2014 NLC Fellows: Augusta

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Kimberleigh Beard

In all of my endeavors, I seek out roles where I feel that I can be a catalyst of change.

My name is Kimberleigh Beard. I hold a Bachelors of Arts in English from Armstrong Atlantic State University with a minor in African American Studies. While in college, I was involved in numerous leadership roles including co-founding a student organization focused on education and disability advocacy.

Advocating for people with disabilities is my life passion. I am currently a volunteer with CASA, a local nonprofit that advocates for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. I have been able to continue to advocate for people with disabilities in this position and it has inspired me to pursue a career path related to social work.

My professional pursuits are informed by my personal life. I was born with Cerebral Palsy, a neurological disorder that affected my development, speech and physical ability. It is my belief that self-advocacy, education, and the inclusion of people with disabilities in the policy making process of laws affecting the disability community is our best shot toward a truly inclusive society.

Barclay Bishop, Morning Anchor/Reporter, WAGT NBC 26 News

bishop.jpg“Currently, I am the morning anchor for NBC 26 Today. After reporting and anchoring for WJBF from 2007-2010, I returned to the WJBF team in January 2013 as the Good Morning Augusta reporter/anchor. In between television, I worked as the Public Relations Manager at Doctors Hospital of Augusta.

I’m originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and love the Steel City, especially the Pittsburgh Steelers! I graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.

A highlight of my career was when I covered the 2007 Virginia Tech school shooting as a student journalist and interviewed with Fox News. From there, I made my way to Augusta to begin my broadcast career.
I love being involved with the community and feel fortunate to have a platform where I can help highlight organizations across the CSRA.

Sean Frantom, Development Director, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta

frantom.jpgBorn in Monroe, Louisiana, Sean moved to the CSRA in 1984. He received a BA in Management from Georgia College. He spent 15 years in the golf industry at Jones Creek Golf Club. He left the golf industry for the staffing industry in 2003. During his 8 years in staffing, he worked with many companies across the CSRA in clerical, professional, and light industrial fields.

Sean is the current Young Professionals of Augusta President. The organization has over 240 members currently from all different sectors of the business industry. He also serves on the Technology of Georgia Augusta Chapter board. He loves to make a difference and be involved in the community.

Sean in his spare times enjoys golf and attending UGA Football, Braves, Falcons, and Hawks games.

Sean is current Development Director for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta.

Lawanda Hall, Principal Risk Analyst, The Coca-Cola Company

hall.jpgAn Atlanta native, Lawanda Hall received her Bachelors of Business from Georgia State University (GSU) majoring in Risk Management & Insurance. She achieved the Associate in Claims (AIC) designation via the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (AICPCU). Also, Lawanda participated in GSUÕs Professional MBA program; which included an opportunity to study International Finance abroad in Dubai and India.

Currently, Lawanda is a principal Risk Analyst for The Coca-Cola Company. Prior to joining the global giant, Ms. Hall served as a valued member on the risk management teams of middle market and fortune 500 companies to include EarthLink, Turner Broadcasting, The Southern Company, and The State of Georgia.

In addition to her professional endeavors, Ms. Hall has also dedicated her time and talents to several professional and nonprofit entities. She has served in advisory roles for the Ryan Cameron Foundation, Gate City Bar Association, Friends of the Central Atlanta Library (FOCAL) and The National Bar Association. She has also served as a committee member for the Education Conference for the local Risk Management & Insurance Society (RIMS). Periodically, Lawanda teaches non-profit organizations how to apply basic Risk Management Principals to their operations in order to protecting their vulnerable population. Currently, she serves as Special Assistant to the President of the National Bar Association, Ms. Patricia Rosier, Esq.

Driven by her passion for the arts and youth development, Lawanda co-founded a non-profit organization, Honey Cocoa Brown, wherein she and her business partner mentor urban females while exposing them to various genres of the arts and giving them insight into non-traditional careers.

Taylor Howell, Staff Assistant, House of Representatives Congressman John Barrow’s Augusta District Office

howell.jpgI am a recent graduate of the University of Georgia. I am an honors graduate of the School of Public and International Affairs majoring in International Affairs with a focus on Counterespionage/Security. I served as a member of their honors society. I am a member of the Italian honors society at UGA for which I have a minor in as well. During college, as well as high school, I was president or a member of several organizations. Currently, I am happily working for Congressman John Barrow in Augusta, Georgia. As the Augusta District Office Staff Assistant, I work with a wide variety of tasks and issues. I am proud of the work I accomplish each day. I know how to multitask, be professional, and I get the job done. Leadership and guidance is natural to me. In fact, I thrive on it. I look forward to the opportunity I have to join NLC. I want to learn more, and even though I have already graduated from college, there is still more to know.

Kristie Johnson, Coordinator of Special Populations, Augusta Technical College

Kristie currently serves as the Coordinator of Special Populations for Augusta Technical College. In this role, Kristie works to identify and eliminate barriers to academic success for students who are single parents, displaced homemakers, English language learners, students enrolled in a nontraditional program of study, and students who are economically disadvantaged. She has a passion for helping others to realize their greatest potential and achieve their personal goals.

Prior to her most recent position, Kristie spent seven years as a Constituent Services Representative in the United States House of Representatives, working for Congressman John Barrow. The native Augustan holds a BA in Political Science from Augusta State University and a Master of Public Administration from the same institution. Kristie also serves in a number of various roles within the community. She is a gubernatorial appointee to the Georgia State Advisory Panel for Special Education. She is a member of the Master of Public Administration Community Advisory Panel at Georgia Regents University and also serves on the Board of Directors for Columbia County Community Connections.

Kristie’s most recent endeavors involve her work as a gifted freelance writer, poet, and essayist. She has a weekly column in the Urban Professional, a local publication serving Augusta and surrounding areas, and plans to release Fear of Flying, her debut collection of poetry later this year.

Judith Jones, Speech-Language Pathologist, Richmond County School System

jones.jpgI am Dr. Judith V. Jones, a native Augustan with strong roots and connections to the Augusta-Richmond County area. To highlight my preparatory, academic and career experience, I am the holder of the following degrees: the Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Administration; a Master of Arts in Speech Pathology and Audiology; and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. I am an experienced Speech-Language Pathologist servicing the educational, private and health care sectors. I am presently employed with the Richmond County School System where I’ve worked for more than 10 years as an Itinerant Speech-Language Pathologist, and the Department of Juvenile Justice providing contract Speech Therapy services. My previous employments have included Trinity Hospital of Augusta and Babies Can’t Wait.

I have a genuine passion and affinity for learning, influencing young people and networking with individuals much more seasoned and wiser than myself. Within the Augusta community I am strongly affiliated and involved with my church, The Historic Tabernacle Baptist Church. There, I am active in several ministries to include: Co-Editor of our quarterly publication, “The Voice of Tabernacle,” Chair of the Human Resources Committee, Vice-Chair of the Trustee Ministry and a member of the Marketing Team. Additionally, I sit on the Advisory Board of the Augusta Adult Society, Inc., which sponsors the Rosa T. Beard Debutante Club. Within this capacity I also hold the position of Treasurer. Some of my other civic affiliations include being past Secretary of the Augusta NAACP, where I currently serve as an Executive Board Committee member.

I am excited about this new season as an NLC Fellow! I anticipate that this opportunity will provide a progressive experience which will align with my inner drive to become a more excellent professional and individual. Moreover, I eagerly embrace the diversity of this group and look forward to the growth, partnerships, personal and career advancements that this opportunity will provide.

Johnny Lee III, Technican, Procter and Gamble

lee.jpgJohnny E. Lee III is currently working at Procter and Gamble manufacturing company in Augusta Georgia. Some of his duties include working with the safety program, performing quality control, monitoring, evaluating, training and managing. He recently spent time at Procter and Gamble manufacturing in Alexandria Louisiana as a Safety Consultant for their Dry Packing Department. Johnny received his Bachelors degree in History with a minor in Political Science from Augusta State University, Augusta Georgia. He was also a part of the Student government while at Augusta State. Prior to going to work for Procter and Gamble, Johnny worked with the State of Georgia as a Social Services Case Manager.

He arranged childcare services for his clients, conducted job search training classes and connected clients to other community services. He has also worked in child protective services, tasked to protect children from abuse and neglect. Johnny developed a passion to help families whose children had been removed from their custody. In overwhelming numbers, parents would come to court without a lawyer and was left at the mercy of the court. Johnny felt fulfilled in helping others in one area but felt helpless when it came down to the legal aspects of his job. This feeling has continued to lead him towards his goal of becoming a lawyer and community leader.

He has a Masters degree in Criminal Justice from Troy State University Augusta Georgia. Johnny has been privileged to work on several political campaigns for a local candidate. He is an active leader in his church, Restoration Ministries where he serves faithfully as an Elder. Some of his duties include managing, training, teaching and supporting the senior pastor in other aspects of ministry. Johnny prides himself as a lifelong learner. His desire is to continue to be involved in his community and state and pursuing his dream of being a lawyer.

Patricia Ann Moseley, Assistant Principal, Richmond County School System

moseley.jpgPatricia Ann Moseley is an Assistant Principal at Hephzibah Middle School in the Richmond County School System (RCSS). Previously, she served in the RCSS as an Assistant Principal at Glenn Hills High School; Title I Consultant in the Title I Department and Social Studies teacher at Thomas Walter Josey Comprehensive High School.

Before becoming an educator, Patricia worked as a Training and Development Research Associate at the Savannah River Site. She began her career as a Staff Assistant for U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond (R, SC) in his Washington, D.C. and Aiken, South Carolina offices.

A native of Edgefield County, South Carolina, Patricia is a product of its public school system. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Religion from Converse College; a Master of Education in Divergent Learning from Columbia College and an Education Specialist in Education Leadership from Augusta State University. She is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Education Leadership Program at South Carolina State University.

Outside of work, Patricia enjoys participating in the Lay Speaking Miniseries of the United Methodist Church (South Carolina Conference); swimming; reading; politics; fashion trends and keeping in touch with her former students via Facebook.

Darryl Nettles, Research Operations Coordinator, Georgia Regents University

nettles.jpgDarryl Angelo Nettles is the eldest of six children, originally from Leroy, Alabama (a small town about an hour north of Mobile, Alabama). Nettles is currently a resident of Augusta, Georgia, and is an associate minister at the Bethel Community Apostolic Church in Augusta. He is involved in various aspects of the ministry at Bethel. He has also been active in Prison Ministry at the Augusta Transitional Center and the Augusta Regional Youth Detention Center through BethelÕs outreach ministries. He holds a B.S. in chemistry from Stillman College located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and works as a Research Operations Coordinator with Georgia Regents University in Augusta.

Nettles is also an Adjunct Faculty member at Strayer University where he teaches Political Science courses. Darryl Nettles best describes himself as a community activist. Nettles is very active in his community outside of church. He is a past secretary for the Augusta-Richmond County branch of the NAACP. He has served as the Chairman of the Religious Affairs Committee for the local NAACP for the over two years. This committee sponsored an Annual ÒNAACP Ecumenical Religious Leaders Prayer Breakfast.

Nettles has earned a Masters in Public Administration from Georgia Regents University and has plans to complete a Masters in International Relations soon. He holds a Master in Theology degree from the Southern Bible Institute and Seminary in Augusta, GA. Nettles has a passion for advancement and development of the human race overall.

Titus Nichols, Assistant District Attorney, Augusta Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office

nichols.jpgTitus Nichols is an Assistant District Attorney for the Augusta Judicial Circuit which includes the counties of Columbia, Richmond, and Burke. Within that jurisdiction, Mr. Nichols is responsible for the prosecution of felony offenses including murder, child molestation, and drug related offenses in addition to his responsibilities as a prosecutor for the three-county juvenile court. In addition to his responsibilities within the courtroom, Mr. Nichols has represented the State by defending convictions and sentences against legal challenges at all appellate levels including the stateÕs highest court, the Georgia Supreme Court.

Before becoming an Assistant District Attorney Mr. Nichols served as an Assistant Solicitor-General for the Augusta-Richmond County Solicitor-GeneralÕs Office. As an Assistant Solicitor, Mr. Nichols was responsible for the prosecution of misdemeanor criminal offenses including domestic violence, driving under the influence of alcohol, drug possession, and various traffic offenses. Before serving as a prosecutor, Mr. Nichols served as the law clerk to Judge Robert Jenkins of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Family Court in Greenville, South Carolina.

Mr. Nichols earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia school of law in 2009 and his B.A. in English, cum laude, from Morehouse College in 2006. While in law school, Mr. Nichols was a successful participant in its trial advocacy program and was a pupil of the Joseph Henry Lumpkin American Inn of Court. Additionally, he was inducted into the nationally-recognized honor society, the Order of the Barristers.

Mr. Nichols is a 2013 graduate of the State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyer’s Division Leadership Academy. He is a Southern District Representative of the Young LawyerÕs Division of the State Bar. Mr. Nichols is a member of the Board of Directors for the Lucy Craft Laney Black History Museum. Mr. Nichols is a past member of the Executive Committee for the Augusta Bar Association.

Mr. Nichols is admitted to practice in Georgia and South Carolina.

James Riles, Center Director – May Park Community Center, Augusta Richmond County Government Recreation and Parks Department

riles.jpgJames Davion Riles was born in Augusta, Georgia on July 10th, 1974, to the proud parents of James and Ella Riles. He begin his schooling at Immaculate Conception Academy, afterwards attending Aquinas High School, he graduated in 1993. He stayed close to home and attended college at Voorhees College, in Denmark South Carolina. He majored in Biology. Obtaining Bachelors of Biology in December of 1998. He was on the Dean’s list 1993-1995.

He returned back to Augusta Georgia, and began his career by working with Richmond County Government. He acquired a position with Richmond County Recreation and Parks Department part time in August of 1998. He found a job in his major with the Jenkins County Health Department as an Environmental Health Specialist, but due to budget cuts caused by a sluggish economy this position was terminated. His supervisory skills were quickly noticed by Officials within the Richmond County Recreation Department, and he began a full time career as a Center Director in September of 2005 at the May Park Community Center. Where he is currently still employed. He decided to further his education at Southern Wesleyan University from 2007-2008 with a MasterÕs of Science in Management.

Aside from working full time, he co-owns a small business in the Augusta area; Ink Spot Noveltee’s which specializes in custom t shirts transfers, screen printing, and vinyl lettering. He currently is in the process of a new venture that is in the startup phase called Southern Sites Properties Preservations, LLC.

He was married in 2006 to the lovely LaToya Hall. She is employed with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Department, Criminal Investigations Department, as a file clerk. They are currently residing in Augusta, Ga. They begin a family in 2009, when baby girl London was born on March 3rd. She now has a brother, James Clarence who is 2 years old. The family attends church at Williams Memorial CME Church. They enjoy time together. Traveling to various beach areas during the summer months.

He has a host of hobbies which include photography and is an avid fan of the Atlanta Falcons. He attending as many Falcons games as possible with his father.

Fabiola Romain-Lapeine, Nursing Faculty, Georgia Regents University

romain-lapeine.jpgAlthough I was born and raised in New York City, I am the first person on both sides of my family to be born in the United States of America. Both of my parents worked significantly hard so my siblings and I could have better opportunities than if they were to stay in Haiti. This has resulted in my putting my best foot forward in everything I do. I began by first serving in the U.S. Army when I turned 17 while trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life.

I chose this route as oppose to going away to college because I knew after completing this experience I would only be a better and stronger version of myself. The values, characteristics and discipline I acquired during this time have remained with me over a decade later. After serving I discovered my passion for helping others, advocating and healthcare. While supporting my husband with his military career, I proceeded to vigorously pursue my education which resulted in a B.S. in Behavioral Science from Mercy College, a B.S. in Nursing from New York University, an M.A. in Human Services from Liberty University and currently my Doctorate’s in Nursing Practice in Public Health at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Once I became a nurse I initially started working on WomenÕs Health in the hospital but quickly realized I would be able to make a bigger impact with this population on a greater scale elsewhere through various avenues. Public Health has been my vehicle of choice to focus on health policy to advocate on behalf of others. As a Nursing faculty member I educate future nurses and leaders on how to use their position of influence wherever they go to make a difference. Owning my own business has been an incredible character building experience which keeps me humble and sharp. In pursuit of everything, my husband of 12 years has been by my side every step of the way along with our 2 daughters. I continue to move forward because I know the best is yet to come.

Arthur Whiteside, Realtor, VanderMorgan Realty

whiteside.jpgArthur, better known as Tony Whiteside, is currently a REALTOR¨ with VanderMorgan Realty in Martinez, GA. Tony is a top agent with VanderMorgan, servicing a population of 200,000+ in the second largest city in Georgia. Prior to joining the firm, Tony retired from the military with more than 23 years of active duty service in the Army. Among the myriad responsibilities were: budget management; leader development; planning and administration; policy/law/code administration and enforcement, and project management. He has an excellent track record of leading teams, amassing stellar results, and increasing proficiency within organizations.

Tony is a member of several organizations, both personally and professionally including: The National Association of Realtors, The Georgia Association of Realtors, The Greater Augusta Association of Realtors, Military Relocation Professionals, The Signal Corps Regimental Association, The Association of the United States Army, and the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club. He graduated from Ashford University with a degree in Management, and later earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Ashford University as well. Tony enjoys photography as a pastime, and freelances for The Augusta Chronicle. He also enjoys sporting activities with his family.

Adrian Wright, Owner, Wright One Paint and Body Shop

wright.jpgAdrian Wright is a sensible entrepreneur, radio personality/promotions director for WKZK Radio, and a community supporter. In 2007, she along with her father founded Wright One Paint and Body which is the only minority owned professional collision centers that services the CSRA. She has nurtured her own business and has built a level of customer relations that is unparallel especially in marketing. She knows what works.

Adrian has been instrumental in several historic elections including the election of the first Sheriff which happens to be African American and the first female solicitor. Some of her best attributes are doing what is right, what is fair, & what is simple. And by simple she means treating the people the way that she wants to be treated which is extremely well. If you mix a healthy serving of that followed by some doses of dedication and courage you have a recipe for success. A recognized and respected liaison in the community, AdrianÕs career has propelled her to not only help her but also others. She takes pride in hosting two events at her business, an annual back to school event where she provides supplies & a breast cancer awareness fundraiser in October.

She is an avid supporter of many area schools such as Bay vale Elementary and Immaculate Conception, supporter of Augusta Mini Theater, Shiloh Community Center, Bethlehem Community Center, Macedonia Baptist Church, Greater Young Zion Church youth department, Toastmasters International, The United Way, & has registered many voters at her own business. Most recently she brought the movie Free Angela Davis & All Political Prisoners to the Evans movie theater in June 2013. Adrian has been at the forefront when it comes to serving and giving. Her entire reason for doing what she does is because she experienced working in soup kitchens in middle school. It was a humbling experience and we could all use a little more of that. “I believe that seeing people who had less than I, sparked something inside of me that has never wavered. We all have a purpose here, we just have to find out what that is; and for me it starts with serving.”

Adrian is the oldest of four children and dedicates her existence to God and her parents. She is also a senior consultant with The Personality Group- a marketing firm that was formed by her current mentor and several friends.