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Leadership

Allison Ashe, Executive Director, AAshe@CovenantHouse.Org

Allison Ashe is Covenant House Georgia's Executive Director. She is a Georgian with a vast background in local outreach programs. Prior to joining Covenant House she served as COO and Vice President of Development for the Atlanta Police Foundation. Allison has served on the board of the Fulton Child Advocacy Society and the Atlanta Medical Center Community Advisory Board. She is a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, a member of the Junior League of Atlanta, and a long-time volunteer with Warrick Dunn’s Home for the Holidays program which aids single mothers in achieving their dream of home ownership. Allison has a Master's Degree in Theological Studies and brings more than 12 years’ experience in pastoral counseling and community ministry.

Allison calls Covenant House “the perfect opportunity to combine my personal faith and commitment to bettering the lives of Georgia’s youth."

To see and work with Allison is to marvel at her boundless energy and vision. In 2007, she was named as one of Atlanta’s '40 under 40' by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Allison and her husband, Paul, reside in Atlanta with their three children, Sophia, Miles and Scarlett.

As Executive Director, Allison is the prime mover in the fundraising and economic stability of Covenant House, developing long range policies and programs and raising public awareness. But regardless of which hat she is wearing, she is first - and always - a tireless champion for at-risk youth.

Amy White, Chief Operating Officer, AWhite@CovenantHouse.Org

Amy White came to Covenant House in 2014 as the HR Director and moved into the role of Chief Operating Officer in 2015. Prior to working at Covenant House, Amy was the Vice President of Organizational Development for a non-profit organization in Florida.  There she oversaw all HR and training functions for a staff of over 200 employees.  As Chief Operating Officer at CHGA, Amy is responsible for human resources, facilities, IT, and administrative areas.  Her years of experience working in leadership roles enables her to contribute toward creating and sustaining a positive culture, facilitating leadership growth, and maintaining organizational health.  Amy also has a Master's Degree in Professional Counseling and is licensed in Georgia, Florida, and Pennsylvania.  She has worked extensively with individuals, families, and organizations to identify goals and objectives, remove obstacles that get in the way, and develop a plan for reaching the desired outcomes.

Angela Blackshear Carter, Director of Residential Services and Case Management, ABlackshear@CovenantHouse.Org

Working within the field of human services and nonprofits for over fifteen years, Angela has extensive managerial experience in the non-profit sector and a record of success in getting initiatives off the ground and flourishing. Throughout the numerous leadership positions she has held throughout her career, she has been blessed with a variety of opportunities to help support the development of communities, organizations and individuals. B ’Empowered Consulting is an agency that Angela cofounded that specializes in nonprofit development with small to midsize nonprofits. Her experience within the field of nonprofit development extends from front-line case management to executive level leadership. She has experience in fund development, organizational management, in addition to program development and evaluation. Angela has extensive experience as a grant reviewer and evaluator of programs. Serving in the role of peer reviewer for the federal government, she has reviewed over one hundred (100+) grant proposals; including: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquent Programs (OJJDP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Department of Justice (DOJ). Her career has been dedicated to organizations and initiatives that have worked to provide innovative, evidence-based programming and services for underserved and highly at-risk populations. Angela holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California (USC) and a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications from California State University, Northridge (CSUN). She is United Way VIP Alum (2012), was a featured presenter at the National Association of Social Workers of Georgia Conference (2012) and is a part-time faculty member with the University of Phoenix (UOP).

Lisa Curia, Director of Grants and Quality Assurance, LCuria@CovenantHouse.Org

Lisa Curia joined Covenant House in 2016 as the Grants Coordinator and, shortly thereafter, moved into the role of Director of Grants and Quality Assurance. She is charged with managing and building CHGA’s rich government grants portfolio, and strengthening CHGA’s platform as a learning organization. Lisa holds a law degree from Emory University Law School, and throughout her professional career, she has worked in the civil and criminal arenas. Lisa was ultimately drawn to work in the nonprofit field as a result of her positive and rewarding volunteer experiences with agencies such as Hands on Atlanta, CARE USA, the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, and the Decatur Family YMCA. From 2003 until 2013, Lisa served on the Decatur Family Y’s Board of Directors and gained experience working on capital campaigns and expansion efforts. Because Lisa has lived in Metropolitan Atlanta longer than anywhere else, she considers herself a native, and believes that working at CHGA is the best way that she can make a difference in her community.

Kellie Glenn, Director of Development, KGlenn@CovenantHouse.Org

Kellie Glenn came to Covenant House in 2012 after working as a Social Worker for several years with youth who suffered from emotional behavior disorders and adults who lived with developmental disabilities.  It was her passion for youth and the homeless that led her to Covenant House, which was a natural fit.  She served as the Volunteer Coordinator, Development Coordinator, and now after working 14 years in non-profit she is the Director of Development.

Kellie is often reunited with youth entering our shelter after aging out of Foster Care who were once on her caseload.  "It is such a joy seeing youth I worked with when they were young.  Though it is sad they find themselves on the streets after aging out, I'm thrilled they find themselves at Covenant House so they can have the encouragement and services needed to successfully transition to adulthood," Kellie states.  Though she enjoyed direct care services, Kellie loves knowing that her efforts in fundraising and building relationships makes a difference by increasing the amount of youth we serve each year and furthering the critical services this population so desperately needs.

Jessica Henry, Clinical Director, JHenry@CovenantHouse.Org

Jessica Henry, the Clinical Director, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Georgia who received her B.S. in Psychology from Howard University, M.A. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Psychology of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The George Washington University. While she has received extensive training in providing a range of treatment modalities to youth, families, and adults, she specializes in trauma-informed treatments for youth and families exposed to traumatic events (e.g., community violence, abuse and neglect). Most recently, as an Emory University School of Medicine, Postdoctoral Psychology Fellow, she conducted and provided trauma-informed assessments and treatments to children and adolescents coping with traumatic stress. Overall, Jessica is skillfully trained in providing treatment services and psychological evaluations to youth and families with varied diagnostic presentations and concerns, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar, and behavioral/conduct disorders. Jessica has co-authored a book chapter on maltreatment, published her academic research in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Family Psychology, and has presented her research focused on community violence in more than a dozen national conferences. As a psychologist, Jessica’s primary goal and mission is to provide the highest quality of treatment services to disadvantaged and underrepresented youth, families, and adults in an effort to enhance their success and mental and behavioral health.

Regina Jennings, Director of Support Services, RJennings@CovenantHouse.Org

Regina Holden Jennings returns home to Atlanta and comes to Covenant House after 14 years in California.  She has a wide-ranging background in higher education academic and student development and worked for several years in the community college and state university systems. Most of that time was spent at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and Santa Monica College, although she has also been employed with Pasadena and Long Beach City Colleges. In addition to working with low-income, first generation college students, Regina also has extensive experience in grant management and program administration. Before shifting to a career in college administration, Regina spent many years working as a museum curator and studying African art.

Regina says, “It’s hard to believe that I’ve done so many things, from working at the Washington Post newspaper right out of college, then shifting to work in the museum field and then eventually moving to California to work in higher education! Sometimes it seems the only thing I haven’t done is work in a travelling circus!” She truly believes that all of her professional experiences have led her to Covenant House, where she welcomes the opportunity to support homeless youth. She says it’s good to be back home, and she looks forward to a long career of service to our agency. Regina also looks forward to sharing her passion for cinema, music, and art with our youth to develop ways for them to capture and share their own journeys. Regina believes that “every human life is a divine and sacred narrative” and she hopes to encourage Covenant House youth to express their experiences creatively and artistically.

Todd Wilcher, Director of Youth Engagement and Outreach, TWilcher@CovenantHouse.Org

Todd Wilcher has the indispensable role of residential services director and street outreach...no easy task.  But it's a job he is well-suited for. Todd received his undergraduate degree from Morris Brown College, BS degree Therapeutic Recreation and his Master's Degree in Behavior Disorders in Education.

For 18 years, Todd was the Inner Harbor Youth Villages Director, Excel Leadership Academy. Prior to that, Todd worked as a Signature Research consultant with Ropes Course teambuilding and Omega Quest consultants’ teambuilding, school program development for In School suspension alternatives. Todd's convinced he was brought to Covenant by Divine Intervention. He was well on the way to a consultant career when his son's baseball coach introduced him to Allison and the rest is – as they say - 'Cove Love' History.

There's an added bonus to Todd's resume: his gardening skills. Come and visit our finished and soon- to-be-finished projects! Gardening has been a vital part of integrating wellness and healthy living. The youth and Todd are learning a lot by harvesting from Mother Earth.


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