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    Eggs & OU: Making A Difference, Nov. 15th

    Oglethorpe University’s motto is: Make a Life. Make a Living. Make a Difference. We invite alumni to join us for a very special panel of Atlanta Community Leaders in non-profit who have changed the lives and stories of many people through the business of Making a Difference.


    Doug Ammar, Georgia Justice Project
    Bill Bolling, Atlanta Community Food Bank
    Tina Fernandez, Achieve Atlanta
    Daniel Shoy, Jr. East Lake Foundation

    Bios for each speaker are below:

    Douglas B. Ammar has been associated with the Georgia Justice Project (GJP) since its inception in 1986 – serving first as a volunteer, then as a staff lawyer in 1990, and, since 1995, as the Executive Director. In 1984, Doug earned his Bachelor’s degree in history from Davidson College and he received his law degree in 1989 from Washington and Lee University.

    Doug has received the prestigious Annie E. Casey Foundation Fellowship and a number of other awards including most recently the Elbert P. Tuttle Jurisprudence Award from the Southeastern Anti-Defamation League; The University of Georgia’s Milner S. Ball Working In the Public Interest Lifetime Achievement Award; the Georgia Center for Nonprofits’ Evelyn G. Ullman Innovative Leadership Award; Davidson College’s John W. Kuykendall Award for Community Service; and the Georgia Indigent Defense Council’s Commitment to Excellence Award.

    Doug is a popular and effective speaker, giving talks that range from a CLE based on the movie "Groundhog Day" to powerful presentations about restorative justice and spirituality in the practice of law. Some of his speaking engagements include: the Restorative Justice Conference, Ministry of Justice Israel; the Focolare Lawyers Conference in Rome, Italy; Meiiji University, Tokyo; the Southeastern Council of Foundations Annual Meeting, the Christian Legal Society’s Annual Meeting; Mercer University School of Law–Law Day Speaker; the Stein Center for Ethics at Fordham University Law School in New York; and the Georgia Public Defenders Standards Council.


    Bill Bolling is the founder of the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) and has served as its executive director since 1979. In this capacity he oversees the distribution of millions of pounds of good but unmarketable food and grocery products each year through a network of more than 600 nonprofit partner organizations that feed the hungry, as well as other food banks throughout the southeast. He is a frequent speaker on topics related to hunger, poverty, regionalism, affordable housing and public policy reform. His skills in bridging various public sectors have made him a leader in strengthening the community to serve those most in need. Prior to his association with the Food Bank, he served as director of community ministries for St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Atlanta.

    Born and raised in Lexington, North Carolina, Mr. Bolling holds degrees from Central Piedmont College and Appalachian State University in Business and Education. He received his Master of Arts degree in Psychology and Counseling from University of West Georgia in 1976. In July of 2003, he attended Harvard Business School, completing a course on Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management. He has served as an adjunct professor in the School of Management at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and has taught classes at Georgia State, Emory and Oglethorpe Universities.

    Mr. Bolling is a charter member of the Board of Directors of Feeding America, the national network of food banks. He currently serves on the Atlanta Falcons Advisory Board, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Regional Commission on Homelessness, and the Nonprofit Advisory Committee of the Andrew Young School at Georgia State University. He is founder of the Atlanta Housing Forum, begun in 1988, and continues to serve as moderator of the Regional Housing Forum. He is past chair of the Board of the Regional Leadership Forum (now the Regional Civic League) and the State of Georgia Housing Trust Fund Commission.

    In January 2012, Georgia Trend Magazine named Mr. Bolling their 2012 Georgian of the Year. The magazine has consistently named him among their 100 Most Influential Georgians, and in January 2015, Mr. Bolling joined Georgia Trend’s Most Influential Hall of Fame. Mr. Bolling’s recent awards include the 2015 Dan Sweat Award presented by Central Atlanta Progress, the 2015 Heroes, Saints and Legends Awardpresented by the Foundation of Wesley Woods, the 2014 Award for Distinguished Service presented by the Atlanta Business League, the 2009 Shining Light Award presented by Atlanta Gas Light and News/Talk 750 WSB, and the 2009 Beacon of Light Award presented by BoardWalk Consulting. In 2007, Mr. Bolling was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Sponsors of Morehouse College. Prior awards include the 2005 Ethics Advocate Award presented by the Southern Institute for Business and Professional Ethics, Atlanta Regional Commission’s Golden Glasses Award for Visionary Leadership, the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award, the Sidney Marcus Public Service Award of the Atlanta Fulton County League of Women Voters, UNICEF’s Child Survival Award, Georgia Department of Community Affairs Housing Champion Award, Atlanta Urban League Distinguished Community Service Award, and the John Van Hengel Hunger Fellow Award presented by Feeding America.

    Tina Fernandez earned a B.A. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. She leads the Achieve Atlanta team as Executive Director. Prior to this role, Tina was a partner at Bellwether Education Partners, a national nonprofit providing strategic, talent, and policy consulting to education organizations. Tina also served as a Clinical Professor at the University of Texas School of Law where she was twice named Clinical Professor of the Year. In addition, Tina was the founding Director of the school's Pro Bono Program. Prior to that, Tina was Managing Director of Alumni Engagement & Infrastructure for Teach For America. She currently serves on the Latin American Association of Georgia board of directors, TFA's Atlanta regional board, and sits on the State of Georgia's Education Reform Commission. Tina lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband Frank and their two children, Franky and Lucia, who attend Atlanta public schools.

    Daniel Shoy, Jr. serves as president of the East Lake Foundation. He is responsible for strategic goal setting focused on advancing the Foundation’s mission to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty through mixed income housing, cradle-to-college education and community wellness programs and services for children and families in the East Lake community. With overall responsibility for the Foundation’s operations, finances, programs, fundraising and external relations, he is also responsible for sustaining strong relationships with the Foundation’s partners including the East Lake Golf Club and the Charlie Yates Golf Course, Charles R. Drew Charter School, the East Lake Family YMCA, East Lake Sheltering Arms Family Education Center, The Villages of East Lake, and the Southeastern Horticultural Society. Since joining the Foundation as Program Director in 2010, he has also served as Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer.

    Daniel has 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector with organizations focused on youth and community development. Prior to joining the East Lake Foundation, Daniel worked for The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation for 10 years and was responsible for awarding $28M in grants.  Daniel has served on several national and local education boards and committees including the Grantmakers for Education board, and the State of Georgia’s Race to The Top Advisory Committee. He currently serves on the Charles R. Drew Charter School Board of Directors and the University of Georgia Board of Visitors. 

    Daniel has completed several leadership programs including the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta Volunteer Involvement Program (2002), Southeast Council of Foundations Hull Fellows Program (2003), LEAD of Leadership Atlanta (2005), Association of Black Foundation Executives Connecting Leaders Program (2008), and the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education’s Education Policy Fellowship Program (2009).?? He’s been a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. since 1994 and is currently active with the Nu Mu Lambda Chapter.

    Daniel is a first generation American from New York City, speaks Spanish and Italian, and enjoys international travel, sports and photography. He earned a B.A. in History from Emory University in 1995 and in 2013 was named an Emory College Distinguished Alumni.?? He previously served on Emory University’s Board of Governors.



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    Date & Location

    Date: 11/15/2016
    Time: 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
    Location: Conant Performing Arts Center Lobby

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