USG Foundation Board Members

Roy Dallis “D” Copeland
Roy Dallis “D” Copeland

Copeland currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Community Banking Officer for Synovus. Copeland leads Synovus’ banking operations across the company’s five-state footprint.

Term: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2021



Walt Ehmer
Walt Ehmer

President and Chief Executive Officer of Waffle House, Inc. Mr. Ehmer also serves on the Board of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Atlanta Police Foundation, and the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation.

Term: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2021



Danena Gaines
Danena Gaines

Danena Gaines, Ph.D. is a Senior Associate and Atlanta Office Director with Cambridge Systematics, Inc., a national consulting firm specializing in transportation policy and planning solutions.

Term: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2020



James M. Hull
James M. Hull

Founder and managing principal of Hull Property Group. He has led the acquisition, development and redevelopment of over 70 big-box retail, neighborhood and regional shopping centers.

Term: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2019



Steven L. Kruger
Steven L. Kruger

Steve Kruger is President of L.E. Schwartz and Son, Inc., a full service roofing and precision sheet metal company. L.E. Schwartz was founded by his Great Grandfather in 1910 and Mr. Kruger is the 4th Generation of a now 5 generation company.

Term: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2020



Donald Leebern III
Donald Leebern III

Donald Leebern III is the current President of Georgia Crown Distributing Company.

Term: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2020



Lynne R. O’Brien
Lynne R. O’Brien   (Development Chair)

Director of Corporate Real Estate at Coca-Cola Company. She handles all corporate acquisitions and dispositions of real estate for the Company in the United States and all domestic corporate leasing activity. She also oversees all international real estate transactions.

Term: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2019



Neil L. Pruitt, Jr.
Neil L. Pruitt, Jr.   (Chair)

Chairman and CEO of PruittHealth, Inc., an integrated health care company offering independent and assisted living, skilled nursing services, rehabilitation services, home health and hospice care.

Term: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2019



Sarah-Elizabeth Reed
Sarah-Elizabeth Reed

Former First Lady of Atlanta. Mrs. Reed sits on the boards for the Children’s Museum of Atlanta and the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students.

Term: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2021



James R. Robinson
James R. Robinson

James R. Robinson is a partner in the Atlanta office of Barnes & Thornburg. As a member of the firm’s Private Client Services Practice Group, Mr. Robinson concentrates his practice on estate and corporate planning, working with families and closely-held businesses on issues that range from the routine to the complex.

Term: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2019



John W. Robinson III
John W. Robinson III

Mr. Robinson is the former Executive Vice President of Aaron’s, Inc. and Chief Executive Officer of Progressive Leasing, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aaron’s, Inc. and a leading virtual lease-to-own company which provides lease-purchase solutions through approximately 19,000 retail locations in 46 states.

Term: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2021



Pete Robinson
Pete Robinson

Pete Robinson is Chairman of Troutman Sanders Strategies, a full-service federal, state, and local lobbying/issue management firm. He is also a partner of Troutman Sanders LLP. He specializes in issue management, comprehensive government relations coordination, and state legislative and procurement matters.

Term: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2019



Ty Smith
Ty Smith   (Treasurer)

Ty Smith is a Marketing Director with PNC Capital Advisors, LLC and a Market Director with PNC Institutional Asset Management, leading a team of client service and sales professionals in the Georgia and Alabama markets. His team members are responsible for providing an array of investment solutions to corporate and non-profit clients ranging from custom investment mandates, outsourced chief investment officer solutions and retirement plan recordkeeping and education services.

Term: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2020



Benjamin Tarbutton III
Benjamin Tarbutton III   (Vice Chair)

President of the Sandersville Railroad Company, a shortline railroad located in Sandersville, Georgia. The Sandersville Railroad has been in operation since 1893 and hauls various commodities.

Term: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2021



Elizabeth A. Terrell
Elizabeth A. Terrell

Elizabeth Terrell is the Vice-President of International Sales. Her team is responsible for US Export growth for enterprise and middle market segments.

Term: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2019



Kirby A. Thompson
Kirby A. Thompson   (Secretary)

Kirby Thompson is the Senior Vice President of Community and Government Affairs for SunTrust Bank Atlanta/GA Division. Mr. Thompson is responsible for GA/TN/NC/SC government affairs, and he oversees the charitable contributions of the SunTrust Foundation for Atlanta, as well as six Trusteed Family Foundations. Mr. Thompson was also the Vice President of Community and Legislative Affairs for Equifax, responsible for The Equifax Foundation and managing state and federal legislative affairs for almost 10 years. Prior to Equifax, he spent 13 years at Citizens and Southern National Bank (predecessor of NationsBank/Bank of America) in various jobs including Government Relations, Community Relations, and Agribusiness. He was a staff member for Senator Sam Nunn in Washington, D.C., from 1978 until 1981. Mr. Thompson is Chairman of the Georgia Council on Economic Education and the Eagle Ranch Foundation. He is also Secretary for the University System of Georgia Foundation. Mr. Thompson is past chair of the GA 4-H Foundation, and currently a board member at Emory University Center for Ethics. Mr. Thompson completed his BBA in Marketing at the University of Georgia, in 1976.

Term: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2020



Don L. Waters
Don L. Waters

Appointed by Governor Nathan Deal in 2013, Don L. Waters is the CEO of Waters Capital Partners, LLC, an investment company and family office.

Term: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2021



Philip A. Wilheit, Sr.
Philip A. Wilheit, Sr.

Appointed by Governor Nathan Deal in January 2011, Philip A. Wilheit, Sr., is the president of Wilheit Packaging and Marketing Images.

Term: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2020



Steve W. Wrigley
Steve W. Wrigley

13th chancellor of the University System of Georgia effective January 1, 2017. He oversees 26 public colleges and universities with a $8.8 billion annual budget, more than 48,000 faculty and staff, and 320,000 students.

Term: Ex Officio