Anne Kaiser, Chair
Kaiser serves as vice president of Community and Economic Development for Georgia Power. She previously served as vice president of Georgia Power’s Northwest Region. Prior to joining Georgia Power, she held senior marketing positions with KPMG, Westminster Schools of Atlanta and Alston & Bird. She currently serves on the board of directors of Berry College and is the chair of the Dean’s Council of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She is a graduate of the National Association of Corporate Director’s “Director’s College,” as well as Leadership Atlanta. Kaiser earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from the University of Georgia and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of Harvard Business School. She and her husband, Mark, reside in Atlanta.
James M. Hull, Vice Chair
Hull is the member manager of Hull Property Group. He currently serves on the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and is the chairman of the University System of Georgia Foundation. He also serves on the boards of the Community Foundation of the Central Savannah River Area, Medical College of Georgia Foundation, Augusta State University Foundation, Augusta Warrior Project and America’s Warrior Partnership. Hull is a member of the board of visitors for Georgia Regents University and the board of directors of the Georgia Regents Health System. Hull is a recipient of the Augusta Bar Association’s Liberty Bell Award, Augusta State University’s President’s Award and the Society of Fundraising Professional’s Philanthropist of the Year Award. Hull is a recipient of an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from Georgia Regents University. He and his wife, Karen, have four children and reside in Augusta.
Arthur is the deputy commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia. He was previously the president-elect of the Georgia School Superintendents Association and served as a member of the State School Superintendents’ Advisory Council, the Georgia Education Workers’ Compensation Trust Board of Directors, the Rabun County Development Authority and the Rabun County Board of Health. Arthur currently serves on Gov. Deal’s Education Reform Commission and chairs the Move on When Ready subcommittee. He is also a member of First Lady Sandra Deal’s Children’s Cabinet, the national board for the Southern Regional Education Board, and the Kentucky governor’s Early Childhood Commission. Arthur earned his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and an education specialist degree from the University of Georgia. He and his wife, Margie, have two children. They reside in Lakemont.
Chantal J. Bagwell
Bagwell currently serves on the board of directors of American Proteins and the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Community Advisory Board. She is a member of the Woman’s Advocacy Group in Gainesville and was previously a member of the Circle for Children and the Sawnee Woman’s Club. She and her husband, Tommy, have four children and reside in Cumming.
Susanna L. Baxter
Baxter is the president of the Georgia Independent College Association. She previously served as the chief operating officer for the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association. Baxter is a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Religion and Christian Education from Pfeiffer University and earned both a master’s degree and a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University. She and her husband, Mark, have two children. They reside in Atlanta.
Blank currently serves as chair of Gov. Nathan Deal’s Child Welfare Reform Council. She is a member of the board of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta System and is the founding chair of the governing board of the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students. Blank is a member of First Lady Sandra Deal’s Children’s Cabinet and an incoming chair of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. She is on the national board of Jumpstart, as a mentor leader for the Emerging Leaders for Children’s Healthcare and is a co-founder of Mothers & Others for Clean Air. Blank earned a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University. She and her three children reside in Atlanta.
Bryant serves as vice president, REACH Georgia. Prior to REACH, Bryant served as General Counsel and Executive Director of the Georgia Foundation for Public Education.
Governor Sonny Perdue appointed Bryant to the Georgia Board of Education in 2003 and he served in that role until Governor Perdue appointed him to fill the unexpired term of State School Superintendent Kathy Cox. He served on the DeKalb County School System Board of Education for 12 years, including seven years as chair. Bryant is a graduate of Presbyterian College, University of Georgia and Mercer Law School. He clerked for Judge Wilbur D. Owens, U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. He and his wife, Kay, have two grown children, two grandchildren and reside in Atlanta.
Carpenter is a partner in Garrett McNatt Hennessey Carpenter 360 LLC, a public affairs law firm. He is a member of the board of trustees for Wofford College. Carpenter earned degrees from Wofford College and the Emory University School of Law. He and his wife, Cathy, reside in Atlanta.
Diaz is the executive vice president of Community Affairs for Diaz Foods. She is also part of The Diaz Group, the management company for Diaz Foods, Tortillas de Casa and EDUA. She currently serves on the boards of Diaz Foods, the Atlanta History Center, High Museum of Art, Arts Bridge, Emerging Leaders for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Institute de México. She is an active member of the International Women’s Forum. Diaz earned a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from Florida State University. She and her husband, Rene, have three children and reside in Atlanta.
Laura R. Morgan
Morgan is currently a member of the board of the Georgia Student Finance Commission. She previously served as the volunteer controller for the Governor’s Gubernatorial Inaugural and Transition Committee. Morgan was appointed by President George H.W. Bush as director of congressional relations for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She is also a former board member of Young Audiences of Atlanta. Morgan received a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Penn State University. She and her husband, Jay, have three children. They reside in Atlanta.
Perez currently serves as president of Target Market Trends. He is a commissioner on the State Charter School Commission and previously served as the 7th Congressional District representative on the State Board of Education. He and his wife, Yolanda, have three children and four grandchildren. They reside in Norcross.
Jennifer A. Rippner
Rippner is the executive director of Education Policy and Partnerships for the University System of Georgia and serves as the coordinator for the Georgia Alliance of Education Agency Heads. Rippner has managed state charter school programs in Georgia and in Florida and is currently the chair of Georgia’s State Charter Schools Commission. She previously served as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Georgia’s Institute of Higher Education, as a senior policy advisor at Education Counsel, LLC, and the executive director of the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement and as former Gov. Sonny Perdue’s education policy advisor. Rippner earned a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from the University of Florida and a doctorate from the University of Georgia. She resides in Acworth.
Joe Sam Robinson
Robinson is president of the Georgia Neurosurgical Institute. He is the author of “Toward Healthcare Resources Stewardship” and is currently working on his second book. Robinson is a former member of the Georgia Board of Physician Workforce and Georgia Trauma Care Network Commission. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a medical degree from the University of Virginia. He and his wife, Betsy, have two children. They reside in Macon.
Appointed by Governor Nathan Deal, Ryan became president of the Georgia Student Finance Commission on Nov. 15, 2016. Prior to this, Ryan was the director of Georgia’s Integrated Eligibility System, the largest information technology project in state history. He also served as the director of communications for the Georgia Department of Public Health and has more than a decade of experience in Washington, D.C., as he worked in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as for the Mortgage Bankers Association and the Heritage Foundation. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont. Ryan and his wife, Jennifer, live in Atlanta and are parishioners at the Cathedral of Christ the King.
Scheible is an advising partner for Clayton Dubilier and Rice, LLC. He was previously the CEO and board chairman of Graphic Packaging Holding. Scheible was named the 2015 Papermaker of the Year by PaperAge Magazine. He sits on the boards of directors for Benchmark Electronics, Inc., the Cancer Treatment Centers of America and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Scheible is a past chairman of the American Forest and Paper Association. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Purdue University. Scheible and his wife, Mary Ruth, have three children and reside in Atlanta.
Sewell is a current and founding member of the Dyslexia Resource Trust Foundation Board. She is a member of the Agape Advisory Board and is a former member of the board of trustees of Trinity School, Schenck School and the Special Olympics. Linda and her husband, Rusty, have two children. They reside in Atlanta.
Shailendra serves as the president of SG Contracting. He currently serves on the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Sports Network board. He previously served on the board of trustees for the Alexander-Tharpe Fund, the board of visitors for Emory University and the boards of the Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault, the Atlanta Opera and the Government Affairs Council of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He previously served as president of the Woodward Academy Alumni Association and currently sits on the advisory council for Woodward Academy. Shailendra graduated from Georgia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. He resides in Atlanta.
Beth Adcock Shiroishi, Past Chair
Beth Adcock Shiroishi is Vice President of Global Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy and Insights for AT&T Services, Inc. In this role, Beth has accountability for the creation of the company’s corporate social responsibility strategy and analytics, campaign development, field activation and overall CSR communications. Beth was named to this position in November of 2015, after serving for two years as President of AT&T Georgia, where she was responsible for the company’s government relations, public policy and community relations initiatives across the state. A native of Georgia, Beth attended Agnes Scott College and started her career as a high school teacher. She currently lives in Atlanta with her husband, Jason, and their two daughters.
Stelling is the chairman and chief executive officer of Synovus. He is a member of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and is the immediate past chairman of the Dean’s Advisory Council of the University of Georgia Terry College of Business. He serves on the board of directors for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and as treasurer on the Financial Services Roundtable Executive Board. Stelling earned a bachelor’s degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Georgia as well as a degree from the Graduate School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University. He and his wife, Carol, have two children and one grandchild. They reside in Columbus.
Henry Turner is vice president of state government affairs for Altria Client Services, Inc. Prior to joining Philip Morris USA in 1989, he worked for U.S. Sprint Communications in Atlanta. He previously served as a campaign manager for Rep. Richard Ray, state campaign director for Sen. Ernest Hollings and as the office director of Middle and South Georgia operations for Sen. Herman Talmadge. He is a former member of the Georgia Ports Authority. Turner earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia. He resides in Atlanta.
Don L. Waters
Waters is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Brasseler USA. He is on the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, board of directors of Union Mission, Inc. and the Chatham County Hospital Authority. Waters earned a bachelor’s degree from Armstrong State College and a law degree from the University of Georgia. He and his wife, Cindy, have two daughters and three grandchildren. They reside in Savannah.