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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 one-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

Sabrina Watson, Immediate Past Board Chair

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




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-aged children and a rescue dog. The Bartons reside in Cobb County.

  Executive Director Irene Barton – ibarton@cobbcollaborative.org