The Georgia Trust


Contact staff members at Rhodes Hall state headquarters directly. The last four digits of the direct line also serve as the staff member's extension when calling the main phone number, 404-881-9980. As always, we welcome your phone calls and invite you to stay in touch with us by phone, fax (404-875-2205), or by e-mail.



Mark C. McDonald
President & CEO
Mark C. McDonald has served as President and CEO of The Georgia Trust since June 2008. Since that time, The Georgia Trust has dramatically improved its budget performance and extended its programs and revolving fund activities. Mr. McDonald has over 25 years of professional involvement in historic preservation and a strong business background. He has served as the executive director for three preservation organizations in the Southeast, including the Historic Salisbury Foundation in North Carolina from 1986-1990, the Mobile Historic Development Commission in Mobile, Alabama from 1990-1998 and the Historic Savannah Foundation from 1998-2008.



Anne Farrisee
Senior Director of Development
Anne H. Farrisee has been with the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation since April 2007 and became Senior Director of Development in September 2008. Farrisee served as the Executive Director of Easements Atlanta, a non-profit organization that preserves historic sites through the use of façade easements, and was the State Capitol Historian for 15 years. She co-authored Democracy Restored: A History of the Georgia State Capitol with Dr. Timothy Crimmins. Farrisee has also served as the Executive Director of the Atlanta Preservation Center, a citywide nonprofit organization. Farrisee has a Master's degree in Heritage Preservation from Georgia State University and her undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Virginia.


Bryn Chanudet
Special Events Manager
Bryn Chanudet moved from West Palm Beach, Florida in 2011. She received a bachelor's of science degree from The University of Tennessee and has been planning special events since 2002. She has worked with CityPlace, Proffit's Department Stores, the City of West Palm Beach and Quantum House. Bryn resides in Roswell with her husband, Anthony, their son Knox, and their badly behaved chihuahua, Scooter. She enjoys cooking for friends and family, being outdoors and cheering on the Tennessee Vols.


Nawana Wilkerson
Membership Manager


Preservation Services & Programs


Traci Clark
Director of Communications
Traci Clark is responsible for the Trust's communications strategies, media relations, marketing materials and promotions. A native of coastal Georgia, she holds a master's degree in historic preservation and a bachelor's degree in journalism with a focus in advertising from the University of Georgia. Ms. Clark has been working in the marketing field for nearly 15 years. Her hobbies include running, gardening and visiting historic sites.



Kate Ryan
Director of Preservation
Kate joined the preservation department at The Georgia Trust in 2007. In her role as Director of Preservation she assists with general historic preservation questions and oversees various preservation programs. Kate earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts in Historic Preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design. Prior to working at the Trust she spent several years working for cultural resource management companies playing in the dirt as an archaeologist, conducting historic structure surveys, and nerding it up in libraries and courthouses while researching genealogical and land ownership records. Originally from Havertown, Pennsylvania, she is an avid Phillies fan and will happily offer the best price possible to any phanatic interested in buying an endangered property in Georgia.


Emily Taff
Preservation Assistant
Emily started at The Georgia Trust as an intern in June 2011 while pursuing her a master's degree in heritage preservation at Georgia State University. Prior to that she worked as a book layout designer in New York and her design skills never stop coming in handy. She has spent two summers getting to know the state of Georgia by way of doing easement inspections for The Georgia Trust which have led her down many roads, paved and unpaved. She has been to at least 80 of Georgia's counties.



Evan Thibeault
Main Street Design Assistance Manager
Since 2006, Evan has delivered design recommendations and historic preservation focused technical assistance to downtown revitalization projects across the state. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Syracuse University and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Georgia. These equip him well for his favorite type of project: deciphering the sometimes-puzzling chronology of modifications made to the functional architecture and infrastructure of Georgia's cities. A native New Englander, Evan owned a landscape design/build company in the Midwest during the nineties before heading south to Georgia for graduate school in 2001. When not in the office you're likely to find Evan in the kitchen cooking up something special to share with friends (and coworkers!).


Finance & Administration


Felicia McCullough
Senior Director, Finance & Administration


Rhodes Hall, Atlanta


Chrystal Butts
Rhodes Hall Events Director
As a graduate of Savannah College of Art & Design, Chrystal Butts holds a bachelor's degree in historic preservation and architectural history. Before coming to the Trust, she worked for Revival Construction in Atlanta. As the Rhodes Hall Events Director, Chrystal not only manages all wedding and other rentals, but also tours, museum space, gift shop, and all activities and meetings that take place in Rhodes Hall. She strives for customer service, ensuring that each person that enters Rhodes Hall has a wonderful and memorable experience, and she impresses this quality on her event staff and tour docents as well.  Originally from Fayetteville, Georgia, she now resides in East Point with her husband, Will, an electrician whose services have been used at Rhodes Hall many times by special request from his wife, and their two canine children, Emma and Brodie.


Hay House, Macon


Jonathan Poston
Sr. Director of Properties and Hay House Director
478-742-8155 ext. 19
Poston's career has included a 24 year stint at Historic Charleston Foundation, where he served in various capacities including director of museums and preservation initiatives; three years as a full-time lecturer for the master of science program in historic preservation at Clemson University School of Architecture and the College of Charleston; and as director of the Southwest Regional Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. His 1997 book, "The Buildings of Charleston," is a widely used reference and resource guide on the city's built environment. Poston holds a graduate degree from the College of William and Mary and a law degree from the University of Richmond.

David Shaver
Administrative Manager



David Quackenbush
Rental and Events Manager



William Aultman
Curator of Education




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