Rashan Ali founded Sporty Girls in 2006 in an effort to expose minority girls to sports like swimming, soccer, tennis and golf. She attended Florida A&M University on both swimming and academic scholarships. Rashan received her BS in Broadcast Journalism in 1997. A multi-media personality and author, Rashan is currently one of the co-hosts on Sister Circle TV, which airs nationally on TV One. She is also the host of The Cool Soror Podcast and is the author of Piper Sky’s Pink Popsicle Shoes, her first children’s book. Rashan is a proud and active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and The National Association of Black Journalists. She is married to Brian and they have two daughters, Bailey and Carter.
Rani Shetti has been involved in Sporty Girls since June of 2015 and is currently serving as the Board Chair. Rani holds an MBA from Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Engineering from The Ohio State University. She is currently a Project Manager at SunTrust and the Co-Founder of Southern Pedaler. She has had extensive experience in volunteerism and service through high school, college and since moving to Atlanta. She has been an active member of the Junior League of Atlanta for the past 9 years as well as involved in Community Consulting Teams and United Way Young Professional Leaders. She resides in Smyrna with her husband, daughter and beagle.
Janisa Clayton has been involved with Sporty Girls since the beginning; her daughter was one of Sporty Girls’ first participants. She has served as a parent volunteer for Sporty Saturdays and the Sporty Girls Board since January 2016. She is currently serving as Board Secretary and Programming Committee Member. Janisa is a Program Analyst with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She has been employed with the CDC for 27 years. As a Program Analyst, she is responsible for tracking Grants and Cooperative Agreements for the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. This Center is responsible for the majority of the health care dollars for the treatment of chronic diseases.
Haroldeen Swearingen recently joined the Sporty Girls Board in January 2018 and is currently serving as the Chief of Staff. Haroldeen is an experienced Educator and Real Estate Sales Professional with a history of success in curriculum, leadership, higher education and sales. As an Assistant Principal with Cobb County Schools and an Adjunct Professor with Mercer University, she is passionate about education being a catalyst for advancement. Haroldeen received her educational specialist degree in educational administration & supervision from Lincoln Memorial University, her M.Ed. and B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Brenau University and Morris Brown College. She began supporting non-profits as the President of The Parent Executive Board for The First Tee of Atlanta. A proud native of Atlanta she enjoys, reading, cooking and taking in the arts. Haroldeen lives between Atlanta, GA and Chicago, IL with her husband, Tommy, Jr. and their son, Tommy, III.
Pricilla Morton recently joined the Sporty Girls Board in January 2018 and is currently serving as the Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair. Pricilla holds an Associate Degree in Healthcare Information Technology from DeVry University, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Technology Management at DeVry University. She is currently a Hospice Technician at Southwest Christian Care and the Owner/Founder of Numerical Billing and Coding Co. She has had extensive experiences in volunteerism and service in different medical facilities in Metro Atlanta. She resides in Fairburn with her husband, children and grandchildren.
Inga Lewis has served on the Sporty Girls Board since January 2016 and is currently serving as the Fund Development Committee Chair. Since earning her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Xavier University of LA, Inga has worked to advance the health and well-being of countless patients in the Atlanta metro area. That passion to serve has also manifested itself in her work with the Health and Wellness Ministry at Elizabeth Baptist Church, through her involvement with the Junior League of Atlanta, and more recently serving on the Board for Sporty Girls. When she is not busy in the Pharmacy and coordinating volunteer efforts, Inga enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with family and friends. But, her ultimate gratification comes from advocating for civic and social issues across a variety of interests and causes for people of diverse backgrounds, belief systems, and principles. After all, Inga believes that everyone should embrace and be empowered to use what makes us different to walk in our purpose and elevate others to do the same.
Courtney “CJ” Jones has served on the Sporty Girls Board since September 2017 and is currently serving as a Fund Development Committee Member. CJ holds a BA and MBA from Florida A&M University. Currently VP of University Relations for Nielsen, CJ is passionate about working with young people to develop the skills needed to build a career. Her volunteer activities include Citizen Schools, Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the American Red Cross. She currently resides in Mableton with her beautiful baby boy, JP.
Theda Jenkins has been a part of Sporty Girls for 10 years and has been on the Board since June of 2015. She is currently serving as a Fund Development Committee Member. She is a graduate of Mercer University and currently a Cobb County school district employee, and a full time Mom to a Sporty Girls, Inc former athlete. During her spare time, she is an avid volunteer with several non-profits such as: MUST ministries; ALIVE ministries; Books for Africa; Hands on Atlanta; Hosea Feed the Homeless; Open Hand; Atlanta Mission; Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer walk 3-Day cheering station; and Family Advocates of GA (Douglasville). In addition, she enjoys being an Allstar Cheer Judge, along with Cheer Consultant to rising gyms, recreational and high school programs.
Danielle Allen has served on the Sporty Girls Board since September 2017 and is currently serving as the Programming Committee Chair. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Sewanee: The University of the South. She is currently a Business Process Consultant at SunTrust and resides in Stone Mountain with her husband and son.
Vanessa Windham has served on the Sporty Girls Board since January 2018 and is currently serving as a Programming Committee Member. An Atlanta native, Vanessa is a Clinical Research Consultant and Small Business Owner. She is a graduate of Denison University and remains actively involved with her alma mater through the Denison Alumni Recruiting Team (DART) and as a previous member of the Alumni Council and the past Denison Alumi Club Atlanta Co-Chair. Vanessa is an active community and civic leader, serving on boards and committees for Live Healthy Dekalb Coalition; Hands on Atlanta; Atlanta Community Food Bank; TeaCup Girls; Junior League of Atlanta; and Junior League of Dekalb. Vanessa has completed the United Way of Greater Atlanta Volunteer Involvement Program and the Atlanta Women’s Foundation Women on Board training. She currently resides in Decatur.
Christi Goodwin has volunteered with Sporty Girls since 2014 and recently joined the Board in September of 2017. She is currently serving as the Marketing Committee Chair. Christi holds a M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Columbia Southern University and a B.S. in Business Administration from Troy University. She has over 20 years of combined experience in organizational leadership, operational processes improvement and project management. Christi feels her purpose in life is to serve, motivate, and inspire the youth, women and men in the communities. She strives to change the trajectory of lives in a positive way and encourages individuals to tap into their unlimited abilities. Volunteering is her way of life as she is a currently member of Junior League of Atlanta and has served with organizations such as American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, and Piedmont Hospital.
Stacey Fulgham has served on the Sporty Girls Board since January 2018 and is currently serving as a Marketing Committee Member. Stacey is the Manager of Business Leadership at Momentum Worldwide on the Coca-Cola account. She is responsible for working on both experiential and shopper marketing programs on the business across multiple brands and properties and has also worked with clients such as The U.S. Army, UPS, Verizon and Buffalo Wild Wings. Her previous experience leading multicultural programs across brands brings a level of expertise and enthusiasm to her current board member-marketing role for Sporty Girls. Stacey holds a B.S. in Management and an MBA in Marketing from Florida A&M University. She has held several positions in community and civic-based organizations including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., National Black MBA Association, FAMU National Alumni Association and the Central State University Marketing Advisory Board.
Nathalie Brandon-Robinson has been involved in Sporty Girls since its founding and has been on the Board since January 2016. She is currently serving as a Marketing Committee Member. Nathalie is an entrepreneur for her catering company Just Jerk Catering—which is a spin off from her mother’s Jamaican restaurant. She has years of experience volunteering at her children’s schools, with Jack & Jill of America, and with the Culinary Ministry at Elizabeth Baptist Church. She’s a proud mom of 3 young adults – Travis, Jalen & Morgan who was a former Sporty Girl. Nathalie is now an empty nester residing in Atlanta.
Shana Scott has served on the Sporty Girls Board since September 2017 and is currently serving as the Volunteer Committee Chair. Shana Scott earned her JD from Loyola University School of Law and her MPH from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA. She is a Health Systems Team Lead for the Chronic Disease Prevention Section at Georgia Department of Public Health. In this capacity, Shana works on opportunities to implement health systems transformation and creating partnerships with public health and primary care. Shana is also involved in various volunteer and civic opportunities in the Atlanta-metro area. She is a current member of the Atlanta-chapter of the American Diabetes Association, member of Junior League of Atlanta – where she sits on the Community Needs Assessment Committee, Campbell Middle School PTA Secretary, and former board-member and strategic committee chair for the Center for Black Women’s Wellness. She currently resides in Smyrna.
Kahfi Sims has served on the Sporty Girls Board since September 2017 and is currently serving as a Volunteer Committee Member. Kahfi is a recent graduate of the University of Central Florida with a degree in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management. After being a Community Service Director for the Black Student Union on campus and managing the Young Women Leaders mentoring organization for 2 years, she quickly transformed her personal passion for serving others into a career goal. Her growing interest and experience in the nonprofit realm granted her a summer-long internship with Feeding Children Everywhere, a world renowned childhood hunger organization. During this Internship, she was involved in organizing events that helped feed over 3 million children worldwide. Her recent trip to Cusco, Peru with Beauty Has A Direction reignited her passion & love for nonprofit work; and more specifically the empowerment of young girls and women.
Melissa Waller has served as an Advisory Board Member and Board Member with Sporty Girls. She has a BA in Deaf Education from Michigan State University, an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University and is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Counseling Education and Supervision at Mercer University. Melissa is a civic leader, an educator for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students with the Atlanta Public Schools, as well as, a practicing professional counselor. She has extensive experience in volunteerism and service with organizations such as, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Junior League of Atlanta, Victory World Church, Girl Scouts of America-Greater Atlanta Council, The YWCA of Greater Atlanta-Georgia Women’s Policy Institute, and she currently serves as President of Outstanding Atlanta. She resides in the City of Decatur with her lovely daughter, Milan.