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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 Senior Advisor of Atlanticus Holdings Corporation. He is Chairman of the Board of Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc. He serves as Chairman of 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.

Joe Arnold. Joe is SVP and Manager of Not-for-Profit & Government Banking Division of Truist (formerly SunTrust). His Truist career experiences include serving as Treasury Sales Officer and relationship manager to New York-based Fortune 1,000 clients. Joe serves his community through board service at KIPP Metro Atlanta charter schools, Truist Foundation, YMCA of Metro Atlanta, Atlanta Mission, Greater Atlanta Christian School, GACS Foundation, and Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc.

Chris Cleveland. Chris is Head of School at Wesleyan School. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta, and has served as president of the Atlanta Christian School Association and as a member of multiple SAIS re-accreditation teams on independent school campuses throughout the southeast. Chris, who earned his undergraduate degree from Auburn University and his Masters degree from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, is a member of the Board of Directors of Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc.

Andrea Dove. Andrea is Director of Business Development at HunterMaclean, a leading business law firm. She has over 17 years of experience in strategic planning and development for a variety of organizations including the United Way of the Coastal Empire, Historic Savannah Foundation, and Bethesda Academy. A native of Savannah, Andrea attended Armstrong State University. She is a member of the Legal Marketing Association and serves as an active parishioner at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Andrea is a member of the Board of Directors of Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc.

Tim Embry. Tim is Former 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 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.

Doug MacGinnitie. Doug is 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 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.

Kevin Russell. Kevin is Former Business Development Manager for Consumer & Products - mobility and convenience at bp. A graduate of Georgia State University, he worked with bp since 1986 holding Senior Level Leader roles in Operations, Marketing and Sales. He currently serves in several volunteer capacities at Hebron Church, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc.