Staff

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Our experienced team is deeply committed to making our community a better place for us all. We also want to make it easy for you to make a difference. Whether you are a donor looking to connect in a deeper way with the causes you care about or a nonprofit looking for support, our team is committed to providing you with the tools and resources to achieve your goals.

We look forward to working with you to grow philanthropy across the region.

Shell Berry Shell Berry President & CEO See More
Shell Berry

Shell Berry

President & CEO

Shell Knox Berry is the President and CEO of the Community Foundation for the CSRA. Shell has professional skills in non-profit management, finance, and business; however, it is her passion and vision for her community that makes her work for the Community Foundation impactful. Her professional background includes development for the Atlanta Ballet, investment banking for Banc of America Securities, and ownership of a retail business. She has served her community through significant volunteer and leadership roles throughout her adult life, most significantly as Board President of the Augusta Ballet and Board President of the Westobou Festival. Currently, she is serving on the Westobou Festival Board of Trustees as well as on Advisory Boards for the Children’s Hospital of Georgia and the Ronald McDonald House. Shell was a member of the Leadership Augusta Class of 2018, the Leadership Georgia Class of 2011 and has served as an elder, deacon, and volunteer at Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church. Shell also works to raise awareness and money for the Press On Foundation, which supports essential childhood cancer research initiatives. Previously, Shell has served on the Georgia Public Broadcasting Foundation Board of Directors, the Historic Augusta Endowment Board of Trustees, and Symphony Orchestra Augusta Endowment Board of Trustees, the Mary Warren Foundation Board of Directors, the Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy Board of Directors and the Community Foundation for the CSRA Board of Directors. She has a BA in communications from Wake Forest University and a Masters of Management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She lives in Augusta, Georgia with her husband, Reab Berry, Jr., and their three kids.

Rebecca Wallace Rebecca Wallace Director of Grants and Community Engagement See More
Rebecca Wallace

Rebecca Wallace

Director of Grants and Community Engagement

Born in Richmond, Indiana, Rebecca moved to Ohio at an early age. Ohio is where she obtained her State Certification in Early Childhood Education and worked in the field as a teacher and as a Center Assistant Director. Soon after, Rebecca moved to Augusta, Georgia and found her passion in the nonprofit industry while working with Augusta Urban Ministries. She stayed with Augusta Urban Ministries for ten years before working for their parent corporation, Action Ministries in Atlanta. Rebecca couldn’t stay away from Augusta for long and returned to serve in various roles with The Salvation Army, Kroc Center, and Phinizy Center of Water Sciences before finding her home with the Community Foundation for the CSRA in 2017. Through her tireless work in the nonprofit industry, Rebecca was named top AmeriCorps Supervisor for the state of Georgia as well as receiving honors as NFP’s Outstanding Fundraiser. Her years of experience have made her an expert in volunteer development and nonprofit management. Rebecca has been married for 40 years, has two grown children and six grandchildren that keep her laughing with their many adventures.

Kelly Mercier Kelly Mercier Director of Finance and Administration See More
Kelly Mercier

Kelly Mercier

Director of Finance and Administration

Born in Seoul, South Korea into a military family, Kelly Mercier lived in many parts of the United States before calling Augusta, GA home. Kelly earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA and started her career in the corporate world before joining the Community Foundation for the CSRA as the Director of Finance and Administration. Kelly loves working in the non-profit industry because the work she does, no matter how small the part, is important and impactful in bettering humanity. Kelly is married and has two children.

Erin Starnes Erin Starnes Scholarship and Program Associate See More
Erin Starnes

Erin Starnes

Scholarship and Program Associate

Erin hails from North Carolina where she attended Meredith College. During college, she played soccer, serving as the co-captain for a year. Erin went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in business administration but decided later to go back to school for Massage Therapy. Upon completion, she moved to Charlotte, NC and worked various administrative positions before joining The Community Foundation. When asked what she enjoys most about working with nonprofits she states, “Everyone you meet in this industry is committed to building and strengthening relationships to improve the community around them. I love that the Community Foundation unites people and resources to support the valuable programs our nonprofit community offers.”

Libby Fennell Libby Fennell Director of Development and Donor Services See More
Libby Fennell

Libby Fennell

Director of Development and Donor Services

Born in Orangeburg, SC and raised in Coastal Georgia, Libby has been working in the nonprofit world in fund development for over a decade. A two-time graduate of the University of Georgia, Libby recently relocated to Augusta, Georgia from Los Angeles to join the Community Foundation for the CSRA as the Director of Development and Donor Services.  Prior to relocating, Libby worked at a national specialty cancer hospital, City of Hope, and the FH Foundation in Southern California. Her passion is building meaningful relationships to support funding opportunities that allow organizations and communities to grow and prosper. Libby’s background in political science and nonprofit management fuels her passion and allows her to see the big picture while focusing on specific initiatives aimed at improving the lives of others. Libby is excited to call Augusta home, and looks forward to contributing her talents to make the CSRA a great place to live and work for all.

In her free time, Libby enjoys taking advantage of the outdoor actives the CSRA has to offer. Libby resides in Augusta with her cat, Izzy, and enjoys spending time supporting the local art and creative scene as well as other organizations in the local community.

Stephanie Cohen Stephanie Cohen Foundation Associate See More
Stephanie Cohen

Stephanie Cohen

Foundation Associate

Born in New York and raised in Maryland, Stephanie moved with her family to Augusta, GA in 2013. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education from the University of Maryland and the start of her career was spent at local hospitals in the outreach departments. However, after having her children, her focus changed to become a stay-home-mom while taking on part-time work to keep her skills up-to-date and ready her to return to the workforce when able. Her experience includes administrative work, marketing and communication efforts and event planning and implementing; with her work settings including a variety of locations, such as private and public schools, to medical offices, to construction companies. Shortly after moving to Georgia, she became the Administrative Assistant for the Director of the Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University and then took a year to assist with the care of her mother. Stephanie has always had one goal in mind – to help others so they can do their best. The Community Foundation allows her to do just that – help connect people who have passion to help to nonprofits doing powerful work in our community.