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Russell Hopson is a proud citizen 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 a mentoring and tutorial program, served as an early childhood development instructor, taught Math and Science to Upward Bound students and was Community Service Chair for the Beta Nu chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. In the ladder role he helped to organize voter registration/turnout initiatives and student protests challenging the questionable polling practices in Tallahassee, FL.
Upon graduating Summa Cum Laude he relocated to Atlanta to start a career as a business consultant. Eventually transitioning to Home Health Care, he currently serves as a Business Development Manager for Amedisys Home Health. He also served in an Executive Board role for two years with the Atlanta Chapter of National Sales Network.
Russell is especially proud of his outreach and engagement in the greater Atlanta community. He has served as a youth mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta, ParksMiddle School and Raising Expectations, Inc. He is currently the President of Neighborhood Planning Unit Y of Atlanta where he has made considerable strides in galvanizing and organizing 11 contiguous neighborhoods in Metro Atlanta. Russell also serves on the Fulton County District 5 Constituent Services task force as Public Safety and Justice Chair. He is a 2013 alumnus of United Way’s Volunteer Involvement Program, 2014 Fellow of New Leaders Council and currently serves as Co-Director of the Atlanta chapter. Russell’s other board service includes Sustainable Lakewood, Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center’s Community Coalition Board, Morehouse School of Medicine Board of Trustees, Atlanta Beltline 67 & Red Clay Democrats Board of Directors. Russell received the prestigious Outstanding Atlanta Honor in 2015 and served on that Executive Board from 2016-2017.
Allison Hood is the Development Director for VOX Teen Communications, a nonprofit that focuses on self-expression and leadership development for teens in metro Atlanta. Prior to joining VOX, Allison worked for Lutheran Services of Georgia as the Special Events Manager, She began her non-profit career in Atlanta as the Program Coordinator for youthSpark, a non-profit organization that works to end child sex trafficking through prevention and early intervention. 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.
Charisse Price is a marketing and management professional whose career has spanned the private and public sectors across the east coast of the United States. 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 believes compassion is its own reward and tries to instill the value of “compassionate governance” in all of her work. The philosophy of “compassionate governance” has led Ms. Price to serve as an active volunteer tutor in the Fulton County jail for the past three years, and in leadership positions with several organizations that focus on leadership development, urban youth, and community impact. Ms. Price is also a proud member and alumna of various organizations, including: New Leaders Council, the Junior League of Atlanta, Everybody Wins! Atlanta, and the United Way of Greater Atlanta Volunteer Involvement Board Training Program.
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 currently manages minority and women inclusion compliance on multi-million-dollar construction projects. Prior to that, she worked in marketing 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 a Master of Business Administration 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, playing kickball, spending time with family and friends, and watching football.
Dr. Denson is a behavioral scientist with over fifteen years of research experience in a number of local, state, and national public health initiatives. He has worked in health policy, epidemiology, intervention development, evaluation, behavioral surveillance, and data collection, monitoring, and analysis. He was both a former National Institute on Drug Abuse Pre-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Community Health Sciences in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and a Satcher Health Policy Leadership Fellow at Morehouse School of Medicine. While at UIC, he served as a researcher with the Community Outreach Intervention Projects studying psychosocial determinants, internet use, substance use, and HIV risk behaviors among minority men who have sex with men (MSM). He currently works within the Prevention Research Branch of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His current projects assess the barriers and facilitators to HIV prevention, care, and treatment for populations at risk including MSM, substance users, youth, and transgender persons. In addition, Dr. Denson holds a Master of Public Health degree (Community Health) from New York University and a Bachelor of Science degree (Biology) from Xavier University of Louisiana. He is also the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors at Positive Impact Health Centers, a 2016 Fellow and 2017 Curriculum Co-Chair for the New Leaders Council – Atlanta chapter, Development Chair of The Gentlemen’s Foundation, and Steering Committee and Ambassador member of The Counter Narrative Project.
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 providingcloudyservice.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Esohe Galbreath serves as the Chief Executive Consultant of Sohé Solutions. Established in 2012, Sohé Solutions’ mission is to support growing small businesses through affordable consultation while allowing business stakeholders to focus on their core competencies.
Esohe completed her collegiate studies in Electrical Engineering at the University of Kentucky. In 2004, she began her career at UPS and held management roles in Distribution Solutions, Implementations, Operations, Engineering, and Transportation Solutions, and in her free time assisted small businesses with planning, financial documentation, and tax preparation. In 2012, Esohe merged her corporate experience with her small business consultation experience to form Sohé Solutions – Boutique Small Business Consulting.
In early 2015, Esohe decided to dedicate 100% of her time to her entrepreneurial endeavors. Through consulting clients, Esohe discovered a love and passion for working with creatives, artists, and visionaries and was inspired to co-found Urban Art Expression – a company dedicated to encouraging individual art expression and building the individual art experience; ARTiculate ATL – an annual art social featuring 30+ artists with 1,000 art enthusiast attendees; and UAE Youth Artists Program – a 501c3 non-profit bridging the exposure gap of some of Atlanta’s most visually talented youth.
As Esohe continues to immerse herself in Atlanta’s rising artist economy, she is the Treasurer of the Castleberry Hill Neighborhood Association and finds inspiration living in the historic district with her husband George. She serves as treasurer on the Board of Directors for Village of Wisdom, a non-profit protecting the intellectual curiosity and self-image of Black children from the harmful effects of systemic racial bias. Esohe is a New Leaders Council (NLC) 2016 Fellow and currently serves as Finance Chair for NLC Atlanta. Esohe and George are members of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Quincy L. A. Springs, IV is a former US Army Ranger, a General Manager for Walmart, and a motivational speaker. His work has been recognized in Atlanta Magazine, Walmart commercials, and various local news stories. 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 currently the General Manager for the Historic Westside Village Walmart in Atlanta, GA, where he is responsible for the day to day operations and management of over 250 associates. Over the past three years, Quincy has been able to serve the community through various program held at his Walmart. Partnering with community leaders such and Shanti Das and working with celebrities like Young Jeezy, Teddy Riley, and T.I., Quincy has organized food drives that have fed over 1500 homeless men. Additionally, he has held back to school drives, where 2500 children received book bags and school supplies.
Over 700 families have been fed during the holidays through partnerships with the Atlanta Falcons and various other community organizations. Through Walmart’s Volunteerism Always pays program, Quincy organized a day of service, where Walmart associates donated their time by making over 1000 lunches for residents of City of Refugee and collected over 250 bags of trash in the Vine City neighborhood. The efforts of these associated resulted in over $30,000 being raised for the American Diabetes Association.
One Quincy’s most notable programs highlighted the accomplishments of people who have made significant contributions to the community, in which his Walmart resides. Quincy collaborated with Atlanta City Councilman Ivory Young, to develop “The Legends of the Historic Westside Village.” The program honored fifty-five civil rights and other leaders who lived and worked in the Historic Westside Village preceding and during the Civil Rights Movement. Hundreds of people from the community gathered for the ceremony where each leader was recognized. Following the program, posters of each of the honored leaders was displayed through the Walmart store so that associates and customers could learn about these past community leaders.
Being a committed member of his community and the city, Quincy is a member of the New Leaders Council and the Atlanta Beltline's Young Leaders Council. Quincy also serves as the Vice President of Membership of Peachtree Toastmasters. In his free time he enjoys cooking, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends and his wife Rachel.
Joy Guerin is passionate about the intersection where education, business, and technology meet. As a Senior Product Manager at Careerbuilder, she focuses on improving search relevance, audience growth, and leveraging market insights to enrich the user experience. Her professional background also includes product, operations, and program management experience gained during her time in AT&T's Leadership Development Program in addition to her early career work in college admissions and fundraising in post-Katrina New Orleans.
A self-taught web developer, Joy has nurtured a passion for coding since adolescence. She has continued to share this passion with young people by volunteering as a high school coding instructor for several years and is an involved member of the Atlanta technology community.
Joy holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a Bachelor of Music degree from Loyola University New Orleans. Her accomplishments include being recognized as a Lagrant Foundation Graduate Marketing Scholar and she devotes her time to a number of professional and community organizations including Pentorship, Management Leadership for Tomorrow, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. In her free time she enjoys attending concerts, historical research, and spending time with family and friends.
Shana Basnight is passionate about working with high potential, early career talent and helping them flourish in their professional and educational endeavors. Shana currently works at Synovus Bank as the Campus Talent Program Manager. She is responsible for providing a rigorous leadership program experience to recent college graduates that want to become corporate or commercial bankers. Shana has a Master of Arts degree from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University.
Shana has also worked with companies such as The Coca-Cola Company, Acuity Brands, conducted talent acquisition work for Delta Airlines, and recruited students to attend Emory University’s MBA program. Each of these experiences have provided her with the chance to work with an international client base and develop personalized solutions to meet their needs.
Shana is a native of Atlanta, GA and enjoys participating in various civic and community-focused organizations. She is currently serving as the Mentorship Chair for the New Leaders Council program and the Social Chair for the World Affairs Council of Atlanta – Young Leaders organization. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the Alliance Theatre where she works to increase engagement in the performing arts. Lastly, she spends her holidays volunteering with Hosea Helps (formerly known as Hosea Feeds the Hungry), a local non-profit that provides food, clothing, and other resources to those who are less fortunate.
Ashley Nealy is the Web Team Lead for the United States Department of Treasury in the office of Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). She provides and leads web and application development services to support the mission which is to protect the integrity of the nation’s taxpayer system. Ashley is also the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Mindly Maven, LLC., a creative solutions company specializing in web and graphic design.
Ashley started with TIGTA in August 2010 and has received numerous promotions and awards in her five year career at the Department of Treasury including the Highest Performance Award, Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Award and the IT Group Award for her regional leadership in the Laptop Refresh Project.
Ashley established the Ashley Nealy A.T.O.M.S. Center Fund at Kennesaw State University to advance to the teaching of science and mathematics in Georgia’s K-12 Schools. Ashley’s work was recognized by SkilledUp.com where she was featured as one of the “5 Female Web Developers You Should Follow on Twitter” and they referenced her STEM fund. Ashley has also been featured as an “Awesome Designer.” Ashley is also an Outstanding Atlantan Class of 2015.
In addition to her philanthropic efforts, Ashley also commits herself to expanding the face of STEM. She is a member of the Junior League of Atlanta where she is currently serving in the Girls Scouts Placement and will specifically work with the STEM programs including their robotics team. She is also a member of Women in Technology where she will serve as a Campus Event Host and will be responsible for interacting with students to increase their connection to Women In Technology. The events will take place at colleges and universities across Atlanta.
Ashley currently serves as the Vice President for the Urban League of Greater Atlanta Young Professionals. The Urban League of Greater Atlanta Young Professionals is comprised of young professionals ages 21 to 40 dedicated to fulfilling the mission of the oldest and largest community-based movement in the nation, the National Urban League. She also gives her talents by serving as the Webmaster and graciously donated a redesigned website along with a powerful membership database.
In 2014, Ashley was named one of the 30 Under30 Following the Vision. She is also a 2015 Fellow of the New Leaders Council – Atlanta Chapter, a selective leadership development program where she now serves as Communications Co-Chair. Ashley was selected out of 300 applicants to serve on the Inaugural Millennial Advisory Panel for the Atlanta Regional Commission which seeks to have millennial input on the region’s 25 year strategic plan. Through her involvement with the Panel, Ashley wrote an OpEd which was featured in the May 17, 2015 edition of the AJC Sunday Paper about why innovation is needed to win Atlanta’s future.Ashley Nealy graduated cum laude and with Honors from Kennesaw State University in May 2010 with her Bachelor’s of Science in Information Systems. The following spring, Ashley received her Master’s of Science in Information Systems in May 2011. Ashley is also the founder of ATL Adult Cheer, a meetup group for past cheerleaders who want to get back active in the activity. She currently resides in Cobb County, Georgia with her dog Khloe.
Ms. Jones is a Public Health Professional with over 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 the Employer Relations Manager at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Prior to joining the Office Career Development, Ms. Jones worked as a Program Analyst for United States Peace Corps after serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala, Central America. She volunteered for two years in rural communities 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 member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Nse Ufot has dedicated her life and career working on various civil, human, and workers’ rights issues. As the Executive Director of the New Georgia Project, she is proud to lead the organization to its goal of strengthening the state's democracy by registering and engaging Georgia’s eligible, but unregistered African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans.
Prior to joining the New Georgia Project, Ms. Ufot worked as the Assistant Executive Director for the Canadian Association of University Teachers, Canada's largest faculty union. She also served as the Senior Lobbyist and Government Relations Officer for the American Association of University Professors. In this role, she coordinated initiatives for mobilizing members around legislation and regulations that impacted higher education and labor law.
Ms. Ufot, a proud naturalized citizen, was born in Nigeria and raised in Southwest Atlanta. She earned a Bachelor of Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Juris Doctor from the University of Dayton School of Law. Ms. Ufot is fluent in both French and English. In her free time, she enjoys international travel, listening and playing music from the African Diaspora, and hosting house parties for close friends and family.
Zach Nikonovich-Kahn is a public policy and government affairs professional, specializing in the non-profit sector. He currently serves as the as the Public Policy Advocate for Families First, one of the largest social services non-profit organizations in the state. Prior to joining Families First, Zach worked in the Georgia House of Representatives, as well as the offices of Senator Hillary Clinton and Congressman John Lewis.
Zach is an Atlanta native, and he currently serves on the BeltLine Affordable Housing Advisory Board, the BeltLine Young Leaders Council, the board of the Midtown Neighbors Association, and the Board of Ambassadors at the Georgia Museum of Contemporary Art.
Zach graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in History, and he has a Master’s degree from Cambridge University.
As an individual dedicated to family values, nonprofit work, and community development, Nicole Williams has excelled in elegantly connecting the spheres of her family life, professional career, and community involvement by being an active participant in many professional, civic and personal activities.
A dynamic leader with a 14-year accomplished career with prestigious sales organizations, Williams has taken a plunge as an entrepreneur with State Farm when she opened her own agency within the metro Atlanta area in July of 2014. Her passion for providing insurance and financial services to her clientele can be underlined by the agency’s mission: to “create generational wealth within our communities.” Williams started her career as a Fixed Income Trader at Edward Jones Investments in St. Louis, Missouri. She later transitioned to the highly competitive sector of pharmaceutical and biotechnology and established a career in Sales, Training and Development that spanned over a decade.
Her leadership talent is presented by her current position as President of National Sales Network (NSN) – Atlanta Chapter, the largest organization for diverse sales professionals in the nation. NSN is a nonprofit organization directed to meet the professional and developmental needs of sales professionals by providing career educational seminars. Williams 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. Since joining NSN in 2009, she has served in various roles within the organization in St. Louis before getting elected as President of the Atlanta Chapter in 2013.
This year, Williams was recruited to become a New Leaders Council (NLC) Fellow. New Leaders Council trains and prepares entrepreneurs to develop into progressive leaders with the power to positively influence their communities and workplaces. The organization works to promote strong democracy, social justice, and equal opportunity for all. Williams was selected as a NLC Atlanta Board Member to serve as the Fundraising Chair in 2015.
Williams is dedicated to serving and giving back to the community. She served as a Cabinet member with the United Way of Greater St. Louis, raising $1.8 million for the Charmaine Chapman Society in 2010. The Charmaine Chapman Society is a premier philanthropic program for African-American leadership; its outreach extends nationwide. Due to her impressive performance, the United Way’s CEO promoted Williams to Vice Chair of the Entrepreneur Cabinet in 2011. Furthermore, her energy and enthusiasm inspired others to become involved with the Charmaine Chapman Society and help transform the St. Louis region into a healthier and happier place to live. Williams raised her hand, found her voice, and made a difference for the public society through her experience with the United Way.
Williams’s thirst for continuous improvement leads her to explore many ways to which she can increase her professional development and enrich her knowledge. In 2012, she attained the Strengths Finder Certification, DiSC Certification, and Situational Leadership Certification. The following year, she successfully was certified in ROPE Sales Model Facilitation. In order to pursue her vision of opening her own State Farm agency, Williams became a licensed agent specialized in Property & Casualty, Life & Health, and Commercial lines in Georgia. She also achieved the ability to provide Life Insurance and Financial Services in the states of Georgia and Missouri.
With her extensive knowledge and experience, Williams has been asked to speak at numerous engagements and take part in hosting many events. She shared her experience as a diverse woman in the business world at “Speaking. Helping. Empowering. – Women in Leadership Seminar.” She traveled to Boston, Massachusetts to speak at the “360 Degree Leadership Conference – Leading from the Middle.” Williams joined Walker’s Legacy to bring awareness to the Michael Brown shooting at “Our Men Matter” Town Hall Meeting. She was a panelist at the College Diversity Summit hosted at Emory University. Most recently, she imparted knowledge at the Urban League’s “Young Philanthropist: An Interactive Workshop on Personal Finance and Philanthropic Giving.” Williams was on the Host Committee that successfully carried out a sold out fundraising event, “Celebrating 75 Years Portraits of John Lewis” for the John Lewis for Congress Campaign.
Her involvements in the community have gained Williams many awards and recognitions including: Who’s Who in Black Atlanta as an “Emerging Leader” for her civic duties in the nonprofit arena, National Award for National Sales Network Chapter of the Year in 2009, 2010, and 2014, and the David M. Richardson’s National Individual Commitment Award from NSN in 2013 for implementing her vision of continuous growth and progress for the elite organization.
Williams holds a degree in Marketing with an emphasis in Sales Management from Missouri State University. Her upbringing in the Midwest by her grandparents has instilled many traditional morals and values that she carries with her today. Williams’s strong family values, disciplined work ethic, and resilient drive allowed her to raise her twin sons while pursuing her education and went on to take control of her established professional career. Her ability to inspire others, genuineness, and graceful ambition have made her a true gem among her professional and personal networks.
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 uplift young people through positive educational experiences. As a Social Emotional Learning Coach with Atlanta Public Schools she is able to grow the hearts and minds of students, families, faculties, and staffs at schools across the district. Even as she progresses toward her PhD in Educational Policy Studies, Jennifer is committing her free time to working with organizations such as the New Leaders Council, The Georgia Appleseed Young Leaders Council, Red Clay Democrats, and the Next Generation Advisory Board for Citizens Trust Bank. She believes that sometimes the revolutionary one’s looking for is the one in the mirror.
Adrienne A. White is the VP of Finance of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. She comes to The Center from The Coca-Cola Company, where she had eight years of Corporate Finance experience. She started her career in Ernst & Young LLP’s external audit services.
“Give. Serve. Love,” is White’s personal mantra, which she embeds into her professional, civic and personal life. She has taken on numerous leadership roles within the Atlanta community, including an APS Charter School, political organizations, Black Girls RUN!, Outstanding Atlanta, LEAD Atlanta, and New Leaders Council.White is a licensed certified public accountant in the state of Georgia and RRCA certified running coach. She earned her Masters of Accountancy and Bachelor of Science in Commerce; Concentration in Accounting from The University of Virginia.
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