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 worshipping communities of our Diocese are organized into ten 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.

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, who just graduated with a degree in environmental engineering from Georgia Tech.

His hobbies include piano & organ, gardening, travel, and most recently, beekeeping.

Ms. Jennifer R. Bonds

Mid-Atlanta Convocation

Jennifer R. Bonds is a Health System Specialist at the Atlanta VA Medical Center, where she currently serves as the Business Manager for Surgical Services. Board Certified in Healthcare Management, she is responsible for business and clinic operations for multiple surgical subspecialties for over 100,000 Veterans in 45 counties in North Georgia.

Prior to this role, Jennifer served as the Business Manager for the Primary Care 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

Northeast Georgia Convocation

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 masters 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.

Rev. Deacon Chip Faucette

At-Large

Mr. Clayton D. Harrington

At-Large

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

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 has been helping non-profits raise philanthropic support for 15 years. Her career in planned giving began at the Medical College of Georgia, where she and her mentor started the Milton Antony Society to honor legacy donors at the state’s oldest public medical and dental school.

During her 7 years in University Development at Kennesaw State University, Ellen served as lead for the faculty/staff annual campaign and as the Director of Development for the College of Science and Mathematics. When promoted to Director of Development for Planned Giving she helped build the university’s Retirees Association, a formal outreach program to 300 founding employees of the school. Through volunteer management, and peer-to-peer fundraising, the KSU Retirees Association started the university’s first endowed scholarship for the children and grandchildren of retired KSU employees.

Ellen has been a member of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning since 2010 and serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Planned Giving Council. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in public administration from Kennesaw State University. She is enrolled in the UGA Certified Financial Planner program pursuing CFP certification in July 2017.
Ellen joined the Habitat for Humanity International team in the fall of 2014 as Development Officer, Planned Giving. In this role, she serves on a team of 6 who raise planned gifts which support Habitat for Humanity in 1,382 domestic branches and in 70 countries globally.

Ellen and her husband, Mitch, live in Atlanta. They have two children (who have flown the nest) and 4-legged child (who rules the nest).

The Rev. Canon P. Lang Lowrey, III

Board Chair

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.

The Rev. Canon C. Wallace Marsh

At-Large

The Rev. Wallace Marsh is Canon for Liturgy and Pastoral Care at The Cathedral of St. Philip. As Canon for Liturgy and Pastoral Care, Wallace oversees the Cathedral liturgies and provides pastoral oversight to the 6,000 member parish.
 
Wallace grew up in McMinnville, Tennessee. He attended Sewanee: The University of the South, where he earned a bachelor's in English Literature (2001). After graduation, Wallace stayed in Sewanee to serve as lay chaplain at All Saints' Chapel. He went on to Yale Divinity School to earn a Master's in Divinity (2007).
 
Wallace served as Associate Rector at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Albany, Georgia. While in south Georgia, Wallace met and fell in love with Margaret Ann. They were married in 2010, shortly after Wallace accepted a call to serve as Associate Rector at St. James' Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia.  Margaret Ann is the Director of Sustainability for Flowers Foods.  They have two young sons, Bradford (3 years old) and Cyrus (1 year old).

Wallace is active in the Diocese of Atlanta, serving as a member of the Nominating Committee for the 10th Bishop of Atlanta, Commission on Ministry, and former Chair of the Advisory Board for The Road (Episcopal Service Corp.).

Ms. Lucy T. Sheftall

Chattahoochee Valley Convocation

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 genetics 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.

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.

Bar admissions
Georgia, 1988

Education
Master of Laws in Tax, Emory University School of Law
J.D., cum laude, University of Georgia School of Law
B.A., cum laude, Williams College
Diploma, cum laude, Taft School

Civic involvement

  • Treasurer, Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, 2009 to present
  • Senior Warden, Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, 2005 to 2007
  • Vestryman, Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, 2004 to 2006
  • Assistant Scoutmaster, BSA Troop 525, Loganville, Georgia 1998 to 2006
  • Member, Georgia State Service Council, American Red Cross, 1999 to 2004
  • Member, Younger Law Alumni Board, University of Georgia School of Law, 1998 to 2000
  • Member, Walton County Commission on Children and Youth, 1994 to 1999
  • Senior Warden, St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 1998 to 1999
  • Vestryman and Treasurer, St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 1993 to 1998
  • Walton County Comprehensive Plan Task Force, 1991 to 1992; 1996 to 1997
  • Chairman, Walton County Red Cross, 1989 to 1994

Justin D. Streeter

At-Large

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.

The Rev. Greg Tallant

Board Vice Chair

Greg is the Rector of Holy Trinity Parish in Decatur since 2012. He is a 1991 graduate of Presbyterian College and a 2007 graduate of The General Theological Seminary in New York City. Prior to Holy Trinity, Greg served at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rome, Georgia, and before that was sponsored for ordination by Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in Cumming. Greg and his wife Emily are both rooted for many generations in Georgia, and have two teenage sons, Andrew and James.  Greg joined the ECF Board in 2009.  Hobbies are watching baseball, playing basketball and golf, and reading comic books.

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 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 a rising Junior at the University of Georgia.

Mrs. S. Elizabeth Vorosmarti

Southwest Atlanta Convocation

Beth Vorosmarti relocated to Peachtree City in 2016 and is a member of St. Andrews in the Pines. She and her family were members of the Cathedral Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem for over 20 years. She was engaged in many ministries including serving on the Vestry, Lay Eucharistic Visitor and the Room at the Inn Homeless Shelter. Beth is married to James and they have 3 children. The oldest two, James and Grace are in college in MA and NY respectively and Henry is a junior in high school. Serving as a board member for ECF is one way that Beth feels like she has a new church home in GA.