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Sally Bethea (President) is the retired founding director of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. She has more than thirty-five years of experience in environmental advocacy, education and nonprofit management. While in graduate school at Georgia Tech in the late 1970s, she worked on the first general management plan for the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA). Previous board service includes: Georgia Board of Natural Resources, Waterkeeper Alliance, River Network and EarthShare of Georgia.

Jay Bogan (Secretary) is a partner at the law firm of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, where he concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation and is the leader of the firm’s Class Action Team.  An outdoor enthusiast, Jay is a lifelong birder, hiker and backpacker.

Tammy Bates is an events manager for nonprofit and corporate clients. She manages the annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race and Festival organized by Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, National Park Service and City of Roswell and has organized hundreds of cleanups in the Chattahoochee watershed. She has served on the board of Rivers Alive and is a certified master gardener. 

Graham Dorian is the owner of Valpak of Atlanta, which he managed for Cox Communications prior to acquiring the company. An active outdoorsman, Graham lives on the Chattahoochee River with his family and uses the CRNRA several
times a week to hike and mountain bike; his other hobbies include fly fishing, scuba diving, archery and piloting his Cessna 185 bush plane.

Cathy Barnard manages her own design firm which specializes in branding, corporate identity and public relations and lives in River Glen neighborhood bordering the CRNRA. A certified master naturalist, she served eight years as a docent with the Chattahoochee Nature Center and has assisted with the education programs offered by the National Park Service in the CRNRA.

Bob Ruby (Vice-President) is a longtime Volunteer in the Park (VIP) for the CRNRA who is retired from IBM. An active hiker, he has served as board president of the Benton MacKaye Trail Association and continues to sit on its board. He has also served on the board of the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club and as board president of the Chattahoochee Chapter of Trout Unlimited in the 1990s.

Phillip Hodges (Treasurer) is a certified public accountant who is retired from the firm of Ernst & Young where he served as an audit partner. His interests include most outdoor activities, particularly canoeing, kayaking and hiking. Phillip serves on the board of the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club as the Membership Director and is a trail section overseer. Phillip is also Chair of the Board of Trustees for the National MS Society, Georgia Chapter.


Margie Cohen is an avid hiker, biker and paddler who has worked in marketing and development for national nonprofits (American Hiking Society), managed her own recreational outfitting business (Atlanta-based Geared to Go) and served as a consultant to national corporations. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience related to hiking trails and deep connections with conservation, trail and outdoor industry organizations.

Jennifer McCoy
is a biologist and educator who is currently the manager of Cobb County Water System's Watershed Stewardship Program. She has worked closely with National Park Service rangers and volunteers on education and water-related activities. Her skills include teaching, biology, public administration and community engagement. 

Alan Toney is a supervisor with the Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District and is a former member of Friends of the River, which helped establish the CRNRA in the 1970s. A longtime volunteer leader with the Sierra Club, he samples streams for Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and was a Cox Conserves Hero Finalist. He is on the boards of North Riverside Neighborhood Association, Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods and Lost Corners Nature Preserve. 


Clay Courts
Managing Partner, Five Stand Capital

Billy Parrish
Billy Parrish Consulting 


Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

P.O. Box 769332, Roswell GA 30076

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