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New Leaders Council

2015 Fellows


Thua Barlay, Managing Attorney, Barlay Law Group LLC

Atlanta-_Thua_Barlay.jpgThua G. Barlay is the managing attorney of Barlay Law Group LLC, where he is charged with overseeing the operations and affairs of the firm. His areas of practice are Real Estate (Residential and Commercial) and Estate Planning. Mr. Barlay received a Juris Doctorate (JD) from Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis. He also received a Masters in Business Administration (Finance) from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He was a board member of the Indiana International and Comparative Law Review. Mr. Barlay earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Technology from Purdue University, Indianapolis. While in school, he served as President of the Student Government (Undergraduate Student Assembly), President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. - Sigma Phi Chapter, and a four-year letterman with the men's soccer team. In addition to being named an Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honorary, he was designated as the recipient of the Charles K. Barker Award for the most outstanding minority Computer Technology major.

Mr. Barlay remains an active participant in his community. He is active within Henry County (where he resides), having served on the County Board of Equalization and Rockdale County (where he works), having served as the Chairman of the Board of Governors (2013) of the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce and President of the Rotary Club of Conyers (2014-15). In addition, he serves on the boards of Family Promise of New Rock, Inc., a non-profit working to combat homelessness in children in Newton and Rockdale counties and the Atlanta Childrens Museum. Mr. Barlay believes strongly in continuously developing his leadership skills and is also an alumnus of Leadership Rockdale (Class of 2009), the State Bar of Georgia's YLD Leadership Academy (Class of 2011), the Atlanta Regional CommissionÕs Regional Leadership Institute (Class of 2011), and the Georgia Academy for Economic Development (2013), and most recently, the Leadership Georgia Class of 2014. He received the 2014 Jerry Barboe Small Business Person of the Year. In addition, he has the unique honor of receiving young professional awards from two major publications: "40 Under 40 Georgia's Best & Brightest" award by Georgia Trend magazine; and the "40 Under 40 Atlanta's Rising Business & Community Leaders" award by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. In his leisure time, Mr. Barlay enjoys spending time with family and playing golf. He is married to the former Andrea R. Miles and they are blessed with two sons, Emmanuel and Ethan.


Duke Bradley, III, Executive Director, Wesley International Academy

	Duke	Bradley, III	 Dr. Duke Bradley, III is the Executive Director of Wesley International Academy, an open-enrollment public charter school operating in partnership with Atlanta Public Schools. Prior to this position, Duke managed startup operations and strategy for Chattahoochee Hills Charter School alongside Board Chairman John C. Reid, former New York State Assistant Secretary for Education. A native of Columbus, Georgia, Duke has also worked in New Orleans, Louisiana  having contributed to the city's 24 million dollar Phase I education reform initiative by founding one of that state's first transformation charter schools. A lifelong educator, Duke's initial entry into education was as an undergraduate where he served as President of the Ford Teacher Scholars Program. He was later selected as a Fellow at the Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Duke later completed graduate school and earned his teaching credentials.

Following graduate school, he taught high school English in DeKalb County, Georgia and eventually attended law school. While in law school, Duke worked as a congressional intern for both Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) and John Lewis (D-GA), focusing on education policy. Upon graduation, he worked for the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education for 4 years as a legal studies instructor and program coordinator. In 2007, Duke was named a fellow with New Leaders for New Schools and is currently an Education Policy Fellow with the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education. He is also enrolled in the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Leading Change in Education Systems program of study. Dr. Bradley holds a B.A. in English and M.A.T. in English Education from Morehouse College and Brown University, respectively. He also holds a J.D. from John Marshall Law School and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern Mississippi.


Kara Cooper, Manager of Outreach, Cumberland Community Improvement District (CID)

 Kara Keene Cooper is the Manager of Outreach for the Cumberland Community Improvement District (CID). At the CID, she is responsible for implementing community development efforts, executing communications and marketing strategies, engaging property owners and the business community around public infrastructure projects, and working on non-capital improvement projects such as creating a community banner district and a public art process for Cobb County. She joins the CID team after serving for nine years as the Manager of Marketing and Public Relations for the Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University. At the center, she led branding, marketing, public relations, communications, and social media initiatives, building partnerships with corporate, non-profit, and international organizations across metro Atlanta. She is a founding member of the Perkerson Elementary School Foundation.

Cooper is a member of the Atlanta BeltLine Young Leaders Council and serves on the Recruitment Committee. She has served on the Educational Committee for the Japan American Society of Georgia, has coordinated the First Thursdays Downtown ArtsWalk, and was selected for the Corporate Advisory Board of the "Who's Who in Asian American Communities Awards." Cooper currently resides in the historic southwest Atlanta Capitol View Neighborhood (an Atlanta Beltline community) and participated in the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Community Economic Development Institute. She was named a Power 30 Under 30 for the City of Atlanta. She is a graduate of the LEAD Atlanta program sponsored by Leadership Atlanta and the Urban Land Institute's Center for Leadership. She earned a Bachelors degree in Business Administration focused on Management Information Systems and a minor in Drama from the University of Georgia. Cooper has also earned a Masters in Public Policy at Georgia State University's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies focusing on Planning and Economic Development.


Elliotte Creel, Associate Consultant, Bain & Company


Elle Creel is currently working as an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company, a management consulting firm that supports companies in important decisions on strategy, operations, technology, organization, private equity and M&A across all industries. In the Spring of 2012, Elle interned in the White House Office of Public Engagement working specifically with women’s outreach and the Council on Women and Girls. In this role, she planned and executed events, briefings and conference calls that engaged over 1,000 women a week.

Elle attended Georgia Tech with a Stamps Leadership Scholarship, the school’s top merit-based scholarship awarded to 10 students in each incoming class. She graduated in 2012 with a B.S. in Business Administration. While attending Tech, her greatest honor was serving as Student Body President during the 2011-12 school year. In this role, she oversaw the creation and allocation of a $5.2 million budget of student funds and represented the opinion of her 13,600 fellow students to administrators and external parties. As a native Atlantan, Elle is passionate about improving our city, and looking forward to being involved with the New Leaders Council!


Katie Delp, Executive Director, FCS Urban Ministries


Katie Delp is the Executive Director of Focused Community Strategies (FCS Ministries) where she leads holistic community re-development. She has invested over a decade of her life as an engaged neighbor, community developer and passionate activator in her under-resourced South Atlanta neighborhood. In addition to her organizational leadership, she has established a number of successful urban initiatives including youth development programs, community-building events, awareness campaigns and a local food co-operative. Katie is strong communicator and an effective consultant who has worked with numerous non-profit organizations to strengthen their capacity and impact.

Katie earned a degree in Business Administration from Texas Tech University, is recognized as an Emerging Leader in the Christian Community Development Association and serves in leadership in her neighborhood association, the South Atlanta Civic League. She serves on the program committee of Moving in the Spirit. Katie also works alongside her husband, Jeff Delp, Executive Director of Community Economic Development, focusing on strategic investment in local, small businesses in their neighborhood. She is also mother to her two young children, Sam and Maya.


Cindia DeVaughn, Assistant Nurse Manager, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta


Cindia DeVaughn is a Registered Nurse with over 11 years of clinical and tactical experience in the area of pediatric nursing. Cindia currently works at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a not-for-profit organization which is the largest healthcare pediatric provider in Georgia. As Assistant Manager, she is responsible for assisting in the facilitation and management of the day to day operations of a 24 bed inpatient pediatric unit.

Cindia is very passionate about serving children of all ages. Her passion has led her to become an advocate for patient safety and the delivery of quality patient care. Cindia served as chair of the Patient Safety and Quality Council. Under her leadership, her team successfully initiated Family Centered Rounding, improved the patient transfer process between the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the General Patient Care area which streamlined efficiencies in communication between patients, their families, and the various medical teams. The success of these initiatives were largely due to her training and experience in utilizing the Six Sigma and Lean principles and processes, an evidence-based practice model. Cindia has also led and served on a host of other councils and committees throughout Children’s Healthcare, which has impacted the lives of many children and families.

Cindia is a Certified Pediatric Nurse and a member of the Georgia Nurses Association. In 2014, Cindia was nominated by coworkers to receive the Atlanta-Journal & Constitution, Nurse Excellence Award, which recognizes nurses who go above and beyond the call of duty to make a significant impact on their patients. In fact, Cindia’s love and passion for children extends beyond her work day. She is actively involved in her community. For the past 9 years, she served as a youth leader within her local church. She is a recent graduate from the United Way’s Volunteer Improvement Program, a proud member of the United Way of Greater Atlanta Young Professional Leaders group, and a mentor for Cool Girls Incorporated. Cindia is a graduate of Hampton University’s School of Nursing. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing and was inducted into the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. She lives in East Atlanta and enjoys traveling and spending time with close friends and family.


Nadine Duncan, Education Consultant, Center for Teacher Effectiveness


Nadine C. Duncan is an Education Consultant with a great passion for Urban Education. She began her teaching career as a fourth grade teacher in Southeast DC. During her 10-year career as an educator, she has taught general education, special education, and ESOL in Washington, DC, Georgia, and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. While living in Abu Dhabi, Nadine also served as the Head of English Faculty at one of the largest girls' school in the region. Upon returning to the United States, Nadine has been working on her vision to improve the state of Urban Education. In 2014, she began building the foundation for the PrOOF (Products of Our Future) Project - an organization that endeavors to offer children, families, and educators the necessary tools for enduring success.

Nadine was born and raised in New Jersey. Over the last few years, she has had the pleasure of traveling to over 35 countries and experiencing life for all that it has to offer. As her perception of herself and the world has developed, she endeavors to provide the same opportunities for others. Her desire is for each one of us to discover how we are more alike than we are different while still honoring the beauty of those differences. Nadine currently lives in Atlanta, GA and is an active member of the Stone Mountain-Lithonia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Nadine attended the George Washington University where she obtained her BA in Communications and Sociology, and Masters in Education in Educational Leadership. She is currently enrolled at Kennesaw State University where she is completing her Doctorate in Special Education.


Theodore Harvey, CEO, SynsorMed


Theo Harvey is the CEO of Healthcare Start Up SynsorMed. SynsorMed is a mobile telehealth company that integrates with wearable technologies to provide effective virtual visits for patients. Theo also currently works as an adjunct professor at Georgia State University within the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies-Health Informatics Program where he teaches the Telehealth course. Previously, Theo has spent over fifteen years in the IT industry in various sales and business development roles working with several large companies like Cisco Systems and AT&T. His most recent role at Cisco Systems, Theo was responsible for Channel Business Development of the Southeast Territory which he grow sales from $60M to over $66M within one year. His efforts won him the Cisco Sales Champion Award, which is given to the top 10% of Cisco worldwide sales force.

Theo speaks and blogs on how technology, business and culture intersect on his site He holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Emory University. Theo enjoys spending time with his wife, Naja, and daughter, Laila, in Atlanta GA. He can be reached at


Onaje Henderson, Partner/Owner, H&T Art Partners


For nearly a decade Onaje M. Henderson has created transformational impact, while consistently delivering meaningful social change in corporate, non-profit, and public sectors through his passion for visual arts. Onaje is co-owner of The Art Brothers @ ZuCot Gallery, catering to a host of private and corporate clients such as Microsoft, The Coca-Cola Company, and Kimberly Clark. Onaje began his career in consulting, working with numerous multinational technology, financial and consumer goods firms. He utilizes his corporate background to weave the firm’s aesthetic appeals, into sustainable growth. His passion with a purpose has given him the ability to incorporate lasting impact - through arts, culture, and education projects - specifically through 'Art Tasting' events, featured most recently in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Onaje’s in-depth experience in management, marketing and public relations has established him as an emerging leader within social responsibility circles. Onaje graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Tuskegee University in 2001. Additionally he is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated and active in numerous charities through the gallery.


Allison Hood, Program Coordinator, youthSpark


Allison Hood is the Program Coordinator for youthSpark, a non-profit organization that works to end child sex trafficking through prevention and early intervention. As the Program Coordinator, Allison provides support for the program's current efforts to stop the demand for prostituted youth through the A Future. Not A Past. program and to prevent youth deemed ""high risk"" from becoming child sex trafficking victims through youthSpark Voices. She manages the Volunteer and Internship Programs for youthSpark, and has been instrumental in developing the agency's initiatives to educate and empower young people around the issue of child sex trafficking.

Prior to joining youthSpark, Allison completed a year of service through AmeriCorps, working with several youth-serving agencies in the metro-Atlanta area. She is a graduate of Georgia State University with a Master's Degree in Social Work and received her Bachelor's Degree in International Affairs from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Hamida Labi, Policy Director, StudentsFirst GA


Hamida Suad Labi, an Atlanta native, recently returned home to serve as Policy Director for StudentsFirst Georgia, a national movement of parents, students, teachers, administrators and concerned citizens mobilizing to ensure every child, regardless of socioeconomic status, has access to great schools and effective teachers. As Policy Director, she is the lead policy expert responsible for researching, analyzing, reviewing and drafting a broad range of current and proposed education policies in the state. Hamida’s professional career began in Ohio working for Organizing for America (Obama Campaign 2012), where she was introduced to the power of community organizing and political campaigns. She has also served as the State Policy Analyst for Stand for Children Louisiana, a non-profit organization committed to parent organizing, political action and education reform.

Hamida obtained her Bachelor's degree in Law, Justice and Society from Vanderbilt University, where she was initiated into the Mu Rho Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She also received her law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law. During law school, she studied international human rights in London, served as an analyst for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Southern Region), and clerked for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington D.C. She also served as a senior staff member on the Kentucky Journal on Equine, Agricultural and Natural Resource Law. Hamida is a licensed attorney and proud member of the Georgia Bar Association, Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys and the Civil Rights Section of the National Bar Association. She is most passionate about educational equity, voting rights, and sentencing reform. Her hobbies include watching sports, reading about social justice issues, photography and traveling.


ANTONIO MOLINA, Business Manager, Consultorio Medico Hispano


Antonio Molina immigrated to the United States at the age of seven with his family to a small one bedroom apartment in Little Havana. Upon graduating from Miami Coral Park Senior high, Antonio proudly served in the United States Navy for six years during which time he was awarded various Naval Achievement Medals and other accolades. After being Honorably Discharged from the Navy he enrolled in Georgia Perimeter College where he graduated with honors in 2011 and was the recipient of the President’s and Student of the Year in Global Studies Award. He continued his education at Emory University, where he obtained a double mayor in Political Science and Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

He currently is the general manager for Consultorio Medico Hispano, a medical practice geared towards helping the Latino community of Metro Atlanta. He accredits his success first and foremost to the Lord, and to his loving family. During his spare time he serves as Chief of Staff for State Representative Pedro Marin. Furthermore, he is currently the Chairman of the Latino Caucus for the Democratic Party of Georgia, Chairman of the Citizenship initiative for the GALEO Leadership Council, Member of the Human Relations Commission of Gwinnett County, sits on the advisory board of Camp Kesem (a camp for kids who have a parent that has been affected by cancer), and is currently part of the School Council and a PTSA board member for Berkmar High School.


Ashley Nealy, IT Specialist, U.S. Dept of Treasury - Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration


Ashley Nealy is an Information Technology Specialist for the United States Department of Treasury in the office of Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). She serves as the Web Team Lead and provides web and application development services to support the mission to protect the integrity of the nation’s taxpayer system. Ashley has been awarded the Highest Performance Award, Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Award, IT Group Award, and a Certificate of Appreciation from the Deputy Inspector General for Investigations.

Ashley is also the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Mindly Maven, which focuses on creative solutions development. She was just recently named one of the 30 Under30 Following the Vision. Ashley is the Vice President of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta Young Professionals, and sits on the National Membership Committee for the National Urban League Young Professionals. She is a member of the Junior League of Atlanta and serves as the 2014-2015 Web Content Editor. Furthermore, Ashley serves as the Public Relations and Communications Chair for the Atlanta Chapter of Blacks in Government. She is also a member of Young Government Leaders - Atlanta Chapter. Ashley is the Secretary of the Young Democrats of Cobb County and the Webmaster for the Young Democrats of Georgia. She is also the Outreach Director for the Black Caucus - Young Democrats of Atlanta. Ashley is a member of the Women to Watch Advisory Council for Georgia's WIN List. She served as the Campaign Manager and Communications Director State Representative-Elect Erica Thomas.

Ashley Nealy graduated cum laude and with Honors from Kennesaw State University in May 2010 with her Bachelors of Science in Information Systems. The following spring Ashley received her Masters of Science in Information Systems in May 2011. During her tenure at Kennesaw State University, Ashley studied abroad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Tokyo, Japan and held many leadership roles in various campus organizations. She currently resides in Kennesaw, Ga with her dog Khloe.


Zach Nikonovich-Kahn, Public Policy Assocaite, Families First, Inc.


Zach Nikonovich-Kahn is a public policy and government affairs professional specializing in the non-profit sector. He currently serves as the Public Policy Associate for Families First, Georgia's largest social services non-profit organization. At Families First, Zach is responsible for helping create and execute the organization's advocacy agenda, cultivating relationships with key political stakeholders, and advocating on behalf of policies that align with the organization's mission. Zach also provides direct administrative support to the agency's Chief Operations Officer.

Prior to joining Families First, Zach worked as an associate at a progressive political communications firm in Washington, D.C. He was responsible for helping create and design direct-mail campaign pieces for progressive candidates across the country. Zach has also served as a Legislative Aide for a progressive member of the Georgia House of Representatives, where he conducted extensive legislative research on education reform. Zach began his career in progressive politics by interning for both Congressman John Lewis and Senator Hillary Clinton while in college. Zach holds a Bachelor's degree in History from the University of Georgia, where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors College. He also holds a Master's degree from Cambridge University, where he wrote his thesis on society and culture in Victorian England.


Charisse Price, Business Analyst & Liaison, CDI, Corp.


Charisse Price is a marketing and management professional who has worked in various capacities in the private and public sectors in Atlanta, GA and Philadelphia, PA. A New Orleans native, Ms. Price’s ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life of others. She believes in living a life of compassion, by treating others well because it’s the right thing to do. Ms. Price’s deep commitment to social justice, equity and public service is evidenced by her membership and volunteer work with a number of organizations, including serving as a board member of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators - Metro Atlanta Chapter and as a volunteer literacy teacher at the Fulton County (GA) Jail.

In 2010, Ms. Price was selected as a National Urban Fellow. Through this prestigious academic and leadership development program, she served as a special assistant at the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, where she worked on a team commissioned by the mayor to create new vacant land management policies. Ms. Price eventually transitioned to a contract position with the Philadelphia Water Department where she manages minority inclusion compliance on major construction projects. She also worked as a marketing coordinator for The Coca-Cola Company. Ms. Price graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. Her drive and determination allowed her to work full time while earning an MBA from the University of Georgia and eventually a Master of Public Administration from Baruch College - City University of New York, all before the age of 30. In her free time, Ms. Price enjoys practicing yoga, spending time with family and friends, and watching football.


Erik Provitt, Bank Officer, SunTrust Bank


Erik J Provitt is currently a Bank Officer with SunTrust Bank. In his role with the Bank, he is responsible for functions related to the identification, prevention, and resolution of fraudulent activity. He is an impassioned community servant with a heart for people and a head for business. He strives to walk daily by one of his favorite quotes, Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. Erik began his undergraduate work at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, AL. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing. He has also earned a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Troy University, and is pursuing a Juris Doctor from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School.

Over the course of his 15 years Banking career, Erik has worked in a variety of roles, including Retail Management, Corporate Training, and Bank Operations, with several of the nation’s largest financial services companies. Erik is active in his community. He is a proud, active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Erik serves or has recently served in several leadership roles with a variety of organizations throughout the Metro Atlanta Area. He currently serves as the Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School Student Co-Chair to the Atlanta Bar Association, a student member of The Atlanta Lawyer’s Editorial Board, and the Treasurer for the Gwinnett County Young Democrats. His is the Immediate Past President of the Gwinnett County NAACP and has recently served as a Steering Committee Member for the Hall County United Way’s Young Leaders Society. Erik is also active with the United Way of Metro Atlanta, serving as a Financial Capabilities Network Coach and a member of the Young Professional Leaders Auxiliary. Erik’s passion for service stems from a desire to leave for his kids a better world than the one to which they were born. Erik currently resides in Lawrenceville, GA with his wife and four children.


Dasheika Ruffin, Legislative Analyst, City of Atlanta


Dasheika Ruffin, Legislative Analyst, City of Atlanta Dasheika is a Legislative Analyst for the Atlanta City Council, where she helps develop policies, ordinances and best practices that are adopted and implemented by the City of Atlanta. She oversees the Finance/Executive Committee, which is responsible for matters relating to the operation of the Mayor’s Office, intergovernmental relations with county, state and federal authorities, the Office of Contract Compliance and the fiscal budget of the City. As an Analyst, she has drafted legislation ending discriminatory practices relating to ex-offenders, legislation authorizing intergovernmental agreements and legislation calling for the recognition of the 51st anniversary of the Equal Pay Act of 1963. In fact, her Equal Pay legislation was adopted by the National League of Cities and has since been forwarded to the United States Department of Labor and members of Congress for support.

Prior to joining the City of Atlanta, Dasheika worked as a Labor and Employment Attorney. Her work focused on representing clients in matters relating to employment discrimination and violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Dasheika has helped corporations draft employee handbooks and set company practices and policies. Dasheika is a longtime advocate for social justice and positive youth initiatives. She is a volunteer lawyer with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, where she represents the interest of indigent clients. She also works as a Guardian Ad Litem for Fulton County, where she represents the interest of minor children who are the subject of lawsuits. Additionally, Dasheika serves as the chair of the Atlanta Youth Commission, where she works to develop strategies, policies and initiatives that are targeted towards benefiting, cultivating and promoting youth. She is a graduate of the University of Florida where she double major in Political Science and Legal Studies and Thurgood Marshall School of Law where she received her J.D. She is licensed to practice law in Georgia and Texas.



Quincy Springs, General Manager, Walmart


Quincy L. A. Springs, IV is an Army combat veteran, a General Manager for Walmart, and a motivational speaker. He is passionate about community service, community empowerment, and developing people. Quincy was born in Arlington, Virginia and raised in Buchanan, Virginia. He attended Washington and Lee University where he graduated Cum Laude with an Honors Degree in Philosophy. Quincy also served in ROTC at Virginia Military Institute where he was a distinguished military graduate. Upon graduation, Quincy served as a Field Artillery Officer and Company Commander in the United States Army. Achieving the rank of Captain, Quincy served in the Army for eight years and was deployed to various parts of the world. One of his most notable positions of service was as a Combat Advisor to approximately 900 Afghan Soldiers for Afghanistan’s counter narcotics initiative. Some of his awards include: the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Combat Action Badge. Quincy is also a graduate of the US Army Ranger School, which is the Military’s premier leadership course.

Quincy is currently the General Manager for the Historic Westside Village Walmart in Atlanta, GA. He has organized and hosted multiple food, back to school, and toy drives that have positively impacted the local community. His work has been recognized in Atlanta Magazine, Walmart commercials, and in local news stories. Prior to his current role, Quincy served as the General Manager for one of Walmart’s focus stores (Howell Mill) for over two years. In his free time he enjoys cooking, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends. He is also a member of Peachtree Toastmasters and is currently in pursuit of his competent communicator distinction. Quincy is excited about bonding with his NLC classmates and serving as a humble steward to the community.


Michael Taylor, Director of Commercial Development, Serenbe


Michael J. Taylor was born and raised in Washington, D.C. As an undergraduate student at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, Michael won a seat on the Ithaca City Council representing the Cornell student dominated neighborhood of Collegetown. Michael advocated for student involvement in civic life and participated in the first national convening of the progressive Young Elected Officials network. After graduating from Cornell cum laude and the expiration of his City Council term, Michael began working for the New York City Economic Development Corporation (ÒNYCEDCÓ). While at NYCEDC, Michael focused on waterfront redevelopment projects in Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn and Citywide transportation policy initiatives including congestion pricing and commuter ferries.

After almost four years at NYCEDC, Michael returned to Washington, D.C. for law school at the Georgetown University Law Center. After graduating from Georgetown Law cum laude, Michael returned to New York City and worked as an associate in the transaction real estate practice of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. While at Paul, Weiss, Michael was a board member of the Young Leaders Group of the NY Urban Land Institute and represented, pro bono, a very prolific developer of affordable housing Michael recently relocated to Serenbe, a national leader in New Urbanism and agro-development located in South Fulton County. At Serenbe, Michael leads their commercial development efforts and assists in the overall development strategy.


Kenneth Westberry, Policy & Strategic Partnerships Associate, Georgia Justice Project


Kenneth is a Policy and Partnerships Associate with the Georgia Justice Project, an organization committed to representing the indigent criminally accused. As a Policy Associate Kenneth contributes to research surrounding the elimination of the legal barriers that block individuals with criminal histories from accessing gainful employment, housing options, access to TANF and SNAP benefits, and voting.

Kenneth also serves as a coordinator for the New Southern Strategy Coalition, an effort of over 50 southern-based organizations and advocates (across 14 states) geared in the elimination of the collateral consequences of a criminal history. Kenneth graduated from Davidson College in 2013 with a degree in Political Science and is planning to pursue a legal career.


Nicole Williams, Owner, Nicole Williams State Farm


Nicole L. Williams Biography State Farm Agency Owner President, National Sales Network - Atlanta Chapter Nicole L. Williams took the plunge to become an entrepreneur by opening her own State Farm Agency within the metro Atlanta area in July of 2014. Nicole Williams Agency’s Mission is to create generational wealth within our communities.

Nicole started her career as a Fixed Income Trader at Edward Jones in St. Louis, Missouri; she transitioned to the highly competitive sector of pharmaceutical and biotechnology and established a career in Sales and Training and Development for a decade. Nicole currently serves as President of National Sales Network (NSN) Ð Atlanta Chapter, the largest organization for diverse sales professionals in the nation. NSN is a non-for-profit organization directed to meet the professional and developmental needs of sales professionals by providing career educational seminars. Nicole is responsible for managing a fully functional executive leadership team and a 275+ membership base. She is accountable for membership, event planning, marketing, and business development. Nicole gained recognition in 2014 from Who’s Who in Black Atlanta as an “Emerging Leader” within the Atlanta Community for her civic duties in the non-for-profit arena and also received the 2014 National Award for “Chapter of the Year” out of 18 Chapters nationwide from National Sales Network. Nicole received the National Individual Commitment Award from National Sales Network in 2013 for implementing her vision for continued growth and progress for the elite organization.

Nicole is dedicated to serving and giving back to the community. She served as a Cabinet member in 2010 and Vice Chair of the Entrepreneur Cabinet in 2011 with the United Way of Greater St. Louis. She helped the organization raise $1.8 million for the Charmaine Chapman Society in 2010. The Charmaine Chapman Society is a premier philanthropic program for African-Americans leadership giving nationwide. Nicole has been able to elegantly connect the spheres of family, career and community by being an active participant in many professional and personal activities. Nicole exercises strong family values while raising her sixteen-year-old twin sons. Nicole’s upbringing in the Midwest by her grandparents instilled many traditional morals and values in her character. Nicole is passionate about women’s empowerment, fighting against domestic violence and encouraging voter activism. Nicole holds a degree in Marketing with an Emphasis in Sales Management from Missouri State University.


Jennifer Young, School Climate, Culture, and Disproportionality Specialist, Fulton County Schools

Jennifer Young, School Culture, Climate, and Disproportionality Specialist, Fulton County Schools Jennifer Young is a devoted educator who has recently taken on the unique role of supervising schools as they implement strategies and interventions to address suspension rates. Being an educator is at the base of all that Jennifer does. Her current position where she serves as the School Culture, Climate, and Disproportionately Specialist takes her out of the classroom but not away from her passion. Working with schools in Fulton County to increase positive behavior interventions while simultaneously decreasing exclusionary discipline practices is where she has found herself dismantling the school to prison pipeline.

As a graduate of Georgia State University with a BA in English and MEd in Behavior and Learning Disabilities, Jennifer has focused much of her career on working with families and communities to empower young people through positive educational experiences. While progressing toward her PhD in Educational Policy Studies, Jennifer has committed her free time to working with local organizations such as the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Decatur/Dekalb Chapter, Dekalb Young Democrats, and The Future Foundation.

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