Board of Directors

The Board is responsible for leading the organization to accomplish strategic goals, while keeping in mind the origins of this grass-roots organization. Each Board member brings a unique perspective, serving for a 3-year term. The Executive Director reports to the Board.

Meet the Board

Stephanie Busch
Stephanie worked with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for 21 years. In her last position, she led EPD’s Solid Waste Management Program comprised of five regulatory programs including Surface Mining, Compliance & Environmental Monitoring, Industrial & Municipal Solid Waste, Waste Reduction & Scrap Tire Compliance Units. The Program oversees permitting, compliance and enforcement related to the more than 11,000 solid waste facilities. She also managed the Solid Waste Trust Fund and led the rule-making process to revise the Solid Waste Management Rules pertaining to composting and anaerobic digestion.
Stephanie currently serves on the Board of Directors for Georgia Recycling Coalition, and has previously served on the Board of Directors for Atlanta Recycles, Keep Cobb Beautiful (where she served as President) and Keep Smyrna Beautiful as well as chairing the Community Outreach Committee for St. Benedict’s Episcopal School’s Parent Association. She has a B.S. degree in Applied Biology from Georgia Tech. She is married to Jeffrey Busch and has two boys who are active in Smyrna sports.

Robin Cahill-Roberts, Board Chair
Robin is the co-owner of Nuestros Ninos - Our Kids Pediatrics, a pediatric primary care facility. A successful business woman, Robin has a particular interest in supporting children in the local Hispanic community. Together with her spouse, Mary, she adopted 2 brothers when they were toddlers, and now have grown into young men.
Robin has been active in St. Benedict's since 'before the beginning' and will soon be completing 3 years of service on the Vestry.  Volunteering in our Marietta program is the highlight of her week and she is excited to be on the Board to help steer future growth and ensure good practices for all.

V. Gourisankar ("Sankar")
Mr. Gourisankar has 30 years of experience spanning the corporate, startup and academic space. He graduated with a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech and spent the first half of his career on the research faculty at Georgia Tech building a professional services organization that served the DOD, FAA and major defense contractors such as Lockheed, Northrop, and Intergraph. Later in his career he worked at several large U.S. Corporations in operational leadership positions as Director, CTO, and Vice President. He has hands on experience leading professional services as well as product development organizations with a proven track record of improving the operating margins and profitability. In addition, he has experience in the acquisition and integration of companies that develop engineering/ technical software applications. Most recently, he founded and grew a professional services company into a 20+ person operation that serves the Aerospace & Defense sector.

Nadeen Green
Nadeen has been an attorney since 1979 and until her retirement had been teaching Fair Housing law to the multi-family housing industry since the Fair Housing Amendments Act went into effect in 1989. Her many programs (1300+) were presented to apartment management companies and state and local apartment associations nationwide, and she was regularly asked to speak at national industry conferences for the National Apartment Association, Multi-Housing World, AIM and OpTech, as well as at the UGA and GT. She also wrote many "reader-friendly" articles on Fair Housing and was a guest blogger as “Fair Housing Lady”.  Her blog is still live at fairhousing.forent.com.
​Nadeen was Senior Counsel with Dominion Enterprises, a well-respected company which provides internet advertising services for a variety of industries throughout the U.S., for 21 years. She was President of the Sandy Springs Bar Association, currently serves on the Board for the International Fund for Economic Development (IFED), and serves on the Communications Committee for the Atlanta Ministry of International Students (AMIS). Nadeen teaches Ethics classes at G.T., Anhui University of Economics and Finance (Bengbu/Anhui Province/PRC), and at the Atlanta Art Institute. She has written three children's books, Let There Be Dragons, When Pigs Fly, and Libby and the Cape of Visitability

Kristin Harrison 
Kristin is a dedicated, community-focused individual who has a passion for serving others. A native Midwesterner she has lived throughout the country but has resided in the Atlanta area for the past 15 years.
Kristin obtained her BA degree in Economics from Northwestern University, and now works for Friendship Force International, a non-profit organization that provides cultural exchange programs.  Prior to this, Kristin was a stay-at-home mom for 10 years and worked as a computer consultant for over 12 years.
During her time in Atlanta, Kristin has served in a variety of leadership roles in volunteer organizations currently serving as a vestry member at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. She also teaches Pre-K thru 1st grade Sunday School, and is a fundraising coordinator. Kristin has also served as the church’s community outreach coordinator, the PTA President at West Side Elementary School, and as a volunteer for SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center.
Kristin is married to Byron Harrison and has two sons.  When Kristin is not volunteering or working, she enjoys crafting and spending time with her children.

The Rev. Bryan Hinson
A native of middle Georgia, Fr. Bryan is the Priest-in-Charge at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Macon. In addition to work in the parish, Bryan serves many non-profit ministries in the community, both local and international. A former Youth Coordinator, Bryan values walking along with young people on their journey, especially through the work of Path To Shine.
Bryan’s wife and daughter are both Elementary School teachers, so the value of education and mentoring runs in the family. Bryan received his M.Div. from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. From former vocations, Bryan brings a spirit of entrepreneurship to ministry. When not actively in the mission field, Bryan enjoys family and friends, the beach, music, and college football.

 

The Rev. Ashley Lytle Carr
Associate Rector at St. Benedict's Episcopal Church, 
Ashley came to St. Benedict's in January of 2017.  At St. Benedict's she spends her time with the youth and helping with many of the parish duties. Rev. Ashley loves children, and she enjoys connecting with children through her service on the Path To Shine Board. She received her M.Div from Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, and when she's not at church, you can find Ashley outside with her dogs, or eating great food in and around Atlanta.

Sandy Meier, Board Secretary
Sandy graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Family, Child and Consumer Sciences. She started her working life as a pre-school Teacher/Curriculum Coordinator at Open Arms Child Development Center but joined the business world, and has been Office Manager/ Bookkeeper for an accounting and law firm for the past 18 years.
Sandy is an active member of St. Benedict's, and is very involved with Outreach programs. She began volunteering as a mentor with the San Benedicto program four years ago, and became that program's coordinator three years ago. She also organizes Back Packs of Love, Pennies for Paws and the Angel Tree.
When she is not busy with work and church, Sandy enjoys traveling to Ft. Pierce, Florida and to Chicago, home to her family. She also has two fur babies, Emma & Otis!

Amy Plummer
Amy is a parishioner at St. Benedict's Episcopal Church ad the parent of two boys at St. Benedict's Day School (ages 10 and 12).  Having joined St. Benedict's during the inaugural years, Amy has been an active participant in the establishment, development, and building of the school and has served in multiple roles on the Parent Association.
Currently Amy works as an independent marketing strategist and communications consultant for a national executive recruitment firm. Before her children were born, Amy served as marketing director with a successful telecom start-up, as well as in various marketing roles at BellSouth and with a local advertising agency.  She is a graduate of Emory University and resides in Smyrna with her husband Bill, their two sons, and labrador "daughter".

Christie Stevens
Christie is a lifelong resident of Georgia. She has a BBA in Accounting from Kennesaw State University and an MBA from Georgia State in Finance. Christie retired in 2014 after a 26+ year career in accounting & finance with IBM followed by 5+ years as a Principal Consultant at ISG.
For the past three years, she has volunteered for several organizations, including mentoring  each week with Path To Shine (Marietta program); and Year Up, an organization that provides urban youth with skills and experience to start professional careers where Christie assists graduating interns with resumes and career advice.
For over 10 years, Christie has been an avid quilter and currently serves as Vice President for East Cobb Quilters’ Guild, an organization promoting the quilting arts and serving the community with donations of hundreds of quilts, pillow cases and place-mats each year. Christie is married to Greg and they share a passion for traveling. They have visited six continents, over forty countries and are always planning the next trip.

The Rev. Jamie Stutler
Fr. Jamie has been the rector of St. Clement's Episcopal Church in Canton since 2004. Locally he, with his parish, works with Habitat for Humanity and MUST ministries in Cherokee county. Currently he sits on the Executive Board of the Diocese of Atlanta, and serves as a consultant on the diocesan Stewardship Commission.
He was ordained in the diocese of South Carolina in 1999 and served two parishes there before coming to Canton. He received his seminary training at the School of Theology at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he also (some years before) received his undergraduate degree.
Prior to following the call to ordained ministry he practiced law in South Carolina for ten years. He worked in general practice, corporate law, and poverty law.
He married Melissa in 2012 after the death of his first wife in 2008. He has two daughters (one in college, one graduated) and now two stepsons (both in high school).

Hideo Takada, Board Treasurer
Hideo started his career as auditor at the Tokyo office of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell &Co. (currently named as KPMG Azsa). In 1985, he transferred to KPMG’s Atlanta office to build the Firm’s Japanese businesses in the Southeast US. By the time he left KPMG in 2012, its Atlanta office was one of the firm’s key Japanese Practice offices in the US with 30 Japanese bilingual professionals including three Japanese partners. After two and a half years with Dixon, Hughes, Goodman LLP as partner in-charge of Japanese Business Services, Hideo established his own firm, Takada Company LLC, in August 2015. The company serves to provide Japanese owned subsidiaries with personalized professional services through close ties with other accounting firms that enable us to provide a wide range of services that our clients require.
Hideo is a member of AICPA, and licensed in State of Georgia. He is a former chairman of Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Keio University.

Harvard Whipple
Sales and Sales Management Executive with a proven track record of exceeding quotas, increasing profit and streamlining/optimizing internal and external Sales Teams and procedures. 20 years of Sales and Sales Management experience including serving in Senior Account/Business Development Manager, Business Ownership, and Director-level roles. Prior to joining OmniPoint Staffing in 2015, I served as the Director of Sales and Recruiting for H&A Consulting, LLC where I managed, mentored and developed a team of up to 9 Recruiters and up to 4 Sales Representatives generating $15M+ in annual revenue.  Currently serves as the Director of OmniPoint’s Healthcare I.T. Staffing Practice.
Harvard is married with 2 young sons both of whom attend St. Benedict's Episcopal Day School. Harvard was born and raised in Atlanta (James L. Riley Elementary/Ridgeview Middle School and Riverwood High School) and graduated from UGA in 1996.