Board Of Directors

Georgia Works!, Inc. is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit governed by a board of directors. Community leaders and experts also serve as volunteer advisors to ensure our programs and services continue to meet the ever changing landscape of the unsheltered in metro Atlanta and beyond.

 

Chip Patterson

Chair

Chip Patterson grew up in metro Atlanta since 1976.  After graduating high school, he attended Georgia State University on a Pell grant.  While going to school, he started a job as a parking attendant and shortly after was given an opportunity to start his own parking company which became Ameripark, in 1986. For the next 25 years, he grew Ameripark into a nationwide company and eventually sold the company in 2011.  After a year off, Chip began to develop real estate and now have completed four hotel projects in the southeast.  He is married to his high school sweetheart and they have four children.

While working as a parking attendant, Chip came face to face with many people living without a home and many eventually worked for me and became friends.  Chip would help them find shelter and work and it became his passion.  When he sold Ameripark,  he vowed to devote more time to help solving this issue of homelessness and soon after joined the Ga Works board. “ I am honored and excited to be the new chairman of the board and will work tirelessly to continue the incredible work Bill has started” said Mr. Patterson.

 

 

William C. McGahan

Founder and Board Member

Bill founded Georgia Works! because he believes every life has value, and virtually every person can be given the tools and habits to make their lives better.  Many men simply have horrible habits, role models and environments. Bill has been involved in many community organizations and non-profit boards including: The State of Georgia Housing Trust Fund for the Homeless Commission; Atlanta Area Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for the Governors Office of Transition, Support and Reentry; From Houses to Homes; Atlanta Academy; The Howard School, The Paces Civic Association; and The National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction. Bill earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Southern Methodist University, and an MBA from the University of Virginia. He and his wife Lisa have four children. They reside in Atlanta.

 

 

Edward “Jack” Hardin

Board Member

Jack has been involved in the Atlanta Community, and in the issue of Homelessness, for decades.  Jack Co-chairs the United Way Regional Commission on Homelessness. Jack has received numerous awards for his community service, including awards from the Anti-Defamation League, Travelers Aid, and The United Way. Jack is the President of Georgia Legal Services Foundation, Chairman of The Gateway Center, Chairman of the Board of Visitors of Grady Hospital, and Member of the Council of Foreign Relations. Jack is a Founding Partner of Rogers & Hardin. 

 

 

Terry Blum

Board Member

After serving as Dean of the College of Business (1999-2007), Blum became the founding director of Georgia Tech’s Institute for Leadership and Social Impact (ILSI), an interdisciplinary unit that develops individual and organizational leadership capabilities for economic growth, social responsibility, and environmental sustainability. ILSI’s curriculum and activities increase students’ attentiveness to the critical cultural, economic, environmental and social issues they will face as they advance in their chosen professions, preparing them to be more effective leaders in an increasingly complex world. ILSI programs include the Impact Speaker Series, Ideas to Serve (I2S: Socially and Environmentally Responsible Values Enhancements), the Global Social Ventures Competition, the Business Track of the Leadership minor, and founded Georgia Tech’s Excel Program.

She has served on the boards of Global Growers, Community Foundation for Morgan County and Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy. She currently serves on the executive committee of the board for Camp Twin Lakes, which provides camps for those with serious illnesses, disabilities and other life challenges, and the board of Georgia Works! which transforms the lives of formerly homeless men and their families.  She served many years on the board of MedShare International, a not-for-profit venture that creates value and improves health through the collection of surplus medical supplies and equipment for distribution to health facilities in developing countries.

Billy McGahan

Board Member

A native of Atlanta, Billy has been involved with Georgia Works since its inception in 2013. Billy also has extensive volunteer experience with From Houses to Homes, an international NGO created to provide pathways out of poverty for indigenous Guatemalans by providing safe housing, education and healthcare, and Camp Kesem, a summer camp for kids whose parents have or have had cancer. Billy is a graduate of The Westminster Schools and Yale University, where he earned a B.S. in Statistics & Data Science. He returned home to Atlanta after graduating from Yale and now works as an analyst for Roark Capital, a private equity firm headquartered in midtown. 

Henry W. Grady

Board Member

Henry has spent his entire life being involved in the most important issues facing the people of Georgia. As a fifth generation Georgian (and a descendent of one of the most important persons in the history of our state). Henry raises millions of dollars each year for the Grady Health System. Henry is an active Elder at The First Presbyterian Church, focusing significant time on assisting homeless men every week. Henry is a Managing Director at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, and the father of three daughters. He lives with his wife in Atlanta.

Megan L. Sparks

Board Member

Megan is a visionary leader with boundless energy for driving sustainable, equitable growth among people, organizations, and communities. She serves as Senior Director, Programs and Strategic Partnerships, in Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ inaugural One Atlanta office, which focuses on equity and resilience. In this role Megan oversees the programming, partnerships, and other equity- and resilience-based strategic initiatives. Additionally, she serves as the Administration’s leader on resilience and representative to the global urban resilience movement.

Previously Megan has served in strategic leadership roles across the corporate and nonprofit sectors and founded her own boutique nonprofit, civic, and public consulting firm. Megan grew up in Athens, GA, and is, of course, a life-long Bulldogs fan. She enjoys spending her free time with family and friends, especially playing with her three-year-old niece and brand-new nephew, people-watching across the city, reading in the sunshine, painting, and hugging any dog that comes her way.

Michael Garber

Board Member

Michael Garber is a Managing Partner at Canvas Companies, LLC, a real estate development firm based in Atlanta, Georgia focused on creative non-commodity development. Prior to forming Canvas, Michael was the Managing Partner of Gimbal Group, LLC, an Atlanta based development firm focused on the development of neighborhood-centric historic properties connecting people to where they live. Michael Garber holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Texas and practiced law as a litigator in New York City for 5 years before moving to Johannesburg, South Africa. In South Africa, Michael worked with Global Capital Pty, a local private equity fund, as operations manager to streamline and bring efficiencies to new investments within the portfolio. Michael is an active member of the community and is the Vice President of the Old Fourth Ward Business Association.

Steven McGoy

Board Member

Steven McGoy is a proud Georgia Works Program graduate (2018)  after attending the program for 8 months to get support for grief and clinical depression.  He  was hired as a Site Supervisor directly from the program after working the front desk, serving as an RA and being given the responsibility to transport clients to and from work assignments. 

 

A native of New York City, he relocated to Georgia in 2016 to start the rest of his life. Professionally, he has worked in Non Profit Management having created 2 different organizations to perform community services ranging from cancer and domestic violence awareness to Youth support groups to sports teams to voter registration drives to adult event planning. He has also coached college basketball at The College of Staten Island for 7 years and worked as a corporate trainer before working as a Commercial Driver for 15 years. 

 

Under the leadership of the current CEO he was promoted to Assistant Operations Manager where he currently oversees  transportation, Site Supervisors, Street Team Outreach,  Job Placement, Special Projects, and supports policy review and implementation. He has worked closely with  GSHA Communication Class serving as an Ambassador  for program training of staff and clients of Georgia Works. 

 

“God has me where he wants me using my testimony, life experience, professional experience and program experience to help others as others have helped me.”

Keith Evans

Board Member

Keith Evans was named the fifth President of Westminster Schools in August 2013 and officially took the leadership reins in July 2014. Head of the Collegiate School in Richmond, Virginia from 1999 to 2014. Keith graduated from Davidson College, earning his degree in Religion. He holds master degrees from Harvard University and the University of Tennessee and has taught courses ranging from religious studies to neuroscience to economics and government. Keith is a two time Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities and has served on the boards of directors for the Southern Association of Independent Schools and the Virginia Council on Private Education. Keith and wife Emilie, are the parents of two sons, Ronnie and Hank.

 

 

William McCorkle

Board Member

Bill serves as Vice President of Evergreen Construction and is one of the founding principals of the company.  Evergreen is a full service multi-disciplinary contractor and construction management  firms and has offered construction solutions in various parts of the country.

 

 

Kevin D. Chapman, Jr.

Board Member

Kevin D. Chapman, Jr. is an effective altruistic 13-year higher education administrator with experience in enhancing campus infrastructure for a culture of service increasing faculty engagement, service-learning, and maximizing student development via engaging leadership development, programming, and non-profit partnerships of purpose

In addition to being a combat veteran, he is a 2006 graduate of Morehouse College and was an active member of the Emma & Joe Adams Public Service Institute as a community service scholar. Upon graduating from Morehouse, he earned a master’s in higher education administration from Georgia Southern University.  In the classroom, he has guest lectured on innovative methods for community engagement and capacity building of non-profits. Under his leadership, scholars have completed over 75k hours of service locally and internationally in the areas of homelessness and food insecurity, education, and political participation. His students have also presented at national conferences, earned community service awards, and garnered news coverage. 

Gary Jones

Board Member

Gary was born and raised in southwest Atlanta, Ga. He attended Westlake High School where he played football, basketball, baseball, and track. Later, he attended Clark Atlanta University on an academic scholarship where he also lettered in football and track. He finished his education at Georgia Tech where he received a BCE and MS in Civil Engineering. Gary comes from a family that is devoted to spiritual commitment and outstanding achievement. He lives and works under the philosophy of faith, family, academics, and athletics. Gary is a teacher at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Melzenia Williams

Board Member

Melzenia is an insurance professional with many years of Commercial (Property and Casualty) experience.  She is Large Property manager at a global insurance company.  She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Clark Atlanta University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix.  Additionally, she is a proud mother of two adult children and an active member at her church where she volunteers in the children’s ministry.

 

 

 

 

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