Meet the Team

Kennesaw Dream Foundation

Board of Directors

Board President
Rev. John Harris

Rev. John Harris is a native of Calhoun, GA, and is married to the former Deborah Jean McClure. They have been married for 25 years and together have five children: Shana, Anthony, Tiphanie, Chazera, Justin and eight grandchildren.

Pastor Harris is a very devoted husband, father and grandfather. Over the years he has received numerous awards and recognition in the community.

After graduating from Calhoun High School, Pastor Harris went on to obtain his bachelor’s degree from The Life Underwriters Training Council. After answering his call to ministry in 1996, he went on to enroll in The Covington Theological Seminary in Rossville, GA, earning his Masters of Theology degree.

Before his appointment as pastor of TBK, Pastor Harris served faithfully as the Children’s Minister, Youth Pastor, and the Assistant Pastor at our sister church, Thankful Baptist Church of Rome, GA.

It was on December 28th, 2003 during our 1st Church Anniversary, our founder Rev. Nim B. Russell installed Assistant Pastor, Rev. John W. Harris and Evangelist Deborah J. Harris as Pastor and First Lady of Thankful Baptist Church of Kennesaw.

Under the Leadership of our Pastor TBK has grown from 8 members to 250 members. On August 18th 2011, God allowed through the guidance of the Holy spirit to lead our Pastor along with the members of TBK to purchase our 1st piece of property’ which consisted of 5.59 Acres, and the development of a 3000 square ft. worship facility, and in less than a year later we are preparing to break ground on the expansion of our present Worship Facility, and Fellowship Hall /Life Center.

In addition to what God’s doing through our Pastor, he still has time to serve as the N.W.Ga. GMBC 7th District Vice President of The Congress of Christian Education, and as the Chair, of the Bill Thrash Kennesaw Teen Center, which serves at risk youth in the Kennesaw- Cobb County area.   Pastor Harris also serves on the Board of directors for the Through Our Hearts Foundation which is in conjunction with the Kennesaw Police Department, to aide as a networking source for those in distress. Our Pastor servers Co-Chair along side of our 1stlady Evangelist Harris Who serves as the Chair for the City of Kennesaw’s 1stever,Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration Committee. And in just its 2nd year gave two, 500.00 awards to eligible High school Seniors, that were matriculating into college.

Board Vice President
Jennifer New

Jennifer grew up in Marietta, Georgia, graduated from Lassiter High School in East Cobb County, and earned a Bachelors degree from the University of Georgia.

In 2000, Jennifer began her career with United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta working on their corporate fundraising campaign.  She quickly promoted through several positions and by 2002, was given total responsibility for the largest county campaign (Cobb), growing it to an $8.9 million annual fundraising campaign.

In early 2007, Jennifer joined Mount Paran Christian School as the Director of Development where she has overseen a 215 percent growth in the Annual Fund and 546 percent growth in the overall fundraising of the school, as well as implemented the new Georgia state tax credit program for private education. She was promoted to Chief Development Officer and continues in this role as the school conducts its second ever capital campaign for campus enhancements.

Jennifer resides in Marietta, Georgia with her husband Kevin their two children, Ryan and Hunter.

Board Treasurer
Ryland Craft

I knew early on that I wanted to be in the financial industry. After college, I started my career working for a small oil jobber and saw firsthand the financial needs of a small business owner and the importance of having a strong relationship with a solid financial institution.

Since then, I have been very fortunate to have had a very successful and rewarding career in the banking industry. I see myself primarily as a relationship manager that can make an immediate impact on my client’s business by helping them develop a plan to achieve their goals. I pride myself in being a trusted advisor that can both educate and guide my clients to the right product or services to meet all their needs. What drives me the most is having the opportunity to help a client in front of me and to be able to do that successfully.

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Board Members:

Dale Hughes

 

Originally from Albany, Georgia, Dale grew up “all over” as his father was a career military man, so he thrives in new situations, embraces diversity and ideas, and loves taking on a challenge. A graduate of Emory University (B.B.A., Accounting) and The University of Georgia School of Law, Dale has been working with businesses of all sizes—including some of Georgia’s most respected companies—for 30 years in the roles of providing legal counsel, advising private shareholders, managing real estate initiatives, and serving in various corporate capacities. He was managing partner for the Atlanta office of the national law firm, Dow Lohnes. He was a Senior Vice President at Cox Enterprises where he worked with the legal department, the real estate department, the family office/foundation and the energy department during his time at Cox. Now, he and his wife, Cindy run a family business named Jeremiah that focuses on historic buildings, community projects including new business incubation and mentoring. Among their incubation investments are community restaurants, a soccer company and a learning and work performance software company named one of the “Coolest New Businesses in America” by Business Insider. In their real estate and consulting efforts, they focus on renovation and revitalization in historic downtown areas. He also has taught Business Law and Business Ethics as an Adjunct Professor. His priority, however, is family and he is very proud of his three children: Lauren, Lindsey and Luke. Dale is also a mentor to individuals and businesses and has a love for investing in others through volunteering in programs with focuses on the needs of our local communities and individuals. His favorite pastime is driving around in his truck with his daughters’ dogs, Scout and Lucy, thinking about ways to grow and build community. And he loves the Kennesaw Teen Center because he remembers those teen centers on those Air Force Bases and what they meant to him. And he sees in the eyes of the young men and women at our Kennesaw Teen Center the same hunger and thirst for a place and a community to call home that he had as he moved from place to place. And he knows we are responsible to give that sense of place and home to everyone.

Rosa McRae

Rosa Sherrod McRae is a North Carolina native who relocated to Kennesaw, Georgia in 2015. The majority of her life has been as a North Carolina Tarheel and now she’s slowly becoming a Georgia Peach.

She is a retired educator with 32 years of service with Thomasville City Schools. Her formal education from Winston-Salem State University and North Carolina A&T State University includes a BS in K-8 Education, MS in Counselor Education, and MS in Education Administration and Supervision. Her life’s passion was to always be an educator in the academic arena and the community. In her quest to make a difference in her state and community she taught and counseled elementary and middle school students, organized and facilitated Peer Programs, Afterschool Alternative School Programs, Community Afterschool Programs and upon retirement was a Consultant with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction’s Local Education Assistance Team providing academic support and guidance to local school district staff in low performing schools. In order to reach diverse populations she instituted and supervised an elementary school Cultural Arts Center serving the community Hispanic population as part of an ESL Outreach Program.

Rosa found great pleasure and joy in bringing cultural awareness and diversity through her work with the Chair City Multicultural Committee, assisting families as a Social Services Board Member, and participating in the Drug and Alcohol Coalition along with numerous other civic organizations. The joy of giving back and assisting the community has been and continues to be phenomenal for her.

When not engaged in community awareness and educational activities, Rosa is a sports enthusiast. She is an avid football, basketball and tennis lover and is a loyal fan of the Carolina Panthers. She feels reading across multiple genre is the ultimate pastime. Most of all she loves interacting with people, impacting the lives of community youth and sharing her experiences to mold and empower the next generation for future leadership.

Pastor Larry Grawey

Larry Grawey-Lead Pastor

Ministry – Larry spent more than 10yrs in youth ministry. During that time also filled
the role of associate pastor. He also worked for FaithBridge foster care.

Larry and Jennifer Grawey have been married and in ministry
together for 20 years.

Education-BA in Church Ministries Southeastern University 1995; MHS in Child Protection/Juvenile Justice Nova Southeastern University 2011

Community Involvement – Since our church vision is to reach our community, Larry feels a strong need to be involved in the community. He is on the board for the Kennesaw Teen Center. He is also a chaplain at the Kennesaw Police Department.
He is involved in helping pour into the students at one of the local high schools in their  character education.

Hobbies-Anything with my family, Geocaching, Hiking, Golf & avid Motorcross fan.

Shelley Elder

Shelley Elder

From a one-person practice to one representing 200 business clients, Shelley excels at making sure all of her clients’ needs are identified and met while giving back to the communities in which she practices law; Kennesaw, Marietta and Acworth. “Your work for our family was and is of inestimable value,” says one client. And from another:  “I would and will definitely refer Shelley Elder and Elder Law Firm to anyone.” Shelley has more than 25 years of law experience. Call today for a free consultation. Shelley will make sure you and your family receive the care and expertise they need.

Education

WIDENER UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 1989; Moot Court Award

UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
B.A., Criminal Justice

Activities & Affiliations

• American Bar Association, Member
• Virginia Bar Association, Member
• Georgia Bar Association, Member

Community Involvement

• HOA Covenants, Ga, Committee

• Hanover County, Va., Special Needs Contact for Wills for the Indigent

• Kennesaw Cares, 2016-Present, local charity.

• Kiwanis Club of Greater Kennesaw, board of director 2015-2017, committee chair, 2014-2016

Vicky Robinson

Chief Bill Westenberger

Chief Westenberger began his law enforcement career with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) Police Department in 1991. During his 13 years with the MARTA police department he attained the rank of Lieutenant and was assigned to various duties including Patrol Officer, Special Operations and Response Team, Training Instructor, Accreditation/Certification Manager and Chief’s Aide.

In 2004, Chief Westenberger was selected to become the Assistant Chief of Police for the City of Kennesaw Police Department and was promoted to rank of Chief of Police in 2008.

Chief Westenberger is a graduate of South Cobb High School. He received his Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of West Georgia and his Masters Degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University. He is a 2003 graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College and a 2013 graduate of FBI National Academy class #253.

Chief Westenberger is an active member of several law enforcement and community organizations including the International Association of Chiefs of Police (Private Sector Liaison Committee), the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police  (District 11 Elected Representative, Chair-False-Alarm Committee), GA FBINAA, The Metropolitan Atlanta Emerald Society, North Cobb Civitan Club, North Central GA Law Enforcement Academy Advisory Board, SAFE KIDS Cobb County Advisory Committee, Cobb Elderly Abuse Task Force, Through Our Hearts, Accelerating Community Engagement Coalition (A.C.E.), and the Dream Foundation.

A lifelong resident of Cobb County, Chief Westenberger and his wife Bonnie, currently reside in Powder Springs.

Executive Director
Alois Johnson

Alois Johnson, Executive Director is an Indiana native and moved to the Kennesaw area in 2014.   He is married to Janel and they have one daughter Maya.   Alois received his Bachelor’s Degree in Financial Planning and Counseling from Purdue University and his Master’s Degree in Education from Indiana University.   Alois began his career as a Financial Aid officer in 1991 with ITT Technical Institute and was promoted to future roles as a Finance Director and College Director.  During his tenure, he was recognized for his performance multiple times.  His greatest accomplishment was being named National College Director of the Year out 135 campuses.   Alois left ITT Tech in 2013 to relocate to the Atlanta area and took a role as College President with Fortis College in 2014.

Since leaving Fortis College in 2016, he has done Educational Consulting work and in early 2018 was named the Executive Director of the Kennesaw Teen Center.   Alois is an avid sports fan.   Loves his Chicago Cubs and Purdue Boilermakers!!!   The Teen Center provides me with an opportunity to work hand-in-hand with today’s new generation of youth and helping shape tomorrow’s leaders.

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