Atlanta Advisory Council

The Atlanta Advisory Council provides an advocacy and support network to SCAD around the world. It is comprised of individuals in business, government, education, art and design fields.

Michael Bishop


Bishop is general counsel for AT&T Intellectual Property, Inc. and president and general counsel for AT&T Delaware IP Corporation. Bishop earned his Juris Doctor from the George Washington University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in history at the University of Florida. He is president of the Atlanta Intellectual Property Inn of Court, a trustee of the Atlanta Preservation Center, member of the University of Florida Department of History Alumni Board and a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church.

Wendy Conrad Aronson

Aronson is a lover of design, especially fashion, interior and architecture.  She spent ten years working for cable programming networks, including Turner Broadcasting, The Travel Channel, Bravo and The Independent Film Channel. Aronson has served on the board of the Atlanta Speech School Guild and as the parents co-chair for the annual fund. She and her husband Neal Aronson are supporters of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, the Atlanta Speech School and Pace Academy, as well as many other organizations that promote the arts, health care and children's issues. Aronson is originally from Mobile, Alabama, and graduated from Tulane University's Newcomb College.

Ginny Feltus Brewer

Brewer serves on the Atlanta Ballet Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee, Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention board and development committee, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation Board and the Earth Share of Georgia Advisory Board. She cofounded and owned until 2003 Rexer-Parkes, Inc., one of Atlanta's leading women's specialty clothing stores. Rexer-Parkes received the DIVA Fashion Award as Women's Contemporary Retailer of the Year in 1997. Brewer previously served terms on the Board of Trustees for the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Zoo Atlanta, Performing Arts Program for Youth and as chairman of the board for First Presbyterian Preschool. She supports community nonprofit organizations through leadership roles in chairing events and serving on fundraising committees for Ansley Park Beautification Foundation, First Presbyterian Church, Piedmont Park Conservancy, Georgia Organics, Horizon Theatre, the Paideia School and Theatrical Outfit. She and her husband Charles have three children and reside in Ansley Park.

Chris Brogdon

Brogdon has been in the assisted living, nursing home and retirement community business for more than 20 years. He cofounded Winter Haven Homes, a company that developed, owned and operated assisted living and nursing homes in the Southeastern U.S. He served as the chairman of the board of Retirement Care Associates, a company that operated more than 120 assisted living and nursing home facilities. Brogdon has served as chairman of medical supply company Contour Medical and as chairman of NewCare Health Corporation. In 1996, he cofounded J. Christopher's, a restaurant specializing in breakfast, lunch and brunch. Today there are 23 stores in operation and two under development. Brogdon has been an owner and the manager of Brogdon Family, which owns nursing homes, assisted living facilities, restaurants and commercial real estate. He is also a founding board member of the Georgia Coastal Alzheimer's Association.

Robert (Bob) E. Cargill

Cargill is an advertising veteran who has worked with such top international brands as Coca Cola Company, Dole Pineapple, IBM, Hanes and United Airlines. He launched Cargill and Associates Inc., serving as the advertising agency's president and achieving national and international recognition. In 1990, Cargill merged the firm with Cole, Henderson, Drake, Inc., and became CEO and chairman of the merged firm. Early in his career, Cargill taught at the Philadelphia Museum College of Art and guest lectured at the Atlanta College of Art, where he became a member of the board of directors and later chairman of the board. A serious watercolor painter, Cargill pursues the medium full time, studying with nationally recognized artists. He is a signature member of the Georgia Watercolor Society, Tallahassee Watercolor Society and the Atlanta Artist Center. Cargill and his wife Barbara have two grown children, Colleen and Todd.

Nina Anderson Cheney

Cheney is a civic leader who provides leadership and expertise to fundraising and events management for numerous organizations in Atlanta. She chaired Forward Arts Market in 2007, the Atlanta History Center Swan House Ball in 2005, and led capital and annual fundraising efforts while on the executive committee of the board of directors for Imagineit, the children's museum of Atlanta. Before transitioning to nonprofit and volunteer sectors, she worked in marketing and public relations at Hill and Knowlton, and Manning, Selvage and Lee, in New York City. Her clients included Proctor and Gamble, M&M Mars, Frito-Lay and MasterCard International. Cheney earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Salem College, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is a graduate of Leadership Chattanooga, member of the New York North Carolina Society and the Atlanta Junior League. She serves on the Forward Arts Foundation and George West Mental Health Advisory Committee.

Audra A. Dial

Dial is an experienced litigator and partner at Atlanta-based Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, where she is a member of the firm's nationally recognized patent litigation and technology litigation teams. A board member and secretary of the Special Olympics of Georgia, Dial also sits on the board of Georgia Asylum & Immigration Network, GAIN, and served as president of the Junior League of Atlanta in 2010-11. She has been recognized as a Woman to Watch by the Junior League, a Georgia Rising Star by SuperLawyers magazine, an Up & Comer by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, an IMPACT Leader by Business to Business magazine, a POW! awardee by Womenetics and a recipient of the prestigious Justice Robert Benham Community Service Award by the Georgia State Bar. She earned her Juris Doctor from William & Mary School of Law, where she was managing editor of the William & Mary Law Review. Dial is involved with the Federal Bar Association, Women in Electronic Discovery and the National Association of Women Lawyers. She received her Bachelor of Arts from American University, where she graduated cum laude in interdisciplinary studies.

Brennen Dicker

Dicker, director of Post Sales, joined Crawford Media Services in 2004 as an account executive. He brings years of film and video experience to his role at one of the largest post-production facilities in the country. Over the years, he has worked closely with FOX Sports, National Geographic, Scripps Network, Universal Theme Parks, Warner Bros and others on a variety of broadcast projects including commercial, episodic series "The Walking Dead" and "Vampire Diaries." Dicker, along with his team, continues to effectively team with Crawford's clients while developing new business. Earlier in his career, he spearheaded an independent production company called American Mongrel Productions, Inc. based in Chicago, Illinois. As a long-time producer, writer and director, he has collaborated with many well-known advertising agencies, major TV networks, production companies and corporations. He serves on the Georgia Production Partnership board, the Metro Atlanta Chamber Advisory board and the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Steering Committee. He is also on the board for The Frazer Center, a nonprofit that helps children and adults with disabilities.

Christine Eisner

Eisner is a brand culture and lifestyle consultant. Her approach focuses on creating experiences, not appearances, and connecting the dots between broad concepts and the day-to-day reality of an individual, system or organization. A former director public relations for Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, New York, Eisner orchestrated Mr. Lauren's personal philanthropy and the company's cause-related marketing. She worked in strategic marketing and communications with Giorgio Armani, Film Forum, African National Congress, Special Olympics New York and Sotheby's International Realty. An advocate for balanced living, Eisner is the author of "Comfort Living: A Back-to-Basics Guide to a More Balanced Lifestyle," and a Georgetown University graduate with degrees in Chinese and business. She also studied Chinese at the University of Paris' Asian Languages College and has a certification in Residential Interior Design from Atlanta College of Art. Eisner has two children and loves food and travel.

Molly Fortune

Fortune is the director of restoration at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta. During her tenure, she has been influential in the development and implementation of strategic initiatives such as the Fox Theatre Institute, the premier source for advice and consultation about historic theater restoration, preservation and operations. Previously, Fortune served as an architectural historian for the Department of Defense at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia. She led the effort to implement a Cultural Resources Education Program, which all new personnel would attend to learn the history of the area and military installations. She serves on the executive board of the League of Historic American Theatres and is a board member of the Alumnae Association Board of Converse College.

Fay Gold

Gold operates Fay Gold Art Advisory Services and her corporate clients include Coca-Cola Company, Bank of America, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Intercontinental Hotels, as well as a multitude of private collectors. From 1980 to 2009, Gold ran one of Atlanta's most prestigious contemporary art spaces, the Fay Gold Gallery. Works by Andres Serrano, Robert Mapplethorpe and Jean-Michel Basquiat graced her gallery's walls. She has exhibited her artists at the Armory Show in New York City, the Basel Art Fair in Switzerland, ARCO in Spain, and FIAC in Paris. Gold has served on the boards of Art Papers, the Atlanta College of Art, the National Black Arts Festival and the International Women's Forum. She is a graduate of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2004.

Edward H. Inman

Inman is president and founder of Holland Services Company, which specializes in custom architectural woodwork. Inman has worked on numerous prestigious projects, including the Augusta National Golf Club cottages; Cloister at Sea Island; Piedmont Driving Club; Atlanta Athletic Club; Old Edwards Inn and Spa, Highlands, North Carolina; and Mountain Top Clubhouse, Cashiers, North Carolina. While founding Holland Services, Inman was president and owner of W.P. Stephens Lumber Company. A graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management, Inman is a cofounder, former board member and former chairman of the Atlanta chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum. He currently serves on the MITEF International Advisory Board and the local organizing committee for bringing FIRST International Robotics Championships back to Atlanta. He is also a magna cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering.

Suzanne Kasler

Kasler is the principal of Atlanta-based Suzanne Kasler Interiors. As a graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning, she brings a comprehensive knowledge of interior architecture and decorative arts to her work. Kasler's classic interiors have been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Traditional Home and Veranda. For the past three years, Kasler was named to Elle Décor's "A-List" of top U.S. designers, and for the past two years, was chosen for Architectural Digest's AD100. In 2009, Rizzoli published Kasler's first book, "Inspired Interiors," and in October 2013, will publish her second, "Timeless Style," a lavishly illustrated volume that showcases her residential design success. Kasler's signature style has been interpreted into a line of rugs with Safavieh, fine art with Soicher-Marin, accessories with Ballard, fabrics with Lee Jofa, furniture for Hickory Chair, and a collection of lighting for Visual Comfort.

Dr. Deborah Kelly

Kelly is a physician with Piedmont Physicians Group at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta. She completed her residency and internship at Emory University School of Medicine and is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine. Kelly is a cum laude graduate of Wake Forest University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree. She is a volunteer clinical instructor at the Emory University School of Medicine and is involved with the American College of Physicians and American Medical Association. Kelly thoroughly enjoys volunteering in the community for heath care and the fine arts. At Piedmont Hospital, Kelly is a member of the active medical staff, the Physician's Council and the Clinical Practice Committee, the G CAPP organization and Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential. She and her husband Scott live in Atlanta with their two girls.

Lance Jackson

Jackson is cofounder and creative director of the Parker Kennedy Living interior design group and brand. He started his career in the interior design business in 1997 after graduating from SCAD Savannah with a B.F.A. in interior design. While working and developing highly successful interior design groups for Atlanta-based architecture firms ranging from high-end residential to hospitality to student and multi-family housing, Jackson decided to form his own brand, doing so with business partner David Ecton in 2011. Parker Kennedy Living focuses on high-end residential interior design, vintage furniture restoration and product development. The brand's look is "Preppy on the Edge," taking a traditional interior and elevating it to an updated look using lacquer finishes and mixing textures and vintage details with modern colors and patterns. The resulting interiors are fresh while maintaining a deep-rooted interest in the traditional and exhibit Palm Beach overtones.

Pharris Johnson

Johnson is a retired Air Force colonel and author of five books on Georgia history. He also serves on the SCAD Board of Trustees. From 2005 to 2012, Johnson served as vice president for SCAD Atlanta and, under his leadership, student enrollment grew from 77 to 1,850. Upon his retirement in 2012, Johnson was feted at the SCAD Atlanta commencement ceremony with an honorary doctorate. He earned a Master of Arts in historic preservation from SCAD, a Master of Arts in business management from Central Michigan University, a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from the University of Georgia, and is a graduate of the Air War College. Previously, Johnson was chief of staff for executive administration at SCAD in Savannah and senior vice president at Varec Inc. in Atlanta.

Jason Moattar

Moattar is president of Moattar Ltd., which carries the largest selection of antique rugs in the South. In addition to its vast antique collection, Moattar Ltd. also features an amazing assortment of one-of-a-kind reproductions from Egypt, Pakistan, India, Tibet and Nepal, including traditional, transitional and contemporary styles. Moattar Ltd. outfitted the White House dining room in 2008. Moattar, an Atlanta native, is also an art enthusiast whose collection has been featured on the Museum of Design Atlanta's Tour of Homes, online and in magazines.

Anita Morrison Thomas

Thomas is a graduate of the University of Georgia and has served as a contributing editor for Southern Accents Magazine, Veranda Magazine and Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. Thomas chaired SCAD's Atlanta Advisory Council for five years and has been active in the community all her life, having served on the Georgia Council for the Arts and the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University. She was a jewelry designer and formed Anita's Accents, Ltd. Her designs were featured in The New York Times, Atlanta Journal, Northside Neighbor and several jewelry publications. She lives in Atlanta with her husband Michael. They have four children and eleven grandchildren.