TIP is made up of a small, committed group of people, many of whom have been involved since its earliest days. Governed by a sixteen person, volunteer, governing board and managed by a dedicated staff of five, TIP relies on the hundreds of volunteer advocates who are involved for its success.


Meet the Staff...

Jessica Pinson Pennington - Executive Director:  Jessica received her undergraduate degree from Georgia State University and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Georgia. She has worked in private child welfare organizations for twenty five years, beginning her career counseling children at the Council on Battered Women and Easter Seals of North Georgia. After several years as the director of training and affiliate services for the state’s Court Appointed Special Advocates program (Georgia CASA), she accepted her current position at TIP. In this role, Jessica is responsible for the overall agency administration and can be contacted for new program ideas, suggestions for improvements, potential for partnerships, requests for financial information and employment opportunities. She lives in Atlanta with her partner and their twelve year old son.

Caren Cloud – Legal Director: Caren is a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law and has worked in child advocacy for the past seventeen years. Her current responsibilities as TIP’s Legal Director include representing and counseling youth offenders in truancy, delinquency and school disciplinary hearings and supervising TIP's Legal Externship program and School Disciplinary Project.  Caren has participated in efforts to pass and implement the new Juvenile Code in Georgia and is a member of the Fulton County Juvenile Court's CHINS Committee, Dually Involved Youth Initiative and School Pathways Project.  Caren is a 2016 recipient of the Atlanta Bar Association's Distinguished Service Award, sits on the Executive Board of the Atlanta Bar Association as a member-at-large and serves as the current Secretary of the Gate City Bar Association.  Caren is the proud mom of one son. 

Shadonna Davis – Early Intervention Coordinator: Shadonna’s work experience includes serving as the District Truancy Specialist for the Atlanta Public Schools where she managed a city-wide Truancy Intervention Program. Her tenure at APS also offered her the opportunity to serve as a school-based Social Worker and Project Manager for the CHOICE Neighborhood Grant. She also worked as the research fellow with the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence at Georgia State and the Atlanta Police Foundation where she assisted with designing a juvenile diversion program. Shadonna is a candidate for a doctorate in Educational Policy Studies with a concentration in Social Foundations of Education at Georgia State University. She received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration and a Master of Social Work Degree from Georgia State University.

Adrian Wright - Volunteer Coordinator:  Adrian was born and raised in North Carolina.  He attended the University of North Carolina for undergraduate studies, majoring in Philosophy.  In 2008, Adrian joined the staff of the Truancy Intervention Project Georgia as Volunteer Coordinator.  He recently celebrated 5 years with TIP and may be contacted for information regarding school and court based truancy intervention efforts, volunteer opportunities and support and resources for school system referred youth. Adrian lives in Gwinnett County with his wife and two sons.

Diane O’Steen – Development & Communications Manager:  Diane finished a long career with the Atlanta Bar Association in 2013, serving as the Executive Director from 1986 until her retirement in 2013.  After several years of retirement Diane joined the staff of the Truancy Intervention Project Georgia (TIP) as the Development & Communications Manager to provide administrative oversight of the TIP Development Office and to participate in the fundraising activities including donor and public relations, direct mail appeals, and special events.  Diane has one daughter and is the grandmother of four.   Her daughter, son-in-law, and three of her four grandchildren live in Anniston, AL.  She has one granddaughter who lives in Atlanta.  


2016-17 Board of Directors
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Adwoa Awotwi, Vice Chair/Secretary - Jackson Healthcare
Honorable Anne Barnes - Georgia Court of Appeals

Harold Franklin, Jr. - King & Spalding LLP
Colin Kelly - Alston & Bird, LLP

Rebekah Lemon - First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta
Erik Olson - The Olson Law Firm

Jessica P. Pennington - Truancy Intervention Project Georgia
LaToya Riley – Former TIP client, Community Volunteer
Valerie Sanders - Sutherland
Cheryl Treadwell - City of Atlanta, Department of Law
W. Terence Walsh, Chair Emeritus - Alston & Bird LLP (retired)