NextGen 2016 Distinguished Guests

NextGen_Logo_2016.pngYNPN Atlanta is thrilled about the incredible guests we have lined up for the 4th Annual NextGen Breakfast event on October 20, 2016! Find out more about the NextGen Breakfast on our event page.

Read about the lineup of our guests below, decide whose table you'd like to be seated at, and sign up now. (Members, get your $10 discount code here before signing up.)

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Mary_Pat_Crouch.jpgMary Pat Crouch, Senior Vice President at Coxe Curry & Associates

Mary Pat Crouch's thirty years of consulting experience includes numerous capital and annual campaigns, planned giving consulting and development assessments for a wide variety of clients in the Atlanta area.

Ms. Crouch has served as campaign consultant on numerous Atlanta campaigns including the Atlanta Children’s Shelter, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Camp Twin Lakes and Hands On Atlanta. Her current clients include Agape Youth and Family Services, the Atlanta Speech School, Atlanta Ballet, The Nature Conservancy in Georgia and CHRIS Kids. She has designed and presented training in many aspects of fundraising, including annual and capital giving, major gift cultivation and foundation philanthropy.

Prior to joining Coxe Curry, Ms. Crouch spent seven years with a smaller fundraising firm where she conducted feasibility studies, capital campaigns, development assessments and provided general development counseling. She also supervised client services and all capital campaigns for the firm, and she spent five years on the development staff at Emory University, where she was responsible for annual and capital giving among Emory College alumni. Other prior experience includes directing the Voluntary Action Center of the United Way of Greater Atlanta.

Ms. Crouch earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with highest honors from Emory University and a master’s degree from Georgia State University. She is active in community and professional organizations. In 1991, she chaired National Philanthropy Day in Georgia, and she has served on the boards of the Atlanta Children’s Shelter and the United Way of Greater Atlanta. She is immediate past president of the DeKalb Library Foundation. She is a member of The Commerce Club and Kiwanis Club of Atlanta, where she serves on the Board of Directors. She is listed in Who’s Who of American Women.

Her husband, Milton, is an attorney with Smith Moore Leatherwood, LLP. They have two grown sons, Patrick and Spencer.

Frank_Fernandez.jpgFrank Fernandez, Vice President of Community Development for the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

Frank Fernandez joined the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation in February 2014 to lead and implement the Westside Neighborhood Prosperity Fund, a program designed to contribute to the transformational revitalization and redevelopment of Vine City, English Avenue, Castleberry Hill, and other adjacent neighborhoods.

A recognized leader on housing, transportation, and economic development issues, Mr. Fernandez served for eight years as the Executive Director of Green Doors, a non-profit group devoted to transforming lives and neighborhoods for people in need in the Austin metro area. Mr. Fernandez has worked extensively to help create housing solutions across the income spectrum. He is the co-founder of HousingWorks, an Austin-based affordable housing advocacy coalition, and served as the chair of the Texas Supportive Housing Coalition. He led the successful 2006 campaign to pass $55 million in municipal bonds to support affordable housing in Austin, and he actively engaged on transportation issues, serving on the Board of Capital Metro, Central Texas’ public transit agency. He served as the chair of the agency’s Finance & Audit Committee for four years, helping to raise the agency’s cash reserve from $9 million to $74 million during his tenure. Mr. Fernandez also co-founded and served as chair of the Alliance for Public Transportation, a non-profit group promoting progressive transit initiatives, and is a former board member of CAMPO, the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Central Texas. Prior to joining Green Doors in 2006, Mr. Fernandez served for five years as Deputy Director of PeopleFund, a community development financial institution. He previously worked as a public sector financial analyst for Salomon Smith Barney in New York City, structuring over $1 billion in financial transactions.

Mr. Fernandez's work has been honored in the Austin community. In 2005, he received the “Vision Award” from Liveable City for his work creating HousingWorks. More recently, Frank received the Non-Profit Leadership award from Austin Under 40, and was Ernst and Young’s 2012 Social Entrepreneur of the Year. A Florida native, Mr. Fernandez holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Harvard University and an M.P.A. from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.


Grady_Lesley.jpgLesley Grady, Senior Vice President at Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Lesley Grady oversees the community impact work of the Foundation, including grantmaking, scholarships as well as multiple community initiatives, connecting this work with foundation donors and their passions. Her areas of expertise include deep knowledge of children, youth and family issues (particularly education and social programming) as well as adult training and education. She also has extensive knowledge of Atlanta's nonprofit community, development/capacity building of communities and public/private partnerships. Ms. Grady is also responsible for identifying, recommending and managing appropriate community initiatives for the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta’s involvement by maintaining accurate, timely knowledge of current national and local trends, issues and resources and represents the Community Foundation in a variety of local and national Foundation leadership initiatives and partnerships. She has more than 25 years’ experience working in community development. Immediately prior to joining the Foundation, she worked as an independent contractor for corporations, nonprofit organizations and governmental entities. Her work included administering corporate philanthropic giving; developing funding feasibility studies; training, strategic planning; program design and volunteer coordination. Her clients included John Wieland Homes & Neighborhoods, United Way of Metro Atlanta, Leadership Strategies, Inc. and the Atlanta Public Schools. She served from 1989 to 1995 as Vice President of Education for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Grady has a Masters of Public Policy from Georgia State University and a BA in English from LaSalle University.

HarrisJack.jpgJack Harris, President at Junior Achievement of Georgia

Jack has been with Junior Achievement (JA) since 2002, beginning with the International organization, and was promoted to VP-International Operations for JA Worldwide following the merger of Junior Achievement Inc (U.S.) and Junior Achievement International in 2004. Jack moved to JA of Georgia in 2005 where he served in progressing roles until 2008, at which time he was named President.
Prior to JA, Jack worked with Smith Barney and also taught for two years at the Wesleyan School in Norcross, Georgia. Jack holds a degree in Politics and a certificate in Political Economy from Princeton University.

Within the community, Jack was recognized for his work with JA as one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 under 40 award recipients in 2009, and serves on the Boards of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Emory University Board of Visitors.  He is a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta, and a 2010 graduate of Leadership Atlanta.

Dereek_Kayongo.jpgDerreck Kayongo, CEO at National Center for Civil & Human Rights

Derreck Kayongo and his family fled a civil war in Uganda and settled in Kenya as refugees. He then found his way to the U.S. where he became a successful entrepreneur as the founder of the Global Soap Project, a program which takes partially used soap from hotels, recycles them into new bars of soap, and redistributes the new bars to vulnerable populations around the world. Prior to founding the Global Soap Project, Kayongo worked for the American Friends Service Committee as Program Director of the South African Peace Education program until he joined Amnesty International as Regional Director. Kayongo continued his humanitarian and human rights work at CARE International where he served as Regional Field Coordinator for the South East Region in the policy unit.

The Global Soap Project earned an endorsement from the American Hotel and Lodging Association in 2013. Kayongo has won several awards including CNN's Top Ten Heroes award in 2011 and the prestigious MAXX entrepreneurship award. His highest accolades include receiving the Certificate of Congressional Recognition by Congressman John Lewis and accolades from Noble Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu for his work with Global Soap.

Kayongo has been featured as a TEDx speaker and at several corporate and university forums. He recently coauthored, “The Roadmap to Success,” with Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. Ken Blanchard. Within this work, Kayongo focuses on Understanding the Instructive Power of Failure When Building Successful Ventures.

Kayongo has also been a guest on several news programs including the Christiana Amanpour Show and BBCs Focus on Africa. Currently he’s at work on a new book, scheduled to be released in 2016, that focuses on how he found his calling in life as a former refugee. Kayongo was named CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights in December of 2015, and he is a graduate of the prestigious Fletcher school of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Camille_Russell_Love.jpgCamille Russell Love, Executive Director at Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs

Since 1998, Camille Russell Love has directed the artistic and cultural programming for the City of Atlanta. As Executive Director, she guides the cultural and artistic vision of the Chastain Arts Center and Gallery, the City’s Public Art Program, Gallery 72, Elevate, Contracts for Arts Services, the Cultural Experience Project and the Atlanta Jazz Festival, which, year after year, continues to be one of the nation’s preeminent free jazz festivals.

In October 2010, the Office of Cultural Affairs was recognized by proclamation from Atlanta City Council for “unifying Atlanta’s cultural community through programs and cultural experiences that enhance the quality of life and provide cultural and art opportunities to all citizens and visitors.” As a result of the cultural enrichment Camille Love has helped bring to the city, Atlanta was chosen as one of the Top 25 Arts Destinations by American Style Magazine.

She was a participant of the 2006 Atlanta Regional Commission’s ‘Regional Leadership Institute’ and is currently a board member of the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, APEX Museum and has previously served on the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation National Selection Committee, the Piedmont Park Conservancy Board and the 1996 Cultural Olympiad Committee. In 2012 she was awarded the Ford Freedom Unsung Award, presented by Ford Motor Company, which celebrates individuals who have made significant contributions in their communities. Arts for Learning honored her as one of three 2015 Luminaries: Champions of Arts in Education.

Previously, Ms. Love worked for 15 years at IBM in various marketing capacities, including Consulting Industry Specialist for Worldwide Software Strategy & Systems. In 1992 she became founder and president of For the Love of Art, a consultant practice that provided educational, fundraising, and public relations services for the visual and performing arts. In 1993, while presiding over For the Love of Art, she founded and became director of the Camille Love Gallery. The Gallery represented primarily African American artists to commercial and residential clients. 

Camille earned a B.A. in psychology from Wake Forest University and attended Duke University Law School. She is a proud mother of three and a grandmother of two.

RohitMalhotra_headshot.pngRohit Malhotra, Founder and Executive Director for the Center for Civic Innovation

Rohit Malhotra is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Civic Innovation in Atlanta, his hometown city. His background is in social entrepreneurship, digital communications, open data and community organizing. Most recently, he served as an Ash Innovation Fellow in the White House Office of Management and Budget, focused on the administration’s efforts around social impact bonds and pay for performance. In 2015, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, where he is the youngest serving member in recent history. Rohit was named as one of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 30 Under 30 and in June 2015, he was awarded the prestigious Echoing Green Global Fellowship. Rohit earned his B.A. from Emory University and Master in Public Policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Rohit is a self-appointed expert on pizza and hip hop.

alice_rolls.jpegAlice Rolls, Executive Director at Georgia Organics

Alice Rolls has devoted her entire professional career to environmental and sustainable causes, working for over 25 years in the nonprofit arena, lending her expertise to the development of three organizations. 

In 2004, Ms. Rolls became the Executive Director of Georgia Organics, a nonprofit organization working to integrate healthy, sustainable and locally grown food into the lives of all Georgians. During the past five years, Georgia Organics has experienced significant growth and success with the rising tide in public interest surrounding healthy foods and farms. Accomplishments include: completing a sixth year of a farmer-to-farmer mentoring program to grow more growers; launching a farm to school program to educate kids about healthy foods and get their hands in the garden; publishing the popular Local Food Guide to connect consumers with local, sustainably grown foods in Georgia; and most recently hosting bestselling author Michael Pollan and 1,100 individuals at the Georgia Organics’ 12th Annual 2009 Conference.

Prior to her position at Georgia Organics, Ms. Rolls was Executive Director of Earth Share of Georgia, an organization she founded in 1992 which has since grown to support more than 60 environmental organizations. She also worked for six years establishing and developing The Nature Conservancy’s Georgia Chapter. She is a 1987 graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in biology and environmental sciences and a 2004 graduate of the Governor’s Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership. In 2016, she was named a Notable Georgian by Georgia Trend magazine.

She lives in the Morningside neighborhood of Atlanta where she raises vegetables and two chickens and is conveniently located 100 yards from Georgia’s only all-organic farmers’ market that serves farm-fresh, seasonal foods. 

DougShipman.jpgDoug Shipman, CEO at BrightHouse, LLC

Doug Shipman is Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and a Managing Director in the Atlanta office of BrightHouse. He joined BrightHouse as CEO in July 2015 following the acquisition of BrightHouse by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

Before BrightHouse, Mr. Shipman was the founding CEO for the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, an award-winning $100M museum based in Atlanta. Previously, he was a Principal at BCG, working in the New York, Atlanta, and Mumbai offices.  He has industry expertise in NGOs and government, consumer goods, and travel and tourism, and functional expertise in organization and people, marketing and sales, and social impact and CSR.

Mr. Shipman has written and spoken extensively on issues of social justice, business and social change, religion, identity, cultural institutions, nonprofit management, and issues of purpose. Watch his Tedx Talk, “The Secret to a Beloved Community.”

Mr. Shipman earned a Master of Theological Studies (MTS) from the Harvard Divinity School, a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor’s degree with High Honors from Emory University.

Daniel_Shoy_headshot.jpgDaniel Shoy, Jr., President at East Lake Foundation

Daniel Shoy, Jr. serves as president of the East Lake Foundation.  He is responsible for strategic goal setting focused on advancing the Foundation’s mission to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty through mixed income housing, cradle-to-college education and community wellness programs and services for children and families in the East Lake community. With overall responsibility for the Foundation’s operations, finances, programs, fundraising and external relations, he is also responsible for sustaining strong relationships with the Foundation’s partners including the East Lake Golf Club and the Charlie Yates Golf Course, Charles R. Drew Charter School, the East Lake Family YMCA, East Lake Sheltering Arms Family Education Center, The Villages of East Lake, and the Southeastern Horticultural Society. Since joining the Foundation as Program Director in 2010, he has also served as Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer.

Daniel has 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector with organizations focused on youth and community development. Prior to joining the East Lake Foundation, Daniel worked for The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation for 10 years and was responsible for awarding $28M in grants.

Daniel has served on several national and local education boards and committees including the Grantmakers for Education board, and the State of Georgia’s Race to The Top Advisory Committee. He currently serves on the Charles R. Drew Charter School Board of Directors and the University of Georgia Board of Visitors. 

Daniel has completed several leadership programs including the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta Volunteer Involvement Program (2002), Southeast Council of Foundations Hull Fellows Program (2003), LEAD of Leadership Atlanta (2005), Association of Black Foundation Executives Connecting Leaders Program (2008), and the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education’s Education Policy Fellowship Program (2009).  He’s been a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. since 1994 and is currently active with the Nu Mu Lambda Chapter.

Daniel is a first generation American from New York City, speaks Spanish and Italian, and enjoys international travel, sports and photography. He earned a B.A. in History from Emory University in 1995 and in 2013 was named an Emory College Distinguished Alumni.  He previously served on Emory University’s Board of Governors.

Techau_Tracy.jpgTracy Techau, CEO at Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America

Tracy Techau joined the Atlanta Area Council as Scout Executive in 2010. Mr. Techau is the Scout Executive/CEO of the Atlanta Area Council. This is a Class 100 Council and one of the largest ten of the 285 councils. The council is known for its high-quality programs, large summer camps and a strong and diverse staff. He has 29 years as an executive with the Boy Scouts of America. He has served as leader in Scouting previously in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Kentucky and Ohio. 

Mr. Techau is an Eagle Scout and the son of a scoutmaster. As a leader, Tracy focuses on developing a collaborative vision. He works to elevate the success of council staff and Scouting volunteers. He is known as a strong partner with the Board and is effective in community outreach.

He is a Rotary Club Past-President, the founder of a youth organization, and is a graduate of the 2015 Leadership Atlanta class. Mr. Techau and his wife Jean have daughters at Kennesaw State University and Georgia Tech. He is an avid hiker in the north Georgia mountains. 

Gary_Ulciny.jpgGary Ulciny, PhD, President & CEO of Shepherd Center

Gary Ulciny joined Shepherd Center in 1994 and is the longest-tenured chief executive officer of a medical hospital in the metropolitan Atlanta area. He is past president of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, the largest organization in the U.S. devoted to interdisciplinary rehabilitation research.

Dr. Ulicny’s longevity at Shepherd Center speaks volumes about his commitment to leading the Center’s long-term success, as well as his passion for carrying out its day-to-day mission. During Dr. Ulicny’s tenure, Shepherd Center has received numerous awards and recognition. The hospital has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best rehabilitation hospitals in the nation for the past 11 years, and received the 2008 NDNQI Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality™ in the Category for Rehabilitation Hospitals from the American Nurses Association.

Also during his time at Shepherd, Dr. Ulicny has overseen major expansions of the hospital. Those efforts added an acquired brain injury treatment program and comprehensive pain institute, expanded research, marketed the hospital nationally and increased overall capacity from 100 to 152 beds.

Dr. Ulicny’s dedication to healthcare is also evident in his involvement with numerous professional organizations. He has served on the national board of the Head Injury Foundation and is active in the Atlanta community and serves on the Executive Board of the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Charmaine_Ward.jpgCharmaine Ward, Community Affairs Executive at Georgia-Pacific

Charmaine Ward is a Corporate Affairs Executive at Georgia-Pacific, responsible for corporate philanthropy and community affairs. Charmaine gives back by serving on many civic and community boards whose missions align with her personal passion of education, arts and entrepreneurship. She is immediate past president of the National Black MBA Association, Atlanta Chapter (the largest chapter in the country with over 1000 members). She serves on the national board of National Black MBA and is Vice Chair of National Black Arts Festival Board. She serves on the boards of many local organizations and chapters of national civic and community organizations.

Charmaine is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Torch Award from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., 100 Most Influential Black Women in Atlanta from Atlanta Business League, SWEPT Facilitator of the Decade from Spelman, Local Legend from Frank Ski Kids Foundation, Corporate Award from Concerned Black Clergy, 25 Women of Achievement from Rolling Out Magazine, Woman In Philanthropy from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and NBMBAA Chapter President of the Year. Charmaine graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Economics from Clark Atlanta University and earned an MBA with honors from the Executive MBA program at Kennesaw State University.

Lisa_Weinstein.jpgLisa Weinstein, Program Officer at Turner Foundation

Lisa Weinstein is the Senior Program Officer for the Turner Foundation and oversees the Safeguarding Habitat program. Prior to joining the Turner Foundation, Lisa worked for Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources as an Assistant Chief of Nongame Conservation. She also worked extensively in the environmental education field in both government and the non-profit sectors, as adjunct science faculty at a number of colleges and universities, and is a former president of the Georgia Environmental Education Alliance. Lisa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Michigan State University and a Master of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

ife-williams-headshot.jpgIfe Williams, Executive Director of Hudgens Arts Center

While she has served in her capacity as Executive Director of the Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center for the Arts since January 2016, Ife Williams joined the Atlanta arts community in 2005 as the Public Art Program Coordinator with Fulton County Arts and Culture, (FCAC). She went on to manage the Contracts for Services Program and held the positions of Deputy Director of Arts & Culture (acting), and Interim Director of Arts and Culture. Through her tenure at FCAC she learned what it means to serve the public, facilitate genuine community engagement, and provide guidance to elected officials. Her professional experience includes the role of museum curator at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens (Miami); development consultant at the Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator (Miami); assistant collections registrar for the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington (Seattle); and most recently Program Development Specialist at Fulton County Arts and Culture (Atlanta). Ms. Williams holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in Sculpture/Metalsmithing from the University of Michigan, pursued her master’s degree in Museum Studies at Syracuse University, and received a certificate of nonprofit organizational management from the Georgia Center for Nonprofits.