving in-house at TSYS, Mollie’s private practice primarily focused on estate planning and administration. She worked closely with individuals, advisors and community and private foundations to address families’ wealth succession needs and support planned giving efforts.
Mollie is a lifelong member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Columbus, Georgia, where she is a Eucharistic Minister. She has served in several capacities at Trinity, but in recent years has devoted her attention to the Chattahoochee Valley Episcopal Ministry (CVEM). After the retirement of CVEM’s founding director, Mollie co-chaired the Executive Director Search Committee and participated in a multi-year discernment effort to refresh the mission and strategic plan for CVEM’s continued commitment to fighting inequity and building strong communities in the Chattahoochee Valley communities.
Mollie received her undergraduate degree from Davidson College and her JD degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, listening to podcasts, and (especially recently) watching her son’s middle school football team and the Georgia Bulldogs.
Mr. Putnam C. Smith
Attorney Putnam C. Smith represents Main Street business owners and executives, professionals of all types and local, regional and national real estate investors, developers and operators, concentrating on business and commercial real estate transactions and tax and estate planning. Common transactions include start-ups, acquisitions and sales of closely held business, tax-free mergers and reorganizations, asset purchases, leveraged buyouts and joint ventures and partnerships in a wide range of industries.
He has practiced corporate law in Atlanta and the surrounding metropolitan area since 1988, initially with Nall & Miller, LLP and later with Robert W. Fisher, P.C., a tax boutique that was instrumental in the creation of Nextel and a number of international ventures in the telecommunications industry before disbanding in 1994. Before attending law school, he incorporated Jimmy Carter’s 1976 presidential campaign and worked as a legal assistant with other leading Atlanta law firms, including King & Spalding, LLP and Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP, gaining invaluable experience with public corporations and investment banks.
During his tenure with Lipscomb, Johnson, Sleister, Dailey & Smith, LLP, Mr. Smith has handled private equity investments in shopping centers and industrial and commercial property in several southeastern states, land assemblages requiring services ranging from quiet title actions to road closures and a $116 million buyout to resolve a shareholder's dispute involving a closely held technology business.
Justin D. Streeter
A CPA with "Big 4" accounting experience, Justin moved into financial services at a large broker/dealer in Michigan. In 2008, he took the helm of the company's Atlanta office.
In 2011, he took the first step in creating their vision of what wealth management should be by forming Streeter Riddle Financial, LLC, which became RevoluXion Wealth.
Justin is a CPA, a Certified Financial Planner®, and holds an MBA in Finance from Central Michigan University. Justin has been awarded Atlanta Magazine's coveted "5 Star Wealth Manager" award five times.
Justin lives in East Cobb with his wife and serves on the Vestry at St. Peter and St. Paul Episcopal Church.
Mr. Robert B. Townes, IV
Robert B. Townes IV is the Executive Vice President of Sinclair, Townes & Company, an Atlanta-based fundraising consulting firm serving nonprofit organizations. Rob has over 30 years of experience in development and public relations, providing general, annual fund, and capital campaign counsel for numerous philanthropic organizations.
Previously, he served on staff as the director of fundraising in Atlanta for the American Heart Association and The Episcopal Radio-TV Foundation. He also provided fundraising counsel both as an independent consultant and with the firms Coxe & Associates, and Anderson, Cole & Dollhopf, Inc.
Active in church and civic affairs, Rob sat on Emory University’s Board of Governors and served on the national board of the United Nations Association after his term as President of the Atlanta Chapter. He served as the Chair of (Emory University’s) Candler School of Theology’s Alumni/ae Executive Committee and as the Co-chair for the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta’s Commission on Racism. He was one of approximately fifty stewardship consultants for the national Episcopal Church. Additionally, he served on the governing boards of the Cathedral of St. Philip and St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, and the advisory board for St. Luke’s Community Kitchen in Atlanta. Currently, he sits of the board of Green Bough House of Prayer in Scott, Georgia.
Robert holds a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University's Candler School of Theology and a B.B.A. from the University of Mississippi. He was tapped as an alumni member of Emory University’s chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa, and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). He is married to the Rev. Lynnsay A. Buehler who serves as the Director of the Julian of Norwich Center at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church. Their son, Robert Buehler Townes, is an upperclassman at the University of Georgia.
Mrs. S. Elizabeth Vorosmarti
Southwest Atlanta Convocation
Beth Vorosmarti of Peachtree City is the Operations Manager for a non-profit organization, Clothes Less Traveled. Their mission is to serve the needs of the community by operating a Thrift Shop where gently-used household goods and clothing can be resold at fair and reasonable prices, to provide an opportunity for volunteers to perform community service in a positive and productive way. After expenses are paid and reserves met, profits are distributed by mutual Board decision as scholarships, vouchers and grants to qualified recipients 501(c)3 organizations.
Prior to moving to Georgia, Beth worked in Human Resources for Via of the Lehigh Valley in Bethlehem, PA. Via of the Lehigh Valley is a non-profit agency that provides services for children and adults with disabilities and advocates for inclusion of all people with disabilities within schools, communities, and employment. Beth also worked in college admissions for twelve years serving as the Director of Graduate Admission for Philadelphia University and as Director of Undergraduate Admission at Albright College, in Reading, PA.
In 2016, Beth and her family moved from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Members of St. Andrew’s in the Pines in Peachtree City. Beth and her husband James have two children in college at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA and Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY as well as a senior at Starr’s Mill High School.
Mr. Benjamin Parks Wallace
Georgia Mountains Convocation
Ben Wallace is a retired business man. During his career he spent 17 years in the oil business working for Atlantic Richfield (now part of BP). He served in a variety of corporate and operational roles including Controller of the Marine Division and CFO of the company’s mid-west pipeline operations. He also worked for the Oregon Department of Transportation serving as CFO, Interim Deputy of Operations and Manager of the Department of Motor Vehicles. Ben completed his corporate career as Business Manager and Chief Financial Officer for several large water and waste-water infrastructure projects for the engineering and environmental service firm CH2MHILL.
Ben is currently serving for a second time as the Treasurer for St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Dahlonega. He is also on the Board of No One Alone (NOA) which provides support to victims of domestic violence in Dawson and Lumpkin counties. In the past he volunteered at and managed the Food, Thrift, and Clothing stores for the Community Helping Place in Dahlonega.
Ben attended the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) where he received his undergraduate degree in Economics and MBA from the Anderson School. Ben and his wife Gladys have three children.