Karen Carroll, Program Manager

Karen grew up in Alpharetta, GA and went to college at the University of Georgia where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. After working in the field of marketing for a year, she decided to travel. She moved to Hawaii, back-packed around South East Asia for a period of time and then moved to Clearwater, Florida. Missing family and friends, she moved back to her hometown.  Karen has been married for nearly 13 years and has a boy and a girl, ages 12 and 7. She loves to travel and enjoys spending time with friends and family. She loves reading, boating and outdoor sports such as rafting, zip lining and kayaking.  


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.