The bishop has delegated authority for governance and strategy to an advisory board, comprised of members that he appoints at the recommendation of the Board Development Committee of the advisory board.

The advisory board is comprised of volunteers who come from a variety of backgrounds and are committed to providing excellent leadership, governance, and oversight so Emmaus House can excel at fulfilling its mission. To send a message to the advisory board, or to nominate yourself or someone else for membership, please send an email to

Emmaus House Advisory Board Members


Ward S. Bondurant, Esq., Chair
Partner, Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP

Wilma Beaty, Esq., Vice Chair
General Counsel, Americas at allnex

Richard Messner, Treasurer
VP Finance (retired) Simmons Bedding Company, Volunteer, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Thomas G. Brown, Jr.
Tax Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Gregory Burson
President, Friends of Peoplestown Parks
Community Representative

Greg Cole, ex officio
Executive Director, Emmaus House

Lisa Daily
Public Health Consultant

Jennifer Freeland
Advisory Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Richard Harris
Project Facilitator & Performing Arts Program Director, Barack and Michelle Obama Academy

Joy Yancy Jones
Senior Human Resources Manager, Georgia-Pacific

Haven Long
Assistant Director of Development, Atlanta Speech School

Sarah Matthews
Senior Associate Director, The Carter Center

Michael Petrik
Senior Marketing Analyst, United Parcel Service

Phillip Raglin
Founder, Raglin Biofeedstocks, LLC

Janet Tharp
Principal, J&L Advisors, LLC

The Rev. Alicia Schuster-Weltner, ex-officio
Canon to the Ordinary, Diocese of Atlanta

Columbus Ward, Jr. 
President and Interim Director, Peoplestown Revitalization Corp.
President, Neighborhood Planning Unit - V
Community Representative

Denise Wingate
Producer and Public Relations Consultant

The Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright, ex officio
Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta