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KATHY COLBENSON, LMFT, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Kathy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 40 years of experience. She has been the Chief Executive Officer of CHRIS 180 since 1987. Under her leadership, CHRIS 180 has grown to include eight group homes, a permanent supportive housing program, a counseling center, a comprehensive community program designed to strengthen families, a drop-in center for homeless youth and young adults, an adoption program, a homeless outreach and community housing program, the At-Promise Center in partnership with the Atlanta Police Foundation and a training institute – all of which focus on behavioral health, recovering from the impact of childhood trauma, and helping people develop the skills necessary for self-sufficiency.

 

Over the years, Kathy has provided consistent leadership through innovation and initiatives that break down barriers and result in outreach and help for underserved, invisible populations.  New programs include the opening the Southeast’s first program for homeless youth that targeted outreach to LGBTQ youth in January 2000, creating the first supportive housing program in the state for homeless youth and youth aging out of foster care in 2010, creating new trauma-informed models for service delivery and adoption, and many other positive changes in services for children and families throughout the state.

 

In 2003, Kathy was humbled to receive the Dan Bradley Humanitarian Award from the Human Rights Campaign; in 2010 Kathy was recognized with the Evelyn Ullman Innovative Leadership Award; and in 2013, Kathy was honored to receive the Turknett Leadership Character Award. CHRIS 180 programs, services, and staff have been recognized for expertise and leadership in trauma-informed care.  Recent recognitions include the TeleHealth Facility of the Year Award from the Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth for the CHRIS Counseling Center, and our Keeping Families Together Program received the National Innovation and Excellence Program Award from the National Center for Excellence and Innovation. Additionally, CHRIS 180 is the two-time winner of the Managing for Excellence Award (1998 & 2011) from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. In 2019, Kathy was honored as one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Most Admired CEO’s. In 2020, Kathy was named to the Atlanta 500 and as one of Atlanta Magazine’s Women Making a Mark. In 2021, she was once again named to the Atlanta 500 list. Kathy is married, has two daughters, three dogs, three cats and enjoys hiking, gardening, traveling, and photography.

DR. ANNE CORNELL, PHD, LPC, CHIEF CLINICAL OFFICER

Dr. Anne Cornell joined CHRIS 180 as the Chief Clinical Officer in September 2021After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she began her professional career as a houseparent in a residential shelter for boys. where she still has family.  She has a doctoral degree in clinical psychology and is a licensed professional counselor with over thirty years’ experience providing a variety of behavioral health, wraparound and residential services to children, adolescents, and families across the country.  She has provided clinical services in residential and community-based programs in North Carolina, New Mexico, Arizona, Maryland and the District of Columbia.  Dr. Cornell is responsible for oversight of CHRIS 180  counseling centers, our contract with the Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, our school-based mental health counseling services and our integrated health clinicDrCornell has developed several behavioral health programs from conception and has extensive training in trauma-informed care and clinical supervision. She has a commitment for serving people in the least restrictive environment keeping families in their home communities.  Dr. Cornell, a native of North Carolina,  loves the sun, baking and college basketball.   

NILDA DIAZ, MBA CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Nilda Diaz joined the CHRIS 180 team in 2022 as our Chief Financial Officer. With more than 20 years of nonprofit financial experience, Diaz has successfully led financial teams in the nonprofit, social and human services sectors.

At CHRIS 180, Diaz is responsible for providing strategic oversight to the Finance, Facilities, Information Technology and Billing Departments. A results-oriented leader, she most recently served as the Chief Financial Officer at Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York where she developed and implemented new strategies that helped the organization grow and become more sustainable.

Diaz started her finance career as an Accounts Payable Clerk at a healthcare union, and quickly moved up the ranks to Assistant Controller. She then became the Associate Chief Financial Officer at the Institute for Community Living, and Controller of Budget and Contracts at The Jewish Board.

Diaz earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the College of Staten Island and received  her MBA from the University of Phoenix.

CHAUNDRA LUCKETT, CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

Chaundra joined CHRIS 180 in 2018 as our Director of Marketing and Communications, before being promoted to Chief Marketing Officer in 2020.  With more than 15 years of extensive experience in journalism, marketing, communications and nonprofit public relations, Chaundra uses her unique abilities as a storyteller to leverage CHRIS 180’s brand throughout Atlanta. Chaundra holds a BA in Mass Communications from Bennett College and her award-winning career in television news helps her bring a one of a kind insight to her work leading the strategic internal and external communications, marketing and advertising efforts for CHRIS 180. Chaundra spent several years as the Public Relations Manager at the Atlanta Community Food Bank, where she led and contributed to both paid and earned media campaigns around major fundraising and awareness events. Chaundra spent 10 years in the television news industry producing newscasts, webcasts, current events shows, election night coverage and breaking news. She is a three-time Southeast Emmy Award Nominee, a Telly Award winner and was honored with the Associated Press Award for South Carolina’s Best Newscast. In 2019, she was inducted as a member of the inaugural Forty Under 40 Class presented by the Georgia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Chaundra is an avid community volunteer and is a member of The Ivy League of South Gwinnett- an official Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc. Interest Group, the Vice President-Elect of Learning & Development  for The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc., where she just wrapped up a successful year on the board of directors as Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the 104 year old nonprofit. Additionally, she serves as Parliamentarian for the Atlanta Chapter of the Bennett College National Alumnae Association and is the Public Relations Chair for the Atlanta HBCU Alumni Alliance. She is a proud graduate of the LEAD Atlanta Class of 2019, a member of the LEAD Atlanta Alumni Association and is a member of the Georgia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the Promise All Atlanta Children Thrive (PAACT) Communications Committee and the Marketing Committee for Ferst Readers.  Chaundra resides in Brookhaven and is a member of Buckhead Church, where she volunteers with the college ministry.

ELIZABETH GOLDBERG, CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Elizabeth Goldberg joined CHRIS 180’s development team in 2018 as a senior development professional bringing her experience in fundraising and resource development, cultivating major donors and mentoring staff. In 2021, she was promoted to Chief Development Officer after serving in the role in an interim capacity.

Elizabeth began her nonprofit career fifteen years ago at Emory Hillel in Atlanta.  Later she joined the Milwaukee Jewish Federation fundraising department and ended her tenure there as the Assistant Campaign Director where she managed a $2 million annual campaign. From there, Elizabeth became the Director of Community Campaign of the Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore’s $30 million annual campaign.  In 2014, Elizabeth returned to Atlanta as the Senior Director of the General Campaign at the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta where she managed a $17 million annual campaign and a team of eight.

Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Wheaton College and earned a Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Leadership from Brandeis University. Elizabeth lives in Brookhaven with her husband and enjoys spending time with their two dogs, friends, and family as well as cooking, working out and traveling.

BRITTNEY WALTERS, MSW, LCSW, VICE PRESIDENT OF SCHOOL BASED MENTAL HEALTH

Brittney joined CHRIS 180 in 2017 and brings a diversified background of mental health experience to our leadership team. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and earned both her Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Development and her Master of Social Work degrees at the University of Georgia (UGA). It was at UGA where she also obtained a graduate certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. Brittney has extensive experience working with Community Service Boards across the state, as well as the Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) level of care. Brittney’s areas of expertise include acute and chronic psychiatric disorders, complex trauma backgrounds, co-occurring developmental disabilities, crisis intervention, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

From 2017-2020, Brittney served as our Clinical Director of our Atlanta CHRIS Counseling Center in addition to supervising our Drop-In Center for young adults at risk of or experiencing homelessness, our Permanent Supportive Housing Program (TransitionZ), and our Integrated Health Clinic. It was this vigorous growth and experience as a CHRIS 180 leader that positioned Brittney well to shift to supervising our school-based division in the summer of 2020. Brittney operates as CHRIS 180’s representative for the Georgia Alliance of Therapeutic Services (GATS), currently serving in the nominated role of Vice Chair for a second term. She is frequently called upon to speak on panels with reputable organizations, a few of whom include The Atlanta Women’s Foundation, Georgia Pacific, and The Fulton-Dekalb Hospital Authority. Brittney is honored to work with a robust, dynamic team of clinical professionals as they lead the charge for providing quality trauma-informed services within our school communities. She aims to ensure that barriers are broken down and access to care is increased for all individuals, with the goal of providing the highest quality mental health services and supports possible. With an eye for strategy, a solution-focused approach, and a trauma-informed style of supervision and accountability, Brittney continues to expand our partnerships and relationships within the academic realm of Metro Atlanta.

DE’MECO BELL, JSOCC., LPC., CPCS VP, COMMUNITY RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMS

De’Meco Bell joined the CHRIS 180 team in 2018 with more than 15 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents and adults.

 

In his current role, Bell is responsible for the oversight of our residential programs that serve children and families, including CHRIS 180’s Migrant Wellness Program, Foster Homes, Summit Trail Apartments, Outreach and Community Housing and our Drop-In Center.

 

Bell has served clients in outpatient, inpatient and residential settings and has extensive experience providing clinical supervision; utilizing a trauma-focused, Socratic approach in working with professional therapists; including therapist interns, as they begin their journey into the profession.

 

 He is a graduate of the University of Alabama where he studied Psychology and Theater. He holds a post-graduate degree from the University of Montevallo; where he studied Community Agency Counseling and was awarded Counseling Intern of The Year for the state of Alabama.

ASHLEIGH DENNIS-SILAS, MA, LPC, CPCS, CLINICAL DIRECTOR, CHRIS COUNSELING CENTER GWINNETT

Ashleigh is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor with over 14 years of professional experience in the mental health field. Ashleigh earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a specialization in Special Education from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia. She earned her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.  Since beginning her career, Ashleigh has worked in both community and agency settings, with diverse populations toward her goal of supporting the healthy development of children youth and families. While working for the Hampton Newport News Community Services Board in Newport News Virginia, Ashleigh coordinated and facilitated the delivery of Botvin’s Life skills Curriculum to over 750 public school students. While in Virginia she served as a community organizer and worked extensively to support community-based youth serving organizations in gaining millions of dollars in federal funding to support substance abuse prevention programs.

 

Since joining CHRIS 180 in 2014, Ashleigh has focused her work on providing trauma-informed care to youth and families involved in the Juvenile Justice system. Ashleigh has served as Program Manager of the Juvenile Justice Incentive Grant, Multisystemic Therapy Supervisor and Program Manager. In her current role as Clinical Manager, Ashleigh manages the day to day operations of the counseling center and provides direct clinical supervision to Therapists and Community workers. She is a part of interagency and interdisciplinary teams which work to improve access to and ensure effective implementation of counseling services to children adults, youth and families in Georgia. Ashleigh oversees service delivery of Multisystemic Therapy and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy programs in both Gwinnett and Fulton Counties.

KATHY KEELEY INTERIM VP, TRAINING

Kathy Keeley joined CHRIS 180 in 2022 as the Interim VP of Training after spending  more than 20 years as a consultant with the organization.  Keeley’s expertise includes strategic planning and solution-building, project design, performance assessment and management, board and staff retreats, social enterprise, finance and economic development, and executive coaching.

At CHRIS 180,her work is focused on growing the impact of the CHRIS Training Institute into a social enterprise, as well as implementing and supervising internal and external trainings for the organization and providing oversight to our Clinical Pastoral Education program and Compliance Department.  Keeley comes to the work of CHRIS 180 with a wealth of experience in the nonprofit and for-profit sector. Most recently, Keeley was the EVP at the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, managing the membership, Nonprofit University  and consulting practice.  Keeley has started nine nonprofits in her career and is best known for the first alcohol drug treatment program for women and the first loan fund for women owned businesses.  

Her unique portfolio of expertise has led her to serve cities including the District of Columbia and Nashville, and to be featured in major media outlets, including 60 Minutes, The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC Evening News, BBC News and Voice of America Radio.

Keeley received her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Iowa and holds a Masters of Science in Community Development from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. 

She resides on a farm with horses, mini donkeys, and the requisite chickens, dogs, and cats with a new passion of beekeeping!  In her spare time, she is an avid gardener and a fiber artist—spinning, weaving, knitting and sewing—but most enjoys being outdoors with her family and grandchildren.

DR. CAROL B. PITTS, PHD, LPC, LMFT, CPCS APPROVED SUPERVISOR, AAMFT CLINICAL DIRECTOR, CHRIS COUNSELING CENTER DEKALB

Carol brings a wealth of experience to her role as a supervisor and Clinical Director of CHRIS Counseling DeKalb. She joined CHRIS 180 in March 2020. Before arriving at CHRIS 180, she was Clinical Director and Director of Counseling at the Care and Counseling Center of Georgia. Carol is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, and a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor.  As Clinical Director of CHRIS Counseling DeKalb, she oversees the Counseling Program that serves adults, adolescents, and children; and the iThrive Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for adults; she provides supervision, consultation, and direct services.  Carol has been supervising clinicians for 25 years and has been a counselor for 30 years.  In her leadership, supervision and counseling, she works from an integrated, holistic, person-centered, systemic and culturally sensitive philosophy.

 

In addition to her leadership and supervision, she enjoys therapy work with individuals, couples, and families and she leads groups for women.  She also serves on faculty for the Solihten Institute, and trains clinicians nationally in spiritually integrated psychotherapy.  Carol received her BA in journalism from Drake University in 1981, her MDiv. from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1989, her MA in psychology from Duquesne University in 1990, and her PhD from Emory University in 1995.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and being outdoors.

BRYAN SMITH MA., LAC, CAADC CLINICAL DIRECTOR, CHRIS COUNSELING CENTER-ATLANTA

Bryan Smith joined CHRIS 180 in 2022 as the leader of our CHRIS Counseling Center-Atlanta office. He  brings more than a decade of clinical experience both as a therapist and administrator to his work. Smith has worked in a wide range of settings including residential, community-based mental health, outpatient and medically assisted treatment programs. During his career Bryan has developed several programs and spearheaded projects to meet the needs of adults, adolescents and children. His work ethic and ability to adapt to an ever-changing world has been essential to his success and he continues to strive to learn more about the human psyche and their complex behavior.

 

Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bloomfield College and holds a dual Master of Arts in School Counseling and Counselor Education from Kean University. A lifelong learner, Smith is currently pursuing his MBA in Healthcare Management.

MEG RUDOLPH, LPC, NCC CLINICAL DIRECTOR, FULTON COUNTY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

Meg joined CHRIS 180 in 2019 and is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. Meg brings experience working in multiple treatment settings including psychiatric residential treatment (PRTF), acute crisis stabilization, substance abuse intensive outpatient programming and outpatient/in-home applied behavior analysis. Meg grew up in Connecticut and earned her Bachelor of Psychology with a specialization in Forensic Psychology from Barry University in Miami, FL. Meg went on to earn her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Meg started at CHRIS 180 as an Operations Manager for the Fulton County Behavioral Health program where she was responsible for training and supervising clinical staff and overseeing the day to day operations and compliance of the CORE program. Meg then transitioned into clinical director of the Fulton program in 2022. Her areas of expertise include autism spectrum disorder, co-occurring developmental disabilities, and crisis intervention. Meg’s diverse treatment setting background has aided in her passion for improving access to trauma informed care for children and families across Atlanta and Fulton County.

HAYNES MORRISON, MSW, VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNITY INITIATIVES

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Haynes Morrison joined CHRIS 180 in 2021 and has more than 15 years of executive and senior leadership experience in residential care, community based-services, program auditing, implementing vital programs and activities to support non-governmental organizations and for-profit missions. Throughout her career she has managed complex projects, drafted  and evaluated policies, developed programs and implemented programs in service-based industries.

 

Haynes comes from a diverse background in the Caribbean and West Africa, which has allowed her to engage in international residential and outreach work both in the African Diaspora and United States. Haynes obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Boston and a Master of Social Work and Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in Nonprofit Management with a Specialization in Leadership. Haynes is a wife and mother to three children, and has a passion and commitment to serving others, especially families.

AP THOMPSON, MSW, DIRECTOR, ZONE 1 COMMUNITY INITIATIVES

Aparicio (AP) Thompson joined the CHRIS 180 team in 2017 bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience in Community Relations, Youth and Adult Program Development and Social Services. As Director of Community Initiatives in Zone 1, AP oversees CHRIS 180’s work on the Westside, including the Westside Empowerment Center, Westside Connect and other initiatives which create and build community among neighborhood residents. AP earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Clark Atlanta University and worked in Finance and Lending for more than 10 years. He returned to graduate school and earned  a Master’s in Social Work with a focus on Forensic Social Work from the Whitney M. Young Junior School of Social Work.  While in graduate school, Aparicio founded and facilitated an alternative sentencing program for Fulton County courts to provide youth and adults an alternative to jail time and while  practicing as a Senior Paralegal for a prominent law firm in Atlanta, that focused on community engagement, civil litigation and social service advocacy.  Before joining CHRIS 180,  AP served as the Family Violence Intervention Program Coordinator for Families First, overseeing six locations around the Metro Atlanta Area and surrounding counties.

Following his longtime passion for working with youth,  AP became the first Program Manager for the At-Promise Youth & Community Center where CHRIS 180 serves as the lead organization for the Atlanta Police Foundation’s At-Promise initiative.  Under his leadership, youth crime has reduced by 40%, over 100 families were helped to move homelessness into stable housing and/or emergency shelter and youth participation in local school activities has increased. AP’s belief in non-traditional methods of social service leads to his efforts in creating, finding and developing innovation ways to reach the youth and adults of today.

JANIKQUA CUTNO, LMSW DIRECTOR OF ZONE 3 COMMUNITY INITIATIVES

Janikqua Cutno joined CHRIS 180 in 2015 and was promoted to the role of Director of Zone 3 Community Initiatives in 2022. A zealous agent of social change dedicated to improving the life, circumstances and trajectory of the under-reached and underserved, she has leveraged her passion for the helping profession into an essential role leading placed-based programming for CHRI S180.

 

Cutno is responsible for leading CHRIS 180’s Cure Violence Atlanta, Trauma Response Network and Teen Violence Reduction programs. These community-based initiatives  provide intensive case management and conflict interventions in a cluster of communities plagued by violence and crime in Atlanta.

 

Although an advocate for all underprivileged groups, much of Cutno’s work has led her to becoming a champion for youth and families who have experienced complex trauma, homelessness, mental health challenges and struggles with substance use.

 

She is a Licensed Master Social Worker and holds degrees in Social Work from Georgia State University. Cutno credits her graduate work to helping shape her views of systemic issues and fueled her  desire to effect change on a macro level.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Julia Houston (Chair), Equifax

Jay Bernath (Vice Chair), C&S Wholesale Meats
Ana Amato (Treasurer), Protiviti
Cyril Turner (Secretary), Delta Air Lines (Ret.)

Isys Caffey-Horne, Stripe Theory
Emily Chambers, TEGNA

Lori Chennault, Georgia-Pacific
Kathy Colbenson, CHRIS 180

Lenore Cusick, CIBC Private Wealth Management

Dan Diffley, Alston & Bird

Todd Ellis, KMPG

April Estes, PwC

Deirdra Glover, Conserte Consulting

Bo Keatley, Savills US

Rob Kight, Delta Air Lines (Ret.)

Michael Lammons, KPMG

Paula Larson, Dugan Unlimited

Marybeth Leamer, Cox Enterprises (Ret.)

Pascal R. Lewis, Delta Air Lines

Maney Mazloom, MSAC Charitable Fund

Terrin McKay, Community Volunteer

Araya Mesfin, UBS

Condace Pressley, WSB-TV

Sheila Ray, Cadence Bank

Terry Russell, FrontDoor Communities
Maria Smith, Federal Reserve Bank

Steve Tedder, Live Oak Capital Partners

Rebecca Woods, Seyfarth Shaw

ADVISORY COUNCIL

Chairs: Chad Duncan, Accenture & Martha A. Pacini, Leo A Daly

Chris Arrington, Truist Bank

Alice Ball, Community Volunteer

Dr. Sheryl Bear, Private Practice

Jackson Bedford, Fulton County Government

Patty Bedford, Community Volunteer

Kathy Bremer, BoardWalk Consulting

Kaeley Brown, Snap Inc.

Ann Cramer, Coxe Curry & Associates

D.J. Dammann, Cricket Wireless

Derin Dickerson, Alston & Bird LLP

Carolyn C. Donnelly, CIBC Private Wealth Management

Ken Felts, NFP Executive Benefits

Sharon Fluker, Consultant

Kurt A. Ford, Delta Air Lines

Susan Fulginiti, Georgia-Pacific

Mary Hare, Community Volunteer

Robert S. Harkey, Delta Air Lines (retired)

Steve Hart, HLGstudio

Mona Harty, Delta Air Lines

Marc Heilweil, Gratus Capital

Tad Hutcheson, Delta Air Lines

Melissa Jewkes, Community Volunteer

Jonathan Karron, V Foundation

J.D. Kellum, Keller Williams Realty

Cassandra Kirk, Chief Judge Fulton County Magistrate Court

Kip N. Kirkpatrick, Alston & Bird LLP (retired)

Dr. James Kohler, Emory University School of Medicine

Bertram L. Levy, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP

Mark Lindenbaum, JLL Capital Markets

Todd Markle, Court of Appeals of Georgia

Malcom McComb, CBRE

Kristen McGuffey, Serta Simmons Bedding

Valarie Mackey, WrightNow Solutions

Nandy Millner, Merrill Lynch Private Bank

Erika Montag, Community Volunteer

Bill Muller, Community Volunteer

Susan O’Farrell, BlueLinx (retired)

John Olsen, ManifestRx

Robert Partee, Accenture

Claudia Patton, Edelman

Brooke Pendleton, Community Volunteer

Amanda Rosseter, PNC

Kerri Sauer, Community Volunteer

Deborah J. Sessions, Wipfli LLP (retired)

Arnie Silverman , Silverman CPM

Carla C. Smith, American Heart Association

Andrea N. Smith, Scholarship America

Chuck Sparrow, Jabian Consulting

Thomas Watson, Hyundai Capitol

Sheila Weidman-Farley, Georgia-Pacific

Mark Weinstein, Brightwell Talent Solutions

Bre West, The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc.

Karen Wilbanks, The Robert & Polly Dunn Foundation

Frank Wrenn, Habitat for Humanity International

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