Buckhead Heritage’s Board is comprised of a group whose diverse experience and skills as civic leaders, historic preservationists, historians, and corporate executives provide a thorough perspective in overseeing the implementation of its Mission.
(Left to right) Frances Westbrook, James Ottley, Belle Turner Lynch, Edward Daugherty, Claudia Barnes, Harriet Kirkpatrick, Wright Mitchell, Tamara Bazzle, Bob Helget, Beckie Amos, Bill Pennington, Penny Hart, and John Beach.
Board Member Bios:
James M. Ottley (President) - James M. Ottley is a real estate lending and title attorney with Stout Kaiser Matteson Peake & Hendrick LLC where he manages the firm’s government guaranteed lending practice. A fourth generation Atlantan, Mr. Ottley is also an active member of the Downtown Atlanta Kiwanis Club (serving currently as Chair of the membership committee), The Breakfast Club, the Westminster Schools Alumni Association (serving most recently as class agent for the annual fund), the Georgia Lenders Quality Circle (serving currently as a board member) and the Inquiry Club, a longstanding Atlanta discussion and supper club. Mr. Ottley published two books on Atlanta history, entitled “Atlanta History for Cocktail Parties,” and “Atlanta History for Cocktail Parties II – Another Round”. He is a big fan of Franklin Garrett.
Charles Wright (Vice President) - Mr. Wright is a partner with Development Resource Group, LLC, where he has experience in developing urban infill properties in historically significant and sensitive regions, including downtown Savannah. He is a native of Buckhead and also serves on the Advisory Board of Summerbridge Alumni Network and on the Board of TierraAtlanta.
William E. Pennington (Treasurer) - Mr. Pennington is an Atlanta native and has a bachelor’s degree from Emory University and an MBA from Georgia State University. Mr. Pennington retired from SunTrust Banks in early 2000 after nearly 33 years as a Group Vice President in the Data Processing and Audit divisions. Mr. Pennington has served on the board of the Atlanta Preservation Center for approximately twenty years, three of which were spent as President of the organization. Mr. Pennington has served five years as a board member of the Atlanta Opera and currently serves on its nominating committee.
Beckie Amos (Secretary) - Mrs. Amos grew up in Atlanta and attended E. Rivers and Northside High School before she received her BA in Art from Florida State University. After returning to Atlanta to teach art at Northside High School, she became an active real estate agent with Harry Norman Realtors in Buckhead. In addition to being an active member of the North Buckhead Civic Association, Mrs. Amos has served on the board of the Neighborhood Planning Unit B, has been active with the Cathedral of St. Philip's Cathedral Antique Show and Tour of Homes, and has been a member of the Junior League of Atlanta. Mrs. Amos is married to John and is the proud mother of sons Hunter and Will.
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.
Claudia Barnes - Mrs. Barnes is a fifth generation Atlantan. She attended E. Rivers Elementary and Northside High School. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama. She founded Twigs, now Friends of Childrens Healthcare. She now serves on the Executive Board of the Atlanta Opera Guild and is active with the Piedmont Hospital Auxiliary and the Cathedral of Saint Philip.
John Beach, Jr. - Mr. Beach is a partner at Paces Construction, where he focuses on preserving and updating Buckhead area homes. John is interested in the history and preservation of our built environment, and is currently active on four local boards. He is a guest lecturer at Georgia Tech’s School of Architecture, where he received his master’s degree in residential building. John and his wife Ann live in Buckhead and have a son in college.
Tres Carpenter, CFA - Mr. Carpenter is a principal and research analyst at ZWJ Investment Counsel, which he joined in 2007. He is a Westminster Schools alum and received bachelor's degrees in economics and history from Hampden-Sydney College. He later completed his MBA at the University of California, Davis. Some of his current community involvement in Atlanta includes work with Chattahoochee Riverkeepers and Atlanta Technology Angels; he was also a founding board member of the Friends of Little Nancy Creek Park.
Sarah Chapman - Sara Chapman is a fifth generation native of Atlanta and a graduate of The Westminster Schools. She attended the University of Georgia and earned her Masters in Education Administration from Georgia State University. Sara currently teaches first grade at The Westminster Schools. She is married to Donnie Chapman and they have two children. Sara is an active member of the Cathedral of St. Philip and she serves on the Board of Directors of Historic Oakland Foundation, Shepherd Center and the Cathedral of St. Philip Pre-School. Sara's mother, Edyth Shadburn, owns and operates Charles Willis, a long-standing retail shop in Buckhead, which was established in 1959.
Geoff Friedman - Mr. Friedman is a licensed attorney and real estate broker with extensive experience in real estate, hotel development, and automotive aftermarket car care franchising. He was named President of AFCO Realty, LLC in 2006, continuing a legacy in commercial real estate passed down from his father and grandfather, and was the founding chairman of Pathworks, the volunteer arm of the PATH Foundation. In 2007, he was the President of the Buckhead Business Association. After attending The Lovett School in Atlanta, he majored in Political Science at the University of Georgia and received his J.D. degree from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham. Mr. Friedman and his wife, Hope, live in Atlanta with their two children.
Penny Hart - Mrs. Hart is a Buckhead native, a sixth generation Atlantan and a founding member of the Buckhead Heritage Society. She has been deeply involved in a wide variety community volunteer organizations and projects through the years, the majority of them focusing on historic preservation, community enhancement and animal welfare. Currently, she serves on Historic Oakland Cemetery’s Board of Directors.
Belle Turner Lynch - Mrs. Lynch grew up on West Paces Ferry Road and is a member of the Cherokee chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Thomas Johnson chapter of the Colonial Dames XVII Century. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Oglethorpe University and is Chair of the Board of Directors of The Milner Award, a small not-for-profit corporation which encourages children to read. Mrs. Lynch has previously served on the boards for the Atlanta Preservation Center and the Atlanta Speech School, and the gardens at her personal residence on Cherokee Road are listed on the Smithsonian Archives of American Gardens.
Tracy Gray Monk - Ms. Monk grew up in Farmville, NC, graduated from The Lawrenceville School and Davidson College where she was Phi Betta Kappa, Cum Laude with a BA in Economics. Drawn to Atlanta because her mother grew up here, Tracy's passions include gardening, golf, travel, fitness, and history. She is a member of the The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the state of Georgia, the Cherokee Garden Club where she serves as secretary of the Community Fund and Visiting Gardens Chair, the Piedmont Driving Club, and Northside United Methodist Church. She is also a member of the Cherokee Garden Library Board at the Atlanta History Center.
Spalding Nix - Mr. Nix is an Atlanta native and owner of Spalding Nix Fine Art & Antiques, a gallery on Peachtree Hills Avenue. His wife, Aimee, is the Gallery Director, and they both enjoy traveling to auctions in France to purchase pieces for the gallery. Mr. Nix majored in both Art History and Studio Art at the University of Virginia, and later specialized in Intellectual Property and International Law at the University of Georgia’s School of Law. He is also an Accredited Member of the American Society of Appraisers.
E. Fay Pearce - 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.
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.
Emeritus Board Members
Tamara Bazzle - 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.
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.
Advisory Board Members
Edward Daugherty, FASLA