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Grace Jackson

Executive Director at Year Up Greater Atlanta

Grace Jackson is a successful financial services business leader with a record of building and leading national and international credit delivery systems and winning teams.

In July 2018 Grace became Executive Director of the Year Up Greater Atlanta, which empowers young adults ages 18-24 to go from low income to professional careers in a single year. Atlanta currently serves over 400 young adults a year with a successful track record of over 90% positive outcomes.

Most recently, Grace served as the Chief Operating and Strategy Officer for Raymond James Bank where she headed loan and deposit operations, bank strategy, enterprise risk management, cybersecurity, and technology initiatives. She served as the point of contact for the banking regulators.

Previously, Grace spent seven years with SunTrust Bank, Private Wealth Management as Head of Credit Strategy where she increased and drove loan demand in 18 markets, achieving $1.9 billion in new loan production on an $8 billion loan portfolio. As the Credit Advisory Services Executive, she led seven credit teams with 130 professionals in managing $8.5 billion in assets.

Prior to SunTrust Bank, Grace had eight years of leadership roles at Wells Fargo Bank Wealth Management. As Wealth Management South Regional Managing Director, she integrated the merger and drove operational excellence in 12 markets. Prior to that she was a Senior Vice President, Wealth Management Credit Manager where she held the highest loan approval in the State at $75 million. She also served as a Vice President Corporate Banking Underwriter and a Human Resources Consultant.

Grace is an active participant in the Atlanta civic and charitable communities. She is an accomplished public speaker and has spoken in front of various civic, industry and charitable organizations.

A native of Chicago, Grace holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Comprehensive Marketing from Illinois State University, as well as a Master of Business Administration in finance from Katz Graduate School of Business from the University of Pittsburgh. During her time at the University of Pittsburgh, Grace as elected class president.

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Greater Atlanta Leadership Council

Barbara Alexander

Managing Attorney at Alexander Legal LLC

“There is no passion to be found playing small — in settling for a life that is less than you are capable of living.” — Nelson Mandela.

Barbara enjoys the practice of law so thoroughly that she is licensed in three states (so far): California (2002), Georgia (2010) and Nevada (2001). Her passion for intellectual property dates back to the mid-90s when she returned from living in Dublin, Ireland to work for a Boston-based venture capital firm, investing in life sciences and technology companies. Attending law school in Washington, D.C. at Washington College of Law, American University from 1998-2001, Barbara’s legal training focused on federal law – of which trademark, copyright, and patent are a significant part.

Since 2001, Barbara has practiced in the private, government, and non-profit sectors, always with the goal of improving the communities in which she lived. In January 2014, she opened her own intellectual property boutique firm, Alexander Legal LLC, located in Atlanta, GA. The firm’s clients vary in size from start-up to publicly traded company in a variety of industries.

In addition to currently serving as Co-Chair of the Leadership Council for Year Up Atlanta, Barbara serves as Vice President of the Leadership Committee for the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers.

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Cameron Butler

Governance and Controls Manager at TD Bank

Brandon Casteel

Vice President of Sales at Career Builder

Brandon Casteel is the Vice President of Sales for CareerBuilder. Brandon oversees a $50+ million overall team of sales managers and sales executives for CareerBuilder and has overall responsibility for all large enterprise clients and prospects in the Southeast U.S. He is based in the Atlanta, GA sales office for CareerBuilder. Prior to this, Brandon held the Sales Director (2009-2014) and Area Sales Manager (2008-2009) leadership positions in Atlanta with CareerBuilder as well.   Brandon started with CareerBuilder in August 2006 as a Major Account Executive based out of the Dallas, TX Enterprise Sales Office. Prior to joining CareerBuilder, Brandon spent nine years at Verizon Business/ MCI WorldCom, a global telecommunications company. During his tenure at Verizon Business, he served in various roles within the Global Accounts Sales Team. Brandon graduated from Texas A&M University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in International Marketing, and he recently earned his Executive M.B.A. at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School in May 2015. Brandon and his wife Claire are the proud parents of five children and have lived in Roswell, GA since July 2008.

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Marcel DeBary Gagnon

Chief Revenue Officer at TaSa Consulting LLC

Joshua Lewis

Senior Administrator at Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.
(Year Up Alumnus)

Philip Lewis

Principal at Fulcrum Equity Partners

Mr. Lewis is a Principal with Fulcrum Equity Partners, an Atlanta based growth equity fund with over $100 million under management. Prior to joining Fulcrum in 2007, Mr. Lewis was employed as an Investment Banking Analyst with A.G. Edwards & Sons in St. Louis. Mr. Lewis received a B.S. in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Accounting and a minor in Spanish from Washington University in St. Louis. While in college he worked for the Michelson Organization, a Real Estate Private Equity Fund that manages over $1 billion in assets.

Mr. Lewis currently serves on the Board of Directors of RivalHealth, MFG.com and ALS_Resolvion. Additionally, Mr. Lewis Chairs the steering committee of the NextWave Society at the Georgia Aquarium, is on the Board of Venture Atlanta, serves on the Technology Association of Georgia’s Corporate Development Society Board and is a member of the Leadership Council for non-profit Year Up Atlanta.

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Alecia Maclin

Director for Service Realization at AT&T

Alecia Maclin joined AT&T/Bellsouth in 1999 and has held various roles in Network Operations, Engineering and Technology Development. Her most recent role is a Director for Service Realization which helps ensure end to end processes are designed and tested to deliver an effortless customer experience and are operationally ready for launch.

Alecia completed her MBA at Mercer University and also holds a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University. Alecia is originally from Kansas City, Missouri, but currently lives in Tucker, Georgia with her two sons, ages 17 and 13. In her spare time, Alecia enjoys playing tennis, visiting amusement parks and traveling with her family.

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Jon Mayeske

Director of Brokerage Services at Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.

Joshua McAfee

Business Consultant

Rodney Sanders

Senior Vice President – Market Credit Executive at PNC Financial Services Group

Suzanne Schultz

Client Director at Daughtery Business Solutions

Suzanne has spent 20+ years in management consulting sales and delivery. She has experience across multiple industries – sports & entertainment, travel & transportation, hospitality, retail & telecommunications – and has worked across all areas of the enterprise including information technology, finance and accounting, human resources, and customer relationship management. From a civic standpoint, Suzanne has served as treasurer and president of the board of directors for the Community Center of South Decatur and education chair for Congregation Bet Haverim synagogue. Suzanne has been on the Year Up Atlanta Leadership Council since June 2013 and has served as mentor to five Year Up students. An Atlanta native, she enjoys spending time with family, sports, running, snow skiing, & travel.   Suzanne and her partner, Marti, have a 12-year old daughter, Sydney.

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Thomas P. Smith

Public Relations Consultant

Thomas Smith is a 20-year veteran of the public relations/communications industry. For the past decade, he has served as a senior account manager with A. Brown-Olmstead Associates, a full-service public relations agency based in Atlanta. Currently he is an independent public relations practitioner.

His areas of expertise include media relations; various aspects of writing, event planning and execution; network marketing; social media; communications strategy; crisis communications, and fundraising. He has worked in multiple industry sectors, including architecture, construction, financial services, healthcare, non-profit, retail, and technology.

He moved to Atlanta in the fall of 1999 and since that time has also worked at the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and Cohn & Wolfe Public Relations.

He has been an active volunteer in Atlanta, having supported organizations such as Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Kate’s Club, the Ron Clark Academy, Project GRAD Atlanta, and TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation.

He frequently attends meetings of the Atlanta Press Club, American Marketing Association’s Atlanta chapter, and Public Relations Society of America, Atlanta Chapter.

Smith is a Chicago native and graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Communications. He later received his master’s degree at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.

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Tyre Sperling

Global Diversity Communications Manager at The Coca-Cola Company

Tyre Sperling joined The Coca-Cola Company in May 2015 as Manager, Global Diversity Communications. In this role, Tyre is responsible for building and implementing a global diversity communications strategy that includes a legacy-and-future balance narrative to drive associate advocacy, connection with the Company’s brands, performance and engagement through the lens of diversity and inclusion. Prior to joining the Company, Tyre worked for United Parcel Service in Atlanta and led domestic PR efforts for the company’s industry segments, including high-tech/electronics, industrial manufacturing, retail, aerospace and automotive. Tyre has almost 10 years of communications experience and has worked for Duffey Communications, Edelman and the Florida Department of Health. Tyre has a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University. Originally from Los Angeles, Tyre resides in Atlanta, GA.

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Nicholas Terlonge

Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley

LeGaren Toomer

Senior Consultant at Deloitte

Lyn Wilson

Relocation Manager at ADT (Year Up Atlanta Alumna 2010)
(Year Up Atlanta Alumna 2010)

Relocation Manager at ADT (Year Up Atlanta Alumna 2010)

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Greater Atlanta Local Advisory Board

Lee Crump (Chair)

Chief Information Officer and Group Vice President at Rollins. Inc.

Lee W. Crump is the CIO and Group Vice President of Business Support for Rollins, Inc. Rollins, based in Atlanta, has annual revenues of over $1.5 billion and is the parent company of Orkin Pest Control, and other well-known pest control companies. Prior to joining Rollins in 2009 Crump spent ten years as the CIO of the largest and most profitable ServiceMaster subsidiary based in Memphis, TN.  In 2012 Crump was named Georgia CIO of the Year (Global Division) by the GeorgiaCIO Association.
In his current capacity, he manages a team of 150 professionals and is responsible for all Information Technology (IT) and Program Management (PMO).
Mr. Crump holds the PMP credential from the Project Management Institute and has a long track record of successfully delivering major systems implementations. He served as the Six Sigma Executive Deployment Champion in his previous role with ServiceMaster. He has spent over 35 years in IT, equally divided between IT Executive Management and Business Consulting.

Mr. Crump serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Year-Up Atlanta and CFY, Inc. He serves on the Advisory Boards of the GeorgiaCIO Association where he is Chair of Programs, and the Association of Telecommunications Professionals (ATP). He is a past Board Member of Georgia Junior Achievement and CHRIS Kids. He is a volunteer and mentor for Pathbuilders Achieva, as well as Year-Up Atlanta, where in 2013he received the Year-Up Urban Empowerment Award.

He is a member of American Mensa, the GeorgiaCIO Association, the Project Management Institute (PMI), the Technology Association of Georgia, (TAG), the Association of Telecommunications Professionals (ATP), and the Society of Information Managers (SIM).

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Archie Jones (Vice Chair)

Chief Financial Officer at NOWaccount

Archie Jones is CFO of NOW Corporation. NOW’s flagship solution, NOWaccount®, is a revenue accelerator and revolutionary new funding model designed to empower small businesses across the U.S.

Prior to joining NOW, Archie served as an officer of Kenexa Corporation (NASDAQ: KNXA) and its Vice President of Business Development since 2005. His efforts facilitated Kenexa’s industry-leading growth through over twenty M&A and partnership transactions in seven countries. In December of 2012, Kenexa was sold to IBM.

Prior to joining Kenexa, Archie spent his career in private equity. His private equity experience began with Merrill Lynch Capital/ Stonington Partners as a financial analyst and then as a founding member and Principal of Parthenon Capital in Boston. Archie served on the Board of Franco Apparel Corp. and served as its interim CFO. Archie also served on the Board of Kenexa Corporation of Wayne, PA helping chart its path to IPO.

Archie currently serves on the Board of AIT Worldwide Logistics, Inc., Year Up Atlanta, and the Taly Foundation.

He holds a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University and is a magna cum laude graduate of Morehouse College with a major in Accounting.

Archie resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and three sons.

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Brandon Casteel

Vice President of Sales at Career Builder

Brandon Casteel is the Vice President of Sales for CareerBuilder. Brandon oversees a $50+ million overall team of sales managers and sales executives for CareerBuilder and has overall responsibility for all large enterprise clients and prospects in the Southeast U.S. He is based in the Atlanta, GA sales office for CareerBuilder. Prior to this, Brandon held the Sales Director (2009-2014) and Area Sales Manager (2008-2009) leadership positions in Atlanta with CareerBuilder as well.   Brandon started with CareerBuilder in August 2006 as a Major Account Executive based out of the Dallas, TX Enterprise Sales Office. Prior to joining CareerBuilder, Brandon spent nine years at Verizon Business/ MCI WorldCom, a global telecommunications company. During his tenure at Verizon Business, he served in various roles within the Global Accounts Sales Team. Brandon graduated from Texas A&M University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in International Marketing, and he recently earned his Executive M.B.A. at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School in May 2015. Brandon and his wife Claire are the proud parents of five children and have lived in Roswell, GA since July 2008.

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Patti Austin

Regional Information Officer at Kaiser Permanente

Jackie Breiter

Partner and Chief Operating Officer at TaxConnex

Jackie Breiter drives the strategic direction and management for all aspects of technology relating to teaching, faculty research, students, and administration for the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.  She is a recognized leader that combines technological knowledge with strong strategy and communication skills. Her particular expertise is in aligning organizational objectives with real-world solutions and a “get it done” approach.

Prior to Goizueta, she served as vice president of global customer success for CA Technologies, vice president of technical services at PharMerica Inc, and started her career at AT&T.  Jackie earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from Emory University and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Florida State University.

She is involved in many charity and community organizations.  She helped start a non-profit, Macy’s Miracle Foundation, to raise money to fund research for a rare children’s disease. She is a member of several organizations including Year Up Atlanta Board Member and Women in Technology (WIT) Board Secretary.  In2012, Jackie was awarded WIT’s Women of the Year for small business; in 2013 she was a finalist for GCLA CIO of the Year for non-profit/public sector; and in 2014 received the Public Sector Impact Award from ATP.

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Fabiola Charles Stokes

Community Impact Manager at Google

Robert “Bruce” Clayton

Retired Senior Vice President, Genuine Parts Co.

Robert “Bruce” Clayton was born and raised in Sylva, North Carolina. He majored in Accounting at Western Carolina University in 1971. Served two years in the U.S.  Army including 15 months in Vietnam. He worked at Sears for 25 years holding important positions which included Internal Auditor, Audit Manager, Asst. Territory Payroll Manager, Territory Payroll Manger, National Payroll Manager, National Manager HR Administration/Payroll, National Manager of HR Administration and Benefits. Later he joined Genuine Parts Company (1996-2014) as Director of HR Administration, VP Administration and Risk Management, Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Genuine Parts Company is a fortune 225 Company with operations in U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and China and has around 37,000 employees.

Robert “Bruce” Clyton has served on the boards of:  Center for Family Resources, Cobb Community Foundation, Junior Achievement, Year Up, YWCA(Domestic Violence). He has also served on many nonprofit Capital Campaign Fund Raising committees and has mentored young professionals and young people.

Mr. Clayton retired in September 2014.

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Jelissa Lee

Senior Network Supervisor at Jackson Spalding
(Year Up Atlanta Alumna 2011)

Jelissa Lee is originally from Milwaukee, WI.  She graduated from Year Up Atlanta class 4, July 2011. Upon graduation she gained full time employment as Operations Service Center Team Lead with her internship QTS, where she spent 4 years.

Jelissa is currently employed in the IT field as a Service Desk Engineer Team Lead at iVision Inc. Jelissa is actively pursuing a career in IT management and engineering. She continues to pursue her passion of motivating and speaking with several non-profits to bring awareness, opportunity, and motivation to young women in the technology industry.

She attended and graduated from Georgia Military College with an Associates of Science degree in Information Technology.  She is currently enrolled at Georgia State University as a JR, completing her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems in Business. In her spare time she enjoys playing basketball, motivational speaking, video games, and spending time with family.

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Edwin Marcial

Retired, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Intercontinental Exchange

As Chief Technology Officer, Edwin Marcial led the technology success of Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) as it grew from a 6 person start-up to a $22 billion dollar market capitalization within 15 years. It was his technical vision and design of an Internet based commodity trading system that would evolve to become the ICE trading platform.  In 2005, ICE had one of the largest IPOs in Georgia history, and in 2013, ICE purchased the New York Stock Exchange to become the second largest operator of financial markets in the world. Mr. Marcial’s greatest achievement however is the creation of arguably one of the most talented and effective technology teams in the country. This team of over 350 developers and technologists designed and built every mission critical systemused to operate ICE markets, exchanges and clearing houses. The technology team has consistently innovatedand executed to facilitate the rapid growth of ICE. Today the ICE trading and clearing platforms are consideredamong the best in the financial markets industry.  Mr. Marcial earned a BS degree in Computer Science from the College of Engineering at the University of Florida.

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Erin McMillan

Assistant Vice President of Customer Operations at Cox Automotive

Stacey Ollinger

Philanthropist and Community Organizer

Mary Ulmer Jones

Senior Vice President & Associate, General Counsel at Bank of America

Christopher “Chris” Walters

Partner at Activate

Chris Walters, Chief Executive Officer of Encompass Digital Media, has extensive strategic and operating experience in the media industry.  Chris is responsible for day-to-day operations of Encompass on a worldwide basis.

Most recently, Chris served as the Chief Operating Officer of The Weather Company where he collaborated with the leadership team to successfully position the company for rapid growth including developing technology that enabled The Weather Company’s expansion across all platforms. Prior to The Weather Company, Chris served in leadership roles at Bloomberg, leaving as Chief Operating Officer of the Bloomberg Industry Verticals Group where he drove significant expansion of professional subscription services in multiple industry verticals via organic growth and acquisitions. Before Bloomberg, Chris was a partner at McKinsey & Company where he served clients in the media, information services and technology sectors.

Chris holds an MBA from The University of Chicago – Booth School of Management with a focus on Finance and Strategic Management and a BS in Business Administration from the University of Vermont.

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