New Board Members Include Technology Executives from Jabian, Goizueta Business School at Emory University and Manheim

Atlanta, GA – January 28, 2014 – The Atlanta-based non-profit association Women in Technology (WIT) announced the 2014 board of directors for WIT and the WIT Foundation (WIT’s philanthropic arm), including the appointment of three female technology executives from prominent Atlanta-area organizations, including Goizueta Business School at Emory University, Manheim and Jabian Consulting.

WIT’s updated mission is to serve as passionate advocates for women of all ages in Georgia’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) 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.

“We are honored that such high-caliber professionals are, not just willing, but excited to join our board,” said Tricia Dempsey, returning WIT board member and incoming WIT president. “We envision WIT’s work contributing significantly to a substantial rise in the percentage of women in Georgia’s STEM workforce by 2020, a lofty goal that I feel confident will be achieved at the direction of this incredible group of professional women.”

“As the philanthropic side of WIT, the work the WIT Foundation does is incredibly important to our commitment to increase the percentage of women in Georgia’s STEM workforce,” said Denise Reese, returning WIT Foundation board member and incoming president of the WIT Foundation. “We have achieved so much these past few years, with the addition of WIT on Campus and an increase in the amount of grants going out to STEM-related nonprofits, and I am positive that the women on the 2014 WIT Foundation board bring the right amount of experience, wisdom and enthusiasm to support continued growth.”

Joining the WIT Inc. board:


Jackie Breiter, CIO/Associate Dean of Technology Services, Goizueta Business School at Emory University
Dana Lowenthal, Director, IT Strategy Execution and Performance, Manheim
Danielle Joiner-McPherson, Director, Jabian Consulting

Returning WIT Inc. board members:

President: Tricia Dempsey, Agile Resources, Inc.

Vice President: Jennifer Sobocinski, CarterBaldwin Executive Search

Treasurer: Bonnie Herron, Intelligent Systems Corporation

Secretary: Jacqueline Plair-Rushin, Intercontinental Hotels Group


Dawn Patrick, Cherry, Bekaert LLP
Shannon Johnston, ShopVisible

Returning WIT Foundation board members:

President: Denise Reese, Macquarium

Vice President: Vicki Hamilton, Technology and Business Executive Entrepreneur

Treasurer: Henrietta Barnes, Independent Consultant

Secretary: Marie Mouchet, Southern Company

Past President: Jannet Walker, CH2M Hill


Cigdem Delano, BIT-Synergies, LLC
Lori Turbé, Grant Thornton LLP
Lisa McVey, McKesson (retired)
Ann G. Fort, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

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

Chair, WIT and WIT Foundation: Cheryl King, PaySpan, Inc.

Director: Denise Billups, C Robinson Associates

Retiring WIT Inc. board member:

Immediate Past President, WIT Inc.: Brenda Holmes, Kilpatrick Townsend (WIT board member since 2007; held office as Secretary, Vice President and President)

“As someone still relatively new to WIT, I cannot tell you how impressed I have been by the enthusiasm of the women who make up these two boards,” said Monica Thornton, executive director of WIT. “Their dedication and true passion for the work that WIT does is unmatched by any other Atlanta nonprofit. I would like to thank Brenda Holmes, who is retiring from the board after years of service, as well as those who are joining us for the first time. 2014 will be an incredible year for us.”