Meet the Staff

Doug Shipman, Chief Executive Officer

Doug was most recently a Principal in the Atlanta office of the Boston Consulting Group. Doug joined BCG’s Atlanta office in 2001 and was a summer consultant in the BCG New York office in 2000. He also spent one year in BCG’s Mumbai, India office as part of BCG’s Ambassador Program.

During his time at BCG, Doug worked for with senior executive clients within the financial services, consumer goods and industrial goods industries. He has led cases dealing with marketing, sales force organization and incentives, sales distribution strategy, pricing, and operations. He has extensive experience in strategy and overall management issues. Doug also has an extensive educational background in issues of race, ethnicity and gender including undergraduate and graduate studies in topics including the relationship between economics and poverty, the history of American minority groups and religion as applied in social movements including the American Civil Rights movement, the Indian independence movement and the Buddhist environmental movement in Southeast Asia.

He has also served as a facilitator for discussion groups exploring racial understanding in Richmond, VA and Cambridge, MA. Doug has an MPP (Master of Public Policy) from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University with an emphasis on domestic politics; an MTS (Master of Theological Studies) from the Harvard Divinity School with an emphasis on religion in public situations and politics and a bachelor’s degree with High Honors from Emory University with majors in Economics and Political Science.  In 2010, Doug was named one of the New Leaders Council's "40 under 40" in the area of political entrepreneurship.  

Marva Anderson, Finance and Human Resources Manager

Marva brings extensive expertise and specialized training in accounting practices and procedures.   Anderson manages the Center’s finances and banking, monitors gifts and pledges, and oversees the annual audit. With more than thirty years of experience in a variety of accounting and bookkeeping functions including audits, banking, payroll, accounting software programs, and overseeing employee benefits, Anderson offers the Center comprehensive financial services.  

Most recently Anderson spent twenty-eight years as Accounting Manager for the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland, OH where she made her home until 2009.   She is a Cuyahoga Community College alumna where she focused on accounting, audits and accounting for nonprofits.  The mother of five and grandmother of nine, she enjoys her family and reading in her free time.

Natalia Barreto, Development Associate

As the Development Associate, Barreto supports the Center’s overall fundraising organizational goals and initiatives. Barreto is responsible for performing donor prospecting, stewardship activities, and managing the small donor campaign. Barreto brings in experience in development from Atlanta based nonprofit, The Carter Center, where she worked to develop and implement a strategy to steward and engage young donors, as well as supported the stewardship and prospecting efforts for a circle of major donors. She also worked for Amnesty International, in the Member Advocacy Unit, recruiting and aiding country specialists to further the efforts of Amnesty International’s campaigns.

Barreto is a native of Uruguay, and a recent graduate of Oglethorpe University where she received a dual degree in International Relations and Spanish. While completing her undergraduate studies, Barreto researched Southern Cone dictatorships of the 1970s, which awakened her professional sense for organizations such as The Center.


Brenda K. Johnson, Development Manager

Brenda Johnson provides C-level support to Center executives utilizing her broad-based experience in corporate and non-profit environments, providing expertise in development, operations and strategy.

In her current role as Development Manager with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Johnson manages all development functions, and directly supports the Executive Vice President’s fundraising initiatives. She manages and implements multi-million dollar campaigns, prospecting, grant writing, corporate and foundation proposals, donor cultivation and stewardship. Johnson has over 10 years of experience in business development and program management.  She is well-versed in developing strategic public-private partnerships, identifying state, federal and local project funding opportunities, as well as managing proposals and qualifications processes.

During her 17 years of experience, Brenda has served in various roles utilizing her background in engineering and project management. Recently, Johnson combined her technical expertise with her passion for community service and fully transitioned into non-profit administration. Driven by her passion for children and youth, she developed an extensive background in the development of youth programs, fundraising, and mentoring.

 

Johnson’s community involvement centers on her commitment to youth and poverty issues.  Johnson served as the Director of Fundraising for the Atlanta Center for Creative Inquiry, an after-school mentoring and exposure program at Benjamin Mays High School.  Brenda is also a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) advocate, promoting science and technology education and careers to students from high-need communities and girls. Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in Civil Engineering and minored in Political Science and Sociology.  She enjoys both the climate and southern hospitality Georgia offers, and has made Atlanta her home for 15 years.

Judith (Judy) Klose, Executive Assistant

Judy was born in Yonkers, New York and has lived in Ontario, Canada, Atlanta, Georgia and St. Petersburg, Florida.  Judy has a great passion for world travel.  Currently she is an Executive Assistant at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.  Previously, a Development Assistant at Southern Regional Medical Center and also worked for The Delta Air Lines Foundation & Community Affairs.  As a result of both of these work experiences Judy has seen both the giving and asking side of Foundation and Corporate support as well as in-kind donations.  Her expertise is problem solving, has great organizational skills and the ability to acquire in-kind donations.  Previous employers include Delta Air Lines, The Coca-Cola Company and World of Coca-Cola Atlanta as well as Georgia Institute of Technology.  Judy worked in the Public Relations and Marketing Department of the World of Coca-Cola and the Foundation, Diversity and Community Affairs Department of Delta Air Lines.  Judy spent seven years as a full-time home missionary directly after graduating from North Clayton Senior High.  Her parents were missionaries in Austria, her father being a Holocaust Survivor and her mother being involved in a human rights Supreme Court case which has helped sustain freedom of religion for all Americans.

Keisha Lewis, Director of Visitor Services

Keisha is a native of Georgia and has over 10 years of management experience in Visitor Services.  Before joining The National Center for Civil and Human Rights she was a member of senior management at Six Flags over Georgia. 

Keisha successfully managed and directed over 250 in-park services employees in 40 locations throughout the park, within the Games/Attractions and Rental departments, with over 1 million visitors annually.   She also served as a member of the Safety, Design and Loss Prevention Committees for Six Flags Inc.

 In 2008 Keisha and her team successfully implemented visitor satisfaction initiatives such as the “Mobile Gaming” program which was created in response to the visitor satisfaction survey. It increased overall guest satisfaction and net profit, and the program was adopted by 11 Six Flags Parks.  During her tenure Keisha also received several awards including the coveted In-Park Service Leadership Award.

Keisha’s husband serves in the United States Air Force and together they have 3 children. She received a B.A. in History from Valdosta State University. 

David Salk Mandel, Director, Exhibits & Design

David oversees the exhibition design and content development process for the Center.  As the liaison between the curatorial team, the exhibition designers, and the building’s architects, David is responsible for seeing that the emotional and intellectual synergy established by the exhibition’s content and design visually represents and promotes the Center’s message.

David’s career in exhibition design and development began in 1991 when, as a founding staff member at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., he helped develop the USHMM’s permanent exhibition. Hired by Ralph Appelbaum Associates NYC, the world’s largest interpretive museum design firm, as a senior exhibit developer he worked on the National Constitution Center, the Newseum, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Vietnam Era Educational Center.  After ten years at Appelbaum, he became the Director of Exhibitions at the N-Y Historical Society in Manhattan where he oversaw the design and development of the landmark Slavery in New York exhibit.  While at the NYHS, he designed and installed exhibitions on the fifth anniversary of 9/11, a portraiture exhibit, and a contemporary art show on the topic of slavery. After graduate studies in graphic design at the Portfolio Center in Atlanta, he was a partner at Elsas Design, an identity and print design studio.

Exhibitions he has worked on have won numerous design awards including the Presidential Award for Design Excellence (the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum), the Gold Industrial Design of Excellence Award (IDEA) for exhibits (the Newseum), and Communication Arts Award of Excellence for Environmental Graphics (Country Music Hall of Fame).

David has a B.A. in History from Washington University in St. Louis and lives with his wife and daughter in Atlanta’s Lake Claire neighborhood.

Brenda Marshall, Executive Assistant to COO/Board Liaison

A seasoned nonprofit professional, Brenda Marshall has focused her talents and know-how over the past two decades on supporting and strengthening operations and marketing functions of organizations in the sector.   

Prior to coming to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Brenda worked for more than ten years in the community engagement department at United Way of Greater Atlanta.  As a member of the staff team leading collective impact work, Brenda contributed to achievement of community goals through diverse functions that included grants process administration, knowledge management, and process and workflow optimization.  She also managed communications and projects for the United Way Regional Commission on Homelessness.

Brenda’s nonprofit experience also includes marketing and membership development for two national membership associations as well as office management for a state society of health-system pharmacists.   

Brenda has supplemented her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Marketing from Longwood University in Virginia with avid continuous learning in areas such as project management, strategic marketing, nonprofit management, customer relationship management, and volunteer management.  

Holley Mitchell, Manager of Visitor Services 

Holley brings over 15 years of experience in ticketing administration and customer service management to the National Center. She spent over 12 years at the Center for Puppetry Arts where she administered a database of over 20,000 active patron accounts, representing over 16,000 transactions per year. She annually directed a sales staff responsible for an average of more than 250,000 group and individual tickets for over 2,300 events and programs. 

Holley has worked for the summer concert series at Chastain Park, the Atlanta Beat Women’s Pro Soccer team, and the historic Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. She is an Atlanta native, has two wonderful sons, and is also employed part-time in the Emory University Music Department.  

Edward Murray Jr., Director of Facilities 

Edward has over 15 years’ experience in Facility Management, Construction Management, Project Management, and Administration and Personnel Management.  His diversified experience has provided him opportunities in various disciplines.

His extensive experience includes serving as Project Manager for multi-faceted initiatives for Jones Lang LaSalle.  These include rebranding of 357 FedEx Office stores, remodeling over 150 Dollar General Stores located in the eastern and southern portion of the United States, renovating and rebranding 17 SunCom retail stores into T-Mobile retail stores, and planning and construction of over 50 remodel and new store projects for AT&T retail construction.  Edward advanced to become Program Manager, the senior management representative responsible for all work performed by the Contractor.

Prior to joining Jones Lang LaSalle, Edward was a Project Manager with Patrick Malloy Communities, LLC, where he managed contractors and vendors in the completion of over 30 single-family residential homes.

Edward is a former Military Officer serving on active duty with the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps for 10 years holding positions as Public Works Officer, Facilities Manager, Project Manager, Seabee Construction Manager and Resident Officer In-Charge of Construction.  He earned a Master of Science in Building Construction & Integrated Facility Management at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Southern University A&M in Baton Rouge.  He has also earned the National Council of Architectural Registration Board certification (NCARB). 

Deborah J. Richardson, Executive Vice President 
Deborah J. Richardson is the Executive Vice President of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights leading its  fundraising and program development.  She was Chief Program Officer at Women’s Funding Network in San Francisco, CEO of The Atlanta Women’s Foundation,  Director of Program Development for Fulton County Juvenile Court, founding Executive Director of the Juvenile Justice Fund (now Youth Spark) and Managing Director of the National Black Arts Festival.
 
Deborah has been honored by many organizations for her community service.  Most recently she received  the "Lives of Commitment Award" from Auburn Theological Seminary and "The Pathbreaker Award" from Shared Hope International.   She is a nationally recognized leader on social justice for women and girls and an advocate to end child sex trafficking.  She has designed leading programs for girls victimized by sexual trafficking and testified before Congress. 
 
She has a Masters of Arts in Leadership from St. Mary's College of California and is currently working on a PhD in Public Policy and Social Change from Union Institute & University.

Terrie Rouse, Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Rouse, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, has 31 years of experience as a non-profit, government and museum management executive and serves as a Museum Accreditation Commissioner. She is the Founding and Former CEO of the United States Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) for Visitor Services where she was appointed in September of 2007.  On December 2, 2008, she successfully opened the 585,000 square foot underground facility with 250 employees establishing it as a new Washington, DC destination. Under her leadership, the CVC attracted 2,300,000 visitors within the first 12 months. While with the CVC Rouse led the development of educational activities, established new volunteer programs, and garnered partnerships with regional and national institutions vested in educational activities.

Rouse also served as Executive Vice President/Director of Museums for Kansas City’s (Mo.) 900,000 square foot Union Station, a historic landmark. During her tenure, she managed two museum directors that encompass Science City, the Kansas City Museum at Corinthian Hall, The City Extreme Screen, Planetarium, exhibitions within Union Station, as well as its permanent collections. 

Prior to her work in Kansas City, Rouse served as Executive Director of the Atlanta Ballet; was President and CEO of the African American Museum in Philadelphia; was the first Senior Curator for the Studio Museum in Harlem; Director of the New York Transit Museum; and worked as Executive Director at the Children’s Museum of Maine.

Rouse received an M.A. in African History and a certificate from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She also received a MPS in Africana Studies from Cornell University. She completed her BA in Intercultural Studies at Trinity College-Hartford in Hartford Connecticut.

LaTasha Smith, Director of Communications

As the Director of Communications for the Center, LaTasha is responsible for developing and implementing integrated marketing and communications programs for the Center. LaTasha manages the Center’s press and media relations; plans, edits, and distributes thought-leadership; and manages the Centers web and new media presence in the national community.

Prior to joining the Center, LaTasha served as the Communications Manager for Families United in Educational Leadership (FUEL). FUEL, a Boston-based nonprofit organization, offers incentives to low-income families to motivate them to participate in their children’s higher education ambitions and gives them the knowledge, skills, and network to realize their dreams of educational accomplishment.

While in Boston, LaTasha served as a fellow with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Executive Office of Health and Human Services, and a member of the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. She completed her Master of Public Administration with honors from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. There she focused her research on international relations, human trafficking, and gender-based policy.

LaTasha also holds a bachelors in Consumer Journalism from the University of Georgia, where she competed as a high jumper for the SEC championship women's track and field team.