Board of Commissioners

The following members comprise the AH Board of Commissioners:


Christopher R. Edwards, M.D. (Chair)

Dr. Edwards is an Atlanta-based orthopedic surgeon who specializes in adult spinal disorders. A graduate of Morehouse College and Morehouse School of Medicine, he completed his internship and residency at Tulane University. Dr. Edwards is a former president of the Georgia Physicians Association, a former vice president of the Grady Hospital Board of Trustees and a former chair of the United Way of Greater Atlanta Health Committee. Currently, he serves as a member of the board of trustees of the Morehouse School of Medicine and is the chief medical officer for AWC Networks, LLC, a company that provides health-related technology and cost-containment services.

Pat D. Dixon, Jr., Esq.

Pat D. Dixon, Jr, is a partner in the Atlanta law firm of Dixon and Dixon Attorneys at Law, LLC, founded with his son, Attorney Pat D. Dixon, III. He previously served in the Office of the Fulton County Attorney as Assistant County Attorney III for more than ten years. He brings over 40 years of experience in the practice of law, specializing in civil trial litigation, including real estate, personal injury, and commercial litigation. Attorney Dixon earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Tennessee State University and a Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. He is an active member of the Georgia Bar and is admitted to practice law in Georgia's federal, state and appellate courts.

Yunice Emir

Yunice Emir is currently the Senior Manager of Community and Stakeholder Relations for Coca-Cola North America (CCNA), where she manages the company’s disaster relief, board placement and youth empowerment giving strategies. Yunice received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fashion Marketing from American InterContinental University and Master of Business Administration in Marketing and Hospitality Management from DeVry University and is a native Atlantan and current resident of the Peoplestown Community.

Robert Highsmith Jr.

Robert Highsmith is an attorney for Holland & Knight and practices regulatory and administrative law, public policy litigation, government contracting and government relations. A graduate of Yale College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in English, and the University of Georgia School of Law, Mr. Highsmith serves on Governor Nathan Deal’s Judicial Nominating Committee (JNC). He has served as assistant general counsel to the Georgia Republican Party, chief of staff to the Republican Caucus of the Georgia House of Representatives and policy director to the 1998 Republican nominee for governor of Georgia. He has been recognized in the Best Lawyers in America guide for Atlanta Government Relations Lawyer of the Year and Government Relations Practice, the Legal 500 USA and Client Service All-Star by the BTI Consulting Group, Inc.

Kirk Rich

Kirk Rich, a graduate of Pepperdine University, has more than 35 years of commercial real estate experience. He was president of Rich Real Estate Services, which he founded in 2001, and is currently a principal at Avison Young, providing brokerage and consulting services for commercial and residential transactions. He has served on the board of Invest Atlanta and as co-chair of the mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Council. Additionally, he serves on the Georgia State University real estate honorary board. He has also chaired the board of Jerusalem House, the largest provider of housing in the U.S. for individuals and families dealing with HIV/AIDS.