About Us

About Us

The Piedmont Park Conservancy is a member and donor-funded nonprofit organization working in partnership with the city of Atlanta to ensure Piedmont Park is an iconic park for all neighborhoods of metro Atlanta. Since 1989, we have invested over $66 million in capital improvements for Piedmont Park. Today, the Conservancy requires over $3.5 million dollars in donations every year in order to manage and enhance Piedmont Park and its programs.

The Conservancy contributes to the Park’s beautification through detail-focused landscaping, volunteer projects and capital improvements. Major concentration areas include the Active Oval, dog parks, pool, EnviroVentures Camp, tours, facility rentals, Green Market and field trips. Additionally, we consult on best management practices for Park events and festivals to protect Piedmont Park and ensure a positive experience for all users.

The Conservancy makes Piedmont Park so much more than a greenspace; we provide an experience.

We inspire life in the heart of Atlanta.

Staff and Board

Piedmont Park Conservancy Staff


  • Mark Banta
    President & Chief Executive Officer
  • Marti Kelefas
    Executive Assistant
  • Erica Smith
    Business Services Manager
  • Carol Wright
    Vice President, Finance & Administration

Education and Programs:

  • Louise Harris
    Director of Programs
  • Maya Kowalski
    Manager of School and Camp Programs
  • Kaycee Walker
    Education Coordinator
  • Matthew Bagshaw
    Green Market Manager/Program Coordinator
  • Hannah Franklin
    Manager of Program Experience

Facility Rentals:

  • Leslie Dickinson
    Sales Manager, Facility Rentals
  • Brad Hollis
    Logistics Manager, Facility Rentals
  • Jane Rollo
    Director, Facility Rentals
  • Ericka Sims
    Sales and Service Manager, Facility Rentals

Marketing and Development:

  • Courtney Bugler
    Chief Development and Marketing Officer
  • Erica Glasener
    Community Involvement and Events Manager
  • Terrell Henderson
    Director of Special Events and Outreach
  • Michele Kresge
    Director of Development
  • Anne Marchetta
    Development and Marketing Coordinator
  • Amy Han Risher
    Director of Communications, Marketing and Public Relations
  • Dominic Tricase
    Marketing Manager


  • Catherine Flenniken
    Director of Operations
  • John Frazier
    Park Maintenance and Landscape Technician
  • Stanley Lofton
    Park Maintenance and Landscape Technician
  • Lorenzo Marshall
    Park Maintenance and Landscape Technician
  • Michael Paul
    Maintenance Engineer
  • Derek Verno
    Park Maintenance and Landscape Technician
  • Todd Williard
    Facilities and Weekend Operations Manager
  • Alan Wise
    Park Maintenance and Landscape Technician

Contact Emails:

Board of Directors

Officers / Executive Committee:

  • Chris McDaid, Chair
  • Ellen H. Sacchi
  • B. Mitchell King
  • Andre P. Hylton
  • Anthony (Tony) Hilliard
  • Adriana Varela
  • Herman Howard
  • Virginia Means
  • Carlos Pagoaga
  • Dawn Severt

General Directors:

  • Ambrish Baisiwala
  • Patrick Baldwin
  • Bill Bolen
  • Christine Boucher
  • Tanya Das
  • Lee Echols
  • Jamil Farshchi
  • Douglas A.P. (Doug) Hamilton
  • Mona Harty
  • Mike Hecht
  • Claudia Patton
  • Abe Schear
  • James Squires
  • Chandra Stephens-Albright
  • Reverend Dr. Tony Sundermeier
  • Lisa Cannon Taylor
  • Pat Upshaw-Montieth
  • Alex Wan
  • John Wilson
  • Erin Yabroudy


  • Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, City of Atlanta
  • Commissioner John Dargle, Jr., City of Atlanta Parks & Recreation
  • President Felicia Moore, Atlanta City Council


  • Lawrence Ashe
  • Sharon Gay
  • Jamila Hall
  • Council Member Jennifer Ide, District 6
  • Allegra Lawrence-Hardy


  • Curley Dossman, Jr.
  • Jan Harralson
  • Jerry Hassebroek
  • John Johnson
  • Robert (Bob) T. Hughes
  • John Izard, Jr.
  • Dorothy Yates Kirkley
  • Guy Millner
  • William (Billy) Palmer
  • Mark C. Rusche
  • Jane Shivers
  • Esther Stokes
  • Aaron Watson
  • John Webster

Helpful Information

Donor Contact

Ansley Henson, Donor Services & Membership Coordinator
404.692.6135 phone
404.875.0530 fax

Tax ID: 58-1551369

Mailing Address

Piedmont Park Conservancy
P.O. Box 7795
Atlanta, GA 30357-0795