Breakthrough Atlanta Board of Directors 2021–2022

A generous and dedicated Board of Directors supports our team. The board, led by its Executive Committee, brings unparalleled knowledge, expertise, experience, and resources from some of the region’s most prestigious companies and organizations. We are grateful for their efforts.

Neysa Dillon Brown, Chair
Managing Director, Diversified Search

Crystal Stephens, Vice Chair
Director, BoardWalk Consulting

Simone Walsh, Treasurer
Chief Financial Officer, Delta Apparel, Inc.

Carol Waddy, Secretary
Director, Community Affairs & Strategic Partnerships, Chick-Fil-A Foundation

David W. Ghegan, Past Chair
Partner, Troutman Pepper

Nancy Brumley Robitaille
President, The Zeist Foundation, Inc.

Meredyth Cole
Head of School, The Lovett School

Aimee Connolly
Community Volunteer

Reed Deupree
Managing Partner, Tin Top Partners, LLC

Kerry Heyward
Interim President, Clayton State University

William (Bill) Holden
Retired, Vistra Corp

David Jernigan
President & CEO, Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta

Russell Jolivet
Senior Vice President Talent Acquisition, Truist

Katika Lovett, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent,
Atlanta Public Schools

Janis Middleton
SVP, Executive Director of Multicultural and Inclusion Strategy
Guided by Good, 22squared Ad Agency

Tiffany Mitsui
Sr. Manager, Multicultural Marketing, 
The Home Depot

Sarah O’Brien
Community Volunteer


Kevin O’Keefe
Managing Director, 
Piper Sandler & Co.

Tamara Pearson, Ph.D.
Director, Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM, 
Spelman College

Brittain Prigge
President, Balentine

Stella Ringer
Senior National Sales Executive,
The Coca-Cola Company

Grant Rivera, Ed.D.
Marietta City Schools

Chief Executive Officer

Monique Shields

When you support Breakthrough Atlanta, you’re opening the door to a lifetime of success for hardworking, dedicated students who simply need a head start.


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