Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The AACF Board of Directors has 28 members from the Athens area. The Board is diverse and represents a wide variety of interests from throughout the region. The full Board meets quarterly and committee work is ongoing.


Alex Patterson, Chair

Retired Partner, Alston and Bird, LLP

Phil Bettendorf, Vice-Chair and Board Governance Committee Chair

Senior Vice President, Synovus Bank

Kelly Holloway, Secretary

Attorney, Epps, Holloway, DeLoach & Hoipkemier, LLC

G. Michael Smith, Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair
Managing Partner, G Michael Smith & Associates, CPAs

Bill Douglas, Development Committee Chair
President, Athens First Bank and Trust

R. Edward Perkins, Strategic Philanthropy Committee Chair
Johnson & Johnson – Retired


Sally Coenen, Dan T. and Sara Wyche Coenen Fund

Myron Downs, Co-founder, Athens Veterinary Surgery Center

Dexter Fisher, Director of Facilities – University of Georgia

Jennifer Frum, Vice President for Public Service and Outreach – University of Georgia

Patrick Garrard, Attorney, Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C.

Hank Huckaby, Higher Education Administration – Retired

Tim Johnson, Executive Director, Family Connection-Communities In Schools of Athens

Steve Jones, Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Kathy Kirbo, Executive Director, Reefball Foundation

Cynthia Lester, Senior Vice President, Synovus Bank

Rhodes McLanahan, President & CEO, First American Bank & Trust

Pat Mercardante, First Vice President – Investment Officer, Wells Fargo Advisors

Scot Morrissey, Publisher of and the Athens Banner-Herald

Jinx Patel, Scientist, Athens Research and Technology, Inc. – Retired

Bernard Saunders, MBA Board Fellow – University of Georgia

Sara Schramm, Attorney, Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C.

Shriraj Shrikhande, MBA Board Fellow – University of Georgia

Lewis Shropshire, Hotel industry – Retired

Lawton Stephens, Judge of Superior Court

Ovita Thornton, State Director of the Georgia Clients Council

Justin Widener, Research and Development Leader, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health

Carla Williams, Deputy Director of Athletics – University of Georgia