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Nixon, Whalen, Wilheit added to the North Georgia Community Foundation Board

Nixon, Whalen, Wilheit added to the North Georgia Community Foundation Board

Gainesville-Hall County, Georgia – (August 21, 2018) The North Georgia Community Foundation continues its strong leadership representation on its Board of Directors and is pleased to announce three Hall County residents to the Board this year: Ann Nixon, Brian Whalen, and Mary Hart Wilheit.

Ann Nixon is a community advocate, most recently serving as the past Executive Director for Hall County Habitat for Humanity. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Ann has become a strong leader in the community over the last 25 years. She has served on numerous non-profit boards and currently serves as a REACH Georgia, an initiative launched by Governor Deal, mentor and as member of the Georgia State Golf Association course rating team. She is a graduate of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Hall County program and The Master Gardener Program of the UGA Extension Service.

Brian Whalen is a Principal of Stribling-Whalen Financial Group in Gainesville. He has earned both his CFP and the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) certifications. Prior to joining Stribling-Whalen Financial Group, he worked eight years for the American Funds, one of the largest investment management organizations in the country. Brian currently volunteers for the Greater Hall Chamber’s Vision 2030 Greenspace Committee and is a youth sports coach.

Mary Hart Wilheit and husband, Philip Wilheit, moved to Gainesville in 1966. This couple has provided unmeasurable leadership to dozens of organizations in our area and the State of Georgia. Mary Hart has a long history of community involvement, serving on and chairing numerous boards in the Gainesville- Hall County and is a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Gainesville Community Foundation (now the North Georgia Community Foundation). She has been honored by distinctions by several organizations including the Rotary Club of Gainesville, Leadership Georgia, the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, and Brenau University.

“We are honored to have each of these individuals choose to spend their time, talents, and skills by serving on the North Georgia Community Foundation Board of Directors,” said Michelle Prater, President & CEO. “The leadership of our Board is absolutely remarkable, and we could not further our mission and goals without their unprecedented guidance.”


About the North Georgia Community Foundation

Founded in 1985 by Lou Fockele and other business leaders, the North Georgia Community Foundation supports nonprofit organizations and donors by building, distributing, and preserving philanthropic assets. To learn more, call 770-535-7880 or visit

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