New Board Members Include Technology Executives from IHG, Intelligent Systems Corporation and Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan LLP

Atlanta, GA – December 17, 2012 – The Atlanta-based non-profit association Women in Technology (WIT) announced the appointment of three female technology executives from prominent Atlanta-area companies to the 2013 board of directors for WIT and the WIT Foundation, WIT’s philanthropic arm.

Joining the board:

  • Jacqueline Plair-Rushin, Director, Americas Deployment and Corporate Services, IHG, WIT Director
  • Bonnie Herron, Chief Financial Officer, Vice President and Corporate Secretary, Intelligent Systems Corporation, WIT Director
  • Ann G. Fort, Partner, Intellectual Property, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, WIT Foundation Director

WIT’s mission is to serve as passionate advocates for advancing women in Georgia’s technology community. The organization is actively focused on providing professional development, recognizing deserving leaders and delivering compelling programs that inspire and encourage young women to pursue technology careers.

“As WIT enters its 21st year, we are honored that such high-caliber professionals are, not just willing, but excited to join our board,” said Brenda Holmes, Kilpatrick Townsend, and returning President of WIT. “Year after year, we are fortunate to attract and retain such an impressive ‘who’s who’ of Georgia business executives on our board, and we are delighted to welcome these three ladies, who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. 2013 will be a fantastic year for WIT.”

“The work of WIT and the WIT Foundation is incredibly important to the community, and these additions to our board will only enhance what we can accomplish next year,” comments Jannet Walker of CH2M Hill, and returning President of the WIT Foundation. “2012 was an exciting and productive year, and 2013 promises to be even more successful.”

Returning WIT board members:

President: Brenda Holmes, Kilpatrick Townsend

Vice President: Tricia Dempsey, Agile Resources, Inc.

Treasurer: Dawn Patrick, Cherry, Bekaert & Holland

Secretary: Jennifer Sobocinski, CarterBaldwin Executive Search


Denise Billups, C Robinson Associates
Marianne Johnson, Elavon
Shannon Johnston, ShopVisible

Returning WIT Foundation board members:

President: Jannet Walker, CH2M Hill

Vice President: Denise Reese, Macquarium

Treasurer: Henrietta Barnes, Island Windjammers, Inc.

Secretary: Vicki Hamilton, Technology and Business Executive Entrepreneur


Cigdem Delano, BIT-Synergies, LLC
Lori Turbé, Grant Thornton LLP
Lisa McVey, McKesson
Marie Mouchet, Southern Company

Returning interlocking board members: (WIT and WIT Foundation):

Chair, WIT and WIT Foundation: Cheryl King, The OnTarget Company

Director: Lisa Clancey, SunTrust

Retiring board members include:

Sandy Hofmann, Immediate Past President, WIT (WIT board member since 2007)

Margot King, Immediate Past President, WIT Foundation (WIT Foundation board member since 2007)

Judi Vitale,  WIT Inc. and Foundation Chair (WIT board member since 2004 and WIT Foundation Interlocking board member since 2009)

“It’s important that we recognize, not just those joining WIT’s board of directors, but those who have given years of service to the organization,” said Stephanie Hill, executive director of WIT. “I would like to personally thank our retiring board members for the incredible time and energy they have contributed to both WIT and the WIT Foundation. These three remarkable women have been an integral part of our current success.”

About Women in Technology (WIT)

WIT’s mission is to serve as passionate advocates for advancing women in Georgia’s technology community. Each year, more than 1,000 thought leaders and professionals attend WIT Forums, WIT’s leadership and networking series.  Through “Careers in Action”, WIT delivers professional development programs such as Executive Readiness, Leadership Foundations, and Success by Design, created to enable women to hone their leadership skills and achieve visibility within the business community.   WIT’s philanthropic and educational programs, known as Girls Get IT, collaborate with the business, education, and nonprofit communities to inspire girls of all ages to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  WIT has two annual premier events, WIT Connect: Connecting for a Cause (our annual fundraiser) and WIT’s Women of the Year in Technology Awards honoring the women who successfully lead Georgia’s technology community. WIT is a founding society of the Technology Association of Georgia, an umbrella membership organization that serves the Georgia technology community.  For more information on WIT and the WIT Foundation, WIT’s philanthropic arm, visit