Leadership

Breakthrough Atlanta Board of Directors 2020–2021

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

David W. Ghegan, Chair
Partner, Troutman Pepper

Crystal Stephens, Vice Chair
Director, BoardWalk Consulting

Pinney Allen, Past Chair
Retired, Alston & Bird LLP

Simone Walsh, Treasurer
Vice President & Deputy Controller, Novelis

Nancy Brumley Robitaille
President, The Zeist Foundation, Inc.

Meredyth Cole
Head of School, The Lovett School

Neysa Dillon Brown
Managing Director, Diversified Search

Reed Deupree
Managing Partner, Tin Top Partners, LLC

Kimberly Haynes
Chief Consultant, OMBI Group, LLC

Kerry Heyward
University Attorney, Georgia State University

Jeffrey Hines
Physician, WellStar Health System

William (Bill) Holden
Retired, Vistra Corp

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

Russell Jolivet
Senior Vice President Talent Acquisition, Truist

Janis Middleton
Communications Strategy Director, Director of Diversity, 22squared Ad Agency

Jeff Neville
Portfolio Manager, ZWJ Investments

Sarah O’Brien
Founding Partner, Valor Ventures

Brittain Prigge
President, Balentine

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

Grant Rivera, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Marietta City Schools

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

Chief Executive Officer

Monique Shields
mshields@breakthroughatlanta.org

Emeritus Members

Dameron Black III
Timothy J. Barton
Dan Dupree
Ric R. Felker, Jr
Bill Henegan
Dabney Hollis
W. Barrett Howell II
Economy Jackson

Elizabeth Pearce
William S. Peebles IV
Mark C. Pope IV
Jimmy L. Williams

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.