Girls of Excellence, Inc. Board of Directors

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’s about Him. I truly believe that is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling.””

Sharlene Anderson Little

Workforce Manager
Hyundai Capital America

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

Dominique A. Anderson

Assistant Manager Business Processes & Systems

Norfolk Southern Corporation

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

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


Latrice Latin Alexander

Managing Attorney
The Latin Law Group, LLC

Chelsa Ponder

Occupational Therapist, Piedmont Healthcare

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