Staff: Executive, Development & Central

Executive Staff 

I AM bubble 2S. Kelley Henderson, CEO

khenderson@actionministries.net

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.

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Christal M. Cherry, Senior VP and Chief Development Officer

ccherry@actionministries.net

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.  

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Marvin Nesbitt, Jr., MSW, Senior VP and Chief Program Officer

mnesbitt@actionministries.net

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.

 

Program Staff

I AM bubble 2Erin Mullins Barger, MSW, Vice President of Programs

ebarger@actionministries.net

Erin first discovered her passion for service while working as a peer mediator and mentor with students with developmental disabilities while in high school. Soon after, while working her way through college, Erin further realized her life’s passion for engaging with and learning from people on the margins, when she had the honor of supporting adults with developmental disabilities to live full and inclusive lives. After graduating and working as a case manager with these same adults, Erin worked with refugee children and their families from all over the world, creating after school programming and growing as a nonprofit leader, becoming the Assistant Director in her second year. Wanting to fully engage as a learner in an unfamiliar environment, Erin served in the United States Peace Corps in China, where she volunteered in local orphanages and put her English major to work as a college instructor, teaching subjects ranging from American Culture to Thesis Writing. After two years in China, Erin earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Having her heart and sights set on nonprofit servant leadership, she also pursued a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership while at UNC-CH. Erin and her family settled in Athens where she began her Action Ministries career as Executive Director. Working with client partners from the Our Daily Bread Community Kitchen and other programs became one of the great joys of Erin’s life, as she learned the complicated nature and layers of poverty, as well as the tenacity and resolve of so many of the people who face it. She is particularly astounded and in awe of the resilience of children. Erin was honored to become the Vice President of Programs in 2014, through which she has the pleasure of supporting Regional Directors across the AMI footprint. Erin believes in her team and their wonderful gifts, the vision of Action Ministries, and the resurrection that occurs when people love their neighbors as God created us to do. Erin enjoys spending time with her husband, their sons, listening to good music and counting the many blessings God has given them.

Shakura Conoly,Associate VP of Hunger Relief Programs

sconoly@actionministries.net

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.

Virginia Spencer, Associate VP of Education Programs

vspencer@actionministries.net

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.

 

Development Staff

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Nathan Kongthum, Director of Major Gifts

nkongthum@actionministries.net

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.  

Akilah Minor, Director of Development Operations

aminor@actionministries.net

 

 

 

 I AM bubble 2Katie Phillips, Director of Foundation Relations

kphillips@actionministries.net

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.

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Katie Farmer, Director of Marketing and Metro Programs

kfarmer@actionministries.net

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.

 

Central Staff 

joe-i-amJoseph W. Herzberg, Vice President of Administration

jherzberg@actionministries.netJoe Herzberg serves at Action Ministries as Vice President of Administration, with oversight of finance, human resources, and operations. A former healthcare executive, Joe brings a wealth of experience to Action Ministries, with over 15 years of service in three major Atlanta health systems.  

Joe is known as an encourager to all, calling out and celebrating individual uniqueness, which he believes is critical to unlocking the passion and potential that exists in each person, thereby optimizing employee engagement and retention.

Joe hails from Augusta, GA, where he received his Bachelor’s degree from Augusta University, and later attended law school, graduating with a Juris Doctor.  Joe’s wife Stephanie is an Augusta native, and they have been blessed with eight children and eleven grandchildren. Family time means the world to Joe, and he also enjoys playing electric guitar, exploring Georgia history, writing spiritual reflections, and bowling with his friends.  

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Rev. Steve Napier, Director of Human Resources

snapier@actionministries.net

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 Pompee, Director of Finance and Administration

hpompee@actionministries.net

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 Floyd, Accounts Payable Specialist

afloyd@actionministries.net

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. 

 

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