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Lisa Chester, Director of Operations, is 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.
An alumnus of Vanderbilt University, Stevenson has spent several years in the nonprofit industry. She began her fundraising career with Coxe Curry & Associates,an Atlanta-based consulting firm that counsels local nonprofit organizations as they work to fulfill their mission. Her experience led her to theLeukemia & Lymphoma Society where she worked with the Georgia Chapter’s Team In Training program, the organizations largest fundraising campaign.She comes to us now from her role as Development Manager for the American Lung Association of Georgia’s office.
Lucy 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.
Leonard "Gabe" Briscoe is the Program Coordinator at Betty's Hope. He is responsible for serving as a support and 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.
Tialer Maxwell, Program Manager, manages the Homes for the Holidays (HFTH) program; overseeing HFTH implementation, National Football League (NFL) market expansion, corporate partnerships and sponsorships for the program. She develops additional programs that are focused on education, nutrition, and financial advancement for WDC recipients.
Prior to WDC, Tialer developed media and public relations strategies for elected contracted clients including various non-profits. Tialer was selected to develop branding for numerous political campaigns and corporations.
Tialer began her professional marketing career as a Coordinator for Improv Comedy Club, then moved on to RJ Reynolds Inc. where she serviced Camel, Winston-Salem, Pall Mall and new product accounts. Tialer's background includes management and public relations work serving television, music industry, professional sports and non-profits.
Tialer's education includes Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations.
Cassandra E. Pell-Dow, Program Coordinator, is responsible for coordinating the Homes for the Holidays (HFTH) flagship program. This involves planning, executing and evaluating the HFTH flagship program. In addition, she is responsible for promoting the program to the general public and existing or potential partners.
Cassandra received her bachelor’s degree from Kennesaw State University where she studied Sport Management and Marketing. She earned her master’s degree from Georgia State University in Sports Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Studies.
Prior to gaining employment with Warrick Dunn Charities (WDC) Cassandra worked for Georgia State University. While with Georgia State she held marketing and programming positions with both the Department of Athletics and the Office of Civic Engagement.
Her additional work experience includes the Atlanta Braves’ promotional staff, as well as internships with the Kennesaw State University Department of Athletics, Sports Radio 790 the Zone and Atlanta Spirit, LLC.
While in college Cassandra was a member of her campus activities board where she served as Lectures Coordinator and was a member of the PR committee. She also served as Secretary and Head of Press & Publicity for her school’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In addition, Cassandra was a member of her university’s dance team and is still actively involved in Omega Phi Alpha National Service Sorority.
Her volunteer experience includes Dress for Success, the Joseph F. Lyttle World Basketball Challenge, Corporate Code’s Fashion and Philanthropy Week of Events, the Chick-fil-A world games and the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Sweet 16 Men’s Tournament.
Cassandra served as a year-long intern with WDC before she became Program Coordinator. Currently residing in Atlanta, Georgia, Cassandra is excited and eager to continue her growth and learning experience at WDC.