2016-17 Board of Directors
Chris was born in Anniston, Alabama and grew up in the north Georgia mountain town of Blue Ridge. Chris attended the University of Georgia where he earned a Master of Accountancy degree with a specialization in taxation. Chris enjoys hunting, fishing, and woodworking. He also dabbles in real estate renovation. Chris and his wife Margaret have two daughters, Emma and Elaina and live in Acworth. Chris serves on the Cobb Chamber of Commerce finance committee, is treasurer of the Rotary Club of Marietta and is an active member of Burnt Hickory Baptist Church. Chris is a partner of Nichols, Cauley & Associates, LLC, a full-service CPA firm in Kennesaw, GA. He specializes in corporate, partnership, trust & estate and individual taxation.
Robert Byrd, Secretary
Robert Byrd, secretary of the Board of Directors, is senior director of communications for Assurant Specialty Property, a leading provider of insurance and risk management services. In this role, he oversees public relations, employee communications and community affairs. Prior to joining Assurant, he served as president of Hayslett Group, an Atlanta public relations firm, and executive speechwriter and communications editor for The Coca-Cola Company. A recovering journalist, Bob worked for a decade as a reporter and editor for The Associated Press, and holds a journalism degree from the University of Georgia. He and his wife, Dr. Michelle DeHaven, founder of the Cumberland Animal Clinic, live in Buckhead with their daughter Jennifer, a student at the Galloway School.
Michael Christian, Treasurer
Mike’s association with NW Metro Atlanta Habitat began in 1993 as a volunteer, then a crew lead, house lead. After retiring in 2005, Mike’s involvement with Habitat grew, first as chairman of the Catholic Coalition which has built 37 homes for NW Metro Atlanta Habitat and later forming a 501(c)3 non-profit that raises funding for Habitat. He has also held the position of construction chairman for the affiliate. In 2014 he was appointed to the board and elected treasurer in 2015. Prior to his retirement, Mike was VP of Sales for a business to business financial services company. He and his wife have lived in Cobb County for 41 years.
For more than 40 years John Delves was the CEO of Southeastern Training and Development, a highly successful management training company. A former associate of Dr. Ken Blanchard, author of The One Minute Manager best selling series, Delves trained all levels of employees from California to China.
Mr. Delves is very active in the Cobb Chamber, numerous Business Associations, The Cobb Arts Board, Service organizations, CAMP, Must Ministries, and Honorary Commanders at Dobbins as well as actively supporting numerous schools in the region. . He currently serves on the boards of NW Metro Habitat, West Cobb Business Association, South Cobb Business Association, Paulding County Business Association, Cobb Senior services and Lockheed retirees
John works as a photographer for several local political organizations, politicians, schools and neighborhood publications. His work is constantly featured in Local newspapers as well as a contributing photographer for area Bright Side newspapers.
John and his wife Sandy (former Sandy Englett from Mableton) reside in Powder Springs and enjoy spending time with their 5 grandchildren, golf, photography and working in the garden.
In addition to serving as Vice President of Financial Services for Heidelberg USA, Inc., before partially retiring from that position, Mr. Dugan held senior management positions with Xerox Credit Corporation and Greyhound Leasing & Financial Corporation, initially beginning his career with GE Capital.
During his years in Cobb County, Mr. Dugan has, also, been active in the community as a board member of his neighborhood homeowners association, PLAN (People Looking After Neighborhoods), and Cobb County’s Department of Parks Recreation and Cultural Affairs. Additionally, he was appointed to the 2006 Cobb Parks Advisory Committee, with the responsibility to review and recommend real estate properties for purchase under the County’s $40 million Parks Bond initiative.
Meredith Houseworth works for KeyBank as a National Group Portfolio Manager in their Healthcare Real Estate Group. Meredith lives in Cobb County with her husband and 2 daughters. She enjoys skiing, sailing, tennis, reading and mostly being with her Family.
Meredith started with Habitat several years ago, volunteering on builds and as the leader of the weekend KeyBank volunteer group. She believes that by serving on the Board she will be able to be play a role in helping to accomplish the goal of providing a safe place to live to our partner families. Her service will also allow her to get more involved with our community and broaden her perspectives by creating relationships with the Habitat team and families.
Meredith shared, “I would like to assist in increasing the awareness of the organization, how it works, how it serves their communities and greatly impacts not just the homeowner, but also the next several generations of the homeowner’s family and the community in general. Building safe home environments for members of our community has so many indirect impacts on the family and community”.
Sharon Y. Marshall
Sharon Marshall is currently a 1st Vice President and Senior Financial Manager with SunTrust Banks, where she has worked for over 30 years. Her passion for Habitat for Humanity started at SunTrust where, as a member of the HFH Coordinating Committee, she has worked on over 20 houses. She has chaired the Committee for the last three years. Sharon is also very involved with her church, Buckhead Church. Sharon is currently a sustaining member with the Junior League of Atlanta. Sharon completed her undergraduate studies at Emory University and received her MBA at Georgia State University.
Mr. McGinnis has been a resident of Cobb County since June 1971 after graduating from West Georgia College. He has held executive positions in the corporate arenas of finance, management, real estate development and residential construction. He has been actively involved in the community, participating extensively as a member of the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce (graduate of Leadership Cobb and Chair 1988-1989), the Board of the Cobb County Prayer Breakfast, the Board of Trustees for Shorter University and for the Noonday Baptist Association and Foundation. His focus in business and in his personal life has been helping others to help themselves.
Mr. McGinnis lives in Marietta with his wife, Marcia. They have three married children and seven grandchildren.
Frank was appointed in May 2014 to represent Douglas County as part of the NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity Board. Mr. Moran is a retired Sales and Marketing Manager with AT&T and Bellsouth. He is heavily involved with the Douglas County community especially with Special Olympics and the County's School Mentoring program. Frank is also involved with the Knights of Columbus, an organization known for their charitable contributions to their communities. Mr. Moran has an undergraduate degree from Columbus State University and a Masters Degree in Management from Georgia State University. He and his wife have been married for 48 years and have two daughters.
Ms. Schoeffler has 16 years of retail bank leadership. In April of 2015, she became the Atlanta Regional Marketing Manager for Wells Fargo Bank. Prior to her marketing assignment, she served in several retail bank leadership roles, helping to grow retail banking households, serving the community and developing high performing team members.
Ms. Schoeffler serves on the board of the NW Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, is the market outcomes chair for the Women’s Team Member Network and is a PRIDE Ally. Previous community involvement includes, Roswell Relay for Life, USO, Atlanta Food Bank, and Chair of the Arizona Community Partners.
Ms. Sullivan is a manager in corporate marketing and communications for Munich Re’s US life company. She leads their corporate philanthropy program and is responsible for introducing several innovative initiatives including a First Friday volunteerism program and a new matching grant program.
Ms. Sullivan has lived in Cobb County for 12 years and has served the community on the boards of a variety of sports, theater and music programs. She is married and has three children.
Mr. Sumpter was born in New York, New York. He was raised in Lawrenceville, VA and is a graduate of St. Paul’s College with a B.S. degree in Business Administration. Ron has been married for 32 years to Patrice and has two adult daughters. The Sumpter’s attend Destiny Metropolitan Worship Center.
Mr. Sumpter’s professional career has been in the energy and utility industry. He is currently employed as Manager of Community Affairs for Cobb EMC. Mr. Sumpter’s civic and community involvement includes, Center for Family Resources; United Way - Cobb Campaign Cabinet Member; March of Dimes’ West Metro March for Babies; Cobb County School Superintendent’s Business and Community Advisory Board Member; Kennesaw Business Association; Cobb Chamber Northwest Area; Vinings Rotary Club - Member, Club Liason with Calvary Children’s Home; and Children Healthcare of Atlanta – Cobb Community Board.