Foundation Staff Contacts

Shepherd Center Foundation sets the development policy and acts as the major fundraising entity for Shepherd Center.

The Shepherd Center Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that is independent of Shepherd Center, is supported by trustees drawn from the Atlanta community and focuses on fundraising exclusively for Shepherd Center. 

Sarah Batts
404-350-7305
Executive Director

Tracy Womack
404-367-1235
Project Coordinator

Dr. David Apple
Medical Director
Emeritus/Trustee

Dr. Donald P. Leslie
Foundation Special Advisor

Ellen Perry
404-603-5172
Director of Strategy

Melissa Pierce
404-350-7614
Campaign Manager

Leslie Jackson
404-350-7778
Campaign Communications Manager

Cara Roxland
404-350-7308
Engagement Manager

Erin Schuster
404-350-7304
Prospect Research Developer

Dean Melcher
404-350-7306
Director of Development Operations

Liza Vega-Smart
404-425-7233
Associate Director of Sustained Giving

Kaitlyn Long
404-350-7302
Annual Giving Officer

Jen Swindall
404-350-7301
Legacy Giving & Grants Manager

Mary Beth Hellmann
404-603-5168
Special Events Associate

Shanna Thorpe
404-350-5064
Donor & Community Relations Associate

Jessica Ayres-Williams
404-350-7330
Donor Services Manager

Darnell Tremble
404-350-7604
Database & Donor Services Coordinator

Derek II
Facility Dog

Penny Morrison-Ross
404-603-5096
Director of Global Initiatives

Marie Landis
404-350-1245
Georgia Engagement Officer

Jon Roxland
404-350-7314
Director of Philanthropy

Courtney Harris
404-350-7317
Philanthropy Officer

Ali Prickett
404-350-7383
Philanthropy Associate

Lolly Venair
404-350-7511
Philanthropy Associate

Alex Seblatnigg
404-350-7315
Director of Volunteer Services & Internal Engagement

Alaina Case
404-350-7316
Volunteer Services Coordinator

Gale Eckstein
404-367-1351
Family Support Services Coordinator