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Meet the Team


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Judy Fitzgerald, MSW

Executive Director

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Polly McKinney, B.S.

Advocacy Director

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Marcus Laing, B.S.

Communications and Outreach Specialist, GSAN

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Suzanne Wooley, B.S.

Senior Communications Manager

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Research and Policy

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Melissa Haberlen DeWolf,

J.D., M.P.H.

Research and Policy Director

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Maria Ramos, B.A.

Senior Program Specialist

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Dimple Desai, M.S.W.

Senior Policy Analyst II

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Brittney Newton, M.P.H.

Senior Policy Analyst II

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Lesley Kelley, M.P.P.

Senior Policy Analyst

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Kelcie Silvio, LMSW, M.P.H.

Senior Policy Analyst

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Joe Vignati, M.P.A.

Senior Policy Analyst

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Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network (GSAN)

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Katie Landes, M.S.W.

Director, Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network

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Kinyatta Trice, Ph.D.

Associate Director,

BOOST Grants Program

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Gregory Doss, B.S.

Senior Program Specialist

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Patrice Holt, B.A.

Senior Training Specialist

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Justin Swartzwelder, M.S.

Senior Program Specialist,

BOOST Grants Program

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Tiffany Thornton, B.S.

Senior Program Specialist

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Julia Morris, M.A.T.

Summer Learning Manager

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Natalie Grober, B.S.

Administrative Coordinator

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Melanie Dowdell, M.B.A.

Senior Director of Operations

and Finance

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Olivia Amato, M.S.W.

Program Specialist

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Jessica Dougan, B.A.

Administrative Coordinator

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2023 Board of Directors

Cindy Abel, Chair

CEO and Founder


Sandy O'Meara, Vice Chair/Treasurer

Chief Financial Officer

Friends of Forman Christian College

Baylie Evans, Secretary

Mergers and Acquisitions Associate

King & Spalding, LLP

Gwendolyn Benson, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

Georgia State University

LeRoy Burke, III

Senior Judge (Retired)

Juvenile Court of Georgia

Stacey Chavis

Managing Director

Campaigns Academy

Bobbi Cleveland


The Tull Foundation

Nicola Dawkins-Lyn, Ph.D.

Vice President


Missy Dugan

Senior Vice President, Government Relations

Boys & Girls Club of America

Delmont Early, III

Founder and Managing Partner

Carter Hill Advisors

Rita B. Gibson


Kimberly Hensarling

Director of Talent and Human Resources

Windham Brannon

Elizabeth "Betsy" Higgins

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Oglethorpe Power Corporation

Leslie Kurtz

Chief Financial Officer

Jackson Healthcare, LLC

Joseph Lillyblad

Director, Education and Workforce Development

Georgia Power Company

Mitch Saunders

Chief Accounting Officer

Atlanticus Holdings Corp.

Belisa Urbina

Chief Executive Officer

Ser Familia

Tameeka Law Walker, M.D.


Georgia Perinatal Consultants

Calvin Ward

Wealth Advisor

Truist Financial

Marc Welsh

Vice President, Child Advocacy & Chief Diversity Officer

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

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