Meet our Board

Our Board of Directors is comprised of community and national leaders with expertise in a wide range of areas, including training, advocacy, education, finance, law, fund development, and business management. The Board meets monthly (and twice in person annually). It is responsible for taking care of the strategic and financial health of the organization on an ongoing basis. Board terms are two years for executive directors, and three years for other members. Officers are elected annually. 


Carlos Aponte
Member at Large (2021)
Vice President of Finance
Marchon Eyewear
New York City, NY

Catherine Ballowe
Treasurer (2023)
Finance and Accounting Director
Self-Employed
Charlotte, NC

Kelly Fields

Secretary (2022)
Executive Director
StandUp for Kids - Atlanta
Atlanta, GA

Maggie McWhorter
Member at Large (2022)
Executive Director
StandUp for Kids - Oceanside
Oceanside, CA

Kedric Sledge
Member at Large (2024)
Social Worker
Fulton County Schools
Fulton County, GA

Greg Smith
Ex Officio Member
National Executive Director 
StandUp for Kids
Decatur, GA 

Laura Ann Smith
Board Chair/President
 (2022)
AVP, Assistant General Counsel
- Securities
MultiPlan Corporation
Bedford, MA

Maria Verastegui
Board Vice Chair 
(2023)
Executive Creative Director
Acorda Therapeutics
Ardsley, NY
 
Letitia Wright
Member at Large 
(2022)
Chiropractic Physician
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

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