Leadership

We are working together to build
a healthier future for all kids.

Jennifer L. Owens

Jennifer has been a long-time leader in Georgia’s non-profit sector with a specific focus on systems-change, policy and organizational development. She helped seed the early stages of Georgia’s now flourishing farm-to-school movement and led the policy work focused on school wellness as a director at Georgia Organics. She has also been integral in municipal-level work to establish protections for community gardens, urban farms and farmers markets and strategies to increase access to fresh produce.

Owens joins the HealthMPowers team from the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, where she served as Senior Vice President. During her tenure, she oversaw the expansion of the organization’s operations and programs focusing on equity, health, the safety net, K-12 and post-secondary education, child care and fiscal policy issues. She launched and managed education campaigns focused on SNAP, the earned income tax credit and the need for more support for Georgia’s working families, including child care and food assistance.

Owens brings nearly two decades of experience in policy research and advocacy, community organizing, communications, fundraising, organizational development and leadership. Other prior roles include Deputy Political Director for the 2014 Jason Carter for Governor campaign, Development and Advocacy Director on staff at Georgia Organics, former Executive Director of The League of Women Voters of Georgia and a pioneering staff member at The Clean Air Campaign, where she launched a first-in-the-nation Better Air Schools program. In each of these roles, Owens leveraged strong relationships, evaluation, communications and strategic competencies to grow and evolve each organization’s impact.

Jennifer has been honored as one of the youngest recipients to be awarded the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “40 Under 40,” and has received The Georgia Conservancy’s Longleaf Award for Excellence in Environmental Advocacy.

Jennifer is a proud graduate of the University of Georgia and is an avid college football fan, novice urban farmer and untrained cook. She is active in her community, serving as a coach for the local Odyssey of the Mind team to engage youth in creative problem-solving, a volunteer with a community task force serving the Buford Highway corridor, and has held appointed positions on the City of Brookhaven’s Affordable Housing Task Force, Charter Review Commission and Zoning Rewrite Committee. Prior board service includes We Love BuHi, Georgia Women for a Change, Faith in Public Life and Girls Opportunities for Adventure and Leadership (GOAL).

Board Leadership

Chair of the Board
Loreal LeGate
i3MKTG
Executive Director

Vice Chair
Keith Perkey
Haskel
Vice President

Corporate Secretary
Kirk Diamond
Executive Managing Director
Cushman & Wakefield

Treasurer
Amanda Adams
Cherry Bekaert LLP
Managing Director

Founders
Andrew Isakson
Isakson Living
Managing Partner

Mary Johnson
SBBOS, LLC
Owner

Board Roster

Marcus Foster
Finance Director
Emory Clinic

Justin Grimsley
Senior Project Lead
Chick-Fil-A

Gerry Halphen
Launch Consulting

Pat Hickok
Owner, Retired
Atlanta Embroidery & Twill

Jasmine G. Hoffman, MBA, APR
Associate Dean for Enrollment and Communications & Chief Operating Officer
Emory University

Dr. Jeffrey Koplan
Vice President for Global Health
Emory Global Health Institute

Laura Kurlander-Nagal, Esq.
Partner
The Johnson Kurlander Legal Group

Denys Lu
Chief Technology Officer/Director
Emory University

Elizabeth McMahon
Strategic Engagement Manager
Prophet

Nicole Mosley
Principal
McClure Health Science High School

Keith Perkey
Vice President
Haskell

Sonali Rao
Project Manager
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Shana Scott
Compliance Director
Barnes Healthcare Services

Laura Stammer
Owner
Apollo Bookkeeping Service, LLC

Chris Thomas
Senior Development Director
American Heart Association

Afshan Ali (B)
Division Vice President
Jackson & Coker

Dr. Diane Allensworth (B)
Retired
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dr. Louis Battey Jr. (B)
Cardiologist
Piedmont Heart Institute

Jason Bernstein (B)
Partner
Barnes & Thornburg

Kate Bertram (E)
5th Grade Teacher
Commerce Middle School

Mike Callahan (B)
COO/CFO
Aprio, LLP

Randy Carroll (B)
Chairman
BIP Wealth

Kelly Combs (B)
Executive Director
Anthem, Inc.

Mike Elting (B)
Retired
Cushman & Wakefield

Chris Johnson (B)
Owner and Managing Director
Brightlane Partners, LLC.

Christi Kay (E)
Retired
HealthMPowers

Michael Neumeier (B)
CEO
Arketi Group

Alan Pogue (B)
Director of Operations
Emory University

Ashley Rouse (E)
Development Manager (PLG)
Captain Planet Foundation

Curtis Saueressig (B)
Senior Manager
KPMG LLP

Sonya Tinsley-Hook (B)
Emory University
Deloitte Services LP

Dr. Margaret Trent Harris (E)
Health Educator
Emory University

Heather Voight (B)
Sr. Vice President/College Sports
Circle Media, Inc.

Dr. Shannon Williams (E)
Realtor
Keller Williams

(B) Former Board Member   (E) Former Employee

Danielle Adamson
Programs Officer, Early Care
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Amalie Alvarez
Health Educator, Early Care
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Forrest Ann Anderson
Health Educator, Elementary
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Dianne Baker
Health Educator, Early Care
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Susan Balogh
Health Educator, Elementary
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Kristy Bond
Marketing Manager
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Joanna Breazeale
Health Educator
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Kendall Charlton
Virtual Learning Director
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Myeisha Coggins
Health Educator, Out of School Time
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Shelle Deal
Office & Human Resources Manager
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Raschell Downer
Project Director, Elementary
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Cathy Durand
Lead Health Educator, Early Care
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Natasha Ealey
Health Educator, Out of School Time
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Aimee Edwards
Health Educator, Elementary
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Lee Ann Else
Development Director
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Haley Emerson
Health Educator, Secondary
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Akilah Flowers
Health Educator, Out of School Time
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Susan Fochtmann
Accountant
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Megan Fulks
Lead Health Educator, Elementary
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Suzanne Glenn
Executive Program Director
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Dr. Dana Griffith
Executive Program Director
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Carmen Guadagno
Lead Health Educator, Secondary
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Sequoya Howard
Program Manager
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Kristina Hyland
Community Engagement Specialist
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Regina Jackson
Community Engagement Specialist
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Delilah Landrum
GEM Marketing Manager
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Crystal Lazarus
Controller
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Dasia McKinnon
Project Director, Out of School Time
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Adria Meyer
Project Director
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Barbara Miller
Project Director, Early Care
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Eryka Murray
Health Educator, Early Care
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Keisa Portress
Resource Manager
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Anaise Quirindongo
Program Analyst
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Heather Rice
Project Director, Community
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Kimberly Santijanna
Lead Health Educator, Early Care
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Caroline Schick
GEM Implementation Manager
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Danielle Scudder
Virtual Learning Assistant
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Dustin Sergent
Lead Community Engagement Specialist
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Chris Stewart
Executive Program Director
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Meggie Stewart
Health Educator, Out of School Time
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Keyanna Townsend
Health Educator, Secondary
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Alexis Upshaw
Health Educator, Elementary
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Crystal Wheatley
Grants Accountant
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