Our National Board
Shally Stanley, Board Chair
Managing Director, Global Services, Acumen Solutions
Shally is Managing Director of Acumen Solutions’ Global Services and is responsible for developing and delivering the company’s enterprise cloud transformation solutions to its customers. She has 20 years of experience as a management consultant focusing on achieving better business outcomes using innovative information technologies and practices.
Prior to her current role, Shally served as Chief Technology Officer of Greenwich Technology Partners. Before that, Shally cofounded NetGain LLC ‐ a highly successful network consulting business which grew to over $5 million in revenue within three years. Shally began her career at McKinsey & Company. She has been regularly quoted as a subject matter expert in leading publications and has been a speaker at leading industry conferences. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
President and CEO of National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
Peggy Brookins, NBCT, is President and CEO of National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Prior to this role, she was the National Board’s Executive Vice President and also served on the Board of Directors. In July 2014, President Barack Obama named Brookins as a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.
In 1994, she co-founded the Engineering and Manufacturing Institute of Technology at Forest High School in Ocala, Florida, where she served as director and as a mathematics instructor until her arrival at National Board. Brookins achieved her certification in Adult and Young Adolescent Mathematics in 2003 and renewed in 2013. She has been inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame and is a Florida Education Association “Everyday Hero,” and received the association’s Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2013, Brookins was named an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar.
Tom Fry has more than 20 years of professional experience as an operator, investor and advisor in both the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds. His current advisory work includes engaging clients on what’s possible with their philanthropic resources, advising grantee organizations on building sustainable and impactful organizations, and advancing the field of social entrepreneurship.
Prior to his advisory work, Tom was a managing director at The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation (DRK), where he led the effort to establish the Foundation’s East Coast office, identified and supported early-stage social entrepreneurs, and engaged DRK donors and funding partners. Previously, he was a partner at New Profit, where he helped portfolio organizations refine their program and revenue models, add talent, develop organizational capacity and scale their impact. Previously, Tom served as the director of operations for Grassroot Soccer, leading the operational build-out for the organization in South Africa.
Before entering the nonprofit arena, Tom worked for White Mountains Capital, a firm that invests in buyouts and special situations in the financial service sector. His role involved evaluating investment opportunities, managing diligence efforts and working with management teams post-close to improve operations. In an earlier role, he consulted to Fortune 500 and private equity clients while at Mainspring, a boutique management consulting firm acquired by IBM. He started his professional career at the Chubb Group, a specialty insurance company.
Tom serves on the boards of StriveTogether, Compass Working Capital, Seed Global Health, Spark Microgrants, Bantu Rovers and KnowledgeWorks Foundation. Tom received his master of business administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and holds a bachelor of arts in philosophy and economics from Boston College. Tom enjoys running, cooking and international travel.
Executive Director, KIPP St. Louis
Kelly Garrett has served as the executive director of KIPP St. Louis since 2011. Prior to joining KIPP St. Louis, Kelly served as executive director of the Rainwater Charitable Foundation, where he helped grow the foundation’s giving by a factor of 20, and led a strategic initiative focusing on school leadership, early childhood education and project-based learning.
Kelly’s education career began as a 1992 Teach For America corps member in Houston. He then co-founded Project Chrysalis Charter Middle School, which quickly became one of the highest-performing middle schools serving low-income students in Texas. Kelly went on to found Perea Preschool in Memphis TN, and also served as a Director of Business Development for KC Distance Learning, a virtual charter high school program. He holds a BA from Rhodes College, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and is an Aspen Institute-New Schools (Pahara) Fellow.
Partner, Labor and Employment, Ackerman LLP
Angela Hart-Edwards is a seasoned litigator and trial lawyer having tried more than 50 cases to verdict. She focuses her practice in all aspects of employment law with an emphasis on representation of employers in individual and class and collective litigation matters in state and federal courts nationwide.
As a former Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Department of Justice Civil Rights Attorney, and an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, she defends government contractor and other private sector employers in individual and multi-plaintiff employment discrimination lawsuits, EEOC and Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP) systemic discrimination actions, and in wage and hour, and class and collective actions.
She conducts internal investigations, writes employment policies and handbooks, serves as a corporate diversity counselor, and trains management on the myriad of laws impacting the workplace. In addition, she conducts labor and employment law diligence for corporate and private equity related mergers and acquisitions. Angela also defends companies in various types of commercial litigation and government inquiries that are sometimes initiated by grand jury subpoenas.
Her clients represent a diverse range of industries including, but not limited to, construction, defense, and technology government contractors, manufacturing, logistics, utilities, higher education institutions, nonprofit, government, healthcare, staffing, retail, and hospitality.
Nicole Levine, Development Committee Chair
Nicole is currently an independent consultant with 20+ years of experience working with nonprofits to address some of society’s most intractable problems.
CEO, Out Teach
Prior to leading Out Teach (formerly REAL School Gardens) in its national expansion, Jeanne spent eight years as vice president and director of the Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots & Shoots, a global youth service program focused on conservation. With more than 17 years experience in education and program management, she has also served as the director of Undergraduate Programs for the Department of African American Studies and the assistant director of the Upward Bound program, both at the University of Maryland.
Jeanne is active in national and international initiatives to connect children and families to nature and to promote youth leadership in conservation. She serves on the Global Leadership Committee for the Nature Action Collaborative for Children and is on the National Advisory Board Member for The Gloria Barron Prize for Youth Heroes and the Advisory Council of the Environmental Leadership Center at Warren Wilson College. She holds a Master of Arts in American Studies from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Director of PropelNext, The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
Danielle oversees the management and strategic direction of PropelNext, developing and executing the business plan for the future of the program while ensuring the success of current grantees’ and co-investors’ engagement with the initiative.
Dr. Ernie J. Smith, Finance Chair
Principal/Owner, Locus Advisors, LLC
Ernie is a Principal with the boutique consulting group Locus Advisors. Locus focuses on consulting and advisory services in the grocery, convenience, and drug retail and distribution markets, as well as foodservice, food production and food manufacturing. Smith in his career has completed numerous merger and acquisition transactions with total acquired volume in excess of $20 billion.Ernie has spent his career in the food industry, holding a number of executive positions and serving as an advisor to a number of large public and private companies.
He is currently a director of Alex Lee, Inc., the holding company for Merchants Distributors and Lowes Foods. In addition, Ernie most notably served as the former Executive President, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer for Ahold USA, one of the nation’s largest food retailers. During Ernie’s tenure, Ahold flourished and obtained sales in excess of $34 billion in the US.Ernie has a Doctorate from The George Washington University, Masters of Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and Bachelors from Old Dominion University. He is a certified public accountant. He has been a member of multiple boards for profit and not for profit. He has been an adjunct professor for Old Dominion University.
Dale Stewart is a Partner, Civil Engineer, and immediate past president at LandDesign. He understands not only the opportunities and challenges of today’s engineering projects, but the important role and impact these projects play in the development of a larger region.
This expertise has made him a valuable member of a number of community organizations, appointed committees and task forces concerned with water quality protection and effective infrastructure. Dale earned a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University and is a registered professional engineer in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Maryland, Virginia, and Georgia. Previously, Dale was the President of the Green Teacher Network where he worked to advance academics, health, and sustainability through school gardens and outdoor learning. He is also a member of several professional organizations, including the American Water Works Association, Water Environmental Federation, American Society of Civil Engineers, Water Environment Federation, and American Water Works Association.
Out Teach Program Committee
The organization’s Program Committee convenes national education experts and leaders, as well as experts in education evaluation and research, to help shape, guide, and evaluate the organization’s programmatic efforts.
Our Regional Boards
Bert Lynn — Board Chair
Capital Planning Division Director, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation
Bert is a landscape architect who focuses on the development of public spaces within Mecklenburg County, NC.
He currently serves as Project Manager for Mecklenburg County Asset and Facility Management where he oversees design and construction of parks, greenways, and nature preserves. He has served as a member of the Charlotte Chamber Greenworks Board for five years, Green Awards Chair for three years and Board Chair in 2015. With two children in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Montessori Magnet project, Bert has seen first-hand the benefits of extending the classroom outdoors and has a passion to help spread this concept across the Southeast.
Duke Energy IT Manager
Christopher Gere is an information technology leader at Duke Energy, one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S.
Christopher Gere has fifteen years of professional experience, primarily at leading energy firms in North Carolina and Florida. He is completing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from Salisbury University located in Salisbury, Maryland.
Accenture, Senior Manager Strategy & Operations
Vanessa is a Senior Manager with Accenture consulting and serves as Charlotte’s Sustainability lead for Accenture Corporate Citizenship.
More information coming soon.
Attorney, McGuire Woods
John Hoke is an attorney with McGuire Woods, a large international law firm. John specializes in the non-profit sector as well as legal support for mergers and acquisitions.
Jake House is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Community 1st Advisors (C1A), a leading association management company.
Prior to C1A, House spent six years in urban public education reform, first with Pittsburgh Public Schools. House then became the ED of the nonprofit Citizen Schools’ North Carolina chapter. House holds a MBA from the University of Michigan (Ross), a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from the Broad Center for Urban Education and a BS in marketing from the University of Maryland.
Helen Hope Kimbrough
She is the president of AK Classics, LLC and the author of four multicultural children’s books entitled Ocean Waves and Other Tales, Play Dates and Other Tales, My Soul/African American Spirituals: Embracing the Journey, and her latest book, Yummy Healthy Tasties in My Tummy, which will truly inspire children and families to eat healthy.
For over a decade, Helen has committed herself to interactive storytelling, writing, and literacy initiatives to support children and families. This is apparent in her position as HELPS Program Director with Augustine Literacy Project and commitments with additional nonprofits like Reading Partners, Promising Pages, the Literacy Council of Union County, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation, Jack & Jill of America, Incorporated, and as a 2016 award honoree by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in North Carolina for her role in making reading fun, engaging, and life-changing.
Helen Hope Kimbrough is from Athens, Georgia and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Hampton University.
Dr. Michael Lizotte
Michael Lizotte is the University Sustainability Officer at UNC Charlotte since October 2013.
He previously played that role at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where he also served as a professor of ecology, Director of the Aquatic Research Laboratory, and helped found the Environmental Studies program. Dr. Lizotte also has substantial experience in science administration as a research director for an oceanography institute and as a consultant detailed to NASA Headquarters to study the effectiveness of interdisciplinary science teams. In his research career studying the ecology of algae in polar regions, he made twelve trips to Antarctica and one to the Arctic. A stream in Antarctica, Lizotte Creek, was named in his honor in 1996.
Chef, Compass USA supporting Wells Fargo CIC location
Philip Lloyd is a culinary instructor at the Art Institute of Charlotte, NC. He also is the owner of Certified Chef’s Cuisine.
He began working in food service as a teen, when his father encouraged him to try his hand at cooking because he “ate too much.” Starting as a dishwasher, he quickly worked his way up and was a managing the kitchen by the time he was 17. Philip has had the privilege of working with highly regarded clubs, restaurants, chefs and service staff throughout his career. Philip is a member of the American Culinary Federation and the World Association of Cooks. He was twice named the ACF Greater Charlotte Chapter Chef of the Year. He received a degree in Culinary Management from Ai Pittsburgh in 2015 and a degree in AOS Culinary Science from the Culinary Institute of America Hyde Park in 1988.
WFAE Station Manager (retired)
Roger Sarow is a journalist, content producer and non-profit media executive.
After 26 years of service, Sarow retired in 2015 as president and general manager of WFAE Public Radio, Charlotte, and its affiliated media operations. WFAE was founded by UNC-Charlotte. It is now operated by the non-profit University Radio Foundation. Roger is a native of Wisconsin. He served as a public radio news director and later as a producer, program host and program director at Wisconsin Public Radio, a statewide network. He served for six years on the Board of Directors of National Public Radio where he chaired NPR’s Corporate Finance Committee. Previously Sarow was chair of NPR’s Satellite Distribution Committee. Sarow received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Wisconsin. He was a Rotary International Graduate Fellow in Germany. He has served as treasurer of the University Station Alliance, which represents public radio stations owned by higher education institutions. He also served as chairman of the Public Radio Program Directors’ Association.
Atrium Healthcare, Higher Education Management
Sam is the Student Success Coordinator at Carolinas College of Health Sciences (Atrium Health) where he manages the Academic Resource Center, and various student initiatives.
Samuel L. Smith Jr. is a higher education advocate, change agent, strategist & innovative-thinker. With over 11+ years of experience, working for various educational institutions and non-profits.
Currently Mr. Smith is the Student Success Coordinator at Carolinas College of Health Sciences (Atrium Health) where he manages the Academic Resource Center, and various student initiatives including the peer tutoring program, student activities and student life, cover letter/resume clinics, ADA, Section 504, and Title IX compliance.
Mr. Smith earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Baker College, and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University of Phoenix.
Dale Stewart — Vice Chair
Dale Stewart is a Partner, Civil Engineer, and immediate past president at LandDesign. He understands not only the opportunities and challenges of today’s engineering projects, but the important role and impact these projects play in the development of a larger region.
This expertise has made him a valuable member of a number of community organizations, appointed committees and task forces concerned with water quality protection and effective infrastructure. Dale earned a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University and is a registered professional engineer in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Maryland, Virginia, and Georgia. Previously, Dale was the President of the Green Teacher Network where he worked to advance academics, health, and sustainability through school gardens and outdoor learning. He is also a member of several professional organizations, including the American Water Works Association, Water Environmental Federation, American Society of Civil Engineers, Water Environment Federation, and American Water Works Association
Dr. Maxine B. Freund
Dr. Maxine B. Freund (Max) is the Associate Dean for Research and External Relations at the George Washington University, the Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD).
A tenured professor in the Department of Special Education and Disabilities Studies, Max has been engaged in the graduate preparation of special and general educators for over 35 years. Prior to her current role, she served as the Director of the Office for Partnerships and External Relations at GSEHD. Max holds a B.A in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, a K-12 Teaching Certification from the State of California earned during a post-BA program at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Masters of Arts in Early Childhood Education degree and a Doctor of Education degree in Special Education from George Washington University. In her current role, Max supports the research endeavors of faculty and staff in the Education school and the related development of federal and foundation grants and contract relationships.
Ervin Johnson is the Director of Community Engagement for AARP, (American Association of Retired Persons) and their outreach efforts to local communities.
Prior to joining AARP, Ervin worked with the American Association of Medical Colleges. Before that, he served as the Confidential Policy Adviser to the Federal Co-Chairman at the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) where he developed policy initiatives to spur rural economic development, community development and human resource development for the Appalachian region. As a presidential appointee, Ervin worked to strategically to integrate the Obama Administration’s policies into the work of ARC by developing public-private partnerships to help improve the health and economic resiliency of rural communities. Ervin is a native of Salisbury, NC and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from North Carolina State University, as well as a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago.
Eric Johnston is the Director of Government Relations at Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated. Bio coming soon.
Nancy Brenowitz Katz, MS, RDN, is the Director of School Partnerships for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
In this role she builds and maintain cross-sector relationships with key national and local government agencies and non-governmental organizations, and leads the organization’s work around the Every Student Succeeds Act. Nancy also serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at both Anne Arundel Community College and American University. Prior to working at the Alliance, Nancy was the Manager of Healthy Schools Act Initiatives in the Office of the State Superintendent in Washington, DC. There she oversaw the agencies’ implementation of the DC Healthy Schools Act of 2010 through managing seven staff members who supported schools and districts in building strong wellness polices, increasing physical activity and physical, health, and environmental education, and implementing strong farm-to-school and school garden programs. Prior to this, Nancy served as the Dietetics Program Director at the University of Maryland for 10 years. There she trained hundreds of students, many of whom went on to pursue careers in dietetics. She also has experience in both community and clinical dietetics, having worked for several hospitals, the George Washington University Weight Management Program, and the Prince George’s County Health Department. Nancy is an active member of the District of Columbia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and served as their President from 2013-2014. She has been the recipient of both the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award in 2006 and the Dietitian of the Year Award in 2013 from that organization. Nancy is active in her community and is the co-founder and co-Chair of the Health and Wellness Committee at Ashburton Elementary School in Bethesda, MD and serves on the Nutrition Subcommittee of the Montgomery County Parent Teacher Association’s Health and Safety Committee.
Gabriela Norton — Chair
President & CEO, People Performance Resources (PPR)
Gabriela is the founder of People Performance Resources (PPR), a full-service HR consulting firm established in 2010 with a focus on small-to-midsize organizations and nonprofits. Gabriela is a passionate and strategic HR subject matter expert.
Gabriela and her team deliver best practices in operational excellence, high-level decision making, bilingual/bicultural expertise, board governance support, CEO succession planning, human capital analysis, executive assessment/coaching, effective communications, conflict resolution, performance management, compensation, organizational development, diversity, strategic planning and development, change management, employment compliance, executive search, and talent acquisition. Gabriela and her team at PPR have worked with Out Teach leading two regional executive searches for Texas and the Southeast regions.
Gabriela earned an Executive MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas and is a member of DallasHR, SHRM, and the Dallas Regional Chamber. Gabriela’s passion for the Out Teach mission is tied to her very personal belief in how education can transform lives. She is grateful for the teachers she had growing up who taught her the importance of learning outdoors.
Senior Vice President — Pegasus Ablon
Jeff Carter has spent more than 25 years in the real estate industry in the Dallas area.
He is currently a Senior Vice President with Pegasus Ablon focusing on Asset Management services for their Dallas/Fort Worth portfolio. Prior to joining Pegasus Ablon, Jeff spent 15 years with Trammell Crow Company and 11 years with Behringer Harvard Funds.
Jeff connected with Out Teach after establishing a mentoring program for at-risk students at Jerry Junkins Elementary School, where he connected more than 60 employees with students at school-related activities and functions.
He previously served as a Trustee and Finance Committee Chair for Baylor Specialty Hospital and Baylor’s Our Children’s House, along with being a former Director with the Children’s Cancer Fund of Dallas. Jeff graduated from Indiana University at Bloomington in 1985 with a BS in Accounting.
Senior Wealth Advisor
Luis is currently a Senior Wealth Advisor at USAA where he helps clients create financial plans and strategies, with a specific focus on retirement income distribution. Independently, Luis also provides web design consulting services to small to midsize companies, helping them develop web content for effective sales and marketing.
Prior to joining USAA, Luis was a banker with Bank of America while living in Austin, Texas. Luis began his career by serving in the United States Marine Corps for four years and discharging as a Sergeant honorably. His first two years saw him stationed in Okinawa, Japan where he maintained military vehicle readiness for the Asian-Pacific region. His second two years were spent near San Diego, California overseeing fiscal requirements for 11th Marines Battalion which consisted of five companies.
Luis received his Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Personal Finance from Texas State University and his MBA from Texas Tech University. He is a member of the Dallas Chamber of Commerce Lead Young Professionals (YP) Class of 2017 and is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC). Luis is fluent in Spanish and hopes to share his passion for the outdoors and gardening, which he developed during his childhood summers spent on his family’s farm in Nebraska, with the young people of tomorrow. In his spare time Luis spends his days with his beautiful wife Stephanie and terrier, Ollie, in Dallas, Texas.
Ruth Kinler is the president of Redenta’s Garden, a company with two organic gardening stores and a landscape design, installation, and maintenance division.
Ruth founded Redenta’s in 1992 with the goal of establishing a successful environmentally conscious business. With Out Teach (formerly REAL School Gardens) Ruth felt she had finally found a cause she believed in enough to throw her support behind. Ruth supplies plant material for all of the Dallas/Fort Worth projects, and has supported us in countless other ways for nearly ten years as a volunteer and advocate.
Kathryn L. McGill
Advisor Relations Officer, Communities Foundation of Texas
Kathryn L. McGill serves as the Advisor Relations Officer at the Communities Foundation of Texas, where she enjoys bringing business owners, families and their professional advisors around the table to honor family values and create lasting charitable impact.
In addition to her nonprofit experience, Kathryn has an extensive corporate background in high-net-worth marketing, private client relations and advisor consulting for the financial services sector.
Actively engaged in the community, Kathryn currently serves on the Board of the McKinney Community Development Corporation and is a member of the development committee of Out Teach. She has previously served as the Chairman of the City of Plano Public Art Committee, as a member of the Executive Advisory Committee, Dallas Jewish Community Foundation, and the boards of the Jesuit Dallas Art Museum and My Possibilities. She is an active member in several North Texas professional organizations including: the Dallas Estate Planning Council, the North Texas Estate Planning Council and the Dallas Council of Charitable Planners.
Kathryn holds a BA, French, University of Colorado, and a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®) designation from the American College.
Associate General Counsel, Vizient
As Associate General Counsel for Vizient, Justin provides legal and contracting support to various national and custom sourcing teams as well as Vizient’s intelligence and analytics subsidiary, Sg2.
Prior to joining Vizient, Justin was an Associate Attorney at Jones Day focused on state and local tax matters. Justin received his law degree Magna Cum Laude from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis.
Justin has volunteered with Out Teach for several years through Vizient’s Community Day event and has been impressed and motivated by Out Teach’s mission and work. Justin brings his strong interpersonal skills and a passion for serving underprivileged communities to the Texas Regional Board.
Dr. Molly Weinburgh
Texas Christian University College of Education Professor
Dr. Weinburgh is Director of the Andrews Institute of Mathematics & Science Education at Texas Christian University (TCU), and she directs the Ph.D. in Educational Studies for Science Education and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in science education and the Honors section of a non-majors biology course
In 2011 she received the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teacher and Scholar and became an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow. Dr. Weinburgh currently is the Co-Editor of the Electronic Journal of Science Education and is on the editorial review board of the Journal of Science Teacher Education, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, and Journal of Elementary Science Education.
She taught biology for 16 years before accepting her first science education faculty appointment at Georgia State University (1991-2002) in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Studies (Science Education) from Emory University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Agnes Scott College. Dr. Weinburgh believes in the mission of Out Teach and brings an academic understanding of the educational landscape. Her areas of focus include science education, equity issues, inquiry-based science instruction, and teacher growth.
Senior Program Officer at The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta
Errika currently serves as the Executive Director for TAG-Ed (Technology Association of Georgia Education Collaborative) which focuses on K-12 STEM Advocacy throughout the state of Georgia.
Prior to this she has served as the Vice President of Member Services and External Affairs for IT Senior Management Forum (ITSMF), the Vice President of Operations for the Gifted Education Foundation, a Strategist for the VP of HR at Southwire, a Marketing Director for the Americas for BMC Software and an Account Executive for IBM.
Currently she also serves the community as the co-lead for the state of Georgia for the National Million Women Mentors initiative, on the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy Board of Directors, the national board for Furthering the Lives of Youth, the Per Scholas Atlanta Advisory Board, the Literacy for All Steering Committee, the Leading Women @ Tech (Georgia Tech) Professional Development Advisory Board and as Executive Advisor for the startup Pretty Tech. She is a member of IT Senior Management Forum, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., the Atlanta Diversity Managers Affinity Group (ADMAG)
Previously she’s served on the boards of the Gifted Education Foundation, the Georgia Tech Alumni Association Board of Trustees, the Lockhart Morgan Foundation, the American Diabetes Association Regional Leadership Board, the Arbor Montessori Board of Trustees, Georgia Tech’s Industrial Engineering Advisory Board, the PremierCIO Advisory Council, Whitty Technology Solutions Advisory Board, Georgia Tech’s Women Alumnae Network Executive Board, the National Society of Black Engineers’ (NSBE) Executive Board, NSBE’s national Alumni Extension Executive Board, as the President of Georgia Tech’s Business Network Executive Board and as the national President for the Georgia Tech Black Alumni Organization. She has also proudly served as a White House Fellow, a GT Mentor Jacket and as a track coach for middle school students.
dr. debra leigh walls rosenstein
Associate Professor, Mercer University
dr. debra leigh walls rosenstein, also known as “dr. deb” is an associate professor at Mercer University, Tift College of Education.
dr. deb has been at Mercer for 18 years and teaches in the teacher education graduate program. Before coming to Mercer, she taught Kindergarten and First grade, as well as being a horticultural therapist and play therapist. Her research interests and her expertise are in the fields of Brain-Based Learning, Creative Learning Strategies, Experiential Education, Garden and Nutrition Based Education/School Gardens, Play Therapy, STEM/STEAM, Student Engagement and the Value of Play. In her role as professor, she teaches Science and Health/Nutrition for Early Childhood Education, Creative Teaching and Learning and serves as a University supervisor for student teachers. dr. deb is also the University liaison for their partner schools, Sagamore Hills Elementary and Tapestry Charter School. Part of her role as the partner schools is to provide professional development and training in garden and nutrition-based education. dr. deb is a Farm to School coach for Georgia Organics, a Master School Gardener, trained as a Monarch Across Georgia facilitator and a curator for Lexicon of Sustainability – Project Lexicon. She also is UGA extension Fulton County – Master Family and Consumer Sciences Volunteer that provides programming for adults and 4H students on nutrition and gardening.
Senior Vice President Business Integration, Bank of America
As Senior Vice President/Business Integration Consultant for Bank of America, Matt Keith is an influential and dedicated professional with over 24 years experience in the financial industry.
An accomplished leader with proven results in leading teams, he has driven revenues with a highly satisfied client centric focused model. Matt is also an active participant and leader in Bank of America’s philanthropic and employee engagement activities throughout the Atlanta area.
Dr. Juan McGruder
Senior Vice President & Chief Development Officer at Junior Achievement of Georgia
Prior to his current position, Dr. Juan McGruder was the Director of Development for Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech. He also served as Associate Director of Development in the College of Computing and later as the first Director of Development for the School of Computer Science.
He is former AVP for Institutional Advancement at Morehouse School of Medicine.
Previously, Juan served as Special Assistant to the President and Director of Alumni Relations at Clark Atlanta (CAU). At CAU, he also served as Director of Development and Assistant Professor. Prior, he served as Assistant Director of the Consortium for the Advancement of Private Higher Education at the Council of Independent Colleges in Washington,DC.
Juan completed a doctorate (Ph.D.) in education and human development at Vanderbilt, where his research was HBCUs and institutional advancement. McGruder earned a master’s (Ed. M.) at Harvard University in administration, planning, and social policy. He holds a master’s (M.A.) in counseling and human development from CAU, an Education Specialist (Ed. S.) in Student Affairs from WKU, and a Certificate in Romanesque and Gothic Architecture in Britain and Europe from University of Cambridge, England. His baccalaureate (B.A.) is in political science/pre-law from Clark College. He also holds the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) international professional designation.
Juan served as President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals–Greater Atlanta, on both the CFRE International Job Analysis Task Force and the Committee of Directorship, and the Practitioner Advisory Board of The Science of Philanthropy Initiative at Uni. of Chicago. He is a faculty member at both the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and LaGrange College’s Master’s program in Philanthropy and Development. He is also currently President of Midtown Atlanta Rotary Club & Leadership Atlanta (2018).
Community Volunteer and Philanthropist
Nan Street is a former executive in the Insurance and Risk Management Industry.
Nan Street spent the bulk of her career as a national sales and account management leader in the Managed Care and Cost Containment sectors. Three years ago, Nan decided to take 6 months off to focus on family. That ‘sabbatical’ turned into a full-blown passion for philanthropy and serving her community. The skills she developed through the years – process improvement, solution strategies, client retention, planning and analysis – have served her well outside the corporate world. Nan had been been actively involved in several organizations through her professional life including The Alliance of Women in Worker’s Compensation – a think tank of engaged female thought leaders committed to discussing the challenges and emerging trends in worker’s compensation with the goal of idea-sharing, networking and insight gathering and Kid’s Chance – a non-profit organization that provides educational scholarships to children of Georgia workers who have been seriously, catastrophically or fatally injured in work- related accidents. She now sits on the United Way’s Advisory Board for Clayton County, Georgia – one of the most economically challenged areas in metro-Atlanta. Nan delivers meals two days a week for Open Hand– a non-profit organization that prepares, packs and delivers over 5,000 healthy meals each day throughout metro-Atlanta for those who might otherwise go without and she chairs their annual fund-raising event “Party in the Kitchen”. She is a member of the National Charity League – a national non-profit organization comprised of mother and daughter members in Chapters across the United States whose mission is to foster mother-daughter relationships committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. Nan is also a member of the Women’s Giving Circle for the Woodruff Arts Center, and sits on the fund-raising Host Committee for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Territory Sales Manager, Home Depot
As Territory Sales Manager in the Home Services sector of Home Depot, Adria Whitford oversees a team of 35 throughout the Southeast.
She specializes in servant leadership and has been active with Team Depot and their giveback campaigns throughout her 5 ½ year tenure with the company.
Prior to her current position, Adria served with several local and national companies in the home services industry in capacities ranging from operational, logistical, and business development leadership. Adria brings expertise in team building, operation excellence, and sales, and commands a of strong network of individuals and corporations after spending the past 15 years in the Atlanta area.