Board of Directors

Rosalyn Nicpon, LCSW, Chairperson of the Board
Rosalyn Nicpon graduated from the University Chicago School of Social Service Administration in 1996. She is a licensed clinical social worker and has practiced as an individual and group therapist with children of all ages, and their families, in both private and public schools and in a social service agency. She is presently an active volunteer in her church, children’s school, community and Cub Scouts.

Catherine Langell, MBA, Secretary of the Board
Catherine Cass Langell earned an M.B.A. from Georgia State University and a B.A. in history and philosophy from the State University of New York at Binghamton.  Ms. Langell has over 15 years of marketing experience with a strong background in business.  She is currently the Director of Retail Brokerage marketing at commercial real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle, where she is responsible for developing the national marketing strategy and platform for the retail brokerage business.  Prior to JLL, Ms. Langell worked as Platform Manager for Cushman & Wakefield’s Americas Retail Services division and held several marketing and communications positions in the technology industry with firms such as Cisco Systems, EchoStar Communications and RF Solutions.  A native of upstate NY, she presently lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband and two children.

Janelle Yamarick
For the past 18 years as the Community Education & Advocacy Director of the Feminist Women’s Health Center, Janelle has been a movement-builder, supporting the development of advocates and grassroots organizers. She built the center’s Community Education & Advocacy Network, which includes effective advocacy and public policy programs with a sharp focus on ensuring accessible comprehensive gynecological care, along with community education programs that bridge the gap for underserved communities to access vital health services and accurate medical information. Recently appointed in 2014 as Executive Director of the Health Center, Janelle is now leading a dedicated and diverse staff to fulfill the Center’s mission of providing accessible, comprehensive gynecological healthcare to all who need it without judgment. Throughout her 24-year non-profit career, Janelle has worked to advance health care for all while building a reputation as both a leader and a coalition builder on the state and national levels. Prior to her tenure at Feminist Women’s Health Center, Janelle was the Executive Director of GARAL for 6 years. Janelle was a leader among the 40 NARAL affiliate organizations when selected to represent all the affiliates on the national NARAL board.  As a natural community activist, Janelle has served on a variety of boards and participated in many community activities over the years, such as the Citizen Review Panel of DeKalb County Juvenile Court on foster care cases for more than 15 years. Janelle is married and has lived in Georgia for over 30 years.

Victor Thomas, LMSW
Victor has been an avid supporter of Community Connections since 2002, and is an original board member.  He has been working in Georgia with children and families since 1983.  He received his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College and his MSW from Clark Atlanta University.

Karen Kuehn Howell, Ph. D
Karen Kuehn Howell, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor for Emory University School of Medicine’s Center for Maternal Substance Abuse and Child Development. Dr. Howell received her Bachelor’s degree from Emory University, her Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the University of Memphis, was a doctoral intern at the University of Tennessee’s Department of Psychiatry, and a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University’s Department of Psychiatry.  Dr. Howell’s role at the Center for Maternal Substance Abuse and Child Development is a multiple one. She is primarily responsible for psychological assessment of infants, children, adolescents and adults prenatally exposed to alcohol, nicotine, illegal drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamine, as well as prescription medications such as opiates. Dr. Howell also conducts psychological assessments of substance abusing women/mothers participating in the Center for MSACD as well. Dr. Howell is responsible for coordinating prevention efforts regarding maternal substance abuse, which include information dissemination, professional and parent education and training, and community-based process participation. Dr. Howell is also a staff psychologist for the Emory Neurodevelopmental Exposures Clinic, which is the only specialized diagnostic and treatment facility of its kind in the Southeastern United States.  Dr. Howell has authored and co-authored 2 book chapters regarding maternal substance abuse, 10 journal articles, and has presented at over 300 national and statewide conferences and forums. She is an invited member of multiple local and statewide coalitions and task forces.

Janice Robinson
Janice Robinson is the Director of United Way VIP (Volunteer Involvement Program), a program of United Way of Greater Atlanta where she is responsible for providing training to those interested in serving on the board of directors of non-profit. She is experienced in training, technical assistance, project management, conflict resolution, program development and implementation, managing a collaborative effort, facilitation, team building, advisory board development and volunteer management. She has facilitated workshops focused on Professional Volunteers, Board Development, Volunteer Recruitment and Retention and more.
Past and Current Community Involvement include United Way Worldwide, National Minority Roundtable, Planning Committee; Volunteer Crisis Line Counselor, Dekalb Rape Crisis Center; Board Member, The Fledglings; Citizen Review Panel Member for Fulton County Juvenile Court; Workforce Development Advisory Committee, Centennial Place YMCA; graduate of Diversity Leadership Academy of Atlanta; Lifeline Funding Committee, Catalyst for Care and Re-Entry Taskforce Member, Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Jackson State University in 1989.

 

Board Advisory Council

Brent Donaldson, FCAS, MAAA
Brent Donaldson is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He currently works for American International Group in the Property Casualty Finance Actuarial department.  He earned his Masters in Actuarial Science from Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business in Atlanta and earned his Bachelor of Science in Business from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He moved from Atlanta to New York City in 2007 where he lives with his wife and daughter.

Todd Love, JD, MBA
Todd brings experience from a variety of areas. In preparation for his third career, he is currently pursuing a Doctor of Psychology degree in order to become a Licensed Professional Counselor, specializing in Behavioral Addictions.  This career change was inspired by his second career, where he worked as a criminal defense attorney covering Cobb, Dekalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties.  Todd earned his Juris Doctor degree from Georgia State University’s College of Law night-school program while engaged in his first career in corporate information technology.  His first career spanned nearly 15 years,  as he worked his way up from an initial tech-support role to the ranks of Director of Information Technology.  During that time he earned his first graduate degree, a Masters of Business Administration from Georgia State University’s J Mack Robinson College of Business.  Todd’s undergraduate studies were at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Sociology & History.  A 3rd generation native Atlantan, Todd currently lives in Athens, Georgia with his wife, who is an Associate Professor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia.

Joseph Smiddy, M.D.
Dr. Smiddy is originally from east Tennessee. He got his undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Virginia. He then earned his Medical Degree at The University of Tennessee in 1993. After completing his residency in Internal Medicine in Boston, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia to start his own practice. Since 1996 Dr. Smiddy has had a successful practice in Internal Medicine and HIV. He currently has privileges at Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta Medical Center and Crawford Long Hospital. He was recognized in 2004 as one of Atlanta’s Top Physicians by Southern Voice Magazine. Dr. Smiddy actively participates in monthly continuing educational programs and regional meetings.