Who we are and how we can serve you.
Andy is the Executive Director of REMERGE. He is a native of Anderson, IN and has a B.A. from Anderson University and an M.Div. from Anderson School of Theology. He earned his Ph.D. in Moral and Practical Theology (Theological Ethics) from King’s College, University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Under Andy’s leadership, REMERGE has become an effective leader in building communities of dignity, imagination and inclusion. He has over 30 years of ministry and nonprofit experience.
Andy is the editor and a contributor to the book Joining Lives: A Primer in the Ministry of Reconciliation (Eugene: Cascade Books, 2017).
Andy is married to Amy and they have three daughters and one son.
Topics: Reconciliation, Imagination, Placemaking, Community Building, Driving Change by Building Movements, Design Thinking as Community Building, Poverty/Homelessness
Mary serves on the Advisory Board for REMERGE. She has over a decade of experience in nonprofit leadership, grant writing, communications, and program development. She is committed to developing programs and services that improve the lives of underserved women and children. She is also active in raising awareness about and promoting initiatives that aid in the prevention of trafficking, exploitation, and abuse of the most vulnerable. Mary is a graduate of Harvard University and also holds a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology. She serves as chair of the Civilian Review Board and is a member of the policy council for Head Start in Anderson, Indiana where she resides with her children.
Topics: Human Trafficking (awareness & prevention), Nonprofit Leadership, Workforce Development, Communication Strategies, Educational Program Development & Implementation, Education Assessment
Christy is the Program Lead for Giving Grace. She is native to Atlanta and a graduate of Georgia Tech. She began volunteering in 2013 and soon discovered her ability to network and mobilize people to respond to neighbors in need. Christy is married with three children.
Sylvia is the Community Facilitator in historic Sweet Auburn where she focuses on vulnerable women and the homeless. She also directs our Immersion Workshops. Sylvia has worked in ministry since 1996. After working with an innovative shelter in New Orleans she realized what can be accomplished when people share life together living as neighbors, rather than a sterile “fixing” model. This experience began to transform the way she approaches life and ministry. Sylvia has been with REMERGE since 2011. Sylvia has her master’s degree in Theological Studies (Christian Ethics) from Columbia Theological Seminary.
David serves on the Advisory Board for REMREGE. He is a senior consultant with 16 years driving organizational effectiveness and strategy execution for clients operating at the intersections of business, civil society, and government.
Topics: Strategy Development, Strategy Execution, Organizational Culture, Change Management, Organizational Development, Leadership, Systems Thinking, CSR
Anna serves on the Advisory Board for REMERGE. She is a native of Jamestown, NY and has a B.A. from Anderson University where she studied management with a concentration in nonprofit leadership. Anna originally joined the REMERGE team in 2016 before leaving in 2019 to take a job in the private sector. She is passionate about learning from others and breaking down misconstrued stereotypes.
Grace is the Program Coordinator at REMERGE. Originally from southeast Michigan, she made her way to Atlanta in 2013. With a background in arts administration and curatorial work, Grace has committed herself to utilizing art to disrupt conventional schools of thought, excavate meaning, and cultivate community through thoughtful programming and exhibitions. Grace is a 2017 graduate of Emory University where she studied African American Studies and Sociology.
Paul is the treasurer of the Board of Directors for REMERGE. He is the Vice President for Strategy and Operational Effectiveness for Habitat for Humanity International. He has over 20 years of leadership experience in international development at all levels: community, national, regional and global. His core strengths are finding solutions to complex challenges, thinking strategically while ensuring critical details are addressed, leading by listening, incorporating ideas of diverse stakeholders, and learning new skills. He has a B.S. from California Polytechnic University, a Masters of Divinity from Gordon Conwell Seminary and an Executive MBA from the University of Michigan. Paul is married with three children.
Topics: Multi cultural Leadership, Strategic Planning, Change Management, Business Planning, Non-profit Finance, Community Development, Project Management, Construction.
Kimberly serves on the Advisory Board for REMERGE. She is an Associate Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries at Anderson University and is a co host for Viewpoint, a syndicated radio program for Christians Broadcasting Hope. Additionally, Kimberly is founder and CEO of Stripped Love, a not for profit ministry empowering women in sex trade to walk out of fear and into love (strippedlove.org) . Kimberly is an ordained minister of the Church of God (Anderson) and has completed post graduate education at the University of Notre Dame and the Anderson School of Theology. Kimberly and her husband Kevin reside in Anderson, Indiana with their son Max.
Topics: Sex Trafficking, Women in Ministry, Women of the Bible
William is the Program Lead for ColorATL and ‘Chief Curator of the Sweet Auburn Community Museum. He is also a freelance artist, sculptor, creative entrepreneur. William initially found his voice through art during his time at Valdosta State University. In 2013, William moved to Atlanta and began his art career, from glassblowing, to teaching art to homeless youth, to public art installations on the BeltLine. He now is a force of creative connection in Atlanta – utilizing the power of art to pursue social and racial reconciliation, build community, and comfort those in hardship. He serves on the board at Renew the Arts, Twin Radius, and Arts in Health at Winship, and is the founder of CarCanvas and ColorATL.
Topics: Community Art, Creative Workshops
Amy is the director of the customer experience for REMERGE and also serves as the bookkeeper. Amy is a native of Seattle, WA via Sitka, AK. She is a graduate of Western Washington University where she studied recreational therapy. Amy’s passion is in working with older adults with dementia. Amy is married to Andy and is the mother of three lovely daughters and one son.
Cherie is a former member of the Board of Directors for REMERGE and currently serves on our Advisory Board. She is the co-founder and principal of Good Places and is a business and development consultant in Atlanta, GA. Cherie holds a BComm in Accounting and Finance from the University of Melbourne and an M.A. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois.
Topics: Community Development, Ethical Impact Investing, Strategic and Business Planning
Bill is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for REMERGE. He held several key positions with large corporations (Kraft Foods, ZEP Manufacturing, and Georgia Pacific) prior to acquiring Quality Fabricators® in Atlanta, GA. His ownership in this small business allows him the time to give back to the community. In addition to his work with REMERGE he is also a board member and volunteer at TEDxPeachtree, and the CFO/COO of Community-Guilds –STE(A)MTRUCK – a mobile maker space in Atlanta. Bill and his wife Rita live in Atlanta. They have two children and one grandchild. Bill is a foodie, soccer and hockey fan, loves to bike ride, and practice yoga.
Topics: Strategic and Business Planning, Entrepreneurship, Small Business Ownership, Design Thinking, Community Building, Dealing with Addiction in the Family.
Emily is the Operations Manager for REMERGE. Originally from coastal Georgia, Emily returned to her home state in 2016 and now proudly calls Atlanta home. She brings a depth of operational experience, as well as technical expertise in international economic development. She is passionate about people, inclusion, and designing systems and processes that reflect the dignity of all people and help bring wild ideas to life. She earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Charleston Southern University and an M.S. in International Finance and Economics from Brandeis International Business School.
Topics: Strategic and Business Planning, Entrepreneurship, Design Thinking, Community Building.
Catherine serves on the Board of Directors for REMERGE. She hails from sunny Florida but has made Atlanta her home. She has a B.S. in Communications from Florida State University and a Masters in Public Administration from Georgia State University. She is currently a Senior Specialist for Neighborhood Revitalization for Habitat for Humanity International in Atlanta, GA. She has worked at organizations that fight for women’s and children’s health and rights, advocate against sex trafficking, and promote the arts. She is most passionate about justice and community development. Catherine and her husband Peter live in Atlanta.
Topics: Resource Development, Board Management, Project Management, Grant Writing, Housing
Felecia serves on the Board of Directors for REMERGE. She is the Executive Pastor for Community Church in Atlanta, GA. Felecia is an Atlanta native, a graduate of Wesleyan College with a B.A. in Religion and an M.Div. from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. In 2005, she was honored by the Program of Black Church Studies at Emory University for being the first African American woman graduate of the School of Theology. In 2015, Reverend Smith was also honored by the Black Student Caucus of the Candler School Theology and received the first “Felecia Pearson Smith Alumna Trail Blazer Award.” This award will be given every year to alumni who have displayed significant leadership in the church and the community. Felecia is an ordained minister of the Church of God (Anderson, IN). She has served as the President/CEO of the Shenango Valley (PA) Urban League, Inc, and the Director of the Bonner Office of Community Service and Student Development at Spelman College. She is the author of My Hair. . . My Marriage. In 2009 she founded Metamorphosis Ministries Inc., focusing on the spiritual emotional health of women.
Topics: Emotional Health and Spirituality, Healthy Leadership, Understanding Grief as a Process, How to Become your Best Self, How to Navigate the Turbulence of Life
Ken serves on the Board of Directors for REMERGE. He is an attorney with FisherBroyles as a business litigator representing and advising corporate, government, non-profit, entertainment and individual clients in a variety of practice areas, including complex commercial disputes, technology and intellectual property matters, franchising/licensing disputes, employment practices and medical malpractice. Before FisherBroyles, Ken was General Counsel of a global software solutions provider with over 9000 customers in over 100 countries. He was also Of Counsel with Carlton Fields LLP and a Senior Associate with Troutman Sanders LLP. Ken began his legal career as a Judge Advocate with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He is a graduate of Howard University School of Law, J.D., Cum Laude and Florida A&M University ; B.S., Business Administration.
Topics: Employment, Franchising, General Corporate, Intellectual Property, Litigation & Risk Management, Mediation, Technology
LeJuano serves on the Advisory Board for REMERGE. He is the Executive Director of Sweet Auburn Works the preservation-based economic development organization created to protect and enhance the commercial and cultural legacy of the Sweet Auburn Historic District. Mr. Varnell brings more than 18 years of private sector operating and finance experience in Africa, Asia and the US to this role, and has employed those skills to create a career of using private capital to solve difficult market problems. Mr. Varnell received a BA in Economics from Morehouse College and an MS in Finance from the Carroll School of Management, Boston College. He is an avid outdoorsman, and when not hiking or biking, enjoys cooking with his friends and family.
Larry serves on the Advisory Board for REMERGE. He has been active with our Central Atlanta Community for over six years. He began his family oriented dental practice, Southern Smiles Dental Associates, in Clayton County Georgia over 30 years ago after graduating from the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry. Besides dentistry, he loves the outdoors, music, and his family – especially his wife Cindy and their children Sellers, Yates, and Jesse.
Topics: Small Business Ownership, Oral Health, Individuality and Oneness as they relate to Reconciliation