Board of Directors
The members of the Board of Directors represent an ecumenical professional group of multi-dimensional cross-cultural backgrounds. Currently led by E Fay Pearce, a businessman with extensive volunteer and leadership experience, the Board guides the Counseling Center in its public endeavors as well as grounding the internal processes of providing quality services.
Braswell Gamble, Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor -- Before moving to Savannah to setup her private practice, Braswell, a native of Atlanta, spent eight years working for Cobb/Douglas Community Services Board as a psychotherapist. This setting gave her the opportunity to work with a wide spectrum of mental health issues. Her areas of expertise include clinical depression, issues arising from experiencing trauma and/or abuse, survivor issues, learning to live with a mental illness, and coping with a mentally ill family member. With a deep and abiding belief that a life of joy, abundance, and peace is available to all human beings no matter what the circumstances, she sees counseling as a way of facilitating the self-discovery that leads to such a life. Her current interests include spiritual direction, end of life issues for individuals and families, and providing clinical supervision.
Allison G. Dixon, M.B.A. – Allison Germaneso Dixon is director of marketing and creative services at Meeting Expectations, a global meeting and association management firm. A member of the senior management team, she leads the corporate marketing and public relations strategy and delivers integrated marketing campaigns to drive record attendance at client conferences. Previously, Allison led the marketing and public relations department for Emory University’s Michael C. Carlos Museum. She promoted major international exhibitions, research initiatives, and special events, frequently working with media outlets such as the New York Times, NOVA, and CNN. Allison has also served as an account executive with Melissa Libby & Associates public relations firm and as a publicist for Atlanta’s High Museum of Art. She holds an MBA with a concentration in marketing from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and a Bachelor of Arts in art history, also earned at Emory.
E. Fay Pearce – Fay is an Atlanta native and very active volunteer following his engineering career with Coca-Cola. As an 18-year volunteer and Board member for the Bobby Dodd Institute, Fay received the Circle of Excellence Award in 2010 as their Volunteer of the Year. He has also served as a Board member for the Historic Oakland Foundation (2003-9), where he was Chair of the Development Committee and served on the Executive Committee. Fay has worked extensively with the Atlanta area Boy Scouts helping raise $15 million, and has been honored with the Silver Beaver Award and the Whitney Young Award. With his wife Ann Lawton, Fay is a member of All Saints Episcopal Church, where he plays harmonica with The Wandering Minstrels for the children during Sunday School. Having graduated from Westminster Schools and Georgia Tech, Fay also is a member of the American Guild of Organists and The Piedmont Driving Club.
Steve Hassett, M.B.A. – Steve is VP of Corporate Development (M&A) at Sage North America, a subsidiary of The Sage Group plc, a leading global supplier of business management software and services. He is the author of the "The Risk Premium Factor: A New Model for Understanding the Volatile Forces that Drive Stock Prices" (Wiley 2011) and has also published in the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, Ad Age, CNBC.com and is a regular contributing author for the Seeking Alpha investment website. Previously, he was an executive at the Weather Channel, CEO of iTendant a SaaS software company he co-founded in 2000. He holds an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and a B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Steve Scher -- Steve has enjoyed a forty-plus year career in the world of taxation and management, having overseen tax compliance for a major corporation and having served in the Treasury Department for the Internal Revenue Service. He recently retired from the IRS, where he received The Albert Gallatin Award, the highest service award issued by the US Department of Treasury. He also brings previous experience serving as a board member for a small non-profit, Out Of Hand Theater Company, and as an active volunteer in a variety of community organizations. Steve leads a very dynamic life in “retirement,” serving as volunteer for the Georgia Aquarium (since its opening); working on behalf of The Pig Sanctuary, a no-kill animal shelter; touring widely around the world including thus far Russia, South Africa, China and Thailand; and most importantly, travelling to see his grandchildren in Florida. He has been married to his college sweetheart Shelley for forty years and they have two delightful sons, Jarad and Keland.
Anita Shippen – Anita Shippen graduated from Agnes Scott College and has dedicated her life to working with children. She recently retired after twenty-eight years of teaching four-year-olds at the Cathedral Preschool at the Cathedral of St. Philip. She has been active in the Agnes Scott Alumnae Association and has served on it board. She is an Honorary Member of the Board of Trustees of Camp Juliette Low in Cloudland, GA. Anita is also active in Northwood Garden Club, the Antique Study Group and serves on the Board of the Vinings Historic Preservation Society. She is also a member of Christ Church Atlanta, Anglican, and serves on its Vestry as secretary.
The following Directors also serve the Board and their bios are in the Therapist section.
The Reverend Canon Thomas H. Conley, Th.M. – Pastoral-Theologian-in-Residence, retired ED
Susan Browner, M.Div. – Staff Chaplain and Director of Administration
David Harris, MTS, MS - Executive Director
Jessica Smith, M.S., LPC – Director of Outreach and Marketing