Meet the Officers

Matthew DiVenere
YCOG President3
Yale College — SY ‘87
 Matthew earned a BA in Economics from Yale in ’87 and was a Varsity letter recipient in Heavyweight Crew. He also earned an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. His day jobs have included being an investment banker, management consultant, private investor, Board member, founder, developer, senior executive, shareholder, stakeholder and cheerleader.

A native of Connecticut, he has lived and worked around North America and the UK and has resided in Atlanta for almost two decades where he is active in the start-up and international business communities and is a strong supporter of the arts and education. He is the President of the Board for gloATL, the highly acclaimed performance arts company housed at The Goat Farm Arts Center. He is an officer for the World Trade Center Atlanta, a Board member of the British-American Business Council of Georgia and a member of the Atlanta CEO Council and Atlanta Press Club.

Matthew lives in a house divided with his Harvard-grad wife. They are active parishioners of Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church and doting parents at St Martin’s Episcopal School in Brookhaven. They are members of Capital City Club where he plays extremely bad golf. Matthew is currently authoring “The Contradictions of OK: Lessons in and out of the Water” about child psychologist and noted swim coach Tom Bradbury.

Adam Payne
YCOG Treasurer
Yale College — SM ’91
By training I am a research scientist in semiconductor physics with my main focus on solar cells. I graduated from Yale in 1991 and studied abroad for 2 years before returning to the U.S. where I received my Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1998. I had a post-doc in Japan and worked at a start-up before moving to Georgia in 2003 to get married. For nearly three years I was a full time stay at home father, before returning to paid work on solar cells in 2008.

Nina Pardo
YCOG Communications Chair
Yale College — PC ’96
Working in digital communications combines Nina’nerdy excitement for code with her passion for writing and design. She holds a B.A. in English from Yale, an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia, and is manager of website communications for The Carter Center. A transplant from Seattle, she’s soaking up the sun in Atlanta with her husband, three children, and black lab.

Thé Truong
Alumni Schools Committee Chair
Yale College — BK ’93
Thé’s enthusiasm for Yale infuses his job as the coordinator for the Alumni Schools Committee (ASC). If you are interested in being an ASC interviewer and meeting local high school seniors who have applied for Yale admissions, please email us.

Al Evans
Chair of the Yale Book Award
Yale College ’68
Dr. Al Evans is an Atlanta native and product of the Atlanta public schools. He graduated Yale College in 1968, where he played football freshman year and ran track all four years. He chose teaching and coaching as a profession and earned his master’s and Ph.D. in Education. He taught science-related subjects at the high school, college, and postgraduate levels in the Atlanta area. He coached track, football, wrestling, and soccer. Al was selected as STAR teacher five times. He is now retired and enjoys working with his large vegetable garden, trout farm, and sawmill in Canton. He has been active in the Yale Club of Georgia since his college graduation and served as President from 2012 to 2015. He is currently Chairman of the Board and Chair of the Yale Book Award. Anyone interested in sponsoring or nominating a high school to participate in the program please contact Al.

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YCOG Book Club Coordinator
Yale College — TD ’97
Erinn is a bibliophile and long-time member of the Yale Club of Georgia. She has been coordinating the book club for over 10 years. Erinn received her BA from Yale (Go TD!) and PhD in Molecular Biology from Emory University. In her free time outside of YCOG, she works as a consultant in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry and is raising 3 kids and husband.

Talis Trevino
YCOG Programs Chair
Yale College — PC ’12
Talis graduated from Yale College (Pierson 2012) and was a member of the Varsity Gymnastics Team. She earned her law degree at Wake Forest University School of Law and now works as an attorney in Atlanta. Talis enjoys spending her free time exploring the city with her dog, Blue.

Bess Hinson
YCOG Secretary
Yale College — JE ‘06
Bess graduated from Yale in 2006 with a degree in English. At Yale, Bess was a staff reporter for the Yale Daily News and a member of the Yale Gospel Choir. Bess later graduated from the University of Oxford with a master’s degree in English and American Studies and also from the University of Michigan where she earned her juris doctor. Bess is an Atlanta native, although she spent most of her childhood living in small towns throughout Georgia. She now works as a privacy and cybersecurity attorney. She is a member of the Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, and in her spare time, she enjoys Braves games and spending time with friends and her boykin spaniel, Chester.