Molly Friesenborg, Chair, Governance Chair
Renée Dubois, Chair-Elect
Lauren Jeong, Secretary
Lindsey Hardegree, Treasurer
Rachel Ciprotti, Marketing & Social Chair
Hannah Grady, Member Relations Chair
Karl Jennings, Programs Chair
Kate Naylor, Finance & Fundraising Chair
Get to Know the Board of Directors
Kristyn Back 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; 35 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.
|Renée Dubois, Chair-Elect, NextGen Breakfast Chair; 37 years old
Renée Dubois, the oldest of three children, is a native of Brooklyn, New York and also grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Both of her parents are from the Caribbean island of Haiti. Renée moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1998. Renée received her B.S. in Business Information Systems from DeVry University. Renée received both her M.B.A. in General Management and M.P.A. with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from Keller Graduate School of Management. Renée has been a lifelong servant leader. Renée served three years as an AmeriCorps volunteer. Renée completed one year with the Atlanta Habitat for Humanity as an Assistant Houseleader doing construction. Renée helped build houses together in partnership with families in need. Renée served two years as a VISTA, Volunteers in Service to America, at Chattahoochee Technical College as a Service Learning Coordinator. Renée helped integrate meaningful community service with instruction, civic engagement and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities to students. Renée was a liaison between the students and metro Atlanta nonprofit organizations at Chattahoochee Technical College. Renée was heavily instrumental in growing the Service Learning program at the college. Renée continues to serve students as an assistant instructor and tutor. Renée served two years on the board of the Metro Atlanta AmeriCorps Alums Chapter, as a Service Chair and Board President. Professional affiliations and memberships include the Atlanta Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums, Atlanta Habitat for Humanity Family Selection Committee, 100 Black Women of Atlanta/Mecca Chapter, Atlanta Urban League Young Professionals, National Black MBA/Atlanta Chapter, Southern Snow Seekers, Junior Achievement and the United Way of Metro Atlanta V.I.P. Alums. Ms. Dubois is the owner of the Dubois Property Group. She is also the Founder and CEO of Serve and Earn, a nonprofit organization that financially assists college students who engage in volunteer service.
|Molly Friesenborg, Chair, Governance Chair; 27 years old
Molly Friesenborg 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.
|Hannah Grady, Member Relations Chair; 24 years old
Hannah is an Associate Campaign Manager at Coxe Curry & Associates. She enjoys consulting nonprofits around the city to assist on Annual Funds, Capital Campaigns, and other various fundraising-related projects. An Atlanta native, Hannah considers it a joy to see the nonprofit community doing such wonderful work, and considers herself fortunate to have the opportunity to work with so many of the organizations that make Atlanta the beautiful city that it is. Hannah serves on the Board of the Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism and enjoys being involved with service projects and community volunteer efforts whenever she can. Hannah is a proud alumna of the University of Georgia and holds a Bachelor’s degree in French and Sociology.
| Lindsey Hardegree, Treasurer, Immediate Past Chair; 30 years old
Lindsey Hardegree is the Development Director for the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership (ABLP). Prior to joining ABLP she served as the Special Events & Board Manager for 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, Programs Chair; 35 years old
Karl Jennings 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!
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|Lauren Jeong, Secretary; 22 years old
Lauren is a Program Associate at the Foundation Center. In this role she oversees the center’s marketing and fundraising efforts and develops programs for young nonprofits. Prior to working at the Foundation Center, Lauren held internships with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and Prevent Child Abuse Georgia. Lauren graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Public Policy from Georgia State University in December 2013. While in school, Lauren served as Communications Chair and Co-President of Georgia State’s Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, an organization very similar to the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network. Lauren was recognized in 2013 as one of Georgia’s top 30 Nonprofit Leaders under 30 by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. Ultimately, Lauren would like to strengthen the work of nonprofits through project management, partnership development and evaluation. In her free time, Lauren enjoys baking, reading, taking long walks, and attempting to learn Korean.
|Ashley Langford, 29 years old
Ashley Langford 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.
|Nicole Morgan; 35 years old
Nicole Morgan is the Volunteer and Marketing Manager, Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta. Previously, Nicole has served as the Account Manager for Nonprofit University at the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and the Executive Director of the Forsyth County Community Connection, where she served in this capacity for seven years. Nicole is considered to be one of the leading advocates for children and families in north Georgia, dedicating her career and personal time to strengthening the non-profit organizations that served Forsyth County and North Georgia. Her areas of expertise include results based facilitation and collaborative development, where she is able to enhance and maximize community resources though strategic partnerships. Under her leadership at the Community Connection, the Hands On Forsyth program grew from an initial group of 250 volunteers to engaging over 7,000 residents in meaningful volunteer service in Forsyth County. Nicole is a native of Georgia and studied Political Science at the University of Georgia and Commercial Interior Design at the Art Institute of Charlotte. Prior to her work in community development, she was a Sales Executive for Carnegie Fabrics and an Adjunct Instructor at Lanier Technical College. In her free time Nicole can be found running the beautiful paths around Atlanta preparing for her next Half Marathon. Nicole’s activities and accomplishments include…
Past-President, Rotary Club of Lanier Forsyth
2010 Sergeant-At-Arms, Rotary Club of Lanier Forsyth
2008, 2009 Service Chair, Rotary Club of Lanier Forsyth
Graduate, Georgia Academy for Economic Development
Graduate, Leadership Forsyth
Chair, Forsyth County Social Services Committee – Appointed by the Board of Commissioners
Chair, Regional Peer-to-Peer Network – Georgia Family Connection Partnership
Chair, Local Interagency Planning Team
Member, Forsyth County Mental Health Task Force
Past-President, Junior Service League of Forsyth County
Past -President, Cedar Hill Enrichment Center
Past Board Member, Cumming Forsyth Arts Council
Past Board Member, Children’s Center for Hope and Healing
Volunteer, Bald Ridge Boys Lodge
Volunteer, Supporting Adoption & Foster Families Together
Affiliate Development Team, Hands On Georgia
Mentor, Forsyth Academy
Local School Council Appointee, Forsyth Academy
| Kate Naylor, Finance & Fundraising Chair; 29 years old
Kate Naylor is the Member and Volunteer Services Coordinator for Fernbank Museum of Natural History, where she is responsible for nearly 400 adult volunteers throughout the organization. In the past, she has held a number of other positions with the museum, including a post as an Animal Programs Facilitator, where she regularly cared for the museum’s live animals and presented educational programming featuring reptiles, amphibians, and insects. 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 boyfriend, cat, and two ball pythons. Find Kate on Linkedin.
|Sarah Otto-Wang, 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; 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.
|Marci Tate; 31 years old
Marci Tate currently serves as Manager of Public Relations with the High Museum of Art at the Woodruff Arts Center. She is an Atlanta native and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from the Grady College of Journalism at The University of Georgia. Marci previously held positions as Marketing & PR Manager for Georgia Shakespeare, Operations Manager for AtlantaPlanIt.com, a service of Public Broadcasting Atlanta, and as Public Relations Coordinator at the Alliance Theatre. Her favorite pastimes include reading, attending arts events, and spending time with her puppy, Rigby.