The mission of Sangha Unity Network is to provide opportunities to empower and enhance the lives of people who are marginalized. We are excited to welcome our committed Board of Directors who will join us in accomplishing our goals of growing and supporting the mission of Sangha Unity Network.
Belinda Harris is an executive coach, speaker and author. With a Masters Degree in Human Resource Development, Belinda has over 15 years in the Human Resource field. She is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources by the Human Resource Certification Institute and is also certified as a Senior Certified Professional with the Society of Human Resource Management.
She is currently the Executive Director/ Owner of Rocket Science HR LLC and CEO/Owner of Rocket Employment LLC. Rocket Science HR was created to assist people with disabilities to gain and maintain employment in the state of Georgia. Rocket Employment was created to assist people worldwide with gaining employment through resume writing services, career coaching programs books and journals. We also work with businesses who outsource their HR Department. Belinda is passionate about helping folks achieve their dreams and goals in employment.
Derek Heard is a graphic artist, entrepreneur, public speaker, and disability justice advocate based in Albany, Georgia. Derek believes in the power that images have in creating positive change. Derek uses graphics to help understand and communicate with the world. For the last few years, he has used his love of art to help educate others about the rights of people with disabilities by illustrating the importance of equality, self-determination, and the power of using one’s voice. He currently serves as a leadership collective member of Uniting for Change and is a board member of REV Up Georgia. Derek is also a Fannie Lou Hammer Fellow and a Youth Ambassador for the Center on Youth Voice Youth Choice.
Jacob Hollingsworth is a self-advocate living in Lithia Springs, Georgia. He is a member of the Uniting for Change Leadership Collective. He loves drawing, making YouTube videos, watching movies and TV, and listening to
Jackie McNair has strived for over 15 years, to provide support, training and resource information to families of children who are deemed eligible to receive Special Education Services. Jackie is currently the founder and owner of A Voice For Kendra, where she continues to work with students, families, and school systems. With a passion for learning and connecting, Jackie has served in various capacities with the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities, Autism Society of America, Georgia Chapter (now defunct) and as a member of the Regional Advisory Council, Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. As a graduate of the 2016 Gwinnett County Citizen’s Academy, Jackie received recognition as a community volunteer by former Commissioner of Gwinnett County, Charlotte Nash. She has volunteered for various events that are sponsored by Gwinnett County Government’s Community
Outreach Program. Jackie continues to build bridges and bring awareness about issues facing people with disabilities to communities across Georgia.
Debbie Stone is currently the Area Coordinator for Creative Consulting Services, serving 5 counties in Northwest Georgia. She has been with Creative Consulting Services since 2003. Debbie has worked in the Support Coordination field under DBHDD with individuals who have Intellectual Disabilities since 1996. Prior to this time, she has worked as Director of Social Work and Admissions in Long Term Care facilities, as well as Teaching at a Private Elementary School in a Metro Atlanta. Debbie graduated from LaGrange College with a BA in Social Work, minors in Psychology and Art. She peruses her artwork in her spare time with Debbie Stone’s Creations. She has accomplished many works of art which includes illustrating 2 books, The Magical Mischief Maker and Sow, Weed, Water, Wait. Debbie has a long history of working with non-profit organizations and has a gift for Organizational Leadership and Fundraising. Some of the organizations she has served are Lifeover Ministries, Pilgrims Manor Homeowners Association, Brighten Academy Band Boosters Club, and Douglas County Band Boosters Club.
Carmine Vara is a self-advocate based in Cumming, Georgia. He's enjoyed working at Stone Mountain Park for over 16 wonderful years. Carmine is a train enthusiast, business owner, and an aspiring radio show host. In his free time, you can find Carmine spending time with family, his fiancee, and meeting new people.