Archive for the ‘Board Members’ category
Lisa White – Secretary
Lisa Larry White is a native of Bessemer, Alabama, and has resided in metro-Atlanta since 1996. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), receiving a B.A. in Mass Communications and Journalism with a minor in English. Over the course of her career, she has worked in various industries including healthcare, pharmaceutical, property management, and currently in tax and financial education. She currently works as the Office Manager for Protax Plus Financial Services, LLC, a full-service tax preparation and accounting firm, located in Stone Mountain, Georgia. She also serves as the Vice President of Operations for the firms’ satellite offices in Alabama, Virginia, and South Carolina. Lisa was recently promoted to EVP Platinum with myEcon, the Personal Financial Success Company, located in Snellville, Georgia.
Marion Quaye – Treasurer
Marion D. Quaye is a native of Winston-Salem, NC and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from East Carolina University in 1998 and Master of Business Administration from Meredith College in 2004. She currently works in the financial services industry and is responsible for the risk management oversight of a commercial real estate portfolio with over $1 billion in exposure.(LIHTC).
John Bowers – Board Chair
John is a native of Savannah, GA and graduated from Georgia Tech. He has spent the majority of his career in business development and sales leadership roles, and has spent the last several years in the BPO industry. He is part of the sales team for Salelytics, an outsourcing firm that specializes in inside sales and tele-sales services in B2B, CPG and
Steven Dowdley – Fundraising Chair
Steve is a seasoned healthcare executive with broad experience in management, regulatory affairs, quality assurance, business development and R&D. He currently serves as Global Director of Regulatory Affairs for a medical device firm, where is responsible for setting the strategic regulatory direction for the company and leading a global team of professionals who work with health authorities around the world. He also serves on several international industry boards, focused on proactively influencing healthcare policy and establishing industry guidance.
Desha Jason – Board Member
Desha Jason earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources Management from Florida State University as well as the Chartered Life Underwriter designation from The American College. Working as a leader in the insurance and financial services industry for more than two decades, her responsibilities have focused on hiring, training and developing employees within her organization.
Parris Smallwood – Board Member
Parris is originally from Wilson, NC and graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013 with degrees in Environmental Science and Spanish. He started his career with Deloitte Consulting in 2013, completed an MBA at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in 2018, and joined Atlanta-based, employee-owned SEI (Systems Evolution Incorporated) in 2020 as a business and technology strategy consultant.
Kenita Smith – President/CEO, Founder
Kenita Smith graduated from the American Intercontinental University of Buckhead with a B.B.A concentrating in Healthcare Management in 2007, and also obtained a M.B.A concentrating in Healthcare Management from the same University in 2008.
As founder and chief executive officer, her responsibilities encompass the overall leadership and development of the organization. In addition to her vocation, Mrs. Smith is a published author and stays actively involved in the local church as she serves as a leader for many church functions.