Chelsie Nichole - Executive Director
Chelsie Nichole has been involved in non-profit work since high school, often working with organizations focused on children and health. She has lived in Fayette County most of her life, with a few stints around the country and abroad in Italy. While in the Army, Chelsie was awarded the Volunteer Service Medal for her work as a volunteer organizer on base and in the husbandry department at the Monterey Bay Aquarium working with penguins. Her background in finance, business development, graphic/web design, marketing, fundraising, and linguistics gives a multi-faceted approach to her role as Executive Director.
For the past decade, Chelsie has been freelancing as a graphic/web designer and in public relations, marketing, and social media management. Her clients are for profit and not for profit, alike. Chelsie has served on the board for Fayette Art Center and Good Thinking Atlanta and worked with dozens of non-profit groups throughout the years. She is excited for this opportunity to serve families in her community and give back to the organization which has provided so much support to her these past few years. Chelsie has been involved with Southside Support as a parent and volunteer since 2017. She met her partner, Josh, in 2003 and together they have 4 children: Joshua 15, Adelaide 11, Wyatt 10, and Rosie, who was born in 2018 with a very rare genetic mutation known as Pfeiffer Syndrome. Although the surgical schedule has been challenging, the blessings to her family have been immense.
After a lifetime of adventure and travel, Chelsie and her family have opted for a slower pace and settled down on some acreage in south Fayetteville. She spends her free time gardening, bird-watching, baking, shuttling between doctors appointments, and, most importantly, spending time with her family.
Jen has over 15 years of experience in the corporate world working as a business analyst for a software company. Though she likes to think she's semi retired these days, she has a BBA degree in marketing from the University of Georgia, loves paperwork, highlighters, and spreadsheets, and is thrilled to have an opportunity to use her analytical brain with the Southside Support family. She's been part of the Southside Support Network for some time and is now a part of the team.
Kara Fecteau is a senior at The Georgia Institute of Technology who plans to graduate with honors in Spring 2022 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy. Kara is a Georgia native who graduated from Fayette County High School in 2018 and studied Anthropology at Georgia State University before discovering her interest in policy. Kara is passionate about social policy and hopes to use her degree to create equitable solutions for underserved communities. Kara is currently serving as a Policy Intern at Southside Support, where she assists in grant research, administrative support, and outreach. Through her time at Southside, she hopes to gain experience with policy advocacy, research, and non-profit management. Kara is excited to contribute to Southside’s mission of education and accessibility as an intern. Kara currently resides in Midtown, Atlanta, and spends her free time caring for her plants, traveling, visiting with friends, and working towards completing her degree.
Jacinda Thomsen has been studying at Brigham Young University-Idaho for the last couple of years. She is majoring in Marriage and Family Studies with an emphasis on Advocacy. The first time she attended university she studied Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Jacinda is married and has 4 daughters and 1 son. She has lived in Peachtree City for fourteen years. She loves bbq, country music, scented candles, and soaps. Jacinda's youngest daughter was diagnosed with Dyslexia and Anxiety in 2018. To help her child and the other students left struggling to read, she sought Orton Gillingham training, at The Schenck School in Atlanta. She is the owner of Red Panda Reading which helps children learn to read, spell, and write in multisensory ways. Jacinda hopes to share different perspectives and lenses to view human behaviors and families. She loves to connect people to the resources in their communities. She hopes to learn more about establishing a successful support group and non-profit/social enterprise.