NTF-Georgia’s Annual Christmas Party

2016 NTF Children's Holiday Party

2016 NTF Children’s Holiday Party

On December 11, 2016 Neighbor To Family Georgia hosted our 12th annual Children’s Holiday Party. Our guests were treated to bowling, bumper cars, arcade games, face painters, balloon twisters,family photos, and many more activities. Every child received a holiday stocking,and had the chance to win exciting prizes.

Our community partners, Stars and Strikes, helped make this amazing party a reality, and even donated a Target gift card to every child who attended.

The children’s smiles and excitement were a great way to kick of the holidays!

Submitted by Jody Howard

Ryan Cameron Foundation Brightens the Season for NTF Families

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On Sunday, December 4th The Ryan Cameron Foundation (RCF) and Porsche Cars North America assisted in spreading holiday cheer to 7 NTF–Georgia families. The families enjoyed live music, activities, performances, and a delicious holiday meal. Santa made a special appearance to help give out  a lot of gifts as well.  Thank you to Ryan Cameron for being a such great supporter of sibling foster care!

 Enjoying the event are, from left: RCF Founder Ryan Cameron;  Asst. to the VP for GA & MD LaToya Samuel; President & CEO Tony Everett; and, VP of GA & MD Programs Jamila Hankins.  

 

Ayana Thompson Will Head NTF’s New Wildwood, FL Program

ayana-thompsonAyana Thompson has been appointed Program Director for our new Prevention program based in Wildwood, Florida.

Ms. Thompson was most recently Adoptions Supervisor for Children’s Home Society of Florida, and prior to that was Operations Support Manager for Community Based Care of Central Florida.  She holds the degree of Master of Science in Criminal Justice from University of Central Florida.

 

Dr. Jamila Hankins Is New VP for Georgia and Maryland Programs

jamilaPresident & CEO Tony Everett has announced the selection of Jamila Hankins as Vice President of Georgia and Maryland Programs, effective November 16, 2016.

In making the announcement President Everett noted, “Jamila is exceptionally qualified to assume this responsibility.  I am pleased that she is able to further her career while continuing to play an important role in our organization.”   

Dr. Hankins has been with NTF since 2004 and has served as Director of Operations in NTF’s Atlanta office since 2008.  She holds a Ph.D. in Social Work Policy, Planning and Administration from Clark University and a Master of Science in Social Work from Springfield College.

NTF on the Airwaves

NTF-Daytona Beach volunteer Dee Pope was interviewed by WNDB radio host Heather Eaton on November 7.  Dee gave a knowledgeable and heartfelt testimonial about the work we do and promoted the Daytona office’s upcoming winetasting benefit.  Thank you, Dee!  You can listen to the interview here: radio interview .

Kudos to NTF-Daytona’s Ashley Lucas

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Family Care Manager Ashley Lucas is this month’s winner of NTF-Daytona’s “All Staff Kudos” raffle.

According to Executive Director Myraida Ruiz, employees are nominated by their colleagues for exemplary work or assistance.  During a staff meeting, these “kudos” are put in a basket and one is selected at random.  “All of our employees are fantastic” Myraida said. “This helps give them recognition.”

Chairman Dallas Ingemunson Steps Down

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Dallas Ingemunson

After nearly two decades serving as Neighbor To Family’s Chairman of the Board, Dallas Ingemunson has retired from the Board of Directors.

In his October 14  letter to the  Board,  Mr. Ingemunson praised the organization, noting that founder Gordon Johnson “was not only a very caring person, but also a close personal friend.  His insightfulness for over 15 years saved many children from the heartbreak of separation from their siblings.  I feel confident that all of you will continue sharing his values for years to come.”

President & CEO Tony Everett remarked, “Dallas has held NTF’s top volunteer position since 2000, overseeing the establishment and growth of NTF.  His wisdom, leadership, and good humor will be greatly missed by all.”   

Board Vice Chair Ackneil M. Muldrow II of Baltimore will serve as Acting Chairman of the Board until the group reconvenes in January to elect new officers.