At Something New, our "staff" is a group of highly committed volunteers - our entire team donates their time and talent to make the world a better place. We have an incredible group of volunteers that are the heart and soul of our organization. We can't introduce you to all of them, but here are just some of the people leading us!
Chief Executive OfficerPassionate world traveler, committed partner, a proud papa, loves equality, freedom and inclusion, doesn’t love being still for too long, seeks good food, fine wine and cold beer, always believes in underdogs, IS an underdog, bilingual nurse turned executive number cruncher, lives life BIG and in ALL CAPS.
Founder and Chair of the BoardRetired chief human relations officer for a Fortune 500 company, founder of the Freedom Foundation, avid youth leadership trainer, advocate for equality (of all kinds), inspirational speaker, father of four and grandfather of three, full of fun and passion, loves doing life BIG and cheering for the Auburn Tigers.
Executive DirectorLongtime non-profit administrator, passionate about different cultures, embraces working together for the greater good, partner to bilingual nurse turned corporate executive, Team mom for the Crocodiles 10 and under Fayette County Youth Basketball team, Indian food connoisseur, loves the big city but lived in Selma, Alabama for years, loves service more.
Development DirectorFormer cheerleader who never quit. Advocate for those hurting and hopeless. Kick-a** Realtor who uses her vocation to love and help people. Powerful force of positivity who makes people smile and feel better. Hates mediocrity. Loves God and her family. Seeks purpose in everything. Enjoys healthy food, a good glass of wine and yoga.
Community Relations DirectorRetired linebacker and sports announcer, motivational speaker, youth mentor, advocates for love and acceptance with her life, mother of one very bouncy baby boy, believes anything is possible, lives simply so others can simply live, inspired by Ghandi, sees potential in every person.
John and Kylie Gainey
Meet Our BoardWe also have a committed crew on our board of directors. Many of these individuals have been involved with us since the beginning and are well-respected community members. They help guide our organization and programs.
- Mark Duke, Chair of the Board
- Dan Vaughn, Human Resources Executive
- Shawn Samuelson, Brand Management Consultant
- Mark Isherwood, Principal/Owner of a Media Production Firm
- Jill Johnson, Wealth Management Executive
- Jason Makaroff, Hospital Administrator
- Scott Hadwiger, Operational Finance Director for International Retailer