Sam began his career in education, teaching math at Towers High School in 2011. Although his students quickly experienced academic success, Sam also watched his students graduate from high school with little guidance and no plans for post-secondary education. He recognized that classroom achievements meant little if students couldn't connect those successes to longterm goals. With that in mind, Sam founded College AIM in January of 2013 to provide his students with avenues to and through college.
Today, Sam serves as the Executive Director of College AIM. In this capacity, Sam works as the primary college advisor for the organization, thoughtfully guiding and fiercely supporting hundreds of students to and through college. Simultaneously, Sam works with school, district, corporate and non-profit partners to expand College AIM's reach to additional school communities and to direct the vision of the organization.
Sam came to Towers as a Teach for America Corps Member after graduating from Cornell University with a Bachelors of Science in Human Development. Sam was also a 2019 Civic Innovation Resident and 2018 Civic Innovation Fellow at the Center for Civic Innovation, was named to the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Atlanta's 30 under 30 in 2018, served as a member of the Class of 2016 with New Leaders Council in Atlanta and was named Towers High School Teacher of the Year in 2016.
Founder & Executive Director
Joanne serves as College AIM’s Associate Director. In this role she helps lead our fast-growing organization and runs many of the key programs and initiatives that allow College AIM to scale.
Prior to her work with College AIM, Joanne served as the Director of Operations for Step Ahead Scholars, where she designed and implemented their strategic growth plan. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Broward College, Program Manager for the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation and Annual Fund Director at Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Joanne holds numerous degrees including a BA in English from Boston University, MS in English Education from Nova Southeastern University, MBA from Florida International University and a College Counseling Certificate from UCLA Extension.
Jodian was College AIM’s first student, participating in the program beginning in January 2013. Upon graduating from Towers High School in 2014, Jodian received a full scholarship to attend Spelman College.
While at Spelman, Jodian served as an active member of the National Council of Negro Women, Bonner Scholar and Spelman College Student Ambassador. Jodian earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Spelman, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2018.
Jodian joined the College AIM staff in the fall of 2018 as the program assistant and now serves as our Program Manager, working directly with students to provide guidance with each element of the college search, college application and financial aid applications. She serves as a phenomenal mentor to hundreds of College AIM students, who are inspired and driven by her success and example.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Owner and Chief Executive Officer
Steele Consulting, LLC
Jay Steele serves as the Owner of Steele Consulting, LLC, a tax consulting firm serving Fortune 500 and mid-sized clients. Jay founded in the firm in 2005 to provide high-quality and flexible, yet affordable resources to augment tax departments.
Prior to establishing Steele Consulting, Jay served as Senior Manager at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Tax Manager at KPMG and Tax Senior at Ernst & Young. Jay is a graduate of the Emory University School of Law and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Florida State University.
Founder and National President
Sandra Barnhill serves as the Founder and National President of Foreverfamily. Foreverfamily was the nation’s first organization, and is still the only nonprofit in Georgia, solely dedicated to helping children who experience parental incarceration. Since its inception in 1987, Foreverfamily has supported more than 27,000 children as they, their parents, caregivers and extended families work to remain a family.
Among numerous other recognitions, Sandra’s pioneering work has been recognized by the Ms. Foundation who awarded her their Woman of Vision Award.
Sandra holds her Juris Docterate from the University of Texas School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Georgia State University.
Esohe Galbreath serves as the Chief Executive Consultant of Sohé Solutions. Established in 2012, Sohé Solutions’ mission is to support growing small businesses through affordable consultation while allowing business stakeholders to focus on their core competencies. Esohe is also the co-founder Urban Art Expression (UAE), a 501(c)(3) organization that bridges the exposure gap of some of Atlanta’s most visually talented youth.
Prior to founding Sohé Solutions and UAE, Esohe worked at UPS and held management roles in Distribution Solutions, Implementations, Operations, Engineering, and Transportation Solutions. Esohe completed her collegiate studies at the University of Kentucky, where she studied Electrical Engineering.
Owner & Chief Executive Consultant
Michael is an experienced senior leader, former general counsel and three-time nonprofit president and CEO with over thirty years of lay and professional leadership in the non-profit sector.
Michael has served as Global President and CEO of Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, President and CEO of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, Interim President and CEO of Hands on Atlanta. Michael has also served as Partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP and Rogers & Hardin LLP.
Michael holds his JD from the Columbia University School of Law and his AB in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan.
Former President and CEO
Multiple Non-Profit Organizations
College AIM Alumnus
Tufts University, Class of 2019
Hernán began participating in College AIM programming at Towers High School in 2014 and served as a student ambassador within the program. Ultimately, he earned a full scholarship to study Mechanical Engineering at Tufts University.
While at Tufts, Hernán developed a passion for engineering education. He has conducted significant research on the impact of Learning Assistants and helped launch a pilot Learning Assistant program within the Mechanical Engineering department at Tufts.
Within College AIM, Hernán founded, and annually sponsors, the Bridge to Liberating Education Success at Towers (BLEST) Scholarship to support one graduating senior.