LEADERSHIP

2015 - 2017 Elected Officers

President
Tereance Puryear, president@ulga-yp.org


Tereance Puryear is a Logistics IT Product Analyst with XPO Logistics.  Tereance holds a dual-Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in Logistics and Marketing from Georgia Southern University. Also, he earned his Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) designation from the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS). A native “Atlantan” with a strong commitment to service in the community, he also serves as a Scout Leader with Boy Scouts Troop 100 at Best Academy, an advisory board member of The Scholarship Academy, and member of the Emerging 100 of Atlanta.  He is a 2013 Fellow of New Leaders Council Atlanta, 2011 alumnus of United Way V.I.P. (Volunteer Involvement Program), and currently in the LEAD Atlanta 2017 cohort.  In his leisure time, he enjoys reading, bowling, softball and kickball.  Tereance is a proud and active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.  

Immediate Past President
Ciji Tatum, ipp@ulga-yp.org


Vice President
Ashley Nealy, vp@ulga-yp.org


Ashley Nealy is the Web Team Lead for the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration and the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Mindly Maven, LLC, a creative solutions company. Ashley holds a special passion for exposing students to STEM through her fund at Kennesaw State University where she holds both a Bachelor's and Master's in Information Systems. Ashley is the recipient of the NextGen Public Service Award for Innovation and the Black Data Processing Associates Individual PACEsetter Award for Community Service. Ashley has been recognized as an Outstanding Atlantan Class of 2015 and has been featured as one of the "5 Female Web Developers You Should Follow on Twitter.” She is involved with many initiatives across metro Atlanta including serving as President of Young Government Leaders - Atlanta.


Secretary
Brittany Davis-Hurt, secretary@ulga-yp.org


Brittany is an Asset Manager for Walton Communities, where she has received some of the industry’s highest designations and certifications. She creatively expresses herself as a TV/Film Wardrobe Stylist and as Co-owner of an emerging online clothing boutique, Muse & Enthuse, LLC.

Her passion for the advancement of adolescent girls and under-served communities, demonstrates her tenacity towards being an agent of change. She serves as Program Development Director of Enchanted Closet and as a Cheerleading Coach for Sandtown Youth Sports Association.

Brittany earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Business Administration from Georgia State University and Texas A&M University-Commerce, respectively.


Treasurer 
Michael Twum,

treasurer@ulga-yp.org



Michael Twum is the Treasurer of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta Young Professionals, sits on the DeKalb board for the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta as well as is a co-founding member of I Am Black Business, Inc. a technology company that provides a platform for black businesses to connect with other black owned businesses as well as consumer. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University, Clark Atlanta University, and Keller University (DeVry).

After graduating from NC State, Michael joined The Coca-Cola Company, where he is now a principal accountant in Treasury accounting as well as a subject matter expert in Employee Stock Options of Benefits accounting. Michael has a passion for giving back to his community by helping to expose young men and women to the many different educational and future job opportunities through organizations like the Boys and Girls Club College Bound program as well as leading community service initiatives through The Coca-Cola Company's Controllers Group. 


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Wade Ivy, III, a Mississippi native, is an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where he conducts surveillance and research on HIV transmission in the United States. Wade is devoted to investigating and combating the macroeconomic, structural, and social forces that drive inequities in health for the underserved and marginalized populations of the United States. 

A former political awareness committee chairperson, Wade is currently the Policy and Procedures Chairperson for Urban League of Greater Atlanta -- Young Professionals, and has been a devoted member of the organization since 2010. 

Wade is also the CEO and Cofounder of Roomedi.com, a hotel room sharing service to like-minded travelers. Roomedi helps to reduce the costs of travel to events such as conferences, concerts, and competitions by making it find a roommate.

When he is not fighting for equality and justice, Wade is seeking adventure somewhere in the great outdoors -- trekking the North Georgia mountains, backpacking the Andes, or rafting down the Colorado river. Wade is also a chief editor for The PoliTicker, the ULGA-YP’s political and social blog.

Wade received a bachelor’s degree from Grambling State University where he majored in biology.  He was trained in epidemiology at the University of Michigan, where he received his MPH, and at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he received his PhD. 



Committees & 2016 - 2017 Chairs

Community Service
Chair: Shalondra Young, service@ulga-yp.org

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The Community Service Committee plans regular activities for member participation. ULGA-YP works with youth, seniors, college students and other community groups on projects throughout the metro Atlanta area.

Shalondra is a human services advocate who is passionate about education, growth, and mentorship in the lives of young people. Shalondra develops a great deal of her time to putting together community programs and  establishing partnerships that aide our young peoples growth and success into adulthood. Shalondra is currently the Program Manager for a  non profit, working with homeless and foster care teens who suffer with mental illness. 

Prior to her relocation to Atlanta, Shalondra served on several site wide and community boards advocating for change, transformation, and equality in the lives of under privilege youth. She has actively worked on boards and committees in the areas of Domestic Minor Human Trafficking, The Homeless Coalition, Florida REACH Educational Initiative, Florida Children’s First Legal Services, The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Questioning Workgroup, and Florida Delinquency Reentry Workgroups.  Shalondra believes that every child deserves a second chance and in order for that to happen we as professionals must be the change we want to see in the lives of our children. 

Shalondra joined the Urban League Greater Atlanta Young Professionals just one week after relocating to Atlanta. Shalondra has been very active in several ULGA-YP communities since joining the organization after her move in 2015.Shalondra leaves us with a quote from one of her favorite artist Mya Angelou “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”.



Membership
Chair: Shalondan Hollingshed, membership@ulga-yp.org



The Membership Committee organizes all efforts to attract and retain members, including New Member Orientation mixers and attendance at events where the young professional demographic is present.

Shalondan Hollingshed is the Sr. Manager of revenue cycle operations for 10 divisions at The Emory Clinic. She provides support to over 200 physicians and administrators in clinics and hospitals all across metro Atlanta. Shalondan’s passion for learning and service led her to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and a Master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of Georgia. She also has an M.B.A in Organizational Management from Georgia State University and is currently a participant in two premiere leadership development programs; LEAD Atlanta and the NUL Emerging Leader Program. Shalondan enjoys serving the community through various nonprofit organizations and traveling all over the world. Her favorite saying is "Be the love this world needs to see."


Social & Cultural
Chair: Christie Sithiphone,  social@ulga-yp.org



The Social & Cultural Committee coordinates regular activities for member participation. The committee actively seeks venues in the metro Atlanta area and beyond that speak to the tastes of our membership, for parties, networking mixers, excursions, and other activities.

Christie Sithiphone is the Director of Programs for LEAD Atlanta, the premier program in Metro Atlanta that seeks to empower and equip young leaders to affect positive change. In this role, Christie is focused exclusively on planning LEAD Atlanta programs, facilitating the selections process and growing the LEAD Atlanta Alumni Association. Established in 2004 as an initiative of Leadership Atlanta, the program is distinguished by its unique integration of personal, professional and community education. 

Outside of work, Christie is passionate about community service. She serves on the Executive Board of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta-Young Professionals as the Social & Cultural Committee Chair. The committee coordinates networking mixers, parties and other social & cultural activities for members. Christie also serves on the board of the National Association for Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) in Atlanta as the VP of Professional Development.

When she’s not working or volunteering, Christie loves all things related to music, travel and food. As a self-proclaimed “Community Connector,” Christie enjoys making a positive impact in both business and social settings.

Christie attended The University of Tennessee-Knoxville and received her Bachelor of Science in Communications. Her hometown is Nashville, Tennessee.



Public Relations
Chair: Nicole Albertie, news@ulga-yp.org
 
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The Public Relations Committee manages all communications, including the ULGA-YP website, e-newsletter, social media properties, media relations, and regular e-mail updates to members and partners.

Nicole Albertie is Public Relations Chair for the Urban League of Greater Atlanta - Young Professionals. A native of Houston, TX, Nicole is a proud HBCU alum of Fort Valley State University and has an MFA in Advertising from Savannah College of Art and Design. Currently, she is Senior Art Director for Epsilon and has worked on direct marketing campaigns for Toyota, Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo. Nicole is also the owner of the creative consulting group, Enroot Creative, LLC, which specializes in user experience, art direction and creative consulting for nonprofits. She is committed to giving back to the community and has served with ULGA-YP and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. After hours, Nicole is the creator of the YouTube channel, Dear Homey.  Dear Homey explores DIY home decor, interior design trends, and African-American culture.



Fundraising
Chair: Kwame Ofori, fundraising@ulga-yp.org



The Fundraising Committee leads organizational efforts to develop the financial capacity of ULGA-YP, through corporate sponsorship, individual giving and in-kind donations.

Kwame A. Ofori, MBA is the 2016-17 ULGA-YP Fundraising Chair position. Immediately after graduating with an engineering degree from Georgia Tech, Kwame relocated to St. Louis to work in sensor engineering with The Boeing Company. While in St. Louis, Kwame assisted numerous non-profits, including executive board experience as ULYP of Metropolitan St. Louis Professional Development Chair and as National Society of Black Engineers St. Louis Treasurer. During that time, he also attained a MBA degree at Saint Louis University’s Cook School of Business.

In 2015, Kwame relocated back to Atlanta as a fledgling entrepreneur in Atlanta’s burgeoning technology startup space. Since returning, Kwame has contributed to ULGA-YP as a teammate within the ULGA-YP Political Awareness Committee and helped lead the YP group-fitness program, “Get Lean With the League”. In addition, he has also volunteered in the STEM space with NSBE-Atlanta. In his spare time, Kwame likes to participate in Atlanta’s art, music, tech, and fitness events.



Personal & Professional Development
Chair: Brittany Marshall, ppd@ulga-yp.org



The PPD Committee is responsible for ULGA-YP’s programming needs, including the Personal & Professional Development workshops held at every general body meeting. The committee also hosts networking mixers and identifies opportunities through the Health & Wellness Task Force and Political Awareness Committee.

A West Palm Beach, Florida native, Brittany Marshall received her Bachelors in Health Education from the University of Florida, Masters in Public Health from the University of South Florida, and Doctorate in Public Health from the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Broadly, Brittany’s practice and research interests include HIV prevention among vulnerable populations, program evaluation, and implementation science.


Brittany began her career with the federal government as a member of the second class of the Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2008. Since then, she was worked in public health in a variety of settings, from non-profit, to state government, and has recently returned back to the federal arena at CDC. Currently, Brittany  is an ORISE Evaluation Fellow at CDC where she works in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention.

Brittany has held leadership positions at the local, state, and national level. Notably, she served as the Chair of the American Public Health Association (APHA) Student Assembly and member of APHA’s Executive Board. Her other board service includes the CDC Public Health Associate Program Alumni Association (2015 President), Divas, MPH (2015-2016 Experiences Committee Co-Chair), Young Government Leaders, Atlanta Chapter (2017 Secretary), and the Urban League of Greater Atlanta Young Professionals (2017 Personal and Professional Development Chair). She is a Fall 2016 graduate of the United Way of Greater Atlanta Volunteer Involvement Program and a member of the Spring 2017 class of GeorgiaForward’s Young Gamechangers. Most recently, she was selected as a member of the inaugural class of the Emerging Leaders of DeKalb sponsored by Leadership DeKalb. In her spare time, Brittany is an avid makeup collector and enjoys trying out new recipes while entertaining family and friends.


Political Awareness
Chair: Keith Bell, political@ulga-yp.org

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The Political Awareness Committee leads all organizational efforts to increase civic knowledge, participation and activism. Committee activities include voter registration drives, poll worker drives, canvassing, debate watch parties, and the election-year Super Saturday seminar.

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