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Meet Our Leadership

Over the last several years, our organization has been growing. We have recruited a talented group of dedicated volunteers to head up our organization.

Jim Duffie Photo - 300 pixelJim Duffie

Board Member

Jim has lived in Atlanta for most of his life, graduating from Avondale High School and from Georgia Tech, with a seven-year stint in the Navy dividing his years at Tech. He served aboard the nuclear submarine USS Skate. His career began in real estate sales, including ownership of three companies. From real estate, Jim moved into the mortgage business, where his experience included loan origination and formation of his own company, then into sales and sales management for several financial organizations.

Jim has been involved in the realtor and mortgage banking/broker communities, is a past member of the Buckhead Business Association and a current member of the Kiwanis Club of Downtown Atlanta, and is a lead volunteer of the USO Council of Georgia. He has been a member of First Baptist Church of Avondale Estates, where he has held numerous leadership positions. Jim was also GFFT’s state director for five years.

Jim ran for the Georgia House of Representatives District 81 as a Constitutional conservative and advocate to enact the FairTax.

Jim and his wife Mary, a registered nurse at Emory University Hospital, Midtown, have three sons and nine grandchildren in the Atlanta area.


Amy Leurart


Amy grew up in the Atlanta area, graduating from Walton High School and then from the University of Georgia’s Honors Program. Since 2000, she has helped manage her husband’s veterinary practice while caring for and homeschooling their three children. Prior to 2000, she worked for Aetna in sales and sales management for employee health benefits. It was while covering her sales territory in North Metro Atlanta that she learned about the FairTax as she listened to hours of talk radio! As a high school and college student, Amy studied abroad in Belgium and Russia and went on to use her French and Russian in international business before going to work for Aetna.

Amy and her family are active members of Bethelview United Methodist Church in Cumming and enjoy spending time on the coast of Maine in the summer.

Michael Moore

Board Member

Michael Moore is the resident Rainmaker and Chief Storyteller in Atlanta. An Atlanta resident for 40 years, Michael is currently involved with several start-up companies and has recently joined the Board of Georgians for Fair Taxation, after over five years of interest and support. He is a member of the Buckhead 50 Club and has served as President of The Buckhead Business Association. He is also involved with CEO Netweavers and participates in mentoring, inflection point projects, and coordinating the on-boarding process for new members. Michael is an active player in the venture community and helps produce a monthly Shark Attack for Sharks and Bait at the City Club of Buckhead. He serves at Club e in College Park as Executive in Residence and Chief Operating Officer. Michael also serves on several nonprofit boards and task force opportunities in Atlanta.

Michael is from Alabama, a graduate of Auburn University, a Veteran, a life-long learner, and a recovering banker. His endeavors are balanced with a wife of 43 years, 2 daughters with sons-in-law, and 4 grandchildren under age 5.

DianeDiane Earnest

Board Member
Events Coordinator

Diane is retired after 21 years with Akzo Nobel Automotive and Aerospace Coatings, the last 12 years as a meeting planner.

Diane serves on the Board of Directors of Georgians for Fair Taxation and is the Event Coordinator for the group. Diane is also the Community Coordinator for the Norcross area.

In addition to her FairTax activities, Diane serves as Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Board for the City of Norcross and is President of the Horizon Toastmasters Club in Peachtree Corners.


Bill head shot in suit croped closerBill Fogarty

Board Member
State Director

Bill is the 2014-25 Chairman of Georgians for Fair Taxation and has been active in GFFT for the past 8 years.  He also chairs the State Legislative Committee charged with replacing the Georgia state income tax with a FairTax, consumption-based tax code model. He’s lived in Georgia for 22 years and has worked in the media business for much of that time, including 13 years at The Weather Channel. More recently he’s been a consultant and done volunteer work at Northside Hospital, Forsyth.

MyHeadshot1Debbie Van Horn

Website Manager,
Website and Newsletter Editor

Debbie has been the owner and president of two ACT/SAT tutoring businesses over the past 20 years. She is also a freelance writer and editor. Debbie owned an ecommerce website for several years. Prior to tutoring, Debbie was a personal financial planner. She has written two eBooks dealing with aging parents. She is also a licensed private pilot and former flight instructor.

Walters-2Mike Walters

Board Member

Mike is a professional actuary and a past president of the Casualty Actuarial Society, the international actuarial accreditation body specializing in property/casualty actuarial expertise. A graduate of Fordham College, Mike has a Masters degree in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame.

He retired as a senior partner of Tillinghast-Towers Perrin (now Towers Watson), the largest independent actuarial and benefits consulting firm in the world. Previously he was senior vice president and chief actuary at Insurance Services Office, the nation’s leading property/casualty insurance rate-making and statistical organization.

Lane Chambers

Director, Technology
Board Member


Chuck Norton

Board Member


Jim Heminger

Board Member


Jodi Diodati

Board Member


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