Our Board Of Directors
Imara currently serves as Vice-President of Programming and Strategic Partnerships for the National Center for Civil and Human Rights (NCCHR) after having been a key aide to former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and working for former Vice-President Al Gore. His service to his community includes membership on the American Red Cross Minority Recruitment Board, the Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta Board, Chicago 2016 Olympic Bid Committee’s Next Generation Leadership Advisory Council, Horizon Theatre Company Board, the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame Advisory Committee, the Fulton County Arts Council, the Future Foundation and the Don’t Stop the Music Foundation. He is an Emmy award winning television producer, a member of Leadership Atlanta and a 2002 Outstanding Atlantan recipient.
He is the former Director of the Educational Talent Search Program at Horry Georgetown Technical College, Conway SC. He has served on the Georgetown County Zoning and Appealse also was the coordinator for Project SWAC (Sigmas Waging War Against Cancer), which covered Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. He is the founder of the Tutoring and Mentoring Program of Florence, SC.
Demetria is a grassroots professional who has spent seven years in the nonprofit sector focusing on program implementation, financial and nonprofit management, and the development of communications and on/media strategies. An alumna of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a bachelor’s degree in transportation and logistics, she has worked in transportation/logistics, education, and insurance industries. She has received training in job readiness (Equipped for the Future), conflict resolution, time management, project management, and communications. Demetria is the current Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Fund for Southern Communities; while also serving on the Funding Exchange and Health Care of All North Carolina Board of Directors. She is also an Emerging Change Maker.
Shelia is a former senior corporation relation analyst/representative with the Georgia Power Company, where she retired in 1992. Shelia currently works as a part time customer service representative for Georgia Power/A Southern Company. She has worked on fundraising efforts for many non-profit organizations in the Atlanta area, including the National Black Arts Festival, The King Center and the United Negro College Fund. She has also volunteered with the NAACP, Meals on Wheels, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the Cascade Youth Organization.
Diane R. Roberts
Diane Ridley Roberts is the co-founder and President/CEO of Global Evaluation & Applied Research Solutions (GEARS) Inc., a consulting firm specializing in program evaluation and organizational development with offices in Decatur, GA and Lanham, MD. GEARS’ clients include the US Department of Health and Human Services, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Department of Commerce, US Department of Education, US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the National Science Foundation, the Multicultural AIDS Coalition and the Ford Foundation. Prior to founding GEARS, Diane worked for the federal government for 15 years, the last eight as a liaison to the Office of Management and Budget for research activities at CDC. This position taught her that successful programs are the result of effective organizational infrastructure, program planning and implementation, and objective evaluation. Her experiences inspired her to develop a seminar about personal and professional empowerment, entitled Empowering You, which she presented throughout the US from 1994 -1999. Using the same title, she authored a book (Empowering You…Because You Deserve Success!) and produced a radio motivational minute and television program that ran for over a year. Diane has a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a Master’s degree of Public Administration degree, both from Georgia State University. Her experience in professional mentoring and her tenure working with the government, including governmental consulting, has committed Diane to several ideals: integrity, accountability, excellence and a strong belief in service to others.