2014 NLC Fellows: Atlanta

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Gabrielle Arrington, Senior Development Fellow, Operation HOPE

arrington.jpgGabrielle Arrington is a Senior Development Fellow with Operation HOPE, a nonprofit social investment banking and financial literacy empowerment organization with the mission to eradicate poverty. As the Senior Development Fellow, Gabrielle works with HOPE market leaders to research prospective partnerships, manage grants and proposals for programming, and to help implement development strategies in national markets.

As an emerging leader, Gabrielle is passionate about addressing social issues through collaborative problem solving and capacity building in communities. She is a business coach and mentor for Kidz2Leaders, which breaks the cycle of incarceration by changing the lives of prisoners’ children. She is also the Editor-in-Chief for Under30 Following the Vision Magazine, the publication and scholarship program focusing on exposure, development and investment opportunities for entrepreneurs under 30.

Gabrielle graduated with Advanced Honors from Georgia State University, studying Public Management and Governance and Sociology. She has a National Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.

Lisa Chester, Director of Operations, Warrick Dunn Charities

chester.jpgLisa Chester is Director of Operations for Warrick Dunn Charities, Inc headquartered in Atlanta, GA, where she is responsible for developing business strategy, fostering corporate and community alliances and management of charity operations to achieve organizational, program and financial goals for the company.

Lisa oversees programs, Betty’s Hope, a children’s bereavement program which empowers youth to manage their grief with education, tools and resources in Baton Rouge, LA and Homes for the Holidays, a national affordable housing program which combats poverty and food insecurity amongst single parent families to improve their quality of life.

Prior to Warrick Dunn Charities, Lisa developed and executed local and national media strategies for Turner Broadcasting’s portfolio of brands and special initiatives including the Turner Entertainment Network and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Supporting the UNICEF Haiti Relief fundraising effort, she secured pro bono outdoor inventory in major U.S. markets which _garnered over 30 million impressions for the effort.

Lisa began her professional career with McCann WorldGroup, ad agency. She enjoys volunteerism, led corporate responsibility efforts and served various organizations: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Citizens for Kasim Reed, Girls Inc, United Negro College Fund, Urban League of Greater Atlanta Young Professionals, and Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless. As a stroke survivor, she is an advocate for health, wellness and empowerment.

She has also served the Atlanta Center for Self-Sufficiency as a speaker to aid Atlanta’s homeless with career development and job retention skills.

Lisa received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Media Arts from Morris Brown College in Atlanta, GA. She also holds a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management from American Intercontinental University.

Glennis Curry, Communications Manager, City of Atlanta

curry.jpgGlennis Curry is currently Communications Manager for the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management, where he oversees a team dedicated to customer communications, media relations, emergency communications and special projects for more than 1 million people who consume water around town. In previous capacities, Glennis has previously served the City of Atlanta as a Legislative Analyst for policy enacted at the city and state levels and as a Vendor Development Specialist, assisting small businesses in their government contracting endeavors.

Before pursuing a career in government, Glennis worked a staff writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He still writes for several newspapers and magazines, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Atlanta Tribune The Magazine, where his work on entrepreneurship won the 2012 Best Print Feature Series award from the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists. He graduated from Auburn University with a double major in political science and journalism, and from Kennesaw State University with a master’s degree in public administration. Off the clock he enjoys bowling and softball with his friends, watching Auburn football and spoiling his niece and nephew.

Louis Elrod, Operations Director, Better Georgia

elrod.jpgLouis Elrod has been active in progressive causes and campaigns for nearly a decade. In 2004, Louis co-founded the Young Democrats of Habersham County, where he served as president for two years before moving to Athens in 2006. At the University of Georgia, Louis was the Communications Director for the UGA Young Democrats prior to being elected President of the chapter, and graduated in 2010 with a B.A. in Political Science. He completed his two-year term as President of the Young Democrats of Georgia in April 2013, during which he initiated a groundbreaking training program and led the organization to its two best fundraising years since 2007. Louis has also managed five races in Georgia, most recently managing the successful 2012 campaigns of state Representative Ronnie Mabra and Macon Circuit District Attorney David Cooke. He currently serves as the Third Vice President of the Young Democrats of America.

Ayana Gabriel, Director, Diversity and Strategy, Admissions, Teach For America

gabriel.jpgAyana Gabriel is an expert in education reform with ten years of experience in teaching and non-profit education. Ayana began her career as a Chemical Engineer at Merck, Inc., but her passion for improving education opportunities for urban children led her to leave her engineering career to pursue a role as an educator in Atlanta Public Schools.

As a science teacher at Bunche Middle School, Ayana revitalized the Science Club, which had been absent for two years, dramatically increasing student membership. She was then chosen to become part of the charter team that built the School of Computer Animation and Design (CAD) at the South Atlanta Educational Complex. This new school was part of the APS High School Transformation Initiative, an endeavor funded in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. As part of the new school development, Ayana was involved in building every aspect of planning and leadership including the development of curricula and student disciplinary systems, the creation of a mission and school culture, the implementation of school operations, the hiring of teachers and staff, and the mobilization of parent support and participation.

After five years in the APS school system, Ayana joined the education non-profit, Teach For America (TFA) to systemically improve national public education. She is currently the Diversity and Strategy Director for the Admissions unit of TFA, where she manages strategic planning and implementation of various diversity and equity initiatives for the team. During her time at Teach For America, Ayana has lead a team responsible for over 300 Atlanta teachers through their training and accreditation, while maintaining her dedication to improving the quality of teachers in the school district.

In addition, as President of the Westview Community Organization, she leads her community in revitalizing this Southwest Atlanta neighborhood while preserving the rich history of the area. Under her leadership the neighborhood has seen the largest increase in community engagement in over a decade.

Ayana holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Spelman College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Secondary Education Science Certification from Mercer University. Ayana is also a representative for the Atlanta Beltline Tax Allocation District Advisory Committee (TADAC).

Terrica Ganzy, Attorney

ganzy.jpgTerrica Redfield Ganzy is a Georgia attorney. She was formerly a staff attorney at the Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR), where her work focused on representing clients on death row in Georgia and Alabama. For five years, she also served as the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) Death Penalty Resource Counsel, providing training and resources to capital defense attorneys across the nation. In 2006, Ms. Ganzy was awarded a Reprieve Fellowship to support her work challenging the death penalty in Alabama. Ms. Ganzy has been a featured death penalty expert for various media outlets and community events.

Ms. Ganzy is a 2012 graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law LL.M. in Trial Advocacy program and is a 2002 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law (UVA). As a law student, Ms. Ganzy was awarded the Mortimer M. Caplin Public Service Fellowship for her demonstrated commitment to public service. She was also named a Ritter Scholar, an award given to four members of the class who, according to the recommendations of staff, students, and faculty, best demonstrate the qualities of honor, character, and integrity as envisioned by Thomas Jefferson when he founded the University. At graduation, Ms. Ganzy was awarded the prestigious Thomas Marshall Miller prize, an award given to one outstanding and deserving law student in the graduating class of 365 students based on the vote of the law school faculty. Ms. Ganzy received a B.A. in English and Humanities, summa cum laude, from Tougaloo College in 1999.

Ms. Ganzy is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Clayton. She is a member of the 2014 Georgia’s Win List WIN Leadership Academy. She serves on the Board of Directors of Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (GFADP), Georgia Legal Services Program (GLSP), Center for Death Penalty Litigation (CDPL); and Clayton Center Community Service Board. She is a past member of the American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project’s Steering Committee.
Ms. Ganzy is admitted to practice in North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Lindsey Hardegree, Development Director, Atlanta BeltLine Partnership

hardegree.jpgLindsey Hardegree is the Development Director for the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership (ABLP). As Development Director, Lindsey is responsible for developing and implementing the revenue strategy for ABLP and for achieving ABLP’s annual fundraising and sponsorship goals.

Prior to joining ABLP she served as the Special Events & Board Manager for the Alliance Theatre. As an involved member in Atlanta’s nonprofit community, Lindsey serves as the Treasurer for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Atlanta (YNPN Atlanta), on the Young Professional Leaders Advisory Board for the United Way of Greater Atlanta, and on the 1873 Society Club junior board of the Atlanta Humane Society. She also volunteers with the Junior League of Atlanta and is a member of the 2014 New Leaders Council, Atlanta Institute. Lindsey was selected as a 2013 Diversity Fellow by the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Greater Atlanta and received a 2013 Nonprofit Leaders 30 Under 30 Award from the Georgia Center for Nonprofits.

She earned her BA in both English and theatre from Wake Forest University and her MFA in performing arts management from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. When she’s not busy working or volunteering, Lindsey enjoys reading voraciously, baking and cooking (and teaching herself to “”put up”" her findings from the Peachtree Road Farmers Market), drinking a good cup of coffee, and experiencing the arts and culture community in Atlanta.

Dotan Harpak

harpak.jpgDotan Zebrowitz Harpak was born and raised in Israel. After three years of service in the Israel Defense Forces as a tank driver and a war-room Sargent, Dotan spent the following decade working with children and teens. Dotan spent several summers as the Director of Education at the Union for Reform Judaisms Henry S. Jacobs Camp in Utica, MS. He later served as an emissary in the Union for Reform Judaisms Youth Division out of the New York office, working with college students across North America on progressive Israel educational and advocacy programs. Dotan has led several educational trips to Israel and has trained staff working with American youth, with a focus on fostering a better understanding between Israelis and the American-Jewish Community. Most recently, Dotan was the Director of Education at Congregation Bet Haverim, an LGBT founded Reconstructionist congregation in Atlanta, GA.

Based on his personal experience as a solider in the West Bank, Dotan became an activist against the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and for the cause of Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation. Dotan is Founder and Chair of the Atlanta chapter of J Street, the political home for pro-Israel, pro-Peace Americans. As a national Washington D.C. based lobby, J Street is redefining what it means to support Israel in America and is working to change the U.S. political dynamics around Israel by mobilizing broad support for a two-state solution.

Dotan studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where he double majored in Sociology and History, and at Ben-Gurion University in Be’er Sheva, working on his Masters in Politics and Government. Dotan has a strong passion for international and local politics and organizing, and is a recent graduate of the Atlanta Black-Jewish coalitions Project Understanding.

Dotan lives in Decatur, GA with his wife Robin, and together they spend every day marveling at the amazing new tricks done by their one-year-old daughter, Carmel.

RaShaun Holliman, Director of Outreach, Georgia Charter Schools Association

holliman.jpgRashaun is currently the Director of Outreach for the Georgia Charter Schools Association. In this role, he travels the state of Georgia educating the public on charter schools. He also works with current charter schools to keep them engaged in advocacy efforts. Prior to moving to Atlanta, he became Principal of Focus Learning Academy East in Columbus, Ohio, a dropout prevention charter high school at the age of twenty-six. Focus saw tremendous success in enrollment growth, increased graduates, community involvement, and academic success while under Rashaun’s leadership.

Rashaun has diverse career experience in the field of education. He worked as a Parent Liaison for the Columbus City Schools, where he worked hard to get parents more involved in the school and their child’s academics. He was also an assistant instructor at Life Skills Center of Northern Columbus. Prior to joining the founding staff at Focus Learning Academy East, he was a content editor for McGraw-Hill, concentrating on writing and developing innovative textbooks and materials for elementary students across the country.

RaShaun hopes to one day start a college preparatory charter high school in the Atlanta area. He wants to serve low income and minority students because he believes education is the gateway to the American dream for students whose backgrounds are similar to his. As at Focus, a key driving force behind his school will be his favorite quote form Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., ÒIntelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.

Originally from Columbus, Ohio, RaShaun received his B.A. in Political Science from Wright State University and Masters in Educational Leadership from Capella University.

Russell Hopson, Account Executive, Amedisys Home Health

hopson.jpgRussell Hopson is a proud citizen and resident of the Atlanta community. Born and raised in Hampton, VA, he grew up with a love for service and scholarship. This love led him to Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University with a Presidential Scholarship to study Mechanical Engineering. While attending FAMU Russell founded and led a mentoring and tutorial program, D.R.E.A.M Kids (Developing & Realizing Excellence in Aspiring Minds), and served as an early childhood instructor at New Beginnings Day Care for four years.

Russell also served as President of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Vice President for National Society of Black Engineers, Inductee into Golden Key Honor Society, Inductee into Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, President of Student Alumni Association and Community Service Chair for the Beta Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Upon graduating Summa Cum Laude he relocated to Atlanta to start a career as a business consultant. Desiring a field that provided him an opportunity to help his common man, Russell transitioned to Pharmaceutical Sales and eventually Home Health Care, where he currently serves as a Business Development Manager. Russell is especially proud of his community outreach and engagement in the greater Atlanta community. He has served as a mentor for such organizations as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta, Parks Middle School and Raising Expectations, Inc. He has dedicated his time and energy as current President of Neighborhood Planning Unit Y of Atlanta, former President of The South Atlanta Civic League, Cornerstone Council member of The Apex Museum, Board Vice President for T. Lang Dance Company and 2013 alumnus of United Way’s Volunteer Involvement Program. In his free time, Russell runs his own traveling flag football club Nu Reign, is an avid fitness enthusiast, a cigar aficionado and an extraordinary domino and bid whist player.

Shantrice Jones, Career Coach, Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health

jones.jpgMs. Jones is a Public Health Professional with nearly ten years of experience conducting research and evaluation efforts aimed at enhancing the health and quality of life of minorities and disadvantaged communities. She is currently pursuing a professional goal of expanding the public health workforce as a Career Coach for graduate level students at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Prior to joining Career Services, Ms. Jones served as a Preventive Health Specialist with the United States Peace Corps in Guatemala, Central America. She volunteered for more than two years in rural communities working with and educating health care professionals, training local community members, and building improved- sanitary infrastructure projects.

A native of Atlanta, GA, Ms. Jones graduated from Mercer University in Macon, GA with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. Ms. Jones also obtained a Master of Public Health, specializing in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Upon graduating from Emory, Ms. Jones was awarded a fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a Research and Evaluation Fellow with the Prevention Research Centers Program.

Ms. Jones enjoys spending quality time with her family and close friends, volunteering her time with service organizations focused on adolescent development, and enjoying enriching cultural events. She is a proud and active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Nicholas Juliano, Senior Account Executive, Resolute Consulting

juliano.jpgNicholas Juliano is a public affairs consultant with Resolute Consulting. A native Atlantan, Nick has been active in the Atlanta political and policy community since graduating from college in 2009. He is a veteran staffer of city hall, as well as municipal, state, and national campaigns. Nick holds a bachelors degree in history and a minor in Arabic from Emory University.

Becky Katz, Visioning Coordinator, Park Pride

katz.jpgBecky Katz after graduating from Cornell University went on to complete her Masters in environmental engineering at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. Her academic research focused on human oriented sustainable design for Native American communities. Now she is the Visioning Coordinator at the non-profit organization Park Pride where she collaborates with communities to re-envision their green-spaces. In her role, she leads public meetings, creates conceptual master plans for parks and authors project books that are tools for fundraising. Also, she is the grant coordinator for Park Pride. She awards and manages over $600,000 a year for capital improvements in parks to deserving communities throughout the City of Atlanta and DeKalb County.

Allen Lee, Teacher, Atlanta Public Schools

lee.jpgAllen E. Lee is a high school Social Studies teacher with seven years of experience in Atlanta Public Schools. A key leader in establishing and growing new school culture, he is a grade level and academic department chair, was the founding chair of the AP program, and has served as an officer of the Local School Council for three years. An AP exam grader and English Proficiency test administrator for English Language Learners, Lee has focused his professional development on the programs and practices that achieve equity and parity for vulnerable students. As a tutor, mentor, and college access broker, he has been part of a winning team making South Atlanta School for Law and Social Justice a thriving academic environment and one of the last remaining small schools-successfully defended annually from the threat of shut down and merger.

Lee is an alum of Davidson College where he studied Political Science and Ethnic Studies, Georgia State University where he completed a Masters in the Art of Teaching, and Teach For America. Believing education must be more than a transactional process, he is a passionate advocate for the importance of the humanities in low income schools, and has traveled extensively in Latin and South America, is fluent in three languages, and is credited for bringing global cultures into the classroom using artifacts, technology and creative lesson planning.

Born and raised in rural, coastal South Carolina, and coming of age during the Klan marches and NAACP boycotts of the 1990′s, he offers keen insights in to race and justice in the American South, particularly their roots in the classroom. These rural roots, paired with extensive experience in urban education and poverty position him to understand the paradox of the South and emerge as a leader in it.

Kwasi Obeng, Senior Performance Auditor, City of Atlanta

obeng.jpgKwasi K. Obeng is a Senior Performance Auditor for the City of Atlanta and Board Member for the International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation. Dr. Obeng has over 15 Years of experience in government, international relations and social services. He worked with the United Nations Department of Political Affairs at the UN Secretariat, working on issues of governance in the horn of Africa and Great Lakes region. Most of the work was focused on the political transitions in Somalia. He was an Adjunct Professor at Clark Atlanta University, and an Administrator for the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services. Dr. Obeng holds a doctorate in political science with specializations in American Politics, African Politics, International Relations and Comparative Politics. His dissertation was on crossing racial, religious and ethnic divides to develop a sustainable solution to the countries in the Nile river Basin sharing the river’s resources to advance regional development. he holds a masters degree in Psychology and bachelors degree in organizational development with a track in international leadership. He grew up in Ghana, Senegal, Kenya, England and Ethiopia and aspires to advance Atlanta as a hub for international relations and global activism.

Rae Oglesby, Founder & Chief Storyteller, Oglesby Communications Consulting

Oglesby.jpgRae Oglesby is the founder and chief storyteller at Oglesby Communications Consulting. You know that kid in school who always carried around a book to read? Yeah, that was Rae. Reading is how she developed a love for writing and storytelling. That love, along with a passion to keep people informed, led her to a career in journalism. She worked for ten years as a producer and writer at CNN and several other trusted names in news before launching OCC. She loves all of her clients, but the nonprofits she works with have a special place in her heart.

A proud graduate of Florida A&M University, Rae bleeds orange and green. She is also an MBA candidate at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and will graduate in May 2014.

Rae is the Board secretary and Public Relations Committee Chair for Ladies of Favor, a faith-based mentoring and empowerment program. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Ivy Prep Foundation.

Brandee Tate, Policy Analyst , Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia

tate.jpgBrandee Tate is a policy analyst for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Her work primarily involves conducting research and policy analysis related to Complete College Georgia, a statewide initiative to increase the number of Georgia residents with postsecondary credentials.

Previously, Brandee was a corps member at Match Middle Public Charter School in Boston, Massachusetts working with sixth grade students in math and reading. She was also an AmeriCorps member tutoring students attending nearby Boston Public Schools.

While pursuing her graduate studies, Brandee worked as a policy consultant for the Berkeley Alliance, a non-profit organization promoting city-wide collaboration to improve life opportunities for youth in Berkeley, California. She analyzed the impact proposed California state budget cuts to early childhood education would have on preschool-age children and their families residing in Berkeley. Also while in graduate school, Brandee conducted program evaluations as an intern with a consulting group, worked as a site-director for an after-school program and tutored undergraduate student athletes.

Brandee is a 2011 Bay Area Education Pioneers fellow and a 2008 Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow.

Brandee earned a Master in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley and an undergraduate degree in Sociology with concentrations in African-American studies and Urban studies from Princeton University.

Katerina Taylor, Director of Investor and Community Relations, DeKalb Chamber of Commerce

taylor.jpgKaterina Taylor, a Kansas native, is a 15 year banking veteran. Having been a Vice President with Atlanta’s largest based bank, Taylor has successfully designed and executed business growth and development strategies, and designed and facilitated training programs; for more than 500 regional and local leadership for SunTrust Bank. As the daughter of a successful entrepreneur, Katerina believes that everyone should take advantage of the opportunity to be an entrepreneur. Katerina started her own business, Smart Kidz Money Matters, in 2009 and placed first in Sustainability and Business Concept in the Coles School of Business ÒConcept to RealityÓ Contest at Kennesaw State University. Her business is centered around delivering financial literacy education to students, families, and underserved communities globally. To date Katerina’s program has been taught to more than 1000 students from Girl Scouts, Big Brother’s Big Sisters, Clayton State University, Ivy Preparatory Academy, Communities in School, and a host of other organizations.

Katerina was successfully recruited to join the executive team of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce in 2012. In her role as the Director of Investor Relations and Programs Taylor reports directly to the chamber president. As a chamber executive she is able to work with business owners across Metro Atlanta, to focus on business growth, economic and workforce development, community outreach, and member relations.

An actively engaged community advocate, Katerina serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Greater Atlanta and serves as Board Chair for United Way’s Young Professional Leaders Advisory Council. Katerina also works with Boys Scouts of America of Greater Atlanta as the DeKalb County Community FOS Chair, and serves on the Board of Directors for CHRIS Kids.

In 2012 Katerina was named an Atlanta Business Chronicle 40 Under 40 Rising Business & Community Leader, and was honored by Tau Epsilon Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Incorporated with the 2012 Doris J Harris Humanitarian Award, for her commitment to the Greater Atlanta Community. Katerina has completed the Georgia Academy for Economic & Leadership Development and is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Georgia, a statewide leadership program.

Katerina is a graduate of Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas with a BBA in Marketing, and earned her MBA in Finance from Argosy University in Atlanta.

Katerina has lived in Atlanta for 10 years, lives with her pet Pomeranian Mr. President and attends Impact Church in the West End.

Adrienne White, Finance Manager, The Coca-Cola Company

white.jpgAdrienne A. White, CPA, is a Finance Manager, supporting Global Marketing at The Coca-Cola Company. Prior to joining the The Coca-Cola Company, she worked for Ernst & Young LLP’s external audit services.

Give. Serve. Love,is Adrienne’s personal mantra, which she embeds into her professional, civic, and personal life. At the Coca-Cola Company, serves as the Treasurer of women’s linc, an affinity group at the Company supported by the Office of Diversity.

Adrienne’s primary passions in the community are education, women’s rights and health & wellness. In April 2011, Adrienne was one of three leaders who launched the Atlanta chapter of Black Girls Run!, a national grassroots movement aimed at promoting an active lifestyle among African-American women through participation in running events. She served as Atlanta ambassador for 2 years where she grew membership to over 12,000 impressions on Facebook, lead a core group of over 50 group run coordinators who activate members on the pavement through over 40 weekly group runs. She now serves as BGR! South Region Ambassador supporting over 35 ambassadors across Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi in their efforts to lead and activate over 23,000 members.

Adrienne is a board member and treasurer at The Intown Academy, a charter school in the Atlanta Public School system located in the Old Fourth Ward that opened in August 2010 serving over 300 students in grades K-8. Adrienne is also Board Treasurer of Red Clay Democrats.

She recently graduated from the 2013 Georgia WIN List Leadership Academy and is a 2012 graduate of LEAD Atlanta. The Urban League of Great Atlanta awarded Adrienne with the 2011 Rising Star Award. Additionally, she served on the host committed and helped develop communication for Atlanta’s first annual Youth Financial Literacy Day. Adrienne was a Partnership Against Domestic Violence crisis hotline volunteer in women’s shelter, and was recognized as the July 2010 Volunteer of the Month.

Adrienne is a licensed certified public accountant in the state of Georgia and earned her Masters of Accountancy and Bachelor of Science in Commerce; Concentration in Accounting, from The University of Virginia.

Stephen Wilson, Math and Science Teacher, Teach For America – Fulton County Schools

wilson.jpgStephen Wilson currently serves as a corps member at Teach For America, a non-profit organization committed to closing the educational achievement gap in our nation’s most underserved communities. He teaches fourth grade at Hapeville Elementary School in Hapeville, Georgia.

At Hapeville Elementary, Stephen has led a new series of STEM education initiatives, engaging families through the math and science curriculum. Stephen graduated from Washington and Lee University with a degree in Political Science and Studio Art-Photography in 2012.

Alongside his Teach For America commitment, Stephen works on education policy research with Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams. Stephen plans to pursue a legal career to continue his passion for education and social justice.