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Generation Green Board


Brent Beatty (Board President) is Vice President, Digital Marketing at Mountain View Group, a creative communications agency, where he works with clients like Coca-Cola and GE on content marketing and strategic storytelling.  He's been actively involved with several marketing and environmental organizations like American Marketing Association, Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and Georgia Organics. This is Brent's fourth year serving on the Gen Green board.  He's proud to be serving as president this year where he's looking to lead ambitious goals to broaden the reach and effectiveness of the organization. For fun, Brent enjoys anything active and outdoors - hiking, camping, kayaking, yoga. On weekends, you can find him running with his dog on the Beltline or catching a show at Variety Playhouse.


Chelsea Arkin is the Sustainability Coordinator for Energy Ace, a single-source, full service, sustainability consulting division of Merrick & Company, where she works directly with projects seeking green building certification.  Chelsea previously oversaw all data and evaluation efforts for the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative's Baltimore site and also worked for Enterprise Community Partners' Enterprise Green Communities in Baltimore. Chelsea graduated with honors from Bryn Mawr College and earned master's degrees in both City and Regional Planning and Public Policy from Georgia Tech. An Atlanta native, Chelsea is thrilled to be back in Atlanta, where she enjoys participating in community projects, discovering local music, and riding her scooter around town.


Brooke Beadle currently works in the sustainability department for Novelis, the world’s leading roller and recycler of aluminum. She manages various internal and external sustainability projects such as the company’s annual sustainability report. She is originally from Atlanta, but prior to moving back she lived and worked in a variety of states and countries, including Wyoming, France, South Carolina, Oregon and Spain. She has an international MBA from the University of South Carolina with a focus on marketing and sustainability, and a bachelor’s degree in French from Sewanee: the University of the South. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, volunteering, running, hiking, playing tennis, cooking and playing outside with Roman, her ridiculously energetic Australian Shepherd.


Meredith Brown is the Waste and Recycling Manager for Cox Enterprises and is responsible for achieving the company’s goal of zero waste to landfill through cost and service optimizations, creative recycling solutions and employee engagement.  She has worked in the environmental health, safety and sustainability departments at Delta Air Lines and Home Depot.  Meredith earned a dual degree with a BS in Environmental Studies and a Master of Public Health in Environmental Health from Emory University and Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health.  When Meredith isn’t working, she enjoys traveling, hiking and trying out new restaurants.


Ben Carswell is the Director of Conservation for the Jekyll Island Authority (JIA). Charged with implementing the Jekyll Island Conservation Plan, Ben’s mission is to coordinate responsible stewardship across the JIA organization and among its stakeholders to ensure that the diversity of native species and the integrity of natural communities on the island continue to be preserved and, where possible, enhanced.  Ben holds a B.A. in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia and an M.S. in Forestry and Natural Resources from the University of Georgia. He has over ten years of experience as a natural resource professional working with the JIA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the National Park Service, Little Saint Simons Island, and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.


Emily Cumbie-Drake is a Sustainability Program Coordinator at Emory University's Office of Sustainability.  Emily is a native of Des Moines, Iowa and came to Atlanta to attend Emory where she graduated in 2010 with a B.A. in Anthropology.  After graduation, Emily spent time studying in Scotland, volunteering on farms/eco-villages throughout Europe, and serving as an Education Volunteer at the Heifer Ranch in Arkansas before landing back in Atlanta in 2012.  Emily serves on the board of Slow Food Atlanta.  In her free time, she enjoys gardening, hosting potlucks, brewing kombucha, hula hooping, exploring Georgia, and shopping at farmers markets.


Matt Elder is a team lead at Primary Capital Advisors. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in economics. Matt is a passionate conservationist and an avid backpacker and skier who loves to travel the world for an amazing adventure. Matt is currently teaching himself how to play the banjo and ride a unicycle.


Nell Fry is an Energy Analyst for Sodexo where she is responsible for the creation of front-line employee and community training programs to ensure that those working, living and learning in their clients’ facilities are aware of their impact and operate within the building with the highest efficiency. During her time as Sustainability Coordinator for Georgia Tech Dining Services, Sodexo, Nell was charged with making the GT Campus Dining Program one of the most sustainable in the country. She also works to educate the campus about sustainable food through farmers’ markets, educational events and working with students.


David Gayone is a Finance Manager at Cox Enterprises. Prior to joining Cox, he worked as an external auditor for Ernst & Young, providing assurance services for manufacturing, energy, and not for profit clients. David also served honorably in the US Marine Corps. When he is not working, David can be found hiking, trail running or training for Ironman distance triathlons.


Aliste Harris is an attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center. Prior to joining SELC, Aliste worked with the Tort Litigation and Environmental Practice Group at King & Spalding and served as a law clerk at the White House Council on Environmental Quality in Washington, D.C., where her primary focus was the development of environmental policies and initiatives, as well as the interplay between the environment and public health. When she is not working, Aliste enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.


Jon Philipsborn is the sustainability manager for URS, an engineering design services firm, where he advises public and private sector clients on sustainability. He also enjoys spending time hiking and walking with his wife and dog, bird watching, gardening, neighborhood clean-ups and anything else that gets him outside.


Jessica Lee Reece practices family law at Hedgepeth, Heredia, Crumrine and Morrison. She is actively involved in a number of community nonprofits, including the Georgia Conservancy, One Love Generation and WonderRoot. She is also an incoming board member of Georgia Organics. She has authored numerous articles on renewable energy and sustainability topics. Prior to practicing law, Jessica received a degree in Newspaper Journalism from the University of Georgia and worked as editor-in-chief of LOUNGE: Augusta magazine. Jessica is a foodie who suffers from wanderlust and spends much of her free time traveling the globe, hugging trees, listening to live music and seeking out the perfect meal.


Anne Rogers is a Sustainability Project Manager at the Georgia Institute of Technology delivering sustainability programs for the Campus Services team. Anne hails from Ann Arbor, MI, but has called Atlanta home since graduating from Denison University with a degree in Environmental Studies. When not working, you can find her bopping around town on her bike or checking out a new band at one of Atlanta's many fine live music venues.


Sam Sayer currently heads up the non-profit Imagine Atlanta and also serves on the Board of the Georgia Solar Energy Association. Since moving to Atlanta in 2007, Sam has been extremely active in the local green community, with a focus on sustainability, conservation, energy and transportation issues. She has more than 10 years of experience in marketing, promotions and event planning, having worked with clients in the music, retail and credit industries.


Ben Stowers is the Executive Director of the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation,  a non-profit which exists to support the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. He is a native Georgian and graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Political Science. In his free time, Ben enjoys public policy, state and local politics, fishing, and hanging out with his dog, Iggy.


Joe Thomas is a native of Atlanta and a life-long resident of Georgia. He is currently studying English and Professional Communications at Southern Polytechnic State University, with an end goal of working in non-profit management or environmental public policy. Joe served as a Development Intern with the Georgia Conservancy and held a fellowship through Outdoor Nation. When not working or in class, Joe spends his time following Atlanta and UGA sports, cooking, hiking, talking about public transportation in Atlanta, and playing with Winter, his black lab.