#WhyWednesday: Kim Youngpeter

“Together we create a much stronger community when those of us that have been very fortunate give back to those of us who haven’t.”

Kim Youngpeter is the Managing Director of Application Development for Rollins, Inc, and former co-chair of the United Way of Greater Atlanta Rollins, Inc. giving campaign. Today, hear why Kim works with United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Tocqueville Women United to give back to her community.

Tocqueville Women United is a transformative group of committed business and civic leaders who work to improve the lives of children under United Way’s Child Well-Being agenda. We have several different leadership societies and affinity groups working to make a difference in Greater Atlanta – find out how you can join here.

United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Tocqueville Society is a committed leadership group making a measurable and sustainable impact in Greater Atlanta through the connected efforts of their philanthropy. The Cabinet volunteers help uphold this value proposition while advancing the Child Well-Being Movement in our 13-county region.


Tocqueville Women United Chair
Daneen Durr
AT&T

Tocqueville Society Chair
Chris Peck
UPS (Retired)

Ivan Allen Circle Chair
Dan Reardon
North Highland Company

 

David Abee
Synovus

 

Lawrence Ashe
Parker Hudson Ranier & Dobbs

 

Shan Cooper
Atlanta Committee for Progress

 

Amy Corn
Marketing Executive

 

Karen Doolittle
Mercer

 

Kathy Dowling
AT&T (Retired)

 

Steve Evans
Macy’s (Retired)

 

Pat Falotico
Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership

 

Mary Ellen Garrett
The Garrett Group / Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
John Geraghty
SunTrust

 

Doug Gosden
Holland & Knight

 

Jeff Hammond
SVN

 

Tricia Holder
PMH Consulting Partners

 

Doug Hutcherson
Lockton Companies

 

Laura Mills
Grant Thornton

 

Angela Nagy
EY

 

Mike Orr
The Genuine Parts Company

 

Jimmy Palik
EY

 

Charles “Chuck” Palmer
Troutman Sanders

 

Mike Petrik
Alston & Bird LLP

 

Dave Polstra
Brightworth, Inc.

 

Robyn Roberts
RSR Consulting, Inc.

 

Amy Rudolph
Eversheds Sutherland

 

Sylvia Russell
AT&T (Retired)

 

Sidney Simms, Jr.
Eversheds Sutherland

 

Lyn Turknett
Turknett Leadership Group

 

 

For more information, please contact Tocqueville Society Director, Karin Von Kaenel at (404) 527-7227 or kvonkaenel@unitedwayatlanta.org.

Mary Ellen Garrett

Tocqueville Society Chair & Tocqueville Women United Member

“Could any force be more powerful than thousands of women philanthropists working hand-in-hand with nonprofits, neighborhoods, companies, schools, and other-who all share the same goal of a safe, stronger region?”

Count on Mary Ellen Garrett to ask that important question.

The 34-year Merrill Lynch veteran is no stranger to success. In addition to numerous internal accolades, she has received multiple years of recognition from Forbes as one of the nation’s top wealth advisors.

However, one thing that has always set Mary Ellen apart is her ability to leverage her own talents for the benefit of others. Many Atlanta-based nonprofits can attest to the value she has brought to their organizations: Mercy Care Foundation, Atlanta Catholic Archdiocese, Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, The Carter Center… just to name a few.

She is a trailblazer in every sense of the word, but especially at United Way.

Twenty years ago, Mary Ellen joined the Tocqueville Society at the recommendation of her colleague and mentor, Jere Goldsmith.

It didn’t take long before she decided she had an important role to play in uplifting other women, too. Mary Ellen was a guiding force in establishing Women’s Legacy (which is now called Women United), and later, Tocqueville Women United.

Shortly afterwards in 2004, Mary Ellen and her husband Scott became the very first household – which includes their son, Alex, and twin daughters, Anna and Patsy – to establish themselves as Legacy Leaders with a planned gift to United Way of Greater Atlanta.

Mary Ellen joined United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Board of Directors, and in 2012, she brought her talents to United Way Worldwide’s U.S.A. Board of Trustees.

Most recently, Mary Ellen became the chair of United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Tocqueville Society—the first woman to hold that position. As Chair, Mary Ellen represented our Tocqueville Society in Omaha, Nebraska, meeting with the family of Peter and Warren Buffet to open the doors for transformational giving.

It is an understatement to say that we are grateful for Mary Ellen Garrett’s decades of support – Atlanta is a better place because of her joy in philanthropy.

Kelly Janzen
Chief Accounting Officer, WestRock

Say hello to Kelly Janzen, Chief Accounting Officer for WestRock and a Tocqueville Women United Cabinet member who started her United Way journey in Houston.

“While I was living in Houston, a really good friend invited me to a few Tocqueville events, and I had a greater realization of the impact that United Way has on communities. Thus, I decided at that time to make a larger commitment and join the Tocqueville Society.”

Kelly started with WestRock in August 2017 from Baker Hughes, a GE company, based in Houston, Texas where she served as the Vice President, Controller, and Chief Accounting Officer.

“I’ve been involved with United Way for many years in various capacities, starting with campaign captain at my previous employers.”

Prior to Baker Hughes, she was with McDermott International, Inc. as Vice President, Finance and Chief Accounting Officer. She also had a successful career with General Electric, where she started as a global controller with GE Security and continued in controller leadership roles with GE Healthcare, an assignment with GE Corporate in Hong Kong, and GE Power & Water.

Kelly started her career as an auditor with Arthur Andersen LLP. She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Louisiana State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Kelly is also a member of the WellStar Health System Foundation Board, in addition to her service as a Tocqueville Women United Cabinet member.

“It was important to me when I moved to Atlanta to continue my involvement with such a great organization.”

#WhyWednesday: Robyn Roberts

“All of us use the village to raise our children.”

Hear Robyn Roberts, champion for children and our community, share why she’s working to improve child well-being as a member of Tocqueville Women United.

Tocqueville Women United is made up of committed business and civic leaders who take action to improve the lives of children in Greater Atlanta. They join together with our Cole Women United to serve our community and further the child well-being movement in our region. To learn more about joining Tocqueville Women United, click here.

Erika Ford Preval is a leading source for modern and approachable events in etiquette and lifestyle for youth and adults. As Founder of Charm Etiquette, she has delivered expert advice that has improved the social skills and enhanced both the personal and professional lives of guests – from Fortune 100 companies to scholar athletes attending top universities.

While the ideals of leadership, lifestyle, and proper etiquette are a major focus, Erika also strives to foster a sense of community by hosting curated small group events within partner restaurant locations throughout Atlanta. Known for making it “cool to be cordial” her teaching methods are anything but stuffy and rigid – they’re relevant, fun and memorable experiences. After attending Charm events, guests are confident in navigating among any group of people – whether attending a State Dinner at the White House or a casual dinner at Waffle House.

Erika also shares her modern spin on manners through her blog, Erika Preval: simply put and as a contributing writer for Southern Living. She has become a credible “go-to” resource for national media and highly regarded resources like Zagat, the Chicago Tribune and CNN. Her local press features include the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, StyleBlueprint, The Atlantan and Atlanta Magazine. Founded in 2013, Charm Etiquette was named Best Classes and Workshops by Best Self Magazine and Erika has been recognized with honors from numerous organizations, including Georgia Tech University’s Women Out Front. 

Erika holds a degree in Economics and International Relations from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, and Certification in Japanese Language and Culture from Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan. 

A long-time supporter of the United Way of Greater Atlanta, she serves as a member of the Cole Women United Cabinet as well as its Board of Directors. She is also a Summer 2014 United Way VIP Alumni. Coincidentally, her daughter served on the inaugural Youth United Board. 

Her passion for youth and community is evidenced by years of continued service and philanthropy in Atlanta. Erika is a Lifetime Member and serves on the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta. She is also a member of the Junior League of Atlanta and Atlanta Woman’s Club. In the same year that Charm Etiquette was launched, Erika provided ideation and initial funding to Spelman College for what would grow to become the Spelpreneur program – fostering entrepreneurship and innovation amongst its students.

Erika resides in Atlanta with her husband, John, and two teenage daughters.

#WhyWednesday: Katina Asbell

For Katina Asbell, local real estate broker and member of United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Tocqueville Women United, giving back is all about family. When it comes to serving the community, each member of her family has a different focus – and they can all find ways to plug into their passion with United Way.

Today, hear Katina share the causes her family cares about, and why United Way works for them.

How do you plug into your community? Whether you’re an advocate for children, are interested in ending hunger in Greater Atlanta, are passionate about improving access to quality education or love volunteering your time in whatever way your community needs you – United Way of Greater Atlanta has plenty of ways to pursue your passion.

Tricia Holder is currently a United Way of Greater Atlanta Tocqueville Society Cabinet member. She serves on the Growth Committee and the Host Committee for Women’s Leadership Breakfast. Her other nonprofit involvement includes her role as President of the Atlanta Women’s Network.

Tricia has over 22 years of management and business development experience and over 12 years of human resource consulting experience, providing solutions to clients across the country. As a Managing Partner with Media Technology Associates, she handled national accounts including Turner Broadcasting, HDTV, COX, Discovery Channel, etc. She developed and implemented marketing plans to continuously keep clients and prospects informed of industry changes and services that met their evolving needs. Tricia has also provided business development services for MI Holdings, Inc. for the past 15 years. 

An Atlanta native, she attended Marist High School and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University.  She has two kids and lives with her husband in Atlanta.