Erin Alford

Erin Alford

Erin recently graduated from The University of Georgia with a B.S in Political Science. While interning for the Carolyn Bourdeaux campaign and the Black Futurist Group of Atlanta, it has inspired her to get more involved in public policy and to see the importance of non profits and state government. After graduating she plans on attending the University of Georgia for graduate school to earn her master’s degree in Public Administration. Erin hopes for her future career to go work for a non-profit organization that maintains a focus on women’s rights and immigration rights. In her spare time, she enjoys being on the women’s varsity rowing team, working at Ramsey as a lifeguard, cheering on the dawgs, reading, and hanging out with her roommates.

Nathalie Nassar

Nathalie is a sophomore at the University of Georgia studying Economics and International affairs. She is a values-based, results-driven student with a passion for effectuating change for minority communities through advocation, outreach, and service. She hopes to use her experience in community service and marketing to advance JRF’s mission and advocate for women’s pursuit of education. In her free time, Nathalie enjoys reading, cooking, and exploring new places.

Maheen Chranya

Maheen is a woman with a passion for storytelling and a sincere interest in the development of marginalized communities. With social media, podcasting, and journalistic experience, she’s eager to share the impact of JRF through various forms of media. Maheen is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia, where she was a member of the Arch Society and an activist for reproductive rights and sexual violence prevention. She hopes to spend her career fighting for the rights and opportunities of women and queer folk, and finding innovative ways to build community along the way.

JaShondra Flanigan

JaShondra is a woman with a heart that is set out to serve others. As a native of Athens, GA, JaShondra has a passion to pour back into the community and serve those who are underserved. JaShondra is the definition of “Determined”. JaShondra lives by the saying “Delayed but not denied.” Although there were some unexpected twists and turns on her journey, she continues to beat the odds. JaShondra has a background in Business Administration and Human Resources Management. JaShondra holds an A.S. in Business Administration from Strayer University, B.S. in Organizational Leadership from Fort Valley State University, and a Masters in HR Management from Strayer University.

JaShondra is married to LaDerren, Sr. They have two sons, Jordan (14) & LaDerren, Jr. (LJ) (4), one daughter Lailaa (11), and a 6-year-old Yorkie, Jackson.

Breezy Barcelo

Breezy Barcelo began her adventure with the Jeannette Rankin Foundation as a scholar three years in a row while completing her B.S. in Interdisciplinary Health Services. She loved school so much that she moved right along into her M.S. in Occupational Therapy (OT) and proceeded to work in the field of mental health. She currently offers nature OT for children in West Michigan and teaches in the  Integrative Holistic Health and Wellness program at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. When Breezy presented as the Scholar speaker at the JRF STAR Party in 2017, she left thinking she would love to work with JRF.

Prior to attending college, she worked many nights and days as a birth and postpartum doula for over ten years. This led her to a deep love of caring for women and their families.

Breezy is a mother of 7 and lives with most of her kids and her silly goldendoodle in Kalamazoo.

Jane Broyles

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.

LaTrena Artist

LaTrena Artist is a woman who knows that ALL things are possible to those who believe.

LaTrena was destined to link arms with Jeannette Rankin Foundation in the summer of 2011 as a JRF 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 crosses 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.

Karen Sterk

Karen Sterk is a champion for women, a champion for education and a champion for social justice. She has served as the CEO of Jeannette Rankin Foundation since September of 2015. Since then the fund has doubled in size and impact.

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, two beautiful granddaughters, Zora and Zadie Jean, and a rescued greyhound.

Michele Ozumba

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.