YNPN Atlanta 2013 Board of Directors. Front Row: Rachel Ciprotti, Lindsey Hardegree, Renee Dubois. Back Row: Christine Brasile, Marci Tate, Jewel Thompson, Tayo Adeyefa, Nicole Morgan, Molly Friesenborg.
Lindsey Hardegree, Chair/Governance Chair, Next Gen Breakfast Chair
Molly Friesenborg, Chair-Elect/Member Relations Chair
Renee Dubois, Secretary
Tayo Adeyefa, Treasurer/Finance & Fundraising Chair
Christine Brasile, Events & Programs Co-Chair
Rachel Ciprotti, Marketing Chair
Nicole Morgan, Events & Programs Co-Chair
Jewel N. Thompson
Get to Know the Board of Directors
|Tayo Adeyefa, Treasurer/Finance & Fundraising Chair
|Christine Brasile, Events & Programs Co-Chair
|Rachel Ciprotti, Marketing Chair
|Renée Dubois, Secretary
|Molly Friesenborg, Chair-Elect/Member Relations Chair
| Lindsey Hardegree, Chair/Governance Chair, Next Gen Breakfast Chair
|Nicole Morgan, Events & Programs Co-Chair
|Jewel N. Thompson
Tayo is the Corporate Engagement Specialist for HandsOnNetwork, Points of Light. He is assisting the team on a project that will identify schools ready to accept thousands of corporate employees ready to make a difference in high-poverty schools throughout the southeastern United States. He also works for a start-up education nonprofit he co-founded called YouCAN – created to help improve high school graduation rates among students of low-income backgrounds through creative skill-building experiences and cross-age mentoring and coaching. He has spent the last four years leading youth groups, organizing youth-focused conferences and workshops and volunteering with great nonprofits in Atlanta, GA. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy & Management with a focus on Non-Profit Leadership & Management from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. In his free time, Tayo enjoys reading, meeting interesting people, attending game nights, playing chess, playing his guitar and soccer.
Christine Brasile is the Agency Services Coordinator for the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB). She monitors ACFB partner agencies and coordinates mobile food pantries. Prior to working at the Food Bank, she spent three years serving as a national service volunteer in Kentucky, where she gained experience in the nonprofit sector. Christine grew up in Lilburn, Georgia and attended college at Georgia College and State University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Public Administration. In her free time, Christine enjoys traveling, cooking, volunteering, and taking her dog to the park.
Rachel Ciprotti was born and raised in Marietta, GA. After leaving the south to attend Dartmouth College where she received a B.A. in English in 2002, Ms. Ciprotti 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. Ms. Ciprotti returned to her home state in 2011, and is excited to be at home and involved in her local community, currently working as the Director of Community Engagement for the Georgia Symphony Orchestra while pursuing an MBA at Kennesaw State University. In addition to YNPN Atlanta, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Arts Network as the Marketing Chair and the Advocacy Vice-Chair and on the Executive Committee of Georgia Communities for Growth. She also volunteers with the North Fulton Drama Club. An avid Twitterer, she can be found there at @RCiprotti
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 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-Elect/Member Relations Chair of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, 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 is the Development Director for the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership (ABLP). 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. Prior to joining ABLP she served as the Special Events & Board Manager for the Alliance Theatre. Lindsey’s involvement in the Atlanta community includes serving as the Chair of the YNPN Atlanta Board of Directors, serving as a Young Professional Leaders Advisory Board member for the United Way of Greater Atlanta, volunteering with the Junior League of Atlanta, and working on the junior board of the Atlanta Humane Society. Lindsey was selected as a member of the 2013 Diversity Fellows/Mentoring Program offered by the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Greater Atlanta and received a 2013 Nonprofit Leaders 30 Under 30 Award from the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. She 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, Lindsey enjoys reading, baking, drinking coffee, and experiencing the arts community in Atlanta.
Nicole Morgan is the Account Manager for Nonprofit University at the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. In this role Ms. Morgan works with nonprofit organizations and sector professionals to identify areas for development and professional growth to support their work in communities around Georgia. In the last year Nonprofit University served nearly 1800 individuals, helping them to gain the knowledge they needed to be successful in the sector.Previously Ms. Morgan was Executive Director of the Forsyth County Community Connection, where she served in this capacity for seven years. Ms. Morgan 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. Ms. Morgan’s 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.Ms. Morgan 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, Ms. Morgan was a Sales Executive for Carnegie Fabrics and an Adjunct Instructor at Lanier Technical College. In her free time Ms. Morgan 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
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.
Jewel N. Thompson is the Program Coordinator for Gideon’s Promise—formerly The Southern Public Defender Training Center—a legal non-profit organization. She coordinates and manages their training, mentorship and internship programs geared towards strengthening the development of legal professionals in the field of defense representation for indigent individuals. She currently serves as the Board Chair for ChopArt Inc. and is the creator and chairperson for the Young African Leaders Conference. She also volunteers as an ESL teacher and summer tutor for Refugee Family Services. She has been awarded with the Power 30 Under 30 Atlanta for her work in community service, Apinke Magazine 2012 Young Community Leader Award, and the Miss Africa Humanitarian Award. She is an avid lover of the arts and committed to developing leadership programs for emerging youth. Ms. Thompson is a graduate of Oglethorpe University with a BS in Business Administration and a concentration in Marketing.