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Franzene Minott, College Student

Franzene Minott is a senior psychology major and political science minor at Georgia State University. The daughter of Jamaican immigrants, her upbringing and international experiences taught her that changing the world begins with your community. While interning for the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, she worked alongside U.S. diplomats and leaders to inform the public on how global issues impact Atlanta’s business community. She also has a history of student mentoring and leading youth programs at her local academy.

Throughout her career, Franzene hopes to inspire young girls to believe that their aspirations are boundless and is dedicated to dismantling the institutional barriers limiting their opportunities.

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Danielle Williams, Communications Specialist

Danielle Williams serves as a volunteer with the Student Outreach Committee. She’s been volunteering with The Enchanted Closet since 2014. Williams is a communications specialist and former journalist who has written news articles, produced newscasts and covered stories in the metro Atlanta, Macon, Augusta and Valdosta areas.

Williams currently works as an communications and outreach specialist at the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. Here she helps raise awareness about Georgia’s Quality Rated Campaign, which is a rating system and program that helps families easily identify high-quality child care.  Prior to working with the State of Georgia, Williams served as a journalist at various media organizations. Those include The Douglas County Sentinel, The Covington News and The McDuffie Progress newspapers; commercial real estate magazine France Media in Atlanta; and CBS affiliate 13 WMAZ News in Macon.

Williams, a Georgia native, is passionate about her family and helping others. Along with the Enchanted Closet, she volunteers with the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Williams is a graduate of Valdosta State University, where she studied English and Journalism. She and her husband, Jamal Williams, live in the metro Atlanta area.

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Kalyn Wilson, Writer

Kalyn Wilson is pursuing her master’s degree in Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel, in aid of becoming a therapist, researcher and influencer of welfare policy for the continued empowerment and well-being of African-American families. She is also a freelance writer specializing in health, lifestyle and consumer affairs. Her work appears in outlets like The Huffington Post, Atlanta’s 11Alive and MagnifyMoney.com.

Kalyn is an Atlanta native and a recent graduate of the University of Georgia, where she studied psychology and journalism. In her spare time, she blogs at Mind Body Maven and serves youth by coaching and choreographing at various cheer and dance programs in the metro Atlanta area.

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Tonya Turks, Probation Officer

Tonya Turks is from DeKalb County Georgia and a graduate of Tucker High School. She obtained her BS in Sociology from the State University of West GA. She later obtained a Masters in Science in Justice Administration from the University of Phoenix.  Her expertise includes Juvenile Justice, Social Services, and the Criminal Justice System.  Tonya has spent several years mentoring and empowering youth throughout the Metro Atlanta area. She has also served on several community boards and  volunteered with several agencies throughout the states of Georgia and North Carolina. In addition, Tonya has also served as youth leader for different ministries throughout Atlanta. She has volunteered with Enchanted Closet since 2012. Tonya is dedicated to continue serving and making a difference in the life of every youth she encounters.

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Adonica Starke-Melson, Attorney

Adonica Starke-Melson is an Associate at Littler Mendelson, P.C. in Atlanta, Georgia.  She focuses her practice on labor and employment matters. Adonica represents employers in single-plaintiff, collective and class action litigation involving race, sex, color, disability, age discrimination and harassment; wrongful termination; retaliation; FLSA and state wage and hour law matters; unfair labor practices; and restricted covenants litigation. Adonica’s practice extends to both state and federal law in a variety of different industries.

Adonica is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and an alumna of Spelman College.  While at Spelman College, she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Tau Delta International English Honors Society.  She received her Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Prior to attending law school, Adonica served as a Teach for America corps member, where she taught 6th, 7th and 8th grade special education in Clayton County Public Schools.

In addition to her professional endeavors, Adonica enjoys volunteering with women and children, attending church at Elizabeth Baptist Church, and traveling.   In the words of Marian Wright Edelman, Adonica too believes that “Service is the rent we pay for being.  It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.”

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