Board of Commissioners
The following members comprise the AHA Board of Commissioners:
- Daniel J. Halpern (Chair)
Mr. Halpern, FMP, is president/CEO and co-founder of Jackmont Hospitality Inc. He currently serves as a member of the Democratic National Committee, chairman of the Georgia Restaurant Association and is a board member of the National Restaurant Association. Halpern graduated from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University.
- James Allen, Jr. (Vice Chair)
A decorated veteran of the United States Army, Mr. Allen is also a retired employee of the Atlanta Housing Authority, where he spent 28 years. Mr. Allen is actively involved in civic and community leadership in Atlanta, currently serving as a member of the Atlanta Commission on Aging, a senior ambassador to the Adamsville Recreation Center and as a member of the Zone 4 Community Prosecutor’s Court Watch Team. Mr. Allen also served as vice president of the Hightower Manor Highrise Resident Council.
- Christopher R. Edwards, M.D.
Dr. Edwards is an Atlanta-based orthopedic surgeon who specializes in adult spinal disorders. A graduate of Morehouse College and Morehouse School of Medicine, he completed his internship and residency at Tulane University. Dr. Edwards is a former president of the Georgia Physicians Association, a former vice president of the Grady Hospital Board of Trustees, and a former chair of the United Way of Greater Atlanta Health Committee. Currently, he serves as a member of the board of trustees of the Morehouse School of Medicine and is the chief medical officer for AWC Networks, LLC, a company that provides health-related technology and cost-containment services.
- Angela F. Ramson
Ms. Ramson is an attorney in the litigation group at Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Her practice focuses on labor and employment and commercial litigation. A graduate of Georgetown University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in finance, and Howard University School of Law, she has served as the board secretary for Center for Black Women's Wellness and as a mentor at B.E.S.T. Academy High School. Currently, she is a volunteer-member with the Truancy Intervention Project. Ms. Ramson was included in Georgia Trend Magazine's and Atlanta Business Chronicle's 40 Under 40 lists.
- Brandon Riddick-Seals
Mr. Riddick-Seals is the business development manager for Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC, a privately-held construction firm. A graduate of Auburn University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in building science and construction management, he also completed International Economic Development Council courses in commercial real estate development and reuse at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He serves as vice chair of the Business Development and Opportunity Committee of the Atlanta Business League Board of Directors and is a member of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, as well as the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation. Mr. Riddick-Seals is also a member of the Leadership Georgia Class of 2015.
- Robert J. Rumley III
A vice president and financial advisor for Morgan Stanley, Mr. Rumley is a graduate of Morehouse College and Georgia State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master of science degree in finance, respectively. A member of The Galloway School Board of Trustees, Mr. Rumley was named by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of 2012’s 40 Under 40. He is the recipient of The Galloway School’s Black History Community Leadership Harvest Award.