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Staff

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, Executive Assistant, mhead@covenanthouse.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, rjennings@covenanthouse.org

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.

Simone Walker, Director of Development, SWalker@covenanthouse.Org

Simone Walker comes to Covenant House with vast knowledge of both the for-profit and non-profit sector. Her degree in Organizational Communication is complimented by her career experience with Georgia Aquarium, Turner Broadcasting and, most recently, Back on My Feet—a non-profit that empowers individuals experiencing homelessness by engaging them running as a catalyst to build their self-esteem and confidence. Simone has also enjoyed being an editor for authors as well as writing marketing and fundraising plans for local non-profit organizations. 

At Covenant House, Simone is able to compliment her career experience with her passion for the community and our city's youth. As the mother of two teenage boys, Simone understands how fragile these youth are underneath their tough exterior. Simone comments, "I know that we all thought we were grown at 18 and especially by 21, but I look at these youth and I still see kids who need exactly what Covenant House provides, unconditional love."

Simone is excited to join Covenant House just as they are expanding and using that momentum to build the organization's reputation in the community. 

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."

Christie McGee, ROP Coordinator Cottages and Scattered Sites, Cmcgee@covenanthouse.org

Christie McGee joined the Covenant House GA family in 2009 after relocating to the Atlanta area.  She is a military brat and has said that Atlanta is the first place that has felt like home.  Christie holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Services from Georgia Southern University and is currently attending Kennesaw State University in pursuit of a Master’s degree in Social Work.  She has previous experience working in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health fields.  That experience has allowed her to bring a holistic approach when working with at-risk youth.  

After beginning her career with Covenant House as a Residential Advisor and continuing as a Case Manager, Christie now serves as the Coordinator for our new Rights of Passage Cottages and Scatter Site programs.  These programs act as the final steps in our youth’s progress through the program.  Here, they learn the independent living skills necessary to live on their own and thrive.  Christie loves these programs because they allow our youth to reach their goals and full potential.  She also stated that, “while I love our youth, my goal is that when they complete our program we will not see them again unless it is to visit us and tell us how great they are doing.” Christie looks forward to continuing to work with Covenant House to see that goal become a reality.

Kellie Glenn, Development Coordinator, KGlenn@CovenantHouse.Org

Working in the nonprofit industry for nearly 10 years paired with a strong background in social work has prepared Kellie for her new endeavor at Covenant House Georgia.  Kellie’s passion in life is to help others and to assist youth to live self- sufficient, empowering lives.  Kellie feels incredibly blessed to hold a position where her job is to help others.

Kellie is an Atlanta native and went to school at Georgia State University where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelors in Social Work.  She was very involved volunteering with the homeless population through the Lazarus Ministry at her church.  She has worked for nearly 7 years with youth who displayed Emotional and Behavioral difficulties and for the past 3 years worked with adults and teens who have developmental disabilities. 

 

Kaylah Walker, Volunteer Coordinator, kwalker@covenanthouse.org  


Kaylah is a native Atlantan and a University of Georgia graduate with a passion for helping young people in need. Before joining Covenant House GA, Kaylah worked for the City of Atlanta during Mayor Shirley Franklin’s administration, in both the Mayor’s Office of Communications and the Department of Watershed Bureau of Communications and Community Relations.

After leaving the city, Kaylah switched gears in search of mission-based, nonprofit work and landed at the Woodruff Arts Center where she served as Assistant to the President of Young Audiences; a division that focuses on transforming the lives of Georgia’s young people through arts integrated education.

Kaylah enjoys reading, writing and attending her favorite performers live concerts. She is so grateful for the opportunity to work for an organization whose mission reflects her values and looks forward to engaging the community in Covenant House GA’s great work!

Jenelle McClean, Post Release Services Case Manager, jmcclean@covenanthouse.org

Jenelle McClean was raised as a Hoosier in Indianapolis, IN and later graduated from Asbury University with a BSW and BA in Spanish. She loves to travel and spent time abroad studying in Seville, Spain and working with homeless street kids at MEFI, a drop in center, in Mexico City. While in Mexico, Jenelle developed a huge heart for Latin Americans and a passion to advocate for immigrants in the US. Jenelle's Covenant House GA career started in 2011 as a full time, volunteer case manager through Mission Year, an urban program focused on seeking solidarity with neighbors in low income and under-resourced neighborhoods. She honed her case management skills during her time working with the youth at Covenant House in the Crisis Shelter and at South Fulton ROP.

Jenelle is currently working as a Post Release Services Case Manager as part of Covenant House's new partnership with the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. This position, has allowed her to dive into advocacy and service for immigrant families while remaining a part of the Covenant House team.

Jenelle enjoys a good, hole-in-the-wall restaurant or coffee shop and is a regular on the Silver Comet trail where she has biked hundreds of miles. She looks forward to continue working at Covenant House and striving to make sure all of our clients are treated with dignity and respect. 


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