Officers and Directors


The Executive Board of the Atlanta Chapter includes the President, President-Elect, and Vice-Presidents of Administration, Communications, Education/Events, Finance/Treasurer, Funds Development, Membership, and University Relations, as well as the Parlimentarian and Recording Secretary. Committee activities focus on the Directory, Endowment Fund, Historian, Internal Communications, Member Relations, Newsletter, Nominating, Public Relations, Retreat, Scholar Awards Luncheon, Scholars, Scholar Alumni, Speakers, Special Events and Website.


2017-8 Administration Team:  Deede Stephenson,  Sara Jean Burke, Margaret Turk

2017-8 University/Scholar Relations Team: Elaine Davis, Linda Kay McGowan, Mary Watson, Nancy Williams, Caroline Hardin

2017-8 Communications/PR Team: Marie Stafford, Louise Yeoman, Leslie Petter, Ronnie Martin, Pat Leake, Alicia McCabe

2017-8 Special Events: June Tompkins, Carolyn Cooper

2017-8 Funds Development/Finance Team: Louise Yeoman, Lissa Bankoff, Suzy Wasserman, Kelli Keb

Past Presidents: Pat Leake, Gracia Conn, Debbie Liss, Janie Wilson, Sally Hinkle


National Board Members: Sally McDaniel, Sara Jean Burke and Nancy Chambers



Photos by Randy McDow, Atlanta, GA

Board of Directors - July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019


President Susan McGonigle Past President Sara Jean Burke
VP Administration Deede Stephenson VP Finance/Treasurer   Janis Henry
VP Communications Lisa Bankoff VP Funds Development Suzy Wasserman and Kelli Keb
VP Membership Frances Swensson VP Education/Events Robin King
VP University Relations Linda Kay McGowan and Carolynn Cooper Recording Secretary Margaret Turk
Parlimentarian Jeanne Berry    


ARCS Scholars Chair Sarah Batts ARCS Scholars Chair-Elect  
Assistant Treasurer Sally Hinkle ARCS Scholar Alumni Chair Nancy Williams
2018 Scholar Awards Luncheon Chair Caroline Hardin Scholar Awards Luncheon Chair-Elect Erin Dasher
Retreat Chairs Elaine Davis Endowment Fund Chair Louise Yeoman
Directory Chair Liz Troy Historian Farideh Azadi
Public Relations Chair Ellen Adair Wyche Public Relations Chair-Elect  
Special Events Chair Caroline Moise Special Events Chair-Elect Mary Hataway
Internal Communications Ronnie Martin Speakers Chair Liz Lauer
Website Chair Catherine Wahlen    
Newsletter Editors Becky Riley and Karen Doolittle Newsletter Publisher Leslie Petter


Assistant to the President  Jane Dolinger Nominating Chair Sara Jean Burke

Past Presidents

Mary O’Connor
Atlanta Founder
Patsy Drummond 1994-1995 Trudy Huger 1995-1996
Frannie Graves 1996-1997 Pat Leake 1997-1998
Betsy Hansen 1998-1999 Deborah Liss 1999-2000
Sally Hinkle 2000-2002 Janie Wilson 2002-2004
Teed M. Poe 2004-2006 Jan K. Bennett 2006-2008
Sherry Lundeen 2008-2010 Kay Weiss 2010-2012
Gracia Conn 2012-2014 Jane Dolinger 2014-2016
Sara Jean Burke 2016-2018    


ARCS Foundation Atlanta Members Serving on ARCS Foundation National Board - July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 

Andi Purple President Sherry Lundeen President Elect and Endowment Fund Comm.
Nancy Chambers VP Finance/Operations Sally McDaniel Chair, Funds Development
Janie Wilson Council of Advisors Jane Dolinger Council of Advisors
Susan McGonigle Atlanta Chapter President Sara Jean Burke Council of Presidents Representative


Thanks from Alum Alejandro Toriella, PhD, Assistant Professor, Industrial Engineering, Georgia Tech

Thank you very much for your support.  It meant a lot.  I had the opportunity to return to Tech as a faculty member last year.  I’m very happy to be back and hope I can advise a future ARCS scholar soon!

Thanks from Monica Gerth, Research Fellow at University of Otago, New Zealand

My ARCS scholar award was tremendously important to me not just financially, but it was also a huge confidence boost/validation.

Thanks from Alum Deborah Kilpatrick, CEO Evidation Health

The work you (ARCS Foundation Atlanta members) have all done is tremendous, and I am so proud to be a part of that legacy.  I hope that my work is making you all feel that there has been a good return on your investment.