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Greg Cole
Executive Director

Greg has spent over 20 years thinking about the intersection of faith and money. As a church pastor and stewardship consultant, and then as a nonprofit resource development professional, he has worked to help people to connect the way that they use their material resources with their values and faith commitments.

While working for Habitat for Humanity, Greg developed a strong interest in community development, particularly as it pertains to poverty reduction, and is thrilled to work at an organization that's dedicated to making measurable, systemic change that results in transformed lives.

Greg is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). His recreational passions include running marathons, NASCAR, SEC football (go Dawgs), the New York Yankees, and country music. Email Greg.

 
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Melissa R. Brogdon
Director of Development and Communications

Melissa is passionate about connecting people and organizations with the resources they need and has used her ‘matchmaking’ skills for the last 10 years as a relationship manager, researcher, and fundraiser.

A California native, Melissa first fell in love with Atlanta as a student at Spelman College where she earned her B.A. in English. She also earned her M.S.Ed. while investigating the intersection of education, culture, and society at the University of Pennsylvania. Melissa is curious about social entrepreneurship, social media fundraising strategy, and developing the potential of young people.

Melissa is a serial volunteer and dedicates herself to causes that positively impact the lives of women and children. Melissa enjoys a good laugh, breakfast, and spending time with her husband Gino and their furbaby Bleu. Email Melissa.

 
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Ann Fowler
Director of Education Services

Originally from New York, Ann came to Atlanta to attend Emory University, where she received a B.A. in art history. She studied art and French culture at Paris-Sorbonne University and earned her M.A.Ed. from the University of Georgia. Ann taught sixth-12th grade art in the Social Circle City Schools and was awarded School System Teacher of the Year and High School Teacher of the Year. As a Hands on Atlanta volunteer, she tutored reading to Mary Lin Elementary School students. Ann was the art and after school director at Emmaus House several years ago, and she is excited about serving in the Peoplestown community again. In her free time, Ann enjoys biking, hiking, painting, and traveling with her husband, Joel. Email Ann.

 
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Adam Seeley
Director of Social Services

A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Adam Seeley first came to Atlanta as a yearlong volunteer through the Presbyterian Church (USA) Young Adult Volunteer Program and DOOR Network working at Central Outreach and Advocacy Center (OAC). During those programs, he served as an outreach advocate for homeless individuals and families in the metro Atlanta area located at Central Presbyterian Church. After his year of service was over, Adam became the assistant director of outreach services at the OAC and served there for over five years.

In 2013, Adam was hired as the chief operating officer of the Gateway Center, a homeless service center and transitional housing facility with almost 300 beds, located in downtown Atlanta. In 2015, Adam came aboard Emmaus House to serve as the director of social services at the Lokey Help Center, where he enjoys working with a small and dedicated group of staff and volunteers to assist the residents of the Peoplestown neighborhood.

Aside from his time working at several Atlanta agencies, Adam has also enjoyed volunteering as a wrestling coach, a board member for the DOOR Network, and a board member and weekly volunteer for the Central Night Shelter. Email Adam.

 
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Kenya A. Thompson
Director of Leadership Development

Kenya Thompson grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is a graduate of Howard University (B.S.), American University (M.Ed.), and Emory University, Candler School of Theology (M.Div.). Passionate about ensuring that all students have equal opportunities in education, Kenya has worked in the Indianapolis and Washington D.C public school systems to establish charter schools and as a guidance counselor for over 18 years. Additionally, Kenya lived in China for two years training guidance counselors and helping students navigate the western university admissions process.

In 2017, Kenya joined the Emmaus House staff as the director of leadership development and directs The Road Episcopal Service Corps and works with the Youth of on the Move program. Kenya is also a candidate for ordination in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. Kenya’s career has been driven by her commitment to helping youth and young adults recognize their gifts and talents and, in doing so, realize their full potential.

In her spare time, Kenya enjoys riding her bike, cooking, watching the Indianapolis Colts, and traveling. Email Kenya.

 
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Beverly Banks-Greene
Office and Facilities Manager

An Atlanta native, Beverly is a proud graduate of Spelman College (B.A.), earned a master’s in mass communications from the University of Georgia.

Beverly, who joined the Emmaus House staff in 2009, keeps things running smoothly and efficiently by managing the office, building, and grounds.

When not working at Emmaus House, she can be found at her son’s soccer game or swim meet, or painting with acrylics or watercolor. Email Beverly.

 
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Tavon Betts
Family Engagement Manager

Tavon, originally from Baltimore, Maryland, is passionate about fostering relationships with children and families, teaching social and emotional learning, serving as a mentor, forging communities, and advocating for the needs of families and children. He believes that to reach the child, he must also reach the parent.

His past experiences have included working for the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth Summer Programs, where he rose quickly through the ranks from resident assistant (RA) and senior RA to eventually serving as the dean of resident life for a 200+ student program. Other experiences include working with WINGS Atlanta, an AmeriCorps-funded after-school program with a mission to help scholars manage their behaviors, make positive choices, and build healthy and lasting relationships.

Tavon received his B.A. in English at the Headquarters for Black Male Excellence at Morehouse College. Email Tavon.

 
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Helen Bohanna
Lokey Help Center Coordinator

A native of West Virginia, Helen Bohanna moved to Atlanta in 2009 and obtained her bachelor’s degree in business in 2011 from the American InterContinental University–Dunwoody Campus.

In 2013, during Helen’s brief stay in the Peoplestown neighborhood, she came across the Lokey Help Center as a resource for job searching. While doing her own search, clients mistook her for a staff member and asked her for assistance. This inspired her to volunteer at the Lokey Help Center.

In January 2015, Helen’s dedication paid off when she was hired as a part-time coordinator at the Lokey Help Center, where she assists the director and the case manager to serve clients compassionately and efficiently.

In her free time, Helen likes to cover sports, travel, act as a marketing professional for her network of colleagues, go to church, spend time with family, and just live life. Email Helen.

 
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Charlotte Cameron
Programs Manager

Charlotte brings to Emmaus House over 35 years of experience in arts programming, project management, and administration.  

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Charlotte moved to Atlanta to do post-graduate work at Georgia Institute of Technology after receiving her B.F.A. from Kent State University. She majored in arts and crafts and minored in African-American studies. Before graduating, she interned with master artist Edward Parker at the Twinsburg Community Center. While in high school, she attended the Cleveland Supplementary Center for afterschool and weekend programs. These experiences began her passion for community arts work.

Charlotte has been married 30 years to Darrell Cameron, formerly the coordinator for the Emmaus House Seniors Program. Since moving to Atlanta, Charlotte’s parents, oldest brother, and younger sister have also moved to Atlanta and volunteer at Emmaus House from time to time. Email Charlotte.

 
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Tanisha Corporal
Case Manager

Tanisha has a history of dedicated work in the education, human services, and nonprofit fields, and she specializes in coaching, counseling, and educating individuals through life’s transitions. For more than a decade, she has coordinated programs that have enriched the lives of individuals and families throughout metropolitan Atlanta.

Born and raised in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, Tanisha holds a B.S. in psychology with a minor concentration in sociology from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and has completed graduate coursework in social work at Valdosta State University. She is a graduate of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta’s Neighborhood Leadership Institute and the Center for Black Women’s Wellness Micro Enterprise Program. Email Tanisha.

 
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Rakia Reeves
Program Manager, Youth on the Move

Rakia was born and raised in the Peoplestown neighborhood. She has a passion for and dedication toward youth development and empowerment. Growing up, Rakia was involved in many of Emmaus House’s youth programming and volunteer opportunities, including Summer’s Away, Camp Mikel, and Christmas holiday programs.

A true Peoplestown community advocate, Rakia has harnessed her talents and passion around youth work and development through her involvement with several neighborhood associations and organizations such as Atlanta Workforce and Development, Camp Best Friends, and Moving in the Spirit.

Rakia earned a B.S. in sociology from Savannah State University. While studying at Savannah State, Rakia’s life passion for dance and music shined through her role as an auxiliary dancer. In her spare time, Rakia loves to spend time with her daughter making crafts and jewelry. Email Rakia.

 
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Herman Shackleford
Buildings and Grounds Coordinator

Shack grew up in Peoplestown and attended youth programs at Emmaus House. He has been on staff for over 20 years. His areas of responsibility include landscaping, cleaning, assigning work to and supervising the work of community service workers, driving, and assisting with setup for meetings. In his spare time, Shack enjoys gardening, fishing, and traveling.