BOARD MEMBERS

EVAN
OGLESBY

Founder & Non-voting member

Evan Oglesby of the NFL and a native of Toccoa Ga., has a B.S. in Business Management from the University of North Alabama. Evan has a passion to work with children of deprived homes, educational limitations and adolescents who seek mentoring to strive beyond expectations. His humble spirit and positive, energetic character have played a key role in the decisions many youths have made regarding important crossroads in life. Evan has mastered the art of connecting with children from backgrounds such as his own and longs to help any child at any educational level be successful in life. He has devoted much of his off-season time to give professional education instructors assistance with students and has been acknowledged for his social activism and community service work wherever he wore a uniform in the NFL.

"I strive to be the person I needed when i was young"

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ROBERT
STEELE

Steele currently serves as President of Steele Financial Group, a healthcare technology sales and marketing company.  Steele began his business career in his hometown of Columbus, Ga., where he pioneered technology solutions for the insurance and benefits industries. This led to the creation of his third technology company and founded Primewire in 1998. After a successful sale of the company, Steele became Vice President of Strategic Accounts-Sales at Ingenix from 2004-06, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer at Med-Vantage from 2006-08 and was Senior Vice President of Sales at Verisk Health from 2008-13. Steele also founded EmpowHR, a company delivering web-based benefit administration services to client employers managed by brokers, consultants, TPAs, PEOs, payroll companies and marketing corporations. In his current role at Steele Financial Group, Steele led the development of the private exchange platform for Quadrant 4 which has become the standard of the industry. Named to the UNA Team of the Decade for 1969-78, Steele authored a book in 2011 entitled Steele Here, An Underdog's Secret to Success, which detailed his journey to earn a spot on the Dallas Cowboys and his later success in the business world.  Steele also islature as an elected state representative for two years from 1989-90. He has four children and two grand children and resides in Las Vegas, Nev.

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JIPIKA
OGLESBY

A third-grade teacher at E W Oliver Elementary School in Riverdale, GA, Ms. Oglesby has extensive experience in developing and conducting hands on learning experiences for children in their formative years. She is also the perfect liaison for collaborating with community stakeholders and funding partners.

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TIMOTHY
ESCOTT

Timothy C. Escott, CFA, is the Southeast Regional Director for Maple Capital Management, Inc., and is located in the Atlanta, GA area. Tim received his under-graduate degree in Business from North Carolina State University, and his MBA from Wake Forest University. Tim received the Chartered Financial Analyst “CFA” designation from the CFA Institute in 1996. Tim has worked in the field of Investments and Finance since the early 1990s and spent time at several major southeastern banks before joining Maple Capital in 2005. Tim is an active member in his church where he serves on the Finance Council as well as the music ministry.

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CANDACE
 GREGORY

Candace Gregory is the Director of the Public Integrity Division for the Attorney General of Mississippi. She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Clark Atlanta University, where she received a B.A. in Mass Media Arts/Journalism; and a 2009 graduate of the University Of Maryland School Of Law. She is admitted to practice law in both Mississippi and Maryland. Before joining the Attorney General’s Office, Candace worked as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi where she was both Civil Rights Coordinator and Violent Crimes Coordinator for the District. Candace was honored as the 2019 recipient of the Robert E. Hauberg Award for displaying superior achievement and going above the call of duty in additional public service that made an impact on the community. She was also named 2018 Outstanding Assistant US Attorney for her work under Project Safe Neighborhoods; and commended by the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division for her performance in her civil rights case load. Candace has worked as a Public Defender for Hinds County and in private practice in the areas of criminal law, family law, personal injury, and Workers’ Compensation. She has also worked as an Attorney Advisor for the Social Security Administration. Candace has a pure love for sports and previously worked for ESPN as a production assistant. Notably, while in law school, Candace taught 10th and 11th grade boys at one of Baltimore City’s first charter schools, Baltimore Freedom Academy. She also worked as a Clinical Law Fellow in HIV/AIDS Law. In 2016, Candace was named Mississippi Strong by WAPT News for donating her kidney to mother, Vanessa. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., as well as The Maryland Bar Association, Mississippi Bar Association, Junior League of Jackson, Leadership Greater Jackson, and the Clark Atlanta Alumni Association, Mississippi Chapter. Candace teaches pre-law courses as an adjunct professor for South College in Nashville, Tennessee. She also coaches mock trial at Callaway High School in Jackson, Mississippi, and serves as a reading coach at Isable Elementary School. She has one daughter, Cailynn, who is a Chemistry Pre-Medicine major at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. 

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