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Staff List

Kelly Dolan – Executive Director

Kelly Dolan headshot Kelly Dolan brings over twenty-five years of experience in fundraising, marketing, event planning and non-profit management to her position as Executive Director of The Atlanta Women’s Foundation. A native of Chicago, Kelly began her career at Leo Burnett, the world’s largest advertising agency. After relocating to Atlanta, she worked in marketing and public relations for Macy’s and Wemmers Communications. She then joined Egleston Children’s Health Care System where she became the head of marketing and was part of the executive team that oversaw the merger between Egleston and Scottish Rite as they combined and became Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Kelly continued her career in non-profit management Vice-President of Marketing for Central Atlanta Progress where she created marketing programs for downtown Atlanta. She became the Executive Director of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Atlanta Affiliate, the largest breast cancer organization in the state. She was then named the Executive Director for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Georgia Chapter managing the statewide organization before accepting her role with The Atlanta Women’s Foundation. An active community volunteer, Kelly is a member of the Junior League of Atlanta Community Advisory Board, the Women’s Community Leadership Alliance and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

 

Kate Balzer – Development and Communications Manager, Ext. 102

Balzer Family Portrait As Development and Communications Manager for AWF, Kate Balzer is responsible for creating and managing internal and external communications, social media, and the website.  She also assists with special events, fundraising, and the Women on Board program. Passionate about community service since her first volunteer project at age 9, she is driven to helping communities develop sustainable, local solutions to socio-economic challenges.  Bilingual in English and Spanish, Kate earned a B.A. in International Studies from Emory University and a Master of Public Administration in International Management from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.  While a master’s candidate she interned with CARE USA in Bolivia and consulted for several nonprofit organizations on their organizational development, including Central Coast YMCA, Global Majority, and Hands On Bay Area.  Kate was also a founding Board Member and Co-Chair of the revived chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Atlanta (YNPN Atlanta) and is currently Board Chair of Emory University’s Friends of Dance Advisory Board.

 

Ali Cobb – Director of Development, Ext. 106

Ali Cobb headshot Ali Cobb joined The Atlanta Women’s Foundation in March 2017 as the Director of Development. Most recently in Greenville, South Carolina, Ali served as the Annual Fund Manager for Make-A-Wish® South Carolina where she was responsible for donor communications, stewardship management, prospect research and individual donor relationships. Additionally, Ali held roles in development, special events and volunteer management with The Children’s Museum of the Upstate in Greenville, South Carolina, Erlanger Health System Foundations in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Make-A-Wish Georgia and the Georgia Chapter of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. During her time with these organizations, Ali worked on a variety of fundraising campaigns, including athletic events, black tie affairs, employee giving, peer to peer fundraising, direct marketing and more.

Ali earned her undergraduate degree in Communication Studies from Florida State University, has a certificate in Annual Giving from the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy’s Madison Institute and a certificate in Interaction Management from Development Dimensions International.

 

Michelle Drummond – Operations Manager, Ext. 107

Michelle Drummond headshot Michelle Drummond joined AWF in February of 2009 as Executive Assistant to the CEO.  Her stay with the foundation was supposed to be temporary, but after discovering that there was a need for her financial and accounting background, the opportunity presented itself for her to hang around a little longer.  Fast forward 3 ½ years and you will find Michelle managing the daily operations of the office as well as making sure the debits and the credits balance at the end of the month.  When she is not at AWF trying to change the world, one girl at a time, you may find her running the streets of Atlanta, in someone’s dance class, or creating a masterpiece by hand.

 

DiShonda Hughes – Mission Director, Ext. 104

DiShonda headshot DiShonda Hughes joined the Atlanta Women’s Foundation team in 2000, and is responsible for the management and coordination of various grantmaking initiatives and special projects. DiShonda has extensive experience in grantmaking in the areas of women’s health, economic justice, homelessness, and prevention of violence against women and girls. DiShonda has managed the distribution of $13 million to local nonprofits serving women and girls impacted by poverty. DiShonda has served on the Atlanta/Fulton SuperNOFA Grant Review Committee, Kaiser Permanente’s Safety Net Grant Review Committee, the Local Board for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, as a Deployment Captain for the Housing and Urban Development Homeless Census Count, on the Planning Committee for the Women’s Funding Network’s 2012 Annual Conference, as a member of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights Women and Girls Collaborative and as a Citizen Diplomat for the Georgia Council for International Visitors. DiShonda was selected as a member of the 2006 Atlanta Civic Leadership Network Institute, and was a 2006 Southeastern Council of Foundations Hull Fellow; established to nurture, inspire and strengthen the Southeast’s next generation of emerging leaders in philanthropy.

 

Kari B. Love – Vice President of Development and Communications, Ext. 110

Kari Love headshot color Kari Brown Love joined The Atlanta Women’s Foundation in February 2014 as Vice President of Development and Communications, continuing her 23-year career as a leader in the Atlanta non-profit and broadcast communities. Kari began her career at WYAY & WYAI – FM as Promotions/Public Relations Director. Later she moved to WFOX – FM as Promotions and Marketing Director. She was recruited to join Make-A-Wish Foundation of Georgia and Alabama in 2003 as Director of Development, and was later promoted to Vice President of Corporate Development & Special Events.

An Atlanta native, Kari is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a major in Communications and a minor in French. In connection with her French studies, she completed an immersion sequence at the Universite De Borgogne in Dijon, France. She was affiliated with Kappa Alpha Theta, national social sorority. She is a member of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta, where she serves on the Congregation Council, and is liaison to the church’s Children’s and Family Ministry Board.