Board of Directors

The St. Vincent de Paul Georgia Board of Directors consists of at large members and representatives from each of the nine Districts that encompass our 73 Conferences. 

Mark Bataillon, CHAIRMAN
Nations recovery center

Mark Bataillon is the middle child of seven from a small town in Nebraska. He received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from the University of Nebraska and relocated to Ohio to begin his professional career. 

Married in LaGrange, Georgia, Mark and his wife Barb were blessed with two sons, Ryan and Jason. Mark joined his brother's Atlanta-based collection agency in 2003 as VP and COO for the Nations Recovery Center. 

After two terms as President at the Mary Our Queen SVdP Conference, Mark was elected District 3 President and currently serves as Vice Chairman for the Board of Directors.

John Berry
Chief executive officer

John Berry joined SVdP in 2006 after more than twenty years of private and government sector experience in engineering and technology. He has held executive management positions at Fortune 100 companies such as General Electric and Westinghouse with extensive international experience. 

John holds degrees in Engineering and Business. He is a member of the United Way Public Policy Committee and a graduate of Leadership Atlanta. He sits on the Georgia Chamber Board of Directors and chairs the Nonprofit CEO Roundtable for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the American Marketing Association and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. 

Joseph Blanco

Joseph Blanco serves as the managing partner of Dentons' Atlanta office. He focuses on general corporate counseling with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. Prior to joining Dentons (formerly McKenna, Long and Aldridge), Joseph clerked for the Honorable Frank M. Hull of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Before law school, Joseph serves as a naval officer aboard the USS Nicholson and on the staff of the Commander of Destroyer Squadron Four. 

Joseph received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame where he served as Student Body President. He received his law degree from Emory University where he served as Editor and Chief of the Emory Law Journal. He is a a member of the Atlanta Rotary and serves on the Board of the Emory Center for Ethics and the Board of Directors of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. 

Freddy Cardozo
gas south

Freddy Cardozo has over twenty years of experience in the energy industry in both regulated and deregulated markets, including twelve years in the natural gas industry. 

Freddy is the Vice President of Supply and Risk Management for Gas South, and is responsible for natural gas procurement, asset and portfolio risk management, cost structures for pricing, and supply planning and forecasting. He has testified multiple times before the Georgia Public Service Commission as an expert witness in the deregulated natural gas industry. 

Before joining Gas South in 2006, Freddy worked as a Structuring Principal at Southern Company. Prior to that, he was a Senior Analyst at Mirant Corporation. Additionally, he has worked as a Power Transmission Planning Engineer for the National Administration of Electricity (ANDE) which is the electric utility of Paraguay. 

Freddy holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the National University of Asuncion, Paraguay and a Master of Science degree from Arizona State University where he was a Fulbright Scholar. 

toby carr
the University of georgia

Toby Carr, associate vice president for government relations and director of state government relations for the University of Georgia, represents the university in matters involving state legislators, agencies, departments, and other higher education institutions of Georgia.

Previously, Toby was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to be the planning director for the Georgia Department of Transportation. Toby was also the governor's liaison to the Georgia House of Representatives and executive director of Deal's gubernatorial transition committee.

Toby graduated from the UGA with degrees in agricultural engineering and business administration. Toby and his wife Kellen live in Brookhaven with their daughter.

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Thomas dailey, Treasurer

Tom recently retired from Shell Oil Company where he worked for nearly 35 years.  He held positions in sales and marketing for most of his early career, managing networks of Shell stations and distributors.  He moved on to leadership positions in Engineering and Health & Safety, and had been a General Manager in Information Technology for the last 10 years.  He worked in many markets across the USA including Tampa, Miami, New Orleans, Chicago and Houston, and had the opportunity to live and work in the United Kingdom on two occasions.

Tom is a member of Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church, and he has been President of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul COKAS Conference since 2016.  Tom has been married to Patty for over 37 years, and they are the parents of two sons, now aged 26 and 29.

He attended the University of Georgia where he earned an undergraduate degree in Journalism and a Master of Business Administration.

John Griffin
Insurance agent

John Griffin has been in the insurance business for 45 years with roles ranging from trainee to underwriter to executive, and now as an agent in a small speciality firm. 

John attended Niagara University, a Vincentian university, and volunteers at the St. Ann's Marietta SVdP Conference. John lives in Roswell with his wife Debi. They have three adult children and two grandchildren to spoil. 

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B.J. Green, Sr.
suntrust bank

BJ Green is Senior Vice President and Commercial Banking Team Manager for SunTrust Bank in the Atlanta Division. BJ’s team focuses on companies in the food and beverage, manufacturing, distribution, logistics, goods and equipment, and energy sectors.

BJ joined the SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc. in 2007 in the syndicated and leveraged finance department before joining oil and gas investment banking in 2013. Prior to joining SunTrust, BJ was with Banc of America Securities, LLC for seven years and Wachovia Bank for five years.

BJ has been involved in several civic organizations in Atlanta and currently serves on the board of directors for Buckhead Baseball, St Vincent De Paul, Trees Atlanta, and the Habersham Park Association.

BJ is a native of Greensboro, NC, and received a BS in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

BJ is married to Mary Kathryn and together they have three children. BJ enjoys playing squash, tennis, and golf.

Deacon Peter Harris, spiritual advisor


Deacon Peter Harris is a Georgia native, born & raised in Cobb, attended Cobb schools, and graduated from Marietta High School. Kay, his wife, is originally from Korea and has been a Georgia resident since 1980. Peter and Kay live in East Cobb County. They have one son, Robert. Peter and Kay have been active with St. Vincent de Paul for many years in addition to several other ministries. He has served with Pastoral Care at both St. Joseph’s & Kennestone Hospitals.

Peter has been involved in church ministry work for approximately 25 years. As an ordained Permanent Deacon with the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Peter is currently assigned to Transfiguration and Holy Family Catholic Churches, both located in East Cobb.

Peter has multiple degrees from Georgia State University & is retired, having served as a teacher & administrator with Fulton County Schools for 33+ years. He served as Assistant Principal at Riverwood International High School for 13 years and in addition to academics & discipline, was responsible for safety &   security.

Besides being actively involved at two parishes & serving on the SVdP Council Board as Spiritual Advisor, Peter is a Chaplain with the Cobb County Police Department, having a special interest in supporting and ministering to members of the public safety community, especially the CCPD. His oldest brother, now   deceased, was in law enforcement, as an officer with the Marietta and Cobb County Police Departments.


Charles jones

Charles Jones is President and C.E.O. of Shasta, a firm engaged in finance and supply chain management. He holds B.S. and M.B.A. degrees as well as professional certification. He has, and continues to serve on several non-profit and for-profit related Boards and Committees. Charles is also active in serving others through his parish St. Vincent de Paul Conference as it is faith in action serving those in need.

John Kirksey
Retired, SunGard/FIS

John Kirksey serves as Conference President at St. Francis Blairsville and District 8 President.  John grew up in Albany, GA and received a BS in Computer Science from the University of Georgia. He and his wife, Cindy, raised their family in Norcross, GA where John worked in the Financial Computing Services industry, retiring in 2013 and moving to Blairsville.  

John is a parishioner of St Francis of Assisi and lives in Blairsville with his wife. They have been blessed with three grown children. 

Mike Martin
ATF, retired

Mike Martin received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Kansas State University and a J.D. from Kansas University. After serving with the Navy in Vietnam, Mike went to work as an attorney with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).

In April 2006, Mike retired from ATF as the supervisory attorney for the States of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

After retirement, he joined the SVdP, OLM Conference. Home visits and Intake sessions followed quickly. Mike became the Spiritual Advisor for the Conference. After a stint as Vice President, Mike served a 3-year term as President. Currently, he is the Vice President in charge of the Family Uplift Program at OLM, and President of District 9.

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Joanne Mauro
the university of georgia

Joanne Mauro is the Administrative Manager for the Interdisciplinary Toxicology Program at the University of Georgia. Her background includes serving 26 years with the U.S. Navy, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer, developing programs for U.S. Marine Corps' families, and working with at-risk youth in New York's National Guard Challenge Program.

Joanne has served as a SVdP Conference President and helped start the St. Catherine Laboure Conference in Jefferson, GA. 

Joanne has three children: Allyson, a professional photographer, Catheryn, a Family Program's expert with the Air Force and soon-to-be Police Officer in the San Antonio area, and Patrick and Ira who work in sales and as an LPN in the mid-Hudson Valley are of New York. Besides her family, Joanne's other passions are her dogs and gardening. 

Mike Mies
Nclear, inc.

Mike Mies is the CEO of Nclear, Inc., an environmental nanotechnology company that addresses the global problem of nutrient pollution and toxic algae. Prior to this, Mike was the President of Mies Management Associates, LLC providing consulting services to growth companies. Before that, he was the Founder and CEO of a wireless broadband provider. 

Mike earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economic, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan, and and an MBA, magna cum laude, from Wayne State University. 

Mike is currently Associate Faculty at the Malcolm Baldridge School of Business at Post University where he teaches Business Strategy in the MBA program. 


Leo Payne

Currently between assignments Leo has thirty-five plus years of managerial and consulting experience. As a senior executive he was responsible for all corporate policies, plans and objectives relating to financial matters, financial planning and analysis, control and reporting, treasury, risk management, procurement, and general administration and information technology systems. As a consultant was responsible for providing financial management, strategic planning and evaluation services to private corporations, lending institutions and government agencies. He led two implementation teams that installed Oracle Financials.

Some career highlights include the creation of a $2.5 billion federal government corporation; over $2 billion in Wall Street financings; helping to restructure a $3.2 billion utility; and managed corporate budgets ranging from $600 million to in excess of $1 billion. Among his current projects is the creation of Ryan’s Friends, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. This new corporation provides services and benefits for families of autistic children in the Southern Crescent area of Metro Atlanta.

Leo has been a Vincentian for twenty-five years and during that time has served in two conferences as a caseworker, Treasurer, Vice President and President and District Treasurer. He is currently District Three President. During his service Leo has created Thanksgiving and Christmas Gift programs, Life Skills Classes. He currently is leading a project to establish emergency housing for women and women with children in Gwinnett.

On the personal side, Leo graduated from Georgia State University with a MBA degree and a BBA degree. His family consists of his twenty-seven year old daughter, Kaitlin. Leo’s previous experience serving on a Board of Directors includes serving on the boards of the Protection Mutual Insurance Advisory Board, Georgia HomeFinders, Inc., Gwinnett County Board of Realtors, and Ryan’s Friends. Leo has taught graduate level finance courses for the University of Phoenix.

While he is a native of Atlanta Leo has spent a substantial portion of his business career in Houston, TX; Baton, Rogue, LA; Washington, DC and New York, NY. He organized and leads a committee that produces a 5 K Race for St Mary’s Independent Living Extension (SMILE), a local charity for the developmentally delayed, and he is a long-time Crew Chief with The Peachtree Road Race.

Michael T. Petrik
alston & bird

Michael Petrik is a partner at Alston & Bird representing corporations in tax planning and appeals. He is a graduate of Duke Law school and is listed in the Who's Who in America, the Best Lawyers in America, and Chambers USA as one of America's Leading Tax Lawyers. 

Mike is an active member in many civic endeavors, including serving as the Board Chair of the United Way of Greater Atlanta, the Vasser Woolley Foundation, and St. Pius X Catholic High School. 

Mike lives in Peachtree Corners with his wife Susan, where they endeavor to babysit their   new granddaughter as often as possible.

Kyle Reis
Cooper carry

Kyle Reis has been volunteering with SVdP for the past ten years. Kyle is a parishioner at the Cathedral of Christ the King and previously served as their Conference President. He joined the SVdP Board of Directors as the District 4 President, and served as the Board Chair for the organization from 2014-2017. Kyle has a passion for SVdP's mission and enjoys working with the dedicated Vincentians, volunteers, staff, and fellow Board members to advance that mission. 

Kyle lives in Decatur with his wife Colleen, three year old daughter Evelyn, and 1 year old son Grant. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2006, and complete his Master in Business Administration at Georgia State University in 2013. Kyle is an Associate Principal, urban designer, and planner at Cooper Carry. He works on public and private development projects across the U.S. and abroad.

louise scott
georgia power

Louise Scott serves as vice president of Customer Services for Georgia Power. Louise joined Southern Company in 1995 and has held a variety of leadership roles throughout the Southern Company system.

Louise earned a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering and studio art from the University of Florida and State University of New York, respectively. She also completed executive programs at the Goizueta School of Business and Wharton School.

Louise is a member of the Society of Women Engineers and she serves on the University of Florida Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering External Advisory Board.

sylvia turner
Univar usa

Sylvia Turner is the Customer Service Lead for Univar USA in Norcross, GA. She was born in Curacoa, Netherlands Antilles. At the age of four her family moved to New York where she received all of her schooling, worked in various industries, married and had two children.

In 1989 Sylvia and her family moved to Georgia, settled in Lithonia and became a parishioner at Christ Our Hope in 1991 where she was introduced to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. With young children, she felt the position of the intake worker with SVdP would be the easiest, but she quickly found out it was the hardest. After years of volunteering with the Christ Our Hope Conference, Sylvia was voted Conference President and currently District 6 President.