Our board of directors is composed of community members who are united in the goal of bringing the Aimee Copeland Foundation’s vision to life.
Chairman of the Board
Andy Copeland was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and graduated with a degree in business administration from The University of South Carolina. In 1983, Andy and his wife, Donna, were married in Spartanburg, where they had their two daughters: Paige and Aimee. The family moved to Georgia in 1994 and settled in Snellville, where Andy started a career in finance.
Andy is now a financial advisor with Edward Jones in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He is a past president of the Rotary Club of South Gwinnett County and he currently serves as treasurer and board member of Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC).
Alexandra “Ali” Lawrence has a diverse background in public relations, marketing and communications – across nonprofit, health-related and government sectors. After graduating from the University of Alabama with a BA in public relations, Ali worked for a healthcare PR agency in Manhattan. Since moving to Atlanta, she has worked for several well-known organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Alliant Health Solutions and WebMD.
Ali has volunteered at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Pound Puppies ‘N Kittens and Paradox Spay and Neuter Clinic – an organization that provides veterinary services to low-income pet owners. She is currently enrolled in the clinical social work master’s degree program at Kennesaw State University, with the long-term goal of becoming a mental health therapist.
Doug Langley, CPA
Doug Langley has been a certified public accountant since 1981. He worked with Ashford and Associates for 37 years, and now devotes his time to financial planning with GFS Advisory. He holds a bachelor’s in business administration from Georgia State University, and has been involved with the Rotary Club of South Gwinnett since 1982. He will be advising the Foundation on financial matters, as well as serving as treasurer and CPA.
Brad Strickland is an associate with Alston & Bird’s Products Liability Team. He focuses his practice on the defense of mass tort, product liability and professional malpractice litigation. His practice includes representation of companies in a variety of product litigation matters, including asbestos, automotive, coatings and drywall litigation. Brad also has experience representing companies in product recalls, civil penalty actions and reporting activities involving the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Brad received his JD from Emory University School of Law and earned his BS in industrial and systems engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He hopes to provide legal advice and support to ACF.
As a director of public relations and communications, Nancy is responsible for the consumer- and customer-facing public relations and communications strategy; content delivery channels; and the brand architecture evolution for the Global Consumer Solutions business unit at Equifax. A part of the marketing organization within Global Consumer Solutions, she works closely with a diverse team of professionals including those who specialize in communications, media strategy, public relations, search engine optimization and conversion. Nancy will assist ACF with marketing and public relations.
Anne McSweeney, LMSW
Anne McSweeney is a licensed medical social worker with a unique and diverse background in clinical social work, education and community relations. Anne is the owner and educational director of CEU Concepts, which provides educational seminars to healthcare professionals via live workshops and educational consulting services.
Anne is a board member for the Atlanta Senior Care Network Niche, which is a group of professionals who work with seniors. She serves as a board member for Ageless Interaction, and she was appointed to the Fulton County Commission on Elderly Affairs in 2015. She additionally serves on the Planning Committee for the Piedmont Hospital Care Transitions Work Group – a group committed to collaborating with community partners in an attempt to reduce hospital readmissions.
Anne will help ACF network with various health professionals and partners and will contribute to board development.
Elizabeth Dyer Cobb
Elizabeth “Lil” Dyer Cobb is a licensed medical esthetician, holds a degree in broadcast journalism, and founded Atlanta’s first medical spa, Seraphim Skin Care. As a small business owner in the Atlanta area since 1997, Lil is well connected within the community. She has grown her business from the ground up, demonstrating skills in marketing, networking, planning and executing a successful business. Seraphim Skin Care has won a multitude of awards since its opening, including Best Men’s Facial in 2016. For the past two years, Lil has held a fundraiser, the Angel Gala, to raise money for FODAC. Lil brings her energy, creativity, business-mindedness and event planning skills to the Aimee Copeland Foundation.
John is a partner with the law firm, Trusted Counsel (Ashley), LLC, where he serves as legal counsel to middle-market companies, private equity investors and Fortune 500 companies. John’s practice focuses on corporate and transactional matters, particularly those related to intellectual property, technology agreements, private equity investments and the sale and acquisition of companies.
John received his BA, cum laude, in finance and management and a joint JD/MBA from the University of South Carolina. He speaks frequently on business and legal topics. He currently co-hosts “In Process – Conversations for Business in the 21st Century,” which is a bi-weekly radio show and podcast on Atlanta’s Newstalk 1160.
John is married to his wife Soo and has three young children. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching college football and playing tennis.
As the life skills therapist and case manager in the Transition Support Program at Shepherd Center, Tara MacCaughelty, CTRS, CCM, possesses a unique blend of skills for supporting patients and families as they navigate their new lives. Tara is a skilled clinician with 11 years of experience in spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke and amputee rehabilitation. She has worked throughout the healthcare continuum from inpatient rehab to the home setting and has a true passion for meeting patients where they are in their home/community setting. Prior to her current role, Tara was a recreational therapist at Shepherd Center, utilizing patients’ leisure interests, including outdoor recreation and therapy interventions to address their assessed rehab goals. Tara has contributed to the development of a regional rescue emergency preparedness program and participates in the Georgia Advocacy Network on brain injury.
Tara received her BS from Georgia Southern University and is a certified therapeutic recreation specialist and certified case manager.