Sue Payne, Chair
Director of Community Outreach and Membership, Atlanta Track Club
Sue is the Atlanta Track Club director responsible for membership, community partnerships and training programs. She served as the track club's Interim Executive Director in 2013-2014. Among her responsibilities, Sue develops strategic partnerships in the community to create and inspire an active and healthy Atlanta.
Prior to joining the Atlanta Track Club, Sue served as the Executive Director of Girls on the Run of Atlanta. Connected to the Atlanta running community and the non-profit community, Sue has focused on supporting health and fitness as well as a whole-person approach to wellness. Sue has worked in non-profits throughout her career, including Habitat for Humanity in New York City as well as serving in community organization leadership roles. Sue is an active runner who enjoys group runs and competes primarily in marathons and half-marathons. Sue and her family live in Morningside.
“Back on My Feet demonstrates what a community can accomplish through dedication, personal connection and the power of running. Through my involvement with various developmental sports programs, training programs and the running community, I have seen the positive impact that activities like running can create. I am inspired by the way Back on My Feet leverages that transformational power to help people change their lives.”
Fred Blankenship- Honorary Board Member
Fred joined WSB-TV in 2007. Before coming to Atlanta he worked six years at San Diego's KGTV as a reporter and weekend anchor. In San Diego, Fred won awards for stories on drug prevention and community outreach. Before KAKE, Blankenship worked at KRON in San Francisco where he was a part of a team that received the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for the documentary "About Race", a study of cultural and social behaviors of different ethnic groups. Fred has been a member of the National Association of Black Journalist and also a member of the National Press Photographers Association.
A Los Angeles native, he received his degree from the University of San Francisco. Fred is happily married and is the proud father of two children, a boy and girl.
“Over the past few years I have personally seen how Back on Feet has changed the lives of several people who just needed an opportunity and someone to believe in them. Back on My Feet is that belief system. I look forward to learning how to better serve our members and getting the word out about this fantastic organization.”
Treasury Process Controller, UPS
Eli is the Treasury Process Controller at UPS. In his role he is responsible for the processes and systems used to manage UPS Treasury operations. During his 13 year career with UPS, he has worked in various finance and accounting positions specializing in process improvement, systems management, and financial forecasting. Eli earned a MBA from Georgia State University with a concentration in IT Consulting and a BBA from the University of Georgia in Management Information Systems. He and his wife, Brooke, live in Sandy Springs, Georgia with their two daughters Emily and Robin.
“For months after hearing about Back on My Feet I made excuses not to try it out: It’s too early. I’m too busy. It’s too inconvenient. When I finally joined Team Gateway for a run on November 20th, 2013 my excuses changed to a reason: It’s too important. My perception of homelessness and my privileges were forever shifted. Since that morning, I have gained a second family who loves and supports each other unconditionally as we run the race of life together.”
Managing Director- Accenture
Kara is a Managing Director at Accenture. She is part of the Financial Services Technology organization. Being with Accenture for over 20 years, she has managed large, complex, global engagements that span multiple technologies. Kara also serves in a local leadership role as the Accenture Atlanta Office People Lead focusing on improving employee engagement for the office of 2000+ employees. She has strong ties to the local Atlanta community including being an alumna of Leadership Atlanta and being active in Corporate Citizenship activities.
Kara grew up in Atlanta. She graduated summa cum laude from Furman University with a B.S. in Mathematics. She is an avid runner and enjoys running throughout Atlanta as well as in other places throughout the world.
“Back on My Feet has made a large impact on the homeless in Atlanta. Growing up playing sports (mostly tennis) and then picking up running as an adult, I have seen how sports and physical activity empower individuals. I look forward to continuing and expanding the influence Back on My Feet has within the Atlanta community through the great activity of running.”
Dionne joined Back on My Feet Atlanta’s Advisory Board in 2017. Dionne has an extensive philanthropic background including service to FareStart, a culinary job training and placement program for homeless and disadvantaged individuals.
“I worked for many years for FareStart both in their corporate facility helping soon-to-be graduates with their cover letters and resumes as well as with mock interviews. On the weekends when students were off I volunteered in the FareStart kitchen to provide meals for the shelters. I truly believe in programs that allow homeless and disadvantaged the opportunity to regain a self-sustaining position in society.”
Dionne has also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity in Nepal; AZAR, building education in Tanzania; LIVESTRONG, representing AT&T Mobility in competitive events nationwide; Making Memories, helping to raise money to grant last wishes for terminally ill breast cancer patients; Housing Hope, repair and maintenance work on transitional housing sites for recovering homeless; and Albuquerque Rape Crisis Center, advocating for Sexual Assault Survivors & focusing on suicide prevention.
Dionne’s other interests include traveling internationally with her husband regularly. They also love to scuba dive, rock climb, road bike and ride motorcycles. She has also completed several half marathons, triathlons and obstacle course events such as Tough Mudder.
Senior Manager, PwC
Jon is an Assurance Senior Manager with PwC's Atlanta office primarily focused on serving clients in the consumer industrial products and services industry, with an emphasis on manufacturing, distribution, metals, chemicals and retail and consumer. Jon has served a wide range of clients, including large multinational SEC registrants, large private companies and middle market companies. Prior to relocating to Atlanta in June 2010, Jon worked in PwC's Baltimore office from November 2000. Jon received his B.S. in Accounting from Elon University in North Carolina where he also played baseball. Outside of work Jon enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. He also enjoys watching, coaching and playing sports.
"While in Baltimore, BoMF launched a chapter, which I was drawn to based upon the mission of helping homelessness in a meaningful and measurable way. Serving on the Advisory Board in Baltimore made me really understand the importance of giving back to the community. When I moved to Atlanta I was thrilled about the opportunity to continue serving on the BoMF Advisory Board, Atlanta Chapter."