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Meet our Board

Finding Inspiration in Every Turn

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Board of Directors 

Janie Butts Reid was born and raised in Putnam County, Georgia, Janie Butts Reid is the mother of two daughters and a grandmother of four. 

In 2004, Janie was elected to serve a four-year term on the Putnam County Board of Commission, re-elected in 2008, and in 2012 serving a total of twelve years as a Putnam County Commissioner representing District 2; having achieved the rank of Certified County Commissioner. In 2017 Janie was elected to Eatonton City Council Ward 3 and just recently on November 2, 2021, was re-elected to serve another four-year term. Additionally, Janie is also the First Lady of the city of Eatonton (married to Mayor John Reid).

Geralyn Smith is Human Resources Consultant for Evolution Management, Inc. A company that specializes in management consulting services including organization development, strategic human resource management, staff training and development, and organizational change management.  Geralyn is also the Owner of Red Diamond Leadership Development, LLC.  A company that specializes Leadership Training, Facilitation and Coaching.  Ms. Smith is a Certified Professional in Human Resources with over 25 years of Human Resources experience to include Leadership Training and Development.  She is a John Maxwell Team Member and Korn Ferry Architect. As an HR Professional she provides leadership and consultation to company’s executive team and line managers on the people-related matters impacting the business.  She provides competency-based training, soft skills facilitation and other HR-related training to company leaders. Throughout her career, has held various leadership management positions with the responsibilities of employee development, training, managing employee relations, recruiting, internal investigations and project management.  Her strengths include excellent oral and written communication skills, comfort in meeting and talking to new people, and great organizational and development skills.

 

Ms. Smith obtained her bachelor’s Degree in Personnel/Industrial Relations from Norfolk State University, master’s Degree in General Administration from Central Michigan University and is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR).  Geralyn has held the role of Vice President of Diversity for the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) Atlanta, Vice President of membership for The National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR) and President of the local chapter of NAAAHR, where she was awarded the Exemplary Leadership Award.  She has served on several civic and non-profit boards of directors including The Breakthru House, Leadership DeKalb Emerging Leader Program and Youth Leadership DeKalb Advisory Board.  She is a graduate of the 2009 class of Leadership DeKalb and is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Michael Taylor .is the founding Site Director of CEO Atlanta, joining Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), the largest reentry employer in the United States in April 2021.  Before joining CEO, Michael was a Program Manager at Jobrise where his responsibilities included recruiting, relationship management with both public and private stakeholders, and business development focused on reentry employment.  Michael was also a Training Supervisor at WorkSource Atlanta earlier in his career. 
In addition, Michael currently serves in a volunteer capacity as Chairman of the Metro Atlanta Reentry Coalition (MARC), an organization comprised of a multi-jurisdictional body of members 
who contribute to reentry efforts in the metro Atlanta area.   
Michael is a graduate of Morehouse College, majoring in Political Science and a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.  Originally from Arkansas, Michael resides in 
Decatur, GA and enjoys developing young leaders and spending time with friends and family

Asher Levans is a Navy veteran and serves as the consolidated veteran’s representative with the Atlanta Career Center in Atlanta, Georgia. He has a passion for helping veterans with employment and connecting employers to candidates that align with their companies with a specialty in workshop presentations and career coaching. Asher has a radio broadcasting Diploma, an applied science degree from SAE, two years of Christian leadership study at Beulah Heights University, and a Business Administration Management degree from Strayer University.

 

In 2019, Mr. Levans and the Atlanta Career Center received a Veteran Incentive award for volunteer community efforts with nonprofit, Safehouse outreach collaborative effort with the church he attends that does a monthly feeding and ministry word to the veterans and the community.  In his free time, he enjoys assisting having communities with economic empowerment, digital recording, announcing and faith-based Christian text.

 

 

As United States Navy Veteran he serviced as Hospital Corpsman during the Operation Enduring Freedom campaign. With a balanced approach of assisting veteran-friendly employers, he helps bridge the language-translation difference to assist them in hiring their practices of veterans in the area.

 

Dr. Roderick Cunningham is the Founder and Executive Director of The Beverly Cunningham Outreach Program, Inc (BCOP). The BCOP was founded in 2010 after Roderick’s mother Beverly Cunningham Brown was shot point-blank in the head by her husband on October 27, 2009. Domestic Violence has had a strong hold on Roderick’s family dating back to his grandmother being shot at by her husband. Roderick has turned his pain into positive action by helping other victims, survivors, and our youth to once again embrace the normalcy of life through the Beverly Cunningham Outreach Program and its partners. The mission of the Beverly Cunningham Outreach Program is to provide individual and group counseling, advocacy, and rehabilitation services to survivors of domestic violence. The foundation also seeks to be an outlet for community youth who are at risk of becoming victims of violence, or substance abuse or who are impacted by health issues. The program has helped over 10,100 children, women, and families through its domestic violence programs, economic empowerment programs, and community outreach programs from 2010 – The current. Roderick has received numerous community service awards, resolutions, and proclamations from the DeKalb County Board of Commissioner and state representatives. Roderick was a member of the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence 2013-2017 Board of Directors, Strengthening Families and Communities Coalition of Atlanta, Ryan Cameron Foundation Teen Dating Violence Committee, PADV Teen Dating Summit Committee, Georgia Department of Labor-DeKalb/Rockdale Employer Committee, DeKalb County School District-Career, Technical And Agricultural Education Business Partner, DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Chamber of Commerce. The Beverly Cunningham Outreach Program is a 501(c)3 based in DeKalb County.

 

Before taking on the foundation, Roderick was in corporate security as a Project Manager where he ran the operations of Port Authority of New York & New Jersey for the Georgia Washington Bridge & PATH Trains, and was Account Manager for (4) facilities with J. P. Morgan Chase in New Jersey, (7) facilities for Citigroup in New Jersey, Telemundo in New Jersey, and CNBC News in New Jersey. These accounts range from 1.2 million to 2 million dollar budgets per year. Roderick has a beautiful daughter Journee’ Maria Cunningham Roderick believes that family is very important.

Joshua Williams brings six years of robust experience in workforce development, dedicated to linking talent with promising opportunities in career and business growth. His multifaceted expertise spans various domains, encompassing career counseling, strategic planning, program and project management, talent development programming, government relations, business development, policy development and implementation, among others.

Currently holding pivotal roles, Joshua serves as the Business Relations Specialist at Decide DeKalb Development Authority and as a Management Analyst at DeKalb County Government's WorkSource DeKalb division. Additionally, he actively contributes as a Member of the Board of Directors for the South DeKalb Business Association.

Beyond his contributions to workforce development, Joshua has cultivated a noteworthy presence in the entertainment sphere. He hosts the Let’s Talk About It street podcast and co-hosts the Speaking With Gravity podcast, focusing on mental health advocacy.

Driven by a profound commitment, Joshua endeavors to bridge the gap between individuals and opportunities, striving to enhance economic mobility and foster community empowerment. He is an alumnus of the University of South Carolina.

Sonja Baisden Shell is a dedicated Navy veteran whose professional journey encompasses a rich tapestry of service and commitment. Currently a valued member of the Farm Services Agency within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Sonja's career path has been marked by a steadfast dedication to assisting others.

Before joining the USDA, Sonja's career centered on Workforce Development, where she administered the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) at local Career Centers. Passionate about empowering individuals and recognizing the vital role of workforce and economic development, Sonja found her calling in this arena. Over a span of twelve years, she engaged with hundreds of individuals, providing invaluable career counseling, facilitating occupational training, assessing their need for supportive services, and aiding in job placement. Her most fulfilling moments arose when her clients achieved sustainable employment, fostering self-sufficiency.

Sonja's academic prowess underscores her dedication. She holds an MBA with a concentration in Human Resources, a bachelor's degree in Counseling and Human Services, and an associate's degree in Business Administration. A proud member of Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Sonja serves as the Second Vice-President, contributing actively to her community.

In her leisure time, Sonja indulges her passion for baking, owning AJ's Cupcake Cafe, and co-hosting the engaging podcast, "Why?BecauseWeSaidSo."

Residing in Conyers, GA, Sonja cherishes her family life, sharing her home with her husband Levert, her mother Dorothy Jackson, and her beloved dog Skittles, the true ruler of their household. Proudly, she is a guiding presence as the First Lady of Christian Faith Baptist Church (Detroit, MI). Additionally, she enjoys a close bond with her adult son, Raymond Jenkins, Jr.

Sonja's unwavering commitment to service, both professionally and personally, embodies her ethos of empowerment and compassion in every facet of her life.

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Valerie Myers

CEO

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Janie Reid

Board Chair

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Geralyn Smith

Board  Vice-Chair

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Michael Taylor

Board Member

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Asher Levans

Board Member

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Dr. Roderick Cunningham

Board Member

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Jerry Myers

Executive Director 

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Joshua Williams

Board Member

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Sonja Baisden Shell 

Board Member

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