Julio Carrillo
Chief Executive Officer

Julio Carrillo (pronunciation: Cay-reel-yo) is passionate about bringing strategic business thinking to Georgia’s nonprofit sector and driving measurable impact for organizations addressing issues that affect the stability and success of at-risk youth and families in low-opportunity communities. Named CEO of HOPE Atlanta in April of 2022, he believes that in addition to being the #1 state for business, Georgia can become a model for tackling homelessness and hunger through collective action.

Julio is leading the team with the mindset that no matter the root causes, homelessness, and hunger are humanitarian crises that shouldn’t be considered a “normal” part of society. Yet, these issues are surprisingly widespread. Some 10,000 Georgians experience homelessness daily, while an estimated one in nine face hunger or food insecurity. One in three of those are children. The new strategic plan for HOPE Atlanta will provide an integrated solution to tackle this head through collaboration, innovation, and partnerships across the state.

Prior to HOPE Atlanta, he served as Chief Operating Officer for Families First during the height of COVID. During this challenging time, Julio’s leadership style focused on trust, impact, and accountability resulting in a more agile and stronger organization poised to meet both the immediate and long-term needs of the team and our clients. He helped Families First to continue to serve more than 16,000 families including Hispanic Latino families during Covid-19 with basic needs, access to vaccinations, food, and technology.

In 2006, Carrillo pivoted from supply chain and inventory management roles in the private sector (The Fresh Market and Cesca Logistics) to the public sector by joining Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta. For more than a decade through various operational and programming roles including COO, Carrillo helped its Atlanta staff and 100% volunteer workforce of 3,400 adult mentors to become an example to hundreds of chapters nationwide, showcasing better ways to mentor more children and change the trajectory of their lives.

Impressed with the impact of newly implemented nonprofit technology solutions that significantly enhanced the effectiveness and efficiencies of the Big Brothers Big Sisters agency, in 2017 Carrillo jumped at the chance to oversee the operations of TechBridge, a nonprofit providing creative technology transformations exclusively to nonprofit organizations working primarily in food security, homelessness and workforce development. Carrillo developed the nonprofit’s leadership, launched revenue streams, and helped manage consulting teams in forty-seven states (and India) delivering 1,300 projects and serving clients like Feeding America and Habitat for Humanity.

A recognized change-maker and collaborative leader, Carrillo was selected as a member of the 2016 Leadership Atlanta class where he initiated outreach about domestic/intimate partner violence with the Latinx and LGBTQ communities. In 2017, he was named one of the Atlanta Business Chronicles’ 40 under 40, the editors of Atlanta Magazine have chosen him as one of our city’s most powerful leaders by The Atlanta 500 and most recently he has been chosen by Georgia Trend as one of the Top 500 leaders in the state. He currently serves as a Board member to Leadership Atlanta. Agape Youth & Family Center, Atlanta Victim Assistance, and the GreenLight Fund. Carrillo is a native of Colombia, South America. He earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in Spain. He is certified in Strategy and Innovation by Columbia University, City of New York. Carrillo speaks English and Spanish.

Elizabeth Banks, MPH
Chief Programs Officer

Elizabeth Banks is a public health practitioner and non-profit strategist who is devoted to creating healthy and equitable communities. With over 10 years of experience in research and strategic management, Elizabeth brings a valued skill set in performance optimization and program development. Prior to joining HOPE Atlanta, Elizabeth worked with Families First, the Foundation for Veterans’ Education and Research, UCLA Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, and several consulting agencies including James Bell & Associates. She holds a Master’s in Public Health from Emory University and, through her work with nonprofits, has specialized in program design, research and evaluation, and strategic management. As an up-and-coming leader in Atlanta, Elizabeth was selected as a member of Atlanta Women’s Foundations Inspire Class of 2022 and Georgia Forward’s Young Gamechanger Class of 2023.

Kellie Glenn
Chief Development Officer

Kellie Glenn is a passionate and dedicated non-profit leader with a background in social work and fundraising.  She has worked in the Atlanta non-profit sector for over 20 years and brings with her experience with programmatic direct care and engaging the Atlanta philanthropic community in missions that will impact populations in need.  As a first-generation college graduate, she earned her degree in Social Work from Georgia State University and worked with children diagnosed with emotional & behavioral disorders and provided case management services for clients with developmental disabilities.  It was her passion for youth and those experiencing homelessness that led her to nearly nine years of service on Covenant House Georgia’s Development Team during a period of exponential growth.  In 2020, Kellie was honored to be named one of the Atlanta Business Chronicles’ 40 under 40.  She has a huge heart for populations who are underserved in the Atlanta community and loves to engage others in the meaningful work that makes an impact on individuals’ lives. Kellie is an Atlanta resident along with her husband James and is a proud mother to two incredible children. She is thrilled to be part of the long history of Hope Atlanta and is excited about the future impact that is and has yet to be made to help Atlantan’s overcome homelessness.

Paula Scotman
Chief Financial Officer

Paula’s career commenced in New York as an auditor specializing in nonprofit, education, and government audits. Progressing into leadership roles encompassing finance, administration, human resources, and information technology, she effectively managed these critical functions for various organizations in New York. Subsequently, she joined Emory University in Georgia, where she spent a decade skillfully overseeing finance, operations, dining, and human resources for auxiliary services. Paula’s educational qualifications include an MBA from Emory Goizueta Business School, a Juris Master from Emory school of Law, and a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Finance & Human Resources from the esteemed New School University. Her commitment to continuous learning is exemplified through her Post Graduate Certificates in Evaluation and Assessment Methods from Agnes Scott College and her Six Sigma Green Belt certification.Beyond her professional accomplishments, Paula is a dedicated volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) advocating passionately for services benefiting children in foster care. Additionally, she actively contributes to the empowerment of young adults by teaching financial literacy, equipping them with invaluable skills for future success.

Sarah Buckley
Director of Foundational and Institutional Giving

Sarah Buckley is an experienced fundraising professional with a passion for telling the stories of nonprofits and helping achieve their missions through effective fundraising strategy, primarily in combining powerful written communication with authentic relationship-building to create a strong foundation for success. With more than a decade of experience in the industry, Sarah has served at nonprofit organizations including Amana Academy, Skyland Trail, the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation and also worked for several years at the fundraising consulting firm Coxe Curry & Associates. She has always had a passion for breaking the cycle of poverty and serving others in need and is thrilled to be a part of the HOPE Atlanta team.

Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Georgia College & State University and received her master’s in public administration from the University of Georgia. She lives in Dunwoody with her husband, two young daughters, and their dog. While not at work, she can be found reading, hiking, or coaching youth soccer.


Vivien Dumford
Director of Corporate Relations

Vivien joined the HOPE Atlanta team as Director of Corporate Relations in 2024 and brings extensive experience in fundraising and building impactful partnerships between nonprofit organizations and corporations. An Atlanta native, she began her nonprofit career at the American Cancer Society, working to engage the Atlanta business community in the fight against cancer. Most recently, she held a role in Corporate Social Responsibility and led fundraising efforts to support Junior Achievement of Georgia. She is currently finishing her Master of Public Administration at the University of Georgia with a concentration in nonprofit management. Vivien has a strong passion for helping underserved communities, supporting animal welfare, and advancing civic engagement.

Marita Elliott
Assistant Director of Veterans Services

Marita has worked in social services for over 20 years, dedicating her career to helping underserved and at-risk communities. Originally joining HOPE Atlanta in 2013 as a case manager, Marita has helped countless veterans access housing, employment, and other critical resources. Marita finds her greatest sense of purpose in advocating for those in need and providing guidance that empowers positive change. Through her roles in both public and private organizations, Marita has gained invaluable experience developing programs and services to meet the needs of vulnerable populations. ​Her colleagues describe her as dedicated, compassionate, and driven to improve the lives of the people she serves. Originally from North Carolina, she graduated from Elizabeth City State University with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. Marita enjoys traveling in her spare time and finding opportunities to mentor others. She feels honored to serve those who have served our country.

Thomas Flake
Executive Coordinator

Antoinette Fields
Director of Continuous Quality Improvement- Veteran Services 

Antoinette R. Fields is a New Yorker with roots in Savannah, GA. She received her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Tuskegee Institute. She has over 38 years of Social Work experience across various fields. While in New York Antoinette’s work with the Bureau of Child Welfares Decade of the Child Campaign and as an Auditor and Area Administrator for Foster Care and Adoption helped shape her career in social services. She also worked on the Homeless Initiative project researching data for the development of ways homeless folk can be assisted by the city. Antoinette’s transition to Atlanta led her to work with Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury clients as well as working with the veteran homeless community. Her work with veterans at HOPE Atlanta has been her most rewarding career move.

Antoinette is a humanitarian who thrives when working toward the benefit of uplifting and helping others.  She is passionate about the work she does with veterans and others who are in need. In her spare time, she does volunteer work with her church. She is one of the founding organizers and secretary of Rescue1Centry non-profit. R1C supports the efforts of organizations in metro Atlanta that seek to prevent and/or mitigate the impact of child exploitation and human sex trafficking.

Adam Hawkins
Director of Outreach & Emergency Services

Adam joined HOPE Atlanta in 2022, bringing a holistic approach to community support and empowerment enriched by his diverse lived experiences. Having spent years living abroad and working with San Francisco’s homeless community, Adam brings a deep understanding of community empowerment. He has also volunteered extensively within the LGBTQ+ community and spent more than 25 years supporting those living with AIDS/HIV. His expansive work in the healthcare field, as well as working with individuals with substance use disorder, informs his approach to addressing homelessness in Metro Atlanta. As the Director of Outreach and Emergency Services, he is dedicated to serving marginalized populations, offering them not only assistance but also a sense of hope and the belief in a brighter future.

Beverly Heyward
Co-Director of Housing

Beverly has over 15 years of experience in social services working directly and indirectly with the homeless and underserved population. She has a BS degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Health Services. She has extensive history working in Mental Health, Substance Abuse & the Judicial System in Metro Atlanta. Her mission is to continuously strive to make a difference in the community as well as the lives of homeless families, individuals and the underserved population throughout the various counties.

Tony McCoy
Sr. Director of Finance

Tony is a seasoned finance and accounting professional with an impressive track record spanning over 20 years. His expertise encompasses a diverse range of sectors, including corporate, government, and nonprofit organizations.

Tony embarked on his professional journey as a Contract and Grants Accountant at Winston-Salem State University shortly after graduating from North Carolina State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. This early experience laid a solid foundation for his future success.

Relocating to Atlanta presented Tony with new opportunities, and he seized them with determination. He joined Coca-Cola, one of the world’s leading beverage companies, where he dedicated over a decade to progressively advancing his career. Throughout his tenure, Tony took on various pivotal roles in accounting and finance, ultimately assuming the responsibility of managing the Southeast region’s customer care finances. This role allowed him to showcase his exceptional leadership abilities and his aptitude for overseeing complex financial operations.

In pursuit of continuous growth and professional development, Tony pursued an MBA from Troy University while working at Coca-Cola. This advanced degree further enhanced his strategic mindset and equipped him with the skills needed to navigate the ever-evolving business landscape.

Tony’s commitment to making a positive impact extends beyond the corporate realm. He also completed the Executive Leadership Program for Nonprofit Organizations at the University of Georgia’s Fanning Institute for Leadership Development. This program not only deepened his understanding of nonprofit management but also instilled in him a profound sense of social responsibility.

Shelby McGadney
Director of Veteran Services

Shelby McGadney is the Director of Veterans Services at HOPE Atlanta. Shelby is originally from Birmingham, Alabama, and she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Alabama State University. Shelby furthered her education by obtaining her Master of Social Work from Walden University. With the implementation of education, previous experience, and over 10 years of dedication to the SSVF program, Shelby has honed her skills in providing comprehensive support and advocacy for veterans facing homelessness as well as a range of challenges. Driven by a profound sense of empathy and a desire to make a real difference, Shelby approaches her work with professionalism, integrity, and a deep understanding of the unique needs of veterans.

Sarina Marsh
Director of Community Engagement

Sarina Marsh joined HOPE Atlanta in 2024, bringing over 10 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Her passion for civic engagement and supporting under-resourced communities has led her to work for mission-driven organizations including Junior Achievement of Georgia, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta, and the Urban League of Greater Atlanta. Sarina holds credentials as a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). She has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of South Florida and a M.S. in Social Work with a community partnerships specialization from Georgia State University. In 2021, Sarina was named one of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Atlanta’s 30 Under 30, in 2023 as one of Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce – Gwinnett Young Professionals’ 35 Under 35 and selected as a member of LEAD Atlanta’s Class of 2024. Beyond her professional achievements, she is an active volunteer with youth serving organizations in metro Atlanta.

Latricia Nation
Sr. Director of Veteran Services ​

Latricia has an extensive background working with a variety of the homeless population located in Metro Atlanta. Originally from Pensacola, she has a degree in Psychology from Ga State University, a Master’s in Business Administration, a Master’s in Philosophy and is currently a PhD candidate in Public Policy with a concentration in Non-Profit Management. Latricia is a certified Life Coach as well as a published Author.

Jeffrey Palmer
Co-Director of Housing

Monyca Roberts
Director of Special Needs Housing Program

Monyca joined the HOPE Atlanta team in January 2015 as a case manager. For the past seven years, she has guided many individuals to self-sufficiency through various positions within the agency. With eleven years of experience working in social services, she is committed to providing the highest level of care to those in need. Monyca holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Spelman College.

Dr. Edward Valentin
Sr. Director of Programs & Clinical Services

Dr. Valentin has an extensive history of behavioral health and human services leadership. He holds a Master of Social Work degree in clinical mental health practice and a PhD in Social Sciences with a concentration in Neuroscience Behavioral Biology.  Dr. Valentin also holds academic certificates in Global Public Health, Health Disparities, International Conflict Resolution, and Clinical Forensics. Dr. Valentin completed a four-year pre-doctoral fellowship in affective neuroscience and genetics from Emory University and completed his postdoctoral fellowship in biomedical neuroscience at Emory School of Medicine. Dr. Valentin holds credentials as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Master Addiction Counselor (MAC), and as a Certified Forensic Examiner.  In research he specializes in hormones involving social behavior and he is considered internationally as an expert in the biology of suicide, and severe mental conditions.

Katherine Welker
Senior Director of Development

Katherine joined HOPE Atlanta as Development Director in 2021 and brings over 10 years of experience working in nonprofit development. Katherine has worked at nonprofit organizations of all sizes to help grow fundraising efforts, particularly in Individual Giving, and has a passion for helping connect supporters to the work they help make possible. She received her Master of Public Policy with a concentration in nonprofit management from Georgia State University and her B.A. in Political Science from The University of the South.  

Recognizing that the issues of homelessness, hunger, and racial justice are closely intertwined, HOPE Atlanta takes a public stand against racism and systemic injustices and declares that black lives matter.

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors consists of several men and women who work in key industries that are essential in our fight to end homelessness and hunger in our community. Our organization is eternally grateful for our generous Board members who endow HOPE Atlanta with knowledge and support.

Kenneth Abele

Ernst & Young

Sarah Cash

Georgia Power Company

Robert O. Cotes, MD

Emory University School of Medicine

Laura Deisley

Walker Deisley Strategic Consulting

Mandy Eidson
YPB President

Self-Help Credit Union

Jerry Getant


Alex Idichandy

Wells Fargo

Angela Kolar

Norfolk Southern

Matt Keith

Bank of America

Ashley Luft

The Home Depot

Gina Espinosa-Meltzer

Hope Beckham Espinosa

Karthikeyan Ramasamy


Oscar Shepherd, Jr.


Richard Slaton

JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Dr. Marc Sonenshine, MD

Northside Hospital

Rhonda Taylor


Matt Westmoreland

Councilman, City of Atlanta

Alexis Nicole White

Genuine Parts Company

Advisory Council

Dr. Raymond Allen

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist Georgia Perinatal Consultants

Rocky Atkins

Board Chair of HOPE Atlanta

Phillip Barbosa

VP Regional Accounts

Bill Bolling

Founder, Board Chair & Senior Advisor
Food Well Alliance

Charlie Chesnutt

Senior Vice President
Genuine Parts

Ann Cone

Senior Vice President

Ann Cramer

Senior Consultant
Coxe Curry & Associates

Cinnamon Davis

Chief Counsel, Labor & Employment
Southern Company Gas

Darion Dunn

Managing Partner
Atlantica Properties

Kirk Elifson

Research Professor
Emory University

Aaron Goldman

Perennial Properties

Jack Hardin

Founding Partner
Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP

Scott Holcomb

District 81 Representative
GA House of Representatives

Bob Hope

President and Co-Owner
Hope-Beckham, Inc.

Sonji Jacobs

Managing Partner

Ken Keen

Associate Dean for Leadership Development
Emory University's Goizueta Business School

Merritt Lancaster

Bridger Properties

Kathryn Lawler

Saint Joseph’s/Mercy Care

Milton Little

President & CEO
United Way of Greater Atlanta

Matthew Moffett

Partner, Lawyer
Gray, Rust, St. Amand, Moffett & Brieske

Meaghan Shannon Vlkovic

Vice President and Market Leader
Enterprise Community Partners

John Spillman

Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP

Aaron Swain

President of Property Management/Operations
Columbia Residential

Steve Tedder

Live Oak Capital Partners LLC

Matthew Toddy

Former General Counsel
Bon Secours Health System
Pro-bono attorney for HOPE Atlanta

Bill Vogel

Managing Principal
Montag & Caldwell

David Zanaty

Chief Real Estate Officer & Head of Institutional Strategy
Mynd Management

Young Professionals Board

HOPE Atlanta is very grateful for these Young Professional members who bring to us knowledge, enthusiasm, and a fresh and different perspective.

Mandy Eidson

Young Professionals Board Chair

Self-Help Credit Union

Catherine Bates

Gas South

Ashley Quagliaroli Bossert

International Justice Mission

Maranie Brown


Ethan Breslow

Columbia Ventures

Edwin Coffie


James Fradette


Leonard Henry


Alex B. Jones

Georgia Tech

Will Jourdan

Tapp Finance

Michael MacDonald


Alyssa Nowlin

Ernst & Young

Ryan Woods

The Beck Group

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