About Us

The Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential, known as GCAPP, is a statewide adolescent health organization that works with hundreds of schools and other youth-serving organizations so that young people have the information, knowledge, and motivation they need to make healthy lifestyle choices that maximize their potential. Through collaboration and partnerships, we impact tens of thousands of young people each year as they journey through adolescence and onto promising pathways into the rest of their lives. We help youth mitigate risks that often result in negative consequences that are difficult to overcome.

Click here to take a look at our 2020 ANNUAL REPORT and learn more about why GCAPP is a critical community asset.

On a Mission since 1995

Founded in 1995 by Jane Fonda as a teen pregnancy prevention organization, today GCAPP takes a more holistic approach to its programs, working with every facet of the Georgia youth ecosystem. We serve nearly 60,000 young people each year through our five focus areas—Youth Empowerment, Comprehensive Sex Ed, Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Parent Engagement, and Physical Activity & Nutrition.

Since the founding of GCAPP, teen birth rates have dropped by 71%. This significant improvement is the result of many youth-focused organizations and partnerships, however, GCAPP is the sole organization that has kept teen pregnancy prevention on the front burner for more than 25 years and continues to do so.

Our Board

Jane Fonda

Chair Emeritus

Joi Philpott

Board Chair
Senior Vice President & General
Counsel, Law & Policy
Cox Communications, Inc.

Kelle Barfield

Vice President, People Partnership
& Operations HealthEquity

Aiko Bethea, Esq., PCC

Principal Consultant
RARE Coaching & Consulting LLC

Michael Bishop

General Counsel
AT&T Intellectual Property Corp.

Ginny Brewer

Community Leader

Pola Changnon

General Manager
TCM, Turner Classic Movies

Stacey Evans

Stacey Evans Law

Michele Garren

Community Leader

Adele Gipson

Financial Advisor
Consolidated Planning Corporation

Jeff Gordon

Board Treasurer
Chief Operating Officer

Michael Horowitz, MD

Board Secretary
Chief Medical Officer
United Health Group – Care Innovation Lab

Keundric “Dooley” Loucious

E.F.F.E.C.T. Fitness

George McCanless

President & CEO
United Way of Central Georgia

Steve Needle

Managing Principal, Employer
Services for Southeastern Region
EPIC Brokers & Consultants

Candace Thurmond Rodriguez

Divisional Merchandise Manager
Global Brands and Product Development
The Home Depot

Stuart Sheldon

Executive Vice President

JetFuel Studio

Karen Spencer Welanetz

dtox Organic Juice

Erin Yabroudy

Harry Norman Realtors

Ronald McNeill

President and CEO

Our Staff


Michael Armstrong

Chief Operations Officer

Freshonda Boges


Jennifer Haynes

Finance Director

Ronald McNeill

President & CEO

Gary Wheeler

Director of Human Resources

Aisha Walden

Executive Administrator

Mary Frances Williams

Director of Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships


Laine Olesen

Interim Director of Development

Shayla Jordan

Development Coordinator


Bev Jones

VP of Communications

Brickney Copeland

Communications Manager


J’Pierre Bolling

Health Educator

Alexandra Cory

Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator

Marissa Hudson

Health Educator

Keri McDonald Hill

Senior Director of School Based Initiatives

Quashavis Ross

Health Educator

LeKara Simmons

Senior Manager of School-Based Initiatives

Kamala Sivalingam

Director of Evaluation & Research

Angel Young

Project Director

Dion Walker-Smith 

Director of Community Based Initiatives