Chris became Executive Director in September 2021. He brings over 18 years of non-profit management experience to PCGI having served as the CFO/COO of several non-profit organizations in the Metro Atlanta area such as Quality Care for Children, Frazer Center, Georgia Legal Services, and CaringWorks. He has expertise in finance, budgeting, grant writing and management, cash management, HR, IT, and operations. He holds both a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting as well as a Master of Public Administration degree in Non-Profit Management from Georgia State University.
Chris has been a volunteer with PCGI for approximately 5 years, serving as the Team Lead for our DeKalb Action Team. He and nearby neighbors were the first to alert PCGI that it was possible to go under I-285 at I-85, locally known as “Spaghetti Junction”, connecting communities Inside the Perimeter (ITP) to those Outside the Perimeter (OTP). He is also very active in other volunteer work within the community and recognizes the Greenway work combines his “enthusiasm passion for the environment, recreation, and social justice.”
I am very excited and honored to be chosen as the first Executive Director of PCGI.
I feel that I have been on a trajectory to this position for many years and am passionate
about the work that we do. I look forward to helping take us to the next level. - Chris Hester
Board of Directors
Joe has over 30 years of experience accounting for domestic and international non-profits, including fund accounting and preparing the annual tax filings. In addition to serving on the PCG Board, he is currently serving one international and one other domestic non-profit. He has significant accounting, regulatory and tax experience serving for-profit companies in a wide range of industries.
His extensive business experience includes integration of acquisitions for eleven private-equity groups with multi-state, multi-location and international companies. Joe has significant regulatory and payroll compliance experience for federal, state and local governments.
The PCG Inc Founder, Betsy Eggers, brings a variety of business and leadership experience to Peachtree Creek Greenway. For over twenty years, she was co-founder/CFO of ArchiTech, a design-develop-build firm that built single and multi-family homes and redeveloped warehouses into mixed-used spaces. With a Masters in Occupational Therapy, Betsy worked in the Rehab Department of DeKalb Medical Center for 23 years. She was the founding president of the Brookhaven Fields Civic Association, served on the Community Council for rezoning reviews, was founding Board member of the Fugees Family, was Treasurer of the Atlanta Friends Meeting, and served as Board Chair for the Global Village Project, a local school for refugee teenage girls. She and her husband, Jack Honderd, have lived in Brookhaven for over 30 years.
More information about Jeffri to come!
Ronda has lived near North Fork Peachtree Creek since 1964 – and for years, she never knew it was there! She is thrilled to be part of the discovery, clean-up and protection of this local treasure.
Ronda’s deep-rooted concern for our environment has heightened in the last decade because of extended visits to highly-polluted world capitals as well as travels to locales that value and protect air and water. She sees working toward transportation alternatives that make both the environment and the citizenry healthier as a golden opportunity to create a legacy for future generations.
With 30 years of experience in sales, building and managing sales teams, creating and developing new business entities, customer relations, and 15 years of business ownership with Standard Office Systems, Ronda looks forward to creating opportunities for all citizens to contribute to the success of the Peachtree Creek Greenway.
Vicki Hood has over 3 decades working experience in the corporate world with AT&T. While at AT&T she held several positions increasing in responsibilities including managing a portion of AT&T's real estate portfolio encompassing million+ sf. Vicki's most recent position was as a project manager managing AT&T's rights of ways and environmental permitting associated with AT&T's fiber optic projects throughout the contiguous, US, Alaska and Hawaii. Vicki holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and enjoys volunteering in her community. She is focused on improving the recreational and health benefits realized through walking, biking, running trails and supporting these initiatives for her community and beyond. Vicki is a native of Atlanta and lives in Dekalb County with her husband where she enjoys the many recreational and cultural opportunities in and around Atlanta.
Deuk has lived in Seoul, South Korea and New York City during his childhood. When his family moved down to Gwinnett County in Georgia, Deuk started to look for walking and outdoors opportunities which he took for granted when he was younger. Deuk now resides in Midtown Atlanta and enjoys walking his golden-doodle Miso, and riding his electric bike all around the city. Deuk holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television with a minor in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and works as the Creative Director for the video-focused ad agency Forten Media. Other than storytelling through a camera lens, Deuk also holds a strong passion for public policy, planning, and political activism. He worked and volunteered with the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) as a canvasser and team leader advocating for AAPI women’s rights in Georgia.
Alex Ortiz is a Seattle native who's passionate about green spaces. He moved to Atlanta in 2009 and has been impressed by the transformation he's seen in the region in that time. He currently sits as the Interim Associate Vice President for Sustainability at Georgia Tech and hopes to continue to make a positive impact on the livability and sustainability of our community.
Lauren is an Atlanta native who grew up steeped in the importance of community activism. Her mother co-founded the PATH Foundation, which Lauren continues to support. Another group she donates time and energy to is the Atlanta chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners where she contributes as a board member, Event Committee chair, and active member.
In her business life, Lauren is a Travel Concierge and the owner of Dynamic Escapes, a boutique travel planning company. She serves her clients by taking care of all the research and planning of their trips so they can simply focus on the fun to come.
Lauren, her husband, and their two children (and 2 dogs) are lucky enough to live within walking distance of both the PCG and PATH 400 and can't wait until the two trails connect!
Terry grew up in Gwinnett County where he thoroughly enjoyed parks and greenways. It provided serenity, a place to exercise and hang out with friends and families. He hopes to reciprocate the same joy he received from it by advocating and being part of Peachtree Creek Greenway. He is currently is the operations director at Forten Media, a video agency. He resides in Dunwoody with his beautiful wife and dog, Keely.
David Tracht is Vice President of Elevation Development Group, responsible for overseeing the coordination of developments and acquisitions as well as prospecting new opportunities. David has held various leadership and management roles within firms such as Jones Lang LaSalle, Cousins Properties, Jamestown Properties, and LeCraw. He has over 17 years of experience in a broad base of real estate related disciplines including V.P of Operations for the Atlanta regional office of a multi-billion dollar real estate professional services company, organizational development, property and facility management, development management and marketing. A tree-hugger at heart, David loves to spend time outdoors with his wife Anne, daughter Abby, and son Miles. He's also a huge Atlanta United fan, so when he's not working on real estate or exploring a multi-use path, you can find him watching soccer games.
Founders/Alumni of the Board
These founders and alumni of the Board engage with the Peachtree Creek Greenway, Inc. with their time, talent, and treasure: