Volunteers serve as Family Promise of Gwinnett Board of Trustees for three years. The current officers and members are:
Lakeisha Cramer – President
Lakeisha has 15 years of public service experience working with foster children, adoptions, teen parents, developmentally disabled, and homeless individuals. She is dedicated to empowering others to move beyond their current situation and better their lives. Lakeisha enjoys reading and traveling. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in sociology and Masters of Public Administration with a specialization in Nonprofit Management. Lakeisha has been working with Family Promise since 2012. She began her work with Family Promise as the Senior Case Manager and Program Director. She continues to work in the housing arena at the local community development office, and she hopes to move Family Promise into a greater direction so that more homeless families can be served.
Gwen Perkins – Vice President
Gwen Perkins is a vice president and Treasury Product Consultant with Wells Fargo Bank. She has 23 years of experience in banking, primarily in Treasury Management serving in sales and consulting roles. Gwen has earned designation as a Certified Treasury Professional from the Association for Financial Professionals. She holds a B.A. degree in Communications from Mississippi State University. Gwen became interested in the cause of homelessness as a volunteer at a homeless shelter many years ago. Over the past 20 years she has worked to design and deliver training and personal development initiatives in various settings. Gwen’s passion is helping others understand and experience the abundant life that comes from knowing themselves and who they are in Christ. She currently serves as a mentor with the Family Promise Mentoring program and as a volunteer with the Salt Light Center. Her hobbies include traveling, sports and music.
Anita Solty – Treasurer
Anita is Office Manager at Capital Endeavors in Lawrenceville. She previously worked at H&R Block for 14 years where she was District Operations Coordinator responsible for operations for 31 H&R Block offices in the Atlanta area. Since 1995 she has been a member of Lawrenceville First United Methodist Church where she is active with the United Methodist Women’s group and the Jordan Sunday School Class. In addition to the Family Promise Gwinnett Board of Trustees, she is a member of the Lawrenceville Woman’s Club, the Women’s Cancer Council, and the Fund Development Committee for the Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PADV). She and her husband Ed have two daughters, Alex and Sarah. Anita’s hobbies include quilting and pottery.
Chris Savage – Secretary
Chris currently serves as Manager of Intellectual Property for Southern Company. Prior to assuming this role, Chris held a variety of leadership responsibilities at the corporate office, and in the field, which include: Gwinnett, Metro North (Alta), Rome, Metro Southwest (Alta), Marketing, Products and Services, the Business Call Center and Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi.
Chris holds a Master’s degree in Business from Berry College and undergraduate in economics. He serves on the Georgia State Intellectual Property Round Table as well as the Licensing Executive Society. Chris is active in the community, serving on the board of directors for Gwinnett Technical Adult Education and Family Promise Board of Trustees. He also serves on USAF Auxiliary Georgia Wing Staff and holds a commercial and instrument pilot’s license. Chris and his wife, Peggy, are members of the Methodist church and parents of two sons and a daughter – Grace, Jack and James.
S. Lynn Boren-Parris is the owner of Sage Office Systems, LLC, a Gwinnett business that provides back office administrative services, marketing support, and QuickBooks operations to small businesses of less than 25 employees. She brings more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector to Family Promise of Gwinnett County. She has worked in various capacities with several metro Atlanta non-profits including The Empty Stocking Fund, YouthPride, and Open Hand Atlanta (formerly Project Open Hand). A native of metro Atlanta, she and her spouse moved to Gwinnett County in 2006. Shortly thereafter, they became members of Lawrenceville First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Lynn is not new to Family Promise of Gwinnett as she has served as a volunteer for many years, primarily as a Day Center host or as an Overnight Host. She also volunteers on a regular basis with Lost Dogs Georgia to help reunite “furkids” with their “pet parents” and is an avid college football fan, especially the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Auburn University.
Wakeitha Cunningham who is studying to receive her bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a minor in Leadership at University of North Georgia in Oakwood. Before returning to school, Wakeitha worked in customer service position for more than 20 years.
Wakeitha and her family are active members of Faith Free Full Gospel Church in Buford. Wakeitha enjoys helping people in whatever capacity she can. She participates in her church ministries and school clubs/organizations along with volunteering at many different non-profit organizations.
Wakeitha is married with two children, an active 14-year-old son and a very busy 19-yer-old daughter who currently attends Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville. During her free tie, Wakeitha enjoys couponing, shopping and weekend getaways anywhere just to relax.
“It is an honor to serve on the Board of the Family Promise Center,” Wakeitha said. “I look forward to God continuing to use me to be a light to his people!”
Greg Starks is an award-winning media professional with over two decades of experience in video production. He is a member of Mountain Park First Baptist Church in Stone Mountain.
Greg’s favorite Bible passage comes from Ephesians 6. The directive to put on “The Full Armor of God” resonates with him because he sees it as a call to stand for those who are in need. Greg’s public service work includes feeding migrant farm workers in north Florida, assisting in an adult literacy program, and producing video content for numerous charitable organizations. He is a recipient of the Ronald McDonald House “Caring and Sharing” Award.
Greg graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from the University of West Georgia in 1996. A native of Dalton, GA, Greg currently serves as Assistant Director of Digital Media at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville.
Hope Underwood is the Senior Accountant at First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville. She received a B.S. in Business Administration with a major in Finance from Auburn University. Hope and her family have been active members at FUMC Lawrenceville since 1990 and she has been on staff since 1996.
Through her church, Hope has volunteered with Family Promise, Habitat for Humanity, the Lawrenceville Co-op, Wishes 4 Me Foundation and other local and foreign missions. Serving on the board of Family Promise in an honor and a great place to join God where he is already at work in our community.
Toya Weaver is currently a Senior Accountant for a firm based in Atlanta. She has been in the accounting field for almost 20 years, and she holds a dual Bachelors of Science in Business and a Masters in the Science of Accountancy.
Toya has had the privilege to serve guest families in several capacities from teaching to driving since 2011. In addition, Toya‘s heart to serve on the Family Promise Board comes from having experienced homelessness, as well.
Sarah Zimmerman is Communication Coordinator for the Food Fortification Initiative based at Emory University. The Oklahoma native has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Oklahoma Baptist University. Her entire career has been in writing and marketing, other than one year as a sixth-grade language arts teacher in Doraville and an agriculture Peace Corp volunteer in Africa. In Gwinnett County she enjoys mentoring international students in her neighborhood and cycling with friends. She was introduced to Family Promise at Berkmar United Methodist Church in Lilburn.
Not pictured: Rev. Ryan Jensen, pastor of Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church. Ryan is from Shelbyville, Tennessee and is a graduate of The University of Memphis (BBA) and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (MDiv). A lifelong Presbyterian, he was ordained into ministry in 2009 at Government Street Presbyterian Church in Mobile, Alabama and has also served churches in Shelbyville and Franklin, Tennessee. Ryan is married to Laura Massey Jensen has two children. Ryan loves spending time with his family and is an occasional runner, swimmer, and canoe guide. He enjoys spending time perfecting the art of smoked pork ribs, and is forever hopeful for a Memphis Tiger victory. He became pastor of Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church in 2012 and is passionate about worship, mission, youth ministry, and dreaming about the future of Christ’s church. He strongly believes in critical thought, a radically inclusive church, and remaining vigilant in following and serving Jesus.