Board of Directors

More like Board of Doers, that is!  This group is full of Super Heroes who have all kinds of alter egos benefiting the community in one way or another. This board represents financiers to freelancers, corporate decision makers and entrepreneurs, government agents to artisan teachers. These forward-thinking folks deeply understand and care about the life and needs of creatives.


TRICIA STEELE, President
CEO and Founder, SAI Digital
Visionary and leader of creative entrepreneurship in NWGA

PETE MCPHERSON, Vice-President
Licensed CPA and Chief of Staff, SAI Digital
Serial entrepreneur, business strategist, content marketer

LEANNE COOK
Senior Director of Marketing, Harbin Clinic
Co-Owner, Sturdy Girls Sports Bra; RIFF Board, Box jumper

RYAN EARNEST
President, Heritage First Bank
Woods and finance trailblazer

BRADEN KEITH
Consulting Systems Engineer, Appspace
Licensed pilot, Creator, Drone Day, tiny home enthusiast, digital nomad

BRYAN KING
Associate Planner, City of Rome, Masters in Urban Planning (MCP)
Rogue playfulness maker, park visionary, dot connector

MELISSA RUTLEDGE
Senior Graphic Designer at Pinnacle Promotions
Founder, Rome Knitterati; #UnexpectedCanvas painter, etsy-er

JAMES SCHROEDER
Drama Teacher, Rockmart High School
Founder, Ginger Pride Walk; folk artist; consummate artisan advocate

MONICA SHEPPHERD
Graphic Designer/Entrepreneur
Co-President, Chiaha; RIFF Board, Beekeeper

CAROLE SHEALY
VP of Compliance, Mohawk Industries, Flooring NA
Operations consultant and liason to corporate partners and sponsors.


Less like a “Board of Directors,” more like a “Board of Doers.” Our board doesn’t just meet every now and then to hang out and collect checks. We’re all volunteers, and we do things in our community.