Concentration: Visual & Performing Arts
Anthony Antoine (Chairman & CEO) is a community activist, performance poet and recognized trailblazer of the LGBT Music Scene. Since 1999, Anthony has also worked intricately with non-profits on the front lines of HIV/STI prevention in Atlanta with a tireless focus on MSM communities for AID Atlanta, ARCA and most recent, as a Senior Research Coordinator at Emory University. Anthony, married his husband Michael in 2016 but lost him to a short battle with cancer less than 2 years later. They shared a twenty-year friendship that inspired Anthony starting The Michael-Anthony Foundation as a way to continue the giving that Michael & Anthony were already engaged in and so passionate about. Anthony is a father, great friend, listener and a featured writer for the It Gets Better book and campaign. He completes the legendary Atlanta-born performance poetry trio The Adodi Muse: A Gay Negro Ensemble. World Traveler, Brick City Baby, Lover of Hip-Hop and Unapologetically Queer, Anthony can be reached at www.anthonyantoine.com or on IG & Twitter @activistfreak.
First Passport Programs Director
Concentration: Politics & Social Justice
Khalid Kamau is leading a generation of young activists from protests to politics. Khalid helped organize the Atlanta chapter of #BlackLivesMatter and served as a Field Organizer for the Georgia House Democratic Caucus. He organized protests for transit workers and #Fightfor15. While in college, Khalid spent 4 months living in South Africa and studying post-Apartheid politics. In 2016, he was elected as an At-Large Delegate for Benie Sanders to the Democratic National Convention. In 2017 he was elected the youngest member of the inaugural City Council of South Fulton, GA – Atlanta’s new twin city & the Blackest City in America.
Concentration: Anthropology & Sociology
was born Child of Deaf Adults and developed a strong sense of community providing sign language interpreting services for her mother and friends at an early age. Mother of four college students, Katrece became the surrogate mother to her children’s friends and classmates because of her belief in the proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” That ethic carried over into her professional background. She became fascinated with computers as a teen and computer installation and set up along with graphic design became her secret passion. Utilizing that ability along with over 30+ years of experience in the administrative and customer service field, Katrece is the Operations & IT Manager of Groundswell Fund supporting the funding of grassroots organizations behind the scenes.
Concentration: International Aid, Public Health
is a Global Health Program Specialist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) He was deployed as a Logistician to Conakry, Guinea for the 2015 Ebola crises and in 2017 managed the CDC's Brazil office. He has received several awards with CDC, including Excellence in Emergency and the Honor Award.
Concentration: Medicine & Public Health
Neena Smith-Bankhead has committed more than 28 years of her personal and professional life as an educator, mentor, consultant, advocate, and trainer to serving alongside or on behalf of those who are often marginalized or forgotten. To support these efforts, Neena currently serves on the Board of Directors of three Atlanta non-profit organizations focused on the health, well-being, and education of its members, and volunteers her time with neighborhood efforts, including The Women of Clayton County's health and education initiatives, the Lupus Foundation Southside Support Network, and the Clayton County Health Department. Neena currently serves as a part-time faculty member in the Healthcare Management Program at Clayton State University, and is the Director of Capacity Building and Community Engagement at Emory University's School of Public Health through the COMPASSInitiative, providing organizational development, capacity building and community grants to organizations across the South interested in strengthening the infrastructure of their organizations. As a friend and admirer of the Michael-Anthony Foundation's founders, Neena will contribute her knowledge and expertise to the implementation and sustainability of their dream of providing the gift of travel to youth who may not have had access such experiences. Ensuring the effective implementation of the mission, vision, and infrastructure of the organization will be an honor, and a privilege
Concentration: Public Health
Shauni Williams’ passion for public health and communities impacted by HIV has spanned 20 years across bio-tech, academic, and non-profit sectors. She currently serves as a Director within Government Affairs at Gilead Sciences. A Spelman College graduate, Shauni has cultivated a passion for travel and adventure which has led her from the sand dunes of the Sahara desert to the rocky islands of the Galapagos. She endeavors to promote and expose youth to a global perspective. For her efforts in the local community, Shauni received the Women of Achievement Award in 2004
Vogue is the daughter of Anthony McWilliams and Michael Smith and is a proud business owner of her own hair salon Styles by Vogue. She graduated from the Paul Mitchell School in Atlanta, interned for celebrity stylist Charles Gregory and worked at Bob Steele Salon for six years. She enjoys music, reading, shopping and naturally international travel. Having been born in London, England and since traveled to dozens of overseas destinations, she knows the importance of and supports the mission to encourage international travel.
Concentration: Social Work
Loretta Warren-Ellis is married to Julius, her Arts High School sweetheart, for over 32 years. She and her retired Marine are both from Newark, NJ.
Over the years, Loretta gained work experience in human resources, military family readiness, community emergency preparedness and volunteer management while working in government, private and non-profit entities.
These days, she is a stay at home Mommy to her recently adopted special needs son, Isacc. Loretta and Julius fostered Isacc for over 3 years before becoming his forever family. #Foster #Adopt. She’s passionate about learning ways to use creative arts to help kids in foster care and others heal from trauma while authentically “telling their story.” As a foster Mommy, she consistently advocates for the children in her care and strives to give them experiences to let them know that their past does not define their future.
Loretta loves music and traveling. She can’t wait to see where her next adventures take her!
Concentration: Anthropology & Global Public Health
is a Project Manager at Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health. She has worked on domestic and global public health programs for over 20 years and has experience working in the government, nonprofit, and academic sectors. Monica is an advocate for social justice and volunteers for several Atlanta organizations.