Chairman: Glenn Kurtz
Kurtz, director of parking at Georgia Institute of Technology, has been involved in transportation planning and management for more than 20 years. He serves as the chairman of the board for the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and the Grant Park Conservancy. He also serves on the Green Parking Council’s advisory board. He served several years on the Chastain Park Conservancy’s advisory board and was a member of the 2011 Leadership Atlanta class. Before joining Ga. Tech, he was executive vice president - Transportation and Sustainability for Lanier Parking Solutions.
Vice Chair: Liza Littrell
Liza Littrell is a corporate real estate Asset Manager and First Vice President at SunTrust Bank. She is responsible for oversight of SunTrust’s owned and leased real estate branch and office locations, as well as the investment and wealth offices in the northeast and on the west coast. Prior to joining SunTrust, Liza spent over a decade in aviation corporate real estate, working for both Delta Air Lines and the Atlanta Airport. Liza holds a BA degree in Business Administration with a French minor from the University of Kentucky and an MBA in Finance from Georgia State University. Her public service includes longtime volunteer work with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. She also serves as the educational chair for the Georgia Chapter of CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member), a commercial real estate affiliation. Liza lives in Cobb County and enjoys recreational hiking.
Secretary: Todd Gray
Todd Gray is the Director of Supplier Diversity for Kaiser Permanente. As a Metro Atlanta native, Gray is an active participant in civic, and state level initiatives impacting diversity, and community. Over the last decade, Todd has partnered with the State of Georgia’s Mentor/Protégé Program for small business development. He also supports youth minority entrepreneurship through his partnership with the Greater Atlanta Economic Alliance Construction Skills Development Institute and other organizations that provide current and future entrepreneurs with education, awareness and technical assistance. Gray also founded an Atlanta community youth development initiative for young men ages 12-17 called P.O.L.I.S.H.E.D. to help young men in the Atlanta Community develop life, social and community involvement skills through ongoing tutoring and mentorship.
Treasurer: Julia Chandler, CPA
Julia Chandler is a CPA from the State of Georgia with over 20 years of finance and accounting experience. She most recently served as Vice President and Treasurer at Carlisle Companies, Inc., where she was responsible for global liquidity, capital and risk management. Prior her finance responsibilities at Carlisle, she served as Senior Vice President of Finance at Primerica and as Manager at PWC. She holds a B.A. degree in Mathematics and Music from Amherst College and an MBA from the Tepper School at Carnegie Mellon University. Julia previously served as Treasurer for the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Development Chair: Sally Sears
Sally Sears, an award-winning news reporter, is a Founding Board Member of the South Fork Conservancy and a key member of the Capital Campaign Committee. The Trust for Public Land named her its 2015 TrailBlazer for her leadership of the vision of the South Fork. Her work is an outgrowth of 25 years of news reporting in growing cities across the South. Special televised reports on solutions to north Georgia’s growth issues of water, land use and traffic helped her find the broader community connections to create cooperation among partners. Current television reports include commentary and specialized news reporting on CBS 46. She's also a founding chair of the DeKalb County watershed oversight committee. Sally is a native of Montevallo, Alabama, and a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University.
Finance Chair: David Klarman
David Klarman currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Needle Wireless Solutions, LLC an Atlanta based wireless network support company. Previously he was both a Chief Advisor to Lanier Parking Solutions, after ten and a half years as Lanier’s Chief Financial Officer. As a member of Lanier’s corporate support team, Klarman focused on both ensuring accuracy and timeliness in the day-to-day financial operations, while monitoring and mapping the company’s global financial objectives and orchestrating the sale of the company to Citizens Holdings in February of 2014. His background is multifaceted. For seven years, he was the CFO for a large public relations firm with offices worldwide. Prior to that, Klarman spent 15 years in the real estate industry based out of Los Angeles. During that time, he served as CFO for an international commercial real estate holding company that constructed and managed industrial office parks as well as commercial office buildings in California, New York City, and Washington, D.C. Klarman began his career with Laventhol and Horwath, where he earned his certification in public accounting. He holds both a bachelor of science degree in accounting and a master of science degree in taxation.
Governance Chair: Bob Kerr
Bob Kerr is one of Georgia’s leading conservationists. He served three governors in setting policy for water management issues with Alabama and Florida. He was founding director of Georgia’s Pollution Prevention Assistance Division of the Department of Natural Resources, and led the state’s Hazardous Waste Management Authority. Bob was Executive Director of the Georgia Conservancy, his work key to ensuring Congressional designation of wilderness areas in north Georgia and western North Carolina. Along the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Bob led coalitions of conservation groups to expand federal protection for fragile river environments both urban and rural. His volunteer work includes leadership roles in the Georgia Advisory Board of the Trust for Public Lands (TPL) and National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), a 350,000 member national organization dedicated to the enhancement and protection of the National Park System. A past chair of South Fork, he is a crucial member of the Capital Campaign Committee. He is a U.S. Marine, educated at George Washington University and Georgia State University.
Legal Chair: David O. Eldridge
David O. Eldridge is a real estate and environmental attorney, a partner in the firm of Byrne, Davis and Hicks. His passion for the environment includes a decade of service on the Board of Trustees of The Georgia Conservancy and as its legislative liaison for two years. David was President of Friends of the River, and part of the team that sought and achieved passage of the bill creating the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. He also assisted in the passage of amendments to Georgia’s Metropolitan River Protection Act.
David’s service includes help with The Trust for Public Land, The Nature Conservancy and The Georgia Conservancy, on various land preservation and conservation easement projects. He has also served for many years as real estate counsel for Habitat for Humanity in Atlanta, Inc. He is a graduate of Princeton University and a cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law.
Maintenance Chair: Meghan Injaychock
Meghan Injaychock has been with Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. as a Landscape Architect since 2011. While at the Atlanta BeltLine she has managed the construction of the Eastside Trail Extension as well as the design and implementation of the first Urban Farm along the BeltLine’s Westside Trail. Prior to joining ABI, she worked at South Face Energy Institute where she helped to develop the 2010 EarthCraft Communities Standards and helped to manage EarthCraft Community developments across the Southeast U.S. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia and completed her Master’s degree in Environmental Planning and Design in 2011 from the University of Georgia as well.
Project/Construction Chair: Chris Nelson
Chris brings over 30 years of diverse landscape operations, maintenance, and design to the team with a broad range of experience that includes master planning of parks, recreation/playground design, lake and stream restoration projects, historic building restoration, wetlands preservation, forest restoration, invasive species control, community gardens, park programs, irrigation design and water management, concessions/vending, trail/path circulation planning, pedestrian signage/messaging, facilities management, landscape operations/turf management, special events coordination, recycling programs and other sustainable initiatives, contract negotiations, and security operations. Chris has a career full of experiences working with community-based organizations as well as other nationally-recognized conservancy and park organizations. In the role as Executive VP / COO for the Piedmont Park Conservancy, Chris had for over fourteen years played a significant role in the preservation and restoration of Piedmont Park, including the work outlined in the 2005 $40 Million Master Plan, which was completed in 2011 and expanded the park by 53 acres. A key part of this vast project was the North Woods Stream Restoration project, which included the remediation and re-naturalization of the Clear Creek and its tributaries. In January, 2014, Chris joins the 38 year old Chattahoochee Nature Center as the Executive Director.
Johannes G. Eckert
Johannes Eckert is Senior Vice President of Enterprise Development & Operationsat Cox Communications. He’s currently responsible for the development, maintenance and operations of our applications, service, infrastructure and tools to support our internal and external customers. Johannes has more than 20 years of global experience in strategy, IT, engineering, product development and operations in telecom and cable, including consulting services for different companies in multiple countries across Europe, Middle‐East and South America. Prior to his current role, he assumed key positions over the last nine years within Cox, including leading the Wireless Technology team for IT and Engineering, the Application Development team for BSS and IT and Network Operations team.
Billy Hall is the co-founder and CEO of NewFields Companies, an international environmental consulting firm specializing in natural resources management, restoration, and sustainability. His specialty is applied decision consequence analysis, a management approach to resource optimization that combines game and probability theory with the most advanced data and communications tools and engineering and scientific rigor. Billy has provided strategic planning services for a significant number of Fortune 100 multinationals such as Shell, Bayer, Eli Lilly, Union Carbide, Dow, and DuPont, as well as for government entities such as the US DOD and Park Service, and NGO's such as the Environmental Defense Fund, Southern Environmental Law Center, and Riverkeeper. He has been a strategic planner on environmental projects in over 70 countries, and currently operates offices in 15 cities in the US, Brazil, South Africa, London, China and Australia. He is one of the lead authors of the textbook recently published by Elsevier Press, "Sustainable Land Development and Restoration, Decision Consequence Analysis." He also co-chairs South Fork's Capital Campaign.
Warner McConaughey is founder and president of HammerSmith, Inc, one of Atlanta’s premier residential design and renovation firms. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Elle Décor, Better Homes and Gardens and Fine Homebuilding, as well as the CMT Networks’s Ultimate Home, CNN, PBS’s The Inspired House, and This Old House. His company has been a pioneer in the residential green building movement, helping establish the EarthCraft House renovation guidelines for green building.
Warner is past president of the Georgia Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and is a strong supporter of Atlanta’s historic neighborhoods. HammerSmith has always given back to the neighborhoods by supporting local parks, schools and neighborhood associations. He is a graduate of Stanford University, receiving a BA with honors. His hobbies include running, trail and bridge building and organic gardening. He lives in Druid Hills with his wife Allison and their three young children. He is an Atlanta native who grew up on Peavine Creek, a tributary to the South Fork of Peachtree Creek.
Tony Powers was elected to the Decatur City Commission in 2015. He is a co-owner and manager of the popular Decatur Intown Ace Hardware, sharing expertise and materials on environmental and community projects benefiting a range of nonprofit organizations. He was a long-time member and former chair of the Decatur Planning Commission, and chaired the city's Housing Infill Task Force. He was a founding member and former chair of the Decatur Education Foundation, which provides additional financial support to the city's top-rated school system. His extensive public service also includes leadership in PTA and school councils. He holds a BA degree in Marketing from the University of Georgia, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi. He and his wife Leisa are raising their two daughters in Decatur schools and at the hardware store.
For more than 30 years, Julie Ralston served in key roles at the Atlanta Regional Commission, the regional planning agency for metro Atlanta. As director of ARC’s Center for Strategic Relations, she focused on building stronger networks for action and progress around key Atlanta-region issues through community engagement, communications/marketing and governmental affairs.
Ralston also led ARC’s communications and outreach work, directing an extensive program of media relations, editorial services, graphic design/video services, special events and youth leadership programs. Prior to her career at ARC, Julie worked as a journalist and a communications professional with the American Cancer Society and the national Arthritis Foundation.
She retired in 2017 to pursue other life and community-building ventures. Julie brings her extensive experience in public relations and outreach to South Fork Conservancy and will help continue raising awareness of the rich possibilities presented by restoring, conserving and connecting our natural systems.
Christian P. Larsen, M.D., D.Phil.
Dr. Larsen is dean of the Emory School of Medicine, CEO and chair of the board of directors of Emory Clinic, and vice president for health center integration for the Woodruff Health Sciences Center. He is an internationally recognized leader in transplant surgery and immunology, and was founding director of the Emory Transplant Center.
Executive Director: Kimberly Estep
Kimberly Estep helps the organization continue its work building trails, and access to trails, along Peachtree Creek. She also works closely with the organization’s board to steer expansion and fundraising efforts. She is passionate about the way urban trails connect communities, create a natural wildlife corridor and provide places to exercise. Throughout her career, she has worked to inspire a love of the outdoors and deep connections to local green spaces. Building and promoting trails and long-term stewardship programs has helped her accomplish this goal. She previously directed communication and stewardship projects at Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, where her leadership helped news coverage, social media presence, volunteerism, partnerships and programs experience exponential growth. Kimberly earned degrees in Environmental Studies and Communication from Florida State University and a Masters in Communication from Florida Atlantic University, with a focus on grassroots outreach.