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.
Shanon has an amazing grasp of technology. She has worked with nonprofits providing Technology Consultancy and has established corporate contacts while working at the Executive/VP/Director level in several jobs. Shanon is deeply passionate about giving back. As she provides a fresh voice to the board as it relates to technology, FSC benefits tremendously from having a person of her caliber on the board. She has significant research capabilities that assists our board in making decisions as well as providing strategic development and planning.
Darren is the current Chair of the Board of Directors of the Fund for Southern Communities Board. 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.
Myrtle Beach, SC
Chrystal has skills in Organizational Management and Development, Board Development, Fund Raising/Development, Grant Writing, Public Relations skills, and a legal background. She is currently completing a 2nd degree at Coastal Carolina University in Pre-Law. She has lived and worked in South Carolina for over 10 years and volunteered her time and skills for various non-profit organizations. She has been able to develop productive and working relationships with a lot of non-profit and state organizations. Chrystal enjoys working within communities and has organized numerous community resource and development activities. She currently lives in Horry County; however, she has worked and formed networks with agencies/organizations in over 13 counties in South Carolina with additional resources in North Carolina. She joined the FSC board, because she is a big advocate for social justice and she believes that her networks, skills, talents, and qualifications could be of good use to the FSC board.
Brian K. Sanders
Brian has a dedicated career largely in the area of health care, both professionally and in community outreach. He’s held management positions with Novant Health, the Georgetown University, and George Washington University Medical Systems. In the community, Brian advocates increased access and positive outcomes in the areas of health care, social justice, economic empowerment, and the value of arts and culture engagement. He is grateful to have had the opportunity to serve on the board of directors of several organizations including the National Minority AIDS Inter-Faith Network, Jubilation! Dance Company, and the Mt. Calvary AIDS Ministry; as well as owning the Amon Gallery which promoted the works of up and coming visual artists. Brian works closely with the Mecklenburg County Health Department (Charlotte, NC) as a member of the Advisory Board of its Village Heart Beat program, and serves as a member of the Ryan White Program Part A proposal evaluation team. Brian is an ordained Baptist minister presently serving as an Associate Minister at First Baptist Church-West of Charlotte, NC. He is a graduate of Boston University, and a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Brian is the owner and senior designer of Azure Blanc Floral Design, specializing in personal, corporate, and business events.