Cathy Coleman is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a B.S. degree in Home Economics and Journalism. She is an Accredited Public Relations Professional, and has over 30 years of experience in development, community relations and fundraising. Cathy is currently serving as the Director of Development at the Schenck School where she oversees all aspects of resource development including giving, communications and volunteer oversight. Prior to this position, Cathy worked for Suddes Partners, Inc., a full service fundraising consulting firm conducting business across the United States, with campaign goals ranging from $3 million – $50 million. Prior to this role, Cathy was Director of Development at the Westminster Schools where she oversaw programs directed at trustees, alumni, parents, grandparents, corporations and foundations. During her final year at Westminster, the Annual Fund was $2,350,000 and the Capital campaign $100,000,000. Earlier in her career, Cathy served as Vice President, Local Government and Community Relations for the Florida Sugar Cane League.
Tracy Hawkins is a dual degree graduate of Georgia Tech (BSIE 1985) and Valdosta State College (BS Math 1985). Tracy has worked at IBM, Equifax and other companies, primarily in IT, providing systems design and project management. In 2005, Tracy traveled to Tanzania where she began her work as a volunteer and founded a small ceramic souvenirs initiative. Due to the great need for clean drinking water in Tanzania, this small project quickly evolved into a larger one manufacturing and distributing ceramic water filters. In 2007, the Tanzanian NGO, Safe Water Ceramics of East Africa, was established. In 2008, Tracy merged her organization with a similar organization called AguaPure, in the Dominican Republic, to form FilterPure. During her tenure at FilterPure, Tracy continued to support the Tanzania operation while also recruiting volunteers to develop a strategic business plan to expand safe water solutions worldwide. Tracy and her strategic team left FilterPure in 2010 and formed SAFE Water Now to pursue the mission of delivering safe water globally by employing best practices in business, administration and manufacturing.
Phil Meeks is Senior Vice President of Cox Business where he oversees the strategic direction of the fastest growing business unit of Cox Communications, including all marketing, operations, sales, product development and partnership initiatives. Prior to joining Cox, Meeks founded and managed Channel Solutions Inc., a company focused on enhancing the supply chain between technology vendors and value added resellers. A 20-year MCI veteran, Phil served in the role of Senior Vice President of strategic ventures and alliances, where he grew MCI’s alliance revenue from $0 to $209 million in two years. Phil began his career in telecommunications at AT&T Information Systems and Southern Bell, where he served in several marketing and sales management positions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and journalism from the University of Georgia and has completed executive study programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Virginia.