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


Wilma Beaty, Esq., Chair
General Council, Americas at Allnex

Janet Tharp, Esq., Vice Chair
Principal, Nonprofit Organizational Consultant, J&L Advisors, LLC

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

Aiyana Cottman Director of Ambulatory Business Operations, Grady Memorial Hospital

Sonia Doyle

Thomas G. Brown, Jr.
Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Gregory Burson
President, Friends of Peoplestown Parks
Community Representative

Greg Cole, ex officio
Executive Director, Emmaus House

Lisa Daily
CDC, Retired

Carrie Eagles
Social Work Care Manager, Village MD

Lori Elmore
Policy Analyst, CDC

Jennifer Freeland
Advisory Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

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

Ted Hickey

Joy Yancy Jones
Senior Human Resources Manager, Georgia-Pacific

Chris Lemons
Home Depot

Haven Long
Assistant Director of Development, Atlanta Speech School

Sarah Matthews
Senior Associate Director, The Carter Center

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

Rhonda Patrick
Assistant Director, James Weldon Johnson Institute on the study of race and difference, Emory University

Michael Petrik
Project Manager, United Parcel Service

Phillip Raglin
Founder, Raglin Biofeedstocks, LLC

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

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

Ann Williamson, Secretary
Georgia State University

Denise Wingate
Producer and Public Relations Consultant

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