Lauren Jeong, Chair, Governance Chair
Sarah Otto-Wang, Chair, NextGen Co-Chair
Lindsey Hardegree, Treasurer
Kristyn Back, Membership Chair
Rachel Ciprotti, Marketing & Social Chair
Tiffany Coakley, Programs Co-Chair
Molly Friesenborg, Immediate Past Chair
Kate Naylor, Finance & Fundraising Chair
Tommy Pearce, Programs Co-Chair
Get to Know the Board of Directors
|Kristyn Back, Membership Chair
Kristyn is the Development Coordinator and newest member of Kate’s Club, an Atlanta-based nonprofit empowering children and teens who have lost a parent or sibling. In this position, she works closely with the Director of Development and Communications, securing funding opportunities, building donor relationships, and supporting communication efforts.Prior to Kate’s Club, Kristyn worked as a Development Associate with Park Pride a nonprofit organization working with communities to improve parks and greenspaces. In 2013, she earned her Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from Georgia State University. Kristyn also holds a BS degree in Communication Studies from Ohio University and moved to Atlanta in 2011.
|Rachel Ciprotti, Marketing & Social Chair; 36 years old
Rachel is the General Manager of the Atlanta Chamber Players. Born and raised in Marietta, GA, Rachel left the south to attend Dartmouth College where she received a B.A. in English in 2002. Rachel spent most of the decade following her graduation working for the Tanglewood Music Center at the Boston Symphony Orchestra and then for Maryland Citizens for the Arts. She returned to her home state in 2011, and is excited to be at home and involved in her local community. In 2014, she received an MBA with Honors at Kennesaw State University. In addition to YNPN Atlanta, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Arts Network as their Treasurer. She is a member of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s 2015 cohort of Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta. An avid Twitterer, she can be found there at @RCiprotti.
|Molly Friesenborg,Immediate Past Chair, 27 years old
Molly is the Development Coordinator at Girls Inc. of Greater Atlanta where she manages individual giving, database and special events. In addition to her fundraising role, she is passionate about using her past experience in youth development at organizations including the Youth Opportunity Center and the YMCA to help inspire all girls to be Strong, Smart & Bold. Molly also serves as the Chair of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Atlanta, where she strives to strengthen the nonprofit sector in Atlanta and help develop young nonprofit leaders. Molly is a proud AmeriCorps alumna of the Public Allies program with a focus on community building and volunteerism and recently completed the Georgia Center for Nonprofits High Potential Diverse Leaders Program. She received her BA in Music from Bowling Green State University.
| Lindsey Hardegree, Treasurer; 30 years old
Lindsey is an experienced nonprofit professional in Metro Atlanta. Previously roles include serving as the first Development Director for the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership and Special Events & Board Manager at the Alliance Theatre. Lindsey is the Founding Board Chair of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Atlanta (YNPN Atlanta), and as an involved member in Atlanta’s nonprofit community also serves on the board of C4 Atlanta and the Young Professional Leaders Advisory Board for the United Way of Greater Atlanta. Lindsey serves as a member of the Cathedral Chapter (Board of Trustees) for the Cathedral of St. Philip, and is involved in several ministries within the parish. She also volunteers with the Junior League of Atlanta, is a member of the spring 2015 United Way VIP Board Training Program, and was recently recognized in the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s inaugural 30 Under 30. Past honors include LEAD Atlanta Class of 2015, 2014 New Leaders Council Fellow (Atlanta Institute), 2013 Diversity Fellow (Association of Fundraising Professionals of Greater Atlanta), and 2013 Nonprofit Leaders 30 Under 30 Award (Georgia Center for Nonprofits). Lindsey serves on the Young Alumni Development Board for Wake Forest University, and as a passionate supporter of the arts, she also uses her knack for organization and management to support creative companies and organizations at her virtual assistance firm, Tizzy Consulting. Lindsey earned her BA in both English and theatre from Wake Forest University and her MFA in performing arts management from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. When she’s not busy working or volunteering, Lindsey enjoys reading voraciously, baking and cooking, drinking a good cup of coffee, and experiencing the arts and culture community in Atlanta. Find Lindsey on LinkedIn
|Karl Jennings; 35 years old
Karl is the Director of Development, Central Programs, for Georgia State University. There he is responsible for individual engagement and solicitation of alumni and friends of the University. Prior to this role, Karl was a Development Officer at United Way of Greater Atlanta where he worked with C-suite level volunteers to solicit corporate and individual support. Jennings’ serves on several boards including United Way’s Young Professional Leaders, and the University of Tennessee-Atlanta Alumni Association. In his previous life, Jennings ran track and field professionally for Canada, where he was the 4x Canadian national champion in the 110 meter hurdles. Jennings believes the key to happiness is to follow your dreams and provide service to others. Jennings is a Volunteer, graduating with a BA in Psychology and an MS in Higher Education Administration from the University of Tennessee. There he also was a two-time All American in track and field and was a scoring member of several SEC and NCAA championship titles for the team. GO VOLS!
|Lauren Jeong, Chair; 23 years old
Lauren is a Program Associate for the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, where she works on multiple grantmaking projects and initiatives, primarily focusing on academic scholarships.Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Lauren worked at Foundation Center, where she was responsible for marketing, fundraising, and programming for young nonprofits. In this role, Lauren worked on the development and launch of the Nonprofit Startup Assessment, an online tool that helps individuals evaluate their decision to start a nonprofit. Lauren also held internships with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and Prevent Child Abuse Georgia. Lauren graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s in Public Policy from Georgia State University. In her free time, Lauren enjoys baking, reading, long walks, and yoga.
|Ashley Langford, 29 years old
Ashley is the Technology & Data Manager at the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. In this role she is responsible for all aspects of information technology at the center. Ashley is a recent sector switcher. Before coming to GCN, she worked as a consultant in the medical field, teaching doctors and their staff innovative processes for new patient generation and practice expansion. Outside of work, Ashley is constantly busy chasing around her 6 year old daughter. She also has a love for cats, cooking, traveling and movies.
| Kate Naylor, Finance & Fundraising Chair; 29 years old
Kate is the Program Coordinator in charge of the membership program for the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University. In the past, she has held a number of other positions with other museums, including two and a half years years as the volunteer coordinator for Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Prior to joining YNPN Atlanta, she volunteered in the Vendor Relations Department of Dragon*Con Atlanta for thirteen years, including two years as an Assistant Director. Kate is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Florida State University, where she received an M.A. in Classical Civilizations with a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, baking, and watching Netflix at home, often in the company of her fiance, cat, and two ball pythons. Find Kate on Linkedin.
|Sarah Otto-Wang, Secretary, NextGen Co-Chair; 29 years old
Sarah is an avid advocate of urban growth that promotes equitable access to public resources and services. Her areas of expertise include: sustainable development, community health, and cross-sector collaboration. She is a former Fellow of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership and CARE USA. As an AmeriCorps Vista with Culture Connect, she oversaw multiple education and advocacy projects that enhanced cross-cultural awareness within the Atlanta community. In 2014, she received her Master of Public Policy with a concentration in Urbanization and Food Security. Her B.A. is in Religious Studies and Social Justice from Agnes Scott College. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and two dogs, enjoys binge-reading novels and nonfiction, and is planning a dream vacation to bike tour Taiwan. Find Sarah on LinkedIn.
|Tommy Pearce, Programs Co-Chair; 27 years old
Tommy is a consultant at the Georgia Center for Nonprofits where he works on strategic planning, market analysis, and research projects. Previous experiences include program coordination, communications, public health research, community organizing, homeless outreach, and ESL instruction at nonprofits in Atlanta and Pittsburgh. He earned a Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh with concentrations in community organization and social administration, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Georgia Southern University. He lives in Stone Mountain with his wife and two cats. Hobbies include playing ultimate (Georgia Southern Bald Eagles), gardening, and thinking about writing a novel without actually doing it.