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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 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 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.
Susan Beallor-Snyder was born and raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Her creative, inquisitive nature has led her to explore different mediums during her career.
As a young artist, Beallor-Snyder's focus was black-and-white street photography. Inspired by the discovery of a great aunt's bead collection, she pursued a successful career as a classical goldsmith.
For 13 years, Beallor-Snyder's hand-fabricated jewelry designs have evolved into highly sought, striking pieces with a sculptural feel. This evolution to a more sculptural style led to her current focus on large-scale natural manila rope forms. These one-of-a-kind sculptures allow her to infuse simple materials with thought-provoking depth and profound emotion.
In addition to working as an artist, Beallor-Snyder has a background in film and television production and a passion for natural foods and holistic living. She and her husband Stuart have two daughters and live in Atlanta.
Cinda Boomershine's passion for color and design led her to launch her Atlanta interior design firm in 2002.
After earning industry recognition for her fresh and functional approach to design, Boomershine was invited to join the cast of TBS's nationally broadcast show "Movie and a Makeover" in 2003 as a design expert and remained in the cast for eight years. She has also appeared on several HGTV shows including "Deserving Design and "Decorating Cents."
In 2004, Boomershine launched the cinda b brand, one of the fastest-growing handbag, travel bag and tote companies in U.S. Her brand is currently sold in approximately 1,000 gift stores nationwide.
A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Boomershine previously worked as an advertising and marketing account executive. She and her husband Mark, a contemporary artist, are both natives and residents of Atlanta.
Cathleen Smith Bresciani was born in New York City and uses her talents to advocate for animals and people with disabilities.
Bresciani co-authored and produced "Sassafrass Jones and the Search for a Forever Home," a coffee-table book and interactive website, using the vintage miniature collection she assembled over more than 35 years. Proceeds from the books' sales benefit the Humane Society of New York and Canine Companions for Independence.
A photography and fashion enthusiast, Bresciani has created designer pet clothing and accessories for more than 20 years. She is also a licensed nurse.
Bresciani actively supports numerous animal charities and she and husband Buddy are active in the animal-rescue community. The pair resides in Atlanta and shares their home with four rescue dogs.
Ginny 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 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 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 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 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, 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 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 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 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 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.
Lance 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 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.
Suzanne 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 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.
Judy Mauldin is co-owner of Mauldin Brand Agency, Mauldin Apparel and the Artistic Control Group.
In 2001, she cofounded R&B Hip Hop 4 Humanity, a nonprofit educational and health initiative for at-risk youth. Determined to reframe hip-hop as a conscious way to educate and inspire young people worldwide, Mauldin launched The Business of Entertainment in 2005 as an alternative education program at Emory University. The program was selected for inclusion in "Music As A Global Resource," the United Nations 2012 compendium containing 105 projects from 50 countries that use music as a development tool to address social and economic issues.
The recipient of numerous awards, Mauldin serves on the board of advisors for Georgia State University-School of Social Work, the advisory board of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Saks Fifth Avenue Atlanta Diversity Board and as chair, Fulton County Arts Council. She is a trustee and founding board member of the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta.
Jason 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.
John D. Oetgen, who established Oetgen Design in 1977, is an acclaimed interior designer in Atlanta.
Named one of America's 100 most influential designers by House Beautiful in 1995, Oetgen has remained on the top 100 list each succeeding year. His work has been featured in many national and regional publications, including House & Garden, House Beautiful, Elle Décor, W, Better Homes and Gardens, Interior Design, Southern Accents, Veranda, Atlanta, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, and Esquire.
Oetgen has received numerous awards and honors. He was named Southeastern Residential Designer of the Year 2000, an award sponsored by Atlanta Market Center and Veranda magazine. Oetgen was also featured in Elle Décor's top 20 list of American interior designers in 1994 and received first prize in National Design Award Competition, sponsored by Restaurant magazine
Oetgen is a past member of the board of directors of the Atlanta Ballet and has been an active member of the High Museum, Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and Atlanta Botanical Gardens.
Jeanmarie Quarterman has enjoyed much success over the last 12 years as a semiprecious jewelry designer. A full-time mother of three, Quarterman turned her experience with a fine jeweler in New York into a home-based business, allowing her to care for her family while pursuing her creative interests.
Quarterman's professional career includes more than 10 years in multifamily development and property management. She started a property management firm for Atlanta multifamily brokers before moving into publishing.
After serving as the publisher of The Atlanta Apartment Guide, Quarterman moved into a regional management position and oversaw the start-up and operations of guides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; New Jersey; and Norfolk and Richmond, Virginia.
She has a bachelor of arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and lives in Atlanta with her husband and children.
Michael Rice has more than 20 years of project management and architectural experience in strategic facility planning, workplace and distributed work and project development.
As vice president of project management at Cresa Atlanta, he enjoys an excellent reputation for seamless coordination of complex assignments with challenging technical requirements. Recent clients include LivePerson, Easter Seals of North Georgia, Fidelity National Title Group, SagePath, Beazley and Sanofi.
Rice is National Council for Interior Design certified, a registered interior designer in Georgia, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-accredited professional, and member of the International Interior Design Association and International Facility Management Association.
He worked previously as vice president and director of project management and operations at Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum Atlanta. During his 11-year tenure, his team projects received awards from the American Society of Interior Designers and IIDA.
An Atlanta native, Rice earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in science in architecture at Georgia Tech.
Anita Morrison 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.