Board of Trustees

Mark Riggans, President

Mark was introduced to Family Promise of Cobb County when his church, Zion Baptist Church of Marietta, became a host church. Mark served 6 years in the Marine Corps and has been employed by Anheuser-Busch for over 20 years and both employers encourage community involvement. Mark has worked on several Habitat for Humanity builds, been a key volunteer for Hosea Feed the Hungry of Atlanta and has served on the Board of Directors for Cobb Christmas, a non-profit organization that has provided free toys to children during the Christmas season, since 2015. Mark will fill the role of Board President of Cobb Christmas in 2017. Mark is married to Makeba and they have 3 children.

Dr. Bruce Perry, Vice-President

Bruce’s interest in Family Promise was heightened by witnessing first hand as a volunteer at St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church the beneficial outcomes for all involved in the activities of the program. He is a retired physician who specialized in Family Medicine and Geriatrics. As well as clinical practice, he was in senior leadership positions in large multispecialty medical groups for much of his career. After retirement from his last leadership position, he had a rewarding encore role as a faculty member of the School of Public Health at Georgia State University, where he taught healthcare policy and leadership for health professionals. He has the experience of being on multiple boards. He and his wife have been married for over 43 years. He is interested in photography, hiking, and kayaking as well as travel with his wife.

Jean Early, Treasurer

Jean has seen the work of Family Promise up close through the involvement of her church congregation and loves the idea that there is a way to keep families together even in times of hardship.  She has been a CPA in the Kennesaw area for nearly 20 years.  She holds a BA in Political Science from Emory University, a BS in Industrial Management from Georgia Tech, and an MBA in Finance from Kennesaw State University.  She is a native Georgian and has been married to her best friend for nearly 34 years.  She is active at Covenant Presbyterian Church as Treasurer and in the music ministry as a member of both the Chancel Choir and handbell group. She also currently serves on the Alumni Council of Darlington School in Rome, Georgia.

Eileen Hilburn, Secretary

Eileen served for four years as the Volunteer Coordinator for Family Promise at St. James Episcopal Church. During that time she also became a regular volunteer at the Day Center helping to coordinate projects, volunteers, communications, and technical solutions for FPCC. Eileen worked for The Coca-Cola Company for 20 years in the Information Technology area. She and her husband Ben have lived in Cobb County for over 30 years. Eileen served as a Girl Scout leader while their two daughters were growing up. She has served as a children’s’ leader for Bible Study Fellowship and currently teaches 5th grade Sunday School at St. James Episcopal Church.

Tom Hunter

Tom has been a Family Promise host volunteer at St. Catherine’s Church from the beginning. He has been particularly attracted to the family to family connection that Family Promise provides.  He has volunteered for many ministries at St. Catherine’s highlighted by 20+ years as a Stephen Ministry Leader and by serving as a common laborer on several habitat houses.  Tom has spent over 40 years in the commercial and industrial lighting industry and is currently “retired” consulting with start-up companies in that industry.  He is married’ with three children and seven grandchildren.  He holds a BA from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a professional degree in architecture from Rhode Island /School of Design.

Ed Nichols

Ed was introduced to Family Promise when he joined Covenant Presbyterian Church four years ago and was a Volunteer Coordinator for this host congregation.  He has been on the Family Promise Golf Committee for the last three years. Ed has been active as an Elder, Stephen Minister and in other roles in several churches in the area.  He has also served on the Atlanta Parkinson Disease Board. Ed served four years in the US Marine Corps. He has a BBA from Florida International University.  He was employed by General Electric Co. (Lamp Division) for 25 years in Distribution Management and by GE/Genworth for 15 years selling Long Term Care Insurance.  Ed and his wife Kathy, a retired Cobb County teacher, have been married for 34 years with three children and four grandchildren. 

Carolyn Shapiro

Carolyn brought Family Promise of Cobb County to her synagogue, Temple Kol Emeth in 2016.  She serves as the Volunteer Coordinator. She also volunteers training service dogs at Canine Assistants.  She has a long and varied background in non-profits on both the volunteer side and the staff side. In Georgia she has served as a panelist on the Cobb County Cultural Arts Council and has worked with the Cobb chapter of the Georgia Association of Gifted Children.  She has also served on the Board of the Georgia Wilderness Institutes, Dancers Collective Atlanta and on her synagogue’s Board in many leadership positions. Carolyn and her husband Michael have been married for 30 years and have raised their two children in Cobb County.

Rhonda Robinson

Rhonda was introduced to Family Promise through her church, St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, where she serves on Vestry, Fellowship, Preschool Board, and the Communications committee. Rhonda is an educational missionary in the Episcopal Diocese of Honduras and is the Executive Director of Honduras Development Network. Rhonda and her husband Steve work with the Seven Bilingual Episcopal Schools of Honduras for the past 4+ years. Working in the education field for 38 years, Rhonda holds a bachelor’s degree in human resources and a master’s degree in computing technology in education. She currently works at Mount Paran Christian School in the Admission and IT offices on the new student information system. Rhonda and Steve have 3 grown children and 3 dogs.