Board of Trustees

Bob Foster, President

Bob is a consultant on Health Reform, Medicare and Social Security, having retired after 39 years with the Federal Government. His most recent position was as Special Assistant to the Regional Administrator, for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in Atlanta. Bob spent 6 years as an OIG Special Agent in addition to assignments in CMS’s policy, budget, anti-fraud and external affairs. He holds a B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from Georgia State University. He is admitted to the bar in Georgia and is a member of the Bar’s Health Law Section. He is married, with 3 children and six grandchildren. He is an elder and teaches adult Sunday School in his church.

Mark Riggans, Vice-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.

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.

Jameka Baker

Jameka was introduced to Family Promise by Mrs. Marcy, Associate Director of Counseling and Psychological Services and Director of C.A.R.E on Kennesaw State campus. Jameka is a student at Kennesaw State University studying Psychology. She has always had a love for the community and creating a platform to help improve everything surrounding her. She is currently part of the Center for Student Leadership Fellows on her campus serving on the Poverty and Hunger team. She launched her own non-profit organization in April 2016, which contributes to helping to better her community. Her mission is to help empower youth and young adults through leadership and community service. She mentors youth throughout the Atlanta Metro area from Gwinnett County to Clayton County.


Lane Henderson

Lane enjoys speaking, team training and leading corporate and faith-based retreats. She also works with Georgia Trend magazine in developing new relationships with corporate advertisers. Most of her career experience has focused on sales, management, and training with business print publications and she has also worked for MUST ministries in corporate relations. Lane is married to Sam, a Presbyterian pastor, and they enjoy hosting friends and family in their home and long hikes with their fun, “never-met-a-stranger” pup, Moxie.

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.

Dr. Bruce Perry

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.