Board of Directors
Elizabeth (Betsy) A. Eggers, Chairperson
The PCG Inc Founder, Betsy, 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 twenty-three 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.
Sarah K. Kennedy, Vice Chair
Sarah Kennedy is a trained Public Health Analyst with over 15 years immersed in the fields of land-use planning and public health. After earning her degree in Planning and Public Policy, Ms. Kennedy went on to complete a Masters of Public Health and has since spent time working across the country and abroad to affect change in community health outcomes through collaborative, evidence-based assessment and innovative planning and design. Sarah moved from the west coast to Atlanta in 2007 to work with the US CDC in the National Center for Environmental Health. She now operates her own consulting firm, HEALTH+DESIGN Partners LLC, translating relevant health data into advantageous design for her partners and clients. Ms Kennedy lives with her husband and two daughters in Brookhaven, where they enjoy discovering new places to eat, play and explore.
Meredith F. O'Connor, Treasurer
Meredith O'Connor a retired Employee Benefits professional, having owned and operated her own successful company (dba/O'Connor Benefits) for many years. Meredith is a strong believer in the strength of neighborhood connections. One of her favorite sayings is that it is important that we have a lot of "eyes on the streets". The more neighbors who are out and about in their neighborhoods, walking, biking, sitting and watching, the safer we all will be. Meredith looks forward to this being true for Peachtree Creek with the advent of the Peachtree Creek Greenway.
Meredith has a long history of community involvement including having helped found Clack’s Corner, now a City of Brookhaven park. Meredith also managed the fundraising for $30k needed to install the original park, and she has held various positions (President, Vice President, Secretary
and Treasurer) of the Georgia Chapter of Certified Employee Benefit
Specialists. Meredith has also served on the Brookhaven Fields Civic
Association Board and as Secretary and Chair of the Ways & Means
Committee of Soroptomist International in Washington, D.C. Meredith
has also served as Treasurer on the Executive Team at Brookhaven Christian
Church. Meredith and her husband, R. Riley O’Connor have lived in
Brookhaven for over 25 years. Meredith and Riley enjoy camping and have
volunteered at Vogel State Park for many years.
Martha Johnson, Governance
Martha is a detail oriented IT Professional with over 20 years experience in Governance, Process Improvement and Program Management. She is currently a Sr. Program Manager for Verizon Telematics in IT Operations working with their Infrastructure and Security Initiatives. She is PMP certified and trained in ITIL and Six Sigma. Martha is a graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Growing up near the coast of North Carolina, Martha spent much time in and around the rivers and coastal waterways, developing a love for the water and being out doors. This led to being an avid runner, bicyclist and backpacker, with many miles logged on the Appalachian Trail. Martha lives in Brookhaven with her partner, Margaret Taylor. Her love for the area, active lifestyle and the creek, with so much potential…that runs right through all of it…has drawn her to help lead the efforts to make Peachtree Creek Greenway a reality.
Carola Garcia Manzano, Secretary
Carola moved from Mexico to New Jersey in 2004 and then relocated to Atlanta in 2015 with her husband and children. Carola studied Art Conservation and then continued her education earning a Master’s degree in Anthropology. After several years of museum and archaeological work, she decided to turn her attention to her real passion: environmental conservation. Since 2010 Carola has been involved in environmental initiatives through different groups such as the Green Team in Maplewood, N.J., spearheading the Solarize SOMA project for two local towns, and later founding The Pale Blue Dot, an NGO dedicated to providing solar power to rural off-grid schools in Mexico. With this last project up and running she now focuses her time on local efforts through the Sierra Club Atlanta Chapter and the Peachtree Creek Greenway, which will run behind her home and along her back yard!
Gerri Vereen, Communications
As a goal-oriented Executive and Team Coach, Gerri has over fifteen years experience in managing diverse and cross-functional teams within the areas of Internet Advertising, Operations and Technologies. She contributed significant expertise in building the largest and most profitable automotive site on the internet, providing her the opportunity to thrive on change, learning how to capitalize on it and develop many deep and far reaching relationships across the industry. She derives great personal satisfaction when coaching others who are facing challenges or major changes and by utilizing her management and coaching skills, she ably assists individuals and teams in developing action plans based on their business goals. She received her International Coaching Federation accreditation through SECA (Strategic Executive Coaching Alliance), a global coaching institute located in Washington DC, and served on the Georgia Coaches Association, 2010-2012 Board.
Michael Diaz, Community Outreach
Michael is a Sr. Project Engineer and Project Manager with CH2M. He supports government, communities, and businesses in making decisions at every point in the water cycle. This also includes protecting public health, preserving the environment, restoring natural resources, and sustainability. As a Civil Engineer, Michael regularly tackles his clients’ toughest infrastructure and natural resource challenges as they relate to water projects. Michael holds degrees from the University of Georgia in BS Agricultural Engineering with an emphasis in Environmental Engineering and MS in Biological Engineering. His public service includes longtime volunteer work with Chattahoochee River Keeper, Rivers Alive, and supporting the Latin American Association. As a native Colombian, Michael is also interested in preserving the character of Buford Highway which cradles the North Fork of the Peachtree Creek Greenway. Michael and his family live in Brookhaven and enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and paddle boarding. The Peachtree Creek Greenway brings together all of Michael’s interests, experiences, and passions. He looks forward to making it a reality.
David Tracht, Upstream Team
David Tracht is a native to Atlanta and also to Peachtree Creek. A graduate of Woodward Academy, David attended the University of Vermont, and then received a MS in Organizational Behavior from Georgia State University. David has worked in various roles and disciplines within Real Estate in Atlanta since 2000, working for such firms as Full Circle Productions, Cousins Properties, Jamestown Properties, and JLL. In his down time, David enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, spending time on the BeltlLine and the region's other urban trails, and spending time hiking in North Georgia.
Kate Nazzaro, Social Media
Kate Nazzaro is an Atlanta native who grew up hiking the Appalachian Trail, sailing the Everglades and the Caribbean, and exploring the city's rivers and streams. Kate recently returned home after spending 14 years in NYC where she started her career in advertising at The Atlantic Monthly and GQ magazines. After completing a master's degree in Interior Design at Pratt, Kate spent the past decade working as an interior designer and Project Manager at some of the country's top design firms, where her work was featured in several shelter magazines. Kate now resides in Brookhaven Heights with her husband and two children.
Heidi Underwood, Business Outreach
Heidi has over 20 years business experience focusing on organizational integration through program leadership, technology and change management. Heidi has done this at notable companies such as Coca-Cola and Accenture, consulting to global 100 clients. In a volunteering capacity, Heidi is an active committee member and event volunteer for The Network of Executive Women and served as a committee chair for Women’s Linc, a global non-profit leading the enablement of women in the workforce and beyond. She coaches for the Ashford School Run Club and remains an active member of both the school and the community. Heidi holds a degree in International Business and an MBA. Heidi Underwood has been a resident of Brookhaven for over 15 years, currently residing in Brookhaven Gardens with her 2 children who attend Ashford Park Elementary. She enjoys engaging in outdoor activities with her children, including cycling and hiking.
Debbie Miller, GeoLead, Dekalb Co.
Debbie Miller is driven by a strong sense of community, a love of nature, and a pressing need to get her three sons out of the basement and outside to play! Since 1995, Debbie has devoted countless hours advocating for parks, green space, sidewalks and bicycle trails in and around her community, the Northlake area of unincorporated DeKalb. As a community activist, Debbie was instrumental in forming the Northlake Community Alliance (NCA), the first non-profit civic group to be awarded a Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) Grant by the Atlanta Regional Commission. She served as an Advisor to the Board of the NCA for many years and now enjoys seeing people walking and jogging on the LCI sidewalks shaded by trees planted by NCA volunteers and their partner Trees Atlanta. She loves living in her Northlake neighborhood with her husband Jud and their boys, and she can’t wait to ride her bike along the Peachtree Creek Greenway to the Atlanta BeltLine, from Northlake to Piedmont Park!