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Meet the Board

Father Joel Konzen, Trustee

Father Konzen was born in 1950 and grew up in Oak Harbor, Ohio, in the Diocese of Toledo. He attended public schools through 8th grade and then high school seminary at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Ohio, followed by college at St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana (BA, English). He attended Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans for two years, studying theology for the Archdiocese of Atlanta. At Notre Dame, he made the decision to enter the Society of Mary novitiate (Washington, DC) in 1974 and took first vows as a Marist in 1975. Father’s apostolic year was spent teaching religion and English at Chanel High School, Bedford, Ohio. He completed degrees at Notre Dame Seminary (MDiv) and Catholic University of America (MA, Theology), took perpetual vows in the Society of Mary, and was ordained a deacon in 1978 and priest in 1979.

Father Konzen was parochial vicar at St. Edmond’s in Lafayette, Louisiana, for one year. In 1980, he began his first assignment at Marist School, Atlanta, as, successively, teacher and admissions director, principal, and president. In 1989, he moved to Washington, DC, as a graduate student at Catholic University and Vicar Provincial of the Washington Province. In 1991, he received an MA in education administration from Catholic University. From 1992 to 1997 he was principal and president at St. Michael’s Catholic Academy in Austin, Texas. In 1997, Joel was assigned to Washington, DC, where he was Vicar Provincial for two years.

In 1999, Father returned to Marist School where he has since served as principal and has taught a leadership class to older students. He served as president of Marist School between the death of Fr. Richmond Egan and the arrival of Fr. John Harhager. He serves on the boards of Notre Dame Prep/Marist Academy (Pontiac, MI), Notre Dame Academy (Duluth, GA), Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School, and the Georgia Independent School Association.

Debbie Orr, President and Head of School

Debra Orr has worked in education for more than 30 years. She started in the Dekalb County public school system and later moved to St. Pius X Catholic High School, where she worked as a teacher, Learning Specialist and Administrator. In 2000, Ms. Orr was hired as an Assistant Principal and helped open Blessed Trinity Catholic High School in Roswell. Later, she was recruited to launch Pinecrest Academy’s High School. In 2005, following approval from the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Ms. Orr founded and opened Notre Dame Academy as an independent Catholic School where she remains as Head of School. Ms. Orr has a Masters Degree as a Reading Specialist from Georgia State and Post Graduate work in Education Leadership at the University of Georgia.

She has served on numerous accreditation visit teams including those at Pinecrest Academy, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School and St. Patrick’s in Norfolk, Virginia. Ms. Orr is a graduate of Leadership Gwinnett and is actively involved with numerous organizations including SAIS-SACS, GISA, AAAIS, and IBO. She is currently on the Board of Trustees for Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School. Ms. Orr was recently awarded the prestigious Klingenstien Heads Program Fellowship at Columbia University.

Kerianne Maloney, Chair Governance Committee

Kerianne Maloney is an experienced finance and accounting professional. She is currently Chief Financial Officer at Wells Real Estate Funds, Inc. (Wells), an Atlanta-based national real estate investment company. Mrs. Maloney is responsible for all corporate operations at Wells including Corporate Accounting, Corporate Tax, Financial Planning and Analysis, Treasury, Accounts Payable, Human Resources and Risk Management. Prior to her work with Wells, Mrs. Maloney worked for Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as a tax consultant with a focus on real estate, venture capital, and start-up clients.

Mrs. Maloney is a licensed, active Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Georgia Society of CPAs. Kerianne received a Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude from Boston College (BC) with a double major in Finance and Accounting. She is an Inducted Member of Alpha Sigma Nu (National Jesuit Honor Society), Beta Gamma Sigma (International Business Program Honor Society) and Golden Key National Honor Society. At graduation, Mrs. Maloney served as the student commencement speaker, was awarded the Eric Allen Serra Award by the BC Carroll School of Management, and was featured in the 1998 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges. Mrs. Maloney received a Master of Business Administration from the Georgia Institute of Technology (GA Tech) with a concentration in Finance. As a graduate research assistant at GA Tech Mrs. Maloney conducted research for GA Tech’s Financial Reporting and Analysis Lab under the direction of the Invesco Chair. Mrs. Maloney is a high school graduate of Marist School, Atlanta, Georgia.

In her role as Trustee of Notre Dame Academy, Mrs. Maloney is the chairperson of the Audit Committee and Governance Committee and a member of the Finance Committee. Mrs. Maloney is also a member of the Catholic Foundation of North Georgia Finance Committee and has served as a mentor for Catholic Charities of Atlanta Leadership Class. Mrs. Maloney and her husband Bill have three children, all of whom attend Notre Dame Academy. Mrs. Maloney and her family are parishioners at St. Brigid Catholic Church in John’s Creek and reside in Peachtree Corners.

John Fleck, Chair Advancement

John Fleck is a licensed professional engineer providing water and wastewater design and consulting services for over 22 years. He has served as vice president and owner of Engineering Strategies, Inc. (ESI) for the past 12 years. Prior to joining ESI, Mr. Fleck started and served as the division manager for the new water/wastewater group for the Atlanta office of Gresham, Smith and Partners. Mr. Fleck is an active member in the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) and the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Fleck received his Bachelor and Masters degrees in Civil Engineering from Auburn University and a Masters of Business Administration from Kennesaw State University. He is a graduate of the Young Leaders program of the GAWP.

Mr. Fleck and his wife, Britt Fleck, have three children who attend ND Academy. They have been members of the ND Academy community since its inception in 2005. Mr. Fleck has served as the Annual Fund Chair, Chairman of the Capital Campaign, as a coach for multiple ND Academy basketball teams, and serves on the Irish Nation Athletic Association Board. Mr. Fleck is also a softball coach in the Gwinnett County Youth Athletic Association. Mr. Fleck and his family live in Duluth and are members of St. Benedict Catholic Church.

Michael J. Hay, Trustee

Michael Hay is a Partner at the law firm of Anderson, Tate & Carr, P.C. where he specializes in the area of commercial real estate law. He received his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1995, where he was a member of the Editorial Board of the Georgia Law Review (1993-94) and later a member of the Managing Board (1994-95). Mr. Hay received his undergraduate Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance, magna cum laude, in 1992, from the University of Georgia Terry College of Business, where he was a member of the fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta and Blue Key Honor Society.

Mr. Hay currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Gwinnett. He also previously served on the Board of Directors of the Council for Quality Growth.

Mr. Hay has served as legal council to Notre Dame Academy since its inception, and has been on the Board of Trustees for over seven years, serving as the Chairman of the Governance Committee among his other roles on the Board.

Mr. Hay and his wife, Melissa Hay, have three children. He has also served as a basketball coach at Notre Dame Academy for a number of years, including most recently the coach of the 6th grade girls' CMLA and Wesleyan League teams. Mr. Hay and his family currently reside in Brookhaven.

James C. Ryan, Chair Finance Committee

Jim Ryan is an experienced finance and accounting professional. Since 1998, he has been the Chief Financial Officer of Gray Television Inc. (“Gray), a public company that owns and/or operates local broadcast television stations across the United States. In his capacity at Gray, he is responsible for all corporate operations involving Corporate Finance, Accounting, Tax, Financial Planning and Analysis, Treasury, Accounts Payable, Human Resources and Risk Management. In addition, as an Executive Vice President of Gray, he is also involved in the overall management of the company. Prior to Gray, Mr. Ryan held other finance and accounting roles with two other television broadcast companies between 1985 and 1998 and worked in public accounting from 1982 to 1985.

Mr. Ryan is a 1982 graduate of Saint Bonaventure University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in accounting.

Joe George, Chairperson

Joe George is a 27 year veteran of Cox Enterprises serving in executive positions in the automotive division. During his tenure, Joe has held executive roles in Manheim, AutoTrader, Cox AutoTrader, and Cox Automotive. Currently serving as SVP Chief Strategy Officer for Cox Automotive, he has also served as AutoTrader’s VP Dealer Services, Chief Product Officer, and SVP Operations, President AutoTrader Publishing, and Manheim’s SVP Digital Solutions and SVP Product Development. During Mr. George's 27 year career, he has seen the rapid growth of Cox’s automotive units including assisting with the start-up and growth of

Mr. George has a Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University, Masters of Business Administration and Bachelors of Business Administration from The Ohio State University. He graduated as a Weidler Scholar from Ohio State’s Max Fisher College of Business. He also completed the Yale University CEO College program.

Mr. George has been married 27 years to Kelly George with three children. Their two sons are graduates of Notre Dame Academy now attending Texas Christian University and the University of Mississippi. Their daughter is a student in Notre Dame Academy's Upper School.

Mr. George has served on Notre Dame Academy’s board since 2008 serving on the strategy and governance committees and currently as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Joe and Kelly George are also both active with the Marist Way small faith group program and St. Vincent de Paul society. They attend St. Benedict Catholic Church.

Harriet Rosa, Trustee

Harriet A. Rosa, CFA® has been a parent in the Notre Dame Academy community since 2007. For the past 2½ years, Mrs. Rosa has worked as NDA’s Development Director, where she led the school to three consecutive years of 99% parent participation in the Annual Fund. Mrs. Rosa also served on the Capital Campaign Steering Committee, worked with the GA GOAL Scholarship Program and supported special events as a member of the Advancement Team.

Prior to her experience at ND Academy, Mrs. Rosa worked with Bank of America for over 10 years. She began as an Assistant Portfolio Manager while in college. She was subsequently promoted to a Portfolio Manager, responsible for overseeing Trust and Investment relationships in Bank of America’s Private Bank. Mrs. Rosa finished her career with the bank as a Portfolio Management Team Leader in the Private Bank, supervising Portfolio Managers across the Southeast region. Along the way, Mrs. Rosa was recognized with the YMCA “Woman of the Year” award for her volunteer efforts and the “Sales Manager of the Year” award for her leadership skills.

Mrs. Rosa graduated from Georgia State University, Summa Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Finance. She then obtained her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Finance, graduating first in her class at GA State. Harriet also studied for 3 years with the CFA Institute, the largest association of investment professionals in the world, to become a Chartered Financial Analyst, CFA®, charterholder. Mrs. Rosa, her two children, Grace & Jack, and her husband, Greg Rosa, reside in Wichita, Kansas.

JB Colletta, Chair Mission Committee

JB Colletta is an accomplished strategist and product innovation professional. He currently serves as Director for Cox Automotive's New Ventures team focused on the Connected Car. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Aji Network, with additional doctoral studies at Georgia State's Robinson College of Business.

Mr. Colletta and his wife, Sharon Colletta, have been passionate about Notre Dame Academy's Catholic/IB mission since their oldest child began Pre-K4 10 years ago. All six of their children are at Notre Dame Academy.

Mr. Colletta has served on Notre Dame Academy's Mission Committee since 2010 and Board of Trustees since 2013 as the Mission Committee Chair. JB and Sharon Colletta are also both active in the Marist Way small faith group program and Worldwide Marriage Encounter. They attend St. Benedict Catholic Church.

Michael Biggs, Chair Strategy Committee

Michael Biggs is a Senior Managing Director of FTI Consulting and is based in Atlanta, GA. He is part of the Health Solutions practice and is a Practice Leader for FTI's provider based services. Mr. Biggs has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare operations and finance.

Mr. Biggs' area of expertise includes hospital operational and profitability improvement; health enterprise strategy; supply chain performance improvement; process innovation; organizational redesign including corporate, executive and board governance; managed care contracting strategies including risk feasibility; health system integration (pre and post-merger); medical staff development; physician acquisitions and divestitures; physician alignment strategies; capital budgeting and planning; IT implementation and design; foreign and domestic health policy; and strategic growth and feasibility assessments.

Specifically, Mr. Biggs has extensive experience in implementing enterprise-wide margin improvement programs for national and regional health systems. He has spent much of his career putting solutions into practice in the areas of operations and performance improvement, revenue cycle, supply chain, and clinical documentation and productivity. Mr. Biggs has also served as a business advisor and provided strategic planning and growth advice to a wide array of integrated delivery systems, physician management companies, private equity groups, and national health insurers.

Prior to working with FTI, Mr. Biggs was a managing director in Navigant Consulting's Healthcare Provider practice, where he was the market leader for the Eastern Region and a founding partner in an Eastern-based strategic advisory firm. He also served more than seven years as a senior industry director in Arthur Andersen's Healthcare Consulting division in the Strategy and Performance Management practices. Prior to that, he worked for several years as a manager in Andersen Consulting's System integration and Planning practice.

Mr. Biggs holds a B.S. magna cum laude in finance and multinational business operations and improvement from Florida State University.

Jorge Balthazar, Trustee

Jorge Balthazar is a Sales and Marketing global professional with ample experience in the sectors of Pulp & Paper, Chemical and Tobacco. He currently is a Sales & Marketing Director at SWM INTL, a multinational producer of premium specialty papers and resin-based engineered materials headquartered in Alpharetta, GA.

Mr. Balthazar leads the Americas commercial team responsible for the region’s top line, managing the overall B2B relationship with over 150 industrial clients in 20 countries, including Fortune Global 500 and Fortune 100 corporations throughout his career with SWM. Before his current position, Mr. Balthazar worked as Commercial Director in the management board of SWM do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and various sales and marketing positions with SWM in Miami, FL and Kimberly-Clark Corp. in Roswell, Georgia, and Medellin, Colombia.

Mr. Balthazar has a Chemical Engineering degree from Universidad Potificia Bolivariana, Medellin’s Catholic University, postgraduate education in Biochemical Engineering from the University of Manchester, Manchester, England, an Executive MBA from Coppead Institute of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and conducted Advanced B2B Marketing studies at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France. Mr. Balthazar is a recipient of the Rotary Foundation Graduate Scholarship for International Understanding.

Mr. Balthazar and his wife Victoria moved back to the US in 2009, and their daughters joined ND Academy in 3rd and 5th grades, both are now attending St. Pius X, they live in Alpharetta, GA. Mr. Balthazar joined the ND Academy Board of Trustees in December 2014.

Robby Boggs, Chair Building and Grounds Committee

Robby Boggs is a Partner and Vice President of Development at Sofran Partners LLC, responsible for new commercial developments and redevelopments. He has worked at Sofran since 2006 and previously served as Development Manager and Director of Design and Construction. With over 20 years of commercial real estate development experience, he is a Certified Development, Design and Construction Professional (CDP) through the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and former member of the Technical Advisory Panel and Regional Leadership Alumni of the Urban Land Institute in Atlanta.

Prior to joining Sofran, Mr. Boggs worked for over ten years as a civil engineering project manager. He has been involved in the development of over fifty commercial projects totaling over ten million square feet. A number of those projects were Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta projects, including Blessed Trinity, Queen of Angels, Holy Redeemer, St. Brigid, St. Peter Chanel and St. George Village.

Mr. Boggs studied civil engineering at Georgia Tech and graduated cum laude from Georgia State University with a Bachelors of Business Administration major in Real Estate. He is a former Key Member of The Executive Committee for small businesses and a graduate of the Georgia Tech Executive Program for Special Projects.

Mr. Boggs has served on the Notre Dame Building and Grounds Committee since 2012 and provided design and construction oversight on the recent school expansion. He was appointed to Chair of the Building and Grounds Committee in 2016 where he will continue to provide oversight to existing facilities and future development plans.

Mr. Boggs resides in Duluth with his wife of 23 years Vanessa and their son who is at Notre Dame Academy. Mr. Boggs enjoys coaching basketball and baseball at Duluth area parks. His family attends St. Brigid Catholic Church in Johns Creek.

Rick Fitzgerald, Chair Technology Committee

Rick Fitzgerald is senior vice president and chief information officer of MedAssets-Precyse. With more than 18 years of information technology experience, Mr. Fitzgerald is responsible for overseeing the company’s technology strategy, architecture, operations and corporate systems. He also leads all aspects of the MedAssets-Precyse’s procurement and facilities management. Most recently, Fitzgerald served as senior vice president, consumer channels infrastructure services and production support at Bank of America. During this tenure, he oversaw all aspects of design, engineering, implementation and maintenance for all hardware supporting the consumer channels including more than 5,000 banking centers, 17,000 ATMs, and 70 global call centers. While at Bank of America, he was recognized as Enterprise Inventor of the Year in 2010 and was the named inventor on 10 issued patents.

A savvy and strategic executive, Mr. Fitzgerald’s experience includes serving as IT leader for the GE HealthCare’s global services organization. He is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Lean Process Improvement expert and graduated from the GE Information Management Leadership Program (IMLP). Mr. Fitzgerald earned a bachelor's degree from John Carroll University and a Master of Business Administration from Marquette University.