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Robert L. Jackson, Jr.

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. Mr. Jackson has served as director of development for Emory Law and 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, Mr. Jackson also manages its annual fund program that routinely achieved its unrestricted revenue goal of $1 million.

Prior to Emory Law, Mr. Jackson served as a director of development for Spelman College. Under the leadership of President Dr. Tatum, Mr. Jackson was an integral part of the major gifts team that was successful in completing Spelman’s largest comprehensive campaign of $150 million. Mr. Jackson 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.

Mr. Jackson 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.

Tonya Adams Joyner

Tonya Adams Joyner serves as a Public Health Writer and Editor of public health content for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA. Since the 1990s, Ms. Joyner has been a prolific writer and editor for several mainstream publications, including Essence and Black Enterprise magazines. Ms. Joyner began her dedicated service to advancing the science and healing of the HIV community through her work with The Balm in Gilead in New York, NY. She has an undergraduate degree in journalism from UCLA in Los Angeles, CA and a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University in New York, NY. Ms. Joyner is excited to join the board of the Heather Ivy Society to continue her service to the HIV community and to continue in her quest for learning.

Adrienne L. Ware

Ms. Adrienne Ware never disappoints in her genius gifs of organization and creative leadership. Ms. Ware 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. Ms. Ware 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.

Ms. Ware 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.

Jill Patel

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

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