Alicia Philipp is president of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, a philanthropic anchor institution dedicated to strengthening the Atlanta region. In 2017 she celebrated her 40th year with the Foundation, which in its history has given away more than $1.7 billion to nonprofit organizations in the Atlanta region, throughout the U.S. and across the globe.
She leads a team of experts that strengthen the 23-county Atlanta region by inspiring philanthropy to increase the vitality of our region and the well-being of all residents. The Foundation grants out more than $100 million annually to thousands of nonprofit organizations.
Philipp has served on the board of the Council on Foundations, the Southeastern Council of Foundations, Independent Sector and the National Center on Family Philanthropy. In 2017 she was named to Georgia Trend magazine’s Business Hall of Fame. She has also been named one of the “100 Most Influential Atlantans” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle and to Atlanta magazine’s Atlanta 500. In 2019 she was recognized by the Atlanta Hawks basketball team as one of 50 Atlanta icons, in commemoration of the team’s 50th anniversary in Atlanta.
Philipp received a bachelor’s degree from Emory University and an MBA from Georgia State University. She lives in Decatur and has two adult children and one grandson, all of whom live in Europe. Philipp has announced that she plans to retire in 2020 and the Board of the Community Foundation will choose a successor.
Diana Champ Davis
Vice President, Capacity and Chief Financial Officer
Diana Champ Davis oversees all of the financial and operational components of the Foundation, with a focus on strategic management of the organization’s resources to maximize return on investment. Diana, who is a CPA, joined the Community Foundation in 2016, bringing a decade of executive financial leadership in nonprofit organizations, as well as 10 years of prior experience in management consulting and for-profit corporate accounting and finance. The Georgia State graduate enjoys spending time in the great outdoors with her husband, Michael, and their two springer spaniels, Cowboy and Scout.
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Elyse Hammett oversees all marketing and public relations efforts of the organization, focusing on strategic marketing and communications initiatives for key internal and external audiences. A universally accredited PR professional, Elyse leverages more than 20 years of public relations and marketing communications experience, from her tenures at Emory Healthcare, BellSouth and her own PR agency, Eos. She’s won numerous awards from the American Hospital Marketing Association, Public Relations Society of America (including its 2014 Georgia Luminary Star Award), and the National Telecom Marketing Association. Elyse serves as the immediate past president of the board of PRSA Georgia, the nation’s second largest chapter.
Senior Vice President, Philanthropy
Terry Mazany most recently served as President and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust, engaging donors in comprehensive, innovative programs for impactful grant making and doubling the community foundation’s assets to more than $2.8 billion. During his transformational tenure there, Terry also leveraged his deep educational background and the Trust’s focus on education to serve Chicago’s mayor as the interim chief executive officer of Chicago Public Schools, the nation’s third largest school district serving more than 400,000 students.
Terry’s contributions include volunteer board service for numerous nonprofit organizations locally and nationally. Most notably, Terry is board member and past chair of the National Assessment Governing Board that oversees the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP), he was principal investigator for metropolitan Chicago’s Clinical Data Research Network, one of 13 national research centers that form the Patient Centered Outcomes Research network (PCORnet), and was a director on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
Currently, he is in a leadership role with the Community Foundation Opportunity Network (CFON), organized by community foundations advancing effective solutions to close opportunity gaps in their communities and across the country.
Terry earned graduate degrees in anthropology, business and education, and was recognized with Honorary Doctorates from DePaul and Lewis Universities. He is also a member of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA).
Lita Ugarte Pardi
Interim Vice President, Community
Lita Ugarte Pardi oversees the community impact work of the Foundation, including grantmaking and scholarships, as well as multiple community initiatives, connecting this work with Foundation donors and their passions. Lita has more than 20 years of experience working in nonprofits and in strengthening the nonprofit sector, having spent much of that time here at the Foundation leading our Nonprofit Effectiveness portfolio. Prior to joining the Foundation, Lita worked at The Impact! Group and at the Latin American Association. Lita participated in the 2013 Council on Foundations Career Pathways program, Leadership Atlanta’s 2007 LEAD Atlanta class and the Southeastern Council of Foundations 2004 Hull Fellows Program. Originally from Peru, Lita received her undergraduate degree from Berry College. Lita lives in Marietta with her husband and their two sons.
Erin Drury Boorn
Senior Philanthropic Officer
Erin Drury Boorn works with a portfolio of donor-advised funds, helping individuals and families develop their personal philanthropy. Erin works closely with the Waterfall Foundation and serves on their board. Prior to joining the Community Foundation Erin worked for the Woodruff and Whitehead Foundations. Erin was a Hull Fellow with the Southeastern Council of Foundations in 2006. She is a graduate of Berry College and holds a master’s from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. She is trained in meeting facilitation and is a CAP® Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy.
Jill Clark works closely across the Philanthropy Team on a number of projects and initiatives, including dockets for granting foundations and proposal drafts to foundations. Jill is responsible for providing support to the vice president of philanthropy as well as supporting assignments associated with the Board of Directors for the Philanthropy Committee. Jill comes to the Community Foundation with 15 years of experience across a variety of environments. Most recently, Jill enjoyed a six-year tenure as Judicial Assistant to the Honorable Jay M. Roth of Fulton County State Court. She resides in Marietta with her family and two dogs.
Philanthropy Administrative Assistant
Sybil Elie provides support for the senior vice president of philanthropy and the philanthropy department. Sybil brings years of experience as a community relations manager, project and volunteer coordinator and event planner. Sybil attended Clark Atlanta University and has served as a board member for Warrick Dunn Charities and Community Care Foundation. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering (with a special focus on pregnant teens), cooking, watching Marvel movies and spending time with her daughter and extended family members.
Jarrod Fleming works closely with the philanthropy team to assist individuals and families in achieving their philanthropic goals and connect them to serving opportunities that align with their passions. Prior to joining the Foundation, Jarrod worked at Covenant House Georgia as a case manager, where he assisted homeless youth in acquiring essential resources. Jarrod gained his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida A&M University in 2014 and afterwards served in AmeriCorps, which lead him to New York City. While there, he earned his master’s degree in Social Work from Hunter College in 2017. Jarrod currently lives in Northeast Atlanta.
Barrett Coker Krise
Senior Philanthropic Officer
Barrett Coker Krise works with individuals and families to reach their philanthropic giving goals. Prior to joining the Foundation, Barrett worked with Fernbank Museum of Natural History and the Atlanta Opera. Barrett is a member of the Junior League of Atlanta, a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and an alumna of the LEAD Class of 2008, a program of Leadership Atlanta. Barrett is a CAP® Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy. She received her B.A. from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. A fourth-generation native of Atlanta, Barrett lives in the historic neighborhood of Cabbagetown with her husband, Eddie and daughter Vivian.
Director and Philanthropic Counsel
Alison O’Carroll is a nationally recognized expert in development and planned giving with a successful career in fundraising spanning international relief and development, higher education, and cancer research.
Alison recently returned to Atlanta after working as Executive Director for the Office of Planned Giving for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle Washington. In this role she worked with donors on large and complex gifts, and partnered with professional advisors to serve the philanthropic needs of their clients. She oversaw the planned giving advisory committee for Fred Hutch and was a member of the Estate Planning Council of Seattle.
With additional positions as Senior Director of Development at CARE and Director of Development at the University of Washington School of Public Health, Alison has worked in the field of development and planned giving for over 25 years. During that time, she has served in local leadership roles, including President of the Washington Planned Giving Council (WPGC), and has spoken at various conferences and meetings across the country. Alison has also served as a senior consultant with PG Calc for nine years, working with dozens of non-profits across the country, advising and guiding them with regard to their planned giving programs and donors.
Alison has roots in Atlanta and connections to the professional advisor community locally. She is a lawyer by training, graduating from the Emory University School of Law and the Goizueta Business School. (She also holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Claremont McKenna College.) After admission to the State Bar of Georgia, Alison practiced law at King & Spalding.
In addition to the EPC of Seattle and the WPGC, recent memberships include the Washington State Bar Association (Real Property Probate and Trust section and the Estate and Gift Tax Section), Advancement Northwest AFP, National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, (formerly the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning), and the Seattle Philanthropic Advisors Network.
Senior Philanthropic Officer
Kathleen Wagner is dedicated to helping donors achieve their philanthropic goals and make a difference on the issues that are important to them. She actively supports donors in maximizing the impact of their philanthropic giving and donor-advised fund management. Since joining the Foundation in 2014, Kathleen has helped to steward an engaged community of donors who learn and partner with the Foundation on grantmaking, family philanthropy, and other investments. Kathleen is a certified philanthropy consultant for multi-generational families through the 21/64 network. Kathleen also leads our Spark Opportunity Donor Giving Circle, focused on continued learning and grantmaking to close the Opportunity Gap in Atlanta. Kathleen received her BA in Social Work from George Mason University, and her MSW at Hunter College in New York City. Kathleen grew up in Atlanta and now lives in Candler Park.
Database and Prospect Research Manager
Wanda Wallace is responsible for all aspects of the gift processing system and donor prospect management. In addition, Wanda is responsible for donor prospect management from identification to solicitation. Originally from Virginia, Wanda moved to Atlanta to attend DeVry University. She enjoys spending quality time with her family and has a passion for youth leadership. A former Girl Scout leader, she serves on multiple auxiliaries through her church and is committed to giving back to the community.
Sidney Wise works closely with the Philanthropy team to help individuals and families achieve their philanthropic goals and connect their passions with purpose. Prior to joining the Foundation, Sidney worked with Points of Light where she was part of the fundraising team for over five years. Sidney is an Atlanta native and a proud alumna of Atlanta Public Schools. She earned her bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Davidson College in 2014 and she currently resides in Southwest Atlanta.
Program Officer, Strong Families
Alyssa Cobbs leads the Community Foundation’s efforts to strengthen families including quality youth development, parenting and multigenerational supports and physical, mental and behavioral health. Her portfolio includes managing and building community initiatives and programs that support the Foundation’s mission and help donors meet their philanthropic goals. Alyssa joined the Community Foundation in 2017 with a focus on knowledge management, data and storytelling to strengthen our region. Previously, Alyssa worked for 16 years with nonprofits and government agencies, including Mile High United Way and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. She spent 6 years with Habitat for Humanity International working on community development, leadership development and organizational learning. After living in Denver, where she received her Masters of Nonprofit Management from Regis University, she returned home to Atlanta in 2011.
Program Officer, Thriving Communities
Katrina DeBerry serves as Program Officer for Thriving Communities. Katrina’s commitment to the Atlanta region is aimed at uplifting and amplifying resident voice in decision-making to advance social and economic mobility in their communities. As the manager of the Thriving Communities pillar within the Foundation’s Equity of Opportunity framework, Katrina provides vision and leadership that support the preservation and development of affordable housing, uplifts community centered economic development, strengthens equitable transportation access and promotes safe and inclusive neighborhoods as a right for all metro Atlanta communities. Katrina manages initiatives like the Neighborhood Fund that provides grant and coaching supports to resident-led groups seeking to have greater impact at the local level. Her role within community supports the Foundation’s mission of connecting donors’ passions with the purpose of nonprofits that work diligently on the pressing issues affecting our communities.
Before joining the Foundation, Katrina worked as Principal Program Specialist in the Community Partnerships Division at the Atlanta Regional Commission. There, she was responsible for the planning and implementation of the Community Partnerships division’s leadership development programs and the coordination of the agency’s Poverty, Equity Opportunity (PEO) Committee where the ARC facilitated conversations around poverty and economic inclusion for all residents in the Atlanta region.
Katrina earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Georgia State University and her Master’s in Public Administration from Walden University.
Jami Edwards is primarily responsible for supporting the administration of the Achieve Atlanta Scholarship program. Prior to joining the Foundation, Jami was a Housing Processor for Georgia Department of Community Affairs. She collected completed applications, processed and accumulated documentation to substantiate assistance subsidies while determining eligibility of applicants. A native of Madison, Georgia, Jami received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Emory University. She lives in Atlanta and enjoys volunteering, as well as pinning DIY projects to her Pinterest boards.
Program Associate, Strong Families
Lauren Jeong supports the Foundation’s partnerships and programs for youth development, arts, nonprofit effectiveness, and physical, mental and behavioral health. Lauren also leads the Foundation’s Nonprofit Toolbox and Catchafire programs. Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Lauren worked at Foundation Center, now known as Candid, where she was responsible for marketing, fundraising and programming for young nonprofits. Lauren also held internships with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and Prevent Child Abuse Georgia. Lauren was the recipient of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance’s 2019 Certified Nonprofit Professional Emerging Leader of the Year award and previously served on the board of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Atlanta. Lauren is currently pursuing an MBA at Emory University, where she is a social enterprise fellow. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Public Policy from Georgia State University. In her free time, Lauren enjoys baking, walking the BeltLine and yoga.
Program Associate, Equity
Mindy Kao manages the Community Foundation’s equity efforts and positive systemic change, serving as a resource, driver and thought partner on economic and racial equity across the Foundation’s portfolios. She oversees special programs and initiatives, including Spark Opportunity Giving Circle, THRIVE Thomasville Heights, Lorde-Rustin Giving Circle, Balser Giving Circle and Extra Wish. She works to develop and maintain strategic external partnerships with colleague foundations, businesses, governmental agencies and other key stakeholders to further the Foundation’s equity of opportunity goals.
Mindy joined the Community Foundation in 2016, after receiving her Masters of City and Regional Planning at Georgia Tech. She previously worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, conducting research on community and economic development trends and issues in the Southeast U.S. She currently resides in the historic Adair Park neighborhood in Southwest Atlanta with her partner Stuart and their precious dog and cat.
Hannah is the program assistant for the Community team. She is responsible for supporting the Resource Deployment team and multiple programs, including the Foundation’s General Operating Support grantmaking, the Strategic Restructuring Fund and the Nonprofit Toolbox. Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Hannah worked as a project manager. She received her bachelor’s degree in Sports Management from the University of Georgia. Originally from Charlotte, NC, she now lives in Buckhead and enjoys spending time with her friends, running and cheering on the Dawgs!
Senior Program Officer, Prosperous People
Errika brings more than 25 years of experience leading our Prosperous People pillar, which focuses on early childhood education, K-12 education and post-secondary and alternative pathways to education and employment. She previously served as the executive director of the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Education Collaborative focused on K-12 STEM Advocacy throughout the state of Georgia. Prior to that, she served as the Vice President of Member Services and External Affairs for IT Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) and with corporations such as Southwire, BMC Software and IBM. She is a published co-author, an education magazine editor and a Forbes Nonprofit Council member. She’s a 2019 GPEE Education Policy Fellow, a 2016 Women in Technology Woman of the Year, received multiple Ecosystem Builder awards and a 2017 Distinguished Women of the Year by her alma mater Georgia Tech. Errika lives in South Fulton with her husband and her two sons.
Clare S. Richie
Public Policy Specialist
Clare S. Richie performs research and analysis to identify public policy opportunities the Foundation can influence directly or indirectly across its five Impact Areas. Before joining the Foundation, Clare worked as an independent policy and research consultant after eight years as a Senior Policy Analyst for GBPI. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Economics from Brown University and a Masters of Public Administration with a focus in Nonprofit Management from Georgia State University. In her free time, Clare enjoys spending time with her husband and twin teenagers.
Ryan Rodriguez leads the grants management team, ensuring grant and scholarship applications are received and evaluated consistently and effectively. He is responsible for grant and scholarship reporting, analysis and monitoring, and the evaluation and continuous improvement of grant application systems and processes. Prior to joining to the Foundation, Ryan was a communications manager with the Coca-Cola Company, and before that led many aspects of the Coca-Cola Scholars Program for the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for 13 years. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Ryan has an undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Mississippi and studied public administration and nonprofit management at Georgia State University.
Program Associate, Thriving Communities
Anna Theodore supports our Thriving Communities pillar, which focuses on affordable housing, community and civic engagement, environmental justice and transportation access. She also manages the Neighborhood Fund program. Alongside her role at the Foundation, she also serves as Membership Chair for the PEAK Grantmaking Southeast Regional Chapter. Originally from the Philippines, Anna graduated from Georgia State University in 2015 and has since remained in the city, currently residing in the Old Fourth Ward.
Marketing & Communications
Marketing Administrative Assistant
Nikonie Brown is responsible for administrative duties for the Marketing and Communications team, managing social media and executing digital communication efforts for the Community Foundation. Prior to working at the Foundation, Nikonie worked for State Farm and freelanced for small businesses in her hometown. A native of Grenada, Mississippi, Nikonie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Mississippi University for Women and a Master of Science in Public Relations from the University of Southern Mississippi. She currently lives in Tucker and enjoys exploring the Atlanta area.
Marketing and Events Associate
Diaka Burke is responsible for planning, coordinating and executing the Foundation’s dynamic events, internally and externally. She’s a graduate of Georgia State University majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Nonprofit Leadership. After graduation, she interned at the state capitol with the Secretary of the Senate, focusing on coordinating special presentations during the 2019 legislative session and in her spare time, volunteering with the Atlanta Beltline Partnership. She is originally from Miami, FL but considers herself a citrus peach after spreading her artistic and creative roots here in Atlanta. She currently lives in Midtown and enjoys exploring the BeltLine, seeing live theater/comedy and walking her German Shepherd, Dozer.
Marketing and Communications Manager
Erin Dreiling is responsible for management of all aspects of marketing and communications for the Community Foundation, with a focus on brand strategy, digital and print marketing, social media and relationship development. Before joining the Community Foundation, Erin worked in nonprofit administration and fundraising with several local arts organizations including the Alliance Theatre, the Center for Puppetry Arts and Actor’s Express. She holds a degree in fine and performing arts from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Erin lives in East Atlanta with her husband, Jake, and their two sons.
Finance & Operations
Catrece R. Brown
Catrece R. Brown is a member of a team that stewards over $1.1 billion of charitable capital. She is responsible for cash calls, fees, gifts, other receivables, investment account reconciliations, monitoring daily banking activity, assisting with processing semi-monthly payroll and preparing 990 tax returns. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked in banking, healthcare, pharmacy and telecommunications. Catrece is a graduate of Alabama A&M University with a B.S. in Accounting and Keller Graduate School of Management with a Master’s in Accounting and Financial Management. She is a native of Detroit, Michigan, has two beautiful daughters and loves to travel.
Grants Payable Associate
Janice is responsible for the processing of all grant and grant-related distributions and serves as a liaison between the Finance, Community and Philanthropy teams to ensure that grants meet legal, audit and Foundation requirements.
Janice has a long history in nonprofit accounting and came to the Foundation after serving as staff accountant and development team leader for Children At Heart Ministries in Texas. Janice is originally from Chattanooga, TN and received her B.B.A. degree in Finance from Middle Tennessee State University. She enjoys working in ministry, writing, public speaking, event planning and spending time with her son, Michael, and family and friends.
Mary Cernilli is responsible for the oversight of the Foundation’s investment program including the investment strategies and managers implementing the strategies. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mary was at Emory Investment Management, responsible for the investment strategy, analysis and manager selection within the Absolute Return and Credit segments of Emory’s Endowment portfolio. Additionally, she was a senior member of the fixed income team at Trusco Capital, responsible for managing over $2B in assets. Mary is a graduate of Long Island University with a BS in Accounting and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder and a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
Managing Director, Social Impact Strategy
Mark Crosswell leads the Foundation’s social impact initiative, designed to accelerate the pace of social innovation in Atlanta by connecting capital to causes we care about. With a background in banking, corporate finance and M&A, Mark is an entrepreneur at heart and has started, invested in, and managed numerous businesses. In 2015, he joined Points of Light to lead strategy and venture development for the Civic Accelerator, which trains, scales and invests in innovative social ventures around the country.
With passions for youth development, education and the environment, Mark has been active in the non-profit community in Atlanta for decades. In his spare time, Mark enjoys backpacking, trail running, biking, skiing, fishing, and coaching youth sports. Mark graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and he and his family live in Sandy Springs, GA.
Chris de Lastic
Director, Finance and Accounting
Chris de Lastic is responsible for managing the Foundation’s financial and accounting processes and operations, including audit, budgeting, tax and financial reporting. Chris came to the Foundation after serving at FTI Consulting and Ernst & Young’s financial services office in New York City. Chris graduated magna cum laude from Georgia State University, where he received his B.B.A. in accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Fraud Examiner and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Chris and his family live in Adair Park.
As Senior Accountant for finance and accounting team, Muhammed Drammeh is responsible for supporting the day-to-day accounting operations of the Foundation. This includes analysis, reporting and monthly reconciliations of financial activities of the Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Muhammed worked for the ECI Group and Speak Life Management. Muhammed holds a BSc in Accounting from Minnesota State University Moorhead and a Master of Accounting from Kennesaw State University. Originally from The Gambia, Muhammed now lives in Decatur.
Accounts Payable Clerk
Juanita Gaynor is responsible for ensuring the accurate and timely processing of all invoice and grant disbursements. Juanita has worked in the corporate and nonprofit sectors and has several years of experience in various accounting functions. Juanita received an associate degree in business administration from Eastern Nazarene College, an associate degree in accounting from Atlanta Technical College and is currently seeking her bachelor’s degree in accounting at Georgia State University. Juanita enjoys reading, music and cooking.
Donor Data and Portal Manager
Evan Greene is responsible for managing the Foundation’s fundraising database and donor portal and for collaboratively designing and rolling out the associated protocols, analytical reports and dashboards that support the Foundation’s mission and strategic plan. Prior to joining the Foundation, Evan was at The Rockefeller University in New York City. He has consulted for the Piedmont Healthcare Foundation in Atlanta and was the Managing Director of a nonprofit theatre company in New York City. A transplanted NYC foodie and a Boston native, Evan enjoys exploring the Atlanta restaurant scene and acting in and seeing theatre. He does his best to keep his sports allegiances to himself.
Database and Analytics Manager
Mitch Hollberg is responsible for leading the Foundation’s enterprise information management efforts encompassing data governance, database administration, reporting and analysis. Prior to joining the Foundation Mitch was reporting and operations manager for Hewlett-Packard’s IT mergers and acquisitions group, and he worked in various financial reporting and IT management capacities at Accenture, ExxonMobil and Borders Bookstores. Mitch received bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and economics from Rice University, and an MBA with High Distinction from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. An Atlanta native, Mitch lives in Kirkwood with his wife and three children.
Impact Investment Associate
Jonny Newburgh supports the Foundation’s social impact investment initiatives. Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Jonny analyzed food safety data for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and supported the Executive Office of the Brookings Institution. Originally from New York, Jonny grew up in Toronto, Canada. He received an undergraduate degree in history from McGill University and a Master’s in Public Administration from American University. He and his wife currently live in Candler Park.
Director, Human Resources
Robin Rhodes is responsible for partnering with the senior leadership team to define and lead human resources programs to drive transformational change and optimize organizational effectiveness. Prior to joining the Foundation, she primarily worked in the healthcare industry leveraging her human resource generalist expertise by employing a consultative approach to provide cross-functional solutions to people-related matters. Robin is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University and American InterContinental University. Robin is a native of Chicago and proud to call Atlanta home.
Crystal Siclait is the first impression specialist that provides support to the capacity team in the role of front office receptionist. Crystal has an extensive background in various front office roles coming from the insurance and hospitality industry. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Crystal holds an associate degree from Atlanta Metropolitan College, and is in pursuit of a human resources management degree from Capella University. Crystal plays the violin, loves traveling and is a tennis player. She currently resides in DeKalb County with her husband & beloved dog Solomon.
Cedric Smith is responsible for the monthly reconciliation of all Foundation bank accounts and investment activity. He prepares and reviews various budget reports in addition to preparing and distributing vendor 1099s. He also assists with the Foundation’s annual financial statement audit. Before joining the Foundation Cedric worked for five years as an accountant at Sadie G. Mays Health and Rehabilitation Center in southwest Atlanta. A native Atlantan, Cedric earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Hampton University in Virginia.
Ikepo Talabi is responsible for managing the day-to-day accounting operations. Originally from London, Ikepo grew up in Nigeria. Ikepo received her B.S. in Computer Science and Accounting from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria. She earned a graduate certificate in Financial Analysis and a Master’s in Accounting and Financial Management, both from Keller Graduate School of Management. She is currently the Treasurer for the Legacy Speakers Toastmasters Club. She lives in Powder Springs with her family.
Executive Assistant to the President
Andrea L. Williams is the interim Executive Assistant to the President providing a full-range of administrative support for the Office of the President.
Andrea is no stranger to providing a broad range of administrative functions and responsibilities to C-level executives and managers. She is a proven collaborator who has years of experience ensuring efficient operations in Fortune 500 companies like Wells Fargo, CNN and Turner Broadcasting System. She brings that same level of support and professionalism to the Community Foundation.
In her free time, Andrea enjoys family time, reading mystery and thriller novels, and traveling the world.