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 5 children: Joshua, Adelaide, Wyatt, Rosie, Margaret and baby on the way. Rosie was born in 2018 with a very rare genetic mutation known as Pfeiffer Syndrome and a catalyst for Chelsie finding Southside Support. 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.
Cristina Jennings is our new Programs Coordinator. She has a decade of experience working with Each One Reach One Community Impact Project as their Director of Community Engagement as well as extensive experience in social media marketing. We are so excited to have her join our team and bring her unique vision to expand our programs and initiatives. We are looking forward to her playfulness translating into amazing new programs and opportunities for our community.
Katherine Mitchell is currently a senior at Miami University. She is majoring in International Studies and pursuing a Master's Degree in Spanish also at Miami University. She has lived in Peachtree City for 11 years and she graduated from McIntosh High School in 2019. Her interest in travel has led her to pursue opportunities to work and travel abroad, including working with a hurricane relief nonprofit organization in Puerto Rico. She greatly looks forward to working at Southside Support this summer and hopes to learn a lot in the process.
Hello, my name is Matthew Mitchell, and I am an 18-year-old student at the Savannah Campus of Art and Design (SCAD). Coming from a religious background, I strive to follow God and his teachings to the best of my abilities. I could not say no when I was given the opportunity to help children in need, especially when I could use my skills in the arts to do it. I want these kids to experience the joy and entertainment that is considered an every-day activity for others, even if it requires heavy-lifting in 90-degree weather. I look forward to making so many memories with these wonderful children!
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.