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CPC BOARD MEMBERS

Sally Bethea (President) is the retired founding director of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. She has more than thirty-five years of experience in environmental advocacy, education and nonprofit management. While in graduate school at Georgia Tech in the late 1970s, she worked on the first general management plan for the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA). Previous board service includes: Georgia Board of Natural Resources, Waterkeeper Alliance, River Network and EarthShare of Georgia.

Bob Ruby (Vice-President) is a longtime Volunteer in the Park (VIP) for the CRNRA who is retired from IBM and recently chaired the board of the Benton MacKaye Trail Association. He has also served on the boards of the Upper Chattahoochee Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Georgia Appalachian Trail Club.

Bob Schneider (Treasurer) is a financial manager in accounting and operations with Equifax. He is the past treasurer for the Johns Creek Communities Association and Rivermont Homeowners Association, a member Johns Creek Garden Association and a past volunteer for the Appalachian Trail in Virginia.

Jay Bogan (Secretary) is a partner at the law firm of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, where he concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation and is the leader of the firm’s Class Action Team.  An outdoor enthusiast, Jay is a lifelong birder, hiker and backpacker.

Tammy Bates is an events manager for nonprofit and corporate clients. She manages the annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race and Festival organized by Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, National Park Service and City of Roswell and has organized hundreds of cleanups in the Chattahoochee watershed. She has served on the board of Rivers Alive and is a certified master gardener.  

Jennifer McCoy is a biologist and educator who is currently the manager of Cobb County Water System's Watershed Stewardship Program. She has worked closely with National Park Service rangers and volunteers on education and water-related activities. Her skills include teaching, biology, public administration and community engagement.  

Alan Toney is a supervisor with the Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District who was an active member of Friends of the River – the group that helped establish the CRNRA in the 1970s. A longtime volunteer leader with the Sierra Club, he also takes water samples for Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and in 2015 was a Cox Conserves Hero Finalist. He serves on the boards of North Riverside Neighborhood Association, Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods and Lost Corners Nature Preserve.

Cheryl Ashley-Serafine is a retired teacher with expertise in Special Education, Gifted and Instructional Technology. She is currently involved with the Cobb County Watershed Stewardship program and a state certification program for environmental education. She is also certified as a master birder and master naturalist.  
 
Phillip Hodges is a certified public accountant who is retired from the firm of Ernst & Young where he served as an audit partner. His interests include most outdoor activities, particularly canoeing, kayaking and hiking. Phillip serves on the board of the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club as the Membership Director and is a trail section overseer. Phillip is also Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for the National MS Society, Georgia Chapter.

Cathy Barnard manages her own design firm which specializes in branding, corporate identity and public relations and lives in River Glen neighborhood bordering the CRNRA. A certified master naturalist, she served eight years as a docent with the Chattahoochee Nature Center and has assisted with the education programs offered by the National Park Service in the CRNRA.

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