Kelley Henderson, the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of Action Ministries, is the fourth leader in the organization’s 50+ year history.
“Representing the needs of nearly 100,000 people each year across Georgia is a humbling responsibility,” says Henderson, “and my vision is that Action Ministries remain a beacon of hope for the poor, a new beginning for the homeless, and a great place to serve for our staff and volunteers.”
Prior to leading the organization, Kelley served as Chief Operating Officer since 2014, with oversight of the program, financial and operational direction of Action Ministries. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer of First Step Staffing, a nonprofit alternative staffing organization headquartered in Atlanta. Prior to First Step, Kelley headed programs for MUST Ministries, providing food, clothing, housing and job training in eight counties. He has been involved in issues related to poverty and homelessness in the Atlanta area since 2006 where he began as a volunteer, later transitioning a career in financial services to fully dedicate his energy to working with the poor. He is a 1996 graduate of Georgia Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in finance. Kelley earned a master’s degree in theology from Spring Hill College and is pursuing a Ph.D. in public policy. In his spare time, Kelley enjoys spending time with family and enjoys a number of outdoor activities, including sailing, fly fishing and hiking.
Christal joined Action Ministries in 2017 to supervise the Development department and provide leadership and support to the resource development efforts across the organization. A native New Yorker, Christal moved to Atlanta for the first time in 1990. Five years later, she moved to Virginia to pursue a master’s degree in counseling at Hampton University. Upon graduation and while working in Washington, D.C., for American University, she was introduced to development work and discovered a passion for helping people realize their philanthropic dreams. Through her involvement on the board of the Greater Atlanta Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals and as Chair of the Diversity Fellows program for AFP, she gravitated toward the important work of serving the homeless. Christal most recently served as the Director of Development for Nicholas House, where she focused on cultivating relationships to create and build lifelong, engaged donors.
Marvin is a seasoned housing professional with extensive experience running large housing projects and scattered site community development initiatives throughout the Southeast. For the past two years of his professional career, Marvin has been working as an independent contractor consulting on matters of human capital development and low-income public housing operations. Prior to venturing out as an independent contractor, he had a successful 12-year career beginning in 2001 with the Atlanta Housing Authority (AHA) in the Human Development Services Department. There he held key positions, including his last as Vice President of Human Development Services. In this role, Marvin was responsible for all departmental operations including designing, directing and administering strategies for family success. His leadership impacted all of AHA’s clients including seniors, persons with disabilities, families and children in AHA’s affordable public housing communities and the participants in the Housing Choice Voucher program. He also played an instrumental role in helping AHA with developing and implementing various organizational process improvement and organizational strategies designed to improve business operations and facilitate family success. Prior to joining AHA, Marvin worked as an Assistant Local Office Administrator with the Illinois Department of Human Services where he was responsible for directing a team of case managers and supervisors in administering the State of Illinois’s Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program to low-income individuals and families. He is member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and is originally from Spartanburg, S.C. He earned his bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and his master’s degree of social work from the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign.
Erin is a native of the mountains in Asheville, N.C., where she first discovered her passion for service while working as a peer mediator and volunteer with disabled students. Erin served in the United States Peace Corps in China, where she gained experience in refugee resettlement. After earning a master’s degree in social work from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Erin and her family settled in Athens. She and her partner, Brian, who researched autism at the University of Georgia, share their home with their dog, Sweet Darlin’ Haymore Cowbell Barger, Esquire, who has had to take a backseat in recent years to the arrival of their children. The couple enjoys spending time with their sons, listening to good Athens music and counting the many blessings God has given them.
Shakura began working in hunger relief as a college student at Clark Atlanta University, volunteering at local nonprofits that support under-served communities. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree in communications, she spent the next 15 years in marketing, research and business development. She served with the Action Ministries Regional Hunger Relief team as an AmeriCorps VISTA in 2013 to fulfill her greater passion in community development. She was later hired as the program coordinator for Action Ministries Feed the Hungry, where she managed key partnerships, local distribution and volunteer engagement. Warehouse operations, volunteer engagement, supplier relations, inventory management and budget control became part of her growing toolbox since 2013. The development and rapid growth of the SuperPack program shows her continuous efforts to identify and develop tools that best meet the evolving needs of the communities Action Ministries serves. In her words, she believes in “building local communities that endure and sustain, that spread hope and breathe possibility.” Outside of work, Shakura enjoys traveling, running and exploring the beautiful state of Georgia with her husband and two kids.
A native of Alabama, Virginia moved to Atlanta in 2003 to pursue what she felt was her calling to public service through leadership in business, faith and community service. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and World Changers Bible School. In 2006, Virginia founded a fine stationery manufacturing company that retails in stores throughout the U.S. and Canada. In 2012, she put her business skills to work in the nonprofit sector and joined Action Ministries, while pursuing a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management at Georgia State University. Since 1963, Action Ministries has mobilized communities to overcome the obstacles of poverty, by focusing on housing, hunger relief and education. Virginia worked her way up through the Housing and Programming divisions of Action Ministries, administering government housing grants, acting as Executive Director of the Atlanta programs, administering a daily community kitchen for the homeless and supervising children’s after-school programming. In 2016, Virginia was selected to head Action Ministries’ newly established Education division as the Associate VP of Education, where she is responsible for the strategic development of educational programming initiatives for children, adults and community partners in 62 Georgia counties, including Atlanta, Athens, Gainesville, Rome and Augusta. She is passionate about creating local solutions by uniting people from multiple sectors to effectuate smart change.
Nathan is a nonprofit development professional with more than 12 years of experience in securing major gifts and managing a portfolio of high net worth donors. He received a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and an M.B.A. from Western International University. He previously served with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, The Salvation Army and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta. Nathan was named one of the 25 Most Influential Asian Americans by Georgia Asian Times, and he serves as a board member at The Gabriel Center for servant leadership and a committee member of the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP). He is an enthusiastic football fan and claims the Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons as his favorite teams. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, Susan, and their dog, Ollie.
Katie is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where she received a master’s degree in social work and a certificate in nonprofit management. She joined Action Ministries in 2014 as the Development Coordinator for Breakthru House. In her current role, Katie provides support for the central development team with a focus on donor outreach and stewardship. She previously worked at the Asian American Resource Center and at the office of International Student Life at the University of Georgia. In her free time, Katie enjoys reading and spending time outdoors.
Annette joined Action Ministries in 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Saint Augustine College, and she previously worked as a legal clerk for U.S. Army headquarters in El Paso, Texas. She and her husband, Randy, have two beautiful sons. The family attends Good Shepherd Community Church in Atlanta, where she is involved in Vacation Bible School and sits on the usher board. In her free time, Annette likes walking, traveling, going to the movies and spending time with family and friends.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., Steve worked in the banking field for more than 15 years, largely as a bank examiner with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Steve earned a master’s degree at Emory’s Candler School of Theology. He is a lifelong United Methodist and has worked with Action Ministries since 2004. He enjoys watching the Atlanta Braves, playing golf, camping and eating fried catfish.
Herve joined the accounting department of Action Ministries in March 2012. Herve has worked as a general ledger accountant and a financial reporting and budget accountant in the banking and real estate industries. He is a CPA and has a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, and a master’s degree from St. John’s University in New York. Herve is married to Suzanne, and the have three children. He enjoys reading, handy work and spends his free time involved in his kids’ activities.