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. 


Kyle Reis has been volunteering with SVdP for the past nine 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 became the Board Chair for the organization in 2014. 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. 

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. 

Mark Bataillon, Vice Chair
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. 

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.

Lynn clark, Treasurer

Lynn Clark is a Senior Manager at Deloitte Consulting where she focuses on strategic and operation improvements to core financial planning, reporting, and analysis processes. She brings this consultative and analytical approach to her role as Treasurer of the Board as she collaborates with the leadership and staff of SVdP, the Finance Committee, and auditors. 

Lynn holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Business Administration from Emory University. Outside of work, Lynn and her husband enjoy the daily adventures of life with young children. 

Charles Edwards

Charles Edwards is a retired general management executive with broad cross-functional experience in Fortune 50, venture-backed, and nonprofit organizations. Most notably, Charles' business career includes 25 years with IBM, his service as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for the 1996 Paralympic Games, and his experience in executive search consulting. Additionally, Charles served as the Assistant Dean and Chief Officer for Development and Corporate Relations at Georgia State University and the inaugural President and CEO of the Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency. 

Charles holds an MBA and Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Michigan and a Master's degree in Engineering from Wayne State. 

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. 

B.J. Green, Sr.
suntrust bank

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. 

Jack Murphy
metro atlanta chamber of commerce

Jack Murphy has more than 30 years of experience in higher education, operations, sales, human resources, and change management. He currently works as a Senior Account Executive with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. 

Jack serves on the National Board of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul where he is responsible for Diversity, Advocacy, and Systemic Change. He is on the Fulton County Schools Community Council and the North Fulton Poverty Task Force. 

Jack has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Belmont Abbey College and a Masters in Education from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Jack and his wife Nancy have two daughters and two grandchildren, and are members of St. Brigid Parish in Alpharetta. 

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. 

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.

Seekspark, customer experience consultant, leadership coach

Terry Trout brings more than 30 years of operation acumen to companies who are looking to accelerate their growth through their brand and customer experience. She was a founding member of the Cbeyond executive team that grew from start up to a publicly traded, $458M Cloud and IT Services company, holding progressive leadership roles until the company's sale in 2014. 

Terry is an Advisory Board Member of Women in Technology, active in Holy Spirit Catholic Church, and a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher. 

Terry was named one of Atlanta Women's Magazine's Top 25 Power Women to Watch in 2006, won Women in Technology's (WIT) Woman of the Year award in 2010, was inducted into the Circle of Champions by Dress for Success in 2011, and was a Turknett Leadership Character nominee in 2011 and 2012. 

Terry holds a bachelor's degree from Quincy University and a Master in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University. 

Raul F. Trujillo

Born in Havana, Cuba, Raul has lived in Atlanta since 1962. He and his wife, Annie York, were married at the Cathedral of Christ the King more than 50 years ago. They have four children and two granddaughters. 

Raul received his degree from Georgia Tech and is a Registered Architect. He recently retired as the Associate Director of Navigant. 

Raul is a member of the Christ the King and Our Lady of Charity SVdP Conferences. He received the SVdP Georgia Top Hat Award and in 2006 the WXIA 11-Alive Community Service Award for his work in SVdP. 

Raul has served as a Board Member for Buckhead Christian Ministry, Atlanta Archdiocesan Board of Education, Archdiocesan Hispanic Apostolate, and Cursillo Movement National Secretariat. 

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.

Bill Yadlosky
Coca-cola, retired

Bill Yadlosky has been a Case Manager with SVdP for six years. He now serves as the District 4 President and Georgia Council Board and Finance Committee member.  

Upon graduation from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Packaging Engineering, Bill joined the Air Force where he served as a pilot for eight years. After the Air Force, Bill joined Mobil Corporation, finishing his 27-year Human Resources career with the Coca-Cola Company. His many roles included: Management Development, International Human Resources and Labor Management, Mergers and Acquisitions, Project Management, and Business Development. 

Bill lives in Atlanta with his wife Carol. They have two children and two grandchildren. 

Richard Kessler
Macey, Wilensky, Kessler & Hennings, LLC

Dick served as the President of Board of Directors for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Georgia from 2008-2014. Prior to his involvement as a Board member, Dick served as a Conference member at a local Atlanta conference and served on the Board as Vice President from 1996-2002. 

Dick is an attorney specializing in the area of Banking, Bankruptcy, Consumer and Corporate Law.  As a partner with Macey, Wilensky, Kessler & Hennings, LLC, Dick has served on the State Bar as its Chair as well as numerous committees.  Dick received his J.D. from Emory University and has written extensively on a variety of finance related topics. He is a featured speaker at many financial institutions on topics such as bankruptcy, federal regulations and trade associations. 

Dick lives in Atlanta with his wife Susan.