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. In preparation for our upcoming silver anniversary, a 25th Anniversary committee has also been established. Past Presidents constitute an Advisory Committee to the Board.


Administration Team:  Deede Stephenson,  Sara Jean Burke, Margaret Turk

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

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

Special Events: June Tompkins, Carolyn Cooper

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: Debbie Liss, Sally McDaniel, Nancy Chambers, Sara Jean Burke, Jane Dolinger, Janie Wilson



Photos by Randy McDow, Atlanta, GA

Board of Directors - July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018


President Sara Jean Burke President Elect Susan McGonigle
VP Administration Deede Stephenson VP Finance/Treasurer   Lisa Bankoff
VP Communications Pat Leake VP Funds Development Suzy Wasserman and Kelli Keb
VP Membership Frances Swensson Parlimentarian Marty Gillin
VP University Relations Elaine Davis and Linda Kay McGowan Recording Secretary Margaret Turk
VP Education/Events Robin King    


ARCS Scholars Chair Sarah Batts ARCS Scholars Chair-Elect Sarah Batts
Assistant Treasurer Janis Henry ARCS Scholar Alumni Chair Nancy Williams
2017 Scholar Awards Luncheon Chair Mary Watson Scholar Awards Luncheon Chair-Elect Caroline Hardin
Retreat Chairs Lee Doyle and Regina Olchowski Endowment Fund Chair Louise Yeoman
Directory Chair Liz Troy Historian Farideh Azadi
Public Relations Chair Louise Yeoman Public Relations Chair-Elect Sally Hinkle
Special Events Chair Carolyn Cooper Special Events Chair-Elect Caroline Moise
Internal Communications Ronnie Martin Speakers Chair Liz Lauer
Website Chair Gracia Conn    
Newsletter Editors Molly Eskew and Leslie Petter Newsletter Publisher Leslie Petter


Assistant to the President  Lynn Cornett Nominating Chair Janie Wilson


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


ARCS Foundation Atlanta Members Serving on ARCS Foundation National Board - July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 

Andi Purple President Sherry Lundeen National Endowment Fund Comm.
Nancy Chambers VP Finance/Operations Sara Jean Burke Atlanta Chapter President
Sally McDaniel Chair, Funds Development Jane Dolinger National Nominating Committee
Janie Wilson National Endowment Fund Comm.    


Thanks from Scholar Kevin Yehl

"I was very fortunate to be selected as one of this year's ARCS scholars... I plan to pursue an academic career in chemistry... Your support will allow me to continue my biomedical research in developing novel strateigies to treat drug resistant cancers and cardiovascular diseases... Again, thank you so much for your support of the sciences and post graduate education, both of which are very important in keeping America competitive..."

Thanks from Alum Collette Miller, Postdoctoral Fellow at US Environmental Protection Agency

"Thank you all for reaching out and the support over the years. It's been a rocky few years following the passing of my doctoral research mentor a few weeks prior to my dissertation defense. Trying to rebound from his loss, finishing my dissertation, and figuring out where to go from there was challenging to say the least ... Thank you again for your support. Honestly I did not know how much I would have ended up relying on the generous gift that the Atlanta Chapter of ARCS Foundation provided when it was first received. However, it was vital in helping me launch a new chapter in my career when I found my plans collapse when my mentor passed. Again, THANK YOU!"

Thanks from Alum Tim Sampson, Postdoctoral Scholar at Caltech

I am immensely grateful to the ARCS Foundation and Turner Enterprises for making my award possible. I am honored to have been part of the talented and promising group of young researchers from the Atlanta-area!