Meet Our Team

Michelle Prater

President & CEO

Michelle Prater, an Ohio native, moved to Georgia to attend the University of North Georgia where she earned a bachelor’s degree in both marketing and management. She continued her education at Brenau University earning her MBA in Leadership Development.

After a successful banking career, Michelle decided to leave corporate America and move into the nonprofit sector so that she could make a greater impact on those in need. She worked in development for LDI Inc. and Map International before landing in her role as Senior Director of Volunteerism at United Way of Greater Atlanta at United Way.

In October 2015, Michelle accepted the position of President and CEO with the North Georgia Community Foundation (NGCF). NGCF helps people and nonprofits invest generously in the lives of those who call our community home. NGCF had $42M in assets under management when Michelle came on board; within five years of her at the helm, the organization’s asset size nearly tripled. Under her leadership, NGCF has also become the go to resource for nonprofit training in North Georgia, offering learning opportunities for nonprofit Executive Directors and their staff on topics designed specifically for their organizations.

Michelle currently serves on the UNG Mike Cottrell College of Business Dean’s Advisory Board, the Georgia Forward Board of Directors, the Philanthropy Southeast Community Foundation Council, the Women of UNG Scholarship Committee, the Sisu Strategic Planning Committee, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier Board of Directors as well as their Finance Committee. She is also an Evaluation Panel Reviewer for the Yield Giving Open Call: a $250M grant program managed by Lever for Change. In the past, Michelle has been a part of the COVID-19 Community Leadership Coalition, the United Way Worldwide Volunteerism Engagement Council, the United Way Worldwide NFL Council, and Leadership Forsyth. She was also the recipient of the 2021 Brenau University Community Service Award.

Michelle focuses on making an impact on others in her personal time as well. She started mentoring a young boy, Jay, when he was in first grade and stayed his mentor through his graduation in 2013. When Jay unexpectedly passed away in 2017, Michelle stepped in to provide support for his infant son and she remains actively involved in his care today.

Lisa Warwick

Senior Vice President, Finance

Lisa Warwick joined the NGCF staff in 2000 and currently serves as the Senior 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 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 as the treasurer of We-Care and is on the Youth Council and Missions Committee at her home church, Trinity United Methodist Church in Clermont. Her church partners with the Georgia Mountain Food Bank for monthly distributions that Lisa coordinates. She also volunteers at Wauka Mountain Elementary School and for the North Hall High School baseball program (and can always be found on a ball field watching her son play ball).

Megan Martin

Vice President, Marketing & Development

Megan Martin is a native of Hall County, growing up in the south end of the county where she was in the first graduating class at Flowery Branch High School. Megan earned a degree in Marketing with a minor in Finance from Clemson University and received her MBA from Brenau University as part of the inaugural class of Brenau’s Executive Women’s MBA program. During her time in college, she interned with Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida as well as worked at Stewart, Melvin, & Frost LLP during college breaks.

Prior to joining the team at the North Georgia Community Foundation in 2016, Megan was the Vice President of Membership Development & Events at the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of Leadership Hall County, and stays involved in the community as a member and President-Elect of the Kiwanis Club of Gainesville, associate board member for the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, and a Dedicated Listener for Vision 2030. She is also a member of WomenSource and Women Working Wonders through Hall-Dawson CASA.

Megan believes that everyone has a story to share and a passion for something greater. With her position and involvement at the North Georgia Community Foundation, Megan enjoys giving back to the community that has been so good to her and her family.

Margaux Dolenc

Senior Director, Grants & Community Partnerships

Margaux worked in banking for more than 17 years with BB&T and Regions Bank. During this time, she rose to assistant vice president and 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 is an active participant in her community and is currently a member of the South Hall Rotary Club. She formerly served on the board of the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia and also volunteered with the community Light House Project.

Margaux is passionate about the community and impacting others through the work that she does. She enjoys working alongside nonprofits and NGCF fundholders through her role as Director of Grants & Community Partnerships with the North Georgia Community Foundation.

Abigail Carter

Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives

Abigail Carter is local to the Northeast Georgia region, having been born and raised in Jackson County and attending the University of North Georgia, where she earned a Bachelors in Business Administration.

While in college and afterwards, Abi worked at the law firm of Whelchel, Dunlap, Jarrard and Walker LLP in Gainesville before transitioning to the nonprofit sector where she was the Vice President of Operations and Finance at the United Way of Hall County. Abi’s role as Director of Strategic Initiatives has her working in all areas of operations at NGCF. She stays active in the community by being a part of the 2022-2023 Leadership Hall County class through the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Hall County Rotary Club as well as Women Working Wonders through Hall-Dawson CASA. In Spring of 2023, Abi was selected to be a participant in the ‘Bridging Difference Leadership Cohort’ hosted by the Council on Foundations in partnership with the Greater Good Science Center of UC Berkeley (GGSC).

She and her husband live in Hall County with their two young daughters. Abi’s experience in the nonprofit sector and deep roots in the community help her appreciate the NGCF mission to enhance the spirit of community and the quality of life in our region.

Brigette Meeler

Finance Administrator

Brigette was born and raised in Hall County and has always enjoyed staying active and involved in the community. She earned her associates degree in accounting and stayed in the finance field as she went on to spend over 34 years in the banking industry.

Brigette and her husband reside in Clermont where they raised their two, now adult, children. She enjoys being a part of Grove Level Baptist Church and volunteering in the community. Brigette also discovered she has a passion for living a healthy lifestyle and encouraging others to do the same. She is certified in personal training and is currently working on her nutritional training certificate.

Brigette joined the NGCF team in fall of 2020 excited to apply her knowledge and skills in finance to her position at the foundation, while serving the community and nonprofit world.

Marci Gross

Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

Marci joined NGCF in 2022 to fulfill the role of Executive Assistant to the President & CEO. With a strong background in marketing and communications, Marci provides comprehensive support for all team members within the North Georgia Community Foundation.

With an undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of West Georgia and an MBA in Marketing from Walden University, Marci is passionate about using her skills and education to create opportunities for positive change within her community. Serving others in this capacity, as a part of the NGCF team, allows for a greater impact to meet the needs of families throughout the North Georgia community.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Marci’s professional roles included extensive work serving the public through non-profit programs with the American Cancer Society, marketing and public relations for the City of Lawrenceville Government, as well as Hall County Schools.

Residing in Clermont, Marci and her two teenage daughters remain active year round in their respective club and school sports, as well as their church family in the North Hall area.

Angel Jackson

Manager, Fundholder Experience

Angel Jackson joined NGCF in June of 2022 as the Manger of Fundholder Experience. Angel was born and raised in Hall County and has worked and volunteered with nonprofits in her community for 10 years. She graduated from the University of North Georgia in 2014 with a Bachelor Degree in Psychology. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as the Community Engagement Director for Rape Response.

She is a trained Darkness to Light (D2L) Facilitator and is also trained to facilitate OneLove Escalation. She volunteers her time facilitating both of these trainings. In her free time, she loves to crochet and spend time with her family. She also has a slumber party business called Teepee Dreamzzz where she creates themed teepee parties for children and adults.

Abbie Munroe

Scholarship Administrator

Abbie has been NGCF’s Scholarship Administrator since January 2023. In this role she is responsible for managing the NGCF’s scholarship program, as well as providing support for other programs and areas within the organization. She graduated from the University of North Georgia in 2022 with a Bachelors Degree in Healthcare Services and Informatics Administration. Before joining the NGCF team, Abbie worked at Habersham Medical Center as the Human Resources and Marketing Assistant.

Abbie was raised in Rabun County, but currently resides in Demorest with her husband. She enjoys being a member of her church, The Torch, where she and her husband are involved with the youth group. In her free time, she enjoys staying physically active and being with her family and friends..

Abbie is passionate about serving others, specifically the younger generations. Abbie is excited to use her skills and experiences to make a positive impact in her role and the community.

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