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Board of Directors

Egbert L. J. Perry, Board Chair

Professionally, he is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Integral, a community development and commercial real estate company he co-founded in 1993 with a mission to “create value in cities and (re)build the fabric of communities.”

Egbert is also Chairman of the Board of Fannie Mae and the Penn Institute for Urban Research, and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, since 1996, and the National Center for Civil & Human Rights.

An honors graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Egbert received both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from the University’s Towne School, and a Master of Business Administration degree with majors in Finance and Accounting from its Wharton School.

Renee Glover, Budget, Finance and Facilities Committee Chair

Renee is the Founder and Managing Member of The Catalyst Group, LLC, a national consulting firm, focused on urban revitalization, real estate development and community building; urban policy; and business transformation.

Renee served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Atlanta Housing Authority for almost 20 years, until September 2013, during which she pioneered master-planned, mixed-use,
mixed-income communities. During her tenure, the housing authority sponsored 16 master-planned, mixed-use, mixed-income communities, in partnership with private sector real estate
developers and other investors, leveraging $300 million of federal funds into over $3 billion of private investment and economic impact.

Renee was elected to the Board of Trustees of Starwood Waypoint Homes in February 2017.
Renee was also elected to the Board of Directors of Fannie Mae Corporation in January 2016
and the Board of Trustees of Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. in December 2015. Renee
served on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity International from November 2006 to
November 2015, including serving as Chair of the Board of Directors from November 2013 to
November 2015. Renee served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of
Atlanta from January 2009 to December 2014. Renee was appointed to the Board of Advisors
of the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute of Urban Research in June 2015.


Panya Lei Yarber-King, Governance Committee Chair

Panya Lei Yarber-King received her Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.

She started her career as an Engineer at Motorola in Austin, Texas. She has also worked as a senior supply chain manager for AT&T. In addition to her tenure in telecommunications and wireless, she has experience with entrepreneurial ventures, having authored a business plan that led to the successful launch of a coffee shop and business services center. After selling her coffee shop, she became a Resident through the Broad Residency in Urban Education and spent 10 years supporting public schools in several leadership roles. Her most recent educational role was as Executive Director of Information Technology Strategy and Planning at Atlanta Public Schools (APS).



Demetrius Patterson, Academic Accountability Committee Chair

Demetrius Patterson is an IT Director for Coca-Cola North America (CCNA). His team currently provides IT partnership to the following organizations: Technical Innovation & Stewardship (TI&S), Equipment Commercialization, Shopper Marketing, and Public Affairs & Communications (PAC).

Demetrius started at The Coca-Cola Company over 20 years ago in a co-op program as a college student. He is originally from Milwaukee, WI, and a proud alumnus of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. He has been a part of the IT organization at Coca-Cola for his entire career, serving as a programmer, project manager, business analyst, and group manager before his current role. He has supported the Marketing organization for the majority of his career.

Demetrius is a member of Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral and is the proud father of two sons who attended Centennial Place Elementary.


LaKrista Jordan, Board Secretary

LaKrista  is a native of Atlanta, Georgia.  At AT&T, she leads product development for new services in the business voice arena.  Her career was founded in a strong local foundation of education. LaKrista's primary and secondary education was in the Atlanta Public School system.  She is also a graduate of Georgia Tech and Georgia State University where she received her Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and her MBA respectively.  

LaKrista's passion for service and education has always been an important cornerstone to her success.  She currently serves her community through leadership in the Centennial Academy PTA, the Council of Intown Neighborhoods and Schools, Buckhead Church and the Junior League of Atlanta. In her professional career, LaKrista has been recognized for her talents in developing lean business processes and tool automations.  As co-owner of Excel Brokers, she advised others on the local housing market.  LaKrista also has given time through the Community Consulting Team in order to help non-profits solve strategic multi-year planning needs.   

LaKrista lives in Atlanta with her husband Ted and their daughter, who is a Centennial Academy Hero.  They enjoy traveling, camping and hiking whenever they are not participating in  extracurriculars around town. 


Maurice Baker

Maurice Baker serves as manager of community relations at Georgia Natural Gas in Atlanta. Since joining the company in 2002, he has been responsible for planning and executing many of the company’s award-winning external community outreach programs. He developed its signature TrueBlue Community Awards which annually recognizes non-profit organizations throughout Georgia with grants and awards. He also developed the company’s TrueBlue Crew employee volunteer program, and has been a spokesperson for Georgia Natural Gas commercials and on local and national television broadcasts.

‘Moe’ Baker — as he is casually known to colleagues — began his early career at WSB-TV/Radio, supervising the Consumer Action Center. Following that, he was promoted to WSB-TV News/Special Projects, originating numerous consumer stories and special investigative series. His career later progressed in advertising and marketing at Atlanta-based agencies. He has worked in print, direct mail, radio and television. Over the years, his accounts have included some of Georgia’s leading energy companies, including Georgia Power, Southern Co. and Atlanta Gas Light.

Other important accounts have included nationally and internationally known nonprofits like Save the Children, American Red Cross and Salvation Army.

Committed to community service, Baker has served non-profit organizations extensively. Recently, he served as board president of the Corporate Volunteer Council of Atlanta. Currently, he serves on the board of trustees of A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab, the board of directors of the Arthur M. Blank Family Youth YMCA (recognized as Metro Atlanta YMCA Volunteer of the Year in 2005), the advisory board of the Woodruff Arts Center’s Alliance Theatre, and co-chair of the Atlanta Partners for Education through the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he has organized development campaigns and raised funds for organizations like the United Way of Greater Atlanta, where he has served as the utility chair.

The Boston University graduate is a member of several professional organizations including the American Association of Blacks in Energy, where he serves on the scholarship committee. He is also a graduate of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Regional Leadership Institute. In his spare time, his interests include international travel. Baker has traveled extensively across every continent except for Antarctica — which he is saving for retirement someday.


Lauren Koontz

Lauren is Executive Vice President and the Chief Development Officer for the YMCA of Metro Atlanta (the YMCA). The YMCA is the 6th largest in the nation, with an annual budget of over $100,000,000. As Executive Vice President, Lauren is responsible for four membership or youth development branches, the Y’s early learning programs, day and resident camps throughout the association, teen leadership programs, marketing and communications strategies, and the YMCA’s fundraising efforts including annual and capital campaigns, endowed and planned gifts, and community and fundraising events.

Previously Lauren served in development leadership roles at Coxe Curry & Associates,
Emory University School of Medicine,the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and Mount Vernon Presbyterian School. In those capacities, she directed strategic initiatives, annual and capital campaigns, special events, and endowed giving programs.

As a consultant, she conducted feasibility studies, development audits, and provided pre-campaign planning and campaign management. Lauren has led board trainings and has served as a nonprofit board committee member and trustee involved in strategic planning, advancement, and building sub-committees. At the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Lauren was named by the CEO to the organization’s National Strategic Steering Committee, the youngest associate appointed.

Lauren has an exceptional understanding of the nonprofit and philanthropic community landscape and collaborates in the public and private sectors to create strong partnerships. Focused on health and education fundraising throughout her career, she leverages her experience to impact the lives of children, teens, families and individuals through the YMCA’s work in youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Lauren’s volunteer service includes past Chair roles include: Sponsorship Chair for the Atlanta Association of Fundraising Professionals National Philanthropy Day; and Co-Chair of the 2015 NAYDO Conference (North American YMCA Development Organization) which was held in Atlanta in 2015 and attended by over 1,500 Y staff and volunteers from around the world. Lauren was named one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “40 Under 40” in 2013. In 2016, Lauren received the YMCA’s highest staff honor – the Sullie Award, named for Thomas Sullivan – YMCA founder in the U.S. – for exemplifying the mission and values of the YMCA. Lauren is a member of the current 2018 Leadership Atlanta class.

Lauren is a Georgia native having grown up on St. Simons Island. She has a BBA from the University of Georgia and an MBA from Georgia State University. Lauren is married to Brad Koontz, a technology executive for Hitachi. They have two children, Kate, 13, and Sam, 10.


Joseph Handy

Joseph is Georgia Aquarium’s President and Chief Operating Officer.
In 2005, Handy moved to Atlanta to serve as Georgia Aquarium’s Director of Visitor Services. He was promoted to Vice President of Guest Experience in late 2006, became Senior Vice President in December 2014, was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in December 2015 and recently became President & Chief Operating Officer in January 2017. In addition to his responsibilities at Georgia Aquarium, Handy is a committee member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), as well as an active member in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Business Operations Committee.

Handy is also heavily involved in many community organizations; he is a member of 100 Black Men of North Metro Atlanta; Georgia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and Central Atlanta Progress Executive Boards. He and other representatives from the Centennial Park District help make critical decisions about the area’s development. In late 2017, Handy was appointed to the Coles College of Business Advisory Board.


Handy was born and raised in New York, where he graduated with honors from The College of New Rochelle with a Liberal Arts Degree concentrated in Political Science. While in New York, Handy worked at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City for nine years and assisted in opening the Rose Center for Earth and Space. He also served as an appointed representative to a community board in Manhattan and was elected to serve as a delegate in the 2004 Presidential Election. Handy received his Executive MBA from the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University.


Christopher Burke

Christopher Burke is an educator, strategist, and public relations professional with more than 18 years of experience in education, urban planning, and community development. Chris began his professional career working as a housing coordinator for The Atlanta Project, a non-profit created by former President Jimmy Carter focused on improving the living conditions in Atlanta’s most impoverished neighborhoods. It was this experienced that spurred Chris’s interest in understanding the impact housing policies have on equity and quality of life. Chris continued his career joining the research staff at the American Planning Association (APA) where he was a contributing writer for APA Publications including Zoning News, PAS Memo, and Planning Magazine. While at APA Chris’s research centered on zoning as an economic development tool to improve quality of life indicators such as access to food, transportation, and employment opportunities. In 1999 Chris joined the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association as a Government Affairs Representative and in the fall of 2003 was appointed Vice President of Government Affairs where he remained until November 2010. In April 2011, Chris joined the Georgia Tech Office of Government and Community Relations as Director of Community Relations. In this position Chris works with local government, educators, religious, business, and civic leaders to assure that Tech plays an integral part enriching the metro-Atlanta region, particularly the communities closest to campus. He also teaches an undergraduate course in the Georgia Tech Honor’s Program that explores the barriers disenfranchised students have with attending college. Chris is an avid music collector and lover of his Fender Jazz Bass guitar. He lives in Snellville with his wife, three children, and energetic Wheaten Terrier.


Board Member biographies are in progress for the following board members:


Rewa Berry Centennial Academy PTA
Walt Higgins Centennial Academy PTA
Isaac Sparks Jr. Atlanta Public Schools
Howard Grant Atlanta Housing Authority

Virginia Sheppard


Georgia Institute of Technology