Our Staff & Board of Directors

Board of Directors:

Officers and Staff:

Chairman
Penelope McPhee
President & Director

Penelope joined the Foundation as president in 2004 and provides leadership for the philanthropic work of Mr. Blank, his family and his businesses.

Angela Blank
Director
David Homrich
EVP, Chief Financial & Investment Officer, AMB Group, LLC & Treasurer of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

David has been an advisor to the Foundation since its formation in 1994 and joined AMB Group in its inaugural year of 2001. His current responsibilities include financial and strategic planning, and investment strategy and management as well as new business analysis and development for all of the organizations comprising the Blank Family of Businesses.

Director

John Bare John Bare
Vice President for Programs

John joined the Foundation in 2004 and leads the Inspiring Spaces, Art of Change, Pathways to Success and Better Beginnings programs, as well as the Speaker Series and Film Series and events and the grant making programs associated with the Blank Family of Businesses.

Director
Lea Bond
Program Associate

Lea joined the Foundation in 2004 and provides grant administration and digital content management for the Foundation, as well as, event-planning and administrative support.

Director
JoAnn Ellis
Executive Assistant

JoAnn joined the Foundation in 2006 and serves as the executive assistant to the Foundation president.

Josh Kimball
Director
Frank Fernandez
Vice President of Community Development

Frank joined the Foundation in January 2014 to lead and implement the Westside Neighborhood Prosperity Fund, a program designed to contribute to the transformational revitalization and redevelopment of Vine City, English Avenue, Castleberry Hill and other adjacent neighborhoods.

Associate Director

 

Ayana Gabriel
Program Officer - Fostering Opportunity

Ayana joined the Foundation in March 2015 and provides grant leadership for the Foundation's Better Beginnings and Pathways to Success initiatives.

Associate Director
Kaamel Nuri
Program Manager, American Explorers

Kaamel joined the Foundation in 2015 and provides leadership for American Explorers as we seek to build our youth development initiatives in the neighborhoods on the Westside of Atlanta.

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Associate Director
Tawnya Rupe
Program Director, Mountain Sky Guest Ranch Fund

Tawnya joined the Foundation in 2002 and provides grant leadership for Park and Gallatin counties in Montana.

Associate Director
Alison Sawyer
Director of Foundation Communications

Alison joined the Foundation in 2014 and provides management of communications, speaking engagements and other activities.

   

Debbie Schumacher
Executive Assistant

Debbie joined the Foundation in June 2014 and serves as the executive assistant to John Bare and Frank Fernandez.

   
Suganthi Simon
Program Officer - Westside

Suganthi joined the Foundation in 2014 and provides grant leadership for the Westside Neighborhood Prosperity Fund.

 

   
Whitney Tilt
Director of Land and Wildlife Conservation

Whitney joined the Foundation in June 2014 as Director of Land and Wildlife Conservation, partnering with Mountain Sky Guest Ranch to ensure the natural resources at the ranch are preserved and enhanced for future generations, as well as providing leadership within Paradise Valley to preserve and enhance land and wildlife in a corridor critical to the future of Yellowstone National Park and the northern Rocky Mountains.