Michelle Prater, President & CEO
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Michelle Prater grew up in Ohio and moved to Georgia in 1990. She attended University of North Georgia where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in both marketing and management. She then received her MBA in Leadership Development from Brenau University.
Michelle was a vice president in banking for over 10 years at Regions Bank then BB&T, where she led a highly successful team. During this time, Michelle and her team won many sales and leadership awards. She served on the board for the Red Cross as well as the finance and personnel committees at her church. After a mission trip to Uganda in 2005, she decided to leave corporate America and work in the non-profit sector so that she could make a greater impact on those in need.
Her first non-profit role was the US Finance Manager for an international non-profit, LDI Inc. She led the US finance office while also overseeing five Chinese accounting offices located at international schools throughout China. When Michelle left LDI, she worked in development management for Map International and then for United Way. Throughout this time, Michelle raised over $5 million per year for the community. Her last position with United Way of Greater Atlanta was leading the volunteerism department as Senior Director. Michelle created a new synergy around volunteerism and grew this department to the point that it has become a leading income producer for UWGA as well as a key strategy in connecting donors to the work they are supporting.
In October, 2015, Michelle accepted the position of President and CEO with the North Georgia Community Foundation, which serves 15 counties in the Northeast corner of the state. The North Georgia Community Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the spirit of the community and the quality of life in the greater North Georgia region by building, preserving, and distributing philanthropic assets. With Michelle at the helm, the organization has achieved their longtime goal of $50 million in assets and is in the process of creating a non-profit university where NGCF will be the leader in providing education and development to non-profits within the North Georgia area.
Michelle has been a member of the United Way Worldwide Volunteerism Engagement Council, The United Way Worldwide NFL Council, Leadership Forsyth, and has won several awards for her work.
Michelle focuses on making an impact on others in her personal time as well. She has gone on mission trips to China, Romania, Bolivia and as mentioned above, Uganda. She has been a mentor for over 18 years, even mentoring the same boy from 1st grade through his graduation in 2013.
Lisa Warwick, Vice President, Finance
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Lisa Warwick joined the NGCF staff in 2000 and currently serves as the vice president of finance. In this role she is responsible for the investment, budgeting and auditing processes of the Foundation as well as for managing the general ledger and distribution of the assets of the Foundation to grantees. Lisa came to the Foundation after working for several years managing the operations for several divisions of Wallace of Sheet Metal. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Marketing from North Georgia College, now the University of North Georgia.
Lisa serves on the staff parish relations committee and the youth council at Trinity United Methodist Church and volunteers at North Hall Middle School and Wauka Mountain Elementary School.
Megan Martin, Director of Donor Engagement
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Megan Martin is a native to Hall County, Georgia; she was in the first graduating class at Flowery Branch High School, and her first job was locally as an intern at Stewart, Melvin & Frost, LLP in Gainesville. Megan earned a degree in Marketing with a minor in Finance from Clemson University. During her time in college, she interned with Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Prior to joining the team at the North Georgia Community Foundation, Megan was the Vice President of Membership Development & Events at the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce in Gainesville. She is a graduate of Leadership Hall County, past chair of the Lanier Charter Career Academy Governing Board, and continues to volunteer for organizations in the community. Megan and her family attend Hopewell Baptist Church, where she serves as a children's Sunday School teacher.
With her position and involvement at the North Georgia Community Foundation, Megan looks forward to giving back to the community that has been so good to her and her family.
Margaux Dolenc, Director of Grants & Community Partnerships
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Margaux has worked in banking as an assistant vice president for over 17 years, with BB&T and most recently at Regions Bank. During this time, she won many sales and top performance awards including the Sterling Performance Award. She previously attended Gwinnett Technical College and BB&T University for management and business development courses.
She has been an active participant in her community, where she currently serves on the board of the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia. She also volunteers in an annual community Light House Project.
Because she wanted to make a better impact in her community, Margaux decided to move from banking to the nonprofit sector. She looks forward to giving back and helping our communities grow through her role as Director of Grants & Community Partnerships with the North Georgia Community Foundation.