Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors are as follows:
Henrietta Antonin - Chair
Henrietta Antoinin served as Vice President of Public Relations for
Atlanta Life Financial Group and was a member of the senior
management team. In this position she managed and evaluated
advertising and promotion programs for compatibility with the
Company's public relations efforts. She also observed social,
economic, and political trends that might have ultimately had an
effect upon Atlanta Life, and made recommendations to enhance
the Company's image based on those trends.
Henrietta was listed in Who's is Who in Atlanta as well as Dollars
and Sense magazine who honored her as one of America's top 100
Black business and professional women. Ebony magazine has also
listed Henrietta as one of the 100 most promising Black Corporate
Women in America. In 2004, she was inducted into the Hall of
Fame for Women by the Atlanta Business League who also named her Atlanta's 2005 Top Black Women of
Influence. She was appointed by Governor Zell Miller as Lieutenant Colonel De Camp Governor's Staff and
honored by Governor Roy Barnes with an appointment as Commissioner of the Martin Luther King Jr. State
Holiday. She also served as a member of Governor Barnes' Inaugural Committee.
Henrietta was an active member of the Public Relations Professionals organization and had been appointed Vice
Chair of the Democratic Party Coordinating Committee. As a very powerful member of the Board of Directors
for the Atlanta Chapter NAACP where she was second Vice President, Henrietta was responsible for positive
change in the Atlanta community. In 2001, she received the highest Atlanta NAACP honor, the Jondelle Johnson
Leadership Award. She has chaired the membership drive and served as chair for the Freedom Fund Dinners. The
Butler Street YMCA benefited from Henrietta's leadership where she served as Chair of the Board of Directors
for 3 years. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Insurance
As a Trustee of the Gate City Day Nursery Foundation, she brought many positive changes while serving as the
Curator/Coordinator of the Atlanta Life National African-American Art Competition and Exhibition, which
involved hundreds of African-American artists throughout the United States. Today Atlanta Life owns one of the
largest and finest collections of African-American art in the nation. This formed the foundation for the birth of
the National Black Arts festival in Atlanta, GA. Henrietta was the founding president of the Atlanta Political
Congress of Black Women where the national chair was Dr. Shirley Chisholm.
Henrietta is a member of the Georgia Coalition of Black women and was on the Board for the Atlanta Rainbow
PUSH Coalition Wall Street Project. She is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Americolor Opera; the
only African-American opera company in the world.
Henrietta is a fifth-generation member of Friendship Baptist Church which she attends with her daughter, Letrease
and two grandchildren Amber and Terry Lynn and enjoys singing in the Senior choir as a contralto soloist.
Atlanta Life Financial Group saluted Henrietta Antoinin in 2008; the only former employee who has had the
privilege of serving under 6 of the 7 presidents at Atlanta Life and celebrated her 46 years of service. Her
commitment and dedication will live in Atlanta Life's memory and in the Atlanta community.
JaiDei Jackson - Treasurer
JaiDei Jackson is the managing member of The CPA Firm, LLC. She has more
than 25 years of experience working with small business owners from startup
through growth modes. She has experience in all aspects of financial forecasting,
accounting and income tax preparation.
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Additionally, she is the Founder & Clinical Director of You Are Worthy, Inc.,
which is a coaching and counseling agency whose focus is teaching men &
women how to create their version of Happily Ever After.
JaiDei Jackson utilizes her expertise is in the areas of money and communication
to help men & women transform their relationships to each other by impacting
the conversations they are having. If you are interested in creating healthy
relationships in all areas of your life or are dealing with the problems of Trust,
Respect & Intimacy contact her online at www.YouAreWorthy.org
Jaidei Jackson holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Pace University & Masters of Art from Argosy
JaiDei Jackson is a Certified Public Accountant, a Licensed Professional Counselor, a National Certified
Counselor & a Prepare Enrich Facilitator.
JaiDei Jackson is highly skilled & trained to help you!
Justine Boyd - Fundraising
Justine Boyd has a long and exemplary record of service, leadership, and advocacy.
She is currently the Regional Development Director for the Atlanta Region of
UNCF where she oversees the development initiatives of five states which supports
20 Historically Black Colleges and Universities. UNCF is the nation's largest and
most effective minority education organization. Since its founding in 1944, UNCF
has raised more than $3.6 billion to help more than 400,000 students receive college
degrees at colleges and universities throughout the country including its 37-
She was President of JNB Strategies, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in the
delivery of a full-range of services to market and promote non-profit organizations.
In 2014 she was instrumental in leading the, "Save the ITC" campaign.
Justine served as the Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA of Greater Atlanta and has more than 15 years of
Executive Leadership experience in nonprofit management, government administration and external affairs.
Under her leadership, the YWCA (a premier women's serving agency) operated a Woman in Transition shelter;
Early Learning Academy facility; and 10 after-schools programs to include Teen Girls in Technology, wellness,
racial justice and education.
Justine has distinguished herself as a stellar community leader currently serving as Vice Chair of the Atlanta
Housing Authority. She served as Chair of Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections during the 2008
Presidential Campaign which yielded a significant increase in voter turnout.
Justine is Past President of the Atlanta Fulton County League of Women's Voters. Among her achievements as
president, she created and co-sponsored the renowned Fireside Chats with WSB-TV, and in 2002 formatted one
of her innovations: Atlanta Women Speaks an exciting book that encompasses a collection of speeches by some
of Atlanta's most prominent women. Justine was also responsible for the resurgence of the organization by
diversifying and doubling membership, increasing funding resources, and implementing new programs through
Justine was appointed by Secretary of State, Cathy Cox to the Georgia Voting Commission. She is a former Chair
of the UGA College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences Advisory Board, a former member of the Georgia
4-H Foundation, the Boy Scouts of America Atlanta Area Council, the Coalition of 100 Black Women Advisory
Board (Chair), the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, and
the DeKalb Convention
and Visitors Bureau. Justine is a lifetime member of the NAACP, the APEX Museum, the Atlanta Business
League, and a Junior League sustainer.
She has received numerous leadership accolades including the: 2011 Atlanta Dream Inspiring Woman Award
presented by SunTrust and one of Business to Business Woman of Excellence; 2011 High Heels in High Places
from The Trumpet Wards Foundation; 2009 Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA)
Foundation Zenith Award for Distinction in the Profession (Individual); and 2008 Chayil, Inc. Butterflies and
Allies honoree. In 2007, Atlanta Woman Magazine named her Woman of the Year applauding her commitment
to the empowerment of women and girls. Who's Who In Black Atlanta identified Justine as one of the Female
Atlanta Powerhouses. Described by the Atlanta Tribune Magazine as a "bold, dynamic, and powerful woman in
corporate America," Justine has been named one of the 10 Most Outstanding Young People in Atlanta (1999) and
one of Georgia Trend Magazine's Top 40 Under 40 (2001). The Atlanta Business League has recognized her as
a tenured member of 100 Most Influential African American Women. Women Looking Ahead Magazine named
her one of Georgia's Most Powerful Women and Rolling Out Magazine's 25 Most Influential Women.
In 2003, Justine was selected in a nationwide search to be one of the 63 emerging U.S. Leaders to participate in
the German Marshall Memorial Fellowship in Europe studying transatlantic economic, political, and social issues.
Justine is a graduate of Leadership Georgia, Leadership Atlanta, and the Regional Leadership Institute.
Justine formerly served as Assistant General Manager for External Affairs for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid
Transit Authority (MARTA) and County Clerk for the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. She received a
bachelor of arts degree in English from Georgia State University, and is a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church in
She loves photography, calligraphy, traveling the world and meeting new people.
Jeff Hilimire - CEO / Author
Jeff Hilimire is an accomplished entrepreneur who has launched
multiple successful for-profit and nonprofit organizations, and who has
successfully sold two companies. His current business, Dragon Army,
is one of the fastest-growing digital agencies in the nation. Over the
course of 20 years, Jeff has applied his knowledge of entrepreneurship
and innovation to help guide leaders from some of the most well-known
global brands to mobilize growth using an entrepreneurial mentality. He
is also the co-founder of 48in48, a global nonprofit that produces
hackathon events to build 48 nonprofit websites in 48 hours.
When Jeff isn't running Dragon Army, mentoring, or volunteering at
48in48, he is working hard as the founder of Ripples of Hope, a
collection of for-profit and nonprofit organizations focused on business
as a force for good in the world. Jeff is also an accomplished author, and his book, The 5-Day Turnaround, is a
reflection of his drive and personal purpose to have an outsized, positive impact on the world.
Jeff lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his lovely wife, Emily, and their five children.
See the many other ways he's worked to help leaders increase their satisfaction and success via his personal blog,
Michael Julian Bond
Councilmember Michael Julian Bond has served Atlanta citywide, representing more than 450,000 local residents, since his election to the Atlanta City Council Post 1 At-Large seat in November of 2009. He is a member of the Committee on Council and the Community Development/Human Resources and Public Safety committees.
From 1994 to 2001, Michael served on the council as the District 3 representative for portions of the city's south and northwest quadrants. During that time, he served as the city council's President Pro Tempore and as chair of both the Public Safety and Community Development committees.
Outside of his council duties, Michael served as the Deputy Director and Chief Programs Officer for the Atlanta branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He has volunteered with the American Diabetes Association for more than 20 years, serving on its national board from 2011 to 2013.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Michael is the son of the late civil rights leader Julian Bond and his wife, Alice. He attended Frederick Douglass High School, Morehouse College, and Georgia State University. In 2011, Michael received his certification for the Senior Executives in State and Local Government from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is an active member at Antioch Baptist Church North in Atlanta.
Rev. Dr. JoAnn Watson - Community
JoAnn Watson is a native Detroiter, and has been honored as a
"Distinguished Alumnus" of the University of Michigan. She is the Senior
Pastor of West Side Unity Church & is Host of the Radio/TV show: "Wake
Up Detroit" via Watkins Broadcasting. Rev. Watson was formerly: Detroit
City Council President Pro Temp, Detroit NAACP Executive Director,
Detroit YWCA Executive Director, YWCA of the USA Assistant Executive
Director; and Public Liaison, U. S. Congress. She holds an Honorary
Doctorate, is a College Professor at Wayne County Community College
District, and a Professor at The Unity Urban Ministerial School. She is
founding President of the National Association of Black Talk Show Hosts,
& serves on an Advisory Board for American Girl, where they modeled a
doll and several books about a 9-year old Detroit girl during the '60's Civil
Rights Era, mirroring Watson's life story.
Dr. Watson was a delegate to the 2001 U. N. World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa & the
1989 Women for A Meaningful Summit in the USSR.
Dr. Watson was recognized by The Nation Magazine in 2009 as "the most valuable local elected official in the
USA." As a workaholic legislator, Watson sponsored thousands of laws, including: "Water Affordability Plan" to
help low-income citizens avoid water shut-offs; laws banning texting and talking while driving; ban on smoking
in public places; resolution to mandate summer jobs for youth; "Bank on Detroit" program to promote financial
health; AfricanTown/Paradise Valley Business District to promote the economic well-being of Detroit's Black
Businesses; Cost-Recovery Ordinance to re-coup millions from utilities whose power lines are monitored by
Detroit Police & Fire Fighters; 15 points added to job applications of City residents; and a "Marshall Plan" to
fund the economic re-structuring of the City; among other initiatives.
Watson is a member of the National African American Reparations Commission, and is a contributing author to
"Should America Pay?", the landmark book on Reparations, published in 2003.
She has served as chair of the Detroit chapter of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America
(NCOBRA) & is a long-time member of N'COBRA's national board. She is featured in the 2002 scholarly
publication, "Eight Women who are National Leaders on Reparations".
Watson was a featured speaker at the Sept. 16, 2016, Congressional Black Caucus Judiciary Hearing in
Washington, DC, and she addressed Dr Maulana Karenga's NGUZO SABA Conference, celebrating the 50th
Anniversary of Kwanzaa in Los Angeles, on Sept. 25, 2015. Dr. Watson received the highest award of The
Institute of The Black World-21st Century, November 19, 2016, in Newark, NJ.
Rev. Dr. JoAnn Watson is the daughter of an African Methodist Episcopal Minister & is the eldest of 10 born to
Jefferson Nichols, Sr. and Rev. Lestine Kent Nichols. She is the mother of 4 (Damon, Nefertari, Stephen B.,
Maya); grandmother of 4 (Jendayi, Troy, Damon Jr., Carolyn Marie), & God Mother of 40.
She has counted among her mentors: Mother Rosa Parks, Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian, Hon. John Conyers, Dr. Dorothy
I. Height, Dr. Imari Obadele (aka Richard Henry), Gaidi Obadele (aka Rev. Milton Henry), Hon. Claudia House
Morcom, Aretha Franklin, Dick Gregory, Dr. Charles H. Wright, "Reparations" Ray Jenkins, and others.
Rev. Dr. JoAnn Watson labors in the vineyard with Dr. Ron Daniels, Dr. Claud Anderson, Michael Simianga, Dr.
Julianne Malveaux, Hon. Dorothy Tilman, Dr. Ray Winbush, Dr. Gloria House, Dr. Iva Carruthers, Dr. Maulana
Karenga, Atty. Derrick Humphries, Judge Greg Mathis, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, & Martha Reeves.
Constance Barkley-Lewis - Marketing Strategist Content Creator
Constance Barkley-Lewis has spent thirty years building businesses and brands in the corporate, non-profit, and
civic sectors while creating award-winning creative content. The passion that links her corporate, civic, and
creative pursuits is her desire to serve underserved communities.
Constance serves as Director of Development for Georgia State University's Creative Media Industries Institute,
working to develop the next generation of digital content creators in an environment where compelling
storytelling meets bleeding edge technology. Prior to her current position, she spent over 15 years as the
Founder and Managing Principal of SmartWork Strategy Partners, a marketing consulting practice. Her
corporate experience included nine years at Turner Broadcasting where she rose to Senior Vice President of
Marketing for TBS Superstation and head of marketing for the launch of the Turner South network. During her
Turner tenure, she was selected as one of 25 women chosen nationally for participation in the 1997 Betsy
Magness Leadership program and was a member of the 1998 class of Leadership Atlanta. Prior to her corporate
career, she spent five years in New Orleans where she wrote the national grant to establish the Metropolitan Area
Committee Education Fund which became a successful model for education funds nationally. She rose to the
position of Executive Director of the parent organization, the Metropolitan Area Committee, which works to build
consensus among diverse constituencies in New Orleans around issues such as race relations, public education,
local government finance, and leadership development.
Constance attended the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill where she received her undergraduate degree in
English and her Masters of Business Administration. She is a member of the Georgia State University's
Marketing Roundtable and an Advisory Board member for the Harvard Debate Council Diversity Project. In
Atlanta, she served on the Board of Invest Atlanta from 2011-2018, including serving as Vice Chair and as Chair
of the Tax Allocation District Committee. She served as Contributing Editor to Motto Magazine and is the author
of Fairy Garden: Fairies of the Four Seasons as well as two musicals and a one-act play. She lives in Atlanta with
her husband, Dale Lewis.
Don Rivers - Executive Director
Don Rivers is Founder and President of Rivers Productions, Inc. (RPI); an entertainment production company based in Atlanta, Georgia, est. 1981.
Don is also the Founder of The R.E.A.C.H. Complex, Inc. a non-profit 501 C-3 organization to teach young people about the music entertainment business (www.TheREACHComplex.org
). Don is responsible for soliciting, fund raising, and executing contracts, which provide a wide variety of entertainment production services. These services include producing concerts and production, booking and management of National and International Artists, on-site event management, and event consulting services. Don is also Executive Director for the nonprofit 501 C-3 organization C.T. Vivian Leadership Institute (www.ctvli.org
), our Vision is "To create a community where All people can thrive".
Don has coordinated events in various cities in both the U.S. and abroad, ranging from intimate receptions to large-scale conventions, festivals, and concerts. RPI has produced numerous noteworthy events. The State of Colorado Democratic Party Inaugural Ball for President Bill Clinton in Washington, D.C., Auburn Avenue Street Festival 100,000 in attendance for James Brown, City of Atlanta Musical Tribute to South African President Nelson Mandela at Bobby Dodd Stadium 54,000 in attendance, UNCF'S Mayor's Masked Ball, Labor Day Classic Post Game Concert at the Georgia Dome 45,000 in attendance, Diner en Blanc (Atlanta), Organization of Black Airline Pilots, Dekalb County Government, City of Atlanta, 100 Black Men of America, Inc., event management Super Bowl XXXIV Hospitality Village featuring the Doobie Brothers and more.
Clients: Coca Cola, McDonald's, UNCF, The Trumpet Awards, The City of Atlanta, Dekalb County, City of East Point, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, The National Urban League, The Atlanta Hawks, 100 Black Men of America, 100 Black Women of Atlanta, Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, RJ Reynolds, and more.
Don volunteers in the Atlanta community. He has donated his entertainment services for fundraising events of several non-profit organizations, the CT Vivian Leadership Institute, the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Prevent Child Abuse of Georgia, Center for the Visually Impaired, 100 Black Women of Atlanta, Breast Cancer Survivors, Mayors Seniors Ball, and UNCF, just to name a few.
Don is a member of ASCAP, NATAS, NARAS and High Museum of Art.
Prior to establishing RPI, Don was employed as Marketing Manager for Purex Corporation. He worked as the Assistant Regional Manager for American Display, Director of Audio Education (SWW) at Shaw University, and a Producer for WBT Radio (Jefferson Pilot Broadcasting Company) Charlotte, NC.
Rivers received a B.A. Degree in Radio, Television, and Film Production from Shaw University.