Board Of Directors

Nicole Gustin

Ms. Nicole Gustin is an award-winning communications professional with 25 years of experience in internal and external communications. She is experienced in developing strategic communications plans and executing successful campaigns in traditional and digital marketing – including video advertising, live Facebook chats, social media marketing, and content marketing. She is skilled at creating and managing Facebook pages, and her social media posts have gone viral, reaching nearly 190,000 people organically with a single post. Additionally, she has pioneered new types of advertising with media partners, resulting in record-breaking audience reach and leads.

Nicole’s proactive approach to public relations has resulted in coverage in top-tier media outlets in the U.S. and 20 countries, including: El Pais (Spain), Toronto Star (Canada), Evening Standard (London), USA Today, New York Times, Time magazine, Boston Globe, Good Morning America, Today Show and many others. She has served as a spokesperson in numerous local and national media outlets, including Washington Post, People, ESPN, and E!

A former journalist, Nicole has strong writing and editing skills. She has led numerous internal communications campaigns and is adept at crafting communications on behalf of CEOs – producing compelling newsletters, memos, speeches, talking points, articles and change management communications.

Nicole is currently the Director of Public Relations and Marketing for an acute care hospital in downtown Atlanta, the second largest hospital in Georgia.

Robert Jackson

Mr. Robert Jackson is a brilliantly creative fundraising executive whose leadership and experience have raised millions of dollars for higher education institutions and not-for-profit agencies. Under his leadership, the agencies he has served have acquired not only significant resources but positioned themselves for continued stability to improve the lives of countless students and vulnerable families. Currently, Robert is a director of development for Emory Law, and most recently he was instrumental in leading the department in achieving the unit goal of $4 million as well as completing its challenge objective of $5 million during the law school’s Centennial year. Primarily leading its major gifts program, which included the conclusion of two challenge grants, Robert also manages its annual fund program that routinely achieved its unrestricted revenue goal of $1 million.

Prior to Emory Law, Robert served as a director of development for Spelman College. Under the leadership of President Dr. Tatum, Robert was an integral part of the major gifts team that was successful in completing Spelman’s largest comprehensive campaign of $150 million. Robert worked closely with a member of its Board of Trustees to effectively fulfill the $1 million challenge grant from the Ford Foundation. Additionally, he has held front-line fundraising positions at Lutheran Services of Georgia and Atlanta Mission.

Robert is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. He holds a BA in Marketing from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA. Originally from California, he is married and enjoys traveling and sports.

Jill Patel

Ms. Jill Patel is a passionate fundraising professional driven by her desire to help others lead healthy, fulfilling lives. Jill has raised millions in charitable funding for healthcare, from cancer research to community education. In her current role as Regional Development Officer for the WellStar Foundation, Jill connects Atlanta philanthropists, corporations, and grateful patients with opportunities to enhance local healthcare at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center. Prior to WellStar, Jill fundraised for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and the Center for the Visually Impaired. Jill has been an advocate for patients with HIV/AIDS since her very first community volunteer role at the Whitman-Walker in Washington, DC.

Adrienne L. Ware

Ms. Adrienne Ware never disappoints in her genius gifs of organization and creative leadership. Adrienne is a well-seasoned IT professional, who has held numerous leadership positions with AT&T, Avaya, Hewlett-Packard, and most recently ADP. Her diverse background and more than 20 years of experience in IT services have been recognized in the industry both domestically and internationally. She has a track record of growing both revenue and market share in both traditional and professional services. Adrienne has been the recipient of the National Eagle Leadership Institute Award and the Avaya Leadership Award. She was nominated for Woman of the Year by Women in Technology and was presented with the coveted Benjamin L. Hooks Award by the NAACP. She has also served on the boards of the American Red Cross and Camp Fire Boys and Girls Club. Adrienne was featured on the front cover of the Competitive Edge Magazine – Women of Change are Charting Their Own Courses.

Adrienne majored in Computer Systems at Howard University in Washington, DC and Leadership Development at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in Durham, NC. She and her husband have two children and reside in Tucker, GA.

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