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Board of Directors and Advisory Council

Board of Directors

Sheldon Taylor, Chair

Sheldon Taylor is primarily in charge of financial matters at Regent Partners including financing development projects, funding land acquisitions, raising equity and mezzanine debt and obtaining permanent financing for stabilized assets. Prior to joining Regent Partners, Mr. Taylor practiced real estate and project finance for 10 years with Ernst & Young in London and advised clients on hospital, school and government accommodation projects totaling over $2 billion.

Prior to working for Ernst & Young, Mr. Taylor was with Ackerman & Co, in Atlanta, Georgia serving at different times as President of Brokerage, Vice President of Development, and Development Manager.

Mr. Taylor received his B.S. in Civil Engineering and a M.B.A. from the University of Virginia. He also completed the Corporate Finance Program at the London School of Economics.

 

 

Michael Gragnani, Vice Chair

 

Mr. Gragnani is a Principal and member of the Client Acquisition and Advisory Group in our Atlanta office. Prior to joining Bessemer Trust in 2008, Mr. Gragnani was Vice President and Client Advisor for SunTrust Bank Private Wealth Management, where his responsibilities included business development and account management for individuals and families. He began his professional career with TEKsystems, a national IT and communications service firm.

 

Mr. Gragnani earned a B.A. in History from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance from Georgia State University. He is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professional. He serves as Assistant Treasurer at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, is a volunteer for the annual corporate campaign for The Woodruff Arts Center, and is Vice Chairman on the board of Covenant Community. He serves on the Vestry and as Treasurer of All Saints’ Episcopal Church and is Vice Chairman of the board at Covenant Community.

 

 

Larry Westbrook, Treasurer

 

Mr. Westbrook received the BBA and MBA degrees from Emory University and later received a JD degree from Woodrow Wilson College of Law. His business career has been focused on the electric utility industry and raising capital for large projects. He joined Georgia Power Company in 1964 and served in a number of positions in the financial organization including Corporate Secretary, Treasurer and SVP of Accounting and Finance. In 1986, Mr. Westbrook was named CFO of the Southern Company and held that position until his retirement in 2001. During his retirement, Mr. Westbrook has served on a number of boards including the Goizueta Advisory Board, Zoo Atlanta, Covenant Community and the Cleco Corporation. He also enjoys wildlife photography and travel. Mr. Westbrook has two sons and is married to Kim Westbrook, a healthcare attorney in Atlanta.

 

 

Laura Morse LPC, CPCS, Secretary

 

Laura Morse is a graduate of Spelman College and Georgia State University who received degrees in Psychology and Community Counseling. Laura is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has been serving those seeking recovery and support for nearly 20 years. Laura has worked in non-profit and private practice and currently sees clients in private practice while also supervising clinicians meeting requirements for full professional licensure in Georgia. Laura is very involved in her children's public school and serves as a board member on the PTSA and sports Booster Club.

 

 

 

Dana Rouillard

Op5, Solutions, Inc.

 

 

Dana Rouillard is a Director of Marketing for Op5 Inc in Kennesaw, Georgia that specializes in corporate marketing programs, fulfillment and logistics. He attended Lees McCray College in Banner Elk, NC where he studied Business.  He is also an alumnus of Covenant Community, Inc. where he was a resident in 1996. Dana also facilitates the annual Thanksgiving Dinner at All Saints Episcopal Church. To further his recovery he in involved in a weekly AA Big Book study that has 25 members. He has also served as Secretary and GSR for several AA meetings in Metro Atlanta. He also has worked on projects with Habitat for Humanity and Atlanta Union Mission. He currently resides in Kennesaw with his wife Dee, and daughter, Taylor.



 

Judson Graves, Immediate Past Chair

Alston & Bird

 

Judson Graves is a former board chair of Covenant Community and now is chair emeritus, leads the advisory council. He is a retired trial lawyer who practiced for many years at Alston &Bird. Jud and his wife Kathyn are long time residents of midtown and are parishioners’ of All Saints Church. Both have previously served on the All Saints Vestry. Jud previously chaired the board at training and counseling center at St. Luke’s and now teaches as an adjunct law professor at Emory School of Law. In his spare time he is a runner, a scuba diver, avid world traveler and enthusiastic grandfather to his three grandchildren in Boston.

 

 

Nelson O. Tyrone III

Nelson O. Tyrone, P.C. - Trial Lawyer

 

Nelson Tyrone is a Personal Injury lawyer representing people with catastrophic and permanent injuries and families who have lost a loved one.  He is a nationally-recognized trial attorney and member of the staff of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, Wyoming.  He is a regular speaker and teacher at seminars across the country – teaching other lawyers how to discover the story of their case.  He is a founder of The Red Clay Democrats and serves as All Saints pro-bono counsel.  Nelson has completed several Marathons and completed an IronMan triathlon in 2008.  He is a graduate of Episcopal High School, the University of Virginia, and the University of Georgia, School of Law.  His brilliant and lovely wife Leslie is a Residential Architect in private practice.  They live in the Druid Hills area of Atlanta with their daughter Leslie Munday and their dogs Beau and Emily.

 

Andrea Hopkey

Talascend Worldwide

 

Andrea is a Senior Operations Executive with over 22 years of experience in technical recruiting and staffing. Andrea formerly led Allstates Technical Services, a $200M contract technical and professional staffing firm serving a wide variety of sectors and industries that included Engineering, Construction, Information Technology, Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Chemical, and Oil & Gas, as President for more than 10 years. She most recently served as Chief Operating Officer for Talascend Worldwide.

 

Andrea is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and joined the board of directors for Covenant Community in 2016. Andrea enjoys international travel and is also a private helicopter pilot in her spare time. She and her wife Lisa Mink have been residents of Midtown for more than 8 years and are organizers of the Annual Covenant Community Golf Classic in memory of their son, Bryan Scott Mink.

 

 

Tami Prince, MD 

 

Tami M. Prince, M.D. is originally from Ohio and moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1991 to attend Spelman College. Upon graduating from Spelman College, she worked in Corporate America for a large company until 1997 when she decided to follow her dream and attend medical school. It was at Wright State University School of Medicine where she became involved with the Weekend Intervention Program (WIP). WIP is Wright State’s substance abuse program for individuals who received a DUI or DWI and wished to receive treatment instead of incarceration. She became the first medical student to become an addiction counselor for WIP and she was also the program’s Pathology Lecturer. After medical school, Dr. Prince attended Riverside Regional Medical Center Obstetrics and Gynecology/Family Practice Residency Program for internship and completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency training at The Ohio State University Medical Center.   Dr. Prince has worked in private practice and is currently an Independent Contractor. She enjoys the flexibility that she now has so that she can devote time to Covenant Community, Inc. She is a member of several medical organizations, including the National Medical Association and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has served as lead physician for a number of health fairs. Recently, Dr. Prince was the lead medic for Impact Church Haiti Mission trip to Cap Haitien, Haiti and the Don Don community. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. where she has been a guest speaker for the Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter’s Teen Lift Program.  Dr. Prince has been a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters while in medical school and is currently a mentor for Spelman College’s Sister2Sister Program.   In her spare time, Dr. Prince loves to cook and travel.

 

 

Advisory Council

Ann Stuart Pearce

Marketing Rep., Xocai

 

Ann Stuart Pearce has spent the majority of her working career at Richard Howell Sports Management, Inc. as an assistant to sports agent Richard Howell. She is currently a marketing rep for the Xocai brand of healthy chocolates with MXI. She is regularly inspired and challenged by her lifelong community of All Saints' Episcopal Church. In her free time, she enjoys golf, tennis, dance fitness, reading, and traveling with her wife, fellow Advisory Council member Ellen Porter. She also loves spending time with her several godchildren, nieces, and one nephew - and playing with other people's dogs.

 

 

 

Ellen Porter

 

Ellen Porter is a former member of the board of Covenant Community and is now an active member of the advisory council.  She is retired from commercial real estate finance, having worked for many years with Trimont Real Estate Advisors and prior to that with Bank of America (and several predecessor banks). Ellen and her wife, Ann Stuart, are long time residents of Buckhead and are parishioners of All Saints’ Episcopal Church. Ellen has previously served on the All Saints’ Vestry and is very active in several ministries within that parish. In her spare time, she enjoys golf, bridge, and Mah Jong, and is an enthusiastic aunt and/or godmother to eight children.

 

 

Geoffrey Pope,

Pope & Howard, P.C- Trial Lawyer

 

Geoffrey Pope is a trial lawyer with Pope & Howard, P.C.  His practice focuses on representing individuals who have suffered catastrophic, life-altering injuries caused by the wrongdoing of others.  Mr. Pope, the current President of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, has successfully represented people in cases throughout Georgia involving areas as diverse as medical negligence, construction defects, trucking negligence, defective medications, dangerous condition, and general liability.  He is among the ½ of 1% of attorneys named Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, is regularly among the 5% of Georgia lawyers included in the Superlawyer listings, and in 2007 was designated by the Daily Report as one of 15 Georgia lawyers under the age of 40 who are “On the Rise”.  In addition to Covenant Community, Mr. Pope is active in the community as a member of the Vestry of All Saints Episcopal Church and of the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Conservancy.  Geoff and his wife Carmen live in Morningside with their two daughters, Margaret and Mary Frances.

 

Rev. Bob and Holly Book

 

Bob (an Episcopal minister) and Holly (a chaplain), came to Atlanta eleven years ago to begin a ministry with the homeless.  Originally from the Midwest, they lived much of their lives in Canada.  Eventually the warmer weather led them south, where Church of the Common Ground was born in Woodruff Park on Christmas Eve of 2006.  They continue to journey with those who live on the margins of society.

 

The Books, who have three children and two granddaughters, have been members of All Saints since they move to the city.  Covenant Community has been a blessing in their lives for the past five years and it is a great privilage for them to support this very special ministry.

 

Siovhon Stanton, MBA 

 

A Business and Finance Professional who has worked in the Banking Industry for 19 years.  She has worked for both Banks and Credit Unions.  She has worked on both the Retail and Commercial sides of the Bank and currently, she works in Loan Operations (where she touches “every type” of loan in some sort of fashion).   Siovhon Majored in Business Administration and Minored in Finance.  She received her post-graduate Degree from The University of Phoenix, Sandy Springs, GA and she received her under-graduate Degree from Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI. 

 

She has an extensive background with helping the community.  She has worked for the City of Refuge, Kenner, LA as a Facilitator (instructing the Recovering in Basic Financial Principles).  She has worked for Welfare to Work, Kenner, LA (instructing Welfare Recipients on how to wean themselves from the system).  She has volunteered at Begin Again Ministries, Inc., here in Atlanta, GA (instructing the Recovering in Basic Financial Principles, as well).  She also participates in other social, religious, and civil activities, where she utilizes here financial background.

 

For fun, she likes to read, skate, design and sew.  Last but not least, she is the proud mother of one son.

 

 

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