Jim Beaty, Jr. is the Vice President Community Outreach & Development Resource Officer at Renasant Bank. In this position, he designs & coordinates the development, preparation and the review of policies, procedures and training materials to ensure business units meets and maintains compliance requirements. Prior to joining BrandBank, Mr. Beaty worked as the Director of Community Investments for United Way. Mr. Beaty is an accomplished professional with 34 years of experience within the community development, real estate and banking industries. Mr. Beaty has a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina.
Terence Dowling has been in the Insurance and Financial Service Industry for over 14 years. He has been a Financial Representative with COUNTRY Financial for over 4 years. He prides himself on helping his clients establish financial security no matter where they are starting from. He is a graduate of Meadowcreek High School and the University of Georgia. He is the father of two beautiful girls and a husband of 7 years. He loves giving back and would do anything for his family and community.
Reagan Cortes is the CEO of Labeled Lightning Protection, Inc. She has been a member of the Mustang Community Foundation for the past 5 years and currently serves as the treasurer. Mrs. Reagan also supports the Meadowcreek High School football and basketball teams. Both of her children graduated from Meadowcreek High School.
Joyce Whitted was born in New Jersey and is the youngest of three girls. Joyce lived in New Jersey the majority of her life and in the 1990’s picked up and moved to Georgia.Joyce has held roles in various areas of information technology, including: trainer, PC repair tech, and help desk manager. In those different roles, Joyce developed her expertise in operations, administration, technical support, and facilitation. Later, as a program director for a relationship education initiative, Joyce worked in the community and added the additional skills of community collaboration, event planning, and community outreach. She also developed a passion for helping others develop healthy relationships, which led her to become a volunteer for groups promoting healthy relationships as well. During this time, Joyce realized that moving forward she would only work for organizations that had a mission of supporting families and the community. With that purpose in mind Joyce decided her name was an acronym that stood for Just Outside of Your Crazy Expectations. Everything Joyce accomplished would be taken to another level. Joyce decided to go back to college and eventually received her Bachelors of Science in Human Services and her completed her Masters of Science in Human Services with a specialty in Family Life Education in 2018.
As a 2004 MHS Alumni, Julian is proud and honored to be a part of the Mustang Community Foundation. While at Meadowcreek, Julian was a part of the cross-country team, wrestling team, and even captain of the varsity soccer team. But his roots and ties to Meadowcreek go much deeper than that as his wife was also a part of Meadowcreek’s 2004 class. Julian credits much of his post-secondary and career success to Meadowcreek HS and to the teachers and counselors who believed in him and helped guide him in the right direction and he looks forward to being able to provide the same guidance to the students and classes to come.”
Lynnette Aponte is the Community Outreach Specialist at Meadowcreek High School. In her role, she is responsible for building relationships between the school, the business community, parents, and community organizations; while maintaining strong educational partnerships for continued support and sustainability of Meadowcreek High School. She has over 14 years of experience working in the field of education as a teacher, Parent Instructional Support Coordinator, and as a Title III Adolescent Outreach Specialist. Prior to working in the school system, she worked for several non-profit organizations in the areas of program development and fundraising. Her experiences over the last 20 years have provided her with a great deal of knowledge regarding the variables that impact both student achievement and community involvement at our schools. She hopes to impact the educational experiences of our students and their families by building partnerships with businesses and the community as a whole. Ms. Aponte has a specialist degree in educational leadership from Georgia State University, a master’s degree in educational leadership from Western Governors University and a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University. She is a 2016 graduate of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Hispanic Leadership Institute and a 2001 graduate of Leadership Atlanta.
Jimmie McKinley is an Assistant Principal at Meadowcreek High School in Gwinnett County Public Schools. Previously, he served as Chair of Fine Arts and Lead for the School of Information Technology at Meadowcreek High School. Dr. McKinley received the Bachelor of Music Education, the Master of Music Education from The University of Tennessee Knoxville, as he studied under Dr. David Royse, Education Specialist and Doctorate in Administrator Leadership from Walden University, and Education Specialist in Administrator Leadership from Mercer University. Dr. McKinley has served on the board of the Mustang Community Foundation since 2014.
Lino Rodriguez. Lino R. Rodriguez Jr. is the managing partner/owner of Rodriguez Immigration Firm. He is a Meadowcreek High School graduate (c/o 1995). Mr. Rodriguez earned his JD from Georgia State University’s College of Law in 2006. Rodriguez Immigration Firm opened in October 2011. The firm does 100% immigration work and focuses on family-based immigration cases; including removal defense. Prior to opening his practice Mr. Rodriguez worked as an associate attorney in the nonprofit sector with Catholic Charities and in the private sector with Kuck Immigration Partners. Mr. Rodriguez has served on various committees for the GA-AL AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) chapter since 2010, most recently as the Second Vice Chair. Additionally, he has served on the Board of Directors for Culture Connect and The Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network.
Dr. LaShawn Smith is the Athletic Director at Meadowcreek High School. He is in his fourth year at Meadowcreek, the first two as community school director before transitioning to an assistant principal who supervised the international school of business. He originally worked in business before going into education in 2002.
Chad Charoenlap currently serves as the Positive Behavior Intervention Supports Coach at Meadowcreek High School. He also supports the Meadowcreek High School Attendance Office and all behavior and attendance initiatives at Meadowcreek High School. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 2013 with a Bachelors in Special Education and in 2015 he completed his Masters in Arts in Special Education from Piedmont College. His passion and mission is to support student learning at Meadowcreek, and to ensure students are able to become lifelong global citizens after their time at Meadowcreek High School.
In his six years as principal at Meadowcreek High School (MHS), Tommy Welch took one of Georgia’s largest and lowest performing, yet most diverse urban school and raised the graduation rate from 47% to 73%, and increased SAT over 40 points, while decreasing the discipline infractions over 50%. Dr. Welch receives grants and money from the state due to the school's outstanding performance to empower students, staff, and the community to accomplish their goals and succeed. Tommy T. Welch was born and raised in Buffalo, NY, where he completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He came to the Atlanta area to accept the opportunity to serve as a teacher for Meadowcreek HS in Gwinnett County Public Schools. During the time as a Social Studies teacher and coach, he returned to school to obtain his Ed.S from Piedmont College, an add-on endorsement from UGA, and a Ph.D from Mercer University. Yearning to expand his success in the classroom to more students, he became an Assistant Principal. Dr. Welch has currently served as the principal of Meadowcreek High School for five years. Dr. Welch is a firm believer that education is the foundation upon which all dreams can be built and each person can find lifelong success and happiness.
Recently graduated from University of Georgia in Spring 2017 with a Bachelor’s in Marketing. I graduated from Meadowcreek in 2013. I am proud to say I came from this high school and even prouder to be back to serve on the Meadowcreek Community Foundation Board. I am currently the Talent Director at Chick-fil-A Jimmy Carter. I have worked at this Chick-fil-A since 2012. Since graduating college, I am pursuing a career to ultimately become an Owner/Operator.
Sonali Rao is a Project Manager of Organization Effectiveness at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She graduated from Meadowcreek in 1999 and then went on to receive her Bachelors Degree in Industrial Engineering (2003) as well as her Masters in Business Administration (2012) from Georgia Tech. Sonali recently graduated from Inspire Atlanta, a community leadership program, run by The Atlanta Women’s Foundation and now serves as co-chair to the Inspire Atlanta Mentor program. Sonali has lived, worked or studied in the UK, Switzerland, Italy, Malaysia and South Korea since graduating from Meadowcreek. Sonali is excited to bring her global mindset, fundraising and non-profit experience to the Mustang Community Foundation.