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.

Brennen Dicker

Chair

Brennen Dicker is the general manager for Bling Digital Atlanta (a division of The SIM Group). SIM/Bling Digital Atlanta currently provides production and post-production services for a number of episodic television series and feature film productions, including CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals,” and the Sundance Channel’s “Rectify” and “The Red Road.”

Dicker previously served as director of post-production sales at Crawford Media Services. With broad experience in all aspects of film and television production, he has established deep ties to Atlanta’s production community. Earlier in his career, he was executive producer and principal of American Mongrel Productions, a Chicago production company, specializing in commercials, documentaries and sports programming. His background includes work in broadcast television as a producer, camera operator, audio engineer and assistant editor. Dicker also serves as chair of Governmental and Industry Relations Committee for the Georgia Production Partnership board and on the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Steering Committee.

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.

Brett C. Bartlett

Brett Bartlett is a partner with international law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Bartlett is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Leadership Team and Steering Committee, chairs its Atlanta Labor and Employment Department, and is co-chair of its national Wage and Hour Litigation Practice Group. He has received numerous awards for his legal work and has co-authored a treatise titled “Wage & Hour Collective and Class Litigation.” Away from the law, Bartlett is a member of the board of directors for ART PAPERS and the Metro/Atlanta Division of the March of Dimes. A graduate of Oberlin College and the Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law, Bartlett is a longtime supporter and avid fan of contemporary literature, music and art.

Pamela Breen

Pamela Breen works for Intervision Foods in the critical sales support division. She is a member of the Cathedral of St. Philip, the National Society of Colonial Dames of America, Georgia chapter, the Atlanta History Center and the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and she is a sustainer with the Junior League of Atlanta, Inc. She has also served on the board of the Ansley Park Civic Association. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Breen enjoys art, travel, cooking, gardening and volunteering. She has four children.

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.

David Campbell

David Campbell is marketing director for Venture and Emerging Brands at The Coca-Cola Company, identifying brands with potential and engaging entrepreneurs who are on the forefront of beverage innovation. In his previous role as global content director at Coca-Cola, he managed creative communications and content, domestically and internationally, from NASCAR to the World Cup and the Olympics. Campbell also previously served as creative manager for the U.S. market at Coca-Cola. He earned a master’s degree in strategic communications from Columbia University and has 15 years of experience in creative marketing.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Deborah Kelly, M.D.

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.

Stacey Van Allen Leebern

Stacey Van Allen Leebern is an advocate and longtime supporter of the arts, having worked as an interior designer and writer. In 2014, she chaired the annual Atlanta Ballet luncheon, raising record funds for the organization. Leebern previously served on the Columbus (Ga.) Symphony Board of Directors and the board of Our House, a home for foster children. Since 2007, Leebern has served on the board of the Columbus Regional Alzheimer's Association, where she and fellow board members started “Dancing Stars” for the state of Georgia, an event that has raised more than $5 million since its inception. She is a graduate of Auburn University and lives in Atlanta with her husband Don Leebern III and their two daughters.

Christine Leuthold

Leuthold 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, Leuthold 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, Leuthold 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. Leuthold has two children and loves food and travel.

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.

Anna Paré, M.D.

Dr. Anna Paré focuses her medical expertise on cosmetic dermatology. She is vice president of Dermatology Consultants and a board member of the Atlanta Women’s Medical Association. She also is a board-certified diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology. A native of Warsaw, Poland, Paré earned her doctor of medicine from the Emory University School of Medicine, and also completed her residencies in internal medicine and dermatology at Emory. In 2003, she was chosen as one of the 100 Top Women’s Doctors in Atlanta. Paré resides in Atlanta with her husband, Dr. Richard Paré, and their two daughters.

Harrison Rohr

Harrison Rohr is owner of Exquisite Stationery by Harrison Rohr, a papier boutique offering a bespoke, luxury experience for once-in-a-lifetime occasions. Having entered the hospitality industry to learn the true meaning of ultra-luxury service, Rohr has taken the caliber of service to new dimensions, most recently during his tenure at the St. Regis Atlanta, from its opening in 2008 until 2013, and additionally at the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, the Ritz-Carlton and The Willard InterContinental. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia, Rohr served as co-chair of A Meal to Remember, benefiting Meals on Wheels Atlanta in 2011 and 2012, and he served as co-chair of the 2012 Women of Style and Substance Fashion Show, benefitting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Andrew Velcoff

Andrew Velcoff is a lawyer at Greenberg Traurig LLP focusing on entertainment, intellectual property, licensing and media law. His practice includes a wide range of institutional and individual entertainment and media clients involved in the development, production, acquisition, financing, marketing and distribution of content for motion pictures, television, video, the Internet and other traditional and emerging media. Previously, Velcoff served as general counsel and senior vice president of legal and business affairs at Turner Entertainment Group. He received his juris doctor from the New England School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts, Master of Education and Master of Arts degrees in music education and music composition from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Velcoff also is an advisory board member of the Atlanta Film Festival.

Karen Spencer Welanetz

Karen Spencer Welanetz is CEO and co-owner of Dtox Juice in Atlanta. She has experience in retail real estate development, retail marketing and brand development, and previously served as vice president at General Growth Properties, the second largest real estate investment trust in the U.S. While living in Shanghai with her family for eight years, Welanetz launched a children’s clothing brand, and, as the wholesale business grew, she opened her store named Karen Spencer, operating the business for four years until moving to the U.S. In addition, Welanetz wrote and cohosted a nationally televised weekly segment on International Channel Shanghai television titled “Parenting In Style,” which presented informative interviews, creative ideas and advice for parents with young children. She is involved with the Baobei Foundation, an organization that provides life-saving surgeries to orphans in China, and JUCCCE, a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the greening of China and promoting sustainability education for growing cities. Born in Toronto, Welanetz has also lived in Durban and Cape Town, South Africa; Melbourne in Australia; and numerous cities in the U.S. A graduate of Texas Christian University, she resides in Atlanta with her husband and two sons.