Board of Directors

Board Chair
Kenneth Palmer

During his 38 years with AT&T, Mr. Palmer has led the Asset Controller Group, Financial Support in Regulatory Proceedings, Accounting Compliance and Division Financial/Accounting Support. As a modern media company, AT&T’s unique blend of businesses work together providing customers around the world with technology, entertainment, news, advertising and more. Mr. Palmer completed his education at Drake University. In addition to serving as a charter member of the MLK. Sr. Community Resources Collaborative Board of Directors, Mr. Palmer serves as Treasurer for the Charles H. Wesley Education Foundation Board of Directors and serves on the Board of Trustees for Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Dan Russell

Dan W. Russell is the founder, CEO and President of Russell & Associates, LLC in Snellville, Georgia.  Russell & Associates, LLC is a leader in developing new startup businesses, finance and accounting Services, tax consulting and human resources services. Delivering the highest quality of financial and human resources management services that enable individuals and businesses to excel.  Prior to starting Russell & Associates, Mr. Russell, retired after 40 years in the private sector, city government and the healthcare industry. Mr. Russell is a graduate of Saint Thomas University of Miami, Florida with a degree in Accounting, attended Nova Southeastern University of Fort Lauderdale, Florida for a Master of Business Administration and Georgia State University for an Executive Master of Business Administration.  Mr. Russell is married with three adults’ children and two grandchildren.

Burnette Cockfield

Burnette Cockfield is a Project Manager in Technical Education at the Technical College System of Georgia which is the State of Georgia Government Agency which supervises the U.S. state of Georgia’s 22 technical colleges, while also surveying the adult literacy program and economic and workforce development programs. Her primary responsibility is Grant management and contracts. Burnette retired from International Business Machines (IBM) in 2009 after serving in various positions (administrator, procurement buyer, management, and sales support). She served as a volunteer counselor for Cobb County Rape Crises Center, and as a volunteer caretaker for the State of Georgia infants in temporary foster care. She serves on the Trustee Board at Ebenezer Baptist Church and serves as the Church Clerk. Burnette received her Bachelor of Science in Business Manager (magna cum laude) from Shaw University, Raleigh, NC.


Jon Anderson

Jon Anderson is the President and CEO of Coy Forrest Strategy and Innovation, LLC. He is a retired career public agency employee in the State of Georgia. In his final position, he served as Deputy Commissioner of Human Services over the Federal benefits programs, including SNAP, Medicaid and TANF. He began his public service career in 1992. He understands these federal programs from caseworker to executive leadership levels. He served in a variety of supervisory, management, policy, field operations and decision-making roles in both the Human Services agency and the Medicaid agency. Jon now focuses his efforts as an executive consultant to states and vendors to help answer questions and provide guidance on what markets to enhance and explore. He also provides guidance on new challenges faced by States and help develop solutions for them to ease the workload burdens.

Brenda Cibulas

Brenda Cibulas is the Director of Behavioral Health and Social Services at Mercy Care. Mercy Care is a federally qualified health center and Atlanta’s only healthcare for the homeless program (330h). Mercy care also offers Primary Care Physicians, Pediatrics, Behavioral Health, Dentistry, Vision, Infectious Disease and other services to all ages. Mercy Care accepts most insurance plans, Medicare and Medicaid and offers a sliding fee scale based on household income for the uninsured. Prior to her time at Mercy Care, Ms. Cibulas completed her undergraduate studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, completed her graduate studies at Georgia State University, acquired multiple certifications in her field and held similar positions at Dekalb Community Service Board and Emory Healthcare. Ms. Cibulas is currently the Board Chair of United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Dekalb Advisory Board.

W. Forrest Coley, Jr.

Hailing from Steelton, Pennsylvania, Mr. Coley comes to us as an experienced healthcare sales and marketing professional with superb communication, presentation, sales, and leadership successes.  As an exceptionally creative thinker and problem solver, he exhibits deep managerial, analytical, organizational skills. Throughout his career, Mr. Coley has excelled in sales process improvement, managing complex projects, and has provided his expertise on matters relating to the intersection of sales, marketing, and HR functionalities. Mr. Coley earned his B.S. (1985) and MBA (1990) from The Pennsylvania State University, both with a management and marketing focus.   Being a civic and volunteer minded leader, Mr. Coley has spent a vast amount of time serving the neighborhoods of Atlanta as an officer with Fourth Ward Neighbors, Inc. and within Atlanta’s Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU) System. He has also served on the Board of Directors of multiple organizations, including Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, Historic Fourth Ward Park Conservancy, and Our House, Inc. Since his retirement from Corporate America in 2017, Mr. Coley stays active as a property developer and manager, and as a successful Realtor with Keller Williams while serving as the GA representative for their Social Equity Ambassador Program. 

Virginia Harris

Ms. Virginia Harris is retired from financial manager with experience as Gwinnett County Georgia County Auditor, Audit Manager with State of Georgia and Comptroller, Governor’s Office, Women’s Services, State of Louisiana. She extensive non-profit leadership experience with the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Highly Accomplished Leader who excels at analyzing business needs. Influencer Change Agent who shows keen knowledge and up-to-date trends’ awareness while creating brand building solutions with a responsive management style.

Melissa Maheux

Melissa Maheux is the Key Accounts Director at Google Cloud Platform. She is a sales leader whose passion is to educate large enterprises to use technology to drive organizational impact and business value. She leads the account strategy and the execution of multimillion-dollar revenue objectives for Fortune 50 accounts in the Southeast. Ms. Maheux completed her undergraduate studies at Earlham College and completed her graduate studies at DePaul University. She has held similar sales and leadership positions at TriDatum Solutions, IBM and served as a Corps Member/Teacher with Teach for America, which brings quality education to children in underserved communities. Ms. Maheux has also contributed to the community by serving as a volunteer with multiple organizations including Mercy Home for Boys and Open Hand Atlanta.

Amber Murray

Amber Murray is a Director and the Deputy General Counsel at Jamestown, a privately held real estate investment and management company with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. In her capacity as Deputy General Counsel, Amber is responsible for managing financing transactions and dispositions of real estate assets within the Jamestown portfolio. She is also responsible for managing legal matters across the Jamestown portfolio including supervising external leasing, litigation, and bankruptcy counsel. Prior to joining Jamestown, Amber practiced in the capital transactions and real estate practice group at King & Spalding LLP. Amber received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Arts in Hispanic Language and Cultures from New York University. Ms. Murray attended law school at Georgetown University Law Center. Over the course of her career, Amber has served as an officer and board member for the Georgia Law Center for the Homeless and the Alumni Association Board of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Historic Fourth Ward Park Conservancy and the Board of Trustees at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Sam Moss

Sam is President of East Lake Housing Corporation, a subsidiary of the East Lake Foundation, a minority member in the ownership of the Villages of East Lake. Previously, Sam led the financing for various projects of the Cousins Foundation. An Executive-in-Residence at Goizueta Business School’s social enterprise program at Emory University, Sam is also Chairman of the Georgia Social Impact Collaborative (GSIC). He serves on the advisory boards of Focused Community Strategies and New American Pathways. He is the past Chairman of the Atlanta Arts Loan Fund and the Atlanta Ballet. Sam spent more than 20 years at Wachovia Bank, where he held executive positions in International and Corporate Banking, Capital Markets and Wealth Management.

Rev. Dr. John Vaughn

Rev. Dr. John Vaughn serves as the Executive Pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Previously, Rev. Vaughn served for almost ten years as the Executive Vice President at Auburn Theological Seminary. Auburn is a national leadership development and research institute that equips leaders of faith and moral courage for multifaith movements for justice. Before joining the staff of Auburn Seminary, Rev. Vaughn served as the Program Director for the Twenty-First Century Foundation based in Harlem, New York, a national foundation that advanced strategic giving for Black community change. He also previously served as the Executive Director of the Peace Development Fund, which provides funding, training and assistance for grassroots peace and justice community organizing throughout the United States and select countries internationally.

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