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 its most vulnerable neighbors for almost 30 years and Meghan is honored to have been her Director for the past four 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, their three-year-old son, William, and their newborn son, Charlie, in Carrollton. She loves any time spent with family and friends, traveling, and sharing a meal.
Mrs. Mary-Kathryn Boler
Mary-Kathryn Boler, CFRE has 30 years’ experience in education and economic development program creation and funding. She recently accepted the position of Director of Development for Kennesaw State University, where she will focus on raising funds to support the University’s Bagwell College of Education and University College. She also shares her development expertise with other nonprofits as a grant writing instructor at the Georgia Center for Nonprofits.
Prior to joining KSU Mary-Kathryn was the Senior Director of Development for TAG Education Collaborative, where she partnered with foundations, corporations, and individuals to bring hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education initiatives to students in grades K-12. Earlier in her career Mary-Kathryn was the chief executive officer of Catapult Strategic Consulting, where she increased the success and sustainability of over 500 entrepreneurial businesses and nonprofit organizations. Mary-Kathryn also has extensive experience developing entrepreneurial programs, such as technology business incubators and small business loan funds, for economic development authorities throughout the country.
Mary-Kathryn’s commitment to education for all and impactful community development are reflected in her volunteer activities as well. She is a member of the Georgia Leadership Council of FIRST Robotics and mentors several FIRST teams, including one at Dobbins Air Reserve Base.
Mary-Kathryn earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics and Economics from Duke University and a Master of Business Administration from University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
Mary-Kathryn and her husband Kent are proud parents of two children, Matt and Meggie, and they are members of St. Peter and St. Paul Episcopal Church in Marietta. Before moving to Georgia, Mary-Kathryn helped launch St. John’s Parish Day School and served on the inaugural board of directors for the St. John’s Parish Day School in Ellicott City, Maryland.
Ms. Jennifer Bonds King
Jennifer Bonds King 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 recently retired as the Chief Financial Officer of the Coca-Cola Bottlers’ Association; she was in the Coca-Cola system for 14 years and was responsible for all financial aspects of the Association and in addition, worked 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 fundraisers 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
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, and anticipates completing his MDiv. in 2020. 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; after working in political campaigns, he enrolled in law school at University of South Carolina Law School.
Georgia Mountains Convocation
Mackenzie Harkins is currently the Director of Annual Giving for Young Harris College, where her focus centers on raising funds for first generation students from Appalachia, fine arts restricted funding and running a comprehensive annual giving program for alumni and friends of the College. Prior to this work, Mackenzie was a HUD technical assistance provider for Collaborative Solutions, a firm that focuses on housing and healthcare capacity building for non-profits and local/state governments. In this role she provided training and subject matter expertise to urban and rural communities working to end homelessness, with a specific focus in rural homelessness as a HUD appointed lead for policy work.
She has worked to support marginalized people experiencing homelessness and other social justice issues across two decades. Her work has included strategic leadership for organizations, fundraising, and supporting communities to design and implement systems to assist vulnerable people. Mackenzie received her Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology, Emory University in Atlanta and Bachelors of Social Work at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
She lives with her husband Marvin, their three daughters and two basset hounds in the shadow of Blood Mountain. They are members of St. Clare’s Episcopal Church in Blairsville. In her spare time Mackenzie enjoys hiking, yoga and a good IPA.
Mr. Clayton D. Harrington
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 the 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 transitional deacon and will be ordained a priest in June 2020 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.
Mary Alice Isele
Mary Alice is a retired development professional with over thirty years’ experience in fundraising and nonprofit management. She is a graduate of Agnes Scott College and, while currently residing in Athens, GA, lived in Atlanta most of her life.
Her first development position was with The Episcopal Radio-TV Foundation (ERTV), an organization of The Episcopal Church which produced and distributed audio-visual materials throughout the country. As Director of Development, Mary Alice solicited dioceses, parishes, individuals, and foundations to secure operating and endowed funds to support the ministry. She delighted in working closely with some of Atlanta’s greatest philanthropists (who also happened to be Episcopalians) at that time.
Following her role with ERTV, Mary Alice became the first Director of Development and Communications for Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School. Her ten years in that position included the capital campaign to add an upper school, as well as a second to add a preschool building and enhance existing structures. Mary Alice lovingly refers to Holy Innocents’ School as her “third child.” At the time, they were constantly creating something new. From a thriving annual fund and highly successful capital campaigns to school color and mascot development and countless special events, the years flew by.
After Holy Innocents’, Mary Alice accepted the position of Director of Development and Communications at The College of Computing at Georgia Tech. During her 16 years in that position, she led two capital campaigns for the college, one to add a new computing building to the campus. Her successful solicitation of a $15M naming gift resulted in the spectacular Christopher W. Klaus Advanced Computing Building. Mary Alice was responsible for individual and corporate giving to the college and felt she could not have been in a more exciting place in the late 1990s when new technology companies were being formed on a daily basis and GA Tech’s faculty and students were in great demand. It was an honor to represent GA Tech to companies like Microsoft, Google, Intel, etc.
A devout Episcopalian, Mary Alice has been a member of several parishes in and outside of the Diocese of Atlanta. She was a founding member of St. Peter and St. Paul Episcopal Church in Marietta. She also attended St. Catherine’s, Holy Innocents’, and Holy Family (Jasper). She is an EfM graduate and has served in many volunteer roles over the years. Mary Alice is currently a member of St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church in Athens.
Mary Alice is the proud mother of two fine sons and delights in being Grammy to four superb grandchildren. When she’s not volunteering, she enjoys reading, gardening, walking, and Pickleball.
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 and Shih Tzu 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 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, First Tech Challenge (FTC) Mentor, and Robins STARBASE 2.0 Adviser.
Phil King has over 20 years' experience in digital and print marketing & advertising. He is a strategic creative services leader of people and projects, whose teams find focus quickly, and develop and execute precisely branded, targeted solutions on time and within budget. A diplomatic peacemaker with a patient and reflective approach toward resolution, Phil is a cross-functional collaborator able to connect authentically and compassionately with key players at all levels.
Phil and his family live in Smyrna, GA and worship with the community at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church where Phil serves on the Nominating Committee, is a regular lay Eucharistic minister, co-leads a small group, and enthusiastically participates in church-sponsored contemplative, community and social events.
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. He received a Doctor of Ministry from General Theological Seminary.
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.
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 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 an 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 LLC (TSYS), a global payments solution provider and affiliate of Global Payments Inc. 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, GA, where she has served in several capacities through the years. In recent years, she has devoted her attention outside of the parish to support the work of 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 watching her son’s tennis matches and Georgia football.
Justin D. Streeter
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. Jeffrey T. Tindall
Northwest Georgia Convocation
Jeff Tindall grew up in Marietta, GA attending St. Catherine's Episcopal Church. A technology executive with over 20 years of experience in the healthcare software industry. He started his technical career in healthcare documentation management software with Healthcare Technologies, Inc. while attending the Georgia Institute of Technology where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. Jeff served as President of HTI Technologies, Inc. prior to its acquisition by Superior Global. As the healthcare market has evolved through the passing of the HITECH Act and the Affordable Care Act, he has continued to expand his expertise in the healthcare revenue cycle to include creating systems for outsourced coding, auditing, and most recently billing companies. Jeff is currently the Managing Director of Agile Innovations Group, a leading provider of outsourced innovations for enterprise business platforms and Founder/CTO of OnePoint Systems, a social advocacy platform transforming the way businesses reward consumers for brand advocacy.
In his spare time, Jeff enjoys spending time with his family and staying involved in the community. His wife, Tiffany, is a Cartersville native who graduated from the University of Georgia and currently teaches dance. Jeff and Tiffany have two children together. He oversees operations and vision of the Church of the Ascension's Red Door Food Pantry with his family where their team served more than 118,000 pounds of food to over 14,000 Bartow County patrons in 2019. Currently the President of the Rotary Club of Etowah, Jeff also serves on the boards of the BLESS Coalition, The Bookmobile, and the Steps of Faith Dance Company.
After moving to Cartersville in 2003 to be near Tiffany’s family, Jeff found his passion for remodeling and landscaping. In 2011, Jeff and Tiffany moved into the Lottie Moon house from 1856 in Downtown Cartersville and have completed numerous renovation projects in the years since. Jeff also enjoys traveling the world and scuba diving which he sometimes has good fortune to do at the same time.
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, 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 recent graduate of the University of Georgia.