Marlene Maina is a Christian writer, Bible teacher and a personal growth & development speaker. She is the Founder of JosiahKids Incorporated, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to educate, empower and equip young students and TEENS in the local community in the areas of faith, leadership, community service and the arts. Marlene’s academic background includes: a certificate in Medical Administration, a two-year training in Youth Ministry, a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Education, A Master of Divinity (MDiv), and a Master in Leadership, from Luther Rice College and Seminary. Her professional journey has led her through a handful of fortune 500 companies, including The Coca-Cola Company where she worked for sixteen years supporting senior leaders, and a c-suite executive.
Marlene shares a heartbeat with the one true God YAHWEH who she has termed--her passion and highest joy. She is compassionate for the broken, eager to make Christ known, and determined to make an extravagant investment in the lives of young students and teens--using EVERY single platform a creative God is willing to put on the table. Performing arts, avocados, good people, and good books are just a few of the things Marlene values and enjoys. She is married to Newton, and lives outside of Atlanta with their most delightful daughters; Joy and Journey.
Particle Testing Authority
Treasurer To The Board
Bryan Shaw is a graduate of Georgia Tech who has spent over 15 years performing research on various applications within the polymer industry. His determination to learn, apply, and improve has led him into project management and business development within the research environment, which has been a natural progression due to his passion for connecting with the people he encounters and his drive to build meaningful relationships. This passion extends to his role as a leader of Bible studies and a small group focused on Biblical-centered fellowship.
In fact, Bryan and his wife Tsion, are learning firsthand about discipleship, as they raise their two young daughters, Veronica and Sophia.
Johnson & Johnson, New Jersey
Secretary to The Board
Sandra Ongwenyi holds a Bachelor of Commerce (B. Com), Finance and a Master of Arts (MA), in Project Planning and Management. She is a Project Management Professional with 9 years of international experience managing projects in the Banking, Public Sectors and pharmaceutical industry in the Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring, Evaluation and Closure process groups. Sandra is skilled in integrating knowledge areas of Scope, Time, Cost, Quality, Risk, Procurement and Stakeholder management.
Her solid Project Management, Finance and Business knowledge skills prepare her to deliver high quality, timely and cost-effective data and input in one or more multi-country projects from project feasibility through to implementation. She gains fulfillment from using her skills and knowledge in a team environment focused on excellence.
Sandra strives to align her work and values to the heart of God. Her life is fully governed by the assurance that comes from knowing that nothing can separate her from the love of God. Besides being a mother to the most amazing four-year-old girl, Sandra’s fulfillment comes from impacting lives through the opportunities that carry the promise of transforming lives. Sandra resides in Central New Jersey.
Global CFO for The McDonald’s Division (“TMD”) at
The Coca-Cola Company
Victor has been the Global CFO for The McDonald’s Division (“TMD”) at The Coca-Cola Company since August 2018. Leading this global customer Finance organization, he is focused on continuing to build strong management reporting, commercial, and financial
governance capabilities & digitizing the enterprise to support the company’s global finance transformation efforts.
As a member of TMD leadership team, Victor will be instrumental to making informed strategic decisions regarding growth priorities for both McDonald’s and Coca-Cola. Prior to his current role, Victor Barnes was the VP/Chief Financial Officer for Coca-Cola Ltd. (“CCL” - Canada). There, he led the integration of the Company’s new business model in Canada by building a finance organization to collaborate across functions, the bottling partner, shared services organizations and the Corporate Center (Tax, Treasury, M&A, etc.).
Victor also led the development and execution of overall financial strategies, business cases For multi-million-dollar investments in local production capabilities for new categories such as Dairy and led the Company’s governance and accounting activities.
Previously, Victor was the Regional Controller, Sub-Saharan Africa, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. In this role, Victor was responsible for local statutory reporting and tax compliance for 40 countries and 10 Legal Entities. Victor’s team implemented the first fit-forpurpose cloud-based Statutory Financial Statement preparation system in The Coca-Cola Company that was later replicated globally in the company.
Victor was also Director Finance, Strategy, and Project Management Office (PMO) for CocaCola Customer Business Solutions (2011-2013). Major achievements included identifying & implementing an innovative cloud-based financial reporting system and transforming annual business planning and forecasting for the department. Victor has had progressively challenging responsibilities throughout his 24 years with The Coca-Cola Company where his collaborative communication and capability building skills helped the company to innovate, achieve cost-savings with increased productivity, and engage team members.
Victor holds a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University J.L. Kellogg School of Management and is an Alumni of Northern Illinois University. He received his Certified Public Accountant credentials in the state of Georgia, USA. Victor and his wife Victoria met as 9th graders at their high school in Chicago, have been married for 35 years, have two children and four grandchildren. Victor enjoys reading and traveling and is an avid sports fan. He volunteered extensive time to mentoring and coaching youth basketball for 20 years, taking multiple (AAU) travel teams to National rankings, and continues to mentor many of these “kids” who are now adults.
Pastor Shane Hewatt has been involved in youth ministry for more than 13 years and has a heart to see the young generation take a stand for Jesus. He believes that we will see the world changed if we pour into this generation now and not wait! He is currently a campus Pastor at Free Chapel Church and has been on staff for eight years. Pastor Shane and his wife Jessica reside in Hoschton, Georgia. They are the proud parents of three beautiful children: Kensleigh, Karlei, and Caleb.
Teaching Pastor, NextGen Church
West Windsor, New Jersey
Reverend Joy Fields’ motto continues to be “Mediocrity is not an option: Excellence is the choice.” An ordained minister, author, speaker, and workshop facilitator, she faithfully seeks to fulfill her commission to be an encouragement to others and to be both a positive and godly example.
Rev. Fields is also a 3rd generation funeral director at Anderson Funeral Service, New Brunswick and Trenton, NJ. At the age of 18, Rev. Fields gave her life to Christ as a freshman in college. During her junior year, she was licensed to the gospel ministry at the age of 20 years old. She has served as associate minister at Sharon Baptist Church, New Brunswick, pastor of young adult ministry at Cathedral International, Perth Amboy, assistant pastor and lead pastor of Century Church, South Plainfield.
She is currently the teaching pastor at NextGen Church, West Windsor, New Jersey.
Academically, this woman of God is a graduate of Howard University of Washington, DC, with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. She was ordained through the American Baptist Churches.
Rev. Joy and her husband, Min. Cornell Fields, enjoy loving their family, which includes Alex, Elliott, and Alyson Fields. Her first book, Prom Passions: A Young Woman’s Guide to Her Best Night Ever, empowers female teens to make wise decisions for themselves on that special night. She writes and publishes articles regularly on her blog.
Licensed REALTOR® with Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners
(South Forsyth Market Center)
Christine Lee is an Atlanta native and licensed REALTOR® with Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners (South Forsyth Market Center) primarily serving clients in the North Atlanta suburbs. Prior to joining the Keller Williams family, she built much of her professional career (22+ years) driving strategic growth within The Coca-Cola Company.
Professionally, she is a seasoned strategic marketer, business planner, sales and analytics professional dedicated to serving her customers. She has earned multiple sales awards including the 400 North Board’s Circle of Excellence award and the Luxury Home Marketing Specialist designation in addition to serving on her market center’s Agent Leadership Committee.
Philanthropically, Christine is passionate about supporting and transforming her community. She served as the Keller Williams South Forsyth Market Center’s Ambassador for Kares for Kids, a 501c3 organization that believes in giving back to help children in need at all levels of our communities. She also held a board position for the Tristan R Bramblett Autism Foundation, an organization committed to providing financial relief to families burdened with the high cost of Autism therapy.
Personally, Christine holds a BA in Business Management from The University of Maryland’s Heidelberg Germany Division, enjoys cheering for the Georgia Bulldogs, and cherishes her distinguished titles of Wife, Mother and Mimi.
Program Director at Community Counseling and Mediation
Brooklyn, New York
I believe that learning is a sacred gift that transcends the physical classroom and extends to shared experiences in life. As such, my educational philosophy is that every child can learn and should be afforded the opportunity to unlock their full potential through a balanced approach to education—one in which instruction is infused and aligned with arts and culture. In this design, real world application of student-centered experiential learning, along with civic and leadership involvement are prioritized. I believe that when students are afforded the opportunity to take a vested interest and stake in their own learning, it is a testament to the old adage that states: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn”. I strongly believe that this philosophical approach positions facilitators as “guides on the side and not the sage on the stage”. Learners, then, can partake in the gift and right of self-discovery and ultimately become agents of change.
My educational training includes a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction for Education and a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies. As a lifelong learner, I have served as an educator within the New York City Department of Education for over ten years, as well as a Program Director developing afterschool programs for over five years. When I am not working with students and educators, I love traveling, and spending quality time with my family and friends.
Chief Financial & Administrative Officer
Coca-Cola North America
Advisory Board Member
Mark Eppert is a senior executive with 26+ years of broad finance and operating experience within the consumer products sector. He currently serves as Chief Financial and Administrative Officer for Coca-Cola North America, with accountability and responsibility for over 700 people in finance, technical, innovation, information systems, and business transformation. Mark currently serves on the boards of The Ohio State University Alumni Association, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, and is a member of The Coca-Cola Company Asset Management Committee.
Throughout his career, Mark has been a valued business partner to his leadership teams in setting strategy and driving strong financial and operational results. He has demonstrated success in creating shareholder value through top- and bottom-line performance improvement via strategic financial management, cost optimization and strong operational execution.
Mark started his career at The Flxible Corporation, a manufacturer and assembler of metro-transit buses, where he held a number of positions in corporate and cost accounting. Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Mark attended Ohio State University, where he received a degree in Accounting; he is a CPA.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”