James B. Williams
James B. Williams spent his entire career with SunTrust Bank, serving as Chairman and CEO from 1991 to 1998. He served as a director of The Coca-Cola Company from 1979 to 2013, and chaired the board of Emory University’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center for more than 20 years. Mr. Williams has served on numerous boards, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Genuine Parts Company and Georgia Pacific Corporation. He is currently a director of Rollins, Inc., RPC, Inc. and Marine Products Corporation. He is a graduate and trustee emeritus of Emory University.
E. Jenner Wood III
Jenner Wood serves as a director of Genuine Parts Company, Southern Company and Oxford Industries, and is a former director of Crawford & Company. He spent his entire career with SunTrust Bank serving in various corporate executive positions from 1975 to 2017. His civic responsibilities include the Jesse Parker Williams Foundation, Sartain Lanier Foundation, and Episcopal High School. Mr. Wood is a member of the executive governing committee of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He formerly served as a trustee of the Camp Younts Foundation, Pitts Foundation, SunTrust Foundation, Inc., Agnes Scott College, Atlanta Speech School, Trinity School, Visiting Nurse Health System and Piedmont Healthcare System. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and an M.B.A from Georgia State University.
Lawrence L. Gellerstedt III
Larry Gellerstedt is Chairman of Cousins Properties. He serves as chairman of the Jesse Parker Williams Foundation and is a director of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Atlanta Committee for Progress and the Georgia Research Alliance. Mr. Gellerstedt has also served as chair of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, The Commerce Club, Fernbank Museum, the Metro Atlanta YMCA, Midtown Alliance and the Woodruff Arts Center. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Thomas J. Lawley, M.D.
Dr. Thomas J. Lawley is former Dean of Emory University’s School of Medicine. He has chaired the Board of Directors of the Association of American Medical Colleges and its Council of Deans and VA-Dean’s Liaison Committee. Dr. Lawley has also chaired the Liaison Committee for Medical Education and served on the National Institutes of Health’s study sections and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Advisory Council. Dr. Lawley serves as a director of Rollins, Inc.
David P. Stockert
Dave Stockert serves as a director of Mid-America Apartment Communities and Duke Realty Corporation. He served as CEO of Post Properties from 2002 to 2016. His civic responsibilities include the boards of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Grady Health System, Horizons Atlanta, the Westside Future Fund, the Commerce Club and the YMCA of Metro Atlanta where he served as chair. He also served as chair of Central Atlanta Progress, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School and the Buckhead Coalition. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and an MBA from Columbia University.
Gabe began a two-year fellowship at the Foundations in 2019. He previously served as an intern for a member of parliament in Ireland and has worked for the Emory University Scholars Program and Samler & Whitson law firm. Gabe graduated magna cum laude from Emory University with a B.A. in political science and sociology.
Carrie Davis Conway
Senior Program Officer
Carrie joined the Foundations’ staff in 2014. She previously served as Executive Director of the Southeast Region for CARE USA, and has 10 years of experience working in development in the higher education sector. Carrie graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a B.A. degree in history and received an M.A. degree from St. John’s College.
Executive Assistant to the President
Stephanie joined the Foundations’ staff in 2020. She previously served as Executive Assistant and Office Manager of the Grady Health Foundation, and has over 30 years of experience working in administration at SunTrust Banks. Stephanie earned her Associate of Applied Science degree from Clayton State University.
P. Russell Hardin
Russ joined the Foundations’ staff as Secretary in 1988, became Treasurer in 1989, Vice President in 1994, and President in 2006. Prior to joining the Foundations, Russ practiced law with King & Spalding and was associated with the Robinson-Humphrey Company. He currently serves as Chairman of the Foundation Center, trustee of Northwestern Mutual, and director of the Genuine Parts Company and the Commerce Club of Atlanta. He is a former board chair of the Southeastern Council of Foundations. Russ received his B.A. degree with high distinction from the University of Virginia in 1979, and his J.D. degree with honors from Duke University School of Law in 1982.
Secretary and Treasurer
Erik joined the Foundations’ staff in 2006. He previously served as a law clerk to Chief Judge J.L. Edmondson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Erik is the former Chairman of the Georgia Grantmakers Alliance and serves on the Public Policy Committee of the Council on Foundations. He earned his B.A. degree from Emory University in 1998 and his J.D. degree with high honors from the University of Georgia’s School of Law in 2005.
Jenny joined the Foundations’ staff in 2013. She previously worked as an account executive at the marketing communications firm Jackson Spalding. Jenny serves as Communications Chair for the Southeast Chapter of PEAK Grantmaking. She graduated summa cum laude from the Georgia Institute of Technology with B.S. degrees in psychology and communications.
Caroline began a two-year fellowship at the Foundations in 2018. She previously served as a Community Building and Social Change Fellow with Emory University and has worked with Graduation Generation, the Homeless Outreach and Awareness Program, and the Food & Water Watch. Caroline earned her B.A. degree in women’s studies from Emory University.
Grants Program Administrator
Emily joined the Foundations staff in 2019. She previously worked as a client and grants manager with the SunTrust Bank Foundations and Endowments Specialty Practice. Emily graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University with B.A. degrees in economics and Spanish.
Grants Program Director
Lizzy joined the Foundations’ staff as Grants Officer in 2005 and became Grants Program Director in 2011. She previously worked for the fundraising consulting firm of Coxe Curry & Associates for more than seven years, and also served as Director of Special Events for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Raleigh, NC. Lizzy is a former trustee of the Southeastern Council of Foundations and a past chair of the Foundation Center-Atlanta Advisory Board. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. degree in economics.
Sarah joined the Foundations’ staff in 2007 after working for six years with accounting firm Smith & Howard as a tax accountant, with a focus on real estate transactions and exempt organizations. Sarah earned her B.B.A. in accounting and master’s degree in taxation from Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business, where she graduated with high honors. She is a certified public accountant.
Katrina joined the Foundations’ staff in 2017. She previously served as Vice President of Corporate Accounting at Quadrant Real Estate Advisors and as Tax Manager at Windham Brannon. Katrina earned her master’s degree in taxation from Georgia State University and a B.A. degree in French literature from Emory University.
Tammy joined the Foundations’ staff in 2008. She previously worked as an equipment supply coordinator at Coca-Cola Enterprises and as an HR assistant at Emory Healthcare. Tammy earned her B.A. degree in business administration from Talladega College in 1993, and her M.A. degree in Marriage and Family Therapy Counseling from Argosy University in 2016.