MEET THE BOARD

Girls of Excellence, Inc. Board of Directors

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Toya Russell-Phillips, MBA

Founder, Board President and Chief Executive Officer

Mrs. Russell-Phillips, formerly Executive Director of B’Fly Girls, Inc. (2011-2019), has more than 20 years of nonprofit experience in management, operations, marketing, business strategy, program development, fundraising and community relations. Mrs. Russell-Phillips won an Emmy Award for the social justice video “Wat R U Fightn 4” in 2006 and has since won several community engagement and partnership awards. Serves on the Georgia MENTOR Partnership Statewide Affiliate Providers’ Council and is National MENTOR Partnership Fellow (2019). Mrs. Russell-Phillips is strong advocate for girls and mentoring and continues to serve girls by launching Girls of Excellence, Inc. an innovative program that will serve multiple populations of girls in the Atlanta area and beyond.

“I am mentored…therefore I mentor.”

Lena Sherman

Sales Manager at Hyundai Capital America
Board Vice President
Founding Board Member

“When God says go, faith says yes, but fear says no.’ But when God says go, it’s not about you..it’s about Him. I truly believe that is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling.””

Leah Labitue

Assistant Principal
KIPP Atlanta Collegiate
Board Secretary
​Founding Board Member

My daily focus on humanity and service is guided by the wise words of Marian Wright Edelman.

“Service is the rent we pay for being.
It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.”

Dr. Nicole Powell Mitchell

Educator – Instructional Support Specialist
​DeKalb County

“The best antidote known for worry is work. The best cure for weariness is the challenge of helping someone who is even more tired. One of the great ironies of life is this: He or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served.” – Gordon B. Hinckley

Sharlene Anderson Little

Workforce Manager
Hyundai Capital America

“When you change the child, you change the future.”
~ iEmpower kids!

Sharon James

Student Counselor at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate
Board Treasurer

“For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.” ~ Michelle Obama

Dominique A. Anderson

Assistant Manager Business Processes & Systems

Norfolk Southern Corporation

“Speak what you seek, until you see what you said.” ~ Chris Gardner

Robin Howard

Owner, Sea Moss by RJ

“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.” ~ Maya Angelou

Johnetta Bush

Director/Credit Delivery, Truist Securities, Inc.

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” ~ Nelson Mandela

Deena Swatzie

Senior Vice President, Truist Financial Services

“I had to make my own living and my own opportunity. But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.” ~ Madam C. J. Walker