Board of Directors

Board of Directors

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Nicole Etheridge works for CNN based in the network’s world headquarters Atlanta, Georgia.   As part of the CNN HR team, she provides strategic advice on a variety of employment matters.

Prior to CNN, she spent 10 years as an International Human Resources Business Partner with CARE. In this role, she partnered with employees in Africa and the Middle East.  This experiencegave her a deep appreciation for how nonprofits seek to improve the quality of life one program at a time.

Nicole graduated cum laude from Grambling State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. She is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

A Cape Verdean from Rhode Island, she currently resides in Atlanta with her husband, James Jr. and their son, James III.  She enjoys spending time with family & friends, volunteering with youth sports, mentoring young girls, and traveling.

Veda Barrett is the president of Professor B Math.  A math contextual teaching methodology that has reach every state in the union and as positively impacted the learning of math for thousands of children.

With more than 2 decades of women’s ministry under her belt, Veda is doing what she loves best, mentoring women in her own straight-forward and humorous way.

Veda believes in the awesomeness of women to impact their world.  She has 2 sons and 2 grandchildren, and resides in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia.


Tara Dennis serves as Area Vice President, Georgia Region with the powerhouse non-profit Operation HOPE and is responsible for operations and oversight of a four (4) site market. Operation HOPE is the leading global provider of financial dignity education and economic empowerment programs for low-income or moderate-income youth, individuals and families in under-served communities. The mission of Operation HOPE is silver rights empowerment, making free enterprise work for everyone.  Since its inception in 1992 and to date, Operation HOPE has served more than 2.6 million individuals, directed more than $1.8 billion in economic activity into under-served communities and educated over 896,000 youth in more than 3,500 schools and community based organizations on the language of money.

Tara’s background includes over 21 years’ experience primarily in operations, marketing and project management.  A visit to Atlanta during the 1996 Olympics convinced her to make Atlanta her new home and she has served its needs well. She is a proud alumnus of Texas A&M University and recently went back to obtain her Executive Masters of Business Administration (EMBA) at the Stetson School of Business and Economics at Mercer University.  She is a member of the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and serves the community in various board appointment capacities.  Of particular mention is her role mentoring young ladies of metro Atlanta with the Kappa Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.  In her leisure, she enjoys global travel, sampling new cuisines, tennis and philanthropic efforts.

Mr. Rudolph Merab is a native of Liberia, born on September 14, 1952 in Ganta, Nimba County, Liberia. He is a graduate of the University of Liberia and a private businessman. Mr. Merab is also a member of the United Methodist Church and a leader within the denomination.  After experiencing the civil war in Liberia, with untold devastation to the fabric of the nation, Mr. Merab has a strong desire of helping reshape the future of Liberia by working to educate young people and aligning their educational pursuit with job opportunities.

Mr. Merab is the President of Liberia Timber Association, the Conference Lay Leader of LAC/United Methodist Church, is one of the Board of Directors for the National Port Authority ( Liberia), a Board of Director for the Continental General Insurance Co., and on the General Board of Church & Society  in the United Methodist Church.

Mr. Merab is a devoted husband to Mrs. Houmou Merab, a loving father of eight children and a respected man throughout his community. His love for his country and vision for change is important to H.E.A.L Inc.


Corey Bolt is the Practice Director at Hire Velocity, a leader in the RPO industry focused on Talent Acquisition Solutions. Corey brings years of professional experience in the Telecom, Financial and Professional Services industry with a focus on connecting people with the right mission and purpose. Corey is also a member of SIBF and has also been very involved in international mission based projects specifically serving in Central America. He has a passion for serving others and is always looking for passionate people to get involved at H.E.A.L, with their focus being to “Transform One Life at A Time” in the country of Liberia & to the city of Atlanta. Corey resides in Suwanee, GA with his wife Andrea & their three children.

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