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, Strategic Plan Implementation and University Relations, as well as the Parlimentarian and Recording Secretary. Committee activities focus on the Directory, Endowment Fund, Internal Communications, Newsletter, Nominating, Public Relations, Retreat, Scholar Awards Celebration, Scholars, Scholar Alumni, Speakers, Special Events and Website.


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

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




BOARD OF DIRECTORS - July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021

Executive Committee

PresidentLeslie PetterVP Funds DevelopmentCaroline Hardin
VP AdministrationMissy McClatcheyVP MembershipPatty Reid
VP CommunicationsMargaret TurkVP Strategic Plan ImplementationSusan McGonigle
VP EducationSuzy WassermanCo-VP University RelationsCarolynn Cooper, Caroline Moise
VP Finance/TreasurerLisa BankoffRecording SecretaryJanis Henry

Committee Chairs

Ambassadors ChairBecky Riley2022 Retreat ChairElaine Davis
Assistant TreasurersMary Justice, Angelle HamiltonScholar Alumni ChairSusan Hawkins
Directory & Name Tags ChairLaura Pease2020 Scholar Awards Celebration ChairFarideh Azadi
Funds Development VP ElectMary DodsonScholar Awards Celebration Chair ElectKristen Gibbs
Internal Communications ChairPeg CooleyScholars ChairPat Leake
Newsletter EditorLouise YeomanSpeakers ChairAlicia McCabe
Newsletter PublisherCorrie JohnsonSpecial Events ChairMary Watson
Public Relations ChairEllen Adair WycheSpecial Events Chair ElectBetsy Kazazian

Appointed by the President

Assistant to the President Jane DolingerNominating ChairElaine Davis
ParlimentarianSally Hinkle  

Past Presidents

Mary O’Connor*1992-1994Patsy Drummond1994-1995
Trudy Huger1995-1996Frannie Graves1996-1997
Pat Leake1997-1998Betsy Hansen1998-1999
Deborah Liss1999-2000Sally Hinkle2000-2002
Janie Wilson2002-2004Teed M. Poe2004-2006
Jan K. Bennett2006-2008Sherry Lundeen2008-2010
Kay Weiss2010-2012Gracia Conn2012-2014
Jane Dolinger2014-2016Sara Jean Burke2016-2018
Susan McGonigle2018-2020*Atlanta Founder 

ARCS Foundation Atlanta Members Serving on ARCS Foundation National Board - July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 

Sherry LundeenPresidentSara Jean BurkeChair, Chapter Engagement
Nancy ChambersSecretarySally McDanielEndowment Committee
Jane DolingerChair, Council of AdvisorsJanie WilsonMember, Council of Advisors
Susan McGonigleChair, Council of Presidents  


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 Courtney Pollard, III, MD, PhD, MedStar Harbor Hospital, Baltimore

Let me start by saying how thankful I am for being selected as an ARCS scholar.  I consider it one of my greatest achievements thus far and I am immensely proud to count myself as one of the amazing group of students that your organization selected to receive this award.  I want you ladies to know you are doing an outstanding job!  You all are embarked on a truly altruistic endeavor and it is my fervent prayer that this organization thrives for years to come.

Thanks from Alum Eliot Quon, Postdoctoral Researcher at National Renewable Energy Laboratory

ARCS Foundation has been a highlight of my academic career thus far, thank you for the support!