BE SOMEONE WHO MATTERS TO SOMEONE WHO MATTERS
Sara Pritchard, Program Manager
Sara and her brother were raised in Southern California by her inspirational grandmother and hardworking father. In 2007, she decided that what was most important to her was to be close to family, especially her grandmother with whom she is very close, so she moved to Georgia to start a new chapter in her life. Sara graduated from Georgia State University in 2016 with a Bachelors in Human Learning Development, specifically Child growth and development, and Counseling. Sara realized her true passion was to help develop and foster successful, happy, and healthy families and children. Sara believes that children are precious, continually developing and learning, and that if we give children the love needed and the tools necessary for positive growth, they will lead happy, healthy, and successful lives. Sara enjoys music and concerts, delicious food, camping, bicycling, traveling, and spending time with loved ones. She loves being a mother of kids with paws, a cat named Jilly and a dog named Sammy, and an active mentor in her community.
Elisa McConnon, Program Support (K-5)
A mother of 5, one with special skills/Downs Syndrome, Elisa holds degrees in Technical Translation and Drama. In Elisa’s words, she is “Mexican by birth, US citizen by adoption, world citizen by definition.” She has spent the last 20 years moving between Mexico and the US on multiple assignments. She appreciates the cultural uniqueness of each country, including other countries in Latin America. She has done extensive work with migrant populations in both countries, with the Catholic church and most recently as a translator serving Forsyth County schools. She likes coffee, dogs, hummingbirds, reading and singing. Elisa is excited to “have the opportunity to give back to society through my work with Mentor Me.”
Sylvia Cardona, Executive Director
Sylvia has lived in Cumming with her husband, two daughters and multiple pets since 2005. She attended Georgia State University where she earned a Master’s Degree in Business. Sylvia is fluent in Spanish and German and loves to travel. An active community volunteer, she is involved in mentoring, animal rescue, Rotary, and her church. Sylvia is a graduate of Leadership Forsyth, the Georgia Academy for Economic Development, and the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. She has been with Mentor Me since 2007, serving as Executive Director since late 2010. Her hobbies include reading, knitting and spending time with her family and pets.
Christie Smith, Development Director
Christie has over 15 years of experience in political and nonprofit organizations. She spent 8 years in Washington, DC, working at nonprofits, associations and consulting for political campaigns before returning to Georgia and working as the Development Director at the Atlanta Children's Shelter. For the past 5 years, Christie has worked as a development and communications consultant, with 3 years as part-time Development Director at Mentor Me. Christie is a 2002 graduate of the University of Georgia and a graduate of the legendary 2016 class of Leadership Forsyth. She has and continues to serve on boards and in organizations in the community and lives in Atlanta with her three furry children, Chica, Piper, and Ace.
Jenny Ostrowski, Program Support (6-12)
Jenny graduated from Cincinnati Christian University and went on to be a youth pastor for two different churches for 13 years. Jenny is a wife and mother of two, Addyson-13 and Preston-12. She and her family moved to Cumming three years ago, and right away she began volunteering with Mentor Me as a speaker for our Kick it Up clubs; taking on the team leader responsibility for the club at Lakeside Middle School last year. She joined our staff in 2016 and facilitates the clubs for all the schools. Jenny believes that “everyone has a purpose, a passion and just needs an arena for growth, development and an opportunity to put their skills into action at any age.” Her goal for our students is for them to have an opportunity to learn leadership skills, so they can be the leaders of their own lives.
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