Board of Trustees
- Dr. Richard D. Phillips, Chair of the Board
- Laura Ries, Vice Chair of the Board
- Jeffrey Kudlata, Secretary
- Michael Wright, Treasurer
- Amber Carey
- Scott Frank
- Adam Goldfein
- Robert Gray
- Chris Martin
- Gail Swift, Emerita
Dr. Phillips is the Dean of the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and he is also the C.V. Starr Professor of Risk Management and Insurance. Dr. Phillips’ other board work includes serving on the board of directors for the Munich American Reassurance Corporation, the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, and the American Risk and Insurance Association.Dr. Phillips earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota and his MS and PhD degrees are from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Phillips joined the Swift School’s Board of Trustees in 2006 and has served as the Chair of the Education Committee and Vice Chair of the Board. He began his tenure as Chair of the Board in 2011. Dr. Philips' girls Megan and Caitlin are both Swift School alumni.
Laura Ries is President of Ries & Ries. Her expertise is in marketing and branding. For 20 years, Laura along with her partner/father Al Ries, has run Ries & Ries a global branding strategy firm. Ries & Ries consults with companies around the world on building brands using the philosophies of Positioning, Focus and Visual Hammer which they developed. Laura Ries is the author or co-author of several books including The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding, The Fall of Advertising & the Rise of PR, The Origin of Brands and Visual Hammer. She is also a frequent guest marketing commentator appearing on CNN, Fox News, CNBC, ABC News and the Today Show. Laura earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University graduating with highest distinction in the top 2% of her class. Laura’s son Conrad attended Swift since first grade and graduated from Swift's 8th grade in 2016. Laura joined the Board of Trustees in 2010, she is Chair of the Committee on Trustees and has served as Vice Chair of the Board since 2014.
Jeffrey Kudlata is a Talent Management practice leader at AT&T. Jeff brings a deep expertise in corporate education and people development. Jeff graduated from Vanderbilt University and has an MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management. He has held Alumni Board positions at both schools. Jeff joined the Swift School’s Board of Trustees in 2011. He has served as Chair of the Personnel Committee and Jeff and his wife Regan have co-chaired the Swift Annual Fund. Jeff has served as secretary since 2012. Jeff’s daughter Ainsley is an alumni of Swift School.
Michael is a recently retired high-level executive. Mike spent 32 years within the Coca-Cola system working in both finance and information technology. In his role as Vice President of Finance, Mike managed the treasury, investor relations, financial reporting, budgeting and planning, taxation and insurance functions. Mike’s roles in information technology included multi-million dollar, multi-year projects in finance, human resources and product supply. Mike is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States. Mike has personally experienced the challengers and concerns of having a child with dyslexia. His son was diagnosed with dyslexia in elementary school. He graduated from Lassiter high school and attends George College and State University. Mike’s frustrations with the lack of access to information and resources for parents with dyslexic children led him to join the board of the IDA where he continues to serve. Michael joined the Swift School’s Board of Trustees in 2016 and he is currently serving as Treasurer.
Amber is the mother of 3rd grade Swift student Harper Carey. She is a trained accountant and has experience in the fields of banking, merchandising and sales from her positions at Wal-Mart and Kraft Foods. Currently Amber is a mother, volunteer and a manager of her family’s foundation. She has personally managed and guided the funding of several major projects focused on education. Her husband Matt Carey is the Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer at Home Depot. Amber is passionate about Swift and is enthusiastic about helping the school move forward with the development of the new campus. Amber joined the Swift School’s Board of Trustees in 2016.
Scott is president of AT&T Intellectual Property and is responsible for the identification, development, protection, management, marketing, licensing and sale of all company-wide intellectual property for AT&T. Scott received his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech, and his Law Degree and Masters in Business from Georgia State University. Scott is a member of the Board of Directors of the Intellectual Property Owners Assoc.; Chair of the Georgia Tech and Georgia State University Intellectual Property Advisory Boards; Chair of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Tech Research Corporation, and former Chair of the State Bar of Georgia’s Intellectual Property Law Section. He is also former Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Mary Hall Freedom House, an organization that rehabilitates women with addiction problems. Scott has a dyslexic daughter and has taken a great interest in Swift School and its mission. His daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia in fifth grade. She graduated from Marist and is currently attending Kennesaw University. Scott joined the Swift School’s Board of Trustees in 2016.
Adam Goldfein is a well-known talk show host, attorney and entrepreneur. Adam is President of Goldfein Claims Management, LLC a nationwide firm servicing Fortune 500 companies, banks, and large financial Institutions which he founded in 2008. Adam is also a radio talk show host on News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB. His previous experience includes operating and owning auto dealerships, serving as the Automotive Director for CBS Radio, and hosting two live television shows - Lawyer Talk and AutoScoop on the CW69 Network. He is frequently engaged as a public speaker for corporate events and Employee Training. Adam has an undergraduate degree in History from Emory University and law degree from Fordham University School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Georgia and New York. His son Harry graduated Swift School in 2014. Adam joined the Swift School’s Board of Trustees in 2015.
With 30 years of professional services experience and engineering and finance degrees, Bob has held senior market facing executive positions in consulting, technology and outsourcing businesses while serving clients in the Global 500 and private equity across a range of industries. As Chief Consulting Officer, Bob led a boutique operations improvement consultancy serving private equity clients. Previously, at NTT Data and Keane, which was acquired by NTT Data, Bob served on the overall management team and directly led a technology services business unit. Prior to that, Bob held positions at Capgemini, EY, Gemini Consulting and Accenture. Bob graduated from the University of Chicago and Purdue University with MBA, Finance and BS, Engineering degrees. Since 2014, he has served in elected office as a Councilman for the City of Johns Creek, Georgia. He serves on the board of Ammacore, a networking solutions company, and the Swift School. Bob joined the Swift School’s Board of Trustees in 2005. He served as Swift’s Chair of the Board from 2005-2011. And Vice Chair of the Board from 2011-2012. Currently he is chair of the Campus Initiatives committee. His son, Marshall, an alumni of the Swift School, is now a Junior at Virginia Tech studying Business Information Technology.
Chris is president of EM2, an integrated brand marketing company that serves the communications needs of educational institutions and non-profit organizations. His creative approach is a catalyst for inspiration, inquiry, collaboration and success. Under his leadership, EM2 has provided ground-breaking creative strategies and tools for a many public and private schools of every size and scope. Chris has served as an adjunct profession at The Creative Circus and was the past president of the AIGA, a professional organization for design. Chris joined the Swift School’s Board of Trustees in 2016.