Staff

 



Jessica Pinson Pennington, Executive Director

 

Jessica has worked in private child welfare organizations for over thirty 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, she oversees agency administration and can be contacted for new program ideas, suggestions for improvements, potential for partnerships, requests for financial information and employment opportunities.  She is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnae in Practice Award from the University of Georgia, School of Social Work and a Celebrating Service Pro Bono Award from the Atlanta Bar Association. She is a past Policy Fellow with the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education and a current Fellow with the Southern Education Foundation’s Policy & Practice Network. Jessica received her undergraduate degree from Georgia State University and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Georgia. She is married to Caroline Brown, an elementary school Principal, and has one teenaged son. They reside in Atlanta.

 

 
Sarah Babcock, Deputy Director
 


Sarah is passionate about ensuring that all children receive the resources they need to build healthy and productive lives. As Deputy Director of TIP, Sarah supports both staff and volunteers in serving TIP clients and their families. Prior to joining TIP, Sarah worked for six years as a litigation associate at Alston & Bird, where she served on the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and was awarded the 2015 F.M. Bird Award for Pro Bono Service. Sarah serves on the Georgia State Bar Access to Justice Committee, the Atlanta Bar Association Public Interest Law Section Board, and the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers Foundation Board. Sarah graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a double concentration in International Relations and Russian Studies, and earned her law degree, with honors, at Emory University School of Law. She lives in Midtown with her husband, their two school-age daughters, and two cats.

 

Sydney Royes, Early Intervention Program Manager

Sydney Royes is an Atlanta native. She received her undergraduate degree from New York University, and after a brief stint in law school, found her true passion: social work. After working in social services in the Washington D.C. and Baltimore area for a few years, Sydney received her Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from Howard University. In 2007, she came home to Atlanta, and has worked in social services since that time. Sydney is excited to work at TIP to ensure that education is an opportunity afforded to all children in the Atlanta area. Sydney resides in Lawrenceville, GA with her husband and two daughters.

 

  


Kaysey Clayton, 
Development & Communications Manager

Kaysey is a recent graduate from the University of Central Florida where she received her Master of Public Administration with a nonprofit management emphasis. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Kennesaw State University with a major in Human Services and that is where her love for the nonprofit sector began. Kaysey has various experience in the nonprofit industry working for  Make-A-Wish, the Usher’s New Look Foundation, and Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta and has been able to utilize this experience to help shape the lives of youth. She is a lover of all things social justice, philanthropy, and social change and is thrilled to join the team to help support the organization meet its main objective: making a difference. Outside of being a change-maker, Kaysey enjoys traveling to new cities with her family, cheering on the Cleveland Browns during football season, and hanging out with her cockapoo, Benji.

 

 

 
Ricki Lynn Davis, Behavioral Health Services Manager

Ricki Lynn is a graduate of Georgia State University where she received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work. While in her Master’s program, Ricki served as an intern with TIP and then joined TIP as the Behavioral Health Services Manager in September 2019. Ricki Lynn enjoys helping children, having served as a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters for four years. She is also committed to raising awareness of suicide prevention, especially among youth and teens, through her volunteerism with the Drake Davis Foundation. Ricki Lynn lives in Buckhead with her cat.

 

Adrian Wright, Volunteer and Training Manager

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 13 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.