Building Bridges and Improving Futures

Next Gen builds bridges for students who have been traditionally overlooked to prepare them for success after graduation. Through exposure to college and career options and consistent support from mentors, Next Gen opens doors and makes connections to help students discover their full potential.

Mission

To provide students who have been traditionally overlooked for enrichment opportunities with increased access to the exposure and support needed to graduate ready for college and career.

Vision

Every high school student has equal access to the support they need to gain the confidence, skills and connections to achieve success after graduation.

Meet Our Diverse Team

Our team is committed to empowering tomorrow’s leaders, one student at a time.

Phil Olaleye

Executive Director

Meet Phil, the dynamo behind Next Gen! As our Executive Director since 2017, Phil brings boundless energy to leading strategic growth, fundraising, and management. But that's not all – Phil's journey is packed with adventure! Before joining us, he…

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Phil Olaleye

Executive Director

Meet Phil, the dynamo behind Next Gen! As our Executive Director since 2017, Phil brings boundless energy to leading strategic growth, fundraising, and management. But that's not all – Phil's journey is packed with adventure! Before joining us, he rocked as the Director of Performance Management at WorkSource Atlanta and even spread his magic as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines. And wait for it... Phil's also our superhero State Representative for Georgia House District 59, championing Atlanta and East Point with his unstoppable spirit!

Dana Nichols

Director of Development

Superpower: My superpower is empathy. I share the feelings of others and enjoy nurturing relationships and building meaningful connections. I love engaging with people and hearing their personal stories and perspectives.…

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Dana Nichols

Director of Development

Superpower: My superpower is empathy. I share the feelings of others and enjoy nurturing relationships and building meaningful connections. I love engaging with people and hearing their personal stories and perspectives.

Fun Fact: I ran two marathons - Chicago and New York City

Symone Gerren

Director of Programs

Superpower: My super power is creative thinking. I love the sight of a blank canvas, it allows me to bring an unseen vision to life. I thrive at bringing people and challenges together to solve problems in clever, original…

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Symone Gerren

Director of Programs

Superpower: My super power is creative thinking. I love the sight of a blank canvas, it allows me to bring an unseen vision to life. I thrive at bringing people and challenges together to solve problems in clever, original ways.

Fun Fact: Music is my love language, I was named after the great Nina Simone.

Josee Dolce

Programs Manager

Superpower: My superpower is the ability to inspire and serve with compassion. It brings me joy to see the bigger picture and come up with innovative ways that I can assist in bringing the vision to life. While serving, I am able to…

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Josee Dolce

Programs Manager

Superpower: My superpower is the ability to inspire and serve with compassion. It brings me joy to see the bigger picture and come up with innovative ways that I can assist in bringing the vision to life. While serving, I am able to foster strong connections with others and provide a supportive presence in their lives.

Fun Fact: I'm a huge Boston Celtics Fan!

Eric Thomas Jr.

Programs Coordinator

Superpower: My superpower is shape shifting. This involves the ability to transform oneself to be of service to others. I am able to camouflage and observe while analyzing the needs of others. Then with the knowledge I gain, I alter…

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Eric Thomas Jr.

Programs Coordinator

Superpower: My superpower is shape shifting. This involves the ability to transform oneself to be of service to others. I am able to camouflage and observe while analyzing the needs of others. Then with the knowledge I gain, I alter myself to be the support, the guidance and the advocate that others need.

Fun Fact: I am an enthusiast of Japanese culture!

Hanna Wood

Data & Technology Manager

Superpower: My super power is persistence. As long as I can imagine a solution, I can make it happen - no matter how much googling it takes. I love making unique, user-designed systems, and I’m a big fan of a good…

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Hanna Wood

Data & Technology Manager

Superpower: My super power is persistence. As long as I can imagine a solution, I can make it happen - no matter how much googling it takes. I love making unique, user-designed systems, and I’m a big fan of a good spreadsheet.

Fun Fact: I usually opt for shoes that are easy to slip off, so you'll often find me padding around the office in my socks on a regular basis.

Milton Conde

Development Manager, Strategic Partnerships

Superpower: My superpower is Nexus Networking. A superpower rooted in building and nurturing relationships, with the ability to forge deep connections and inspire generosity. My strength lies in harnessing the power of relationships…

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Milton Conde

Development Manager, Strategic Partnerships

Superpower: My superpower is Nexus Networking. A superpower rooted in building and nurturing relationships, with the ability to forge deep connections and inspire generosity. My strength lies in harnessing the power of relationships to propel organizations towards their goals, making a meaningful and lasting difference in the world through collaborative philanthropy.

Fun Fact: Coming from El Salvador, one of my favorite meals is garrobo - a black iguana found throughout Central America. How does it taste? Similar to alligator and just like chicken!

DeMorris Marable

Communications Manager

Superpower: My superpower is bringing words and brands to life. Whether it's crafting compelling narratives, designing engaging content, or orchestrating impactful campaigns, I thrive on communicating the heart and soul of a brand…

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DeMorris Marable

Communications Manager

Superpower: My superpower is bringing words and brands to life. Whether it's crafting compelling narratives, designing engaging content, or orchestrating impactful campaigns, I thrive on communicating the heart and soul of a brand to its audience, leaving a lasting impression that resonates.

Fun Fact: I’m probably the biggest Serena Williams fan you’ll ever meet.

Marian Rosario

Programs Coordinator

Superpower: My superpower lies in my ability to foster deep and meaningful connections. Empathy is my greatest strength, enabling me to not only walk in someone else's shoes but to dance in them. Through empowering those around me,…

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Marian Rosario

Programs Coordinator

Superpower: My superpower lies in my ability to foster deep and meaningful connections. Empathy is my greatest strength, enabling me to not only walk in someone else's shoes but to dance in them. Through empowering those around me, stronger communities are built, relationships are nurtured, and a sense of unity is instilled.

Fun Fact: I am very creative, I love to sing and write!

Ben Masters

Development Coordinator

Superpower: My super power is creativity. It fuels my ability to solve problems and conceive original campaigns to engage our donors. With every challenge, I come with fresh ideas and skillfully craft compelling strategies that make…

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Ben Masters

Development Coordinator

Superpower: My super power is creativity. It fuels my ability to solve problems and conceive original campaigns to engage our donors. With every challenge, I come with fresh ideas and skillfully craft compelling strategies that make a lasting impact.

Fun Fact: I love the Atlanta Hawks!

Board of Directors

Our board’s guidance and strategic vision are reshaping educational norms, ensuring that every student, regardless of their standing, receives the support and tools to chart their path toward success.

Ashani O’Mard

Senior Vice President // Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership
Board Chair

Michael Baptiste

Vice President of Diversity Equity and Inclusion // Metro Atlanta Chamber
Board Member

Ramona Burada

Senior VP Middle Market Banker // TRUIST
Board Member

Erica Cummings

Community Volunteer, Former Educator
Board Secretary

Joyce Davis

Director of Communications for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Social Impact // Pearson
Board Member

Cara Frattasi

Director of Communications & External Relations // Purpose Built Schools Atlanta
Vice Chair

Eric Hurst

North American Utility Engagement Senior Energy Manager // Amazon
Board Member

Arthur Mills

Chief Operating Officer // America's Promise Alliance
Treasurer

Ladonna Murphy

Executive Director Market Director Banking // JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Board Member

Rob Schuler

Senior Director, Business Process Transformation // Honeywell
Board Member

Heiwote Tadesse

Executive Vice President, Member Relations // Associated Credit Union
Board Member

Sabrina Serafin

Partner and National Practice Leader // Frazier & Deeter
Board Member

Dayton Velarde

Senior Associate // Alston & Bird
Board Member

Emeritus Board Members

A heartfelt thank you to our Emeritus Board Members at Next Gen. Your wisdom and dedication remain invaluable to our nonprofit, guiding our mission and empowering students.

Ian Cohen

TARA Education Technologies LLC
Founder of Next Generation Men and Women

Brian Sadler

Instructor // University of Georgia

Travis Salters

Boston College Law School J.D. Candidate
Founder of Next Generation Men and Women

Ben Sperling

Associate Brand Manager // Mars Wrigley
Founder of Next Generation Men and Women

Chris Thomas

Principal Team Leader // Chick-fil-A Corporate

Advisory Council

Our Advisory Council, composed of visionaries and industry leaders, guides our initiatives, amplifying our impact to nurture every student’s journey beyond limits.

Arlenis Almonte

Sr. Project Lead, Integrated Creative–Multicultural // Chick-fil-A

Jessica Johnson

Business Development Manager // Georgia Chamber of Commerce

Daniel L. Stahl

Smith + Howard - Principal // Assurance Quality Control

Sara Simonds

Manager, Talent // Deloitte

JP Ortiz

Writer and EcoEntrepreneur // The Wall Green Journal

Christen Wright

President // CDW Management Group
Board Member
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