2018- 2019 Board of Directors
Mike’s association with NW Metro Atlanta Habitat began in 1993 as a volunteer, then a crew lead and 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 Chair in 2018. 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.
Mr. Corso, a Financial Advisor with Rogan, Singh, Agnone & Associates team at Merrill Lynch, specializes in advising families, businesses and institutions in the greater Atlanta area in financial planning and portfolio management. Prior to moving to Atlanta, he headed one of the top Chase Private Client banking and advisory teams out of Pompano Beach, FL. Mr. Corso was born in New York and moved with his family to Florida during his high school years. He studied political science and criminology while attending Florida Atlantic University. He lives in Cobb County with his wife, Kelsey, and their young daughter. Mr. Corso is excited about serving on the Board and applying his experience and drive to our affiliate so that together we may make a substantial difference in the community we serve.
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.
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.
Dale Bercher, President of Bercher Homes and Accent Realty Group, has a 30-year career in the new home building industry. His passion is for serving customers, associates, trade partners, and the community through business. Mr. Bercher worked his way through college owning and operating a remodeling company while earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management from Louisiana State University. Dale worked as Division President for a national builder and Chief Operating Officer for a large private builder before ultimately starting his own business in 2010. A recent graduate of the 2018 class of Leadership Cobb, Dale lives in west Cobb with his wife of 30 plus years, Becky. They have 3 grown children.
Robert Byrd is a veteran Atlanta communications executive. He retired in 2017 as senior director of communications for Assurant, a leading provider of insurance and risk management services, where he held responsibilities including 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; their daughter, Jennifer, is a student at Agnes Scott College.
Rick Gieryn is the retired executive vice president of Axis Capital Holdings Limited. Rick first became involved with NW Metro Atlanta Habitat by way of introduction from a neighbor. Rick and his wife Ann joined as a house build sponsor in 2017. Motivated by their desire to have direct involvement with the person impacted by the contribution of their time and money, the Gieryns recruited friends and family for their Habitat build days. A graduate of Duke University and Emory School of Law, Rick spent his career managing all aspects of legal and regulatory compliance of the companies he worked with, including U.S. and international businesses, commercial contracts and transactions, employment matters, intellectual property, software licensing and real estate. Rick now enjoys golfing and spending time with friends and family around his residence in east Cobb.
Mr. Hene, a Senior Vice President for Pinkerton & Laws, a nationally recognized multi-unit construction firm, has more than 39 years of experience in the construction industry. In his current role, Henry handles management of field operations, pre-construction planning, and accounting for his current firm. Mr. Hene earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Auburn University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University. In addition to the leadership roles he has held professionally, Mr. Hene has held multiple leadership roles at his synagogue, Temple Kol Emeth, recently serving as President of the Board of Trustees. He has a long track record of volunteering with our affiliate both as former Chair of the Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition Board and as a Crew Leader since 2004. Henry and his wife, Candy live in East Cobb. Henry first became involved with Habitat when their daughter joined the Pope High School Habitat club. She and her husband, John, live in Atlanta and are expecting the Hene’s first grandchild early next year.
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. 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”.
André Sims, an expert in the real estate industry, has served the Metropolitan Atlanta area for 30 years, providing quality, professional service to more than 600 satisfied clients. As a Realtor with RE/MAX Greater Atlanta, André was recognized as the number two sales associate for RE/MAX Greater Atlanta in 2017 and also ranks in the top one percent of all residential real estate agents nationwide. André completed his undergraduate studies at Hampton University and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing. An active member of Turner Chapel AME Church, André serves on the Steward Board, Video Ministry and New Members Ministry. He also serves as a Commissioner on the Marietta Housing Authority Board. André and his wife, Jill, live in Marietta. They have two adult children.
Carol Sullivan joined the Northwest Metro Habitat board in 2013 after serving as her company’s sponsor liaison for several years. 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.