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Atlanta Track Club Board Members
Mary Ford, Chair
Mary Ford is a sales and marketing executive with over 20 years of experience serving business-to-business technology providers. She currently leads sales strategy and operations for Dell SecureWorks, a provider of information security for businesses. Mary is also the President of ForwardPoint, LLC, a business advisory and consulting firm specializing in sales effectiveness. Previously, she was a Vice President with Cbeyond, where she led Marketing, Learning and Development, and Sales Execution. Mary has a deep commitment to volunteer service to the Atlanta community through organizations including Leadership Atlanta, Girls on the Run Atlanta, Dress for Success Atlanta and Women in Technology. Mary led the Atlanta Track Club's Search Committee whose efforts resulted in the hiring of the current Executive Director. She has completed over 20 AJC Peachtree Road Races, 13 marathons, 5 triathlons, and numerous 10K and half marathon races. Mary has a degree in Economics from the University of Virginia and a masters degree from George Washington University. She and her husband Jay Shirley live in Sandy Springs.
Shawn Hardister, Vice-Chair
Shawn is a tax partner with Moore Colson & Company, a top 200 U.S. public accounting and consulting firm. He has almost 30 years experience as a Certified Public Accountant and over 10 years experience as a Certified Financial Planner, and has served a number of nonprofit organizations. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors at Atlanta Track Club for three years, including two years as Treasurer, Shawn also serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the National Down Syndrome Congress. Shawn started running in high school and earned all-conference honors in cross country. He also ran several distance events in track and field. He has run nine marathons, including Boston and New York, as well as numerous half marathons and shorter events. Shawn graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with honors with a bachelor of science degree in accounting.
Kerry Parker, Secretary
Kerry Parker became an active and engaged Atlanta Track Club member after participating in his first AJC Peachtree Road Race in 2009. He desires to share his passion for running to build a healthier and more fit community. Mr. Parker has over 20 years of experience in marketing, public relations and communications for the Southeast Permanente Medical Group, of Kaiser Permanente, the state’s second largest medical group. He has extensive experience working with nonprofit organizations. He is a founding board member of the Atlanta Youth Project and currently serves as Chairman of the Board. He has served on the board of the Horizon Theater Company; the International Association of Business Communications, Atlanta Chapter; the Avondale Arts Alliance; and the Arts Festival of Atlanta. Mr. Parker ran varsity track at Auburn University and has since completed many races including the AJC Peachtree Road Race, the Atlanta Half Marathon and numerous triathlons.
Brian Frank, Treasurer
Brian Frank is Managing Director at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. Averaging more than 40 miles a week since his college days, he is a committed and competitive runner. Brian previously worked at Merrill Lynch as manager of the firm's Wealth Management Services for the Southeast Region. He competes in 2-3 marathons a year and remains actively involved in area volunteer and philanthropic activities. Brian is Co-Chair of the Marist School's Alumni Capital Campaign and is a member of the Investment Advisory Committee at Zoo Atlanta. Brian graduated from the Marist School and earned a degree from Georgia Tech in Industrial Management. He lives in Dunwoody with his wife and three children.
Michael Anderson is a Director of Human Resources at DHL Supply Chain, a division of Deutsche Post DHL, the world’s largest logistics provider. Prior to that he held various HR positions with Ford Motor Company, Nabisco, AT&T and the Coca-Cola Company. He has been a member of the Atlanta Track Club since 1984 and is currently on the Atlanta Track Club Elite masters team. Michael has 51 marathons and 2 ultra marathons to his credit including 18 Boston Marathons and a personal best of 2:25:02. In March 2015 he surpassed 120,000 total running miles accumulated since 1978 when he ran in college (and started keeping track). Michael is married to Molly McCoy Anderson, a one-time marathon runner who now focuses on distance swimming.
Erika Jolly Brookes
Veteran technology and marketing executive Erika Brookes is chief marketing officer for Springbot, a marketing automation platform for eCommerce businesses, and her responsibilities include leading all brand, product, marketing campaigns and communications. Prior to joining Springbot, Erika Brookes was vice president of product strategy for Oracle, responsible for all go to market activities for the Oracle Social Cloud business including guiding product strategy. Prior to joining Oracle, she was vice president of marketing and communications at Vitrue, a leading provider of social marketing publishing software for global brands and agencies. Vitrue was acquired by Oracle in August 2012. Throughout her career she has held numerous executive-level marketing positions with leading technology companies like Oracle, Vitrue, MindSpring, Earthlink and Rackspace.
Brookes earned a BS in Business Administration from Berry College and has completed post-graduate executive level education in finance and marketing. She has been a runner her entire life and participates in numerous 5Ks, 10Ks and half marathons including the AJC Peachtree Road Race and Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon. Erika is married to David Brookes, and she will be most commonly seen running through Historic Druid Hills, Freedom Parkway, the Atlanta Beltline and Virginia Highlands with their yellow Labrador, Sunny.
Charlie Crawford is President, CEO & Chairman of Private Bank of Buckhead which he founded in 2006. He was previously president of Riverside Bank of Buckhead, Milton National Bank, and The Buckhead Bank. Charlie started his banking career in New York with Bankers Trust Company and joined Bank South when he moved to Atlanta in 1986. He earned undergraduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of Business as well as an MBA from Georgia State University. Charlie is active in the community and the other boards on which he currently serves include: The J. Mack Robinson College of Business, the Buckhead Coalition, The Carter Center and the Georgia Tennis Foundation. His running history includes over 25 AJC Peachtree Road Races and Atlanta Half Marathons, along with 14 marathons. Charlie is married to Ansley Byers Crawford, and has three children: Chas, Kay and Mitchell.
Joel has been an Atlanta Track Club member since 1976. Joel was a board member as well as Director of ATC All-Comers Meets from 1981 – 1984. He was also Director of Atlanta Track Club's Annual Road Race program and created the Resolution Run and the original 3-race In-Training for Peachtree race series. Joel was also Manager/Captain of The Coca-Cola Company Running Club from 1985-1988. From 2000 – 2011, Joel *Served 5 years as president of Philadelphia Masters Track Association and directed several Mid-Atlantic- USATF Association Championship Meets and two Regional Championship Meets. He also served 3 years as Chairman of Mid-Atlantic Associations High Performance Committee and sat on the Association’s Board of Directors. Joel retired in 1999 after a career as a Professor of Psychology at Oglethorpe University, Marketing Research Manager at The Coca-Cola Company and Professor of Food Marketing at St. Joseph’s University.
Bill Duffey is a United States District Judge who formerly served as the United States Attorney in Atlanta. Before entering public service, he was a partner at the law firm of King & Spalding where he practiced complex civil and criminal litigation. From 1994-95, he served as the Deputy Independent Counsel in the Whitewater investigation, heading the Arkansas phase of the investigation. Bill previously served as the General Counsel to the Atlanta Track Club and the Peachtree Road Race Committee. Since 1984 he has run the Peachtree 27 times, the Atlanta Half-marathon over 12 times and four marathons. The former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery at Kennesaw State University, he also serves in a variety of other civic and professional organizations. He is married to author Betsy Duffey.
Susan Jones has been an Atlanta Track Club member for more than 25 years and has only missed one Peachtree Road Race during this time. Susan previously served as an Atlanta Track Club board member and in 2010, she was awarded the Clarence May award for her continued dedication to the Club. She was a tennis instructor and High School Coach for 30 years. Susan works to offer running events for the community and is employed by West Stride Running Store. Active with the Georgia Tech Women's Athletic community outreach program, she also coaches with the Holy Innocents Cross Country, Track and Golf teams and has been a Pace Team Coordinator for Georgia Publix Marathon and 13.1 half marathon. Susan volunteers her time as a coach for Atlanta Track Club’s Women on the Move 5K training program, In-Training for Peachtree, Half-Marathon Training as well as for a local Girls on the Run team.
Katie is the Chief Policy Officer for the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC), leading a team which focuses on public policy, government affairs and political action. Katie joined MAC in 2007 as vice president of Environmental Affairs, overseeing the Chamber's work on sustainability, including water, air, energy and quality growth issues. She is currently vice-chair of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District and past board chair for the institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership. She is a 2011 recipient of Atlanta Business Chronicle's prestigious "40 Under 40" award and is an active alumnus of Leadership Atlanta. She is the Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives Government Relations Division. Katie volunteers for various youth sports leagues, Peachtree Road UMC, Atlanta Track Club, and is a member of the parent volunteer association for Christ the King School. Katie is a committed runner. She and her family have run the AJC Peachtree Road Race more than 10 times and her family has been running since its inception in 1970.
Ryan is currently a full-time graduate student working toward a PhD in neuroscience at Emory University. He began running in 2009 after graduating from Johns Hopkins where he played varsity basketball and was co-captain for the 2008-2009 season. He has run six marathons highlighted by 5th place finishes in both the 2011 and 2012 Atlanta Marathons (PR 2:40:44). He joined Atlanta Track Club’s men’s competitive team in 2012 and became team coordinator in 2014. Recently he has focused more on shorter distances setting personal bests of 15:38 for 5k, 32:32 for 10k and 1:12:20 for the half marathon.
Michelle Reid is Senior Director of Human Resources at Children’s Health Care of Atlanta, one of the leading pediatric health care systems in the United States. Before accepting her current role at CHOA, Michelle acted as the Interim Director of Child Wellness programs at CHOA and helped launch its community Strong4Life program. She was Global Director of Human Resources at Motorola before moving to Atlanta in 2005. Michelle found running 6 years ago and has since completed 6 AJC Peachtree Road Races along with numerous half marathons, triathlons and even 2 Half Ironman events. She is an active fundraiser for The Leukemia Lymphoma Society's Team in Training and regularly acts as a mentor for others entering the program.
Jerome began running in 2006 in a quest to lose weight and live a healthier and happier life. He has been a member of Atlanta Track Club since 2009 and has served on its Board since 2013. As a volunteer coach, Jerome has helped countless new and experienced runners achieve their running goals through Atlanta Track Club's In-Training for Peachtree and Half Marathon training programs. His running resume includes countless Atlanta Track Club and other local races, several marathons--including the 118th Boston, Chicago, and New York City marathons--and a 50 mile ultra. Born and raised in Atlanta, Jerome takes to heart the Club's mission to see a healthy and fit Atlanta through running and is committed to helping the club see this through.
Outside of running, Jerome enjoys his career as an IT Project Manager with Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines. He earned his BA from Clayton State University and an MBA in Project Management from Walden University.
Rob Schuler is currently Senior Director of Strategic Technologies at Cox Communications, Inc. An avid runner since 2007, he seeks to help Atlanta Track Club promote the sport of running and to positively impact our community. Mr. Schuler has a passion for running and has completed numerous races across all distances. He also has strong civic interests and has been involved with several non-profit organizations and currently serves on the Corporate Leadership Council at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. This service has given him extensive experience in helping non-profits seek the resources necessary to evolve and advance their mission. He believes in and supports the Atlanta Track Club's goals and objectives and one day hopes to qualify for and finish the Boston Marathon.
Mary Sweeney holds a B.S. Degree in Marketing from the University of West Florida. With a previous career in Healthcare Marketing, Mary moved to Atlanta in 1996 for a marketing and sales position with a healthcare software company. Mary launched a small business from home in 2007, designing women’s accessories and jewelry from recycled materials, to be home with her children. She teaches sewing and crafting to young girls ages 8-14 in the summer at her Fiber & FUN Camp, established in 2008. Mary has been a lifelong athlete, discovering running at age 30. She is a two-time Olympic Trials qualifier for the Women's Marathon, recognized nationally in her age group and is currently running as part of the Masters Elite Team for Atlanta Track Club. She has been an active participant in Atlanta Track Club events since moving to Atlanta. She has been a volunteer coach for Kilometer Kids and Girls on the Run. She has outstanding leadership skills, a commitment to the Atlanta Track Club and is an active volunteer and contributor to her church and community. Mary and her husband John live in Inman Park with their two children, Sean and Erin, and their two dogs.