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HPDL Class of 2018

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


Ayaz Ahmed

Career Readiness Specialist 

The IRC in Atlanta 


Celeste Anthony-Johnson

Director of Finance 
Living Room


LaDonna Barnes

Program Manager
Mary Hall Freedom House 

Tonya Boose 

Director, Veterans Program and CEC
Gateway Center

Genie Burnett

Manna Scholarship Fund 

Sarah Cutright-Gross

Communications and Community Project Manager
Primrose Schools Children's Foundation

Johnathan Davis 

Executive Director 
Covenant Community  

Jami Edwards

Grants Assistant 
Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta  

LaTeshia Ellerson

Development Director 
Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company 

Peri Finch

Director of Operations 
Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation

Shelley Francis Travis 

Vice President of Programs and Trainings 
Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential

Extriara Gates

Lead Student Services Specialist 
Year Up Greater Atlanta 


Candice Gerbig

Executive Director
Peace Place 

Anna Green

Program Manager
Year Up Greater Atlanta 

Ashley Hamilton

Program Coordinator 
Warrick Dunn Charities 


Cory Haynes

Director of Finance 
Our House 

Claire Horn 

Communications Specialist 
The Galloway School

DeShawn Jenkins 

Executive Director 

Alliance Francaise d'Atlanta 

Ashelei Johnson

Program Manager 

Mary Hall Freedom House 

LaKisha Kenney 

Senior Clinic Manager
Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation

Kiana Lawrence 

Programs Coordinator 
Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia 

Yatecca Lofton  

Program Manager 

Wendell Love

Vice-Chair of Operations 
Central Community Services 

Wilena McClain

Program Director
Girls Inc. of Columbus and Phenix-Russell

Norledia Moody 

Director of District and School Partnership 
OneGoal - Metro Atlanta 

Brenda Moorer

Marketing Manager 
Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company  

Jasmine Okafor   

Development Specialist 
ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education 

Toni Paz

Director of Development  
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra  

Angelica Pugh

Program Director 
National Black Arts Festival 

Octavia Samuels 

Corporate Relations and Foundation Manager 
Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta 

Nathan Soldat

Community Engagement Manager 
Atlanta Beltline 

Jennifer Swain

Executive Director  

Jomal Vailes

Chief Philanthropy Officer 
Communities in Schools of Georgia 

Dakira Watkins 

Director of Student Services 
Year Up Greater Atlanta 


Joshua Woods

Campaign Manager 
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society


Aimee Zangandou 

Program Manager  
Lutheran Services of Georgia