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Playworks Georgia Board of Directors

Leslie Pierson

Board President
Founder, MEMI

Leslie Pierson co-founded MEMI, a wearable technology company. She spent several years as a strategy consultant at Bain & Company. Between Bain and MEMI, she held strategic positions at Staples Inc. and Teach for America.

Leslie served as a board member for five years with 4Moms, a leader in innovative baby products. Leslie studied economics at Stanford University and received an MBA from the Harvard Business School. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, Hunter, and three children, Margo, Demi and Hunter.


Corneille Burt Algarra

Principal Consultant, CBA Sports Consulting, LLC

Corneille is a seasoned Sports Marketing Executive and Professional Basketball Coach with over twenty years of global experience across various arenas of the sports industry.

For the past 15 years, Corneille has led International Olympic sponsorships and marketing, first for Meridian Management, the IOC’s former marketing agency then the International Olympic Committee (IOC) directly, and more recently at Helios Partners and GlideSlope. She earned her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Prior to marketing and agency work, Corneille played professional basketball in Germany and Switzerland. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, where she captained the women’s varsity basketball team and earned All-Ivy League and team MVP honors.

For the past 3 years, Corneille has volunteered her time coaching girls and women’s basketball at the high school, AAU and collegiate levels. She is currently an Assistant Coach for the Emory University Women’s team during the 2015-2016 season.


Brant Allen

Director, Multimedia Sales, ESPN

Brant Allen has been a director of ESPN Customer Marketing and Sales since May 2014. In his role, Allen oversees one of the multimedia sales teams responsible for national advertising across the spectrum of ESPN media assets for Southeast-based clients and agencies.

Allen joined ESPN in May of 2008 as an Advertising Sales Account Executive. In this role he was responsible for managing a client list throughout the Southeast territory, selling ESPN's Customer Marketing and Sales linear and digital platforms. Prior to joining ESPN, Allen worked for Comcast Spotlight as a Regional Sales Account Executive and for Turner Broadcasting in multiple sales and marketing roles.

Brant was graduated with honors from Iowa State University in 2003 with a bachelor of arts degree in political science and advertising. Brant lives in Milton, Georgia with his wife, Kelly, and their three children, Keegan, Mia and Parker.


Patti Austin

Director, Information Technology, Kaiser Permanente

Patti Austin is the Director of Information Technology with Kaiser Permanente in the Georgia Region. Patti has over 20 years of experience in leading and developing talent as well as developing and implementing major health care changes through strategic technology solutions and planning. After earning her Bachelor in Arts degree, Patti went on to earn a Masters in Computer Information Science from the University of Denver and is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Health from Creighton University. Patti is committed to giving back to the community and community health in her role. Her community contributions include ongoing participation through Kaiser Permanente community benefit activities across metro Atlanta, the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber Board, North Springs Charter Health Science Advisory Board, Workforce Development Alliance for Fulton County Schools, Technology Association of Georgia, KP Women in Technology, and, most recently, Playworks Georgia.


Phillip Beggs

Partner, Moore Ingram Johnson & Steele, LLP

Phillip Beggs joined Moore Ingram Johnson & Steele, LLP in 1986 and is a partner in the firm's Real Estate Department. He has handled a wide variety of transactional and litigation matters involving real estate issues over the last 25 years. In the Real Estate Department, he heads the firm's commercial leasing practice representing clients in lease negotiations and litigation. Phillip also handles closings and sales contract negotiations for property owners, developers, builders and lenders and coordinates service delivery with the firm's land use practice group for numerous clients.

He is the head of the probate litigation practice group and also litigates other fiduciary, commercial and contract disputes. He has served as an active member of the Litigation Section and the Elder Law Sections of the Georgia and Cobb County Bar Associations. Phillip coordinates orientation and recruiting efforts for new associates and summer clerks.

Born in Winter Gardens, Florida, March 2, 1961, Phillip was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1986 after receiving his Political Science degree from the University of Georgia in 1983, and his J. D. from Mercer University School of Law in 1986.

Phillip is actively involved with Cobb County Habitat for Humanity, the Marietta Kiwanis Club and Cobb Family Resources. He is also heavily involved with the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, including co-chairing the Year 2000 Leadership Cobb program. A lifelong resident of Cobb County, Phillip and his wife, Linda, have two daughters, Georgia and Samantha.

He enjoys following politics, both locally and on a national level, and hiking in the North Georgia mountains with his family.


Jeremy Dobbie

Director, Customer Planning, Georgia-Pacific

Jeremy Dobbie has been a director of Georgia-Pacific Customer Planning for the Bath Tissue Category since September 2014. In his role, Jeremy oversees the largest category in GP's North American Consumer Business across all major national accounts (Costco, Wal-Mart, Target, Kroger, etc.) and supports over $2B in retail sales across the Angel Soft and Quilted Northern brands.

Jeremy joined Georgia-Pacific in April of 2012 as the Senior Brand Manager on the Quilted Northern brand. In this role he was responsible for the day-to-day management of the business as well as the national relaunch of the brand with new creative across TV, Print and Digital advertising. Prior to joining GP, Jeremy worked for both KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) and Unilever in brand management roles.  Before transitioning to the business world, Jeremy's first career was in education where he taught middle school science for eight years.

Jeremy earned his bachelor of arts degree in Human Biology from Stanford University in 1996 and his Masters in Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006. Jeremy lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife, Julie, and their two children, Charlie and Brennan.


Shawn Hickey

Director, Data & Analytics Technology, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Shawn is a Director in PwC’s Data & Analytics Technologies practice with over 12 years of experience providing data management consulting services to Fortune 100 companies across industry sectors. He currently serves as the lead for the US Advisory data quality, governance and migration practice focused on the TICE sector. Shawn is a highly accomplished professional with an excellent track record delivering technology solutions to support business transformation initiatives. He has significant experience leading the design, development, and implementation of a wide range of data management solutions, including; data governance operating model design, data quality and cleansing , data migration, business intelligence, master data management, vendor tool evaluations, and data analysis for risk and compliance.

Shawn graduated from the University of Florida with a BS/BA and a MS in Decision & Information Systems. 


Bradley Holt

Executive Director, Patient Financial and Access Services, Northside Hospital

Bradley Holt is the Executive Director of Northside Hospital where he has spent the last 17 years of his 27 year career. He started his healthcare finance career immediately out of college in 1989. Bradley is a graduate of Tusculum College in Tusculum, TN where he obtained a bachelors in Business Management with a minor in Psychology. Bradley is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association in Georgia and serves as the Vice President on the board of directors with his homeowner's association.

Bradley loves to travel, play and watch sports and has been part of the Atlanta community for over 20 years.


Daren Martin

Regional Director, Southeast at Datadog

Committed to fostering and growing customer relationships for the past 10 years, Daren Martin is the Southeast Regional Director for Datadog where he manages a team responsible for expanding Datadog's business in the Southeast and ensuring those customers and partners become and remain successful. Datadog is cloud scale monitoring platform providing organizations like Netflix, Salesforce, Manheim and Turner Broadcasting a unified and near real-time view of the entire stack to avoid downtime, resolve performance problems, and ensure that development and deployment cycles finish on time.

After beginning his career in the financial services, Daren soon moved on to the tech industry where he spent time with RichRelevance and Baynote improving the personalization capabilities of leading retailers around the globe. In December 2013 he joined Medallia as he saw an opportunity to improve more than just the online experience of leading organizations around the world and instead improve the complete customer experience. At Medallia he initiated and expanded relationships of leaders in the southeast including organizations like IHG, Royal Caribbean, SunTrust, Delta Air Lines, and Home Depot. In April 2017, he left Medallia to build the first enterprise sales team in the Southeast for Datadog, where he still works today.

Daren graduated with Honors from the University of Michigan with a dual degree in English and Organizational Studies and has been living in Atlanta for the past 5 years. He spends his free time with his wife, Karly, dog, Luke (a 95 lb Beauceron mix), traveling and exercising at Crossfit Decatur.