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Staff, Board and Career Opportunities

Working in the cemetery’s historic 1899 Bell Tower, the Historic Oakland Foundation staff works collaboratively and closely with the City of Atlanta to fulfill the organization’s mission of preserving, restoring, enhancing, and sharing historic Oakland Cemetery. We are a small team of goal-oriented, highly-motivated professionals with a passion for Atlanta, history, preservation, and placemaking.

Our dedicated staff includes both part-time and full-time employees who work in a wide range of specialties. Our departments include Development, Education, Gardens, Marketing, Preservation & Restoration, Private Events, Operations, Special Events, and the Visitors Center & Museum Shop.

Historic Oakland Foundation (HOF) was established in 1976 and is a nonprofit organization.

For burials, filming, or permitting, contact Sexton Sam Reed: 404-658-6019.

Our Staff

Aeron Atwoll

Sustainable Gardens Specialist

Melissa Bauer

Senior Director of Development

Charvis Buckholts

Director of Education and Youth Programs

Sean Diaz

Operations Manager

Richard Harker

Executive Director

Abra Lee

Director of Horticulture

Madelyn Livingston

Marketing Coordinator

David Moore

Emeritus Executive Director

Neale Nickels

Senior Director of Capital Projects

Janna Rhoden

Gardens Technician

Emily Ruff

Senior Director of Finance & Administration

Ashley Shares

Director of Preservation

Meagan Smith

Development Manager

Butch Teal

Gardens Curation and Nursery Manager

Jessica VanLanduyt

Senior Director of Experiences and Engagement

Michael Wettlaufer

Preservation Technician

Sandy White

Director of Adult Programs and Volunteers

Tim Wright

Visitor Center and Museum Store Manager

Angie Wynne

Director of Communications and Marketing

Our Board

Steve Paro

Vice Chair
Kavin Manickaraj

Henry (Hank) Gurley

Suzi Sheffield

Executive Committee

Sara Chapman

 May B. Hollis

Christopher Leerssen

Glen Manjos


Tom Aderhold
Bruce Barfield
C. Duncan Beard
Sofia Bork
Charlotte Christian
Alan Elsas

Susan Evins
Greg Farr
Sweta Gurnani
Dr. Megan Hodgkiss
Keocia Howard
Dr. Kevin James

Nancy James
Donovan Johnson
Tad Mitchell
Michael Stephens
Aaron Topol

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