(678) 766-5574 — communications@cobbcollaborative.org


Our Board is comprised of representatives from various community sectors including nonprofit, government, education, faith, business, healthcare and military. Directors serve a two-year term and provide overall direction to the Collaborative, ensuring that our programs and activities support the mission.

Dr. Christopher L. Boyd, Board Chair

Rev. Roger Vest, Chair-Elect

Darion Dunn, Secretary

John Skelton, Treasurer

Tara Riddle, Chair of CCNP Grant Process Committee

Dan Zachman, Chair of Membership Committee

Doris Dawkins, Member at Large

Lee Freeman-Smith, Member at Large

Shari Martin, Member at Large

Ana Murphy, Member at Large

Angela Phelps, Member at Large

Melanie Kagan, Member at Large


Executive Director, Irene Barton

Irene Barton was appointed as the Executive Director in September, 2018, succeeding Karen Carter. She had served previously as the Resource Manager for the Collaborative. Irene brings a wealth of nonprofit experience to this role, with an emphasis on membership recruitment and retention, advocacy, communications and marketing. In addition, she has extensive community involvement through the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, Georgia PTA, local schools, and civic organizations. She is passionate about strengthening stakeholders to address the issues impacting our community.

She is a wife and mother of two teen-agers and a rescue dog. The Bartons have resided in Cobb County for over 28 years.

Communications Director, Madeline Mercer

Madeline Mercer is a resident of Marietta and loves to work, live, and play in Cobb County. Her background is in marketing and events for nonprofit organizations. She attended Kennesaw State University and received her Bachelor's Degree in Nonprofit Management while volunteering at and working for multiple nonprofits, including Beloved Atlanta, Feed the Hungry, and the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Madeline also serves her community through teaching music lessons in Cobb County schools.

Madeline is a wife to her equally musical husband Andrew and a dog mom to an adorable, fun-loving husky.