dedicated folks who believe in youth and know the power of serving.
the pebble tossers board of directors
Inspired by: My family!
In my free time: I participate in triathlons and marathons.
Family: My wife, Erin and two daughters attending high school.
Aaron DixonPartner - Alston & Bird LLP
Inspired by: Seeing happiness in my children’s eyes and watching them achieve their goals.
Bucket list: Be a philanthropist.
Family: Two amazing kids, Giavanna and Lucian and a magnificent wife, Stephanie.
Alex DesiderioDirector of Employee Engagement & Organization Development - Woodruff Arts Center
Inspired by: My faith and belief that all things are possible through Christ and learning something new from challenges or obstacles
Bucket list: Live to be 100; build a youth & elder daycare
Family: Husband Todd, daughter Olivia, son Zach & daughter-in-law Alana and new granddaughter, Nell.
Amy MerrySales Productivity and Readiness Lead - Amazon Web Services
Inspired by: My family – watching my wife and children take on new challenges. When adversity strikes, it’s motivating to see them overcome and excel.
In my free time: I love exercising, being outdoors, and coaching little league baseball.
Family: Wife – Julie, Son – Ari, and Daughter – Remy
Asher RoyalDivision Vice President - DaVita Kidney Care
Inspired by: My faith, my family, my career and the people I work with. Forgiveness inspires me. Nature & travel also inspire me.
Bucket list: Backpack through Southeast Asia.
Family: The oldest of three sisters and have a dog named Spencer.
Broughton BarryAccount Manager - Wolters Kluwer
Inspired by: Helping the underdog.
In my free time: Hanging out with my kids and friends, eating and supporting local businesses.
Family: 2 boys and a wacky rescue dog.
Curtis GropmanOwner - AlphaGraphics
Inspired by: Working with kids at Cristo Rey Jesuit School
Bucket list: Swimming with the Great Whites off Cape Town (in a cage)
Family: 2 beautiful daughters, one terrific son, 2 English Mastiffs
Eric MeierSenior Vice President Client Relations - United Healthcare
Inspired by: Making people smile
Bucket list: Run with the bulls
Family: 4 handsome boys and 1 beautiful bride
Jeff BlackVice President - Stealth Partner Group
Inspired by: My family
Bucket list: Run a full marathon
Family: Blended family with husband Jamaal and 5 amazing girls – Zoe, Sofia, Harper, Jada and Ashley
Leslie GrahamVice President Human Resources - United Digestive
Inspired by: Making a difference in the lives of others and teaching my children the value of such work.
Bucket list: To go skydiving
Family: Married with four kids, Anna Kate, Campbell, Jordan, and Jamie.
Mary Ulmer-JonesSenior Vice President/Associate General Counsel - Bank of America
Inspired by: My daughter. Every day.
Bucket list: Go on a cross-country US road trip with my family
Family: Husband, Doug, and our 6-year old daughter, Arielle. We have 2 aging cats, Maggie (20) and Leo (11).
Rebecca SandbergSenior Consultant - The Brevet Group
Inspired by: I enjoy building relationships and connecting others personally and professionally.
In my free time: I spend as much time as possible with my family. We spend most of our weekends on playing sports and cheering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Florida Gators.
Family: Wife – Divya Vaswani, Sons – Rajer and Jaisen.
Vijay VaswaniManaging Director, Transaction Advisory Services - Bennett Thrasher
Inspired by: I draw my energy from helping others and it inspires me to see individuals meet their goals, no matter how small.
Bucket list: To travel, travel, travel!
Family: Atlanta native, married and has one daughter who attends NC State University.
Wakeeta RosserPlacement and Partnership Specialist - Kennesaw State University
Jennifer McGowan Guynn
As Co-founder and Executive Director of Pebble Tossers, Jen lives by the Golden Rule. In 2016, she was appointed by Georgia Governor Deal to the Commission for Service and Volunteerism. She is an Atlanta native; serves on various boards and committees throughout Atlanta, and is married with three kids and two rescue dogs.
pebble tossers advisory council
Al StanleyAngel Oak Companies
Anne Collier WoodBennett Thrasher, CPA
Dorian UsherwoodDefinity, LLC
Inspired by: Raising public awareness, inspiring others that they can overcome and change their lives for the better.
Bucket list: Walk the Trail El Camino De Santiago.
Family: Loving husband, son and 4 grandchildren.
Dr. Catherine Franklin, DCOwner - Absolute Health Chiropractic, Inc.
Juan SanchezFederal Reserve Bank of Altanta
Every volunteer makes a difference , and your contributions have done so much to make Big Trees shine.
pebble tossers staff + service leaders
We are so thankful for our amazing staff and trained service leaders who ensure that each and every service project goes great.
Looking to organize a project? Let’s chat.
Lisa GillProject Manager
Bryan BeardService Leader
Renee HassanService Leader
Wynne BensonService Leader
Elisa JerroldService Leader
Priscilla NobleService Leader
Christina OstertagService Leader
Want to learn more about youth development? Let’s chat.
Olivia Kemp, MSWProgram Manager