Board of Directors
Debi M. Starnes, PhD
Debi Starnes served as Mayor Shirley Franklin’s policy advisor on metro Atlanta’s initiatives and projects to prevent and end homelessness. She currently serves as a board member of the Regional Commission on Homelessness. Dr. Starnes was steadfast in her support and advocacy for improving Atlanta’s continuum of care for the homeless population during her term as an Atlanta City Councilwoman from 1994-2005.
She advocated bringing homeless providers and advocates together with the business community, forming the Homeless Action Group. She helped develop The Rock, which was the first implementation of a ”coordination station” for comprehensive homeless services. She then worked to help fold The Rock into the Gateway Center.
Dr. Starnes helped develop the Imperial Hotel, Hope House, Genesis Shelter and several other transitional housing facilities for homeless men, women and children. With Mayor Franklin she developed the $20 million Homeless Opportunity Fund.
As the co-founder of EMSTAR Research in 1988, her professional work has included designing and evaluating programs in diverse areas of public service. Dr. Starnes received her BSW and MA from East Tennessee State University and her PhD in 1987 from Georgia State University.
Robert Glustrom has been active in Atlanta’s legal, business, and philanthropic community since the late 1970s. In private practice since 1976, Mr. Glustrom has also taught and lectured at the Emory University Law School, the John Marshall Law School, and the College of the National Institute of Mental Health. From 1978 to 1998, he served as the civil commitment judge for the Fulton County Probate Court in Atlanta, and from 1980 to 2000 was Of Counsel with the law firm Arnall, Golden and Gregory.
He is currently Managing Member of the RCG Properties group of companies, and serves as Chairman of TSN LLC, a web based portal for telecommunications carriers. In the past, Mr. Glustrom co-founded and co-owned the Atlanta Silverbacks professional soccer team, serving as its co-chair, and served on several other boards, including that of the publicly held Harry’s Farmers Market (HARY). Mr. Glustrom graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1973 and received his J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School in 1976.
Greg Heston is an Atlanta native. Over the years he has given his time and resources to serve the under-resourced of Atlanta, through such organizations and venues as the former Palmer House of Techwood Homes, the Nicholas House, and the Atlanta Youth Project. Greg currently serves on board of Reformed Ministries International, Inc., an Alabama-based mission organization. Greg has been a United Way of Atlanta donor since 1986, and a member of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society since 2005.
Professionally, Greg is a partner with Ernst & Young LLP (EY), and has practiced public accounting in Atlanta since he began his career with EY in 1986. Greg holds CPA licenses in Georgia and Alabama, and is member of the Georgia Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs. Greg is past president of the Atlanta Chapter of the Georgia Society of CPAs.
Greg graduated from Auburn University in 1985 with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration (Accountancy). Greg currently serves on the Board of the Auburn University Foundation, as well as the Advisory Council of the Auburn University School of Accountancy. Greg was recognized as an outstanding alumnus by the SOA in 2007.
Greg and his family are members of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, where Greg has previously served as a deacon and finance committee chair. Greg married to Mary Grace in 1991, and together they have six children ranging in age from 24 to 6.
Peter currently serves as General Manager of the flagship Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Previously, Peter served as General Manager of Hyatt Regency San Antonio and the Grand Hyatt San Antonio. He has also served as General Manager of Hyatt Regency Savannah and Hyatt Regency Suites Atlanta Northwest in Marietta.
Since returning to Atlanta, Peter has become actively involved in the downtown business community. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Atlanta Sports Council, Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Police Foundation. Peter is a member of the Atlanta Hotel Council and has also been appointed as Chairman of the Board of the Mary Parker Foundation.
Peter is passionate about service and has taken leadership roles in each of the communities where he has served. He is actively involved in improving quality of life issues that include transportation, downtown development and public safety which are important to the guests and associates he serves. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration.
Horace Sibley (Director Emeritus)
Horace Sibley has worked tirelessly to end chronic homelessness in Atlanta for more than a decade, and is the former Chairman of the United Way Regional Commission on Homelessness. Under his leadership, metro Atlanta has increased the collaboration of homeless service providers and developed innovative programs to address homelessness. He was instrumental in developing the Regional Commission on Homelessness.
The most recent of his awards and accolades are the John W. Macy award for outstanding individual leadership in the fight to end homelessness from the National Alliance to End Homelessness, and the Mercy Moves through Me award from Saint Joseph’s Mercy Care Services.
Mr. Sibley is a retired Senior Partner of King & Spalding LLP with more than 35 years of experience in national and international business transactions. He earned a B.A. from Vanderbilt University; a J.D. degree from the University of Georgia, and an MBA from Georgia State University.
Stacey Abrams (Emeritus)
Ms. Abrams’ commitment to public service is reflected in her role as State Representative for Georgia House District 84. Ms. Abrams also serves on the Board of Trustees for St. Joseph’s Health System, the Boards of Visitors for Emory University and Agnes Scott College, and the Board of Directors for Literacy Action.
She is a member of the advisory boards of Branan Towers Senior Facility of Wesley Woods Foundation and Health Students Taking Action Together. Her previous service includes Chair of the Board of Directors for Hands on Atlanta and Chair of the Women’s Legacy Group for the United Way of Atlanta. She is an accomplished writer on issues of public policy, taxation, and nonprofit organizations, having been published in The American Prospect, The Christian Science Monitor, Yale Law and Policy Review, and the Southern University Law Review. She has taught courses on law and social policy and received her J.D. from the Yale Law School. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with an M.P.Aff. in public policy. She earned a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Spelman College.