Buckhead Heritage’s Board is comprised of a group whose diverse experience and skills as civic leaders, historic preservationists, architectural historians, and corporate executives provide a thorough perspective in overseeing the implementation of its Mission.
From left to right: Buckhead Heritage Board Members Henry Howell, Claudia Barnes, James Ottley, Tamara Bazzle, Executive Director Erica Danylchak, and President Wright Mitchell. Photograph Courtesy of Ross Henderson Photography.
Wright Mitchell (President) - Mr. Mitchell is a labor and employment attorney with Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP. He is also on the Executive Committee of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Preservation Center, The Lovett School Alumni Executive Board and the Georgia Governor's Mansion Executive Fine Arts Committee. Mr. Mitchell lives in Buckhead with his wife, Antonia, and their two young children.
Tamara Bazzle (Vice-President) - Mrs. Bazzle, a Buckhead native, is a retired interior designer who also serves as a Trustee of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and as a member of the Board of Overseers for the Atwood House Museum/Chatham (MA) Historical Society. As an active community volunteer, she has served on the boards of the Atlanta Preservation Center, the Samaritan Counseling Center and Canterbury Court.
Bob Helget (Treasurer) – Mr. Helget is retired from The Coca-Cola Company where he was a Director of Human Resources for the Middle East. Since retirement he has been involved with a number of non-profit organizations including the Atlanta Zoo, A.G. Rhodes Homes, and the Southern Center for International Studies. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Preservation Center and is the historian for Sardis UMC.
Charles Wright (Secretary) – Mr. Wright is a partner with Development Resource Group, LLC, where he has experience in developing urban infill properties in historically significant and sensitive regions, including downtown Savannah. He is a native of Buckhead and also serves on the Advisory Board of Summerbridge Alumni Network and on the Board of TierraAtlanta.
Ivan Allen, IV - Mr. Allen is employed as Director, Business Development for Staples. Mr. Allen is involved with Hands on Atlanta and he, and his two young boys, have been very involved with the Harmony Grove Cemetery restoration.
Beckie Amos - Mrs. Amos grew up in Atlanta and attended E. Rivers and Northside High School before she received her BA in Art from Florida State University. After returning to Atlanta to teach art at Northside High School, she became an active real estate agent with Harry Norman Realtors in Buckhead. In addition to being an active member of the North Buckhead Civic Association, Mrs. Amos has served on the board of the Neighborhood Planning Unit B, has been active with the Cathedral of St. Philip's Cathedral Antique Show and Tour of Homes, and has been a member of the Junior League of Atlanta. Mrs. Amos is married to John and is the proud mother of sons Hunter and Will.
Claudia Barnes – Mrs. Barnes is a fifth generation Atlantan and a Buckhead native. She is generous with her time at The Cathedral of Saint Philip, Piedmont Hospital, and at Childrens Health Care of Atlanta.
John Beach Jr. – Mr. Beach is a partner at Paces Construction, where he focuses on preserving and updating area homes. John, active in several historical and preservation groups, is interested in the history of the built environment, and currently sits on three local boards. He is a guest lecturer at Georgia Tech’s School of Architecture, where he is also writing a thesis on North Atlanta’s neighborhood development over the last century. He and his wife Ann have a son at Purdue University.
Boyd Coons – Mr. Coons earned a Bachelor of Arts in design at the University of Florida and a Master of Arts in architectural history, as well as a preservation certificate, from the University of Virginia. He currently applies his skills and knowledge as Executive Director of the Atlanta Preservation Center.
G. Boyd Leake – Mr. Leake is president and CEO of Community Environmental Management, Inc., an Atlanta-based environmental consulting firm specializing in institutional and municipal solid waste issues. He has a background in project management, fundraising, nonprofit management and government affairs with an emphasis on historical, educational and environmental issues. He formerly served as Executive Director of Georgia Trees Coalition and is a former member of the Board of Directors of Preservation Fund, Inc. He currently serves as a member of the board of the Peachtree Heights West Civic Association. Boyd and his wife Caroline Ballard Leake have two sons.
Sam Massell – A life-long resident of Atlanta with successful careers in real estate brokerage, elected office, the field of tourism, and association management, Mr. Massell is Founding President of the Buckhead Coalition, a nonprofit civic organization comprised of Chief Executive Officers of major businesses in this northern quadrant of Atlanta who have pooled their strengths to nurture the quality of life and guide the orderly growth of Buckhead. Mr. Massell served twenty-two years in elected offices, including eight as President of Atlanta’s Board of Aldermen (now known as the City Council) and four as Atlanta’s Mayor. He is on numerous Boards, including those of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, Atlanta Historical Society and Atlanta Speech School.
James M. Ottley – Mr. Ottley is a real estate lending attorney with Cohn Fyvolent & Shaver, LLC. He is on the board of Snake Nation, the younger members’ section of the Atlanta History Center. Mr. Ottley is also an active member of the Downtown Atlanta Kiwanis Club as well as the Inquiry Club. He is a fourth generation Atlantan and author of “Atlanta History for Cocktail Parties.”
Jill Toth -- Ms. Toth has had a 29-year career in banking and is a Senior Vice President and Treasury Services Executive with Bank of America. She has been involved in the Atlanta volunteer community with a focus on at-risk teenagers. For several years she served on the Finance Committee for the Cathedral of St. Philip and was treasurer of the Cathedral Antiques Show.