BGCMA Announces New Chair and Strategic Additions to Corporate Board

BGCMA Announces New Chair and Strategic Additions to Corporate Board
January 30, 2018 BGCMA

Susan Ward and New Additions Bring Decades of Experience to Supporting Vision of Nonprofit 

Atlanta, GA – January 30, 2018 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta (BGCMA) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Corporate Board Chair – Susan Ward, Chief Accounting Officer with UPS. The organization also welcomes several other key strategic additions to the team. Corporate Board members will play a key role in shaping the strategic direction of the organization and working to secure vital funding to support Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta’s 25+ locations around the city.

BGCMA is pleased to welcome new members including:

  • Jen Bressler, Merchandising Vice President, The Home Depot
  • LeighAnn Costley, Partner, Frazier & Deeter
  • Gardiner Garrard, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, TTV Capital
  • Fran Gary, Senior VP of Federal Government Solutions, Anthem Inc.
  • Elizabeth Halkos, Chief Operating Officer, Purchasing Power
  • Pete Robinson, Managing Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP

Ward, a board member for the past decade, currently serves as Chief Accounting Officer for UPS, the world’s largest transportation and logistics company. She brings 35 years of corporate, public accounting, and non-profit experience, including numerous leadership roles. Serving in a number of capacities within the BGCMA board over the years, including Treasurer and Finance Committee chair, Ward brings solid insight and counsel in helping Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta further advance its mission of helping underserved kids and teens reach their full potential.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome these new members to our team and appoint Susan as the new leader of our Corporate Board,” said Missy Dugan, president & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. “They bring with them passion, talent, and a firm commitment to shaping the lives of kids and teens in around our city. Because of their counsel and support, we are making huge strides in helping kids make healthy choices, become leaders, and graduate from high school with a plan for the future.”

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta serves more than 3,300 children and teens each day and more than 10,000 youth each year. By 2020, the organization is working to ensure that 90 percent of the youth it serves are graduating on time, living healthy lifestyles, and giving back to their communities.

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About Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta’s mission is to save and change the lives of children and teens, especially those who need us most, by providing a safe, positive and engaging environment and programs that prepare and inspire them to achieve Great Futures. Through 25+ Clubs in 10 metro counties, trained and professional staff serve more than 3,300 youth (ages 6-18) daily through programs that foster academic success, healthy lifestyles and character and leadership development. BGCMA also oversees Camp Kiwanis, a 160-acre outdoor residence camp. While the cost to effectively serve those who need us most is approximately $5,700 per member, families are asked to pay between $60 and $135 per child each year based on income; and no child is turned away due to inability to pay. For more information, please visit

Media Contacts:
Marisa Lazenby
Marketing Coordinator
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta
404-527-7100 ext. 1036