Chief Executive Officer
As Chief Executive Officer, Kim is responsible for the implementation and success of the Families First mission while guiding a staff of over 100 employees in 10 locations with an annual budget of $10 million. Prior to joining Families First, Kim was Senior Director for BoardWalk Consulting providing strategic planning, board enhancement, organizational management and executive leadership for numerous non-profit organizations. Kim previously served as Executive Director of AID Atlanta, the southeast's largest AIDS services organization. Before that, Kim enjoyed an extensive legal career in the healthcare arena. After service with the law firm of Alston & Bird, she became the first General Counsel of Grady Health System, and subsequently served as Vice President & Assistant General Counsel for Magellan Health Systems, a publicly traded behavioral healthcare company, and senior legal counsel for the Atlanta Housing Authority. Kim is a graduate of Oberlin College and Columbia University School of Law.
Contact Kim at (404) 853-2814 or email email@example.com.
Chief Operations Officer
Raphael Holloway joins Families First from the Georgia Department of Community Health-Division of Public Health (formerly DHR), where he served as the director of Georgia's HIV unit, managing and providing administrative and programmatic oversight, executive leadership and direction, fiscal management, and quality assurance for HIV prevention and HIV care programs in the state of Georgia. Prior to serving as the director of Georgia's HIV unit, Holloway served as prevention programs manager for AID Atlanta, community supports program manager for Cobb & Douglas Community Services Board and as a counselor at Devereux Georgia. During his professional career, Holloway has been an advocate and service provider for children and families. He has participated in numerous community advisory boards and has developed strategies and programs to address the deleterious impact of gangs, crystal meth, HIV, and the lack of affordable housing in our communities. In addition, he is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has provided mental health and substance abuse counseling for 12 years primarily to adolescents and their families referred by DFACS and Juvenile Court.
Contact Raphael at (404) 853-2821 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Chief Financial Officer
Perre Edwards has been the Chief Financial Officer of Families First since 2003. She is responsible for all financial operations of the agency as well as managing agency retirement plans, budgeting, property, and information technology. Since arriving, she has helped the agency to achieve unqualified audit results annually. Perre has worked with non-profit operations for 10 years, starting with The Brown Schools and their Florida-based Foundation in 1999. Prior experience includes Charter Medical Corporation and Hillhaven Corporation. Perre is a graduate of the University of Memphis, with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting.
Contact Perre at (404) 853-2813 or email email@example.com.
Chief Development Officer
Sarah Embro comes to Families First from the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Over the course of ten years, Embro served as their Regional Coordinator, and was responsible for a multi-million dollar budget, four district offices and 21 staff members. Prior to that, she served in the capacity of a Program Coordinator and District Director. She devoted a total of 14 years to MDA, and is highly skilled in developing goals and strategies for philanthropy fundraising campaigns. Sarah graduated from Indiana University.
Contact Sarah at (404) 853-2826 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sandy Butler, PHR
Director of Human Resources
Sandy Butler, SPHR joined Families First as Director of Human Resources in October 2012. She began her non-profit career by serving as the Human Resources Director at a private non-profit Community Action Partnership Agency in northwest Georgia responsible for providing services to over 25,000 low income individuals and families. Prior to this she spent over 20 years in various human resources positions in the broadcast industry at Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and WATL-TV/WXIA-TV in Atlanta. Sandy is a Senior Certified Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) with proven human resources leadership and extensive hands-on generalist experience. Her HR expertise includes benefits administration, employee relations, legal compliance, and performance management. Sandy is a graduate of Georgia State University, with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management with an emphasis in Personnel and Industrial Relations.
Contact Sandy at (404) 853-2815 or email email@example.com
Director of CQI and Practice-based Research
Christy Winter is a licensed social worker and has been with Families First since 2003. During her tenure at Families First, she has assisted with program evaluation and research, developed and implemented an agency-wide data management system, and developed and implemented a CQI process for the agency. She provides support and resources to the agency to ensure high quality services to clients and promote best practices throughout the organization as it moves to a more data driven and outcomes based organization. She oversees all the agency's CQI and compliance processes as well as program evaluation, research, and implementation of evidence-based practices. Christy received her Bachelor's degree from Emory University and her Master's degree in Social Work from Georgia State University.
Contact Christy at (404) 853-2852 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director, Child and Youth Permanency
Peggy oversees the agency's foster care, adoption, and adolescent group home services. Peggy joined Families First staff in 1986 as the Social Work Supervisor for the Pregnancy and Adoption Program. In 1989, she was promoted to Director of the Adoption Program, and expanded the adoption program statewide to include an array of pre- and post- adoption services to families. Peggy's social work background includes supervising residential youth service programs, pregnancy prevention /pregnancy and parenting programs and various adoption programs. Prior to coming to Georgia, Peggy worked for private social service agencies in both Texas and North Carolina. She has played an active role in providing direct services to all members of the adoption triad. She has taught numerous workshops on adoption and child welfare issues and been a strong advocate for professional and legislative change in the field. Peggy graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill, N.C. in 1978 with a MSW. Peggy currently practices as a Licensed Clinical Social worker in Georgia.
Contact Peggy at (404) 853-2867 or email email@example.com.
Director, Family Sustainability and Empowerment
Joyce Sloan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked with Families First for over 30 years providing counseling, outreach and other social services to individuals, families, couples and children in need of clinical assistance. Joyce's areas of specialty includes domestic violence intervention, marital counseling, training and coordination of the Families and Schools Together (FAST) program, community outreach work, and providing supportive services to the homeless population. In 2007 she was promoted to Director of the Community Strategies Unit where she was responsible for managing 15 plus community-based programs that offer services to address some of the community needs throughout the Metropolitan Atlanta area. These programs provide community-based outreach services to pregnant and parenting teens, homeless families, and non-custodial fathers, pre-school to middle school aged students and their parents, and families relocating from public housing. Joyce was voted Families First Employee of the Year in 2007. Joyce holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Clark College and a Master of Social Work Degree from Clark Atlanta University School of Social Work, both in Atlanta, Georgia.
Contact Joyce at (404) 853-2832 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director, Healthy Families and Relationships
Teri Lewis has served as the Executive Director for the AIDS and Adolescents Network of New York, a coalition of youth and health providers and youth affected by HIV/AIDS; and Teen Services Director for Project Reach Youth in Brooklyn, where she led the opening of a school-based, multi-service "Beacon" Community Center for children, youth, adults and families. Since moving to Atlanta in 2000, Teri has provided organizational technical assistance; written curricula and resource guides; trained staff; and replicated national program models on after-school education, teen pregnancy prevention, and youth transitioning from foster care. Her clients have included the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation-funded Partnership for After-School Education (PASE); the Southeastern Network of Youth and Family Services; the Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Opportunities Initiative (MAYOI) of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta; and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at UGA. Teri holds a master's degree in Public Health from Hunter College, where she concentrated in community health and sexuality education; and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Columbia University's School of Business.
Contact Teri at (404) 853-2819 or email email@example.com