Who We Are
Meet the Creative Team
Roswell Arts Fund Staff and Consultants
Ghila Sanders brings a deep passion for community engagement and art-based placemaking to Roswell Arts Fund. Paired with a blend of expertise in operations leadership and strategic planning, and extensive experience directing process improvement, operations management, and team leadership in cultural institutions, Ghila is focused on making the City of Roswell a destination for the arts, and demonstrating how strategically the arts strengthen economic and social prosperity.
Born and raised in Rome, Italy, she holds a JD from Universita’ di Roma “La Sapienza” and an MBA from Georgia State University. Prior to the Roswell Arts Fund, Ghila was at the Breman Museum, where she served in several capacities, ultimately leading operations as Interim Executive Director. During her tenure, she was instrumental in the creation of a strong vision for the organization, leveraging expanded programming with a collaborative approach, fundraising strategies and community partnerships. Before the Breman, Ghila was responsible for programs and events at the Jewish Museum of Rome, Italy.
Ghila is actively engaged in several community organizations, including Congregation Shearith Israel, New American Pathways, Furnish with Love and the Museum of Southern Jewish Experience. Ghila lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband David, their three children and two dogs.
Elan comes from the public art, festival, and experiential worlds. For the last 10 years, he has been building art experiences for guests in both the public and private realms. He has seen, firsthand, the effect public art can have on economic development, quality of life, and culture. He believes Roswell is home to some of the most beautiful natural landscapes, trails, and history, and is eager to see public art connect these great assets in the coming years.
In his prior roles, Elan has helped design and implement work with attractions, museums, galleries, tradeshows, film, and gaming. His projects of note include Hamilton the Exhibition and the creation of the public art and festival program for the Atlanta BeltLine. His clients include Stone Mountain Park, Sotheby’s, Disney, Google, Adult Swim, and more.
Elan holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Savannah College of Art & Design in Sculpture. When not working with artists, Elan draws and sculpts out of his studio in Atlanta Georgia, living with his wife and their menagerie of animals.
Becky Peters Kile is a graduate of Kennesaw State University and started her career in the arts as an actor. She returned to Georgia after living in D.C., where she transitioned her skills to Arts Administration. In DC she served as the Director of Community Outreach and Social Media for Theater J and was the founding artistic director of a social outreach theatre, Wandering Souls.
With deep and wide experience in the arts industry, Becky brings expertise in marketing, event planning, community outreach, website design and social media management coupled with an entrepreneurial understanding of how a small non profit organization really works.
Additionally, Becky is a teacher with Autism Improvised which uses theatre to help build and strengthen social skills. She and her husband Michael live in Woodstock.
Theodore Lawrence is a graduate of UGA with BAs in print journalism and film studies in addition to a master’s degree in telecommunications. He has worked with innumerable clients but focuses his work on nonprofits including The American Cancer Society, A Future Not A Past, and Big Cat Rescue. His experience in content creation spans formats and allows him to dive into a variety of projects from video messages and photos to written content and illustrations. He is currently adding to his repertoire with certificates in web programming and design from KSU.
Roswell Arts Fund Board
Scott Hitch is a business attorney experienced in navigating legal issues arising in environmental, land use, energy, corporate governance, and commercial real estate matters. He also represents clients working in the music, film, television, theater, and publishing industries and in connection with estate planning strategies.
In addition to chairing Roswell Arts Fund’s board, Scott serves as Vice Chair of the Friends of Mimosa Hall and Gardens, Inc. His prior service on boards of directors includes the Green Chamber of the South, the Georgia Environmental Policy Institute, Rivers Alive, and Keep Roswell Beautiful. Scott is a volunteer attorney for Georgia Lawyers for the Arts. Prior to opening Hitch Law LLC in Roswell, Scott practiced with several Am Law 100 firms in Atlanta. Scott received a BS in ecology from the University of Georgia and his law degree from the UGA School of Law.
Scott is the lead singer and guitarist in the band Along for the Ride, which regularly performs in venues throughout the Atlanta metro area. Scott and his wife, Angie, have lived in Roswell since 2000, and are the proud parents of two budding musical theatre triple threats.
Scott’s expertise are in law and legal issues, environment and sustainability, and music and performances.
For many years Lawrence was in a number of roles at the Stagedoor Players mostly as Managing Director and later as Chairman of the Board. Lawrence was instrumental in facilitating SDP’s move into a permanent home in the Dunwoody Cultural Arts Center.
Lawrence is a Georgia Tech graduate and serial entrepreneur and futurist, and is currently at AssertiSoft as CEO. He is also an Advisory Board Member for the Georgia Tech School of Biology, as well as a member of the Roswell Recreation commission.
Lawrence’s expertise includes start-ups, finance, product management, Information technology, high tech strategy, biomedical technology, software development, and leadership.
Jane brings a rich academic and business career, having taught at Georgia Southern University and Georgia State University and authored college textbooks for LOMA, an international association for financial services organizations. Now retired, Jane contributes to her community through several nonprofits including Atlanta Humane Society.
Jane’s expertise includes research, writing, editing, and public speaking.
Jay Small is a committed volunteer to the city of Roswell. Jay has served as a Recreation & Parks Commissioner for the city, (which oversees the three Visual Arts Centers and Performing Arts Center within the city) as well as serving as President of the Friends of the Roswell Parks, HOA President, Northwood Elementary School Governance Council, ArtAround selection board, Roswell Rotary Member, “Be The Voice” school liaison, and Treasurer of the Northwood Foundation. Jay believes that art is something that should be thought about in all aspects of our lives and our surroundings.
Jay is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington and is currently the Sr. Director of Internal Audit for Compass Group.
Jay’s expertise includes finance/budgeting, audit, city department administration/oversight, and non-profit leadership.
Ashley moved back to Roswell in 2017, and now works as office manager at New Kent Capital.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and won numerous awards and competitions while traveling the world working as an opera singer from 2010-2017.
She is now happy to be back in her hometown and is thrilled to be on the board of Roswell Arts Fund and also serves on the Board of Georgia Ensemble Theatre.
Monica Hagewood, CRE is principal and founder of Strata Real Estate Alliance, LLP, a commercial real estate advisory firm that has been providing real estate strategies and solutions to public and private clients since 1996. Monica has over 25 years of experience in the industry ranging from asset management, risk assessment, development strategies as well as feasibility and market analysis. Monica is chair of the Roswell Downtown Development Authority and brings extensive experience in city leadership and with economic and land development.
Monica’s expertise includes leadership, strategic planning, real estate, financial oversight, and marketing.
Mike brings over thirty years of experience in Marketing and Sales. He has held Sales and Leadership positions at a number of Broadcast and Media Technology firms and is currently the VP Sales, Strategic Accounts at ChyronHego, the Worlds leading Broadcast Graphics Solutions Provider.
Mike currently serves as Board Chair of the Friends of Mimosa Hall & Gardens, on the Roswell Roots Steering Committee and Fulcon County Public Art Committee. Mike is an avid Gardner and Art Collector and has served on the Board of Hammonds House Museum in Atlanta and as a Co-Chair of Smart Collectors, a group focused on assisting Collectors build their collections and their knowledge of the visual Arts. Mike is also the Principal of Harris Art Advisory a Visual Arts Brokerage and Consultancy which assist in the acquisition and disposition of Artworks and Collections. A proud alumnus of Morehouse College
Mike’s expertise includes sales, marketing, team building, strategic development and cultivating partnerships.
Adam Hayes is the principal and founder of Next Mesa, LLC, an environmental engineering and consulting firm based in Roswell, Georgia. Adam has over 25 years of experience of operational executive leadership experience working with clients across a wide variety of sectors including manufacturing, real estate development, energy, food service, and telecommunications. He serves as an advisor with several private companies and volunteers through the Clemson University Tiger Ties program, Kennesaw State Owl Mentor Network, and as a mentor with Year Up.
Adam is an alumnus of Clemson University (B.S.), Georgia Institute of Technology (M.S.), and Kennesaw State University (MBA). Adam and his wife Angelique grew up in Roswell and have three adult children.
Adam’s expertise includes business operations, leadership and strategic development, financial management, capital planning, and environmental sustainability.
Troy is the consummate financial professional, bringing a wide range of financial skills and acumen to the organization. Currently, Troy is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the Southern Education Foundation. His work primarily focuses on managing the accounting and financial operations of the organization as well as overseeing management of SEF’s endowment with the Board of Trustees. He also works with the President to manage the general operations of the organization. He is a sixteen year veteran of the nonprofit industry. Many of the organizations he worked with prior to SEF concentrated on youth, health services, and community development efforts. He currently serves on the boards of Live Thrive Atlanta and East Lake YMCA, and has served on various HOA boards. He received his undergraduate degree from Hampton University and his master’s degree from Mercer University
Troy’s expertise includes financial analysis, reporting and auditing, tax accounting and due diligence.
Kate T. Parker is a mother, wife, former collegiate soccer player, Ironman, and professional photographer who shoots both fine-art projects and commercial work for clients across North America.
Her Strong Is the New Pretty photo series has led to collaborations with brands like Athleta, Kellogg’s, and Oxygen. The project has also inspired Kate to launch a philanthropic arm of Strong Is the New Pretty, partnering with organizations like Girls on the Run and The Bully Project that invests in girls’ health and education.
When she’s not photographing, Kate can be found coaching her daughters’ soccer teams. She lives with her family in Atlanta, Georgia.
Jennifer Peterson is a future-focused leader who translates organizational strategy into tangible results.
At the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Global HIV & TB, Jenny currently serves as the Chief for Strategy, Policy and Communications.
Jenny previously served as Director of Corporate Communications for Palladium, a global company with $500 million in annual revenue focused on program management, strategy, and impact investment.
Jenny also served at the U.S. State Department’s Office of the US Global AIDS Coordinator, which leads the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a $6+ billion per year global HIV program. Jenny served in multiple roles, including as the Deputy Director of External Relations.
Jenny has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from McGill University, Canada and a Master of Philosophy in HIV/AIDS and Society from University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Susan Rumble is a real estate professional with expertise in all aspects of residential real estate transactions. Susan is proficient in the latest industry technology, market research, contract expertise and business strategies with an emphasis on exceptional service and successful closings. Susan is dedicated to her clients with a constant focus on positive results to meet each of her client’s unique goals.
Susan is very active in the Roswell community, and she was involved with the public art project for the Sculpture Garden at Roswell Area Park.
Mac brings over twenty years of working with small to midsize organizations, start-ups and not-for-profits. Mac brings a passion for the arts in Roswell and is devoted to expanding our city brand and quality of our offerings.
Mac’s expertise includes broad skills and experience in finance and tax management and reporting for not-for-profits organizations including 501(c)(3) classification, budgeting and accounting, and collecting and managing Board financial commitments.
Catherine’s expertise includes Financial Planning, Banking and Business Management.
Amy has a background in Marketing, Media and PR with companies big and small including Atlanta based Coca-Cola and (formerly) BellSouth. Her passion is in the arts. She co-founded The Arkansas Music Pavilion (The AMP) when her family was relocated to Fayetteville, Arkansas. This 3,000+ seat covered music pavilion hosted national headline talent while committing to local and regional talent as opening acts. At its core The AMP was a place and a summer concert series committed to filling a gap in a strong arts community. In this endeavor she helped to develop a guiding principle – to be Collaborative not Competitive. This idea was central to growing the arts community as a whole.
As a contributor to the RAF, Amy helped create the Pop-In Series, a mobile stage delivering art performances to the community. The first of these series brought music and joy to our older citizens in a socially safe way during the era of Covid-19.
In her own words, “I am a big believer in arts as a community builder. Arts engage the community and have the opportunity to create a sense of place, mentally and physically. Having a vibrant arts organization forces you to be thoughtful about where you are going – what speaks to the City of Roswell for the future.”
Roswell Arts Fund Advisory Board
Rochelle Mucha is founder of Roswell Arts Fund and served as Chair from 2014-2018. She is a Consultant, Speaker, Educator, and Author and formerly founded and led Business as Performance Art, an independent consulting company that focused on Organizational Behavior (leadership, culture, and change). A sample of clients includes Turner Broadcasting Company, The Home Depot, Cigna Group Insurance, The Coca-Cola Company, Dell Corporation, Porter-Novelli Public Relations, Rock-Tenn Corporation, Russell Corporation and TYCO International. Prior to independent consulting, Rochelle served as Regional Director of Training for Marriott Corporation and was affiliated with several global management consulting firms. Rochelle served as adjunct faculty for Terry College of Business and Coles College of Business. Her most recent book, Aesthetic Intelligence, explores the intersection of Business and the Performing Arts and the various ways these powerful disciplines can learn from each other. She is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Fielding Graduate University.
Rochelle brings a passion for Roswell and the arts, and has served on several Theatre Boards as well as working on the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Committee. She served on the Arts Advisory Committee for the Atlanta Regional Commission as they incorporated the “Arts” into their regional landscape and she successfully completed the Metro Atlanta ALMA program ( Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta) in 2013. Rochelle was appointed and served on the Fulton County Arts Council in 2015.
Tai Anderson was a founding member and bassist of the Atlanta-based band Third Day. He led all of the band’s business initiatives since the band’s inception. Additionally, Tai designed the merchandise, live stage production, ticketing models, marketing plans and online platforms for the band. From its humble beginnings, the band grew into a worldwide entertainment brand with loyal followers all over the world, recording over a dozen albums and performing thousands of concerts.
The band has been recognized with 4 Grammy Awards, and American Music Award, and multiple Gospel Music Awards. Additionally, Third Day is a member of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
Tai currently serves as the President of the Atlanta Chapter of the Recording Academy, hosts a podcast on Roswell issues called Positively Roswell, and is a proud father of many Roswell Hornet athletes.
Tai’s expertise are in marketing plans, branding, online merchandising, ticketing, and events.
Kate is a results-driven B2B Marketing leader with experience in marketing strategy to branding to demand generation. In her most recent role, she ran marketing for a engineering and consulting firm that helped the world’s largest retailers optimize their supply chain and distribution operations.
Kate is skilled at building strong, cohesive marketing teams, and empowering people to give their best.
She is a 20-year Roswell resident, an amateur artist, and semi-retired.
Brooke McGee is a Roswell based entrepreneur and arts professional. A Roswell native she is involved in the Hagan family’s businesses and foundations as well as her own businesses. She is the owner of the health and beauty businesses True Glow Roswell, and co-founder of True Glow Atlanta as well as Kingsland Art and Appraisals, a fine arts consultancy, which focuses on working with corporate clients and private collectors.
Sponsors and Community Partners
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