Advisory Board

The Playworks Georgia Advisory Board is a group of changemakers who believe in the power of play and are active ambassadors for Playworks. These playful professionals contribute their personal time to share the mission of Playworks: to improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play.


Leslie Pierson

Immediate Past Board Chair , Community Volunteer

Shane Ballew

Vice President, Silicon Valley Bank

Torarie Durden

Vice President of Product, Fleetcor Technologies 

Shawn Hickey

Data Insights Practice Lead, ImagineX Consulting 

Melissa Maheux

Account Executive, Google Cloud

Krystal Anthony

Brand Strategy Manager, Georgia Power

Matt Tarkenton

Senior Vice President, Tarkenton Financial

Emily Anne Vall, PhD

 Executive Director, Resilient Georgia

Marianna Whitehurst

Writer, Inspirer, and Philanthropist 

Earnest Sessoms Jr.

Principal, Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School

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