MARTA welcomes new North Fulton board member



NORTH FULTON, Ga. – Freda Hardage, a registered nurse and longtime medical executive, has been appointed to serve on the MARTA Board of Directors representing Fulton County.

Following the recent resignation of Board member Adam Orkin, the Fulton County Commission selected Hardage to complete the remainder of his four-year term, which expires Dec. 31, 2014.

Hardage is director of the Alpharetta Medical Campus and Foundation Services, which includes Northside Hospital’s Alpharetta Medical Campus and Foundation Services for all of its campuses.

The North Fulton resident is also the 2014 incoming chairwoman for the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Windward Rotary Club, serves on the local school advisory council for State Bridge Crossing Elementary and is president emeritus for the Drake House, an emergency housing facility for homeless mothers.

Hardage will be one of the three Fulton County representatives on the MARTA Board of Directors, a 12-member body that sets policy for the transit agency.

“I look forward to working with the other MARTA board members and exploring opportunities to increase ridership,” said Hardage in response to the appointment. “I appreciate the confidence of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.”

“This appointment gives North Fulton another ‘seat at the table’ on issues affecting public transportation,” said GNFCC President and CEO and Senate Transportation Committee member Brandon Beach. “With Freda serving as the chamber’s 2014 chairman of the board, it’s a natural fit to have her representing North Fulton on the MARTA Board. She will be a tremendous asset not only to our chamber but to the entire community.”

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