Members of the Board of Coalition for Good Governance
Lisa Cyriacks, President
As a freelance writer, independent researcher, and journalist, I am very invested in maintaining regulations that require openness and transparency in government. Over the years I have also taken on roles of public trust and served on many nonprofit and local organizational boards, including as a trustee for local governments. In this capacity I am well aware of the challenges and importance of keeping lines of public communication open and the role of accountability in securing the public’s trust.
Marilyn R. Marks, Vice President and Executive Director
I am a retired CEO of a truck-trailer manufacturing business, applying my business and leadership skills to election policy reform. In 2009, after a narrow loss to become the Mayor of Aspen, I recognized the vulnerabilities in Colorado’s election systems. I then devoted full time to election integrity litigation and lobbying efforts for more transparent and verifiable elections. I successfully litigated the effort to make Colorado ballots open public records for post-election reviews, followed by dozens of election-related cases involving election security, transparency, and voter privacy. After moving back east to North Carolina, my focus became primarily CGG’s work in southern states, including Georgia, where CGG has intensely focused on Georgia’s insecure and unauditable electronic voting system and the anti-democratic and anti-transparency provisions of SB202 passed in 2021. Organizing and directing the activities in those major lawsuits require the vast majority of my time and CGG’s resources. We look forward to successful results on the two high impact lawsuits and returning to a broader focus beyond Georgia election issues soon.
Mary Eberle, Secretary
I’ve spent most of my professional life editing for geologists and other scientists. Since 2010, I have devoted myself almost completely to working on election integrity, mainly in Colorado. In that work, I do a lot of editing for my colleagues. I also analyze election reports and data in much the same way as an editor would look at them for publication; I check for internal consistency and “does it make sense?” Unfortunately for election integrity, the answer is often “No.”
Rhonda (Ronnie) Martin, Member of the Board
Rhonda (Ronnie) Martin is executive secretary for the QCRI Scientific Advisory Committee. She is known for her leadership of R&D organizations, her ability to apply technical knowledge and management skills to form and successfully lead interdisciplinary teams in industry, government, and academia, and her work in software engineering. She is co-author of the book Software Test and Evaluation. From 1987 to 1994, she was research coordinator for the National Science Foundation Software Engineering Research Center. From 1983 to 1987, she was Manager of the Software Test and Evaluation Project at Georgia Tech, which developed new Department of Defense guidance and policy for the testing of computer software for mission-critical applications. Early in her career, Ronnie was a software engineer with IBM Corporation where she developed avionics software for the Space Shuttle. From 1996 to 2001, she taught mathematics at Kent Place School in Summit, New Jersey. In the non-profit world, Ronnie was a member of the leadership team of ARCS® Foundation from 2005 to 2019, serving at times on both the National Board and the Atlanta Chapter Board. Ronnie is also active in the election security arena; she is working hard to fight for election integrity in Georgia and advocating for the adoption of hand marked paper ballots. Ronnie earned an M.S. in Operations Research and a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Georgia Tech and received her Certification with a Math Education Major/Science Education Minor from Purdue University.
Rutledge Forney, Member of the Board
Rutledge Forney, MD has been proud to call Atlanta home for almost 40 years. After graduating from Duke University with a degree in management science, she had a business career for 17 years. In her thirties, she decided that she wanted to pursue her lifelong dream of being a physician and went back to complete the undergraduate requirements to apply to medical school. Graduating from Emory School of Medicine cum laude, she went back to Duke for internship and then to the University of California, San Francisco for a residency in dermatology. Returning to Atlanta to practice dermatology, Dr. Forney started Dermatology Affiliates, which has grown to 4 locations and includes 9 physicians and physician assistants. Her commitment to her profession and her state led her ultimately to be President of the Medical Association of Georgia, representing all of the physicians of Georgia.