Our Board of Directors
Dianne Anderson Valentin (President) is a consultant to small businesses and nonprofit organizations, working in national, regional, and community nonprofit organizations on the grassroots and executive levels, providing strategic advice, technical assistance, program development, community outreach and community organizing. She also works with local, state, and federal governmental agencies on issues that affect local and regional communities. Dianne has represented Georgia WAND in the communities surrounding SRS, at technical workshops, at congressional meetings in Washington, DC, and at NRC and DOE hearings for the past thirteen years. As a political scientist with training in international affairs and national defense, Dianne has used her expertise to advocate grassroots and progressive issues on Capitol Hill. In addition to her consultancy and community service endeavors, Dianne is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Black Heritage Museum & Cultural Center, Inc. located in North Carolina.
Catherine Smith (Vice-President) is an Atlanta activist. Catherine is employed as the Legislative Manager for Planned Parenthood Southeast. She is a State Committee Member of the Democratic Party of Georgia. In addition to organizational participation, Catherine is also the co-publisher of Blog for Democracy, a Georgia blog dedicated to progressive politics and activism, and co-host of the popular political talk show, Kudzu Vine, on BlogTalkRadio.
Betsy Rivard (Treasurer) has been on the WAND Georgia Board for several years. She also represents Georgia WAND on the National WAND Education Fund Board. Currently Betsy directs the United Nations Association - Atlanta Chapter, and serves on the Boards of the Chattooga Conservancy , the Georgians for Gun Safety , and Nuclear Watch South.
Flo Dawson (Corresponding Secretary) currently spends her time both caring for her grandchildren and parents, as well as patient counseling in the Piedmont Hospital cardiac rehab program. She has been involved with RESULTS, a lobby group for women and children and YES! ATLANTA, a mentoring program for inner city youth. Flo is currently a coordinator for Georgia WAND’s Mother’s Day for Peace event as well as a volunteer for the Georgia Democrats.
Cee Cee Anderson joined the board in 2008. She is a former registered nurse and Special Education teacher as well as consultant and women and children's advocate. She also serves as a board member to several organizations including: Fast Parole Juvenile Justice and CASA. She serves on the Steering Committee of the Coalition for the People's Agenda, as a Chairwoman on WIN (Women in NAACP), and as the CEO of Women Changing the World, One Woman, One Child at a Time.
Charmaine Davis is the 9to5 Georgia State Director and leads all chapter organizing, issue campaigns and membership building activities for 9to5 Atlanta. As the co-chair of the Georgia Job/Family Collaborative she is working to pass The Family Care Act through Georgia’s State Legislature. She also works to organize and advocate on behalf of workers and unemployed workers as the co-chair of Atlanta Jobs with Justice. Charmaine began her organizing career as a political organizer for Project Vote. The first campaign Charmaine worked on was the Minimum Wage Campaign in Ohio. She recruited, trained and managed a staff of over 100 field canvassers who collected over 250,000 petition signatures from registered Ohio voters who supported raising the state minimum wage in Ohio from $5.15 to $6.85, a huge victory for low-wage workers in Ohio. In 2007 Project Vote named Charmaine Political Organizer of the Year for her work organizing young adults against predatory policing in Flint and Detroit Michigan.
As the Georgia Director of 9to5 Charmaine is working to build a movement for economic justice by engaging directly affected women to improve their working conditions.
Stephanie Guilloud is the Co-director of Project South, where she has spear-headed programmatic campaigns including the Building A Movement (BAM) Institute and the Southern Movement Assembly. Stephanie graduated from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. In 1999, Stephanie was a lead local organizer in the movement that led to the closure of The Seattle World Trade Organization and designed and edited “Voices from the WTO,” an anthology of first-hand narratives from the participants in the historic demonstrations. In 2001, she edited “Through the Eyes of the Judged,”an anthology of autobiographical accounts written by incarcerated young men. Her essays have been published in Letters from Young Activists (Nation Books) and the Revolution Will Not Be Funded (South End Press). Stephanie worked with Ruben Solis as the National Co-Chair of the PMA Working Group of the US Social Forum from 2008 to 2013. She has served on the board of Southerners on New Ground (SONG), a multiracial queer organization, since 2005.
Lindsay Harper an Atlanta native and a second generation Howard University graduate where she graduated cum laude as a Film major in 2004. During her years at Howard, she worked with The Institute for Policy Study, XM radio station WOL, and The Pacifica Network Station's WPFW, and PR company, In the Public Eye. After graduation, she worked in the radio research department for V-103 in Atlanta. In 2006 Lindsay graduated at the top of her class from Connecticut School of Broadcasting in 2006, after which she began working for Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters. Lindsay was nominated for an Emmy for her work at AIB. As a result of her five years of experience as a producer, Lindsay has developed a wide variety of programming, including news, health & wellness, short-form documentaries, and PSAs. In addition, she has extensive on-camera and voice-over experience. Lindsay is president and CEO of the multimedia production company, Pivot Point, Inc. The Green Going Forward Platform is her flagship global initiative.
Ben Spears is an international non-profit program leader finishing his Master’s in Public Administration at Georgia State (December 2014). From 2008-2012, Ben served Congressman John Lewis’ congressional office as outreach coordinator. He formerly served as chair of the board for the Kyle Pease Foundation, providing access to sports and competition for children with disabilities. Ben works with Ultimate Peace in the Middle East, building bridges of friendship and understanding through sports and youth leadership development.
Yolande Tomlinson is US Human Rights National Education Coordinator. Through her work, she supports members and partners in building and strengthening their capacity in human rights education, organizing and advocacy. She has extensive experience as a college-level instructor, community educator, researcher, project manager, mentor and program coordinator to the Network. She has worked with a variety of organizations on human rights issues related to race, gender, sexuality, green jobs and community development. Emory University has honored Yolande with its Community Builders Award and Transforming Community Project Champion Award. Recently, she served as the project coordinator and community liaison for the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Differences National Working Group. Yolande contributes her writing to scholarly journals on issues of gender, race, violence and culture. She received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in American Studies and a certificate in Women’s Studies from Emory University.
Carol J Tveit has been involved in issues relating to peace and justice since her graduation from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has served on the board of Georgia WAND for 5 years, saying that "Georgia WAND is one of the pieces of my life that keeps sane." She wants her grandchildren to remember her as a grandmother who worked to improve her community and beyond governing bodies. Carol has served as an officer in the Dekalb County League of Women Voters, as an elder in her church (North Decatur Presbyterian) and as a board member of both the Academy Theatre and the Macalester Alumni Association. She draws her inspiration from a line in Lady House Blues: "Lord...I can't help thinkin', if you was a woman you woulda done in different." As a member of the board of Georgia WAND she is committed to working toward getting more women seated at the tables of power so that we can do it better and " do it different."
Pat Walsh, former Director of the mentoring program, Families First, was awarded the 2000 Chrohns and Colitis Foundation Woman of Distinction. For 20 years, she coordinated the Capitol Area Mosaic's Best Girls' Club and Mentoring and Volunteer Programs. She is actively involved with her downtown congregation of Central Presbyterian Church and is the Chair of Georgia WAND’s May Signature Event, Mother’s Day for Peace.
Georgia WAND Advisory Board
Bobbie Wrenn Banks
Honorable Bettieanne Hart, Esq.
Rev. Barbara King, PhD
Berta R. Laney
Kent Leslie, PhD
Senator Nan Grogan Orrock
Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls