Greater Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter History
Jack and Jill of America, Inc. (“Jack and Jill”) has established itself as the premier organization bringing African-American children together in a social, cultural, and service environment. The Jack and Jill chapters in the metropolitan area of Atlanta are demographically unique in that over 40% of those residing in the community are African-American; therefore, there continued to be a need to expand access to families desiring to provide the unique opportunity that membership in Jack and Jill offers to their children.
The Progressive Atlanta Moms Provisional Group began with the vision of former Atlanta Chapter President Patrice Greer and former Vice-President Hillary Dunson. In the fall of 2010, Vice-President Dunson petitioned National Vice President Tamara Robinson to help determine ways to focus on the growing need of addressing the high interest level within the Atlanta area of families wishing to embrace the aims and objectives of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. National Vice President Tamara Robinson endorsed the petition as part of her vision for regional growth.
In the spring of 2011, under the leadership and with the encouragement of President Rebecca Young and Vice President Marian Roach, the Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill voted favorably to share boundaries and fully and actively embrace the formation of an interest group. Under the direction of National Vice President Robinson, President Young appointed Hillary Dunson, Kyra Harvey, and Felecia Farrar-Perkins as liaisons to guide and provide resources to the group as well as interested mothers Darlene McGhee Whittington and Melody Marie Smalls to organize the group. The interest group received letters of support and affirmation to proceed from National Vice President Tamara Robinson, Southeastern Regional Director Joli Cooper, and President Rebecca Young. These efforts culminated in an informational meeting on June 21, 2011, at Maggiano’s Restaurant in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, Georgia. There were over 100 mothers in attendance to discuss the next steps needed to form a new Jack and Jill chapter in the Atlanta area. The first meeting at Maggiano’s began the journey for the Metropolitan Atlanta Area Interest Group (as they were called at that time) towards potentially becoming the 40th chapter in the Southeastern Region of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
GMAC Executive Board Members
Shondria Covington* Immediate Past President Dr. Andrea Lewis Vice President
Dr. Jessie Hood* Treasurer
Program Director Dr. Annette Miles* Assistant Program Director
Zandra Rogers Financial Secretary
Tiaudra Shaw Recording Secretary
Kimberly Funderburk* Assistant Recording Secretary
Dr. Monica Jones Corresponding Secretary
Nicole Lewis Historian
Kristy Liddelow Chaplain
Teresa Dallas-Wills Parliamentarian
Roberta Harvey Lead Teen Sponsor
Community Service Chair
Dr. Andrea Lewis Membership Co-Chair
Shannon Cain Foundation/Fundraising Chairman
Felicia Crawford Smith (* - Charter Member)