The ACP Board of Directors
(as of July 2016)
Statement on Governance: The Atlanta Chamber Players have well-developed Bylaws that include policies covering the Board's responsibilities, composition, tenure, director terms, committees, whistle-blowing, conflict of interest, and document retention, amongst others. Our all-volunteer Board meets several times a year to make decisions about the organization's finances, programs, and priorities. If you are interested in Board service with us, please contact us.
PHYLLIS ABRAMSON Phyllis Abramson holds a Doctorate in Philosophy from Emory University. Her career has been concentrated around healthcare and business. She founded and was CEO of The Abramson Group, a consumer oriented healthcare company focused on improving patient experiences within medical practices. In addition, for over 30 years, Abramson was a marriage and family therapist with offices in both Macon and Atlanta, Georgia.
Since moving to Atlanta, Abramson has served as both Board member and President of the Board of MODA, the Museum of Design Atlanta. In addition, she served for many years as a member on both the American Red Cross Board and The American Cancer Society Board. She has also provided substantial financial support to several Atlanta art and music organizations such as the ASO, High Museum, MOCA and ACP to name a few.
“The nicest gift I could have ever been given was the introduction to the Atlanta Chamber Players. I’ve enjoyed every concert I’ve attended and the wonderful spaces in which they were performed. In addition I have been tremendously impressed by the strong skills of both the artistic and administrative personnel and the hard work and achievements of the Board.”
RON ANTINORI Ron Antinori holds a BSES degree in Engineering Sciences from the University of Florida. His entire entrepreneurial career has been developing innovative software product solutions for the Banking Industry. He founded and was CEO of several companies, two of which were party to an Initial Public Offering (IPO) or public company merger. His principal area of expertise is identifying mission critical problems that can be solved using a software approach, then funding and developing the solution. He has developed products and is considered expert in Fraud Mitigation, Check Image Processing, Bank Research and Adjustments, and Data Compression.
He is co-trustee of the Antinori Foundation, a 401c-3 corporation whose mission is to make charitable grants to organizations involved in environmental initiatives.
He has been on numerous boards, both corporate, civic, and arts related, including Carreker-Antinori, The Atlanta Opera, Image Film and Video, Dads Garage, Actors Express, Atlanta Chamber Players, and Tahoe Chamber Music Society.
“I support The Atlanta Chamber Players for many reasons. They are making an incredible musical contribution to the Atlanta community. The ensemble is comprised of world class musicians. Paula Peace is a gifted pianist and has no equal when it comes to programming the soirée series and other productions. Their music is food for my soul!”
CHARLIE CHITWOOD spent thirty years in a wide variety of financial management positions before retiring. Starting as a budget analyst while serving in the U. S. Air Force, he next joined one of the then "Big 8" international public accounting firms doing both auditing and tax work. He later moved to a manufacturing company that had been a client and progressed through the internal audit and controller departments before being named Vice President of Finance. Charlie served as Chief Financial Officer of two different manufacturing businesses during the last twelve years of his business career. MBA and CPA.
“After retiring, I decided to become more involved in supporting classical music, a long-time passion of mine. In an attempt to help improve the musical life of the community, I joined the Board of Directors for the Friends of Music at Emory University (provides enrichment opportunities for students and faculty in the Music Department) and the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Chamber Players.”
SALLY GEORGE was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, graduated with an A.B. from Hollins College. She has been active residential real estate for 25 years and is currently with Dorsey Alston Realtors. Ms. George is a twenty-three year volunteer at St. Lukes' Community Crossroads' outreach program with the Soup Kitchen. She has served on the Board, as volunteer coordinator, and served in the office as social worker. She is been on the board of Genesis Shelter, a homeless shelter for newborns and their families, for more than six years. Her assignments have included the capital campaign co-chair when the agency moved from The Temple to its new facility. She has also served on fund raising, human resource and special events committees. Her other affiliations are: All Saints' Episcopal Church, a sustaining member of Atlanta Junior League and a Virginia member of Colonial Dames of America.
“Music is my passion; chamber music, my dream. A current ACP subscriber introduced me to Paula Peace and the Atlanta Chamber Players 8 years ago. I was immediately struck with the brilliance of Paula in all that she undertook, i.e. her eloquence in musicology, her selections for our listening; and her assemblage of musicians, each in his or her own way a perfectionist. Paula's ability to manage all aspects and to sustain her goals seemingly without burden defies human limits!! My experience with the Atlanta Chambers Players has been the most meaningful and fulfilling reward I have received in my love of music. Metro Atlanta is extremely fortunate to have these gifted talents available in one ensemble.”
BOB IRVIN: Biography Coming Soon
MARK KELLEY Mark Kelley was a founding shareholder at the Atlanta law firm of Kitchens Kelley Gaynes, P.C. Mark specialized in commercial litigation and the representation of creditors and landlords in bankruptcy proceedings. Prior to his retirement in 2013 Mark was named as a Georgia “Super Lawyer” in the area of bankruptcy.
Mark received his B.A. in economics at Emory University and his J.D. from Duke University. Mark was a member of the Duke Law Journal.
“Although I had listened to classical music for decades, I was stunned at the first Atlanta Chamber Players soirée that I attended. Hearing world class musicians playing in the intimate setting of someone’s home was magical. The Atlanta Chamber Players’ support of new composers and its outreach program are gifts to the entire community. I am honored to have the opportunity to be involved with the Atlanta Chamber Players.”
CATHERINE MASSEYis the Co-Founder and CEO of LawDocsXpress (LDX), the largest domestic-based outsourcing company for legal support services. LDX clients include some of the country’s largest law firms, corporate legal departments and government entities. The firm has been in existence since 2002 and continues to experience dramatic, annual year-over-year revenue growth. Prior to co-founding LDX, Catherine owned and managed Legal Resources, Inc. (LRI), a traditional legal staffing agency, for sixteen years. She also held various senior management positions in Southern California Gas Company in Los Angeles, CA; spent several years in Washington, D.C. with the National League of Cities/U.S. Conference of Mayors as a legislative coordinator; and worked in Atlanta, GA as a staff member to the State Planning and Community Affairs Committee of the Georgia House of Representatives.
As a recognized expert in workflow management and staffing in the legal industry Catherine has authored several articles and spoken on these issues both domestically and internationally. Currently she serves as a consultant to several law firms engaged in evaluating organizational structure and staffing. Catherine holds a B.A. from Duke University and a M.S. in Business and Public Administration from Georgia State University. She is a member of Women in Technology International (WITI), the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Catherine serves on the boards of and informally advises a number of arts organizations in Atlanta on fund raising and management. She was a member of the organizing task force for the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and currently serves on the CEI Advisory Board.
“What so impresses me about the Atlanta Chamber Players is the world-class caliber of its musicians, the diversity of its repertoire and it ability to make chamber music approachable and entertaining to a wide range of audiences. To have the opportunity to engage on a personal level with this talented group is a very unique and special experience.”
ANN-MARIE MCPHAIL is a professional soprano and a native of Atlanta, Georgia. She received her Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Music Education from Clark Atlanta University and a Master of Music from Georgia State University. She has sung with Opera Comique in Paris, France, Atlanta Opera and Capitol City Opera. She has performed three seasons with the Atlanta Singers, conducts the training choir of Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde and is a member of the newly formed group “Legacy” which performs music of African-American Composers. She has taught at the Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem in New York, is an artist-affiliate at Agnes Scott College and is currently on the voice faculty at Spelman College in Atlanta. Ms. McPhail serves on the Outreach Committee at St. Paul's Episcopal Church and is on the board of AISAI (Atlanta International Supporters of the Arts) as Music Consultant.
"I support the preservation and performance of chamber music. Chamber music is to large orchestral pieces as the art song is to opera; it offers the listener an intimate opportunity for self-reflection without the drama."
SUE MORGANis a marketing and brand strategy consultant focusing primarily on the restaurant/hospitality industries and franchise business models. In 2005-2011 Morgan served as vice president, Franchise Food & Beverage for InterContinental Hotels Group PLC of the United Kingdom (LON: IHG; NYSE: IHG [ADRs]), the world’s largest hotel company by room count. While at IHG Morgan was responsible for the development of food and beverage strategies, programs and execution to support the brand performance of Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites. She provided a key link between IHG and its franchisee community in all matters that pertained to food and beverage and standards. Morgan was also instrumental in the development of Food & Beverage concepts that enabled IHG franchisees to successfully deliver great experiences to guests as well as designing systems that assist the franchisee in running a profitable operation.
Prior to joining IHG, Ms. Morgan served as vice president, Marketing, Avado Brands for four years where she repositioned the Don Pablo’s Mexican Kitchen chain while developing new menu and media strategies to achieve brand profitability. She performed the same initiatives at the Hops Grillhouse and Brewery chain. Before that, Ms. Morgan served as a marketing consultant in the retail and food service industries. From 1995-1999, Ms. Morgan served as vice president, Chief Marketing Officer, Church’s Chicken where she successfully established all aspects of the brand’s marketing activities including advertising and sales promotion, broadcast and print creative, public relations, sales analysis and consumer insight. Record comparable sales were achieved during her tenure. Ms. Morgan also worked for Sybra, Inc., Arby’s second largest franchisee, for 14 years as marketing vice president and marketing manager, where she was responsible for all aspects of marketing and served on the chain’s Marketing Advisory Council and the Marketing Committee of the AFA Board. Ms. Morgan began her marketing career in the foodservice industry in 1981 with Sybra, Inc. Ms. Morgan earned her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Alabama.
“I have always loved chamber music and have attended concerts and performances wherever my travels have taken me. No group I have ever seen performs at as consistently a high level as the Atlanta Chamber Players nor possesses the stellar art direction. I am proud to be associated with the ACP.”
PAULA PEACEis the founder of the Atlanta Chamber Players and served as the group’s Artistic Director for all but a few months of its first 38 seasons. For the group she has produced concerts and performed in more than 250 cities; produced, edited and performed on all six ACP recordings and CDs; produced and performed more than 100 regional and world premieres in Atlanta; and designed and performed hundreds of concert programs, educational lectures and master classes throughout the South. She formerly served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Chamber Music at Georgia State University and was Artist in Residence at Kennesaw State University. As soloist, Ms. Peace has appeared with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, DeKalb Symphony and the Lanier Symphony. In demand as a collaborative pianist, she performed with top prize winner Amy Porter at the Kobe International Flute Competition in Japan, and in the brass world has performed with Charles Vernon, Stephen Burns, Eric Ruske, Scott Hartmann, Michael Mulcahy and her husband Michael Moore. She has performed with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman with the Chamber Music Society of Emory. She received her BMus from Florida State University in the studio of Leonidas Lipovetsky, and her MMus from State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she studied piano with Martin Canin and did extensive chamber music coaching with Gilbert Kalish, Samuel Baron, Bernard Greenhouse, Timothy Eddy, Alvin Brehm and David Glazer. Other significant teachers include Virginia Hutchings, Menahem Pressler, and Leonard Shure. Summer performances include the Aspen Music Festival and Institut de Hautes Etudes Musicales in Crans, Switzerland. Public Broadcasting Atlanta selected Paula Peace as Lexus Leader of the Arts in 2004. In 2015, she received the Phoenix Award from Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed for her decades of service to the community, and in 2016 she was a recipient of the Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities, recognizing her contributions to music and to communities statewide
NICK SHREIBERis an international executive with extensive leadership experience at senior levels in both line operations and management consulting. Nick is Argentine by birth, and Russian-Scottish by descent. He and his wife Anne Marie reside in Atlanta, USA. They have lived in half a dozen countries during a business career spanning more than 30 years.
Nick spent 18 years with the Tetra Pak Group—a ten billion dollar global packaging corporation—and was their President and CEO for five years. Prior to Tetra Pak, Nick was a partner with McKinsey & Co., with client engagements in Europe and Latin America. Today, Nick runs his own management consulting company, Nick Shreiber & Associates, LLC. He is a member of the Atlanta-based Society of International Business Fellows and has served on international Boards of private and public companies in USA, Mexico and Europe. He currently serves on the advisory Board of the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. Nick and his wife fund "Shreiber Scholarships" in USA and in Argentina. He is an avid classical music pianist.
“Music has played a crucial role throughout my life, providing an inner space of emotions and reflections to offset the stress of the business world. My wife and I have been involved with the Atlanta Chamber Players since 1992 when we first moved to Atlanta. Their extraordinary talent was led and inspired by the amazing energy and creative talent of Paula Peace who very recently handed over the reigns of ACP to the equally talented and passionate Elizabeth Pridgen. The ACP’s outreach program and its commitment to promoting contemporary composers make this a very special group of artists.”
JAMES THROCKMORTONis the immediate past ACP President. Mr. Throckmorton is president of IP2Biz LLC based in Atlanta, Georgia. As an operating executive and an advisor, he has worked with boards of directors of both private and public companies. He has also held management positions at the Xerox Corporation and Donaldson Company Inc. He was an instructor at Ohio State and holds degrees from Ohio State University (BS, Mathematics; MS, Computer and Information Science) and the University of Minnesota (Executive MBA). He currently serves on the Board of Advisors of Gorbel, Inc. of Rochester, NY, Lifespan Healthcare of Alpharetta, GA and the Board of Directors of TiFiber LLC of Fayetteville, AR.
“The Arts are such an important part of any community. I believe that building appreciation and audiences for the arts is an important community activity and adds to the value of a metro area such as Atlanta. And to have the chance to work with Paula and the other incredible musicians that make up the Atlanta Chamber Players is humbling and exciting. I feel renewed excitement each time I hear them play.”
ROD WESTMORELAND Rod Westmoreland was born in Tupelo, MS and was the son of a military family and lived in various cities both in the US and abroad. After graduating from Georgia Tech on a ROTC scholarship, Rod served in the US Navy for 5 years as a Supply Corp Officer. He then joined Merrill Lynch where he is currently a Managing Director and Private Wealth Advisor and has been with the firm over 37 years. He is focused on servicing the complete needs of current and former private business owners and their families. Rod currently serves on the Private Banking and Investment Group’s Advisory Council to Management for Merrill Lynch.
Rod has been a long-time Atlanta resident and has been involved with fundraising efforts and other children-related activities for the Lovett School and the Boy Scouts. In addition, he has hosted numerous events for the Atlanta Boy Choir and the Atlanta High Museum Wine Auction over the years.
“I am very excited to serve on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Chamber Players. Both of my children are very artistic and play musical instruments, so I have always had an appreciation for music and artistic expression. A friend of mine who is involved with the Atlanta Chamber Players asked me to host a Soiree Event in the Fall of 2015. Prior to that time, I had only vaguely heard about the ACP and I must admit that I became an immediate fan after that first evening.”
MARK WILLIAMSONis a partner and co-chair of Alston & Bird's Wealth Planning Group. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and practices in the areas of estate planning and federal taxation. He practiced with the Milwaukee law firm of Foley & Lardner before joining Alston & Bird and has been an adjunct professor of law at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and Georgia State University in Atlanta. Mr. Williamson was on the faculties of the 1997, 1999, and 2007 Estate Planning Institutes in Athens, Georgia, and the 1997, 2000, 2007, and 2008 Fiduciary Law Institutes in St. Simons, Georgia. He received the Estates and Trusts Magazine 1997 "Best Young Author Award" for a series of articles he co-authored with Professor Jeffrey Pennell of Emory University, and is listed as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" and as a Georgia "Super Lawyer." He has also chaired the Fiduciary Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia, the Estate Planning and Probate Section of the Atlanta Bar, and the Atlanta Estate Planning Council.
Mr. Williamson received his B.M., cum laude, in music from Louisiana State University in 1981 and his M.M. in music from the University of North Texas in 1983. He also studied at the doctorate level at Louisiana State University and the Catholic University of America, and he was a member of the United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C. from 1984 to 1988. He received his J.D. in 1991 from the Florida State University College of Law, where he graduated with highest honors, was made a member of the Order of the Coif, and served as executive editor of the Law Review.
TREY WOODis the Managing Partner of Smith Communication Partners, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta. He has over 20 years of management consulting experience, specializing in a variety of human resources, executive compensation, and business communication issues. Prior to his role with Smith, Trey was a Principal and Global Operations Manager for Communications at a global consultancy based in New York. Trey’s work has won numerous business awards from organizations such as the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), Business Insurance magazine and the American Marketing Association.
Trey attended Vanderbilt University on an academic scholarship where he received an M.B.A. He graduated with honors from Birmingham-Southern College with a B.A. in finance and English. He also attended Oxford University on an academic scholarship where he studied British literature and philosophy. In addition to his work with the Atlanta Chamber Players, Trey has served on the Board of Directors of LiveWire Media, headquartered in St. Louis and Hygia Health Services of Birmingham, Alabama.
“Although I am not a practicing musician, I have had a keen interest in chamber music since my first exposure to this musical field while in school in the United Kingdom. This most beautiful music played in these most beautiful settings gives me an experience that can’t be duplicated. I have been a supporter of the Atlanta Chamber Players since 1993.”
PATRICIA YEAGERis the partner-in-charge of the assurance services department of Williams Benator & Libby, LLP and the director of the firm’s Nonprofit Services Practice. Patricia has more than thirty years of experience in public accounting, and she is especially passionate about working with nonprofit organizations. She is knowledgeable about all areas of accounting and reporting for tax-exempt entities. She has worked with a variety of nonprofits, including private schools, trade associations, membership associations, universities, health and welfare organizations, foundations, and religious and charitable organizations. Patricia has extensive experience with audits in accordance with Government Auditing Standards. She is a consultant with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, and she previously served on the nonprofit task force of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants. Patricia also works with privately held clients in various industries, including manufacturing, distribution, construction, and franchising. Prior to joining Williams Benator & Libby, LLP, she was a manager with Grant Thornton, an international accounting firm, where she worked with publicly held and private companies in various industries, including nonprofit, manufacturing, banking, real estate, distribution, and service. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants. Patricia graduated with high distinction from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance, with a concentration in flute. While pursuing her career as a CPA, Patricia played flute and piccolo with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra for eleven years. She began studying piano as a child, and she continues to play the piano for pleasure.
“The level of musicianship of the Atlanta Chamber Players’ performers is extraordinary, and I am thrilled to be able to support such a prestigious organization.”