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Carter Center Appoints Atlanta Leaders to Board of Councilors


ATLANTA....The Carter Center, a not-for-profit organization working to promote health and peace worldwide, recently appointed 20 new members to its Board of Councilors, bringing its membership to 202.

The Board of Councilors is a leadership advisory group that promotes understanding of The Carter Center and its activities among opinion leaders and the broader community. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter and staff give updates on Center activities to board members throughout the year.

"The Board of Councilors features some of Atlanta's most dynamic business leaders," President Carter said. "When we founded The Carter Center, Rosalynn and I envisioned a Board of Councilors that would help to create an intimate link between the Center, the city of Atlanta, and the state of Georgia. These new members will continue to promote the work of the Center in their communities."

Since its founding in 1987, the Board of Councilors has been led by some of Atlanta's most distinguished civic leaders including its current chair, Paula Lawton Bevington, director of development of the Marcus Institute, and vice chair, Frank Belatti, chairman of AFC Enterprises.

The Board of Councilors' new members are:

  • Dr. Marilyn S. Black, Chairman and Chief Scientist, Air Quality Sciences
  • Jason and Kate Carter
  • Bob Crispin, Chairman and CEO, ING Investment Management American Region
  • Ed Ellis, VP Business Development, URS Corp.
  • Rex Fuqua, President and CEO, Fuqua Capital Corporation
  • José Ignacio González, Executive Director, Hemisphere Inc.
  • Phil Greifeld, Chief Executive Officer, Huddle House
  • Dr. Richard L. Hammonds, Medical Director, WellStar Health System
  • C. Tycho Howle, Chairman, nuBridges, LLC
  • Jim McAlpin, Chairman, Powell Goldstein Frazer & Murphy
  • Kris Miller, President, Ackerman & Co.
  • Karen Robinson, President and CEO, Prime Point Media
  • William M. Sharp, Sr., Partner, Sharp, Smith & Harrison P.A.
  • Calder Sinclair, President, Sinclair, Townes & Company
  • William R. Spalding, Partner, King & Spalding
  • Wally Stover, CEO, Wally Stover Homes
  • Marcia Taylor, President and CEO, Bennett International Group
  • John Watts, President and CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia
  • Don Williams, President and CEO, Princeton Healthcare


The Carter Center was founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, in partnership with Emory University, to advance peace and health worldwide. A not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization, the Center has helped to improve life for people in more than 65 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy, human rights, and economic opportunity; preventing diseases; improving mental health care; and teaching farmers to increase crop production. To learn more about The Carter Center, please visit:

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