About Our Nonprofit Board
Jan Gillies: Chairwoman
Born in Rome, NY and raised in Athens, GA, Jan has one grown daughter, Daryn. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Russian from Emory University and a Master’s degree in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. While at Emory, she interned at the Carter Center and volunteered as an English teacher through the Atlanta Jewish Community Center; both opportunities opened her eyes to the plight of refugees and immigrants around the world. Jan relies on her coffee to get her up and running in the morning as a learning strategist for TiER1 Performance Solutions, a consulting company and certified B-Corporation based in Covington, KY.
Laura Haltom: Treasurer
Laura is from Memphis, TN, and recently moved to Georgia with her husband Drew and their two children Graham and Jude. She graduated from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX, with a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Accounting and has spent the past ten years serving as the Financial Administrator for a non-profit ministry in Memphis. As someone who enjoys good coffee and has a heart for ministry to refugees, Laura is excited to serve in the Route 78 Coffee Board!
Don Pollard: Secretary
Don Pollard was raised in Conyers, GA and comes into our organization with various experience serving on multiple types of boards and doing so with a unique perspective. Don has an educational background consisting of holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Atlanta Christian College and is currently self-employed as a private educator. Says Don, "In any setting that I'm in, I try to bring new insights as my disability allows me to look at things at possible angles that others might not normally consider. However, this doesn't bring with it any certain agenda. I'm simply here to serve."