Board of Directors

Strong leadership that’s straight from the heart.

The ECF Board of Directors is comprised of lay and ordained persons from around the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. The churches and worshiping communities of our Diocese are organized into eleven regional convocations, and there is one designated appointee from each convocation who serves as a member of our Board of Directors. The Bishop of Atlanta serves ex officio as a Director, and at any time there are up to fifteen additional at-large board members who serve with skills and experience necessary to carry out the mission of ECF.

Ms. Meghan Park Bennett

Southwest Atlanta Convocation

Meghan Bennett is the Director of St. Margaret's Community Outreach, a ministry of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Carrollton, GA. St. Margaret's Community Outreach has been assisting it's most vulnerable neighbors for almost 30 years and Meghan is honored to have been her Director for the past three years. Overseeing the day to day operations and getting to know people from all different walks of life is something she considers a privilege.

Prior to St. Margaret's, Meghan spent eight and a half years working for the Department of Family and Children Services where most of her time was spent working with teenagers aging out of the Georgia Foster Care System. Early in her career, she worked with victims of domestic violence. She holds a Bachelor's of Arts in Human Services.

Meghan lives with her husband, Drew, and their two-year-old son, William, in Carrollton. She loves any time spent with family and friends, traveling, and sharing a meal.

Ms. Jennifer R. Bonds

Mid-Atlanta Convocation

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.

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.

Mr. William Porcher Dubose, III

At-Large

Billy DuBose grew up in northern New Jersey (Diocese of Newark), and came south to attend college at The University of the South in Sewanee, TN, a place at which his family has deep roots and where he earned his B.A. in English Literature. Most of his professional life was in Columbia, SC, where he enjoyed a career in aviation for a large energy corporation, established the company flight department and helped manage its fleet of aircraft. After twenty years, twelve-thousand hours of flight time, and numerous safety and excellence awards from the National Business Aircraft Association, he retired in June of 2016. By August of that year, he had moved to Atlanta where he is presently enrolled in graduate studies at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, in his second year of studies. Billy served numerous vestry terms and as Junior and Senior Warden for his church in Columbia, as well as various diocesan committees. He is a member of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta. Passionate about music in church and elsewhere, Billy is a jazz musician, also an accomplished performer, teacher, and Pipe Major with the Highland Bagpipes.

Billy is married to Leigh DuBose from Carrollton, GA. His son Will DuBose (IV), graduated from Sewanee in 2017 and after working in political campaigns in 2018 plans to be enrolled in law school in 2019.

Mr. Clayton D. Harrington

Oconee Convocation

Clayton Harrington is the Episcopal Campus Missioner at the University of Georgia. He is also the Rector’s Associate for Youth and Young Adult Ministries at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Athens, Georgia. In these roles, Clayton is passionate about the potential of Christian community, worship, and service to empower youth and young adults to grow into the people that God has made them to be.

Clayton formerly was Program Coordinator for Youth Ministry at the Cathedral of St. Philip, from June 2017 to June 2018. He was also the Seminarian of the Cathedral from August 2015 to May 2017.

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).

Clayton is a postulant for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Atlanta.

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 nurturing the health and wellbeing of children and families. ARMHC provides 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, as well as scholarship program that provides over 70 scholarships annually. Under her leadership, ARMHC introduced Atlanta’s first Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program in October 2016. The Care Mobile’s mission is to bring asthma care to children where they live, learn, and play. In August of 2017, the organization launched a new Ronald McDonald Family Room program located on the inpatient oncology floor of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The Family Room will provide a peaceful place of respite for families, allowing parents to better communicate with their child’s medical team which improves adherence to complicated treatment plans.

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. She 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, are native Atlantans and are also Rotarians.

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).

Mrs. Stephanie A. Johnson

Middle Georgia Convocation

Stephanie A. Kaigler Johnson, born in Montezuma, Georgia, is a graduate of Macon County High School. She is a Cum Laude graduate of Savannah State University with a B.S. in Accounting. She has completed graduate work from several universities including Baldwin-Wallace College (Berea, OH) – MBA (Systems Management), 1989; Georgia Southwestern College (Americus, GA) – Business Education Certification, 2002; University of West Georgia (Carrollton, GA) – Ed. S., Business Education, 2005; Georgia College and State University (Milledgeville, GA) - Ed .S.- Educational Leadership Certification, 2007; Instructional Coaching Endorsement, Middle Georgia RESA, 2014.

Family: For 20 years, Stephanie has been married to Mr. Carroll (CJ) Johnson. Combined, they have four adult children. They also love their Pekingese dogs.

Occupation: Stephanie is an educator for the Peach County Board of Education since 2000. In the past, she has also served as an adjunct professor for two of the local universities. Prior to working for Peach County Board of Education, she gained substantial work experience from the IBM Corporation as an Account Systems Engineer; Accounting and Computing Consulting Entrepreneur; and West Central Georgia Community Action Council, Director of Administrative Services.

Church History: Stephanie was baptized at an early age in the family church, Second Salem Baptist Church, of Montezuma, GA. She has been an active member of All Saints’ Episcopal Church since 1995. She was re-confirmed at St Luke’s Episcopal Church of Fort Valley, Georgia in 1988 by the late Father Hugie Walker. Prior to moving to Warner Robins, Georgia, she was an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Akron, Ohio in which she was confirmed on December 5, 1982.

Activities: An active member for nearly 25 years, Stephanie is a Lay Eucharistic Minister, Home Eucharistic Visitor, and president of Daughters of the King. In the past, she has served in various roles: Chairperson of Stewardship, Chairperson of Communications Committee, Member of Fellowship Committee, Foyer participant, and past vestry member and Senior Warden. Additionally, she serves in a variety of community roles, including president of the Fort Valley Area Savannah State University National Alumni Association (SSUNAA) Chapter; Middle Georgia First Lego League (FLL) Tournament Director, and Robins STARBASE 2.0 Adviser.

Phillip King

Marietta Convocation

Phil King has over 20 years of digital and print marketing and advertising experience. He is currently a Product Manager at HD Supply Construction & Industrial where he delivers both operational and strategic value to an advanced website re-platforming initiative and runs point on ensuring product data integrity and enrichment for the future whitecap.com site. Before that, Phil managed a large creative staff for 10-plus years as a Creative Manager at The Home Depot. He is a cross-functional collaborator who can build focused consensus in complex structures.

Phil and his family live in Smyrna, GA and worship with the community of St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church where Phil serves on the Communications Committee, lay Eucharistic ministry and enthusiastically participates in church-sponsored contemplative, community and social events.

The Rev. Canon P. Lang Lowrey, III

At-Large

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

At-Large

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

Treasurer

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

Board Chair

Justin transitioned into the financial services sector in 2006 at a large brokerage in Michigan where he initially worked as a Certified Public Accountant for several years. In 2008, just two years later, he was selected to lead the company’s Atlanta office. In 2011, utilizing his vision of what financial advising should be, he formed his own financial advisory firm. In late 2016, he merged his financial advisory firm into the independent Ameriprise Financial franchise of his friend David Fritts. Together, they manage client relationships from coast to coast, and covering 20+ states.

Justin has been a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) since 1997, and is a CFP (Certified Financial PlannerTM), APMA (Accredited Portfolio Management AdvisorTM), and he received his MBA (Masters in Business Administration) from Central Michigan University in 2004. For 6 consecutive years, Justin has been named Atlanta magazine’s coveted “Five Star Wealth Manager”. He was named a Forbes Advisor in the December 2018 edition of the magazine for a second time.

Justin lives in East Cobb Area of Georgia with his wife Leigh. He enjoys giving back to his community by serving as chairman of the Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia. The foundation provides financial grants to organizations and Episcopal parishes which serve the poor and oppressed in the Diocese of Atlanta.

Mr. Robert B. Townes, IV

At-Large

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, capital, and legacy giving 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, GA, and is a member of the Diocese of Atlanta’s Commission on Ministry.

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 a senior at the University of Georgia.

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.