Board of Directors


Matthew J. Stevens
Chairman of the Board
Service Start Date: 2009

Matthew is the VP, Professional Services for Cbeyond. Prior to this he served as the President of High Tech Ministries and was instrumental in our growth and transformation. He has 20+ years of experience building and leading technology professional services businesses. He built his career on a foundation of technology having been a programmer, technical architect and DBA.


Brian Hill
Secretary of the Board
Service Start Date: 2010

Brian is an Atlanta native. He attended Clemson University and graduated in 1984 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He began his career with Hewlett-Packard and spent 18 years serving in a variety of sales and management positions. He worked with several start-up companies as a sales executive before joining EMC Corporation as an Enterprise Account Manager. Brian and his wife Lesley have been married 26 years, have 3 children, and live in the Alpharetta area. They are actively serving at Grace North Atlanta church.


Dave Mims
Service Start Date: 2012

Dave is the Founder and CEO of Sophicity, a technology company with a focus on serving the local government and municipal league market for the past 12 years. Prior to starting Sophicity, Dave worked as a software developer for IBM and then Intertech Information Systems. He is a graduate of Southern Tech in Marietta with a bachelor's degree in computer science. Dave lives in Woodstock, Georgia with his wife, Marti, and 3 children. His family attends First Baptist Church Woodstock.


Jason Smith
Service Start Date: 2015

Jason founded iStaff in 1995 after several years working in both branch, corporate and management positions at AccuStaff, and was part of their successful IPO. He has more than 20 years of staffing industry experience. Jason is the founder of GTAP (Georgia Technology Awareness Program), a board member with High Tech Ministries, a member of C12, involved with Rainbow Village and FCS, an officer at Perimeter Church, and active in the IT community.


Matt McConnell
Treasurer of the Board
Service Start Date: 2010

Matt McConnell is President and CEO of Intradiem, an employee productivity software company. He has spent the last 15 years building and growing Intradiem into the leading provider of employee productivity and performance software in the call center industry. Prior to starting Intradiem, Matt worked as an engineer for the Coca-Cola Company. He is on the Board of Directors of The Men’s Health & Wellness Network and serves as a volunteer at Camp Sunshine and MUST Ministries.

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Marcus Graham
Service Start Date: 2014

Since 1985, Marcus has been the CEO of GM Voices, the world’s largest producer of prerecorded voice files for automated technologies like IVR, on-hold, call routing, GPS, telematics, and business storytelling applications. He has spearheaded creative, brand, and marketing projects for Voclarion since its founding as Intorrent Technologies in 2004. Marcus likes to hunt and play his guitar.



Charlie Paparelli

Charlie is President and Founder of Paparelli Ventures, a pre-formation investment company focused on entrepreneurs in the Atlanta technology market. PV has funded over 16 Atlanta startups in the last 15 years. Currently, he is the managing partner of his two active investments, iPartners, LLC and Torad Engineering, LLC.

Charlie has more than 30 years of experience in the information technology industry serving as entrepreneur, executive, IT Services incubator founder, and venture capitalist.


Amie Hood
Program Manager

Amie joined High Tech Ministries in December of 2015. Before entering the High Tech community, Amie spent many years in the worlds of accounting and investment. She graduated from Kennesaw State University with a BS in Accounting. 

Amie began her career bookkeeping for a small business and then moved to a corporate accounting position. Her desire to be part of something larger led her to a Christian wealth management firm and eventually to High Tech Ministries.

In her free time, Amie is part of Roswell Community Church, and enjoys connecting with friends and family, reading, and being outside. Amie has a grown daughter and enjoys spending time with her as much as possible. Amie also enjoys hearing about people’s lives and their stories of redemption. 

ADvisory board


John Richie
Served 2007-2013

Price Harding
Served 2008-2012

Rusty Gordon
Served 2009-2014

Regi Campbell
Served 1996-2010

Emma W. Morris
Served 1996-2007

Bill Leonard
Served 1993-2014

Bruce Cook
Served 2007-2010

David Thompson
Served 2009-2012