Board of Directors

Edward J. “Jack” Hardin (Chairman)

Mr. Hardin led the team that created the Gateway Center, and has served as Chairman of the Board since its founding. Mr. Hardin is a founding partner of Rogers & Hardin, LLP, President of the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Legal Services Foundation, a member of the Board of Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, he served as the Chairman of the Board of the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, Chairman of the Board the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University Divinity School and Chairman of the Board of the Paidea School.

The United Way, the Anti-Defamation League, Travelers Aid of Metropolitan Atlanta, Emory University Law School, the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism and the Georgia Budget and Public Policy Institute among others, have recognized Jack with awards for his public service. Mr. Hardin was an original member of the Regional Commission on Homelessness and has, along with former Mayor Shirley Franklin, served as its Co-Chairman since 2009.

Robert Glustrom

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

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.

Keith Evans

Keith Evans currently serves as the fifth President of the Westminster Schools. Keith has shown a deep commitment to issues of homelessness; he previously served as Chairman of the Board for CARITAS, the largest provider of homeless services in the Metro Richmond area. He holds masters degrees from Harvard University and the University of Tennessee.

Cindy LeBlanc

Cindy LeBlanc

Cindy LeBlanc, is Chairman and CFO of Brewed to Serve Restaurant Group, Inc.  An Atlanta-based restaurant company, Brewed to Serve owns Max Lager’s Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery, Georgia’s oldest brewpub, White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails, Richards’ Southern Fried at Krog Street Market, and Bold Monk Brewing Co., all intown restaurants.
Ms. LeBlanc and her team have a strong belief in servant leadership and community engagement.  Her commitment to ending homelessness began with programs to engage her guests by raising awareness and funds for homeless services. She continues to create events to promote, endorse and aid The Gateway Center.
Ms. LeBlanc has been working in the City of Atlanta for over 20 years and prior to that worked in Europe in international real estate development and in public accounting for KPMG.  Ms. LeBlanc is a CPA, and holds an MBA and Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of California, Sacramento.

Calvin Ward

Calvin Ward is a Wealth Advisor located in the Southeast Region of BB&T Bank. Mr. Ward works with affluent and high net-worth business owners and families to understand their needs. He coordinates a team of specialists to provide clients with wealth management services, including banking, credit, investment management and trust and estate services through BB&T.

Prior to joining BB&T, Mr. Ward worked at Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. and The Northern Trust Company, where he was a Private Banker and Commercial Banking Relationship Manager. He has been in the financial services industry for more than 35 years.

Mr. Ward earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Illinois State University and a Master of Business Administration from DePaul University Graduate School of Business.

Calvin resides in South Fulton with his wife Louisa and son, William.

Mary Benton

Mary Benton serves as the Pro Bono Partner at Alston & Bird, formulating and overseeing the Firm’s strategic vision for pro bono and leading the pro bono legal and community service program across all 11 offices. Ms. Benton ensures that all Alston & Bird attorneys have the opportunity to fulfill their professional obligation to perform pro bono and service work at the intersections of each individual’s passion and talents. She successfully fosters and maintains relationships with nonprofit legal service providers, working together to create opportunities for meaningful and impactful pro bono projects, provides training and supervision on pro bono matters, and facilitates client and practice group pro bono initiatives. She leads the firm-wide pro bono committee, which supports and encourages pro bono participation and develops policies and practice to enhance the Firm’s pro bono program and culture.

Ms. Benton is dedicated to serving in her community through volunteerism and board service. In addition to The Gateway Center, she serves on the Board of Directors for The United Way of Greater Atlanta, Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Policy, the National Appleseed Network, and Atlanta Legal Aid. She also serves on the Advisory Boards of Habitat for Humanity of Atlanta, Future Foundation and the Truancy Intervention Project. She is a member of the United Way Tocqueville Women’s Leadership Council and a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2014.

Prior to her role as Pro Bono Partner, Ms. Benton was a partner in the State and Local Tax Group and has over 20 years of substantive experience advising clients on state and local tax implications in complex transactions and representing multistate corporations in state tax disputes and controversies.

Kali Franklin

Kali Franklin joined AMB Sports + Entertainment in December 2017. As the Director of HR Operations, she leads a team of six and is responsible for the day-to-day people processes that fuel the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United and Mercedes Benz Stadium. Over the course of a sixteen-year Human Resources career, she’s proven to be a strategic partner who is results oriented, influential, and collaborative in approach. Her professional background includes successful assignments within a small family business, on the operations and supply chain side of a national retailer, instrumental in launch of a new business division for a global technology company and most recently, functional leader for a company that hosts some of the world’s largest events.

Kali is an Atlanta native and alumni of Georgia State University and UGA. Engaged to her childhood sweetheart, Wali Bashir, they call Midtown Atlanta home and enjoy city-living with their Cocker Spaniel, Spartacus.

Rayford Davis

Rayford Davis has built a track record of developing teams and delivering results within the for-profit and non-profit sectors.  Currently, as the Founder and CEO of Exception-ALLYSM, Rayford leads a team of education technology entrepreneurs, who provide digital solutions to help parents of children with special needs ensure their children have the highest quality of life.

In the non-profit sector, Rayford serves as a Board Director of Odyssey, an education non-profit organization at The Westminster Schools that delivers an academic enrichment program grounded in project-based learning and exposure to college and career opportunities. He also serves on the Atlanta Advisory board of JumpStart, an early childhood literacy organization. Additionally, he has advised a number of significant foundations, including the Ford Foundation, working with the West Africa Office in Lagos, Nigeria and the Ball Foundation, near Chicago, Illinois.

A native of Decatur, GA, Rayford is an honors graduate from the Westminster Schools, a magna cum laude recipient of a BS in Chemical Engineering-Materials from Florida A&M University, and a graduate in the top 10% of his class at Harvard Business School. Rayford is a member of Impact Church and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and is a coach for T-ball, flag football and soccer.

Kimyatta McClary Holder

Kimyatta is Regulatory Investigations Counsel & Head of Global Investigations at McKesson Corporation, where she oversees McKesson’s enterprise-wide internal Investigations Program and provides strategic counseling on a variety of regulatory and compliance matters, as well as risk mitigation activities. Kimyatta sits in the General Counsel Organization—a centralized team of attorneys and compliance professionals who support the entire family of McKesson businesses. Kimyatta is Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC).

Kimyatta developed her expertise as a healthcare litigation, compliance, and regulatory attorney representing a variety of plan, payor, and provider clients at Alston & Bird LLP, where she practiced prior to joining McKesson. In private practice, she represented clients in the defense of False Claims Act litigation, whistleblower actions, and government investigations related to alleged fraud and abuse violations of federal and state health care laws. She also assisted clients in conducting internal compliance investigations, as well as with developing and implementing effective compliance programs.

Dr. Mark Holzberg

Dr. Mark Holzberg is a board-certified dermatologist and established Newnan Dermatology (now Avail Dermatology) in Newnan Georgia. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and graduated from Emory University School of Medicine in 1983. He is Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Emory and teaches diseases and tumors of the nail at Grady Memorial Hospital. Dr. Holzberg lectures, edits textbooks and authors numerous articles in dermatology. He is past President of the Atlanta Society for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery and past President of the Georgia Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery. Dr. Holzberg was the Dermatology Foundation Practitioner of the Year in 2016.

Dr. Holzberg’s philanthropic work has been as past Georgia Vice Chair for the Dermatology Foundation and in patient dermatologic health issues. He has lobbied Georgia senators and representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington on behalf of dermatologic patients through the American Academy of Dermatology for many years and has testified and worked on patient issues here in the Georgia legislature. More recently, Dr. Holzberg established a free dermatology clinic for the homeless at the Mercy Care Clinic @ Gateway Center. With a close friend and associate, Dr. Holzberg helped to establish the Advisory Council for Gateway Center. The Advisory Council has recruited recognized leaders in the Atlanta community to act in the Council as a “think tank” and advocacy group for Gateway helping Gateway Center accomplish its mission of making homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring.

Versandra Kennebrew

Since her own homeless experience, Versandra Kennebrew has spent more than a decade dedicating her life and lending her voice to ending poverty and homelessness. A massage therapist, speaker, author and soon-to-be yoga instructor, she has a passion for inspiring people who are experiencing major life transitions to never give up on themselves or their dreams.

She supports other formerly homeless speakers to strengthen their skills in the art of storytelling through the Gateway Center’s Faces of Homelessness Speakers Bureau. She also uses her voice to propel emerging leaders as a Toastmaster’s Area Director, and coaches entrepreneurs to seek balance in their lives while building their empires.

Kennebrew recently completed a year of national service in the Americorps VISTA program where she worked on projects to alleviate poverty. She also served on the board of directors for Detroit’s Coalition on Temporary Shelter’s Human Services Committee, and was elected as a Community Services Commissioner for the Detroit Department of Human Services.

Author of the memoir on overcoming homelessness, “Thank God for the Shelter,” Kennebrew has shared her story across the nation, including for the Institute for Children In Poverty, the National Conference on Ending Homelessness and Gateway Center.

Will Andrews

Will Andrews is Director of Finance supporting the Building Materials product segment at the Home Depot. His team has responsibility for strategic and financial planning, forecasting and analytical support for both in store and online merchants in this category.

Prior to this role, Will founded the long range planning team within Home Depot’s FP&A department. This team was instrumental in building new tools and processes that more closely align business strategy and financial planning.

Prior to Home Depot, Will worked as an investment banker at Houlihan Lokey in Washington, DC, and Brookwood Associates in Atlanta, GA.

Will holds an MBA from Emory University and a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia.  He lives in Buckhead with his wife Allison and son Wilson.

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.

Debi M. Starnes, PhD (Emeritus)

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.

Peter McMahon (Emeritus)

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.