Governing Board of the Office of the Inspector General

About the Governing Board

The Governing Board of the Office of the Inspector General was established to ensure the independence of the Office of the Inspector General.  Among other duties, the Governing Board hears all appeals filed from adverse decisions and all motions to quash subpoenas issued by the Office of the Inspector General.  The Governing Board operates by its own bylaws.  Fully constituted, the Governing Board consists of nine members with residency, employment, or business interests within the City of Atlanta, who are nominated by local civic, professional, and educational associations and institutions.

Nichola R. Hines 

Nichola R. Hines serves as Chair of the Board and is currently the Assistant General Manager at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for Delaware North, a contracted food and beverage company. Ms. Hines oversees 12 restaurants located on Concourse T and D and has worked for 13 years in the hospitality industry. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Social Science (emphasis in economics) from the University of Southern California. After graduation, she found a career in advertising and worked for Ogilvy and Mather as a media planner. During the recent economic downturn, Ms. Hines decided to follow her passion and went to culinary school. She graduated from The Art Institute of New York City with a discipline in Restaurant Management. She is Vice President of the USC Alumni Club of Atlanta and an active member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., serving on multiple committees. Ms. Hines was nominated to the Board by the Atlanta-Fulton County League of Women Voters.

Chris E. Gilmore

Chris E. Gilmore serves as Vice-Chair of the Board and is an experienced corporate and finance attorney practicing in the areas of debt and equity financing, software, service and sales contracts mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance and structuring. After years of practicing with some of Atlanta's largest and most prestigious law firms, Mr. Gilmore transitioned his practice to Townsend & Lockett, LLC where he could focus on businesses and clients of all sizes and levels of experience. In addition to his passion for helping clients, Gilmore has a passion for giving back to his community. He currently serves as President of Emerging 100 of Atlanta, the young auxiliary of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc. Gilmore was selected as a member of the Class of 2019 for LEAD Atlanta and recently selected as a member of the NextGen Advisory Board for Citizens Trust Bank. He is a native of metro Atlanta and graduated from North Carolina State University with a BA in Political Science with a minor in Accounting. He earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School with a concentration on law and business. He currently resides in West End, Atlanta. He was nominated to the Board by the Gate City Bar Association.

Matt Grosvenor 

Matt Grosvenor is a partner in the Financial Reporting and Assurance department at the tax, accounting consulting firm Bennett Thrasher LLP. Mr. Grosvenor has over 22 years of experience working with hospital systems and the healthcare industry, and previously worked as the system controller for one of the largest hospital systems in Atlanta. For over five years, he was a key member of management as this system grew from approximately $575 million to almost $1 billion in net revenues. He began his career as an auditor with Arthur Anderson in Atlanta. During this time he assisted emerging enterprises, not-for-profits, privately-held and publicly-traded companies in the US and Europe. He has worked extensively with companies in the software, services, manufacturing, technology and healthcare industries. He has a unique perspective as technical accountant and Certified Public Accountant (CPA), hospital administrator and corporate controller for a large healthcare system. He was nominated to the Board by the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Victor (Vic) E. Hartman 

Victor (Vic) E. Hartman is the Principal of The Hartman Firm, LLC specializing in internal investigations, forensic accounting, and fraud mitigation consulting. He has been a court appointed receiver and examiner, and he also represents whistleblowers. Clients include the DeKalb County Office of Independent Internal Audit and the University System of Georgia's Board of Regents. Mr. Hartman is an attorney and a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Georgia and holds various credentials relating to fraud and forensic accounting. He is a graduate of Emory University School of Law. Mr. Hartman retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation after 25 years where he served as a supervisory special agent and chief division counsel. He investigated complex financial crimes and public corruption, and he served on the FBI's corporate response team. He played leadership roles in both the Enron and WorldCom investigations. He also teaches forensic accounting at Georgia State University and is the author of the book, The Honest Truth About Fraud. He previously served on the board of Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta. Mr. Hartman was nominated to the Board by the Georgia Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Lisa K. Liang 

Lisa K. Liang is a Staff Attorney in the State Court of Fulton County, primarily assisting with the civil case load, consisting largely of torts, business disputes, consumer debt cases, and appeals from Magistrate Court.  After graduating from Georgia State University, College of Law, Lisa worked for Atlanta Legal Aid in the Health Law Unit which provides free civil legal services to low-income cancer and HIV/AIDS patients and survivors in metro-Atlanta.  Prior to law school, Lisa wore many hats – she taught elementary school and worked as a pediatric social worker. Lisa is active in the legal community.  She serves as a Board of Governors Member for the State Bar of Georgia.  Lisa is active in the Atlanta Bar Association – on the Board of Directors; as Co-Editor of the Atlanta Lawyer; with the CLE Board of Trustees; and recipient of a Distinguished Service Award and Rita A. Sheffey Public Interest Award.  She is co-chair of GAPABA’s Women’s Leadership Network. Lisa is active with the Lawyers Club of Atlanta.  Lisa is a graduate of the ADL’s Glass Leadership Institute; GAWL’s Leadership Academy; and the State Bar YLD’s Leadership Academy. In the Atlanta community, Lisa is the Chairwoman of the Ethics Commission of the Atlanta Board of Education.  Lisa coached the Varsity Girls’ Lacrosse team at Marist School and now coaches at Grady High School. Lisa lives in Midtown with her spouse and their dachshunds. She was nominated to the Board by the Atlanta Bar Association.

Gerald (Gerry) M. Neumark

Gerald (Gerry) M. Neumark currently teaches public policy and political science in the Public Management and Policy Department of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. The classes he teaches on a regular basis include Policy and Politics in the American City as well as Citizenship, the Community and Public Service, which is a course in local citizenship and service learning. Dr. Neumark received his M.S. in community development, his M.P.A. as well as his Ph.D. in political science all at Georgia State University. He has been involved in academic activities for the past several years, serving as a past board member of the Georgia Political Science Association (GPSA). He has presented several papers and journal articles on the policy development of the Atlanta BeltLine to the GPSA as well as in its journal, Questions in Politics. His writings also include the Georgia State University On-Line Professional Journal. In addition, he is the author of the textbook currently being used for a number of university service learning and local citizenship courses. Dr. Neumark been civically active within the City of Atlanta, including serving as the former vice-chair of NPU-F, first vice president of the Atlanta Planning Advisory Board (APAB); and for a brief time, president of APAB. Dr. Neumark was nominated to the Board by the Atlanta Planning Advisory Board.

Wesley C. Tharpe

Wesley C. Tharpe is a Senior Policy Analyst with the Center on Budget & Policy Priorities (CBPP) in Washington, D.C., where he analyzes state tax and budget policies and lifts up ways that public investments in education, health care and other vital services can help people and communities thrive. Prior to joining CBPP in 2018, Wesley worked for seven years at the Georgia Budget & Policy Institute in Atlanta, where he coordinated the organization's team of policy analysts and conducted research on a wide range of issues, such as the need for Georgia to improve its tax system and enact more welcoming policies towards immigrants. A native of Fayetteville, Georgia, Wesley holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Affairs from the University of Georgia and M.A. in Public Policy from the John Hopkins University in Baltimore. He is a member of LEAD Atlanta's Class of 2017, a past member of the Center for Working Families in Mechanicsville and has extensive experience advocating on legislation at the Georgia General Assembly. An Atlanta resident since 2008, Wesley was nominated to the Board by the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.


Bing Wang is a Senior Attorney and Advisory to the General Counsel of Georgia Institute of Technology. She serves as a trusted internal advisor and provides insight to the General Counsel on all functions of the organization. She counsels faculty and staff on a variety of legal and policy matters relevant to the University, including conflicts of interest, outside employment and activities, political activities, gifts, misuse of University resources, and conflicts of commitment. Her current practice focuses on intellectual property, false claims act, federal grants, investigations, and litigation matters. Bing obtained her J.D. from Georgia State University School of Law. She is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) and the Society for International Affairs (SIA). She is also a board member for the Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, a nonprofit organization that provides legal assistance and educational programming to artists and arts organizations in Georgia. Bing was nominated by seven major universities in Atlanta.