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Allison Ashe, Executive Director, AAshe@CovenantHouse.Org
Allison Ashe is Covenant House Georgia's Executive Director. She is a Georgian with a vast background in local outreach programs. Prior to joining Covenant House she served as COO and Vice President of Development for the Atlanta Police Foundation. Allison has served on the board of the Fulton Child Advocacy Society and the Atlanta Medical Center Community Advisory Board. She is a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, a member of the Junior League of Atlanta, and a long-time volunteer with Warrick Dunn’s Home for the Holidays program which aids single mothers in achieving their dream of home ownership. Allison has a Masters Degree in Theological Studies and brings more than 12 years’ experience in pastoral counseling and community ministry.
Allison calls Covenant House “the perfect opportunity to combine my personal faith and commitment to bettering the lives of Georgia’s youth."
To see and work with Allison is to marvel at her boundless energy and vision. In 2007, she was named as one of Atlanta’s '40 under 40' by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Allison and her husband, Paul, reside in Atlanta with their three children, Sophia, Miles and Scarlett.
As Executive Director, Allison is the prime mover in the fundraising and economic stability of Covenant House, developing long range policies and programs and raising public awareness. But regardless of which hat she is wearing, she is first - and always - a tireless champion for at-risk youth.
Jennifer Paveglio, Associate Executive Director, JPaveglio@CovenantHouse.Org
Jenny Paveglio, MSW, LCSW joined Covenant House Georgia in 2010. Jenny is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in the treatment of trauma, specifically trauma related to sexual abuse and severe physical abuse. Jenny received her Masters of Social Work Degree from Hunter College School of Social Work where she was honored with the The Feva Fine Holtzman Family Award for Excellence in Field Work.
Jenny started her career with Covenant House in 1992 as a Faith Community full-time volunteer. Her Faith Community experience "changed her life" and amplified her calling to work with homeless and street youth. With her many roles, Jenny has a background as FC Member, Formation Director of Faith Community, Social Worker and Coordinator Female Service.
Jenny Paveglio says she is blessed to have the opportunity to serve homeless and at-risk youth from Atlanta and knows this will be a long relationship.
Mia Head, Special Events Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mia Head joins the Covenant House team eager to make a difference in the world. As an undergraduate at the Georgia Institute of Technology, she had the opportunity to work first hand with Inman Middle School students to fulfill a departmental initiative to increase the numbers of students, particularly female students and minority students, who participate in Inman courses and clubs related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This experience helped strengthen her passion for serving our youth and she is excited to further cultivate that passion with Covenant House.
Throughout her career, Mia used her B.S. in Science, Technology and Culture to excel in working directly with people, building lasting relationships, and managing and organizing information flow in high volume customer service settings. She is looking forward to transitioning from the retail and educational industries to the nonprofit sector where she plans to have longevity. She is beyond thrilled with the opportunity to align with an organization committed to reflecting the light of Christ through service to the suffering.
Todd Wilcher, Residential Services Director and Street Outreach, TWilcher@CovenantHouse.Org
Todd Wilcher has the indispensable role of residential services director and street outreach...no easy task. But it's a job he is well-suited for. Todd received his undergraduate degree from Morris Brown College, BS degree Therapeutic Recreation and his Masters Degree in Behavior Disorders in Education.
For 18 years, Todd was the Inner Harbor Youth Villages Director, Excel Leadership Academy. Prior to that, Todd worked as a Signature Research consultant with Ropes Course teambuilding and Omega Quest consultants’ teambuilding, school program development for In School suspension alternatives. Todd's convinced he was brought to Covenant by Divine Intervention. He was well on the way to a consultant career when his son's baseball coach introduced him to Allison and the rest is – as they say - 'Cove Love' History.
There's an added bonus to Todd's resume: his gardening skills. Come and visit our finished and soon- to-be-finished projects! Gardening has been a vital part of integrating wellness and healthy living. The youth and Todd are learning a lot by harvesting from Mother Earth.
Regina Jennings, Director of Support Services, email@example.com
Regina Holden Jennings returns home to Atlanta and comes to Covenant House after 14 years in California. She has a wide-ranging background in higher education academic and student development and worked for several years in the community college and state university systems. Most of that time was spent at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and Santa Monica College, although she has also been employed with Pasadena and Long Beach City Colleges. In addition to working with low-income, first generation college students, Regina also has extensive experience in grant management and program administration. Before shifting to a career in college administration, Regina spent many years working as a museum curator and studying African art.
Regina says, “It’s hard to believe that I’ve done so many things, from working at the Washington Post newspaper right out of college, then shifting to work in the museum field and then eventually moving to California to work in higher education! Sometimes it seems the only thing I haven’t done is work in a travelling circus!” She truly believes that all of her professional experiences have led her to Covenant House, where she welcomes the opportunity to support homeless youth. She says it’s good to be back home and she looks forward to a long career of service to our agency. Regina also looks forward to sharing her passion for cinema, music, and art with our youth to develop ways for them to capture and share their own journeys. Regina believes that “every human life is a divine and sacred narrative” and she hopes to encourage Covenant House youth to express their experiences creatively and artistically.
Lorie Davidson, Clinical Case Manager, Ldavidson@covenanthouse.org
Lorie Davidson, M.Ed, CAC II, received her Masters Degree in Human and Organizational Leadership from Vanderbilt University where she specialized in non-profit development. Lorie has served as the Director of Academy Nine at the Steppingstone Foundation in Boston, MA where she implemented programs that prepare urban schoolchildren for educational opportunities that lead to success. There she helped to close the opportunity divide by overseeing the preparation, placement and support services for at-risk youth and their families seeking educational opportunities.
Lorie also spent ten years at Exploration School where she acted as the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid as well as the Director of Alumni Affairs and Community Outreach. Prior to joining Covenant House, Lorie worked as the Lead Counselor and Case Manager for an Atlanta area non-profit that focuses on helping at-risk young adults overcome substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.
Lorie is also an avid knitter, glass-blower, and advocate for abused and neglected animals. She volunteers for several pit bull sanctuary organizations and is rarely seen without her trusty sidekick and best pal - her loving, rescued, pup named Miss Stella Bella. Lorie is excited to bring her passion for helping at-risk youth reach their full potential to Covenant House Georgia.
Joshua Gray, Crisis Shelter Coordinator, JGray@CovenantHouse.org
Joshua is the main contact on staff each day in the shelter. He handles incoming youth and deals with their issues on-site. It's a pro-active task that requires extensive experience working directly with homeless youth and collaborating with social service agencies across metro Atlanta. He gets them out the door and on their way to whatever they need to be doing - school, work, etc. Joshua began his journey of service many years ago while still living in his hometown of Cincinnati. Volunteerism and service were instilled in him. At an early age, he began serving in soup kitchens and giving back to his community. After graduating from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelors in psychology, Joshua came to Atlanta as a US-2 missionary through the United Methodist Church. He spent two years living in intentional community and serving homeless adults with Samaritan House of Atlanta. Over the next four years, Josh worked at the Atlanta Speech School serving youth with speech and motor delays. Joshua came to Covenant House Georgia in 2010 and instantly combined his two great passions in life - homelessness and youth. About the homeless youth in America, Joshua says, "It's just not right! There is no reason why any youth should ever spend a night on these streets. Thirteen kids die every night on the streets of America and our youth deserve better."
Heather Davis, Vocational Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org
Heather Davis, MSW, grew up outside of Atlanta but moved to South Carolina shortly after graduating from undergrad at the University of Georgia. While in SC, Heather served full-time with City Year, an education non-profit that recruits young people to tutor and mentor students at-risk of dropping out of school. Heather worked at an underserved high school in Columbia, SC where she not only tutored and mentored, but also served as an assistant women’s basketball coach.
The relationships that Heather developed with her students and student athletes at City Year impacted her worldview and cultivated a passion in her to see young people succeed. As a result, she moved back to Atlanta to pursue her Masters in Social Work at Georgia State University where she had the opportunity to intern with Covenant House. It didn’t take long for Heather to fall in love with Covenant House’s dedication to serving a population of young people that many individuals and systems have overlooked. Shortly after graduating from grad school, Heather just couldn’t stay away from The Cov. She now serves as our Vocational Specialist and works alongside the youth to gain and sustain employment while also developing relationships with potential employers in Atlanta who are interested in investing in Atlanta’s young adults.
Heather is a Georgia Tech football fan (despite her alma mater) and a lover of all things sports, humor, and green tea. When she’s not at Covenant House, you can find Heather exploring Atlanta, quoting Mean Girls and Anchorman, frolicking at Piedmont Park, or coaching basketball at The Boys and Girls Club. Heather is grateful for the privilege to work with an organization that combines her passion for youth with her desire to see the Atlanta community rally around the incredible young people of Covenant House.
Chassidy Goggins, Development Coordinator, email@example.com
Chassidy comes to Covenant House with a heart for service. She thoroughly enjoys working in her community and utilzing her skills to build, encourage and influence through serving others.
Chassidy received her B.A. in Mass Communications with a concentration in Print Journalism, from Albany State University. She comes to Covenant House with professional experience in legal administration, freelance newspaper reporting and new media. She is heavily involved in Christian ministries and service initiatives and aspires to have longevity in the Non-profit sector. "I believe service is the basis for anything you desire to do in life. You can't lead until you learn to follow and you can't genuinely affect people without learning to be effective".
Tara Self, Development Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tara Self, LMSW, comes to Covenant House GA after completing her Masters in Social Work at Georgia State University. Tara grew up in Macon, GA and also lived in Milledgeville, GA while completing her B.S. in Psychology at Georgia College & State University. Her background consists of work in both the non-profit and clinical fields of Social Work where she has interned with DFCS, Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence, and The National Multiple Sclerosis Society. During these experiences Tara realized her passion for helping young people and is so excited to have found a place at Covenant House where she can do exactly that. Tara is enthusiastic about using her passion for youth and her skills in community development to fundraise and support the youth that we serve.