Anno is an experienced financial, operational, and visionary executive. Her expertise in strategic leadership, establishing collaborative relationships, and board development for service organizations provides a strong foundation for the continued growth of Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta.
Previously, Ms. Hardage held the position of Chief Development and Marketing Officer for Catholic Charities Atlanta. As a member of the executive team, she was responsible for establishing strategies, policies, and activities required to market the organization’s brand as well as raise funds for agency operations. Anno established the financially successful department while cultivating key relationships with donors, community supporters, the board of directors, volunteers and other non-profits.
Prior to joining Catholic Charities Atlanta, Anno was Director of Client Service at CornerCap Investment Counsel, Inc. She also worked with Raymond James and Associates, where she developed a successful wealth management practice and provided certified instruction for Financial Management for Women. Before beginning her career in the finance industry, Ms. Hardage held the position of Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer of the Archdiocese of Atlanta.
Currently, Ms. Hardage serves on the board of trustees for Sophia Academy and Community Friendship. She has served on the President’s Council for Entrepreneurial Development, the Board of Trustees of the Atlanta Sierra Club, and as Past Treasurer for Art Sandy Springs.
She holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Georgia State University, and resides in Sandy Springs, Georgia. AHardage@GirlsIncATL.org.
Jennifer Kopman, Director of Development
Jennifer is the Director of Development for Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta, where her role is to build strategic and sustainable revenue sources through corporate, foundation and individual donor relationships.
Jennifer graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Social Work and Non-Profit Management. Upon graduation, Jennifer went on to receive her Master of Social Work degree from The University of Illinois at Chicago. Before coming to Atlanta, she was the Development Manager at North Side Housing and Supportive Services, where she focused on donor development, special events and program funding for Chicago’s homeless population.
Jennifer is new to Atlanta and loves to explore all the city has to offer. In her free time, Jennifer loves traveling, trying new restaurants, being with friends and family and Orange Theory. JKopman@GirlsIncATL.org
Jennifer Walker, Director of Finance and Operations
Jennifer is Director of Finance and Operations at Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta with responsibility of overseeing the day to day operations and finances of the nonprofit. She has more than 10 years’ experience in the nonprofit community and has become a strong advocate for the term “It Takes a Village.” She has realizes that all children need to be given the necessary tools to be a STRONG, SMART AND BOLD individuals. She believes that it does not only include education in science, math, social studies and language arts but it incorporates being able to make the right decisions to achieve your goals in life.
During tenure with Girls Inc. she has been able to assist them through transition phases including implementing budget reductions and incubating new business controls. She has developed new policies and procedures, implemented innovative ways to save money, aid with over technology essentials and manage annual budget. She has developed a deep appreciation for how nonprofits seek to improve the quality of life for all one program at a time.
She received her B.S. from Georgia Southern University and Certificate in Information Technology from Clayton College and State University. During her time at Georgia Southern University she served an internship in their Human Resource Department where she gained skills and knowledge is training, recruiting, communication, organizational development, compensation and benefits.
She recently received her Certification of Nonprofit Resource Management and Certification in Nonprofit Finance and Accounting Essentials. She currently volunteers at Community Bible Church and Suder Elementary. JWalker@GirlsIncATL.org
Michelle Graves, Director of Programs
Michelle has a passion to help others achieve their personal success. She endeavors to work with youth to uncover hidden talents, overcome obstacles, enhance confidence, and help them to realize that success is within their reach but comes with hard work and determination. Oprah Winfrey once said, “You only have to believe that you can succeed, that you can be whatever your heart desires, be willing to work for it, and you can have it.”
Michelle recently embarked on my second career in Youth Development after many years in Corporate America, and we are so glad she joined our team! Michelle has always been a public servant, volunteering at various non-profit youth development programs. She worked with college-bound students through scholarship and mentoring programs, while developing and facilitating mentoring training. With her recent move to Georgia, she made the personal commitment to continue this work on a full-time basis with Girls Inc. of Greater Atlanta.
Michelle received her BS in Marketing and Management Information Systems from Syracuse University and then went on to pursue an MBA in Business Management from LaSalle University. She also earned an Associates Certificate in Project Management. MGraves@GirlsIncATL.org
Carolyn Wells, Center Operations and Program Facilitator
Carolyn has been serving with Girls Inc. of Greater Atlanta since 2012, and in that time has grown to be a vital part of the team ensuring that our center is well stocked and prepared for the girls.
Carolyn has been a community volunteer for most of her life, serving with a mentoring program called Sister to Sister for over 12 years, and also giving her time to the Montclair, NJ Public Schools as a PTA President, School Review Chair, Fundraiser, and Tutor. Since moving to the Metro area, Carolyn has volunteered at the Smyrna Public Library and the Cobb Community Service Board with Project Lynx.
Carolyn has received various community and volunteer service awards, including the YWCA 50 Women You Should Know. She considers it a privilege to be working with the girls of Girls Inc. and loves inspiring them to be Strong, Smart, and Bold! CWells@GirlsIncATL.org
Chinyere Jones, Program Facilitator
Chinyere moved to Atlanta in 2012 to study Psychology and Philosophy at Spelman College. Since her transition to Georgia, her time has been dedicated to doing intense work with multiple organizations that provide social emotional and educational services for sex trafficked youth, youth in foster care, as well as families experiencing homelessness.
She joined Girls Inc. in 2017 and considers herself fortunate to work alongside group of passionate and accomplished women. Before Girls Inc. Chinyere worked as a social and emotional skills mentor and STEAM curriculum developer for Wings for Kids. There she led an art and engineering activity course, taught methods of responsible decision making, social and self-awareness, self-management, and relationship skills to elementary students. She also spent several months as an education specialist and tutor for Action Ministries.
Chinyere also has a creative arts background in performance poetry, abstract painting, dance, choreography, theater, concert band, and choral performance. In her efforts to pursue her life’s work, she prioritizes the blending of art within education, and challenges her students to consistently explore and express their creativity in positive ways. CJones@GirlsIncATL.org.
Joy Holiday, Office Administrator
Joy started with Girls Inc. as a volunteer from the AARP Senior Program during the summer of 2014. Joy volunteeed until September 2015, when she became a part-time staff member. Joy is the face you see when you enter the building and fully represents our motto of STRONG, SMART and BOLD.
Joy is a Marietta native and was the first black graduate from Marietta High School. She received a BS in Urban Life from Georgia State University and was a member of the Alpha Kappa Delta honor society. Joy is also state certified to teach grades K-8.
Before coming to Girls Inc. Joy worked in staffing, customer service, sales, and was even a music instructor. Joy loves her job working with the girls and believes that we are destined to make a difference. BHoliday@GirlsIncATL.org.