At Families First, our goal is to develop new, innovative and modern ways to provide solutions to the problems that arise in our community. Our senior leadership and involvement from our Board, allow us to meet these goals and continue to help children and families in metro Atlanta.
Paula Moody

Paula Moody

Interim CEO
Schwanna Lakine headshot

Schwanna Lakine

Chief Financial Officer

Aaron Rice

VP of Innovation and Partnerships
Studio headshots of the Leadership Team for use of website.

Elizabeth Messick-Banks

Sr Director of Performance & Quality Improvement

Edward M. Valentin

Director of Clinical Services

Dana Brown

Director of Parenting and Permanency

Board of Directors Officers

Courtney Showell, Sr.


Principal, PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Services

Marcia Nuffer

1st Vice Chair

Founder, BlueShor & Former Chief Learning Officer, McKinsey & Co.

Douglas Aldridge

2nd Vice Chair

Managing Director, Investments
Aldridge Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo

Blake Winters


Wealth Investment Executive, Truist

Robyn Sims


Community Volunteer

Carolyn Carl

Member at Large

Retired, Vice President
Coca-Cola North America

Yvette Humphries

Member at Large

AVP, Community Development Banker. PNC

Delmont "Del" A. Early, III

Immediate Past Chair

Founder & Managing Partner,
Carter Hill Advisors

Board of Directors

Dan Gordon

Executive Director

Jabian Consulting

Junior Harewood

Chief Executive Officer

UnitedHealthcare, Georgia and Alabama, Employer & Individual

Shaina Horrell

Vice President, Learning & Development Strategy

BlackRock Atlanta  

Leonard Jennings

Sr. Vice President

Loyalty Marketing, Synchrony

Philip Law


Bank of America/ Merrill Lynch

Brian Mandigo

Vice President

Global Sourcing, The Home Depot

Jason Molfetas

SVP and Chief Information Officer

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Erika Montag

Community Volunteer

Peggy Taylor

Investment Specialist

Atlanta Capital Management Company  

Kirk Rich


Avison Young, Atlanta’s Agency Leasing Group    

Board of Counselors

Joseph Brown

Jettie Burnett

Juanita Robinson Carter

Jim Curry

Marcia Donnell

Bernadette Hartfield

Olga Plaut

Margaret Reiser

Felicia Speetjens

Honorary Board Members

Betty Asbury

Tony Montag

Nick Munson

Bernard Taylor

Lucy Carpenter Vance

Mary Yates