GIVING SINCE 1927
I am a single parent of two boys. I work at a daycare making $9.50/hr. I have rent to pay, water, lights, phone, and a car note. I wasn't able to save anything. Santa’s Village was and still is important to me, because it gives my kids a sense of hope and the assurance that Santa hasn’t forgotten about them.”
"ESF helps me put a smile on my kid’s face!”
I was a single mother of three children fleeing domestic violence. My spirits were down and I was so focused on rebuilding that I didn’t care about Christmas until I met with my social worker and she referred me to The Empty Stocking Fund. It relieved so much stress and made my kids so happy!”
"I’m a single mom of four with two jobs. Without ESF my kids would not have gotten any gifts.”
“The experience far exceeded my expectations. The staff was friendly and extremely helpful, and everyone made me feel welcome. The selection was of excellent quality and was given in generous proportion. Thank you for helping my family during such a hard time."
“ESF has been here every single year for my grandkids, and I appreciate them so very much because sometimes it was all that they got.”
Along with the generous support of our donors and volunteers, The Empty Stocking Fund functions smoothly thanks to the hard, unfailing work of our team members who are passionate about helping children in our community.
Manda has nearly 20 years of marketing communications and public relations experience from companies like Jackson Spalding, MagnetBank and even her own PR company. She began working with The Empty Stocking Fund in 2004, and in 2010, she took over as executive director. Each year, Manda fearlessly leads The Empty Stocking Fund toward success, from budgeting and financial reporting to toy and gift sourcing to volunteer coordination and fundraising. Originally from the Tampa Bay area, Manda has lived in Atlanta since 2000 and is an avid (and admittedly obnoxious) Florida State Seminoles fan.
MANAGER OF WAREHOUSE OPERATIONS
Jill joined The Empty Stocking Fund team in the spring of 2020. She is a seasoned professional with 15 plus years of volunteer services, sales, and marketing experience through her work with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Red Bull North America, Inc., and other organizations. She is passionate about community engagement and social justice. In her free time, she loves to laugh out loud (often) and walk the Atlanta Beltline.
MANAGER, CORPORATE SPONSORSHIPS AND FOUNDATION GRANTS
Missy has over 15 years of experience in education, ranging from teaching in the classroom to administration positions. She joined The Empty Stocking Fund team in 2014 as a volunteer and transitioned to her current position in 2017. Missy forges financial partnerships with our local corporations and foundations, as well as coordinating corporate volunteer groups. While traveling the globe as a military wife, Missy worked with numerous volunteer teams. She has enjoyed serving alongside each of these groups, but thinks The Empty Stocking Fund volunteers are the BEST!
Brenda retired in 2001 from BellSouth with 32 years of service. She worked in various jobs during her tenure with BellSouth, including administrative and accounting positions. She has given back to the community through 25+ years of volunteer service with BellSouth and 10 years with Gwinnett Medical Hospital. Brenda joined The Empty Stocking Fund in 2005 as a seasonal employee and is an integral part of the ESF team. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her grandchildren!!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Empty Stocking Fund is governed by an independent board of directors comprised of community and business leaders representing Atlanta’s most prominent and highly respected organizations.
Directors serve as the guardians and stewards of the organization, ensuring our mission is carried out as articulated in our Articles of Incorporation and that all financial activities are legal and proper according to federal and state requirements. They set the course for the organization from year-to-year by establishing broadly stated goals and objectives, supporting the organization’s fundraising activities and enhancing our public image.
Jennifer Cowart, Chairman
Senior Labor & Employment Counsel Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Sandeep Kharidhi, Vice Chairman
General Manager, Data and Analytics Platforms Deluxe
Joseph Manusakis, Treasurer
Partner – KPMG, LLP
Beth Little, Secretary
Director PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
W. Benjamin Barkley
Corporate Partner – Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton, LLP
Regional Sales Manager, Treasury Management – Wells Fargo
Director, Supplier Quality and Safety – Chick-fil-A
Partner – MSouth Equity Partners
Founder & CEO – NIRAKIO
Manager, Asset Protection – The Home Depot
Owner/Consultant – Cunningham Consulting Services, LLC
Partner – Aprio
Founder & CEO – Live Oak Caregivers
Director of Grants and Partnerships – DeKalb County Schools
Managing Partner, Atlanta – Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough LLP
Executive Director – Jabian Consulting
Director, IT Audit & Compliance – Genuine Parts Company
VP, Business Delivery, CRS Products – InterContinental Hotels Group
Corporate & Banking Partner – Troutman Sanders
C. J. Stewart
Co-founder – L. E. A. D.
Senior Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer – North America – Accenture
Vice President and General Manager – Atlanta Journal-Constitution
President and CEO – Montag & Caldwell
Residential Customer Service Manager – Georgia Power/Southern Company
The Empty Stocking Fund is counseled by an advisory board comprised of community and business leaders representing Atlanta’s most prominent and highly respected organizations.
Manager, Supply Chain – Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Monica Kaufman Pearson
Editor-in-Chief – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Executive Director, Office of Partnerships and Development – Atlanta Public Schools
National Managing Partner, Tax – KPMG, LLP/p>