Meet the Board
- Debra Orr, President and Head of School
- Kerianne Maloney, Chairperson
- James C. Ryan, Chair Finance Committee
- John Fleck, Chair Advancement Committee
- JB Colletta, Chair Mission Committee
- Robby Boggs, Chair Building and Grounds Committee
- Jorge Balthazar, Trustee
- Nancy Ford, Trustee
- William (Bill) J. Garrett, Trustee
- Joe George, Trustee
- Matthew G. Lipscomb, Trustee
- Linda MacLean, Trustee
- Marty Martenson, Trustee
- Father David Musso, Trustee
- Harriet Rosa, Trustee
- Father Bill Rowland, Trustee
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 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. She 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.
Previously, in her role as Trustee of Notre Dame Academy, Mrs. Maloney was the chairperson of the Audit Committee and Governance Committee and a member of the Finance Committee. She currently serves as the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nancy Ford is a finance professional with almost 30 years experience in Corporate Finance and Accounting. Upon graduating Magna Cum Laude from Clemson University with a BS in Finance and a concentration in Accounting, Nancy worked for Ernst & Young in Atlanta for 3 years as a CPA. Nancy then joined The Coca-Cola Company where she worked in Corporate Finance in several areas including Investor Relations, Human Resources, Controller’s Group, Mergers and Acquisitions and the Office of the CFO. After more than 25 years at The Coca-Cola Company, Nancy recently retired to spend more time with her family.
Nancy lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband Marshall and their son, Harrison and daughters Anna, Noelle and Sydney, who are fraternal triplets. The newest addition to the family is a golden retriever service dog, Swan, from Canine Assistants. Anna and Sydney recently graduated from St. Pius High School. Anna is attending Xavier University in Cincinnati and Sydney is attending Clemson University. Noelle is currently a senior at Notre Dame Academy and Harrison is a senior at Marist School.
The Ford family enjoys numerous sporting activities including running, soccer, golf, hiking, swimming and wheelchair basketball. The family also works with several not for profit organizations, including FOCUS, Lekotek and Champions Community Foundation, all of which concentrate on the special needs community. Nancy and Noelle recently completed their first half marathon with Nancy raising money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and Noelle raising money for Champions Community Foundation. Nancy has also participated in a national research study on children with cerebral palsy. In addition, Nancy serves on the Senior Advisory Board for the College of Business at Clemson University.
The Fords are members of All Saints Catholic Church in Dunwoody where the children received their first sacraments and some have served as altar servers and RCIA sponsors.
Bill is the founding President of Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School. Under his leadership the school has quickly become one of the most successful schools in the Cristo Rey Network. Cristo Rey Atlanta now has 535 students, 125 graduates, 137 corporate sponsors and owns a downtown school building debt-free. Prior to joining Cristo Rey Atlanta, Bill served as the President of the Saint Joseph’s Mercy Foundation, where he was responsible for all fundraising activities for Saint Joseph’s Hospital and Saint Joseph’s Mercy Care Services. He also served as the Chief Mission Officer for Saint Joseph’s Health System, where he was responsible for maintaining the Catholic identity of the hospital, including patient quality, pastor care, ethics and volunteerism.
Bill was the National Director of United Way of America’s Success By Six program and was with the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, serving at various times as Vice President-Campaign, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President for Community Impact. Prior to that, he served as National Director of Development for UNICEF in the United States.
He holds a Master of Social Work and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University, as well as a Master of Theological Studies from Spring Hill College. Bill is an ordained Deacon in the Catholic Church. He and his wife, Susan, have two adult children, Sean and Emily, and two grandchildren, Ryan and John.
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 AutoTrader.com.
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 as the prior 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.
Matt Lipscomb serves as the Senior Vice President at Ashford Advisors where he provides strategies to help his clients reach their financial goals. A graduate of the University of Georgia, he has earned his Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU®) and Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®) designations from the American College. For over 25 years, his work and business philosophy is driven by the concerns of the private business owner or entrepreneur, not by traditional financial and insurance planning. Mr. Lipscomb educates these motivated individuals and helps them potentially maximize both income and protection, while aiming to minimize lifetime taxes.
In addition to guiding clients, Mr. Lipscomb is passionate about encouraging young adults and youth to develop their own God-given gifts and to strive for leadership and personal excellence. Mr. Lipscomb has served on the board at Sophia Academy since 2013. As a board member and volunteer at Sophia Academy, he led “Man-to-Man”, a program to help form middle school male students on how to live a virtuous life. In addition, through a program called C-Legs, each summer Mr. Lipscomb mentors college-aged men of faith to help them integrate their faith with the business world. In sports, he strives to teach youth outside the classroom by sharing with them his outdoor passions: soccer, fishing and hunting. Since 2004, he’s shared his enthusiasm for the game of soccer and used the game to teach young people life-lessons of virtue and leadership. Matt feels blessed to have coached over 100 soccer teams both at the club level at Concorde Fire, Brookhaven FC, and Buckhead FC, and at the recreational level at the Ashford Dunwoody YMCA. Over the years, he has been able to share his love of the outdoors by taking many young people hunting or fishing for the very first time.
While Mr. Lipscomb thoroughly enjoys his work with clients and youth, his first love is his family. He and his wife Melanie married in 1995 and love spending time with their four children, Mary Hathaway (20), Annie (18), Robert (16), and their son Ivan (11), whom they adopted from Russia in 2007. He and his family are active members of the Cathedral of Christ the King. His children attend UGA, St. Pius X Catholic High School, and Notre Dame Academy.Registered Representative and Financial Advisor of Park Avenue Securities, LLC (PAS). Securities products and advisory services offered through PAS, member FINRA, SIPC. Financial Representative of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian), New York, NY. PAS is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Guardian. Ashford Advisors is not an independent registered investment advisor nor an affiliate or subsidiary PAS or Guardian. Guardian and its subsidiaries do not endorse or have any direct or indirect responsibility with Notre Dame Academy. 2017-44894, exp 08/19
Linda has over 30 years of combined finance, accounting and tax experience. Prior to joining UPS in 1994, Linda was a Senior Tax Manager with Arthur Andersen in Atlanta. In 1994, she joined UPS as the US Tax Manager, responsible for all IRS filings and controversy work. In 1998, Linda became the Corporate Finance Manager, and in 1999 assumed the position of the UPS Airline CFO, a position that she held until 2004. From 2004 until 2014, she had the responsibility for a number of UPS Finance and Accounting departments including Risk Management, Corporate Planning, Procurement, Global Business Services and Business Intelligence and Analytics. In late 2014, Linda retired from UPS and accepted the position of the Vice President of Finance for Marist School.
In addition to her career responsibilities, Linda is the past board chair of Girls, Inc. of Greater Atlanta, a former chair of the Marist Arts Guild, a previous voting member of the Marist Board of Trustees and a current member of the Our Lady of Assumption Finance Committee.
Linda received her B.S. in Business Administration and Masters in Accountancy from the University of Tennessee. She is a member of the AICPA. She and her husband Neil are parents to three Marist graduates, Alea (’06), Jenna (’09) and Neil Braden (’13).
Marty Martenson is the managing partner of the Law Firm Martenson, Hasbrouck & Simon LLP. The Firm specializes in the defense of management in all areas of labor and employment law. Away from work, his activities include participating on the Board of Trustees for Marist School, coaching, playing golf, running, and spending time with his wife, Patty, and their four boys. Marty graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.A. in Economics and Business Management and has a J.D. from Mercer University School of Law.
Marty believes "there is no better or more fulfilling cause than to help and offer guidance to young and receptive minds. As board members of academic institutions, we have that opportunity and we must deliver on that commitment."
Fr. David Musso began his ministry at Marist School in Atlanta, 17 years ago as Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry, after serving as a College Chaplain and Campus Minister at the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Fr. David was born and raised in Fresno, CA, but spent most of his adolescent and early adult years in the San Francisco Bay Area and Hawaii. He graduated from St. Peter Chanel Marist School in San Rafael, Ca, and the University of San Francisco. Prior to Fr. David's Campus Ministry work in Calif., he spent two years in a parish on Kauai, Hawaii, his first assignment as a priest, following his Ordination in June 1998.
Prior to his studies for the priesthood, he had various occupations and careers, including actor, machinist, janitor and business owner, a correctional officer at San Quentin Prison, 30 years as a professional clown, 14 years in practice as a criminal defense trial lawyer, deputy District Attorney, and law professor. During the eight years of seminary training and theology school, he worked as a hospital chaplain, an immigration attorney and campus minister at American University in Washington, D.C. While in Hawaii, he was appointed as a Tribunal Judge for the Diocese of Hawaii.
As he celebrates his 20th anniversary as a priest, and 25th year as a Marist, he says that nothing in his life has given him more energy and joy than his ministry as a Marist priest. He says that for him, the privilege to be a priest, and chaplain for Marist School, and Notre Dame Academy is the most joy-filled, and rewarding career he could imagine being blessed with.
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.
Fr. Bill Rowland, S.M. has a BA degree in English Literature and an MA degree in Theology from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He has served in parochial ministry for 15 years, having served as assistant pastor at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Atlanta, GA; St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Wheeling, SV and as pastor at St. Joseph Parish in Paulina, LA. He has served as the provincial (1994 – 2000) and as the vocation director (2001 – 2009) for the Marists in the United States. Fr. Rowland, SM was appointed to Marist School in Atlanta on January 1, 2010, as the Chaplain to the Marist Alumni Association and as the Special Assistant to Fr. Harhager, S.M. Very Rev. Paul Frechette, S.M., the provincial superior of the Marists in the United States, appointed Fr, Rowland as the President of Marist School.