The Georgia Trust

CONTACTS

The main phone number at Rhodes Hall is 404-881-9980. You can also 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. 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.
 

Executive

 

Mark C. McDonald
President & CEO
404-885-7801
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.

Communications

 

Traci Clark
Senior Director of Communications
404-885-7802
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. Traci has been working in the marketing field for more than 15 years. Her hobbies include running, gardening and visiting historic sites with her husband, Joe, and their son, Oliver.

 

 

Development 


Bryn Chanudet
Senior Director of Development
404-885-7803
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 Marietta with her husband, Anthony and their two sons, Knox and Nash. She enjoys cooking for friends and family, being outdoors and cheering on the Tennessee Vols.

 


Brittany Darlington
Special Events Manager
404-885-7812
Brittany has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism with a history minor and a certificate in special event management from Georgia State University. Prior to the Trust, Brittany was a sales associate at Ashton Gardens, a wedding venue in Sugar Hill. While a student, Brittany was an intern in the Development Department where she assisted with special events for several years.

 


Nawana Wilkerson
Donor Relations Manager
404-885-7805

Preservation Services & Programs

 

Neale Nickels
Director of Preservation
404-885-7817
Neale Nickels joined The Georgia Trust in 2016 as Director of Preservation. He moved to Atlanta in 2014 and began working as Director of Preservation for Historic Oakland Foundation at Oakland Cemetery. Prior to that, he served as Architectural Conservator for George Washington's Mount Vernon. Neale has a Master of Science degree from the Clemson/College of Charleston joint historic preservation graduate program in Charleston, SC, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia. He and his wife, Courtney, are both from Virginia and now live in the Garden Hills neighborhood of Atlanta with their daughter, Emme, and faithful yellow lab, Huck.

 

 

Ben Sutton
Historic Properties Coordinator
404-885-7819
Ben Sutton joined The Georgia Trust in 2016. He works directly with The Georgia Trust’s Revolving Fund and Endangered Properties program. Ben has a master's degree in heritage preservation from Georgia State University and a bachelor's degree from Appalachian State University. He is a certified Historic Real Estate Development Finance Professional and has a background in history, education, outdoor leadership and residential remodeling. Ben was drawn to preservation because of its interdisciplinary nature and is motivated by the complex challenges that historic buildings can present. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, Katie, and their young son.

 

 
Finance & Administration

 


 

Debbie Linton
Director of Finance & Administration
404-885-7811

 

 
Rhodes Hall, Atlanta


 

Chrystal Butts
Rhodes Hall Director
404-885-7800
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 daugter, August.

 

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.


Heidi Purvis
Administrative Manager
478-742-8155
Heidi Purvis first visited the Hay House as a child in the summer of 1991 and is incredibly honored to be on the staff as Administrative Manager. With a B.A. and M.A. in History from Georgia Southern University, Heidi is proud to combine her academic and professional experience to serve the Hay House and The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. In her spare time, Heidi enjoys thrifting, crafting, public radio, all-things Halloween and road trips with her husband, Stephen, and son, Oliver.

 

 

William Aultman
Curator of Education
478-742-8155
William Aultman is the Curator of Education at Hay House. William grew up in upstate New York where he was enrolled at the Albany Academies in Albany, New York. His family is native to Georgia, where he moved to attend Mercer University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history.

 

 


 

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