BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

 

ROSALYN NICPON, 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, 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, BOARD MEMBER

Janelle recently retired in 2018 after 41 years of working in both the nonprofit and for-profit worlds, which is giving her more time to pursue her interests and goals outside of her working life.  One of those goals is put more volunteer energies into nonprofit organizations such as Community Connections and other agencies that offers services and programs that are working to build a more equitable, healthy, and just world.  Janelle’s work history includes being the Executive Director and Community Education & Advocacy Director of the Feminist Women’s Health Center for past 21 years, Executive Director of GARAL for the 6 years prior, and a variety of positions in the commercial real estate and legal fields for the first 14 years of her career.  One of Janelle’s accomplishments in her professional career has been her work as a movement-builder, supporting the development of young people into advocates and grassroots organizers. She built the Feminist 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. Throughout her 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. 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 18 years. Janelle is married and has lived in Georgia for over 35 years.


Janice Robinson, BOARD MEMBER

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.


Sandra Foster, BOARD MEMBER

Sandra has over 30 years of business experience and currently serves as Vice President, Global Human Resources for National Property Solutions Group (NPSG). She holds two HR Professional certifications: .  Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Human Resources Certification Institute and Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) from the National Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM). Sandra enjoys mentoring young HR professionals and is a volunteer in the Atlanta community.  She particularly enjoys activities that focus on the safety and well-being of children.


KATRINA JOHNSON, BOARD MEMBER

Katrina is a consultant specializing in assessment and development of C-suite leaders, helping private equity and corporate clients ensure that have the right people in the right seats to realize the vision and achieve profitable growth. Trained as a clinical psychologist and earning her Ph.D. from Emory University, she spent ten years in healthcare and academia conducting research, teaching, and seeing patients. During that time, she worked with many foster families caring for neurologically impaired children and developed immense respect and admiration for those who answer the call to foster parent. Katrina has served as an advisor and consultant for nonprofit organizations such as Mental Health America of Georgia, National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and Governor’s Office for Children and Families. 

 

 

BOARD ADVISORY COUNCIL

 

 

Brent Donaldson, BOARD ADVISORY COUNCIL

Katrina is a consultant specializing in assessment and development of C-suite leaders, helping private equity and corporate clients ensure that have the right people in the right seats to realize the vision and achieve profitable growth. Trained as a clinical psychologist and earning her Ph.D. from Emory University, she spent ten years in healthcare and academia conducting research, teaching, and seeing patients. During that time, she worked with many foster families caring for neurologically impaired children and developed immense respect and admiration for those who answer the call to foster parent. Katrina has served as an advisor and consultant for nonprofit organizations such as Mental Health America of Georgia, National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and Governor’s Office for Children and Families. 


TODD LOVE, BOARD ADVISORY COUNCIL

Todd Love, PsyD, JD, LPC runs a mens counseling and coaching practice in Athens, GA. Licensed in Georgia as both a Professional Counselor and Attorney, Dr Love brings experience from a variety of angles. Dr. Love has co-authored multiple articles and book chapters in the field of mental health, and a core area of Dr. Love’s professional work is focused on raising awareness of the potential for problematic overuse and/or misuse of the internet and technology from an addictive perspective. Dr. Love also serves on the Board of Directors for multiple non-profit professional organizations, both nationally and statewide. Additionally, Dr. Love holds Juris Doctor and Masters of Business Administration degrees from Georgia State University, and a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Sociology from Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC. A 3rd generation native Atlantan, Todd currently lives in Athens, Georgia with his wife Leanne, who is a Professor of Veterinary Medicine and Director in the Office of the Vice President of Research at the University of Georgia.

 
 

JOSEPH SMIDDY, BOARD ADVISORY COUNCIL

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.


Karen Kuehn Howell, BOARD ADVISORY COUNCIL

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.

 

 

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