OUR PEOPLE

Some photos of our team

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Our President

Jennifer L. Owens

jennifer.owens@healthmpowers.org

Jennifer has been a long-time leader in Georgia’s nonprofit 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.

Jennifer 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. Jennifer 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, Jennifer 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).

She currently serves as the Councilwoman for District 2 in the City of Brookhaven.

Our Team

Danielle Adamson, M.S.Ed.

Project Director, Early Care and Education 
danielle.adamson@
healthmpowers.org

My superpower: Making people feel valued, worthy, and loved (because they so are)

What I wanted to be when I grew up: Marine Biologist, Film Maker, Journalist, Advertising Executive, and Thurgood Marshall

Dianne Baker

Health Educator, Early Care and Education
dianne.baker@
healthmpowers.org

My superpower: Kindness

What I wanted to be when I grew up: Artist and Writer

Tracy Ballot, CFRE

Development Director
tracy.ballot@
healthmpowers.org

My superpower: Sense of smell

What I wanted to be when I grew up: Astronaut

Susan Balogh, B.S.

Project Director, Elementary ​​
susan.balogh@
healthmpowers.org

My superpower: Dependable

What I wanted to be when I grew up: Flight Attendant

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Kristy Bond, MPA

Marketing Manager
kristy.bond@HealthMPowers.org

My superpower: Discernment

What I wanted to be when I grew up: Spy

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Almira Brand, MPH

Health Educator, Elementary
almira.brand@
healthmpowers.org

My superpower: Easy going, open to trying new things

What I wanted to be when I grew up: Paramedic or ER Doctor

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Joanna Breazeale, M.Ed.

Health Educator, Secondary
joanna.breazeale@
healthmpowers.org

My superpower: Thinking outside of the box

What I wanted to be when I grew up: Zookeeper

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Kendall Charlton, BSED

Technology Director ​​
kendall.charlton
@healthmpowers.org


My superpower: Pun Master

What I wanted to be when I grew up: Dolphin Trainer

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Myeisha Coggins

Health Educator, Out of School Time  
myeisha.coggins
@healthmpowers.org

My superpower: Visionary

What I wanted to be when I grew up: Serial Entrepreneur

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Shelle Deal

Operations Manager
shelle.deal@healthmpowers.org

My superpower: Amazing luck at getting the best parking spaces

What I wanted to be when I grew up: Ice Skater

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Keandra Diamond, MDP

GEM Implementation Manager
keandra.diamond@
healthmpowers.org

My superpower: Hypercompetence

What I wanted to be when I grew up: Psychologist and Professional Soccer Player

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Suzanne Doherty-Glenn, M.A.

Vice President of Programs ​​
suzanne.glenn@
healthmpowers.org

My superpower: Advocate

What I wanted to be when I grew up: Jane Goodall’s Sidekick

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Haley Erickson

Health Educator, Secondary
haley.erickson@
healthmpowers.org

My superpower: Energetic and passionate

What I wanted to be when I grew up: Soccer Player

Kristina Forbus, B.S., CHES

Health Educator, Out of School Time
kristina.forbus@
healthmpowers.org

My superpower: Empathy

What I wanted to be when I grew up: Marine Biologist

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Susan Fochtmann

Accountant ​​
susan.fochtmann@
healthmpowers.org

My superpower: Jack of all trades, master of none

What I wanted to be when I grew up: Olympic Gymnast

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Dana Griffith, Ed.D.

Executive Program Director
dana.griffith@
healthmpowers.org

My superpower: Resilience 

What I wanted to be when I grew up: Wonder Woman 

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Laurel Gunnells, RD, LD

Health Educator, Early Care and Education
laurel.gunnells@
healthmpowers.org

My superpower: Positivity 

What I wanted to be when I grew up: Kindergarten Teacher and Aerobics Instructor

Courtney Harrison

Courtney Harrison

Health Educator, Early Care and Education
courtney.harrison@
healthmpowers.org

My superpower: Thinking of clever things to say after the moment has passed

What I wanted to be when I grew up: Archeologist or Paleontologist

Sequoya Howard, B.S.

Program Manager
sequoya.howard@
healthmpowers.org

My superpower: Creativity and positivity 

What I wanted to be when I grew up: Physical Therapist and the first woman in the NBA

Delilah Landrum, B.S.

GEM Marketing Manager
delilah.landrum@
healthmpowers.org

My superpower: Patience and flexibility

What I wanted to be when I grew up: Pediatrician

Kacy Mautes, B.A.

Health Educator, Early Care and Education
kacy.mautes@
healthmpowers.org

My superpower: Positivity

What I wanted to be when I grew up: Pediatrician

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Dasia McKinnon, M.S.

Project Director, Out of School Time
dasia.mckinnon@
healthmpowers.org

My superpower: Craftswomanship

What I wanted to be when I grew up: Singer 

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Adria Meyer 

Project Director, GEM
adria.meyer@
healthmpowers.org

My superpower: Travel hacker

What I wanted to be when I grew up: Legislator

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Vicky Monasterolo, M.S.

Project Director, Secondary
victoria.monasterolo@
healthmpowers.org

My superpower: Networking ninja

What I wanted to be when I grew up: Professional Soccer Player

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Alyse Neal

Health Educator, K-12
alyse.neal@
healthmpowers.org

My superpower: Empath, adaptable, fiery

What I wanted to be when I grew up: Olympic Athlete

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Keisa Portress

Technology Specialist
keisa.portress@
healthmpowers.org

My superpower: “By any means necessary”

What I wanted to be when I grew up: Surgeon

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Anaise Quirindongo, MPH

Evaluation Manager ​​
anaise.quirindongo@
healthmpowers.org

My superpower: Empathy

What I wanted to be when I grew up: Cardiologist

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Heather Rice, CHES

Project Director
heather.rice@
healthmpowers.org

My superpower: Jack of all trades

What I wanted to be when I grew up: Teacher

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Alex Robinson

Health Educator, Elementary
alexandria.robinson@
healthmpowers.org

My superpower: Empathy and kindness

What I wanted to be when I grew up: Veterinarian

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Kimberly Santijanna

Lead Health Educator, Early Care and Education
kimberly.santijanna@
healthmpowers.org

My superpower: Flexible

What I wanted to be when I grew up: Police Officer or Teacher

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Danielle (Dan) Scudder, M.A.

Multimedia Designer
danielle.scudder@
healthmpowers.org

My superpower: Creativity

What I wanted to be when I grew up: Singer or Teacher

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Chris Stewart, M.A., CHES

Grant Administrator
chris.stewart@
healthmpowers.org

My superpower: Empathy and positivity

What I wanted to be when I grew up: Air Force

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Keyanna Townsend, CHES

Lead Health Educator, K-12 
keyanna.townsend@
healthmpowers.org

My superpower: Detail-oriented and action-taker

What I wanted to be when I grew up: Pharmacist or Lawyer

Caitlin Vaughn, B.S.

Health Educator, Elementary
caitlin.vaughn@
healthmpowers.org

My superpower: Passionate 

What I wanted to be when I grew up: Teacher

OUR
SUPPORTERS

HealthMPowers Board of Directors - FY2023

Board Chairman
Keith Perkey
Haskell
Vice President

Vice Chair
Kirk Diamond
Cushman & Wakefield
Executive Managing Director

Treasurer
Jasmine Hoffman
Emory University
Assistant Vice President, Internal
Communications

Corporate Secretary
Sonali Rao
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Amanda Adams
Citrin Cooperman
Partner

Marcus Foster
Emory Clinic
Director of Finance

Justin Grimsley
Chick-Fil-A
Principal Program Lead

Gerry Halphen
iVision
VP Customer Success

Laura Kurlander-Nagel
Johnson Kurlander Legal Group Partner

Crystal Lazarus
Goodwill of North Georgia
Senior Director of Planning & Strategy

Denys Lu
Emory University
Assistant Director, IT Audit

Nicole Mosley
McClure Health Science High School
Principal

Rohan Rajpurohit
Student

Yolanda Reid-Wheeler
Henry County Public Schools
Intervention Specialist

Shana Scott
American Heart Association
VP of Community Impact

Nafesa Walters Smith
UnitedHealth Group
Senior Director Clinical Consulting

HealthMPowers Advisory Council - FY2023

Our Funders

Former Board Members
Afshan Ali
Jackson & Coker
Division Vice President

Dr. Diane Allensworth
Retired

Dr. Louis Battey Jr.
Piedmont Heart Institute
Cardiologist

Jason Bernstein
Barnes & Thornburg

Mike Callahan
Aprio, LLP
COO/CFO

Kelly Combs
Anthem, Inc
Execution Director

Mike Elting
Retired

Andy Isakson
Isakson Living
President

Mary Johnson
SBBOS, LLC

Loreal LeGate
i3MKTG
Global Director

 

Mike Neumeier
Arketi Group
CEO

Curtis Saueressig
KPMG LLP

Jana Thomas
Humana
Vice President

Former Staff Members
Kate Bertram
Commerce Middle School
5th Grade Math Teacher

Christi Kay
Retired

Our Partners

We are incredibly lucky to collaborate with schools and communities across the
state. And we plan to go deeper into each community with a more holistic approach
to amplify our impact and accelerate change for Georgia’s children and youth.

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
The Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
BOOST
Bridge Investment Group Holdings LLC
Cornerstone Contracting Group
Facilitec
Georgia Department of Education

Georgia Department of Public Health
Georgia Health Initiative
Nemours National Office of Policy and Prevention 
United Healthcare
USDA
Georgia SNAP-Ed
Voices for Georgia’s Children