- July 2, 2020
-- Representing highly respected members of the leadership teams at a local institution of higher learning and a regional Southeast financial institution, the two newest additions to the Board of Directors for Rainbow Village have all the makings of a dynamic duo for the 29-year-old nonprofit. Tasked with breaking the cycles of homelessness, poverty and domestic violence, Rainbow Village is proud to add the talents of President of Georgia Gwinnett College, Dr. Jann Joseph and Senior Vice President of United Community Bank, Jill Edwards to its mission to transform the lives of the families it serves in Northeast Metro Atlanta.
A lifetime educator and relative newcomer to Georgia, Dr. Joseph has been at the helm of Georgia Gwinnett College since July 2019. Eager to serve and get tapped into the area, Joseph joined the Board for the Gwinnett Chamber, where she met Jill Edwards. Celebrating her 34th
anniversary in banking, Edwards counts connecting people among her greatest talents. She was intimately familiar with Rainbow Village – having aided in the funding of apartment buildings on the nonprofit's campus. With a shared desire to positively impact the lives of women and children in need, Edwards introduced Joseph to Rainbow Village and the two joined the Board of Directors together.
"I felt a connection to the mission at Rainbow Village," said Dr. Joseph. "I had been asking myself 'how do I use my time and energy to help people who keep working and keep fighting but need a voice.' From a spiritual perspective, I say 'There but by the grace of God go I.' This program represents an opportunity for homeless families – often led by single mothers – to start over and reach their full potential."
Jill Edwards echoes a similar connection to the nonprofit, "I learned about Rainbow Village nearly 25 years ago. I recently asked their CEO, Melanie Conner, if she believed I could be of value to her organization. She felt my deep roots within the business community would prove invaluable. Since joining the board, I've had meaningful conversations about Rainbow Village with dozens of people. It's amazing to me that there are still people out there in the Northeast Georgia community who don't know about Rainbow Village and the important work they are doing on behalf of homeless families with children."
For more information about Rainbow Village and its programs, please visit www.rainbowvillage.org