Meet the Staff
Olen Earl - Executive Director of Gift Planning
Olen, a graduate of Emory's School of Law, works with donors and their professional advisers to establish gifts to support the Emory University School of Law, the Goizueta Business School, Emory College of Arts and Sciences, the Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory Healthcare and The Winship Cancer Institute. Olen joined Emory's Gift Planning team as Executive Director in 2011 after serving ten years as the Director of Gift Planning for The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, where he was responsible for the development and implementation of the foundation's comprehensive gift planning program, acting as liaison to donors' professional advisers and designing planned and major gifts. Prior to that, he worked as a tax attorney for two large international law firms, Jones Day and Troutman Sanders, and later was the Director of Planning and a financial adviser with GV Financial Advisers. Olen has completed the Family Wealth Counselors of America's Professional Mentoring Program—an advanced education program dedicated to training professional financial advisers to successfully integrate the charitable components of planning into the traditional estate planning process—and holds the designation of Certified Financial Planner (CFP). He is a past Chair of the Estate Planning and Probate Section of the Atlanta Bar Association and a prior member of the boards of the Atlanta Estate Planning Council and the Georgia Planned Giving Council. A native Mississippian, Olen received his B.A. from the University of Virginia.
Stephanie Frostbaum - Director of Gift Planning
Stephanie, an Emory Law School graduate, works closely with donors who support the Health Sciences at Emory through gifts to Emory's School of Medicine, The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, The Rollins School of Public Health, The Woodruff Health Sciences Center, The Yerkes National Primate Research Center, and the Michael C. Carlos Museum. Stephanie joined Emory's Office of Gift Planning in 2005, coming to Emory from Wachovia Wealth Management, where she was a Vice President and Wealth Strategist. Stephanie practiced law as a Tax and Estate Planning Attorney for ten years in the Atlanta area. She holds the designation of Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and is a member of the state bars of New York, Connecticut and Georgia. A native of New York City, Stephanie received her B.A. from Boston University.
Mary Simmons - Director of Gift Planning
Mary helps donors create gifts to support Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Campus Life, the University Libraries, the Laney Graduate School, the Candler School of Theology, and Oxford College. She joined Emory's Office of Gift Planning in 2007 and spent the previous eight years as the Regional Outreach Manager for the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. Her prior experience includes serving as Director of Planned Giving for the Woodruff Arts Center and Vice President, Endowment and Foundations Trust Management at SunTrust Banks. She is also a former president of the Georgia Planned Giving Counsel. Mary is a native Georgian and received her B.A. from Agnes Scott College.
Lisa Smith - Associate Director of Gift Planning Services
Lisa works closely with attorneys, executors and administrators to ensure smooth and timely settlement of estates in which Emory has been named a beneficiary. In addition, she manages and coordinates the flow of data and information related to planned gifts. Lisa joined Emory's Office of Gift Planning in 2005. Her prior work experience includes six years at an Atlanta firm specializing in alternative dispute resolution. Upon moving to Georgia, Lisa spent three years as a general assignment reporter for a television station in southwest Georgia. Lisa grew up in Massachusetts. She received her A.B. from Brown University and M.S. from Columbia University.
Tiffany Benton - Development Services Coordinator
Tiffany supports the office of gift planning staff. She has worked for the State of Georgia where she was a program associate for the Department of Behavioral Health. Tiffany has also worked for H&R Block. Tiffany is a Georgia Native and earned her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from Georgia State University.