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Charlton Cerbone

Charlton (Charlie) Cerbone

@ Flowvine


terri dennison

Terri Denison

Georgia District Director @ SBA

Terri Denison is the Georgia District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  In this role since May 2002, she is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the SBA’s financial, counseling/training and business development programs for small businesses throughout Georgia.

Terri began her SBA career in 1987 as a Presidential Management Fellow at the Agency’s Washington, D. C. District and Headquarter Offices. Other positions included working with the Agency’s Minority Enterprise Development and One Stop Capital Shop programs and the Office of Field Operations.  Terri has also served as the SBA Indiana Deputy District Director and Acting District Director in Wisconsin.

As Georgia District Director, Terri has been recognized by the Atlanta Business League, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Microenterprise Network, Greater Atlanta Economic Alliance, Atlanta Business Chronicle and Who’s Who in Black Atlanta.

A native of Corpus Christi, Texas, Terri holds a B.A. Degree in American Government from Cornell University and an M.A. Degree in Urban Studies from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Prior to her SBA career, Terri worked as the pro bono services coordinator at Neighborhood Legal Services of Thompkins County (NY) and graduate intern at the City of San Antonio’s Department of Economic and Employment Development.

Other personal interests include ballroom dancing, theater, and travel.


Pearl Fils-Aime Graham

@ A Lady Named Pearl

nakita hemingway

Nakita Hemingway

@ GA House District 104 Candidate

Nakita Hemingway is an entrepreneur, political leader, realtor and cut-flower farmer.

shenae holmes

Shenae Holmes

@ Independent Consultant

Clyde Higgs

Clyde Higgs

President and CEO @ Atlanta Beltline

N. Jean Hundley

N. Jean Hundley, PhD

@ Boys2Men Home for Youth

N. Jean Hudley is the Founder and Executive Director of Boys2Men Home & Sanctuary for Youth, Inc., established in 2004 to target at-risk adolescent youth. She currently serves on a number of committees to include the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Task Force Member, as Advisor on Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s Prisoner Re-entry Justice Reform Committee, and the Atlanta Community Impact Program (ACIP) with the Department of Corrections. Jean acquired her skills while working as a Clerk in Fulton County’s Superior Court, as a Program Director for Good Shepherd Therapeutic Center, an Advocate for Child Abuse victims (CASA) for Fulton County Juvenile Court, as Commissioner for Peachtree City’s Commission on Children and Youth and as a Volunteer for the Rape Crisis Center at Grady Memorial Hospital. Jean collaborates regularly with local and national organizations focused the at-risk community to include Angela’s House, Oasis Counseling Center and the Institute for Family Centered Services. Jean is a native New Yorker, who began her career in the Bronx, N.Y., when she received an Associates degree in Court Reporting from Interboro Institute, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from St Leo University, and a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from Troy State University. Jean is a vibrant and passionate public speaker who understands the requirements for youth reform in the Criminal Justice System.

jeanie hunter

Jeanie Hunter

@ Synergy Development Partners

dianne jennings

Dianne Jennings

@ Global Mortgage Strategies

Dianne Jennings, is a Mortgage Strategist servicing, the residential and commercial real estate market. She is the Broker/Owner of Global Mortgage Strategies, Inc.

Anikka King

Anikka King


Anikka King has joined LISC Jacksonville as Economic Development Program Officer, returning to what she calls “home” after having recently lived in Jacksonville for more than 16 years. King will lead economic development initiatives for LISC Jacksonville with a strong focus on enhancing the local network of Financial Opportunity Centers (FOCs). As part of developing LISC’s strategic economic development plan, she will also lead small businesses support, workforce development and related initiatives.

“LISC has so many capabilities nationally, and we have tremendous opportunity to leverage their playbook, create alliances and replicate mechanisms that are working in other cities to help Jacksonville improve economically for all communities,” said King. “Jacksonville is ripe for growth, and I am thrilled to have returned to be a part of it. I have been able to build so many important personal and professional relationships in this city and I feel like I have returned home.”

Most recently, King led economic development initiatives and strategic comprehensive planning for a municipality in Indiana, where she oversaw neighborhood revitalization, workforce development and nonprofit capacity building. Previously while in Jacksonville, King owned and operated ANFG, a financial services company, providing her with firsthand small business financial and operational experience as well as a deep understanding of the needs of urban communities. She has served on seven nonprofit boards throughout her career and is a Paul Harris Fellow.

“King has the direct experience we need to help drive our efforts to uplift our urban core communities and comprehensively improve their quality of life,” said Dr. Irvin “PeDro” Cohen, executive director of LISC Jacksonville. “Her unique intuition, skills and background and the initiatives she will advance help better position us to capitalize on the opportunities in front of us. We are very pleased to welcome her back to Jacksonville.”

King, originally from Indiana, will complete her Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) from Anderson University in Indiana in the near future. She is also the proud mother of three children, one of whom recently graduated from West Point with a second in her third year at West Point.

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