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 contact us through the website.
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.
Traci Clark Rothwell Senior Director of Communications
Traci Clark is responsible for the Trust’s communications strategies, media relations, marketing materials and promotions. A sixth-generation Georgian and 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 and public relations, from the University of Georgia. Traci has been working in the marketing field for more than 20 years. Her hobbies include running, gardening and visiting historic sites with her husband, Joe, and their son.
Bryn Chanudet moved from West Palm Beach, Florida to Atlanta in 2011 and began her career with the Trust. She received a bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Tennessee and started her nonprofit career in Florida with a children’s healthcare organization. Bryn was promoted from Director of Special Events to the Sr. Director of Development with The Georgia Trust in 2016. Bryn resides in Marietta with her husband, Anthony and their two sons, Knox and Nash. She enjoys cooking for friends and family, being outdoors, cheering on the Tennessee Vols and learning about historic preservation.
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. Brittany lives in Duluth with her husband, Kendon, and their children, Avery and Mason.
Ben Sutton has been with The Georgia Trust since 2014, becoming Director of Preservation in 2018. 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, and outdoor leadership. 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 historic Grant Park with his wife, Katie, and two young boys.
Danielle Meunier joined The Georgia Trust in 2017 as the Preservation Communications Coordinator. In this position, she assists with preservation assistance and the organization’s related communications. She also works with the Trust’s Preservation Awards and Places in Peril programs, and manages Inherit GA, the Trust’s young supporters. Previously, she spent seven years with Historic Savannah Foundation (HSF) as the Preservation & Education Coordinator. Her work with HSF encompassed spearheading and expanding the organization’s educational programming to include a year-round Hands on History Program for schools, as well as representing HSF in matters concerning preservation issues and architectural review. Danielle holds a BFA in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and is very passionate about architectural history and particularly the stories that buildings have to tell. She also enjoys sharing this passion through education, especially with younger generations.
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. She resides in her hometown of Fayetteville, Georgia with her husband, Will, an electrician whose services have been used at Rhodes Hall many times by special request from his wife and their daughter, August.
Dana Ponder Director of Finance and Administration
Dana Ponder graduated from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida and upon graduating relocated to Atlanta. She began a nine-year career in banking, earning her CPA before she left her position as CFO for Southern Bank Group Roswell, Georgia. Dana transitioned to public accounting as an Audit Manager for Brooks, McGinnis & Co. She spent 13 years auditing non-profit clients while she continued to consult and perform accounting services for a select group of her own clients.
In 2014, she became the Director of Finance for Desire Street Ministries, where she streamlined the accounting processes and managed several large rebuilding projects associated with the Hurricane Katrina disaster. She joined the team at The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation at the end of 2019 and continues in the role of Finance and Accounting.
Dana and her husband Bill attend Buckhead Church. They have a grown daughter, Adelaide Douglas Ponder. Dana and Bill love animals and give a good home to several dogs and cats.
Caroline is responsible for coordinating and managing private events held at Rhodes Hall. Prior to the Trust, she served as the Catering and Events Manager at the Peachtree Club in Midtown Atlanta and has worked closely with hundreds of couples on their wedding days.
After graduating from Campbell High School in Smyrna, Caroline majored in Religion and minored in History and Spanish at Ohio Wesleyan University. In her free time, Caroline enjoys trying as many of the different restaurants in Atlanta as she can, practicing yoga and playing her piano.
Originally from Gray, Georgia, Clint comes to the Trust with many years of management experience that he gained while working at Geico and Birch Communications. After spending 24 years in numerous positions with Geico in Macon as well as Lakeland, Florida, he moved back to Macon to be closer to his family.