Libby Pollock, BOD Chair
Global Strategy and Change, Habitat for Humanity International
Libby’s expertise is in leading change management efforts for strategic business transformation – developing and implementing strategies and plans including internal change capabilities throughout organizations. Highlights of her experience include leading Coca-Cola through organizational redesign impacting 60,000 associates, creating an IT Center of Excellence at Coca-Cola, and facilitating the integration of acquired companies into the larger company. She also led Cox Enterprises through change management planning and implementation. Libby has earned the Prosci Change Management Certification and Oriel, Inc., Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the Liberal Arts and Management Program at Indiana University, magna cum laude.
Betsy Bach, BOD Vice Chair
Retired Professor, University of Montana
“As a Montanan, one hears about Jeanette Rankin’s advocacy on a weekly basis. She is revered by many in my state, and it brings me great joy to be able to carry out her legacy in the form of advancing education for women.” Betsy is a professor in the department of communication studies at the University of Montana. She received her PhD in Organizational Communication from the University of Washington, her Master of Arts in Interpersonal Communication from the University of Montana, and her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Hope College. She has held several administrative positions at the University of Montana including Assistant Provost, Dean of the Davidson Honors College, and department chair. In 2009 she was elected to, and served, as president of the National Communication Association in Washington, DC. Betsy has co-authored a book on communication in organizations and has published additional book chapters, academic research articles, and other applied research.
Jane Hale Hopkins, BOD Treasurer
President, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation
Jane Hopkins joined the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation in 2001, and is responsible for advancing the Foundation’s efforts to develop an influential community of socially conscious and service-minded leaders who positively shape the world. She is also Chair of the Board for Emerge Scholarships in Atlanta.
In August of 2017, Jane was elected by the Board of Directors to succeed J. Mark Davis as President upon his retirement in late 2018.
Outside of the office, Jane is an avid runner whose best days begin with an early excursion through one of Atlanta’s parks. She also loves to read, particularly Southern fiction on the beach, and travel as often as possible.
Vashti Canty, BOD Executive Committee Member at Large
Global Diversity and Inclusion Specialist, Delta Airlines
Vashti Canty took a gap year before med school, securing a job as a Flight Attendant for Delta Air Lines. She planned to work and travel. Her gap year turned into a career. For the past twenty years, Vashti has served in both operations and management at Delta, moving from her Flight Attendant position to Global Diversity Inclusion Specialist. She has served on the Board of Directors for Delta Cares and Delta Scholarship Fund as well as being the Board Chair for the organization for three years. She has a passion for empowering women through education and currently serves as Member at Large on the JRF Executive Committee.
Michelle Cook, Immediate Past Board Chair
Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Strategic University Initiatives, University of Georgia
Michelle has launched several projects at the Office of Institutional Diversity, including a certificate program in diversity and inclusion for faculty and staff, a seed grant to stimulate diversity related research, and more. She’s served as co-principal investigator for the Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, a National Science Foundation program that aims to significantly increase the number of underrepresented minorities pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. She previously served as associate dean of UGA’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, and she has taught in the history department and the Institute for African-American Studies. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton, a master’s in African-American Studies from Yale and a doctorate in history from Duke.
Division Vice President, Telehealth
Afshan Ali is a healthcare innovator bringing her background in management consulting and healthcare to her role as co-founder and CEO of telehealth company — SkyTherapist. Ali serves on the executive team at Community Consulting Team, the Board of Directors of HealthMPowers and Emerge Scholarships, and a recipient of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2016 Women Who Mean Business award. She is an accomplished leader with extensive healthcare, strategy, systems integration/implementation experience. Ali has a deep expertise in CRM and telehealth technology, strategy, program management solutions. She is an advocate for healthcare access and patient experience and is a strong liaison between executives, clinicians, staff; expert communicator of complex themes to diverse audiences.
Executive Director, Athens Regional Library System
Valerie Bell is the executive director of the Athens Regional Library System, which covers five Northeast Georgia counties with 11 library branches. Valerie previously served as Assistant Director for Public Services at the Ocean County Library in Toms River, New Jersey, where she worked for 28 years in various positions. Valerie is a leader who specializes in customer service and community outreach. She has been recognized with numerous awards, including the NAACP Community Leader of the Year, Library Journal Mover & Shaker. A proponent of diversity and inclusion, Valerie has served on a number of ALA’s committees and on Council.
Founder/Principal, SnyderRemarks & Genieus Team
Listening to and connecting stories in business or life drives Genie. Mapping connections between people or organizations is where she thrives. The intersection of the JRF mission and Scholar Stories and her speaking/coaching expertise in corporate education, higher education and the strength of story drew her to the Rankin Foundation Board in 2016.
Genie is a professional speaker/executive coach and Founder of SnyderRemarks and Genieus Team. Her alma maters, Georgia College & the University of Georgia, offered her the foundation to pursue her hybrid passion for both corporate and higher ed campuses. Her doctoral research was focused on diversity, mission development and organizational change/leadership. Her work is moving people + process collaboratively toward never imagined spaces. Her grandmothers and great-aunt pursuing college as the first women in their families has always inspired. Thus her connection with JRF is a great fit.
Working or for fun, Genie loves travel (with husband, Pete) for live theatre, art, dance, and good food – always paired stimulating conversation. Stories gathered are the stuff of life!
Deputy Director for Finance and Advancement, Missoula Art Museum
Tracy is the Deputy Director for Finance and Advancement at the Missoula Art Museum in Jeannette Rankin’s hometown. Before moving to Montana in 1998 she spent 12 years in the communications industry doing public and investor relations at boutique firms in the Twin Cities in Minnesota. She has served on more than a dozen nonprofit boards at the local, state, regional, and national level. She has chaired the national board of the YWCA USA in Washington, D.C., as well as the Minnesota Women’s Consortium, and has served as treasurer of the Seattle-based Social Justice Fund and of Montana Conservation Voters. Prior to her work at the Missoula Art Museum, Tracy was the Chief Operating Officer at Forward Montana, an organization that seeks to deepen young Montanan's culture of civic engagement and encourages them to vote, lead and run for office.She attended the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and is a member of Mensa.
Chancellor, Palmetto College, University of South Carolina
Susan has been serving as the Chancellor of the University of South Carolina Palmetto College since 2013. She received her PhD from Vanderbilt University, her Master of Arts and Bachelor of Science in education from Tennessee Technological University. Previously Susan worked at Tennessee Technological University in many different aspects from serving as a Dean to the director of multiple departments. Susan has several professional and educational publications in journals, books, and many other articles. She is very involved in community service and has been a part of numerous community organizations. Susan and her husband, Tommy, have one son and daughter-in-law, and one grandson.
Kevin is an Estate Manager for a private family in Atlanta. He grew up in Northern Michigan and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a degree in Communication Studies/Public Relations. Kevin moved to Atlanta in August of 2000.
In May of 2018, Kevin had an Uber ride that forever changed his life. It’s a ride that ultimately led him to the Jeannette Rankin Foundation. He was picked up by Latonya Young, a 43 year-old, mother of 3 with a desire to go back to school to get her college degree. Kevin and Latonya kept in touch and Kevin convinced Latonya to go back to school. Latonya was not able to register because of a past due balance on her account. Unbeknownst to Latonya, Kevin took care of that past due balance. A year and a half later, Kevin watched Latonya earn her Associates Degree at Georgia State University- Perimeter College. The local media picked up on the story and it went viral around the world. By January 13th, Latonya and Kevin were on stage at the Ellen Degeneres Show sharing their story with Ellen.
MMO Material Master Owner, Caterpillar Inc.
Catherine is a Material Master Owner (MMO), at Caterpillar Inc. in Athens GA. Catherine (aka Cat) transferred from Peoria IL Caterpillar facility prior to joining the Athens GA team in 2012 to help start up the Athens site.
Catherine has a passion for serving the community, she volunteers at the local Community Action Agency by way of UGA delivering food to the elderly. She is currently on the board for Caterpillar WIN (Women Initiative Network) and CAAN (Caterpillar African American Network) which she chaired from 2013-2018.
Catherine states that her greatest accomplishments are her three daughters and three granddaughters. When she's not with family she is cheering on her favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys.
Senior Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch
Rob serves as the team’s retirement and planning specialist – working directly with individuals and organizations to determine their retirement situations and aspirations, then implementing customized investment strategies to reach them. Rob currently holds a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor designation.
Rob joined Merrill Lynch in 2006 as an intern in the Private Banking and Investment Group, after graduating cum laude from the University of Georgia and the University of Georgia Honors Program with a Bachelor of Business Administration, with a major in Finance. Active in his community, Rob served as an officer of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, a volunteer for the American Red Cross, and a donor of his time and resources to his local Ducks Unlimited Chapter and LifeSouth Chapter.
VP, Organizational Excellence, Tedia Company
Rozy has a passion for company culture and for creating a supportive workplace that helps individuals to achieve their goals. She sees her role at Tedia Company as her legacy, handed down to her from her parents, who founded this chemical manufacturing company 45 years ago. Through various roles starting with HR and now 17 years later, including risk management, legal, environmental health and safety, and IT, Rozy continues to support and empower her teams. Growing up in Cincinnati OH, she never thought she would move back after she got her AB in sociology from the University of Chicago. She worked in the legal field and in healthcare consulting before she attended Indiana University in Bloomington to get a joint degree in law and public administration. She married her husband (Chris), and they lived in Athens GA for a few blissful years until they jumped on an opportunity to move to Cincinnati to join Tedia Company and have grown in their roles ever since. Rozy has two teenage children, Park and Carter, and in her spare time, makes music with her family.
Associate Professor of Business, The King's College
Kimberly has over 20 years of experience in leading development and marketing teams at several national and global organizations working as well as working as a management consultant for businesses and nonprofits. She traveled and worked with clients throughout the U.S., South America, and Asia and started the European office of a management consulting group, based in Amsterdam. Her research interests include mergers and acquisitions in the nonprofit sector, measuring impact on social enterprises, and corporate sustainability in the extractive industry.
As an associate professor at King’s, Reeve teaches International Business, Business Ethics, Decision-making and Negotiations, and Nonprofit Management. She earned a B.A. from Colby College, an M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas, a Certificate in Global Affairs from New York University, and she completed her Ph.D. in International Business at ISM in Paris, France. Kimberly and her husband live in Newark, NJ, where they spend their weekends restoring their 300-year-old home.
Ana Rosado Reyes
Vice-President, Human Resources for Global, Automotive and Lifestyle Operations at Assurant.
Ana is a Human Resources professional with more than 20-years driving organizational effectiveness, talent management, change management, performance management, employee engagement, retention, recognition, team building, merger and acquisitions primarily for pharmaceutical, sales and insurance industry. Also, she is member of SHRM, Human Resources Leadership Forum and Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Since she moved to Atlanta three years ago, Ana has been mentoring Hispanic professional women. On 2018, she was awarded by Jeannette Rankin Foundation with the SMART Woman Award. Recently, she graduated from the Inspire Program of Atlanta Women Foundation. Serving others is a great passion to her and it has been a way to return what she has received. She wants to be instrument to women that want to grow and be successful in their professional careers. Women need to help women to be successful.
Manager of School and Outreach Programs, Children's Museum Atlanta.
Jacqueline is the Manager of School and Outreach Programs at Children’s Museum Atlanta. Jacqueline is a native of Atlanta and a former early Childhood Education teacher. Jacqueline also worked as a teaching artist for over 15 years with organizations like The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art,
Atlanta Public Schools as well as The Metro Atlanta Boys & Girls Clubs. Jacqueline is known for creating fun and engaging programs that impact students who are experiencing homelessness, attend Title 1 schools, and who reside in low income and underserved communities.
Jacqueline earned an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education in 2015 and has served as a Lead Pre-K Teacher for the Atlanta Mission’s, My Sisters House a school for homeless children and the Arthur Blank Early Learning Center. Because of her work in her community Jacqueline was recruited by the Morehouse House School of Medicine under the leadership of Dr. David Satcher to lead the “Smart and Secure Children” Parenting Program. In this program, Jacqueline has trained over a hundred parents, care givers and teachers who share her vision for making early childhood education fun and exciting while building a community of lifelong learners.
Site Director, Battelle’s Integrated Science Solutions Division- Atlanta, GA
Cindy currently serves as the Site Director of Battelle’s Integrated Science Solutions Division in Atlanta, GA where she is responsible for the financial management and technical oversight of all contracts and more than 100 scientific and technical staff.
Prior to joining Battelle more than 16 years ago as a Molecular Biologist, Cindy worked as both a laboratory manager and supervisor in private industry and clinical settings.
She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and relocated to the Atlanta area with her husband Ralph and twin sons in the Fall of 2000 and has never looked back.
Vice President and General Counsel for the Kettering Foundation
Maxine is vice president, secretary, and general counsel for the Kettering Foundation. She directs Kettering projects in higher education, community leadership, and the relationship between citizens and officeholders. She also serves on the group that oversees the operations of the foundation and has been a member of the Kettering Foundation task force on China since 1993.
Before coming to Kettering, Maxine was associate dean of the University of Georgia School of Law, where she also served as associate and assistant professor. She was previously on the faculty of the University of Oregon School of Law. From 1973 to 1976, she was assistant attorney general for the state of Washington. Maxine received her BA and JD from the University of Washington.
Retired Professor, University of South Carolina Aiken
Charmaine is a retired professor at USC-Aiken, where she was also the chair of the Department of Communication Studies. She is a Missoula, MT native and graduated from Hellgate High School and the University of Montana. She received her MA in Organizational Communication from Purdue University, and her PhD in Organizational Communication from the University of Washington.
Charmaine's greatest passion is teaching others and working with her students one-one-one to help them pursue their goals. She is the youngest of 6 kids, and two of her brothers and a sister still live in Missoula. Like all Montanans, she has a strong affinity for Jeannette Rankin.
Michele was the President of the Women's College Coalition from 2015 -2019. A history and political science graduate of Douglass College, with a Master's degree in city and regional planning from Rutgers, Michele has more than 20 years of successful leadership experience with organizations focused on the empowerment and well-being of women and girls. She was recognized as one of FAST Company's Extraordinary Women of 2013. Previously, she headed up the San Francisco-based membership organization Women's Funding Network, a global network of women's foundations with a membership of 166 women's foundations in 27 countries. Before that, she served for over a decade as President and CEO of the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention. Prior to that, Michele served as a Program Director of the Division of Public Health for the GA Department of Human Resources and as a research associate for the Georgia School-Age Care Association.
Chief Executive Officer
Karen Sterk is champion for women, a champion for education and a champion for social justice. She has served as the Executive Director of Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund since September of 2015. Since then the fund has gone from supporting 50 Scholars in 2015 to supporting 133 Scholars in 2017.
Previously, Karen was the Chief Advancement Officer and Chief Program Officer for the YWCA of Greater Atlanta, responsible for both the YWCA”S program development and fundraising. She was part of the Senior Leadership Team that revitalized the YWCA of Greater Atlanta, taking the organization from a $300K deficit to break even in one year. During her time there, she created and implemented It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race.
From 2000-2010 Karen served at the YWCA of Minneapolis, leaving as the Vice President of Health and Wellness. Her drive to create and grow programs while building financial vitality for the organization was welcomed. During her tenure her team tripled the number of members and revenues. She was part of the team that launched the YWCA’s Racial Justice Program It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race in 2002.
Karen is married to Ron Warren. They have two adult daughters, a son in law, a beautiful granddaughter, Zora, and a rescued greyhound.
Scholarship Program Director
LaTrena Stokes is a woman who knows that ALL things are possible to those who believe.
LaTrena was destined to link arms with Jeannette Rankin Scholarship Fund in the summer of 2011 as a scholar. Fate would have it that she now links her passion with JRF as a staff member. LaTrena’s perseverance has propelled her to succeed and to help those that she cross paths with do the same. LaTrena has a passion for people and is dedicated to excellence. She has a BA from the University of Georgia in Human Development & Family Science and a BA from Andersonville Theological Seminary in Theology. LaTrena has received a number of awards including GA Woman of the Year Scholar and UGA Amazing Student.
LaTrena is the proud parent of two boys Cameron and Jeremy Stokes.
Jane Broyles recently relocated from Corbin KY to Athens to be close to her son, daughter in law and three grandchildren. She has an extensive background in finance with a specialization in Quickbooks. Jane works with small businesses, nonprofits and churches to make sure their finances are in order. We're grateful for her expertise and happy to have her on the team.
Program & Development Associate
Tylanna has a passion for learning and helping others which led her to join the Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund team in January 2018. As the Program and Development Associate, she has been working closely with the scholarship program and our Scholars to ensure that the program runs to its full potential while supporting some of the best students in the country.
Through her major in Women’s Studies at the University of Georgia, she has used her knowledge about women’s issues to better understand the dynamics between the education system and the nontraditional college-woman. She is double-majoring in Cellular Biology with hopes to one day become an OB/GYN and serve women who commonly experience healthcare disparities in her community. As a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, she is also very passionate about serving the Athens community in various ways—especially through mentoring young women. In her spare time, she enjoys reading science-fiction novels, spending time with her friends, and embodying the JRF mission.
Social Media & Marketing Associate
Mandy graduated in May 2020 from the University of Georgia, double majoring in International Affairs (A.B.) and Women's Studies (A.B.). She is passionate about learning and plans to work toward a doctorate in her future, specializing in gender, environment, and politics. Mandy was first interested in working for the Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund because of her strong belief that great education should be accessible to all. With a background in graphic design and writing, she has found her niche in doing social media and marketing for JRF and loves being able to share the foundation's message in a creative way.
Events & Donor Development Associate
Maggie is the Events and Donor Development Associate. She began working with JRF in the Summer of 2018 and worked until she studied abroad in Amsterdam for 6 months. She is now back to work with us and just graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s of psychology and a certificate in disability studies. Maggie plans on attending occupational therapy school after graduation, and eventually serving on a board for a nonprofit in the future. Maggie has a love and knack for events, so she works closely with the Chief Executive Director in planning and implementing JRF's events. She has a passion for working with people and serving others, so working for JRF is her ideal part time job!
Social Media Intern
Sachi recently graduated from the University of Georgia with Bachelor’s degrees in Women’s Studies and Biology. She is currently applying to medical school and dreams of becoming an OB/GYN to help marginalized groups receive adequate reproductive care and justice. As someone who is deeply passionate about equity and justice, Sachi joined the Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund team in July 2020. She believes that access to adequate healthcare intersects with access to quality education, so it is only fitting that Sachi has found a home at JRF. She has always enjoyed graphic design as a hobby and embodied the role of social media coordinator in many organizations at UGA, so Sachi designed to bring her skills and excitement to JRF. She hopes to continue to use her experience to support current Scholars while working to expand outreach so that more women are able to access the education that they deserve.