BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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.