CFCV - Key Persons
- General Counsel Page, Scrantom, Sprouse, Tucker & Ford, PC
- Chairman of Columbus 2025
- President and CEO, Staff
Betsy Whitaker Covington joined the Community Foundation in 2001 and has since worked alongside the board and staff to lead efforts to fulfill the organization's mission.
Previously, Betsy served for over ten years as the director of development for the Columbus Museum, where she was responsible for the museum's efforts in fundraising, membership and audience development.
A native of Columbus, Betsy is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a degree in communications. She has served as president of the Georgia Council of Community Foundations and chair of the Southeastern Council of Foundation's Community Foundation Leadership Team.
A graduate of Leadership Columbus and Leadership Georgia, Betsy serves as Chair of Columbus 2025, the multi-county area's comprehensive long-range planning effort, and on the executive committee of Home for Good, the implementation effort for Columbus' 10-year Plan to Eliminate Homelessness. She is a past president and a current member of the Rotary Club of Columbus.
Betsy and her husband, Rick, are the parents of two adult children, Becca and Richard.
- Immediate past Chair and Chair, Board Development Community Leader
- Vice Chancellor, Troy University
- Vice President & General Manager ( Columbus ), Davis Broadcasting, Inc
- Senior Vice President, Columbus Water Works
- Muscogee County State Court
- Treasurer and Chair, Investment Committee Columbus Affordable Housing Services
- Vice President, Donor Services
- Vice President, Donor Services, Staff
JJ Musgrove is originally from Butler, Missouri, but has been a Columbus resident off and on for the past 20 years. He served as the executive director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra from 2005-11 and then as the Community Foundation's first director of donor services from 2011-13. In 2013, JJ moved to Columbia, Missouri, to serve as the city's Office of Cultural Affairs director and then as Deputy City Manager. He returned to Columbus and the Community Foundation in 2019.
JJ's educational and professional background has centered on nonprofit administration with special emphasis in the performing arts. He has a B.A. in theatre from Graceland University, a M.A. in theatre from the University of Central Missouri, and a M.S. in business with an emphasis on organizational leadership through a servant leadership lens from Columbus State University. He is a certified organizational coach, a diversity and inclusion trainer, a graduate of Leadership Columbia (MO), and served on the Georgia and Missouri State Arts Councils.
He and his wife, Kate, are the proud parents of Sophie the wonder dog and Milo the super cat.
- Vice President, Grants & Programs
- Vice President, Grants & Programs, Staff
Kelli Parker joined the Community Foundation in 2013. She is a 2008 Leadership Columbus graduate and a Philanthropy Southeast Hull Fellow Alumna. Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Parker worked at the Pastoral Institute for seven years where she served in multiple positions, including marketing coordinator, college and community coordinator and most recently, director of development and marketing.
Parker is originally from Warner Robins, Georgia, and moved to Columbus in 2000 to attend Columbus State University as a member of the Servant Leadership Program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and a Master of Science degree in organizational leadership with a focus in servant leadership.
Kelli and her husband have two sons and one daughter.
- Chief Financial Officer
- Chief Financial Officer, Staff
Leah Poole joined the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley as the Director of Finance in July 2016. She came to the Community Foundation from Carmike Cinemas where she was serving as Director of SEC Reporting and Mergers & Acquisitions, having joined the company in 2012 as their Assistant Controller.
Leah is a graduate of the University of Florida's Hough Graduate School of Business, where she earned a Master's of Business Administration. She also earned a BBA in Accounting from CSU's Abbott Turner College of Business. She holds her CPA certification in the state of Georgia and is a member of both the Georgia Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs.
Leah is originally from Springfield, Illinois, and moved to Columbus in 2000. She is a graduate of Leadership Columbus and currently serves on the United Way's Women's Leadership Council Board. She is thrilled to utilize her professional experience to make a difference in her community. Leah enjoys spending time with her husband Jim, and their two daughters.
- Grants & Communications Associate
- Grants & Communications Associate, Staff
Madeline Pieper-Wolff joined the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley as the Grants and Communications Associate in May 2023. Prior to joining the Community Foundation Team, Madeline served for 10 years as Columbus State University's Title IV federally funded grant Empowered Youth of Columbus (EYC) Program Director where she was responsible for designing, managing, and upholding the mission and vision of EYC along with financial and multi-program reporting. Madeline was awarded the Columbus State University (CSU) Collaboration Award in 2017 and a follow-up nomination in 2018, the Boys & Girls Club of the Chattahoochee Valley Champion of Youth Award in 2018, CSU President's Staff Excellence nomination in 2018, CSU's Living Our Values Award and Civic Engagement Award in 2021.
Madeline is originally from Northern Illinois and a graduate of Saint Mary's University of Minnesota with a degree in Studio Art. While in college, she maintained academic and soccer scholarships along with studying abroad in Italy. She holds a certification in Youth Mental Health First Aid and volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, 3d Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment and 2nd Hooah's annual Mogadishu Mile. She has served as a community council member for MCSD Elementary Schools, partnered with Leadership Columbus to prepare EYC students with college and career readiness education, and an American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness committee member.
- Vice Chair President & CEO East Alabama Chamber of Commerce
- Treasurer, Aflac Incorporated
- Pastor, Greater Beallwood Baptist Church
- Secretary Senior Manager, Portfolio Administration, Synovus
- Chairman the Chronicle of Philanthropy
- Managing Partner, Townsend Wealth Management
- Attorney, Page, Scrantom, Sprouse, Tucker & Ford, PC
- Retired, Senior Vice President, Aflac Incorporated