associates luncheon

2024 Associates Spring Luncheon

Friday, March 15, 2024
Piedmont Driving Club

Champagne Reception: 11:15 a.m.
Lunch and Program: 12:00 p.m.

Thank you for your interest in the 2024 Associates Luncheon. Thanks to generous community support, the event is currently at capacity. If you are interested in joining the waitlist, please email

Keynote Speaker

A portrait photo of C. Neill Epperson, MD
C. Neill Epperson, MD

C. Neill Epperson, MD, is a Professor and the Robert Freedman Endowed Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine-Anschutz Medical Campus (CU-AMC) where she is also the Executive Director of the Helen E. and Arthur Johnson Depression Center. Before being recruited to CU-Anschutz, Dr. Epperson served as the founder and director of both the Penn Center for Women’s Behavioral Wellness and Penn PROMOTES, Research on Sex and Gender in Health at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where she was a tenured Professor of Psychiatry, with a secondary appointment in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Epperson received her medical degree at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed her postdoctoral and research training in psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, where she rose to the level of associate professor before her recruitment to the University of Pennsylvania in 2009.

Dr. Epperson is internationally known for her unique lifespan approach to women’s reproductive and behavioral health in her clinical, teaching, leadership and scholarly endeavors. Dr. Epperson’s body of research has led to a greater appreciation of the impact of gonadal steroids on brain structure and function and the importance of considering reproductive status and sex in all biomedical research. In addition, Dr. Epperson’s research demonstrates that childhood adversity has an enduring impact on physiologic responses during times of hormonal fluctuation as well as gonadal steroid effects on brain and behavior. Dr. Epperson’s research has been consistently funded by the National Institutes of Health for more than 2 decades. She is a productive mentor and independent investigator with more than 250 peer-reviewed publications and abstracts.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Support for the Associates Luncheon will provide critical financial resources for families in crisis and help Skyland Trail achieve its important mission.

Thank You 2024 Sponsors!


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Liz Blake
The Shaifer Family


Juanita Markwalter
Ruth Wellborn


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Kit Bowlin
Laura Alby
Nan Easterlin
Abby Echols
Julie & Shayan Hussain
Karen Parker
Nancy and Carolyn Patterson
Patty Reid
Diana Tipton
Betsy West

Table Hosts

Kris Ballard
Cindi Bateman
Nancy Bryant
Nancy Caswell
Barbara Chandler
Julie Collins
Betty Coy
Carol Doty
Donna Davidson
Cindy Ferguson
Beth Finnerty
Mary Frances Garrett
Amie Herbert
Perrin Kibler
Carla Knobloch
Barby Levy
Betts Love
Kim Marks
Missy McClatchey
Kristin Newberry
Beth Park
Leigh Pollard
Becky Riley
Scottie Schoen
Cathy Shaffer
Margaret Stickney
Nola Stull
Michelle Sullivan
Mary Watson
Catherine Whitis
Leslie Wierman

Media Sponsor

The Atlantan

Event Chairs

A photo of Ruth Wellborn and Juanita Markwalter

Ruth Wellborn, Associates President
Juanita Markwalter, Associates Vice President

About the Associates Spring Luncheon

The Skyland Trail Associates Spring Luncheon is a unique annual fundraising event to support our mission. The event is organized by the Skyland Trail Associates, an impressive volunteer group of Atlanta women leaders. Guests enjoy a luncheon and keynote presentation on mental health.

Generous Atlanta-based businesses sponsor the luncheon. Each year the Associates select an area of need or opportunity at Skyland Trail and direct proceeds from the event to help us advance or improve our world-class mental health treatment programs for clients and families.

CONTACT: Pam McAdams,, 678-686-5905

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