Stephanie graduated from VIP program in 1999, served on AAP Cabinet for past four years

By Bradley Roberts

When Stephanie Gloster moved to Atlanta in 1998 from Virginia, she knew that she wanted to get involved in community work in some way.

She was familiar with United Way —she was introduced to the organization at her previous company— but she wanted to find a way to serve in other ways outside of her donation.

“That was when I found out about the VIP program,” Stephanie says.

United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Volunteer Involvement Program has helped transform volunteers into community leaders for the past 25 years.

This is a program that raises a diverse group of community leaders to serve on boards of nonprofit organizations and in leadership positions in the Greater Atlanta area.

“It gave me that connection with United Way, and I liked the fact that it would train you for board service — that training has paid off over the years for me,” she says.

Stephanie went through workshops on fundraising, strategic planning, marketing and financial and legal decision making.

“Since then, I served on different boards,” Stephanie said. “I was on the board for transitional housing and homelessness, I have served as the director of technology for National Black MBA, Back on My Feet Atlanta, American Cancer Society Cobb and I’m currently on the Science, Engineering and Mathematics Link board.”

She is also on the Duke University Engineering Alumni Council and the Duke Alumni Association in Atlanta, Stephanie says.

“I had some times when I was serving on two or three boards at the same time,” she said with a laugh.

After serving on multiple nonprofit boards, Stephanie said she became heavily involved in United Way of Greater Atlanta.

“I got an email from [Senior Director of the VIP Program] Janice [Robinson] that she had sent out to VIP graduates talking about the [African American Partnership] and asking us if anyone was interested in serving on the Cabinet, and I sent in my application,” Stephanie said.

Stephanie was a graduate of the program in 1999. She was “very eager” to serve on a board, Robinson said.

“My goal is to make sure that all alumni have an opportunity to serve, so I always share with them open board opportunities,” Robinson said.
Robinson said she has helped Stephanie develop board connections and United Way opportunities since she graduated through the program.

“VIP trains community leaders like Stephanie to be effective board members,” Robinson said. “By doing so, community organizations become stronger and more effective.”

Stephanie was selected to serve on the AAP Cabinet. She has served as the membership committee chair and vice chair of the AAP affinity group. She’s currently wrapping up her term as chair, she says.

United Way of Greater Atlanta’s African-American Partnership was formed in 2000 after Dr. Johnnetta Cole saw there wasn’t enough leadership positions for African-Americans in Greater Atlanta.

Since its formation, AAP has garnered more than 1,000 members and raised more than $2.2 million annually for United Way.

AAP’s signature cause is powering the potential of African-American boys and young men toward academic achievement.

AAP Director Bryan Vinson said Stephanie “leads by example.”

“She sets the pace for the Cabinet with her unwavering commitment to community, leveraging networks to expand resources and drive toward innovation and increased efficiency,” Vinson said. “During Stephanie’s four years on the AAP Cabinet — two years as chair— our brand and presence in the community has grown exponentially.”

Stephanie said since she’s been on the Cabinet she’s seen the group expand to include more corporate sponsors, they have equipped six schools with after school-type activities they call, “Build a Library,” they hosted different youth mentoring events and have seen the annual Leadership Luncheon grow exponentially.

“Our largest fundraiser is the luncheon, and the first year we did it we had about 100 people in attendance,” Stephanie said. “We have more than 1,300 that attended the last one.”

Stephanie said AAP is a group that is important to her “because [AAP is] focusing on a segment of people that are often overlooked.” She has enjoyed interacting with the students over the years.

Stephanie was recently recognized for her service to the community with the Women of Excellence award from the Atlanta Tribune. She credits her time at AAP for helping her come out of her shell. It has helped her grow into her leadership roles as she’s taken on new career paths.

“Indirectly, AAP helped build my leadership skills and helped me with public speaking and community engagement,” she says. “I’ve met wonderful people and built lifelong friendships. I’m looking forward to attending different events after my time as Chair ends.”

We are always happy to share the great news of Alumni Placements with the community.

 

Belinda Walker
2009 VIP Graduate

Belinda recently joined the United Way of Greater Atlanta Gwinnett County Advisory Board. Belinda also serves as First Vice President of Programs for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. – Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter.

 

 

 

Ketiwe Zipperer
Summer 2018 VIP Graduate

Ketiwe is a Manager with Deloitte Consulting. She recently joined the board of DeKalb County CASA. DeKalb County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) train and support CASA volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children in foster care.

 

 

 

Jaselyn Williams
Fall 2018 VIP Graduate

Jaselyn is the Senior HR Business Partner with Digital Realty. Jaselyn is quickly putting her VIP knowledge to use after recently joining the board of Live Healthy and Thrive Youth Foundation. Their mission is to educate, activate, motivate, and empower youth in the areas of academic achievement, health, fitness, nutrition and total wellness.

 

 

Joy Dyess
Fall 2017 VIP Graduate

Joy is Vice President, Director of Special Projects with BankSouth Mortgage and Vice President-Elect, Advocacy & Initiatives Council with the Junior League of Atlanta. Joy recently joined the United Way of Greater Atlanta Cobb County Advisory Board where she will work create a thriving community in Cobb County.

#WhyWednesday: Evonna Christmon

“You never know who you will be a light to.”

Evonna Christmon, United Way VIP graduate and Executive Director of Blossoming Brown Girls, believes that as human beings, we are all responsible for taking care of each other.

 

How will you take care of your community? If you’re ready to step up into nonprofit board service, consider United Way of Greater Atlanta Volunteer Involvement Program (VIP). To apply for VIP board training, click here.

Board Members Needed

It’s time to put your VIP skills to work! Engage with one of these excellent organizations working to create a thriving community in Greater Atlanta.

To find out more about these opportunities, contact vip@unitedwayatlanta.org.

#WhyWednesday: Khadijah Ameen

Why is Khadijah Ameen involved in her community? Because representation matters. Today, hear how this United Way VIP grad and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Presidential Management Fellow takes action for Atlanta’s underrepresented communities.

Are you ready to be an advocate for your community? United Way VIP board training can help you bring your community service skills to the next level. Applications are now open for the spring 2019 VIP session!

Congratulations to the graduates of our 2018 Fall VIP Training Program!

We look forward to hearing about your future successes in board appointments.

Interested in finding out more about VIP and board training? Check out the Volunteer Involvement Program.

 

Monday Session

 

Khadijah Ameen
Presidential Management Fellow
Center for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Kelli Anderson
Independent Travel Consultant

 

Takiia Anderson
President
The Frugal Biddy

 

Christen Baskerville
Diversity and Inclusion Campus Recruiter
Deloitte Consulting

 

Brandon Beal
Associate Marketing Manager
InComm

 

Janene Browder
Attorney, Medicaid Legal Services
Georgia Department of Community Health

 

Elissa Checov
Manager, Suwanee Branch
Gwinnett County Public Library

 

Evonna Christmon
Founder/Executive Director
Blossoming Brown Girls

Garvey Cills
Finance Manager
TJX

 

Jennifer Barbosa Clegg
Benefits Consultants
Inova Benefits, LLC

 

James Cooper
Unit Manager
Waffle House

 

Shavontana Davis
Founder/Executive Director
The Starr Institute

 

TK Diallo
Managing Director
Cargossimo/Raxland

 

Nicole Dove
Director, Business Security Officer
ADP

 

Joann Eastman
President
Loving Hearts of Atlanta Inc.

 

Kevin Harris
CEO
Harris Enterprise International

 

Crystal McCorkle
Client Services Specialist
TSYS

Tamira Moon
Founder/President
To the Mooon and Back Foundation

 

Denece Robinson
LPN
Legacy Healthcare Center

 

Sabrina F. Salters
Director of Transportation & ADC
Goodwill of North Georgia

 

Victor Tate
Senior Pastor
First Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church

 

Antoinette Tuff
Professional Speaker
Antoinette Tuff LLC

 

Tieashia Velasco
Executive Director
Impact Community Consluting

 

Jaselyn Willams
Senior HR Business Partner
Digital Realty

 

Tameka Winchester
Managing Director
Harvard Group International

 

Sharon Williams
CEO
SWB Consulting Group

 

 

Wednesday Session

 

Shirley Askew
Professional Development Consultant
Lilma Implementation Partners

 

Sabrina Clark
IT Corporate Recruiter
CS Resources

 

Alan Fountain
Senior Human Resources Specialist – Compensation
Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta

 

Corey Glaze
Assistant Property Manager
BH Management

 

Aqila Hamilton
Assistant Marketing Manager
SunTrust Bank

 

Mamie Harper
Founder
Carrie’s Closet

 

Nicole Jones
Director of Project Management
Heritage Werks

Phoebe McCants
Financial Reporting Supervisor
LL Global, Inc.

 

Carlette Margerum
Retired

 

Neha Negandhi
Host, Talk Show
Seen from the Inside

 

Dishil Patel
Analyst II, Wealth Strategy and Planning
PNC Wealth Management

 

Michael Peterson
Finance Manager
UPS

 

Cameron Randle
Business Development Director
LA Enterprise Security Services

Gerry Richardson
Program Director
CaringWorks, Inc.-Hope House

 

Miles Schmidt
Client Advisor
Sterling Seacrest Partners

 

Stefanie Small
Community Engagement Manager
Future Foundation

 

Maurice Stewart
VP of Business Development
Diamond Ventures

 

Catherine Warren
Economic Empowerment Coordinator
Latin American Association

 

Milton Wilkes
Perfusionist
Piedmont Healthcare

#WhyWednesday: Stefanie Small

Meet Stefanie Small, Community Engagement Manager at the Future Foundation in East Point, and a graduate of the Fall 2018 VIP class! Why does Stefanie step up to help her community? Today, hear her share her why.

We all have something to give – whether it’s time, talent or financial resources. However you give back to Greater Atlanta, we want to hear the why behind it. Share your story with United Way!

New Year’s Resolutions for a Thriving Community

Starting off 2018 with big goals to give, advocate and volunteer — but don’t know where to start? It’s a new year, and there are new ways to get involved, give back to Greater Atlanta and deepen your connections with your community.

 

Know the child well-being score for your zip code

As Ida B. Wells said, “The people must know before they can act.” At our State of the Children press conference in March 2017, as we announced the launch of the new Child Well-Being Index, WABE’s Rose Scott quoted Ida B. Wells as a reminder that to improve the well-being of our community, first we have to know the data.

What are the obstacles that keep Greater Atlanta’s children from thriving? With its 14 measures of child, family and community well-being, the Child Well-Being Index gives us insight into where our community stands presently — and how we can improve its future. And here’s the coolest part: Our interactive Child Well-Being Map makes it easy to get informed on the issues facing the communities where you live, work and play! Just enter your zip code to see how children are doing in your region.

 

Download the VolunHere app

Did you know that United Way of Greater Atlanta has a new mobile app? We’re making it easier than ever to volunteer when, where and how you want! So, download the VolunHere app to identify local volunteer opportunities and put your time and talent to work for your community. And, as always, you can also stay up-to-date on the latest volunteer opportunities via our website, or by following us on Facebook.

 

Join the Westside Volunteer Corps

In 2017, we partnered with the Westside Future Fund​ to launch the Westside Volunteer Corps — uniting residents, community members and business leaders who are committed to investing in the future of the historic neighborhoods on Atlanta’s Westside. Want to help revitalize the Westside? Become a member of the Westside Volunteer Corps to give your time on an ongoing basis, or you sign up for a one-time volunteer event like the upcoming Westside Volunteer Corps MLK Day of Service.

 

Become a community VIP

Did you know that United Way of Greater Atlanta’s nonprofit board training initiative, the Volunteer Involvement Program (VIP), has equipped more than 2,200 diverse volunteers to become effective board leaders? VIP participants build leadership skills throughout a 10-week, 40-hour training program that includes workshops on fundraising, strategic planning, marketing and financial and legal decision making. Applications are currently being accepted for United Way VIP’s spring 2018 training session!

 

Join a group

United Way of Greater Atlanta’s engagement groups and leadership giving societies allow you to make a positive impact on our region while also building your personal and professional networks. These caring communities of donors and volunteers drive sustainable improvements in the well-being of children, families and individuals in the 13 counties of Greater Atlanta. Learn more about joining a United Way group.

 

Share your why

What’s your “why”? What drives you to give, advocate and volunteer for the good of Greater Atlanta? Whatever it is — that’s your “why.” And we want to hear it! You can share your story with us online, or keep your eye out for our Share Your Why booth at upcoming United Way of Greater Atlanta events. In the meantime, check out Share Your Why videos from like-minded donors, advocates and volunteers to get inspired!