Helping Catholics Make

a Lasting Difference.

Our Leadership

Board of Directors

The Catholic Foundation of North Georgia is governed by a Board of Directors, comprised of the Archbishop, clergy, and lay leaders.  The Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring that the mission, vision, and strategic plan are fulfilled for all Catholics in our archdiocese.  The Board oversees the investments, policies, and professional management of the Foundation.



Matthew Gries United Parcel Service

Matthew Gries  •  Chair
Director of Tax Research, Planning, and Controversy, UPS

Brent Herrin  •  Vice Chair
Managing Partner, Small | Herrin, LLP

Donna Bergeson  •  Treasurer
Senior Counsel, Alston & Bird

Jean Harvey Johnson

Jean Harvey Johnson  •  Secretary
Chief Operating Officer, Global Client Organization, Fiserv

Lisa Churchfield  •  Deputy Treasurer
Retired from Chick-fil-a, Inc.





Maurizio Agresta
Affiliate, Kotter International

Bill Allen
Retired, Marsh & McClennan




Salvador “Sal” Arias
Retired, IBM Global Business Services

The Reverend Henry Atem
Pastor, St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Lawrenceville

Philip Coletti
Senior Vice President, RSUI Group, Inc.

Alejandro Coss Latin American Chamber of Commerce

Alejandro Coss
President, Latin American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia

Cherish De la Cruz
Managing Attorney – Estate Planning and Probate, The Manely Firm, P.C.

Brian Dooling
Director of Marketing & Communications, St. Vincent de Paul Georgia




Tim Doyle
Retired, The Coca-Cola Company

Consuelo León Ecuyer
Project Manager, GPSLockbox

Dolly Fairclough
CEO, Law Offices of D.M. Fairclough

Kathy Farrell
Executive Vice President, CRE, Truist

Joanie Gross
Legal Assistant, Buckley Christopher, P.C.

Matthew Harris
Partner, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP

The Most Rev. Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv.
Archbishop of Atlanta




Brooks McElyea
Tax Partner, Ernst & Young, LLP

Mike McEnaney
Marketing Consultant

Sheila McGahan Monardo
Principal, Busatti Villa

BJay Pak
Partner, Alston & Bird LLP

Sant Perez
Sotheby’s/Atlanta Fine Homes

Christopher Reynolds
Community Volunteer

John Rhett
Chairman, Red Rock Strategic Partners




D. Delano Ross, Jr.
Senior Advisor, McKinsey & Co.

Richard “Dick” White
Retired from SouthTrust Bank

David Withers
President and CFO, Turner Enterprises, Inc.



Juanita Baranco
Executive Vice President, Mercedes Benz of Buckhead

The Reverend Monsignor Edward J. Dillon
Pastor, Holy Spirit Catholic Church

Michael L. Keough
President, DMK International

Clarence H. Smith
CEO, Havertys Furniture Companies

Michael Trapp
Retired from Ernst & Young, LLP

Pastors Advisory Council

A Pastors Advisory Council, comprised of pastors throughout the geographic area of the archdiocese, provides feedback and insight to the Catholic Foundation.  The Pastors Advisory Council members also recommend the Parish Enrichment Grants.


The Reverend Henry AtemChair
St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Lawrenceville
Northeast Metro Deanery

The Reverend Liam Coyne
St. James the Apostle Catholic Church, McDonough
Southeast Deanery




The Reverend Matthew Dalrymple 
St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, Dahlonega
Northern Deanery

The Reverend Timothy Gadziala, J.C.L. 
St. Peter Catholic Church, LaGrange
Southwest Deanery

The Reverend Tim Hepburn
St. Michael Catholic Church, Gainesville
Northeast Deanery

The Reverend Stephen Lyness
St. George Catholic Church, Newnan
Southwest Deanery

The Reverend John Murphy
Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Peachtree City
South Deanery

The Reverend Tri John Bosco Nguyen
Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church, Jasper
Northwest Deanery

The Reverend Pedro Poloche
St. Patrick Catholic Church, Norcross
Northeast Metro Deanery

The Reverend Matthew VanSmoorenburg, LC
St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church, Cumming
North Metro Deanery




“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward and that the Master you are serving is Christ.” – Colossians 3:23-24