Board of Directors

Matthew D. Bozzelli, Board Chair
Bozzelli is Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary at The Southern Company and currently serves as Practice Group Leader — Business Development, M&A, Innovation and Integration. He is a frequent author and speaker on corporate governance, public company disclosure and transactional matters. Bozzelli is also a director of The Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public-interest law center with the mission to increase justice in Georgia through law and policy reform. In 2017, Bozzelli was named a 40 Under 40 Awards honoree by the Atlanta Business Chronicle for his professional and community accomplishments. Previously, he spent 12 years as a corporate attorney at King & Spalding in Atlanta, advising public and private companies on capital markets transactions, securities, corporate governance and M&A. He is the former director and vice chairman of the Georgia Micro Enterprise Network, a nonprofit industry association focused on economic development. Bozzelli received a Bachelor of Business Administration, cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame in 1999, and a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Notre Dame Law School in 2002.

 

Grace Lopez-Williams, CPA, PFP, MBA, CTRS, Treasurer
Lopez-Williams is President and CEO of Grace M. Williams CPA P.C., a certified public accounting and consulting services firm established in 1997. Lopez-Williams was the first Latina appointed by Governor Roy Barnes to the WorkForce Investment Board, and by Governor Sonny Perdue to the Georgia State Board of Accountancy. She has received many prestigious awards, including Business Woman of the Year from the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and has been recognized as one of Atlanta’s Most Powerful and Influential Women in Business by Women Looking Ahead magazine. Additionally, she was named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States by Hispanic Business magazine. Lopez-Williams has a passion for education and served as the President and Founder of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Chapter of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from the University of Puerto Rico, and a Master of Business Administration from Loyola University in New Orleans. Lopez-Williams has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1989.

 

Sibyl Slade, Secretary
Slade is a financial advisor with Commonwealth of Atlanta LLC and lends 25 years of banking experience to provide comprehensive financial planning and advisory services to small-business owners and individual families throughout Georgia, New Jersey and Texas. Slade has received recognition from Georgia’s 4th, 5th and 13th Congressional Districts for her dedication to resolving unnecessary foreclosures. Other honors include recognition as a leader in financial education by Get Checking, and as a leader of systemic change and innovative solutions by NeighborWorks America’s Southeastern district office. She is a 2010–2011 fellow of the Education Policy Fellowship Program and a founding member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Northwest Georgia, and serves as the co-chair of the City of Douglasville Housing Initiative team. Prior to joining Commonwealth of Atlanta, Slade was a financial advisor with Waddell & Reed. She is a 21-year veteran of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, where she worked as senior regional community development manager for its community and economic development team. Slade received a Bachelor of Science in planning and economic development from Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. She is also a graduate of Kennesaw State University’s Financial Planner Certificate Program.

 

Tim Griffis, CFA, Loan Committee Chair
Griffis is Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking for Synovus Bank in the Atlanta region. He has more than 25 years of experience in financial services and has held market and regional leadership roles spanning commercial, wealth management, consumer and business banking. Griffis has served on ACE’s Board of Directors since 2015, and in various civic and volunteer roles in organizations such as Rotary, United Way, Boys and Girls Club, and Chamber of Commerce. Griffis previously was Branch Business Director for the Georgia-South Carolina area of Regions Bank. Griffis earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from Georgia Southern University, and he holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

 

Grace Webster, MBA, Board Member
Webster is an Investment Advisor at MIO Partners, a subsidiary of McKinsey & Company. With a background that bridges finance, public policy and social impact, Webster also has consulted for the World Economic Forum and Pacific Community Ventures. She is on the Board of Directors for Revved Up Kids, a Fulton County-based organization providing self-defense workshops to vulnerable children and teens and is active in the Social Enterprise Alliance Atlanta Chapter as well as the Junior League of Atlanta. Previously she worked in wealth management at Wells Fargo Advisors and Credit Suisse USA’s Private Bank. Webster graduated from the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in public policy analysis, and from Duke University with a Master of Business Administration in social entrepreneurship and investment finance.

 

Dr. Eloisa Klementich, CEcD, Board Member
Dr. Klementich is an economic development expert who has spent the past two decades solving complex problems at the city, state and national levels. Currently she is President and CEO of Invest Atlanta, the City of Atlanta’s economic development authority, where she has been lauded for her involvement in nearly all recent economic development wins for the city. Before becoming President in January 2016, she was Director of Business Development for Invest Atlanta. Dr. Klementich has served on ACE’s Board of Advisory and Board of Directors since 2014 and is also active as a board member in various business and civic organizations, such as the International Economic Development Council, Women’s Entrepreneur Initiative, WorkSource Atlanta, Latin American Civic Association, Atlanta Technical College and Atlanta Emerging Markets. Previously, Dr. Klementich served as Special Assistant for Economic Development at the U.S. Economic Development Administration in the Office of the Secretary, and as California’s Deputy Secretary for Economic Development and Commerce. She also has held various roles with city governments, such as consultant to Mexico’s President Vicente Fox on best practices for addressing constituent issues and requests. Dr. Klementich is the recipient of the 2017 Walker’s Legacy Women in Economic Development Award and the 2017 National Association of Minority Contractors Georgia Chapter’s Public-Sector Award. A graduate of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2017, she has been featured in 2017 Delta Sky Magazine’s “Faces of Atlanta Business” and The Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “People to Watch in 2017.” She received a Bachelor of Science in political science from Pitzer College and a Master of Business Administration from el Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey. Additionally, she received two master’s degrees, in urban planning and Latin American affairs, from the University of California, Los Angeles, and received a doctorate in public administration from the University of LaVerne.

 

Courtney I. Smith, Board Member
Smith joined PNC Financial in 2013 and leads the bank’s Community Development efforts for Georgia and Alabama. He has an impressive background as a community development professional with experience in creating community reinvestment opportunities, leading self-sufficiency programs, generating small-business and microlending activities, and managing retail and commercial banking activities. He is actively involved in the community and currently serves on the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership One Home Makes A Difference advisory committee, the Habitat for Humanity Georgia Board of Directors, the Habitat for Humanity International CDFI Advisory Board and the United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Community Investment Committee. Smith has been honored as a one of Atlanta Business League’s 2016 Men of Influence, was named the 2014 Kappa Alpha Psi (Decatur Alumni) Kappa Man of the Year and received the 2014 Atlanta Tribune Men of Influence Award. Prior to working at PNC, Smith served as Vice President, Community Affairs for Regions Financial and Vice President, Community Development Manager for SunTrust Bank Atlanta. Smith received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee and a Master of City and Regional Planning from the University of Memphis.

 

Lynn Thogersen, MHA, Board Member
Thogersen is the financial administrator of the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network and is the founder and former clinic administrator for the Feminist Women’s Health Center in Atlanta. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Healthcare Georgia Foundation, and has chaired the Women’s Caucus Chair for the American Public Health Association. Thogersen is a recipient of the Margaret Sanger National Award. Thogersen earned a Master’s degree in healthcare management and policy from Mercer University and a Bachelor of Arts in German from the University of Texas.

 

Grace Fricks, MBA, Board Member
Fricks founded ACE in 1999 and currently serves as President and CEO. She was honored as a 2017 Vision of Excellence Award winner by the Atlanta Business League. In 2016, she was recognized as one of the 100 Women to Watch by Bizwomen and as a Women Who Mean Business Honoree by Atlanta Business Chronicle. Fricks also was named one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians by Georgia Trend Magazine and the SBA Georgia District Financial Services Champion of the Year in 2014. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for the City of Atlanta’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative, the Board of Directors of Appalachian Community Capital and the New Market Tax Credit Board of Invest Atlanta. She is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Enterprise Opportunity. Fricks, a small-business owner for more than 15 years, is also a former board member of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Atlanta chapter. She received an Bachelor of Science in social work from the University of Tennessee at Martin, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Memphis.

 

William J. Zawrotny, Board Member
Zawrotny is a partner at Jones Day, a global law firm and one of the largest law firms in the United States. He works extensively on mergers and acquisitions; cross-border transactions; transactional and corporate governance issues for public and private companies; and complex ownership and corporate governance issues for private companies. At the firm’s Atlanta office, Zawrotny is head of the Emerging Companies & Venture Committee, and he serves as corporate counsel for venture capital clients and companies in their early and growth stages. In addition to serving on ACE’s board of directors, Zawrotny currently is an advisory board member for the Department of Management of the Kansas State University College of Business Administration, and a member of the National Advisory Board for the Business Ethics Education Initiative. Zawrotny earned a J.D. from the University of Virginia and graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Business Administration from Kansas State University. He also served as a U.S. Army intelligence analyst from 1989 to 1997..

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