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Staff

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Lisa Chester - Interim Executive Director

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Lisa Chester, Interim Executive Director, joined Warrick Dunn Charities as the Director of Operations where she was responsible for developing business strategy, fostering corporate and community alliances and managing operations to achieve organizational, program and financial goals for the charity. 

Prior to WDC, Lisa developed integrated media strategies for Turner Broadcasting’s portfolio of brands and initiatives including the Turner Entertainment Network and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). During her tenure, Lisa was tapped to spearhead multimillion dollar outdoor ad campaigns for the brands annually. She has led corporate responsibility initiatives as well as supported and executed planning for programming, influencer campaigns, branding events and e-commerce sales.

Ms. Chester began her professional career with McCann WorldGroup servicing accounts in the automotive, QSR, home improvement, consumer goods and products categories. Her background includes management and public relations work serving non-profits, arts community, music industry and professional sports.

She enjoys volunteerism and has served various organizations including Project Open Hand, Citizens for Kasim Reed, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Girls Inc, Youth Ensemble of Atlanta, United Negro College Fund and Atlanta Center for Self-Sufficiency.

A graduate of the Atlanta University Center, Ms. Chester received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Media Arts from Morris Brown College. She also holds a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management.

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Sonnee Stanley, M.Ed., LMFT - Program Manager

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Sonnee Stanley, M.Ed., LMFT, Program Manager of our Betty's Hope program in Baton Rouge, LA. 

 
Sonnee graduated with a Masters in counseling from Western Kentucky University and is currently a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Louisiana. She has worked with youth and their families to overcome a variety of issues for over 5 years. She most recently was the Director of Children's Services at Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center in Princeton, WV. There she started a therapy program in the local elementary school, increased the number of children served at the center by 300% and was involved with many community activities centered around the mental health of youth and families. 
 
Her specialties include working with youth on issues such as self-esteem, ADHD and ODD symptoms, anger management, grief and loss, drugs and alcohol use, developmental disorders, depression and anxiety. She is well versed in working with families on parenting skills, family engagement, and marital conflicts. Sonnee is also a certified Prepare/Enrich counselor.
 
Sonnee has recently moved to Southern Louisiana and is enjoying the cajun culture, down to earth people, and AMAZING food!!! She happily lives with her wonderful husband, two dogs and a cat.

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Lucy Ann Gossett - Executive Administrative Assistant

Lucy Ann Gossett WDC14Lucy Ann Gossett,  Executive Administrative Assistant, is responsible for assisting with administrative details and deadlines that pertain to charity events, programs and communications.

A native of Tennessee, Gossett graduated from Austin Peay State University with a Bachelors of Science in Mass Communications and a minor in Psychology. She brings over 10 years of experience in the administrative industry. Previously, Gossett was the coaches assistant for former Head Coach Tony Dungy of the Indianapolis Colts where she worked with a variety of projects and daily contact between administration and football personnel.

Her experience also includes human resources for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where she assisted in community relations and performed many game day public relations duties. Gossett also has experience in community relations for the Tampa Bay “Devil” Rays and was director of project management for Public Affairs, an event marketing firm in Orlando, Fla.

Ms. Gossett currently resides in Atlanta, Ga.

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Leonard Briscoe - Program Coordinator, Betty's Hope

LBHeadshot14Leonard "Gabe" Briscoe is the Program Coordinator at Betty's Hope. He is responsible for serving as a co-facilitator in all Betty's Hope direct services, community engagement and programming.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Mr. Briscoe earned his Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Services and Disability Studies from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, subsequently obtaining Masters in Business Administration from University of Phoenix. Mr. Briscoe has previously served as a site manager for the Big Buddy program, as a substitute teacher for the East Baton Rouge school system, and as assistant coordinator for the Tyrus Thomas, Inc. C.A.T.C.H Program.

After suffering the loss of his father in 2006, Mr. Briscoe realized that it took his "accepting death as a part of life" for him to begin his healing. He understands how this impacted his life and wants to help ensure that the youth impacted by Betty's Hope do not struggle the way he did. By being a voice of reason to uplift young people through their rough times, he plans to share his own experiences to help them understand that they don't have to go through the rough times alone, and that if he can overcome it, they will too.

Mr. Briscoe currently resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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