Meet The Foundation Staff

Michelle Prater, President & CEO | 770-535-7880 ext. 224

Michelle Prater joined NGCF as President and CEO in October 2015.  A native of Ohio, Michelle moved to Georgia in 1990.  She attended North Georgia College, now the University of North Georgia, where she received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Management.  She then received her MBA in leadership development from Brenau University. Michelle was a vice president in banking for over 10 years at Regions Bank then BB&T, where she won many sales and leadership awards.  After a mission trip to Uganda in 2005, she decided to leave corporate America and work in the non-profit sector. Her first non-profit role was the US finance manager for an international non-profit, LDI, Inc. She then worked in fundraising management for Map International and United Way of Forsyth County. Most recently she worked with United Way of Greater Atlanta, both in development and then leading the volunteerism department as Senior Director. 

Michelle enjoys traveling, especially participating on mission trips and recently visited Romania where she worked with children living in high poverty.  She also served as a mentor to a child from 1st grade through his graduation in 2013.


 Lisa  Warwick, Vice President, Finance | 770-535-7880 ext. 222

Lisa Warwick joined the NGCF staff in 2000 and currently serves as the vice president of finance. In this role she is responsible for the investment, budgeting and auditing processes of the Foundation as well as for managing the general ledger and distribution of the assets of the Foundation to grantees. Lisa came to the Foundation after working for several years managing the operations for several divisions of Wallace of Sheet Metal. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Marketing from North Georgia College, now the University of North Georgia.

Lisa serves on the staff parish relations committee and the youth council at Trinity United Methodist Church and volunteers at North Hall Middle School and Wauka Mountain Elementary School.


Megan Martin, Director of Donor Engagement | 770-535-7880 ext. 226

Megan Martin is a native to Hall County, Georgia; she was in the first graduating class at Flowery Branch High School, and her first job was locally as an intern at Stewart, Melvin & Frost, LLP in Gainesville. Megan earned a degree in Marketing with a minor in Finance from Clemson University. During her time in college, she interned with Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Prior to joining the team at the North Georgia Community Foundation, Megan was the Vice President of Membership Development & Events at the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce in Gainesville. She is a graduate of Leadership Hall County, past chair of the Lanier Charter Career Academy Governing Board, and continues to volunteer for organizations in the community. Megan and her family attend Hopewell Baptist Church, where she serves as a children's Sunday School teacher.

With her position and involvement at the North Georgia Community Foundation, Megan looks forward to giving back to the community that has been so good to her and her family.


Margaux Dolenc, Director of Grants & Community Partnerships | 770-535-7880 ext. 227

Margaux has worked in banking as an assistant vice president for over 17 years, with BB&T and most recently at Regions Bank.  During this time, she won many sales and top performance awards including the Sterling Performance Award.  She previously attended Gwinnett Technical College and BB&T University for management and business development courses.

She has been an active participant in her community, where she currently serves on the board of the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia. She also volunteers in an annual community Light House Project.

Because she wanted to make a better impact in her community, Margaux decided to move from banking to the nonprofit sector.  She looks forward to giving back and helping our communities grow through her role as Director of Grants & Community Partnerships with the North Georgia Community Foundation.




Impacting Communites in North Georgia & Beyond

The Community Foundation serves our 15 county North Georgia region and beyond, encouraging philanthrophy, supporting nonprofits and giving donors a way to improve the quality of life in our region for this and future generations.

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