Dr. Herbert A. Claiborne Jr.
Dr. Herbert A. Claiborne Jr. practiced general obstetrics and gynecology at St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, Virginia for many years. He is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Surgeons. He is a former chairman of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Foundation and the Medical College of Virginia Foundation. He is a former trustee of the Virginia Historical Society and the University of Virginia Medical School Foundation. Dr. Claiborne graduated from the University of Virginia.
Lyons Gray currently serves on the North Carolina Utilities Commission. He formerly served as Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Revenue, a senior advisor to the President of the University of North Carolina system, and chief financial officer for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Gray was also a six-term member of the North Carolina House of Representatives. He has served on the boards of the North Carolina Communities and Business Alliance, Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership and the North Carolina School of the Arts Foundation, among other groups. Mr. Gray attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Bolling P. Spalding
Bolling P. Spalding is the co-founder of Atlanta-based public relations and communications firm Jackson Spalding. He previously worked for Manning Selvage & Lee and Bank South Corporation, and was also a journalist for The Atlanta Journal. He is a trustee of Agnes Scott College and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cancer Home. Mr. Spalding holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Georgetown University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in journalism and master’s in business administration from the University of Georgia.
Herbert A. Claiborne III
Herbert A. Claiborne III is General Counsel and Secretary of Carpenter Co. in Richmond, Virginia. He serves on the board of governors of St. Catherine’s School and on the boards of the Medical College of Virginia Foundation and the Virginia Historical Society. He is a former director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Foundation and a former member of the Advancement Council for the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing. Mr. Claiborne earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and his J.D. degree from the University of Richmond.
Carrie Davis Conway
Senior Program Officer
Carrie joined the Foundations’ staff in 2014. She previously served as Executive Director of the Southeast Region for CARE USA, and has 10 years of experience working in development in the higher education sector. Carrie graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a B.A. degree in history and received an M.A. degree from St. John’s College.
Executive Assistant to the President
Evi joined the Foundations’ staff in 2014. She previously worked in an administrative capacity at SunTrust Banks and its predecessor banks for more than 30 years. Evi earned her B.S. degree in computer information systems from DeVry Institute of Technology.
P. Russell Hardin
Russ joined the Foundations’ staff as Secretary in 1988, became Treasurer in 1989, Vice President in 1994, and President in 2006. Prior to joining the Foundations, Russ practiced law with King & Spalding and was associated with the Robinson-Humphrey Company. He currently serves as Chairman of the Foundation Center, trustee of Northwestern Mutual and director of the Commerce Club of Atlanta. He is a former board chair of the Southeastern Council of Foundations. Russ received his B.A. degree with high distinction from the University of Virginia in 1979, and his J.D. degree with honors from Duke University School of Law in 1982.
Secretary and Treasurer
Erik joined the Foundations’ staff in 2006. He previously served as a law clerk to Chief Judge J.L. Edmondson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Erik is the former Chairman of the Georgia Grantmakers Alliance and serves on the Public Policy Committee of the Council on Foundations. He earned his B.A. degree from Emory University in 1998 and his J.D. degree with high honors from the University of Georgia’s School of Law in 2005.
Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Administrator
Joan joined the Foundations’ staff as Receptionist in 2006 and has served as Administrator of the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation since 2008. She previously worked as a medical assistant/front office manager in an orthodontist’s office, assistant secretary to speaker and author Larry Burkett, and a benefits bookkeeper for the Life of Georgia Company. Joan received an associate degree in business education from the University of Georgia.
Jenny joined the Foundations’ staff in 2013. She previously worked as an account executive at the marketing communications firm Jackson Spalding. Jenny serves as Communications Chair for the Southeast Chapter of the Grants Managers Network. She graduated summa cum laude from the Georgia Institute of Technology with B.S. degrees in Psychology and Science, Technology and Culture.
Marti joined the Foundations in 2003 as Assistant Controller and became Controller in 2007. Prior to joining the Foundations, she served the Junior League of Atlanta as its accountant for nine years. Marti attended Mercer University and received a B.B.A degree in accounting from Emory University.
Grants Program Director
Lizzy joined the Foundations’ staff as Grants Officer in 2005 and became Grants Program Director in 2011. She previously worked for the fundraising consulting firm of Coxe Curry & Associates for more than seven years, and also served as Director of Special Events for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Raleigh, NC. Lizzy is a former trustee of the Southeastern Council of Foundations and a past chair of the Foundation Center-Atlanta Advisory Board. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. degree in economics.
Sarah joined the Foundations’ staff in 2007 after working for six years with accounting firm Smith & Howard as a tax accountant, with a focus on real estate transactions and exempt organizations. Sarah earned her B.B.A. in accounting and master’s degree in taxation from Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business, where she graduated with high honors. She is a certified public accountant.
Tammy joined the Foundations’ staff in 2008. She previously worked as an equipment supply coordinator at Coca-Cola Enterprises and as an HR assistant at Emory Healthcare. Tammy earned her B.A. degree in business administration from Talladega College in 1993, and her M.A. degree in Marriage and Family Therapy Counseling from Argosy University in 2016.