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Board of Directors

The members of the GCF Board of Directors represent a broad cross-section of experience or expertise in the areas of business, philanthropy, education reform, juvenile justice, faith-based initiatives, and poverty relief.

Rick Gilbert, Chairman. Rick is co-founder and chief operating officer of Atlanticus Holdings Corporation. He is the Chairman of the Board of Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc. He serves as vice chair on the Board of Trustees of Berry College in Rome, Georgia. He also serves on the Board of Lavender Mountain Senior Living Inc. and the steering committee for the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College.

Karen Baynes-Dunning.
Karen is one of the two monitors appointed by the Federal Court to oversee Georgia's implementation of reforms to its foster care program under a settlement agreement reached with plaintiffs who sued the state over its negligent foster care programs. She was formerly the Assistant Director for the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia and an Atlanta Juvenile Court Judge. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc.

Tim Embry.
Tim is the owner and chief executive officer of American Lube Fast, Inc., the largest privately owned and operated oil change and maintenance company in the United States. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc.

Stan Epperson.
Stan is the founder and president of Deli Provision Co., Inc., the distributor of Boar's Head Brand products in the metro Atlanta area. He is the treasurer and past president of the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation and a member and past chairman of the Duke University Brain Tumor Advisory Board. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc.

Terry Hartman. Terry serves as the Director of the Vera Jackson Scholarship Program. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc. She is an active member of the Order of Malta and A Million Matters. Since 2006, she has participated as a mentor for the Central Eurasian Leadership Alliance.

Doug J. MacGinnitie. Doug MacGinnitie is the CEO of River Oak Risk, a captive insurance management company. From 2011-2015, he served as Georgia’s Commissioner of Revenue. Prior to that, Doug was an executive in the insurance brokerage industry. He served as a Director and COO of Beecher Carlson and was a senior executive at Hobbs Group. He has also worked as a corporate attorney at both Alston & Bird and Georgia-Pacific Corporation. Doug serves on a number of governmental and non-profit boards, including the Truancy Intervention Project, a non-profit based in Atlanta, and Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc.

Dean Mathison. Dean is Former SVP, Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller of Intercontinental Exchange, Inc., a leading global exchange for the trading of energy and agricultural commodities and financial futures. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc.

Pastor Dexter Rowland. Pastor Rowland is the Senior Pastor of New Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia. From 2005-2012, he served on the Board of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. He is the past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the South DeKalb YMCA. Pastor Rowland, who earned his undergraduate degree at Georgia Tech and his Masters of Divinity degree from Emory University, is a member of the Board of Directors of Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc.