Board of Directors
Sarah Visser, Treasurer
Keep Georgia Beautiful, Executive Director
Sarah Visser has a background in nonprofit management enhanced by extensive experience working with environmental agencies. She joined the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation (KGBF) in May 2011 as its first Executive Director; guiding Keep Georgia Beautiful’s transition from a state program to a nonprofit. Sarah supports the work of 78 local Keep America Beautiful affiliates, the largest network in the nation, as they build sustainable communities through litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling, water resource management and community greening.
An expert in board development and community engagement, Sarah is a member of the Keep America Beautiful “NextGen” team for curriculum development, is one of nine KAB National Trainers and has provided training and facilitation services for local, state and national organizations. She is the 2014-2016 President for the Keep America Beautiful State Leaders Council and has also served on the Keep DeKalb Beautiful board and Georgia’s Project Learning Tree Steering Committee. Sarah is a current member and a past president of the Georgia Urban Forest Council. Prior to joining the Foundation, Sarah spent more than ten years in state government, first with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs’ Keep Georgia Beautiful Program and then at the Georgia Forestry Commission as the Program Manager for Georgia’s Growing Green, a federally-funded job creation and tree planting grant program. In 2013, Sarah was named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s inaugural “50 People in Sustainability” list and in 2014 to Georgia Trend’s “40 Under 40”. Sarah holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Georgia. She lives in Grayson with her daughter Norah and pet cat, Lily.
Director, Troutman Sanders Strategies
Connell currently serves as Senior Counsel to federal and state practice areas at Troutman Sanders Strategies. Prior to joining Troutman Sanders, he served for 25 years with The Coca-Cola Company. Connell enjoys many outdoor activities and has a deep connection with the southern portion of our state.
Director (Ret.), Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites
Elton R. (Al) Shauf
Colonel (Ret.), US Army
Senior Advisor (Ret.), Capitol Partners Public Affairs Group, Inc.
Tom retired from Capitol Partners in 2012 but remains very active in the political, civic and business communities of Georgia. in 1991, he was named by Georgia Trend magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians. He has served on multiple boards and continues to be passionate about public service in Georgia.
College of Environment and Design, University of Georgia
John F. (Jack) Crowley is presently a Professor and Founding Coordinator for the new Professional Graduate Degree Program in Environmental Planning and Design at the University of Georgia. Dr. Crowley has traveled a long and diverse career road from Chief Planner for Oklahoma State Parks and Lodges in the 1970s to running the Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission and developing more than $2 billion in urban mixed use downtown real estate in Tulsa, Denver, Kansas City, San Antonio and Charlotte as a Corporate Executive in the 1980's. In the 1990's he directed Oklahoma's State Department of Transportation before coming to Georgia in 1996 to serve for 10 years as Dean of the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia. He continues as a development consultant across the country and in Central America.
Tom Johnson, President
Senior Executive, Accenture
Tom recently retired from Accenture as Managing Director where he was responsible for a worldwide organization of Information Technology professionals developing and supporting software solutions for Fortune 500 clients. He has over 34 years of experience in the IT industry and traveled extensively in support of his clients. Tom has been married to Wanda for over 33 years and they live in Roswell, GA with their two dogs and three cats. Tom and Wanda helped launch the Friends of Red Top Mountain state park in 2001, and have been avid supporters of National, State, and local parks for many years. They are avid outdoors enthusiasts, and spend as much time as possible enjoying and photographing nature. Tom is also a member of the Ga Press Association and photographs sporting events in the Atlanta area including the Atlanta Falcons and Ga Tech athletics.
Executive Director, Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites
Prior to joining Friends as Executive Director in 2007, Andy had served more than 25 years in leadership positions creating, leading and managing local and national nonprofit organizations in Paralympic sports. From its inception in 1990 to its successful conclusion, Andy served as president and chief executive officer of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games – the world’s second largest sporting event in 1996. Following the 1996 Paralympics, Andy led the creation and development of BlazeSports America, a national nonprofit organization serving children and young adults with physical disability. Andy has served in a variety of volunteer capacities, including ten years on the U. S. Olympic Committee’s Committee on Sports for the Disabled, as a member of the board of trustees of Leadership Atlanta, the board of directors of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, and is an active member of the Atlanta Rotary Club. Andy is an avid outdoorsman enjoying fly fishing and kayaking with his wife, Marina.