Intown Collaborative Ministries’ Board of Directors is a remarkable group of committed and experienced leaders from the business, legal, nonprofit, and religious communities of metro Atlanta. Please click on the names below to learn more about our Board members.
David Brackett, Esq., Chair
Partner, Boundurant, Mixson & Elmore, Board Chair
David Brackett is an attorney at the Atlanta law firm Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LLP, where he serves as litigation counsel for individuals and companies in all phases of complex business litigation. He has also done a significant amount of work pro bono publico, including representation of a group of disabled and elderly Atlanta residents who were victims of predatory lending, representation of a class of prisoners with regard to prison conditions, and representation of a prisoner who was denied adequate health care.
David attended Duke University and Georgetown University Law School. He lives in Morningside with his wife and two children. They are active members of Haygood Memorial United Methodist Church, where David has chaired the Board of Trustees, Worship Committee, and Recreation Committee and served on the Finance Committee, Evangelism Committee and as an at-large member of the Church Council.
Bill Levisay, MBA, Vice Chair
Principal, Levisay Consulting
For more than 25 years, Bill Levisay has been at the forefront of leading teams, building brands and serving customers for some of America’s most iconic consumer products companies. From 2009 to early 2015, Bill was the chief customer officer for Bolthouse Farms, a high-growth natural/organic food and beverage company, and was one of three senior executives who led the successful sale of Bolthouse Farms to The Campbell Soup Company in 2012. Bill also spent 18 years at The Coca-Cola Company, most recently as senior vice president, Foodservice Sales. He began his career in brand management at Kimberly Clark before moving to Kraft Foods.
Bill holds a B.A. from The College of Wooster and an M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University. He is an active supporter of The College of Wooster, St. John’s Lutheran Church, and Paideia School and sits on the governing board of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Bill is an active writer of a blog focused on lessons of life and leadership: www.fylegacy.blogspot.com.
Tom Rittle, MBA, Treasurer
The Home Depot, Senior Manager
Tom joined Intown’s board in 2015. He is a SEnior Manager of Credit Services at The Home Depot. Tom previously worked as a Manager for Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy & Operations practice, with 3 years of experience redesigning service organizations, particularly large healthcare systems, to streamline operations, accelerate cash flow and improve the patient/customer experience. Prior to joining Deloitte, Tom spent 6 years in Corporate & Investment Banking with SunTrust Robinson Humphrey where he analyzed, underwrote and called on large, corporate clients across a multitude of industries. Tom is a graduate of the University of Richmond, with a B.A. in Leadership Studies and a B.S. in Finance Concentration, both cum laude. He also holds an M.B.A., with a concentration in Strategy, from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. Tom resides in Virginia Highlands and is an avid camper, hiker and traveler.
Alina Capanyola, MBA, Secretary
Senior Consultant, Deloitte Consulting
Alina is a Senior Consultant in Deloitte’s Strategy and Operations division. She has worked previously at Social Finance, Inc. and The District Management Council in Boston, MA. Alina is a gaduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she served as Student Body President. Alina also holds an M.B.A from Harvard Business School. She lives with her husband in Atlanta’s Morningside neighborhood.
Brad Schweers, Master of Theological Studies, ex officio
Executive Director, Intown Collaborative Ministries
Brad has worked with nonprofits in Atlanta for 19 years. Originally from the Chicago area, Brad graduated from DePauw University, studying religion and psychology. He moved to Atlanta as a full-time United Methodist US-2 volunteer missionary. He lived for three years at the Community of Hospitality, a simple-living, social justice community in Decatur, Ga., while working as a Case Manager at Café 458 in Atlanta, the first restaurant in the country exclusively for homeless people. Brad also worked as a Senior Program Manager at Community Friendship, Inc. in Atlanta, helping adults with mental illnesses achieve living, working, social, and educational goals in their lives.
Drawn by the intersection of faith and work toward social justice, Brad attended Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He graduated with a Master of Theological Studies degree, focusing on comparative religion, religious experience, and social change. Brad is a lay member of New Church United Methodist Church, where he served for three years as co-chair of the Outreach Committee. He has also served on the Board of Directors at the Community of Hospitality, Inc. since 1997, serving as chair from 2010-2012. Working at Intown is Brad’s dream job, bringing together his passions, skills, education, and creative mind to bring about what Martin Luther King, Jr. called “The Beloved Community.”
Al Adams, Esq.
Senior Partner, Holland & Knight
Practice group leader for Holland & Knight’s Atlanta Litigation Team. He has also served as executive partner of the Atlanta office. As a trial lawyer for more than 30 years, Al has tried over 100 jury and non-jury trials involving commercial law disputes, product liability cases and a myriad of other types of civil suits and has successfully resolved litigation through alternative dispute resolution in many forums.
Al has been a faculty member for both Emory University’s Trial Techniques Program and the Georgia Tech Research Institute and has been a speaker at the State Bar of Georgia Products Liability Institute and Fiduciary Law Institute. Among many honors and affiliations, he has been named in The Best Lawyers in America guide for more than 10 consecutive years and has served a number of legal and nonprofit organizations in various capacities. Al is married to the Rev. Joanna Adams.
Dawn Francis-Chewning came to Atlanta to attend Emory University, from Homestead, FL. After graduating with a BA in History and Political Science, she stayed and started a family. She became a member of Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church, first joining the Glenn School for Young Children staff and beginning a long career of volunteerism: Treasurer of Glenn School Clothing Sale, CheckOut Chair of Fernbank Elementary, Girl Scout Cookie Mom, Boy Scout Popcorn Mom, and a 10 year career of “Skating Lady” for Glenn’s Friday Night Skate program.Dawn currently serves Glenn on the Board of Trustees, is the Service Co-Chair for Missions, Environment and Church/Society, and sings in the Chancel Choir. Dawn is an Information Technology instructor at Emory University.
Rev. Dave Allen Grady
Director of Church Relations, United Methodist Children’s Home
Rev. Dave Allen Grady is Director of Church Relations at the United Methodist Children’s Home in Decatur, GA. He has a passion for the church and social justice, serving in various leadership roles at congregations and placements in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Dave is married to Susan Allen Grady, associate pastor of Oak Grove UMC. Their daughter, Joy, attends Druid Hills United Methodist Preschool.
Joe Kingma, Esq.
Partner, Carlock Copeland & Stair
Joe grew up in Atlanta and graduated from Grinnell College, where he played basketball, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He practices law at Carlock Copeland & Stair and has represented hundreds of accountants and lawyers in cases alleging malpractice, racketeering, securities fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract. He has represented directors and officers in claims involving finance, real estate, and corporate governance. Joe has particular experience in real estate issues including: RESPA; TILA; title insurance, real estate fraud, and secured lending. He occasionally tries cases outside the state of Georgia usually in matters involving audit or complex attorney malpractice. He also assists insurers in drafting insurance applications, in risk management, and as monitoring counsel. His hobbies include trying to entertain his family, playing basketball and reading history.
Rev. Dr. Baron Mullis
Senior Pastor, Morningside Presbyterian Church
Rev. Dr. Baron A. Mullis is Senior Pastor and Head of Staff at Morningside Presbyterian Church. Baron holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Princeton Theological Seminary, where he received the Grier-Davies Prize in Preaching at the conclusion of his Master’s Degree. His doctoral dissertation, completed in 2010, focused on stewardship. Baron was ordained in 2000 and served churches in Indianapolis and Charlotte, including a pulpit exchange in Scotland, before being called to Morningside where he began his pastorate in January 2011.Baron become involved in homeless issues while serving Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlotte. He is committed to the Church as a place of faith, hope, and love for all of God’s creations.
Community Empowerment, Atlanta City Council
Anthony Owens joined the Intown Board in 2014. He is a Deacon at Morningside Presbyterian Church and works in Community Empowerment for the Atlanta City Council. Originally from The Bronx, New York, Anthony attended Lehman College in New York.
Scott Schnell, MBA, CPA
Co-Founder & CEO, MedZed, LLC
Scott Schnell is CEO and Co-Founder of MedZed, a healthcare services and technology company. His prior experience includes senior leadership positions at Evermark Building Products, Pike Nurseries, RMA Home Services, and The ScoreBoard/Classic Games. Scott is a member of Congregation Shearith Israel in Morningside. Scott is an entrepreneur who values passion, initiative, and execution in those with whom he works. His prior experience includes senior leadership positions at Evermark Building Products, Pike Nurseries, RMA Home Services, and The ScoreBoard /Classic Games.
Heather Regnault, MAcc
Heather Regnault graduated from the University of Alabama with a Master of Accountancy and worked at PriceWaterhouseCoopers as a C.P.A. in Atlanta. She worked on a USAID-funded Mass Privitization project in Ukraine and for the International Audit Department at Arthur D. Little, Inc. in Boston. In 2000, Heather moved to the Bay Area in California and attended Stanford University in a post-baccalaureate program in psychology; from 2000–2005 she worked on an adolescent post-traumatic stress research project in the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford, and managed the project 2004–2005. Heather returned to Atlanta in 2005 and began working with nonprofit organizations, joining Magnolia Disaster Relief as a financial advisor and serving as president for the Piedmont Tennis Association. She currently remains on the board of the Piedmont Tennis Association. Heather is married with two children and is an avid tennis player.
Stan Sullivan, LCC
St. Joseph’s Mercy Care Services (Retired)
Stan Sullivan is a retired Senior Mental Health Specialist who formerly directed the CHOP (Community Homeless Outreach Program) team of St. Joseph’s Mercy Care Services. He has worked in the fields of mental health and a addiction recovery for homeless people in Atlanta for over 25 years. The CHOP team worked with people who are traditionally difficult to serve–chronically homeless people living on the streets (They were covered by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2011). Stan is a Licensed Counselor and has degrees in counseling and theology.
Karen Varsha, BFA, MBA
Karen Varsha Photography
A long-time volunteer and member of Haygood Memorial United Methodist Church in Morningside, Karen joined the Board of Directors in 2013. She has an undergraduate degree in art design from the University of Georgia and an MBA in Marketing from Georgia State University. Karen has worked for the Coca-Cola Company and IBM in Atlanta and has also owned two of her own businesses.She is passionate about making Atlanta a better place and has volunteered with over a dozen different Atlanta non-profits and ministries, bringing her artistic gifts to programs focusing on children, the elderly, and homelessness. Karen and her husband are active members of Haygood UMC and live in Midtown Atlanta.
Alex Watts, MBA
Vice President, Merrill Lynch
Alex Watts is a member of the Private Banking and Investment Group at Merrill Lynch. He has worked in financial services since 2004. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, he was a Private Banker with J.P. Morgan in Atlanta, where he provided advisory services to high-net-worth clients throughout the Southeast. Previously, Alex served as an investment specialist with GenSpring Family Offices (now an affiliate of SunTrust Banks), advising high-net-worth individuals, endowments, foundations, and family offices. While pursuing his MBA, Alex completed internships with Citigroup-Smith Barney, as well as a boutique M&A consulting firm.
Alex holds a B.A. in Economics and Finance from Emory University and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State. An Atlanta native, Alex is involved in a number of civic and philanthropic activities. In addition to serving on Intown’s Board, Alex also Co-Chairs the Finance Committee at Morningside Presbyterian Church, serves as a Legacy Advisor to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta foundation and board, serves on the Steering Committee for the Emory Entrepreneur Network, Co-Chairs the Corporate Sponsorship Committee for the Trust for Public Land, and is a Young Leader within the World Affairs Council of Atlanta. Alex lives in the Virginia Highlands area of Atlanta with his wife, daughter, and two dogs.
Those who serve on Intown’s Board of Directors give generously of their time and talents. We are grateful for the contribution of all and recognize here Board chairs since our founding in 2009.
2009-2010 Rev. Bradley Schmeling, Founding Chair
2010-2012 Rev. Joanna Adams
2012-2013 Rev. Mary Lou Gilbert
2013-2015 Rev. Dr. Baron Mullis
2015- David Brackett