Kelley Henderson, 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.
Drew spent his early career in the food service industry. He held senior operating positions with Rally’s Hamburgers and Popeye’s chicken. He also led groups as a franchisee of Donato’s Pizza and Moe’s Southwest Grill.
Drew has always had a deep passion for serving others. After a number of years volunteering with Habitat for Humanity he joined the staff of Habitat for Humanity International in Atlanta, Georgia as a senior director in 2010. For the first 2 years Drew was responsible for the National Gift in Kind Program. He and his team distributed $25 million of donated building materials and other products to 1,500 Habitat Affiliates and 800 Habitat ReStores across the USA.
In 2013 he was chosen to form the Habitat for Humanity ReStore Operations Group. Drew and his team opened and operated 5 ReStores. The profits generated in this social enterprise supported the work of local Affiliates across Greater Atlanta.
Drew was recently selected to join Action Ministries as the Vice President of Administration. “I am overjoyed, honored and privileged to be a member of this outstanding organization which has been leading people out of poverty since 1963. Action Ministries removes barriers that prevent thousands of Georgians from breaking the cycle of poverty and realizing their full potential. I am humbled and excited to join my heart and hands to this great work.”
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.
Kim Natarajan, Director of Education Programs
Kim is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology MCRP + M.Arch dual degree program where her study focused on international development trends and global equity in planning.
Prior to joining AMI, Kim worked with the United Way of Greater Atlanta to design and implement multiple new initiatives within the homelessness and poverty alleviation field. These include the Community Building Institute, the Achievement Club, and the Employment Services Initiative. Many of these programs continue to operate successfully in Atlanta communities today.
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.
Katie joined Action Ministries in 2016 after completing a master’s degree of religion and public life at Candler School of Theology. She is a graduate of Furman University and has a Master’s of Social Work and Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Georgia. Her research has focused on engaging faith communities with local nonprofit work to create sustainable community partnerships in mission. Katie previously worked with families experiencing homelessness, helping to increase access to shelter services and affordable housing. She and her husband live in Atlanta and enjoy spending time cooking and exploring the city.
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.
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.