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HPDL Class of 2016

Presented by GCN and sponsored by American Express and MailChimp, High Potential Diverse Leaders is a leadership development program designed to provide the “rising stars” at Geogia’s nonprofits with the skills needed to assume executive level responsibilities within the sector.


Alison Wong

Outreach Director

Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation


Ana Rector

Development Manager
Youth Entrepreneurs Georgia 


April Reid

Senior Director of Program Services
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta

Ayla Zamangil

Development Manager
Georgia Center for Nonprofits 

Pamela Hurst

Program Manager
Communities In Schools of Atlanta 

Janet Kinard

Communications and Outreach Manager
Centennial Academy 

Erica Nimmons

Program Manager
Communities In Schools of Atlanta 

Jenny Odom 

Communications and Media Relations Manager
Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.

Jay-Paul Kirk

Program Manager
Empowerment Resource Center

Katha Blackwell 

Vice President of Shelter Services and Supportive Housing
Partnership Against Domestic Violence 

Laura Kuechenmeister

Communications Specialist 
Georgia Dental Association 

Lydie Marc

Program Manager
Empowerment Resource Center 

Josh Sweat 

Senior Manager of Programs and CTL-Will-A-Way 
Camp Twin Lakes

Melanie Dowdell 

Office Manager
Voices for Georgia's Children 


Christopher Escobar

Executive Director 
Atlanta Film Society 


Mary Gilbreath Pope

Development Manager
Buckhead Christian Ministry (BCM)

Dionne Butler

Partnerships Manager

Communities In Schools of Atlanta

Meredith Johnson

Career Program Manager

The Posse Foundation 

Merrick Bonner

Senior Events Coordinator 
Camp Twin Lakes 

Nicole Mirado 

Consulting Program Manager and Analyst 
Georgia Center for Nonprofits 

Rachael Kane 

Community Outreach Coordinator 
Wholesome Wave Georgia 

Rashidah Jones

Admissions Specialist
Year Up Atlanta 

Sarah Richardson 

Sponsorship Manager
Atlanta Habitat for Humanity

Sharon Quinn 

Vice President of Programs and Service
Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority (FACAA)

Vaishali Biraj

Communications Manager 
Communities In Schools of Atlanta 

Victoria Smith 

Development Associate 
True Colors Theatre Company 

Kristi Storey

Development Director 
YWCA of Northwest Georgia