Meet Our Board

CHAIR 

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William “Skip” Harper

Harper S.E. Properties & Fortress Builders

William “Skip” Harper

Board Chair, Executive Committee Member

President, Harper S.E. Properties and Fortress Builders

Skip Harper is a native South Carolinian and moved to Cobb County shortly after graduation from the University of South Carolina in 1981. He married his high school sweetheart, Jeanine, and they have been blessed with three daughters and one granddaughter. Skip, Jeanine, and extended family members have operated a small business, developing communities and building homes in and around Cobb County for the last 35 years. Skip has served in various leadership roles at Marietta First Methodist Church, Rotary Club of North Cobb, Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society, and other local non-profits. Skip joined the Board of The Extension in 2015 and has served as Treasurer and Vice-Chair. He is currently serving a three-year term as Chairperson. Skip serves through The Extension because he believes in the mission, which allows him to live out his Christian obligation to help those in need. He loves seeing the amazing transformation of someone moving from a life of despair to one filled with Hope, Faith, Love, and Purpose.

TREASURER

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Daniel Scruggs

Assurance America

Daniel Scruggs

Board Treasurer, Executive Committee Member

CFO, Assurance America

Daniel Scruggs joined AssuranceAmerica, a personal auto insurance company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2009 and has served as Chief Financial Officer of the Company since 2012. Daniel has over 25 years of financial and accounting leadership experience. He began his career as an auditor working for public accounting firm Coopers & Lybrand before leaving to work in the private sector. Prior to joining AssuranceAmerica, Daniel served as Director of Financial Planning & Analysis and Assistant Treasurer for ChoicePoint (a publicly traded insurance data and analytics company acquired by LexisNexis owner Reed Elsevier). Daniel attended Troy State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Accounting in 1994. He is a licensed CPA in the state of Georgia. Daniel is married with three children, a member of Saint Brigid Catholic Church in Johns Creek, and resides with his family and two cats in Alpharetta. His interests are golfing, fishing, and watching his children play sports. Daniel also serves as Treasurer on the Board for The Extension. Why I chose to serve at The Extension: I’ve been searching for an opportunity to give back to the community and to do something more to help those in need. In 2018, I was introduced to The Extension while touring their Marietta campus with some co-workers. After sharing a meal with some of the residents and hearing their life-saving testimonies, I knew The Extension was a special place and also my opportunity to serve. .

VICE CHAIR

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David Schwickerath

Westbrook Financial, LLC

Dave Schwickerath

Board Vice-Chair, Chair of Capital Campaign Committee

CEO of Westbrook Financial, LLC,

Dave Schwickerath is the CEO of Westbrook Financial, LLC, a real estate investment firm located in Kennesaw, GA. Westbrook Financial invests and manages real estate investments in Cobb County Georgia. Dave spent forty-five years as an executive holding different senior executive positions in the computer software and services business. His responsibilities included managing and leading teams and divisions with domestic, Asian, Latin American and Global responsibility. Dave served as VP of Asian and Latin American Sales for AppDynamics, acquired by Cisco Systems in January 2016, VP Worldwide Sales at Lancope, a leading network security provider. Dave’s expertise was increasing revenue and building international sales and support organizations. Dave has been an investor and Board member for multiple technology companies over a long career. Dave holds an MBA from Georgia State University and a BS from Iowa State University. He and his wife Jennifer reside in Atlanta Georgia Dave currently serves as Vice-Chair and Capital Campaign Co-Chair of The Extension, Alumni President of Triangle Fraternity at Iowa State University and Assistant Governor for the Rotary Club District 6900. Dave’s passion and support for The Extension began when his North Cobb Rotary Club served a monthly dinner for the Men’s and Women’s Extension.

FORMER CHAIR

Paul Stewart

Paul Stewart

Stewart Brokers

Paul Stewart

Former Board Chair, Executive Committee Member

Owner, Stewart Brokers

Paul Stewart, is originally from England. Paul founded and operated a successful commercial cleaning and maintenance business in London, called The Octopus Group. When he married his American wife, Marta, she moved from Atlanta to live in London. After a few years and three children, Paul and Marta decided that the long term prospects in the USA were more promising than the UK. In 1984 they moved to Metro Atlanta. Paul and Marta started and formed Stewart Brokers and Traffic Commercial Real Estate. They are now almost retired and have two grown daughters who now manage brokerage, their third daughter is a real estate attorney. Paul is the past board Chairman and now serves on the Executive committee of The Extension. He feels it is important to give back to the community and serve others, especially those in dire need of help in making their lives drug and alcohol free.

SECRETARY

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Angela Robinson

Cobb County Water System

Angela Robinson

Board Secretary

Land Acquisition Manager, Construction Management Services, Cobb County Water System

When the clients come in and tell their stories at the Board meetings. Then I know the program is working. What better way to measure success than by the clients and their true response success stories? Another thing I like about the board is the diversity that is represented. In diversity, I mean in terms of age, race, socioeconomic backgrounds. I am a part of that diversity and bring a different perspective. We all are so different, but there is a common cause, a common thread that draws us together, and that is the recovery and care of our residents. I like seeing us come together in unity for the good of the men and women we serve. We do it well.

Chris Gruehn

Chris Gruehn

Pinnacle Financial

Chris Gruehn

Senior Vice President, Pinnacle Financial

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Scott Nation

United Community Bank

Scott Nation

Vice President, United Community Bank

Scott has been in the mortgage industry for nearly 30 years and is currently the Regional Manager for the mortgage department of United Community Bank. He has lived in Cobb County for over 30 years and currently resides in Acworth with his wife and daughter. “I have been a volunteer at The Extension since the mid 1990’s, so long that I cannot remember when I started doing work here. I started with doing Disk Jockey work, then started doing dinners and progressed into doing various work projects, teaching some classes and other things as needed. I have watched many men and women come and go through the program over the years and it has given me great pleasure to run into former residents over the years out in public doing well and living a sober, happy life. I have a heart for the people in recovery and am always glad to do what I can to help them further their recovery and resume life with their families.

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Richard Stringer

Kennesaw State University

Richard Stringer

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, KSU

Richard J. Stringer, Ph.D. is a Criminologist at Kennesaw State University specializing in substance abuse, drug and alcohol policy, and advanced quantitative methods. Dr. Stringer holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice, M.A. in Sociology, and a Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice. His prior research has been funded by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and his recent work has appeared in outlets such as Deviant Behavior, Journal of Drug Issues, American Journal of Criminal Justice, and the Journal of Crime and Justice. Dr. Stringer serves on the board of The Extension because he strongly believes in providing recovery services to those who are otherwise unable to access crucial addiction recovery services due to their financial situation. Specifically, while many recovery centers turn away those without insurance, or the ability to self-pay (as you can imagine, most in this situation have neither), The Extension does just the opposite and remarkably breaks through these financial barriers by providing zero cost services to the citizens of Cobb County.

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Mike Unger, MD

West Cobb Psychiatry

Mike Unger, MD

Psychiatrist, West Cobb Psychiatry

Having completed his psychiatric residency at NYU/Bellevue in NYC, Dr. Unger was submerged in treating severe substance use and/or mental illness from the onset of his 25-year career. He created his own rotation with the Mobile crisis unit at NYU, which responded to homeless individuals with mental health or substance-related emergencies. Dr. Unger spent many hours with individuals in the subways, streets, and shelters. He learned much about the often marginalized population and has never stopped. He continued in Columbus, Ohio (featured in the PBS Documentary "The Released") in which he worked with homeless individuals coming out of incarceration with no resources). Now in Cobb County, he has served the same population in emergency rooms; and on a community-based treatment team in Rome, GA. Dr. Unger has a private practice (West Cobb Psychiatry) that provides therapy and medication-assisted treatment for Bipolar disorder, panic, anxiety, psychotic disorders, and all substance-use disorders. When asked why, he simply says, "This is what I do best, and I love watching people get better - I'm so glad to be part of the Extension!"

Shelley Elder

Shelley Elder

Crane Elder Law Firm

Shelley Elder

Attorney & Partner Crane Elder Law Firm

Focusing on estate planning and probate law, the firm grew from a one-person practice to one representing 200 business clients. Shelley excels at making sure all of her clients' needs are identified and met while giving back to the communities in which she practices law; Kennesaw, Marietta and Acworth. Shelley has more than 25 years of law experience. Shelley will make sure you and your family receive the care and expertise you need.

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Kurt Heim

Retired Engineer

Kurt Heim

Retired Engineer

Kurt Heim has been on the board of The Extension for over 20 years. He has served as Secretary, Facility Committee Chair, as part of the Governance Committee, and as a volunteer serving meals at the Men’s and Woman’s facility. Kurt participated in the Georgia Tech Undergraduate Co-op Program working for Georgia Power where he obtained his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree. He worked with Georgia Power for 20 years at various positions and locations, leaving with the title of Senior Distribution Engineer. Kurt is an active member of the Believers AA group which meets at The Extension on Sundays. He is currently retired and living with his wife Laurie in Cartersville, Ga. “I enjoy seeing the metamorphosis of the Extension’s residents as they transform to sober productive members of society and watching Alumni of The Extension as they return to help the current residents.”

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Marnell Sanders

Internal Revenue Service

Marnell Sanders

Economist, Internal Revenue Service

Marnell is an Economist and is currently employed by the US Department of Treasury, specifically Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”). Marnell works within the Treaty and Transfer Pricing Operations of the Large Business and International (‘LB&I”) Division, which is responsible for tax administration activities for domestic and foreign businesses with United States tax reporting requirement and assets equal to or exceeding $10 million as well as the Global High Wealth and International Individual Compliance programs. An experienced tax professional with over 11 years within the LB&I Division, she provides assistance to examiners on the most difficult and complex issues on cases under examination. She has a broad range of experience in the analysis and evaluation of substantive economic factors across various industries and transactions. Prior to the IRS, Marnell was previously employed by the public accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers and worked in their Transfer Pricing Practice Group for over 6+ years as a Senior Transfer Pricing Associate. She is an Enterprise Risk Management Advocate within the IRS, which primarily tries to identify potential threats to the organization. She has received and held certification from the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (‘NACVA”) as a Certified Valuations Analyst. Her community involvement includes being a Civil Engagement Project Leader with Hands on Atlanta, one of Atlanta’s premier nonprofit organizations. She also is a member of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Alumni, GSU Graduate Business Association, Risk Management Association, National Association of Business Economists (“NABE”) and Federally Employed Women Associations. Marnell serves as a Board Member of The Extension since December 2009. Marnell earned a BSc Management Sciences from University of the West Indies (Mona, Jamaica). Additionally, she holds an MA Economics and MBA Financial Risk Management both from Georgia State University. Marnell has a son, Noah, whom she tries to keep up with. She is a passionate soccer fan and player. Marnell is a certified US Soccer Federation (“USSF”) Referee and in her spare time she still enjoys a game of soccer. She is also an avid tennis fan and player and enjoys making crafty wreaths for home décor. From the very first day I heard about The Extension I wanted to help in some capacity. It was the passion exuded by the Executive Director when telling me about the program and the Extension. I was deeply interested. Although I could not recall any close friend or family suffering through addiction, it nevertheless made me want to jump right in, in whatever capacity. I have been to the facility on numerous occasions and with each visit my support has been strengthened by the amount of dedication from the staff and overall success rate of the program. I have gone on individual collection drives for clothing, furnishing and other items. I have presented brief talks on tax issues at the women’s center. But it is the unyielding support of the Executive staff to the residents; and the success stories of the residents that make you as a person want to go that extra mile.

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George Fosu

Wellstar Health System

George Fosu

Psychiatric Nurse, Wellstar Health System

George Awuah Fosu , RN. Ma (Professional Psychological Counselor), staff member at Wellstar Cobb Behavior Health, and the Founder and Director of Martha Educational Foundation, an NGO focuses on advocacy and education on mental health and addiction issues in the US and in Ghana. Married to Sheela Awuah Fosu, Certified Professional Accountant with the US Treasury Department. Serving on the Board of Directors of The EXTENSION maybe one of the most rewarding and valuable decisions I’ have made. The opportunity to give back to the community, to me, is the rent of life. The more I care and contribute the more I grow.

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Carla Jackson

Cobb County Tax Commissioner

Carla Jackson

Cobb County Tax Commissioner

Carla Jackson has served as the Cobb County Tax Commissioner since January 2014 and is accountable for over $1 billion of property and motor vehicle taxes annually. She began her professional career as an auditor leading her to work in the Accounting and Financial Systems departments at The Home Depot. Later, she joined the Enterprise Applications group at Turner Broadcasting System. Carla was a Data Warehouse and Financial Systems consultant before coming to the Tax Commissioner’s Office in 2003. Carla earned bachelor’s degrees in both Accounting and Business Management from North Carolina State University. She holds a certificate in Information Technology Management from Georgia Tech, a certificate in Local Government Management from the University of Georgia and is a licensed CPA. Her business and community commitments include Cobb Executive Women, Leadership Cobb, Honorary Commanders, Tax Commissioners’ Technology Development Council of Georgia, Georgia Association of Tax Officials, Constitutional Officers of Georgia, The Extension and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Carla and her husband have been Cobb County residents for over 30 years and have three adult children. Why I chose to serve at The Extension: My passion for The Extension began years ago in dealing with a family member’s drug use and addiction issues. While researching options for my family member, I was immediately impressed by The Extension’s residential recovery program, its leaders and its amazing success rate. Years later when given the opportunity, it was a no-brainer to join the board. I’m honored to lend whatever support and resources to help further The Extension’s mission.

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John Scaduto

Retired CPA

John Scaduto

Retired CPA

My name is John Scaduto. I have been involved with activities at the Extension for over 12 years. For the last 3 years I have been fortunate to serve as a board member. I moved, with my wife and two children, to Cobb County, Georgia over 21 years ago from New York. Four years ago, after working as an accountant/tax professional for over 47 years I retired. I still have a small tax practice to keep me busy. In addition to the tax practice and my work with the extension I am on the board of a small organization, Give Homeless Hope, that provides food, clothing and supplies to the homeless. Working with the individuals at the Extension and the homeless has made me realize how fortunate and blessed I am. One of my main goals in life now is to try and help these individuals realize that they can become valuable members of society and enjoy a healthy relationship with their family and loved ones.

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Judge Reuben Green

Cobb County Superior Court

Judge Reuben Green

Retired Superior Court Judge, Cobb County

Judge Reuben Green served as a Superior Court Judge in the Cobb Judicial Circuit for ten years. During that time he started Cobb County’s Veterans Court, a court designed to treat veterans who are involved in the criminal justice system and have service connected issues including substance use disorder. Prior to becoming a Superior Court Judge he served as a prosecutor at all levels of prosecution, county, state and federal. He received his Juris Doctorate from the Emory University School of Law and his Bachelor’s Degree from Lewis & Clark College. He is married and has two children. I am excited about serving on the Board at the Extension because I have seen the effects of addiction first hand and know there is a better way to live. I have known people who have addictions that have successfully received treatment and they gained their lives back.

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Tracy Lawhorn

Cobb Douglas CSB

Tracy Lawhorn

Behavioral Health Care, Cobb Douglas CSB

Tracy is a Certified Addiction counselor, CACI, CARES, CPS-MH. Tracy currently works at the Atlanta Addiction Recovery Center as a recovery coach and discharge coordinator. Tracy is an Alumnus of The Extension and has served on our board of directors for 3+ years. “As a person in long-term recovery, I am passionate about helping others, and that’s why I became a board member. I have eight years working in the field of recovery and serving the community in my personal time.”

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Greg Stone

Greg Stone Media Consulting

Greg Stone

Owner & CEO, Greg Stone Media Consulting

Greg Stone is currently the owner of Greg Stone Media Consulting, serving the broadcasting and cable industries in the areas of strategic competitive planning, general management and sales management, programming and marketing. Greg’s experience includes running WSB-TV, the nations’s number one major market television station affiliate in Atlanta for 16 years. He also led another Cox ABC affiliate, WSOC – TV in Charlotte to the top position in its’ market. He ran the east coast sales organization for Tele-Rep, the country’s leading television station rep firm and supervised the Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia and Miami offices. “I was recommended to the Board by Guy Millner and interviewed and accepted by Skip, Tyler and others. I was impressed by the purpose, scope and dedication of The Extension as I learned about it even before I began my tenure on the board. My early personal exposure to staff and clients afforded me by Tyler (before Covid) helped me to quickly understand the very special nature and culture of this wonderful place. As a board member over the past year I have really come to stand in awe of the committed staff, the outstanding board members I am privileged to serve with and, most of all, the clients themselves who are lifting themselves back up through this great program. I am honored to be a part of it.”