Volunteers serve as Family Promise of Gwinnett Board of Trustees for three years. The current officers and members are:
Lakeisha Jones – 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 degree in sociology and a masters of public administration with a specialization in nonprofit management. Lakeisha has worked with Family Promise since 2012, beginning as Senior Case Manager and Program Director. She continues to work in the public service arena as the Director of Social Services for a large non-profit. Lakeisha 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.
Sarah Zimmerman – Secretary
Sarah is Communications 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 another year as 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 which is now The Nett Church.
Alisa Ensley’s professional career includes working for Georgia Power in various corporate communications position during a 26-year career with the company. Her roles included managing marketing communications, advertising and company sports marketing and sponsorship activities.
Her volunteer work includes serving on Georgia Power’s employee non-profit board Club of Heart as vice-chair of communications, committee member for Collins Hills Education Foundation, board member for the Adaptive Learning Center, and Gwinnett Fund Development Committee member for Partnership Against Domestic Violence.
She is a proud graduate of the University of Florida and loves to cheer her Gaters deep in enemy territory. Her other interests include playing golf with her husband Russ and visiting family in Florida. Her daughter Erin is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia.
Sarah Jackson is a career adviser for the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act program, a federal grant program that supports education, training and workforce development for unemployed and underemployed individuals. She truly knows “it takes a village” and is extremely passionate about empowering families to achieve self-sufficiency.
While serving on the board for Family Promise, Sarah would like to increase college student involvement/volunteerism and increase collaboration with families for education/career opportunities.
Dr. C. Douglas Johnson is a multi-faceted scholar/practitioner with varied experiences in academia, consulting and corporate America. He leverages his educational, applied and lived experience to facilitate active learning geared to enhance personal and professional development. Equipped with degrees (and practice) in accounting, human resources, and industrial/organizational psychology, Douglas engages in competency development with students and serves in the community to affect the quality of life through education leadership development efforts. He strives to inspire social action and transformation, while serving as a voice for those living in the shadows of society to include those facing housing insecurity.
He is an active community leader, serving in roles and on boards of organizations whose missions align with his objectives (such as Leadership Gwinnett, Gwinnett County Public Schools Community-Based Mentoring Program, and the Lawrenceville-Duluth Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated). He is committed to the development of the next generation of leaders as evidenced by his work as a Professor of Leadership and Management at Georgia Gwinnett College, his research, volunteerism, and being an active father.
Oceanna Pappilon has more than 18 years of extensive knowledge and experience with several states in the human resources and equal employment opportunity field. Her educational background includes a master’s degree in science management with a concentration in human resources as well as a dual bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and sociology.
Aside from her professional duties, Oceanna has a passion to be a part of the community. She is a graduate of the Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute. In addition she has been the guest speaker on various community panels.
She was a rape crisis advocate for more than eight years, and she has been a volunteer with the United Way and Voters Registration. She is certified as a Trainer for Trainers with the Wholistic Stress Management INC.
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.