MEET OUR C5 GEORGIA YOUTH FOUNDATION STAFF
Jackie has been involved in fundraising as a volunteer for various non-profit organizations throughout her career as a PGA Golf Professional. Within the last 6 years, she expanded her role to lead non-profit organizations. From 2012 to 2017, she was the Executive Director of the JCI Foundation and its premier program, the Judson Women's Leadership Conference. In addition, Jackie ran the Judson Collegiate Golf Event, a sports and leadership initiative for college women.
She became the Executive Director of C5 Georgia Youth program in November 2017. She previously supported the Drive for Youth Classic Golf Event. Jackie brings her expertise in business, relationship building, event planning, brand strategy, sports marketing and fundraising to the C5 program.
Born in Syracuse, NY, she attended the University of North Carolina-Wilmington on a golf scholarship and received her degree in Communications. Her career has included competing at all levels of golf as well as coaching and teaching golf to students from beginners to professionals. Jackie has created successful programs for all golfers, especially women and kids. She specializes in developing golf events to support programs that benefit our communities.
Jackie is also the founder and President of the Esther Cannizzo Junior Golf Foundation and a board member of Purple Heart Homes Metro Atlanta.
Communications and Development Director
Jennifer is recognized as an energetic and passionate sales leader and fundraiser and is committed to creating long-term strategic partnerships through effective relationship-building. She has a reputation for strong leadership, honesty and integrity with community leaders and social issues support around the Southeast. Jennifer’s past professional roles include 17 seasons in the Atlanta Braves front office, where she specialized in revenue generation, marketing, corporate partnerships, and the SunTrust Park development. She also has experience as a development director for liveSAFE Resources, which works with individuals affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, and elder abuse. Jennifer was the founder of the very first women’s business resource group in Major League Baseball, which is now in its seventh year.
Jennifer was born and raised in Metro Atlanta and attended LaGrange College and University of West Georgia. She lives in West Midtown and enjoys world travel, live music, podcasting, and spending time with her husband Bobby and two kittens.
Leadership and Social Awareness Program Director
Destany Arnold is an Atlanta native and is passionate about leading by serving others. She recently worked as the Hammer Team Leader (Summer 2014) and also worked as Lantern Team Leader (Summer 2013) for C5. Destany possesses an extensive background in youth development and has worked for Girl Scouts of America and Hands On Atlanta (AmeriCorps) as a Team Leader for the Public Schools Program for under-served youth. She has been involved in volunteerism her entire life and served as Lead Volunteer for Egleston Children’s Hospital at Emory. She also currently chairs the Youth, Media & PR departments at her church. Destany is ecstatic about C5 Georgia and its mission. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and going on adventures with her 6 nieces and nephews.
Community Action Program Director
A native of Atlanta, Ayaan grew up in Tucker, Georgia. Graduating from Tucker High School in 2007, Ayaan went on to Elon University, about 25 minutes north of Greensboro, NC. The summer of 2009, Ayaan worked at C5 Georgia as a Flint Cabin Leader. After graduating from Elon University in May of 2011, she moved to Chattanooga, TN to work as an in-home family counselor and later as a clinical supervisor with Youth Villages. Moving back to Atlanta in the Spring of 2013, Ayaan began working as a Program Aid at another local nonprofit afterschool program. Ayaan is ecstatic to return to C5 Georgia where her career began and continue her work in youth development.
KENNETH PERRY, JR.
College and Career Program Director
A native of Opelika Alabama, Kenneth was raised in Atlanta, where his passion for youth empowerment and the arts were cultivated. His innovative mindset has been used to aid and work in organizations such as the 100 Black Men of Atlanta’s -100 Scholars Robotics Alliance and Posse Atlanta. He is a firm believer in giving and reaching back to guide and inspire youth and young adults to dare to dream.
Kenneth graduated from the College of Wooster in 2013 and after a year of service to his college as the Health & Wellness Educator, he saw a need in C5 Georgia and believed he could fill it. From 2014-2016, Kenneth worked in various facets for the company such as the Flint Team Leader (15) and Program Assistant (16). He recently worked for the DeKalb County School System as a Paraprofessional-Interrelated Specialist, expanding the minds of students with EIP’s. Kenneth is jubilant about his new endeavors with C5 and plans to continue to merge his love for the arts and education in every phase of his life.