OUR VILLAGE

Our Village of dedicated volunteers share a passion for the mission and sustainability of 

Children Helping Children

 
 
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Michelle Hodgson, Founder/Executive Director

MICHELLE FABULICH HODGSON

Michelle's journey with meditation began before she even knew what it was.  As a little girl, she found solace in her backyard in the arms of a weeping willow and in the earth of her family's garden. The inner stillness brought balance and a sense of ancient wisdom that she grew to understand was God guiding and co-creating life with her.  An inner knowing that would be the platform for her own work with children and women. Former Dekalb County Teacher of the Year, Founder and Executive Director of the Atlanta based nonprofit, Children Helping Children and a mother of five, Michelle has committed her life to understanding children and celebrating their divine strengths and gifts.  Providing support for kids of every background and their unique mark they all make on the planet, as well as creating ripples of love through the tens of thousands of service projects she and her youth philanthropists have initiatied and gifted to the city of Atlanta. Over 30 years of experience in the field of education, featured on the cover of both Best Self and My Buckhead magazine, highlighted in REDBOOK's WE LEARN FROM HER, showcased on CBS 46 and Atlanta & Company, the recipient of GiGi's Playhouse's Skate Award for her work with children with special needs, and honoree of the coveted  George Bush's Daily Points of Light Award for her years of service in the nonprofit sector, Michelle still says her favorite part will always be the connections and impact that are collectively made when working with children and women for the greater good.

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Kysha Cameron, Board Member

Kysha is a former Board Member and CEO Emeritus of the Ryan Cameron Foundation, a non-profit formed to serve Atlanta’s youth with the tools needed to empower them for future leadership roles. As CEO, she positioned the Foundation for sustainability by securing community and corporate partners such as: Aetna, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Hawks, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Coca Cola, Disney, Fulton Dekalb Hospital Authority, and Porsche.  As CEO of the Ryan Cameron Foundation Leadership Academy, Kysha was instrumental in ensuring all graduates (32 during her term) receive a 4-year renewing college scholarship, laptop, a business suit, and both and intern and externships.

In 2013, she founded Honoring Hue, LLC, a company that produces a collection of celebratory greeting cards that are diverse, historical, sustainable, and responsible.  As CEO, she created the vision and designed 40+ cards that she markets on-line and in Metro Atlanta retail stores.  Her time now as an entrepreneur allows her to offer business services for both non-profits and corporates alike.  Previous to her work with the Ryan Cameron Foundation, Kysha enjoyed ten years of success in sales and sales management for radio stations in Washington, DC and Atlanta, GA.

Kysha has shared a Southern Season Magazine cover for her outreach efforts, been recognized and awarded with Trumpet Awards Heels of Greatness, Dr. Barbara King Mother of Distinction, Diabetes Association of Atlanta’s Torchbearers, WXIA Community Service, Ludacris Foundation Community Service, Renaissance Women, Butterflies & Allies and noted as one of 25 Most Influential Women of Atlanta by Rolling Out Magazine and Atlanta Business League’s Top 100 Women of Influence for 2014- 2017.
Kysha is an active member of the community.  She has served on numerous boards and committees in leadership roles and assists various charities and service organizations in the Atlanta area including: Children Helping Children (CHC), the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation, YWCA, Jack & Jill of America Buckhead Chapter, Black Women’s Film Network, Phaedra Foundation and Sarah Smith Elementary many of which she continues to serve but, you will most likely find her speaking with and listening to Atlanta’s youth.
A native of Maryland, she resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her two children: Kai and Cayden.

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Sunda Uzzell, Sr. Board Vice President

About Sunda

 

Nicole Daniels, Sr. Board Treasurer

Nicole Daniel joined our board in 2017.  She serves as the VP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Ciner Resources since 2013.  Prior to that she served as the Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Office for Albemarle Corporation, based out of Richmond, Virginia and then Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  She has prior non-profit board experience in the animal welfare area, serving on the boards of Project Purr and Companion Animal Alliance from 2011-2013.  Nicole graduated from The College of William and Mary in 1990 and Indiana University—Bloomington Law School in 1997.  Nicole has two teen-age boys that fill much of her time outside of work. 

 

Katherine Dierdorff, Sr. Board Secretary

Katherine Dierdorff has focused her career and community involvement around causes that are important to her. After completing her graduate studies in Clinical Counseling, Katherine embarked on a career in Washington D.C., consulting with the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education. In D.C., Katherine worked on developing public-private partnerships designed to scale education and workforce development programs to create access points for underserved populations. After moving to Atlanta with her husband, Tom, and expanding their family, Katherine turned her attention to local endeavors. She is a trained Orton-Gillingham professional and tutors elementary-aged children diagnosed with dyslexia, works with several school and non-profit organizations on their fundraising efforts, and served on her neighborhood association's Board of Directors. Most recently, with great joy, Katherine and her three daughters assisted Children Helping Children in launching OM: An Open-Mic Initiative. Katherine has B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a M.A. in Clinical Counseling from the Citadel Graduate College. 

 

Kim Cooper, Sr. Board Member

Kim Cooper is no stranger to the world of nonprofit organizations, having been heavily involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, CURE Childhood Cancer, and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for over 15 years, serving as spokesperson, fundraiser, volunteer and ambassador. Most notably, she is the founder of Stars and Cigars, an annual community event that has raised over $100,000 for Make-A-Wish Georgia. These causes, like that of Children Helping Children, hit close to home for Kim, whose oldest daughter is a childhood cancer survivor and Make-A-Wish recipient herself. Kim knows firsthand the love, light and support generated from organizations like CHC, fueling her deep passion to make a personal difference in children’s lives. Professionally, Kim has served in roles in marketing, publishing, advertising sales and media relations both locally and internationally. When she’s not engaged in professional pursuits or spending time with her two daughters, she enjoys dinner out with friends and family, outdoor adventures, and exploring the world through travel. 

 

Lisa Washington, Sr. Board Member

Lisa Washington is the CEO of B'Tyli Wellness and Beauty Co. She created this company after she finished her studies in Holistic Nutrition and Medicine from Clayton College of Natural Health. B'Tyli Wellness and Beauty Co. is a holistic wellness company specializing in body, mind and spirit alignment, through yoga, nutrition, meditation and her organic skin and body care line, B’Tyli Natural Skin Therapies. B’Tyli Natural Skin Therapies that has been featured in New Beauty Magazine, Whole Foods Market, Cee Lo Greens GreenHouse Foundation, and spas around the Atlanta area.She authored two books, a healthy lifestyle cookbook, titled, Set the Table with Love and an inspirational meditation book, titled, Living Within The Silver Lining.

Lisa is a Health, Wellness and Beauty Expert who is featured on the second season of Food Network's All-Star Academy.  Lisa's brand is ever evolving.

She is an expert in Work/Life balance and she knows that personal brand success starts with taking a holistic approach to living your best life.

 

Evelyn Mims, Sr. Board Member

Evelyn Mims combines the passion of a trailblazer with the experience of an industry insider in her role as President and CEO of Mims Media Group.
Her experience covers four decades on both sides of the camera at WXIA NBC Atlanta. As Community Relations Specialist she connected philanthropists, entertainers, entrepreneurs and celebrities using a variety of traditional and digital media.
Mims helped coordinate big television events including the Emmy award winning 11Alive Community Service Awards. She launched the first ever live coverage of Atlanta's Pride Parade. As a producer for "Atlanta & Company," Mims organized the chaos of daily live television. 
She's served as a public speaker and panelist at countless functions. Topics include mastering social media messages and coaching clients through the perfect TV interview.
It's a skill she knows first hand from her many years spent in front of the camera as the "Soap Sultress" dishing on NBC daytime about plot lines and those steamy soap scenes.
Mims is a mentor and innovator who has shaped the vision of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences as the first African American President of the Southeast Chapter. 

 

Candace Kollas, Sr Board Member

Candace M. Kollas is the President of Workable Options, an Atlanta-based consulting firm that specializes in delivering concrete new solutions to today's toughest HR and employment-law-related challenges. Ms. Kollas has represented corporate, governmental, and individual clients in all aspects of employment litigation, mediation, and training for over 10 years and is passionate about positively impacting companies and their employee population.
Prior to founding Workable Options, Ms. Kollas practiced labor and employment law for law firms in Georgia, as well as with the Employment Division of the Office of the Florida Attorney General. As a practicing attorney, Ms. Kollas specialized in litigating employment discrimination cases.
Ms. Kollas is an expert in workplace issues, is authorized by the federal government to investigate all aspects of federal EEO complaints and has conducted over 200 workplace investigations. Ms. Kollas frequently conducts on-site training for employers, including her prominent "boot camp" for new managers.
Among Ms. Kollas' many workplace-transformation achievements, she assisted Coca-Cola Enterprises in the development of its integrated Conflict Management Systems, and was the Master Trainer for the nationwide implementation of that system. Ms. Kollas has been published on the subject of Integrated Conflict Management Systems, was a professor at a local Atlanta college, and is a nationally renowned speaker.

 

Kimmy Umpenhour, Sr. Board Member

About Kimmy

 

Tatiana Jones, Sr. Board Member

About Tatiana