The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc. (JLA) Board of Directors provides vision across our multiple council systems to ensure that all our league programs are consistent with our mission. They guide our strategy according to yearly strategic priorities while serving as trustees and stewards on behalf of our members.
Rebekah Henry Murphy
Rebekah possesses a deep and extensive range of civic expertise with over ten years’ experience in nonprofit leadership and administration. She has proven her ability to lead organizations through strategic planning, improve capacity, and expand resources. The foundation of Rebekah’s work lies in her ability to strengthen community engagement through the development of strong collaborative relationships between civic, corporate and local government leaders.
A native of Augusta, GA, Rebekah began her volunteer leadership with the Junior League there in 2006 where she served on the Board before transferring to the Junior League of Atlanta. Her League work has extended to the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI), where she helped develop a new governance and management model for Leagues and served on a task force developing membership engagement tools.
She is a past recipient of Georgia Trend’s 40 Under 40 and the Top 30 Under 30 Nonprofit Professionals in Georgia, and is an alumnus of Leadership Georgia and Leadership Sandy Springs. Rebekah received her Bachelor of Science in Management from Georgia Tech and her MBA from Augusta University. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Children’s Shelter and the Atlanta Speech School. Rebekah and her husband John P. Murphy and their son Henry are members of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church and reside in Sandy Springs.
Carla C. Smith
Carla C. Smith began her career working in the non-profit arena providing direct services to children and families in crisis before quickly moving into leadership and starting up operations in Atlanta for Youth Villages, a non-profit company based in Tennessee. Carla was responsible for opening the organizations first office in Atlanta, Ga in 2008. Carla currently serves as the HR/Policy Director for Signature HealthCARE, Prior to this role, Carla served as Deputy Director of the Georgia Senate Democratic Caucus.
Most recently, Georgia Trend Magazine named Carla a Top 40 Under 40 Georgian to Watch. She also completed the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University and received the Legislative Health Policy award from the Georgia Health Policy Center at Georgia State University.
Actively engaged in her community, Carla is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a graduate of United Way VIP, New Leaders Council, the Women’s Leadership Academy, Leadership Buckhead, Leadership DeKalb and the Georgia Women’s Policy Institute. Carla served as an Advisory Board Member for New Leaders Council Atlanta and co-founded the NLC Chapter in her hometown. Carla is a member of the Georgia Healthcare Association Legislative Committee, Chair of the Governance Committee and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for The Museum School of Avondale Estates.
Carla was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia and is a graduate of Paine College where she was previously awarded the Outstanding Alumni of the Year honor and earned her Masters Degree at The University of Georgia. A lover of travel and a die-hard University of Georgia Football Fan, Carla and her son reside in Avondale Estates, Georgia.
Advisory Planning Chair
A member of the JLA since 2009, Andrea is the Vice President of Development for Scholarship America. In addition to JLA, she is a Past President and board member of the Atlanta chapter of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, Vice Chair for Whitefoord, Inc. and on the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN) Board of Directors and served on the Safe Harbor YES state ballot committee. In 2013, named one of the top 20 Influences under 40 for Tastemaker Magazine. Andrea is a graduate of Georgia College & State University and holds a BBA with majors in both business management and information technology. She is a lover of international travel while always up for taking a dance class and resides in Vinings.
Joy Dyess works as the MBA Production Manager for BankSouth Mortgage where she oversees the MBA associates, assists the production SVPS and facilities builder and alliance relationship management. As a member of the Junior League of Atlanta since 2009, she has served on the Community council as the Community Outreach director and the Communities Agencies Director. Joy earned her Bachelors in English Literature from Florida State University. Joy lives in Marietta with her husband David and two Jack Russell Terriers, Apple and Mac.
Fund Development VP
Liz Loreti is the Assistant Director of Development at the Alpha Delta Pi Foundation. She oversees digital fundraising, scholarships, emergency grants, and philanthropic endeavors. Liz created a day of giving that raised more than $393,000 in its inaugural year and more than $475,000 in its second year. A Florida native, Liz attended the University of Central Florida receiving her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Psychology. She joined the Junior League of Tampa before transferring to the JLA. in 2011. Liz has served on Training, Membership, Advisory Planning, and Fund Development. She currently resides in Grant Park with her husband, Alessio, two rescue dogs, Freddie and Huck, and is expecting a daughter in November.
Bre West is the Treasury Manager for RHA Health Services where she oversees all payroll, banking transactions, and money management for the company. As a member of the Junior League of Atlanta since 2008, she has served in numerous roles on the Community Council and served on the Community Partnership Evaluation Committee responsible for allocating volunteer resources and funds to our community partners. She has also been recognized previously as the Active Community Volunteer of the Year for the JLA. Bre holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Auburn University. She enjoys trying the amazing restaurants of Atlanta, spending time with her family, and college football. She and her husband Steven live in Marietta with their daughter and two cats.
Advocacy & Initiatives VP
Amy is a Principal Engineer in Network Engineering & Operations at Verizon Communications, Inc. She has spent the majority of her 17 year career negotiating interconnection agreements for Verizon Wireless. Amy has been a member of The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc. since 2002, having previously served as Political and Public Affairs (PAC) Chair, JLA Leadership Institute Chair, a writer for Peachtree Papers, and member of the League Initiative Committee. Amy earned her Bachelor of Science in Marketing and her Master of Business Administration from the Manderson Graduate School of Business both from The University of Alabama. She remains loyal to her college as a lifelong Crimson Tide football fan. Amy and her rescue Beagle/Bassett/Bulldog/“four-legged child” Macy lives in Decatur.
Cara Snow works for the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) as the Chief Development Officer after a 15 year career in technology consulting, management and sales. She joined the Junior League of Birmingham in 2005. Atlanta native, Cara transferred to the Junior League of Atlanta in 2009, and has served as Cookbook Chair, Leadership Retreat Co-Chair, Hotline Assistant Editor and VP of Fund Development. Cara serves as Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee for the UGA College of Education Board of Visitors and is a graduate of the Atlanta YMCA Georgia Women’s Policy Institute. An Atlanta Business Chronicle and a UGA Alumni Association Top 40 under 40, Cara is a 17-time marathon finisher, living in the Old Fourth Ward with her husband, Ricky, and her Chihuahua, Toby.
Internal Operations VP
Radha has been a member of the Junior League since 2007 beginning her tenure in Memphis and serving in the San Francisco and Savannah Junior Leagues before transferring to the Junior League of Atlanta in 2014. Radha received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Emory University and has worked in corporate and investment banking at Wells Fargo and Regions Bank. Prior to taking time off to raise her young children, Radha was the Manager of Corporate Finance for a Fortune 1000 company. She is also involved with the elementary school her two daughters attend, serving on the board of the Timber Ridge Foundation. Radha and her husband, Krishna, reside in East Cobb with their three children.
As Nominating Chair, Sha oversees a competency-based nominating paradigm for JLA. She leads all aspects of the nominating process, including application submissions, interviews and the selection of candidates. Sha joined JLA in 2010 and has worked as a placement committee member on Estrellitas, as Chair of the Helping Hands Committee and as the first issue-based advocate for Commercial Sexual Exploitation on the Advocacy and Initiatives Committee. Sha is a former real estate attorney who currently works in compliance for Assurant Specialty Property. She loves dogs, books and Broadway theatre.
Impacts & Measurements Chair
Sara Tabor Simonds is an Operations Manager in the Audit Innovation group at Deloitte. A member of since 2010, she has served on the Shamrock and Roll Committee, Sponsorship Committee and the Membership council. Sara also serves as a leader in Deloitte’s Atlanta Volunteer Council, Vanderbilt’s Atlanta Alumni Chapter Co-President and GOLD Council President and as the Treasurer for the Atlanta Corporate Volunteer Council. Sara is a volunteer coach for Stride Strong training program and enjoys staying active by playing tennis. Sara was named Vanderbilt’s Young Alumni Volunteer of the Year 2016. She is a graduate of LEAD Atlanta receiving a B.S. from Vanderbilt University, a Masters of Accounting from Vanderbilt and is a CPA. Sara currently resides in Brookhaven with her husband, Cam.
|Barrett Coker Krise
Barrett Coker Krise is a silver member of the JLA. A senior philanthropic advisor for the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta she works with more than 150 families to help them connect their passions with purpose. Barrett is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®), a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, she is also an alumna of the LEAD Class of 2008, a program of Leadership Atlanta. Barrett has served on CPEC, the JLA Leadership Institute and was the Co-Chair for the Centennial Gift to Community facilitating the League’s million dollar gift. Barrett received her B.A. from Kenyon College. A fourth generation native Atlantan, Barrett lives in the historic neighborhood of Cabbagetown with her husband, Eddie and daughter Vivian.
Dr. Yvette Dupree is an experienced Educator (certified in marketing, business, and early childhood) with a history of success in curriculum & instruction, education management, research, and marketing. Dr. Dupree has been recognized as GMEA Educator of the Year, GACTE Outstanding Educator, and Teacher of the Month. Dr. Dupree earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing, Master’s in Teaching, and Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Georgia. Yvette is an active community leader and a graduate of Leadership Clayton and United Way VIP. She is also a member of the Georgia Association of Career and Technical Education, the American Marketing Association, and U.G.A.’s Young Alumni Council. Her League experience includes serving as VP of Training and on Nominating.
|Charlotte Ros Terrell
Charlotte Ros Terrell is a current Talent Management Specialist with Varian Medical Systems. She joined VMS after a long career with Southern Company spending time in their marketing, sales and training functions. A member of the Junior League since 1989, Charlotte has served as president of The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc. She has volunteered and served in board positions with Atlanta Speech School, Atlanta Children’s Shelter, Chris Kids, Trees Atlanta, League of Women Voters of Atlanta-Fulton County and as board president of Soaring Hawks Foundation at Hembree Springs Elementary School. She’s a graduate of Auburn University and has a master’s degree in management from Troy University. She lives in Roswell with her husband, David, and their cat, Sammy.
Director of Support Services
Sharon Klein joined The Atlanta Junior League in July 2005, bringing with her 12 years of experience in the public sector as well as a decade of experience in the corporate sector with a fortune 500 company. Sharon spent 12 years at Temple Kol Emeth rising from a part-time position as the Rabbi’s secretary to become the Executive Director, a position she held for 10 years. Prior to joining Temple Kol Emeth, Sharon spent 10 years with IBM in three different cities and in several various roles. Sharon lives in East Cobb of Marietta, Georgia with her husband of 32 years, Mark. She has a daughter, Naomi, who lives in Washington, D.C. and a son, Jason, who is a first lieutenant stationed in Augusta, GA. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, gardening, reading and going out to restaurants with friends.
Assistant to the President