Sylvia P. Henry-Ashley
Director, International Affairs
SYLVIA has a wealth of experience in International Affairs, Social and Civic Engagements and Community Relations matters. She is the former Honorary Consul for Jamaica in Atlanta. Since 2012, she has represented the Andrew J. Young Foundation in all its African and the Caribbean relationships. Prior to that, from 2000, she served as Vice President for Business Development for GoodWorks International, with responsibility for establishing, coordinating and promoting good corporate citizenship programs that enhanced its relationships with its external publics.
She has spearheaded numerous trade missions, international conferences, diplomatic missions both overseas and in the United States. She has also served as a member of the Atlanta Conventions and Visitors Bureau Diversity Marketing Committee and received countless awards for her community involvement and achievements: Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for Service to Jamaica; the Trumpet Awards Salute to Women, “High Hells in High Places; listed in the 2006 Who’s Who in Black Atlanta; Named one of Atlanta’s 100 Most Influential West Indians; the Atlanta Jamaican Association plaque for Outstanding Service to the Jamaican Community; Citation from the Embassy Of Jamaica for Untiring Service to the Government and People of Jamaica; the Lion’s Club Of Jamaica, Jaycees Of Jamaica and the Rotary Club Of Kingston for community service, among others.
Upon graduation from Georgia State University School of Policy Studies, with a Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies, cum laude, she received the Dean’s Scholarship Key, the School of Policy Studies Honor Student Award and was inducted into the PI Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Sciences and the Golden Key National Honor Society.
Sylvia embraces a life of service to community through her Church and Civic organizations. She has been a Steward in the AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPALIAN CHURCH for the past 15 years and was an Usher for over 12 years at the HOLY CROSS EPISCOPAL CHURCH. She has served on the Board of the DECATUR COOPERATIVE MINISTRIES operating HAGAR’S HOUSE for displaced women and children..
Shana D. Goodson
Shana D. Goodson joined the Andrew J. Young Foundation in September of 2014 with over 12 years of C-Level administrative support and educational leadership in diverse entities; specifically non-profit as well as faith-based organizations and academic institutions. Shana is a well-rounded administrator and educator, who have been gainfully employed with numerous reputable organizations including: Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Georgia Tech, The College at Brockport, State University of New York and State University of New York at Canton. Ms. Goodson possesses radiant leadership skills and her greatest attribute is her special competence to make a remarkable first impression with her friendly, professional and positive attitude with everyone she comes in contact with. She is impeccable with building a rapport and developing lasting relationships with co-workers, clients, vendors, visitors, students, and faculty.
In addition, Shana has earned an Associate Degree in Business Administration (SUNY Canton), a Bachelor’s in Business Management (SUNY Brockport), and a Master’s in Divinity (Northeastern Seminary at Roberts Wesleyan). She has received prestigious awards such as: Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges, SUNY Brockport Educational Opportunity Program Award for Outstanding Leadership, Ronald E. McNair Scholar, Sigma Phi Beta Honor Society, Dean’s List, Founder’s Scholarship, Northeastern Seminary Grant, Robert Edwards Seminarian Award, Doctoral Student Grant Award, and First Year Doctoral Ministerial Scholarship.
Currently, Shana attends Oral Roberts University’s Doctor of Ministry Program in Church Ministries and Leadership and is in the process of completing a research project on Intercessory Prayer. Shana is a native of Rochester, New York, but has sincerely made Atlanta, Georgia her home.
Consultant, Special Programs
Carmen Comer Holman, a native of Atlanta, achieved the B.A. in Social Work from the College of St. Teresa, Winona, MN and the M.A. in Secondary and College Reading from Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA. The fifteen years to follow afforded rewarding experiences as a reading specialist and an advisor and counselor for traditional and non-traditional students at public and private colleges and universities in Southern states, including North Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, and Georgia. Engagement in instruction, special program management, supervision, and student advisement enhanced Carmen’s expertise in interpersonal and leadership skills with diverse cultures and age groups. Carmen’s career continued with service to the Southern Education Foundation, Inc. as a Program Associate for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities’ Initiative and her present work with the Andrew J. Young Foundation, Inc. as a Consultant for Special Programs.
Special Projects Director
Eric Fears is born and raised in Conyers, Ga. After Graduating High School, Eric went on to attend his favorite university Ga Institute of Technology and obtained a B.S. in Management. Mr. Fears was very active in college on and off campus highlighted by his selection to an exclusive student leadership board by Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell. After graduation, he was successful in raising money for the Boy Scouts of America supporting the Atlanta Area Council. He became a certified personal trainer and has a diverse background in health and wellness highlighted by the Pro Athlete performance system he created for NFL Stars Hines Ward, Robert Mathis, and Calvin Johnson. Mr. Fears ventured into a bottle water startup called Legendary Liquids, LLC. The brand Victory H2O was featured in several movies and popular T.V. shows while achieving distribution with Republic National and being sold in over 300 Walgreens stores. Shifting from being an entrepreneur to becoming an Aide to Ambassador Andrew Young has become the next challenge.
Mr. Fears works daily to execute the global initiatives set forth by the Civil Rights Pioneer. His focus areas are Food Security and Community/Global Leadership. Under Food Security, He is looking for sustainable initiatives that are aimed at eradicating food deserts in all communities. Currently, he utilizes the latest technologies in agriculture to shift the paradigm and address the failures of the current food distribution system. As a leader in the community, Mr. Fears looks to assemble networks of business leaders and community organizers that are ready to radically think and execute long-term solutions for neighborhoods and regions vulnerable to the current conditions set forth by society.
Eric Fears is happily married and the father of 2 children. His passion is to be an agent of change in this current generation while blazing a trail for future leaders.