Our Board of Directors consists of several men and women who work in key industries that are essential in our fight to end homelessness in our community. Our organization is eternally grateful for our generous Board members who endow HOPE Atlanta with knowledge and support.
Steven Tedder’s Biography
Since 2000, Steve Tedder has participated in the acquisition, development, leasing, management, and disposition of more than $2 billion in real estate, including office, industrial, retail, hotels, multifamily, single family, manufactured housing, and self-storage properties.
Steve is the principal founder of Live Oak Capital Partners, which he started in late 2012 to focus primarily on niche property types and off-market opportunities throughout the Southeastern United States. Prior to starting Live Oak, Steve was a principal at Iron Horse Properties, and he previously worked as a Director of Development at Barry Real Estate Companies and Carter & Associates in Atlanta. He began his real estate career with The Bissell Companies in Charlotte, N.C. Steve is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and has an MBA from the University of Georgia. After finishing Vanderbilt, he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy for more than five years. Steve currently is a member of the Urban Land Institute, chairman of the board of directors for HOPE Atlanta, a member of Real Estate Group Atlanta, the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, and the Georgia Self Storage Association.
Mitzi L. Hill is a technology and Intellectual Property lawyer with the Atlanta law firm of Taylor English Duma LLP. She heads Taylor English’s Data Privacy and Security practice and Sports, Entertainment and Media practice.
Mitzi works with companies to shore up their policies regarding the collection, disclosure, and use of private data. Mitzi has been in practice for more than 20 years. She started at King & Spalding, where she worked with the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, sponsors of the Olympics, and technology and media companies on their Intellectual Property. Following that, Mitzi served as Assistant General Counsel at Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., where she oversaw compliance efforts for Turner’s global businesses, managed all international syndication clearance and online copyright infringement, and provided Time Warner with support on lobbying efforts. Mitzi holds a J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan and a B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Alabama. In her spare time, Ms. Hill plays tennis, travels extensively, loves to entertain, and is a fervent supporter of the Crimson Tide. She is heavily involved in the Atlanta community; in addition to serving on the Board of Directors for HOPE Atlanta, she serves as the Vice-president of Funds Development for ARCS Foundation Atlanta; serves on the Decatur Arts Alliance; and is a Cornerstone Society member of WABE Atlanta.
Rodrick C. Glass’ Biography
Rodrick C. Glass is the Executive Vice President of Business Development for Allure Global Solutions, Inc. based in Atlanta, GA. Allure Global is an enterprise digital signage & Point-of Sale software, and analytics company leading the digital communications market.
Allure is leading the Atlanta market by engaging and influencing consumers as they make retail purchase decisions in a variety of markets including theaters, stadiums and arenas, amusement parks, restaurants and convenience stores. Rodrick has played an integral role in the strategic direction and growth of Allure Global since its inception in early 2000. Rodrick has over a decade of experience in sales and client management roles with IBM as well as held operations and management responsibilities at Delco Electronics / General Motors. Rodrick sits on the Board of Advisors for the School of Technology Leadership & Innovation at Purdue University where he and his family have also established an endowment providing scholarships to student leaders. Rodrick is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta where he participates as a Stephen Ministry Leader, providing high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. Rodrick received a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Industrial Technology from Purdue University and an Executive MBA from DePaul University.
David Kreidler’s Biography
David has extensive experience in the City has spent the last 20 years in Atlanta. Attending Georgia State University to attain a degree in Business Management put him at the center of the hub of an ever expanding city and his experience has developed with Atlanta’s rapid growth.
In 2007, David, with Scott Strumlauf and Michael Krohngold, succeeded in accomplishing the task of closing Tongue & Groove in its Buckhead location and securing a new site at Lindbergh City Center. David was an active player in the design of an establishment of The Joint, another concept that grew out of Tongue & Groove in 2012. David uses his business savvy to help direct his philanthropic endeavors in many Atlanta organizations.
Dr. Raymond Allen’s Biography
Dr. Raymond Allen is a board-certified Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist. He has been with Atlanta Perinatal Consultants since 1993. He is currently the managing partner of the group. Born in New York City, he completed his undergraduate studies with honors at Amherst College.
He obtained both his medical degree and his Obstetrics and Gynecology training at Stanford University Medical Center. His fellowship training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine was at Cedars Sinai/Harbor-UCLA. Dr. Allen is published extensively and lectures frequently on several high-risk pregnancy topics. His primary clinical interests include prenatal diagnosis, management of medical diseases in pregnancy, and fetal therapy. He is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the Atlanta Obstetric and Gynecological Society. Dr. Allen and his wife, Lucy have lived in Atlanta since 1992. They are both enthusiastic advocates of the visual arts, and a large portion of their community activity involves supporting the local art institutions. Dr. Allen served on the Museum of Design Atlanta Board from 2004 until 2009 and was Chairman from 2006-2008. He is a member of the 2007 class of Leadership Atlanta. Dr. Allen joined the board of Directors for Hope Atlanta in 2013 after learning about the organization’s multi-faceted approach in addressing homelessness in the metropolitan Atlanta region.
Kathleen Brownlee’s Biography
Affiliated with Purpose Built Communities since its inception in 2009, Kathleen Brownlee has extensive experience in affordable real estate financing, development, and asset management. For two years prior to joining Purpose Built Communities, she led the C.F. Foundation’s real estate initiatives in Atlanta.
Kathleen focused primarily on planning and developing mixed-use, mixed-income developments in and around the East Lake community. Before joining the C.F. Foundation, Kathleen was the first President of Mercy Housing Southeast, a subsidiary of Mercy Housing, Inc., a national not-for-profit affordable housing developer, and lender to affordable housing initiatives. She led a team of developers, and in less than five years, successfully secured the financing for over $40 million in affordable housing for low-income families and seniors. Before her appointment as President of Mercy Housing Southeast, Kathleen was the Director of Portfolio Risk Management and underwrote housing developments and managed portfolios for the entire Mercy Housing system. In an ongoing effort to provide assistance to low-income families, Kathleen chairs the Tapestry Development Group Board and serves on HOPE Atlanta’s Board of Directors, and serves on the Mercy Loan Fund Review Committee. Kathleen Graduated from Agnes Scott College with Honors.
Marcus G. Keegan’s Biography
Marcus G. Keegan is the founder of Keegan Law Firm, LLC, a small law firm in Atlanta. Marcus practices law in the areas of employment discrimination, wage and hour law, employment contracts and civil litigation. Marcus began his career in law as an Honors Attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity’s Atlanta District Office in 2002.
Marcus then worked in private practice for the law firms of Miles McGoff and Moore, LLC and Franzen and Salzano, P.C. before forming his own law firm in 2009. Marcus is a Martindale Hubble AV Preeminent Rated lawyer who has been selected as a Georgia Rising Star, and a Georgia Super Lawyer; as well as being selected to the National Black Lawyers Association – Top 100. Marcus is a graduate of the Emory University School of Law and has a B.A. in Criminology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Marcus has been a member of the Board of Hope Atlanta since 2008 and currently serves as its Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. Marcus has also been involved in the community through pro bono services he has provided to The IMPACT Group, the Latin American Association, and the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta.
David Zanaty’s Biography
David Zanaty is SVP Regional Operations for Starwood Waypoint, a publicly traded REIT. He has 17 years of commercial real estate experience in both entrepreneurial and institutional settings.
Before Waypoint, David was a Vice President of Development at AIG Global Real Estate, where he was responsible for the development of a variety of assets, including two Class office buildings in Atlantic Station. Prior to that, David focused on principal and third-party development, debt and equity placement, and investment property sales and acquisitions. David began his career with CB Richard Ellis. David holds a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy from Emory University, a Master of City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. David is active in a number of organizations, including the Urban Land Institute, NAIOP and the Georgia State University Real Estate Honorary Board.
Kelli Southern’s Biography
Kelli H. Southern is the Senior Director of Customer Operations Support at Autotrader Inc. Whose mission is to be the ultimate online solution for buying and selling new, used, and certified vehicles. Kelli sets the strategy and delivers training to over 250 employees in the Customer Operations Department.
She also manages the fulfillment of dealer orders in Inventory and Digital Media Design departments. Kelli’s career started in the advertising industry over 18 years ago with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution where she began selling advertisements From the AJC Kelli moved to Autotrader where she developed leadership and personal programs and managed many initiatives, including the very first inside sales team. Kelli is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a B.A. in marketing. She’s very passionate about coaching and developing others, and has recently served as a mentor for the path builders Percepta program, the Cox Mentor program, and a Girl Talk program for young women in high school. Kelli is an active board member of HOPE Atlanta. She also volunteers with PAWS Atlanta, the Special Olympics, and the Ronal McDonald House.
Kirk W. Elifson’s Biography
Kirk W. Elifson is a Research Professor at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. He is the investigator on several multi-year National Institute of Health research projects, supervises a number of masters and Ph.D. level graduate students and teaches graduate seminars. Kirk also has an active mentoring program to work with high-risk Emory undergraduates.
Prior to his professorship at Emory University, Kirk chaired the Sociology Department at Georgia State University for 10 years. The research populations he has worked include many vulnerable groups such as the homeless, substance abusers, male and female sex workers, clients of sex workers, and criminal justice involved populations. Much of his research has covered the disproportionate impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on African-American women and men in Atlanta. Kirk has authored numerous scientific publications including three editions of a popular statistics textbook. Elifson received his Ph.D. in sociology from Vanderbilt University and completed post-doctoral work at the University of Michigan. He served as an Army captain in Vietnam and has worked as an expert witness in many federal cases including the 16th Street bombing in Birmingham, the Eric Rudolph Olympic bombing, and the Medgar Evers murder trial. Before joining Hope Atlanta he was president of the Olmsted Linear Park Alliance, a board member of the Hambidge Center for Arts and Sciences, and the Georgia Native Plant Society. Kirk was drawn to Hope Atlanta because it is a non-profit that provides long-term solutions to homelessness and due to his special interest in veterans’ issues.
Joe Henner’s Biography
Joe Henner has represented all major participants in the construction industry, including public and private owners, developers, large general contractors, specialty government subcontractors, and sureties. A significant portion of Mr. Henner¹s practice involves claims avoidance and educating clients through in-house seminars and day-to-day review of projects, contracts, issues and project correspondence.
Mr. Henner has been actively involved in many high-rises, mixed use, and condominium projects. He concentrates on front end issues in order to avoid disputes and misunderstandings. Mr. Henner has been involved in alternative dispute resolution procedures such as mediations and numerous arbitrations. His cases have involved a wide variety of construction projects, throughout many industries and throughout the country. In 2012, Mr. Henner was recommended by Legal 500 US in the area of Real Estate and Construction. He is listed in the 2009 and 2010 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Construction Law. Mr. Henner was named a 2009 Georgia “Super Lawyer” in the area of Construction/Surety by SuperLawyers magazine.
Michael Schoppenhorst’s Biography
Michael Schoppenhorst is the President of SEMCO Productions, a family owned and Atlanta based company since 1959 best known for producing the Atlanta Home Shows. His responsibilities include overseeing both the trade and consumer divisions of the company, the day-to-day operations and managing relationships with the convention centers in which they produce their events.
Michael began his trade show career at age 18 when he joined SEMCO Productions focusing on the Atlanta Home Shows and the Atlanta Boat Show. After rising from an entry level position to Director of Operations for the company, Michael relocated to Miami to oversee the production of seven successful Florida Home Shows. When his son Andrew was born in 2000, Michael dedicated the next six years to non-profit work, including three as the Resource Development Director at HOPE Atlanta. Michael attended Georgia State University and studied Trade Show Management in the School of Hospitality. Michael’s true passion is serving others through a variety of non-profits focusing on the well-being and enrichment of children’s lives. He has served on the board of the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation (GFBF) and remains a resource for the development of their programs, fundraising efforts and publicity highlighting the amazing work they do in the community. He has served on the board of Variety of Georgia – Children’s Charity for 10 years which meets the special needs of children throughout the year including providing mobility bikes, back to school programs, small targeted grants, the donation of life-saving medical equipment and more.
Wendy Langlais-Tillery’s Biography
Wendy Langlais-Tillery, CPA leads CohnReznick’s Atlanta tax practice as Office Managing Partner. She has more than 20 years of public accounting experience, providing a diverse range of tax services for various clients including commercial and residential real estate developers, renewable energy companies, real estate syndicators, construction companies, and not-for-profit organizations.
As a tax partner, Wendy is responsible for the planning and supervision of tax engagements including multi-tiered partnerships and funds. Her primary focus is to manage client needs relative to tax planning and tax saving strategies. She is heavily involved in reviewing cost certifications and ten percent compliance reports for low-income housing credits and has extensive experience in tax research. With knowledge relative to numerous tax credits, Wendy provides clients with guidance on Section 42 Low-Income Housing Credits, Section 47 Rehabilitation Tax Credits, Section 48 Energy Credits, New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) and Historic Tax Credits. Specific to renewable energy, she helps clients with a broad array of tax issues related to their deals including Section 1603, federal compliance, state and local property tax compliance, federal and state tax research, federal private letter rulings, sales and use tax consulting, quarterly and annual tax planning and estimating, IRS or state revenue department audit assistance, tax advisory services for federal, state and local incentives such as tax credits, grants, rebates, loans, carbon attribute tax consulting and project document review for tax consequences. She is also involved in the structuring and modeling of transactions. Ultimately, her goal is to mitigate the tax impact for her clients, thereby reducing taxable income.
Rocky Atkin’s Biography
Rocky is Executive Director of Customer Service for the City of Atlanta, a role that includes accountability for Atlanta’s 311 services. A seasoned operations executive with an extensive multi-national background, Rocky has spent the last 25 years leading organizations across Europe, Asia and North America in roles that span technology operations, outsourcing, managed services and customer care.
Rocky is an Atlanta native and a graduate of Georgia State University, but he also holds British citizenship and spent more than 16 years living in London. He and his wife returned to Atlanta in 2016. Rocky was recently appointed to the Advisory Board for the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and he is also on the Board of Directors for the Druid Hills Civic Association.
Alex Idichandy’s Biography
Alex Idichandy is an executive vice president and head of the Consumer Retail Corporate Banking Group. He is responsible for providing capital and other banking services to companies in the consumer products, food, and beverage, and retail and apparel industries.
Before joining Wells Fargo, he worked at Wachovia Securities in Atlanta for eight years. He served as a relationship manager in the Midwest and also as a risk manager covering a variety of industries across the United States. Alex began his career at JP Morgan Chase in New York City in the Corporate Banking Group.
Rhonda Taylor’s Biography
Rhonda D. Taylor is an experienced senior human resources executive with more than 25 years of experience across multiple industries including financial services, telecommunications and nonprofit. Most recently, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer for Cox Communications.
Rhonda joined Cox Communications in 2008 as Vice President of People Services for Cox Communications in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Prior to joining Cox, Rhonda worked with Citigroup for 21 years. She held various HR roles at Citigroup, including serving as Senior Vice President of Human Resources in the company’s Dallas, Texas office.
Chokel Taylor’s Biography
As a result of the housing market collapse and a car accident that rendered him unable to work, Chokel and his blended family of 11 found themselves living in their van and then a family shelter. Referred to HOPE Atlanta, Chokel’s life changed. His fiance was able to enroll in school and he found a great job at a construction company. They now have their own home and stable income. Due to his dynamic story and commitment to HOPE Atlanta, Chokel is now on the HOPE Atlanta Board of Directors.
At the shelter, Chokel began to receive counseling for the past and present trauma, and he was then referred to HOPE Atlanta for housing. Chokel’s case manager, Marita, bridged gaps in the family’s needs by guiding them to community resources, and assistance for army Veterans. When the family’s time in the shelter ran out, HOPE Atlanta assisted Chokel with temporary housing, long enough for him and his wife to start new jobs, and Marita connected Chokel with a realtor to find a home big enough for the whole family. HOPE Atlanta then assisted Chokel and his family with the housing deposit, utilities, and referred them to a furniture bank.
ANTHONY B. MAGEE’S JR.’S BIOGRAPHY
Anthony B. Magee Jr. is an experienced Senior SharePoint Consultant who specializes in collaborative Cloud technologies. He is responsible for managing two core products focusing on the Professional Services and Real Estate Industries. He provides product vision and strategy to ensure company executives understand the value and importance of business process and automation within the corporate setting.
Before joining one of the local prestigious consulting firms, Abel Solutions LLC, he was commissioned in the United States Army as a Signal Corp Officer. He is a graduate of Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University and is now pursuing his Masters in Business Administration at the University of Georgia – Terry College of Business.