Buckhead Heritage Board Member Bios
John Beach, Jr. (President) – John is a Lovett grad and partner at Paces Construction Co., where he focuses on preserving and updating Buckhead area homes. John is interested in the history and preservation of our built environment, and is active on several local boards. He is an occasional guest lecturer at Georgia Tech’s School of Architecture, where he received his master’s of science degree in residential building. John and his wife Ann live in Buckhead and have one son, and two shorthair pointers.
E. Fay Pearce (Vice-President) – Fay Pearce is a fourth generation native of Atlanta. He grew up in Ansley Park, completed elementary school at Spring Street School and was a member of the founding class of The Westminster Schools in 1951. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech and a commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. After 33 years with The Coca-Cola Company, he retired as a Principal Engineer in the Corporate Technical Division. He has served on the Board of the Historic Oakland Foundation and is currently serving as Board Member Emeritus of the Bobby Dodd Institute, a Board Member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and on the Advisory Board of the Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. He is a member of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, the Piedmont Driving Club, The Nine O’Clocks and the Society of Colonial Wars.
Mike Armstrong (Treasurer) – Mike moved to Buckhead from New York in the 1960’s, graduating from the Lovett School. He attended Washington and Lee University, majoring in European History, and received his MBA in finance and marketing from the Mason School at the College of William and Mary. Mike worked at Austin Kelley Advertising, First San Francisco Corp and Bankers Trust Company before becoming chief executive of the Gimborn Company. He was a principle with the Monarch Company, and currently a general partner at AFP, Ltd. He is a former trustee at W & L, has served as the finance chair on the Frazer Center board for 8 years, and is the Treasurer on the Children’s Rehabilitation Center board. His wife Jane Lauderdale Armstrong is known to many around Buckhead as a 2nd generation Westminster teacher. They have 2 children, David and Kate.
Charlotte Margolin – Charlotte lives in the Peachtree Heights East/Duck Pond neighborhood and works with Peachtree Hills Place, an Isakson Living Company. Her career has included work at the Fox Theater, Bobby Dodd Institute, and Peachtree Presbyterian Church. Charlotte has also been a volunteer at numerous charities, including Founding Director and President of the Ladies of the Lake and board member and Chairman of Atlanta’s Table. She has a husband, Bob, and a son who resides in Washington, DC.
Board of Directors
Ivan Allen, IV – Mr. Allen is employed as Director, Business Development for Staples. Mr. Allen is actively involved with Hands on Atlanta. Along with wife Blain, and their four children, they all enjoy community restoration projects. Mr. Allen is also on the Board of Hope Homes and the Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary.
Beckie Amos – Beckie grew up in Atlanta and graduated from Florida State University. She is with Harry Norman Realtors, where she has been active for over 25 years. Beckie has served on the board of the Cathedral Preschool, and is an active member at the Cathedral of St. Philip, the North Buckhead Civic Association, and the American Cancer Society. She and her husband John have 2 sons.
Carol Grady – Carol is an Atlanta native, born at Emory Hospital. She has been a lifelong Buckhead resident, first near Bobby Jones, and then near the North Fulton golf course. She has been a docent at the Georgia Governors Mansion, and at the Atlanta High Museum of Art for over 30 years. Carol has worked as a travel agent, and led tours of Atlanta for Presenting Atlanta. She is a member of First Presbyterian Church, and was part of the Care Council. Carol has been an active member and volunteer on the Buckhead Heritage Events Committee for several years.
Chris Hastings – Chris Hastings is a graduate of Lovett School and Cornell University, where he studied both Business Administration and Ornamental Horticulture, receiving B.S. and M.P.S. degrees. Chris is a Certified Arborist, and the first Georgia Board Certified Master Arborist. He represents the fourth generation of Southern horticulturists in his family, as the great-grandson of H.G. Hastings, the founder of the H.G. Hastings Seed Company in 1889. Chris has written three gardening books; Month-by-Month Gardening in the South, (co-authored with his father), Southern Lawns, and children’s book The Zoo Garden. Chris has toured the South promoting his books and speaking on gardening topics. Chris owns Arbormedics, a leader in the field of tree preservation in Atlanta and the southeast. Chris has served on the Boards of the Southeastern Horticulture Society and the Cherokee Garden Library at the Atlanta History Center. He and his wife Amy have two teenage boys.
Elon Butts Osby – Elon is a native Atlantan with long family roots in Buckhead. Her grandparents, William and Ida Bagley, purchased 3 lots and settled in Macedonia Park on Pharr Rd in 1912. The City of Atlanta redeveloped the area into Bagley Park in the 1950’s; today it’s known as Frankie Allen Park, after a little league baseball coach. Elon’s grandparents, along with an aunt and uncle, are buried in Mt. Olive Cemetery located in the park. Elon joined with Buckhead Heritage in filing a lawsuit to stop the removal of the graves from Mt Olive Cemetery in 2009, and has been involved with our group ever since. Elon’s first job was at Tiffany and Co. in Phipps Plaza; since then she has had a fascinating and varied career, including several jobs at City Hall, and now works at the Atlanta Housing Authority. Elon is a member of the NPU-J Executive Board in northwest Atlanta, and has 2 daughters and 2 grandsons.
Christy Morris – Christy graduated from the University of Gerogia with a BFA in Interior Design. She worked with designers Dotty Travis, Jane Marsden and Susan Wilcox, and with Image Design, Inc. in the commercial design field. Her design work has been featured in several national magazines, and includes two historic home museums in Washington, DC. Christy has voluntered for numerous charities, including Colonial Dames, the Georgia Trust, the High Museum, Children’s Healthcare, Shepherd Center, Atlanta History Center, Botanical Gardens, and Atlanta Preservation Center. She received the Spirit of 1812 award for her volunteer work. Christy and her husband Sonny raised four children in Buckhead, and live in the Paces neighborhood.
Elizabeth Morgan Spiegel – Elizabeth is a founding member of Buckhead Heritage Society. She is an Arkansas native who attended Randolph-Macon and Vanderbilt University. Elizabeth has served on many non-profit boards and assisted with events for Alliance Theater, Atlanta Ballet, Botanical Gardens, History Center, Opera Guild, Symphony, Grady Hospital Foundation, High Museum of Art, Morehouse School of Medicine, National Museum of Women in the Arts, and Spinal Shepard Center, among others. With three children and eight grandsons she has an active family life.
Susan Soper – Susan is an Atlanta native who attended The Westminster Schools and St. Mary’s Jr. College in Raleigh. She graduated from Oglethorpe University —where she later served on the board — with a BA in English. She has enjoyed an illustrious career in journalism in Washington, New York and Atlanta including working on Newsdaynewspaper’s 1974 Pulitzer prize winning series, The Heroin Trail. She was at the Atlanta Journal- Constitution for 20 years as the Features Editor and Writing Coach. Ten years ago, she founded and authored the ObitKit: Live. Love. Laugh. Cry. Write it Down! and currently teaches memoir writing with Olli@Emory, part of the school’s continuing education program. She serves on Olli’s Board of Advisors and on Westminster’s Alumni Advisory Board. Susan’s passion is people’s stories and engaging them to write about their lives. Susan and her husband Bo Holland live in Buckhead and share a lifelong interest in Atlanta history, travel and hiking.
James Thomas – Joe Thomas is a third generation Atlantan and a Buckhead native. He attended Dykes High School and the Darlington School in Rome, Georgia and graduated from the University of Tennessee Business School. He is owner and Chariman of the Board for his family business, Arrow Exterminators, Inc. Arrow is currently the sixth largest pest control company in the United States with over 100 service centers in the Southeastern and Southwestern United States. He is a member of the Cathedral of St. Philip and Cherokee Town and Country Club.
Judith Vanderver – Judith Anderson Vanderver is a descendent of 1820’s settlers of what is now the Atlanta area on Utoy Creek. Her great-grandparents moved to Buckhead in 1930 from West End and generations have since resided here. She is an alumna of Trinity School, The Westminster Schools and Vanderbilt University. She is a professional photographer, a real estate investor, a genealogy and Atlanta history enthusiast and a nature lover. For fun, Judith, her husband Tim, and daughter Hannah love working as background in Marvel movies. She is currently engaging others to help restore an historic abandoned cemetery adjacent to her Connally family cemetery.
Frank Virgin – Frank grew up on Vernon Road, formally known as Serpentine Road. He attended E. Rivers School, The Lovett School, The Darlington School. He received his B.B.A degree from Emory University, and was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Frank received his J.D. degree from the University of Georgia, School of Law. He is currently a partner with Taylor English Duma, LLP. Frank is a member of and has served as president of The Atlanta Lawyers Club, The Piedmont Driving Club, and The Nine O’Clocks. He has been Board Chair of Center for the Visually Impaired and Georgia Cooperative Services for the Blind. Susan, a native of High Point, North Carolina, and Frank have been married for 49 years. They have lived on Dellwood Drive for 41 years and have two children and five grandchildren. They are active members of All Saints’ Episcopal Church.
Rick Woodward III – Rick is an Atlanta native who grew up in Buckhead and lives in the Historic Brookhaven area. Rick attended Garden Hills and Tuxedo Elementary Schools, and Dykes High School. He then majored in history at Washington and Lee University, and worked in the insurance industry in New York and Washington before returning to Atlanta. Rick recently retired from Regions Insurance, where he was Director of Risk Management Services. Rick has been on the Board of Trustees of Canterbury Court for 9 years, and leads an usher team at All Saints Episcopal Church. Rick has a lifelong interest in history, and the early history of the Atlanta area.
Emeritus Board Members
Tamara Bazzle (Past President) – Mrs. Bazzle, a Buckhead native, is a retired interior designer who also serves as a member of the Board of Overseers for the Atwood House Museum/Chatham Historical Society in Chatham, Massachusetts. An active community volunteer, she has served on the boards of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, the Atlanta Preservation Center, the Samaritan Counseling Center and Canterbury Court. She is a founding member of Buckhead Heritage and has served multiple terms on the board, executive committee, and as President.
Bob Helget – Mr. Helget is retired from The Coca-Cola Company where he was a Director of Human Resources for the Middle East. Since retirement he has been involved with a number of non-profit organizations including the Atlanta Zoo, A.G. Rhodes Homes, the Southern Center for International Studies, the Atlanta Preservation Center, and historian for Sardis UMC. Mr. Helget is one of the original three founders of Buckhead Heritage.
Sam Massell – Mr. Massell is a life-long resident of Atlanta who has had successful careers in real estate brokerage, elected office, the field of tourism, and association management. Mr. Massell served twenty-two years in elected offices, including eight as President of Atlanta’s Board of Aldermen (now known as the City Council) and four as Atlanta’s Mayor. Massell now manages a nonprofit civic organization as the 1988 founding President of the Buckhead Coalition. This is a prestigious association of Chief Executive Officers of major businesses on the north side of Atlanta who have pooled their strengths to nurture the quality of life and guide the orderly growth of Buckhead. He is also on numerous Boards, including Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, Atlanta Speech School, and Buckhead Hospice.
Wright Mitchell – Mr. Mitchell is the founder of the law firm Mitchell Law. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Preservation Center, The Lovett School Alumni Executive Board and the Georgia Governor’s Mansion Executive Fine Arts Committee. Mr. Mitchell has also served as the Vice Chairman of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, and was the lead founder of Buckhead Heritage in 2006.
Buckhead Heritage Society
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Atlanta, GA 30305