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 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. Currently, she is a member of the Augusta Economic Development Authority, Augusta Tomorrow Board of Directors, Union Presbyterian Seminary Board of Trustees, and is serving as the state co-chair for the Georgia Grantmakers Alliance. 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. 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 children, Reab, Mac, and Wyckie.
Elizabeth Woodward Finch, CPA, is the Vice President of Finance. Prior to joining the Community Foundation for the CSRA, Elizabeth was a Principal in the Assurance and Advisory Group of Elliott Davis, LLC, a national top 40 accounting and consulting firm. Her 18 year tenure in public accounting included significant experience with not-for-profits. She is a graduate of Leadership Augusta (Class of 2010) and has served as the Treasurer and a Board Member. Elizabeth was a recipient of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce 2012 Top 10 in 10 Award. She has served the community through significant professional and volunteer roles with organizations throughout the CSRA. Elizabeth holds a BBA in Accounting from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia and a Masters in Business Administration from Georgia Southern University. She is an Augusta native and currently resides in Evans with her husband, Doug, and their three daughters.
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.
Matthew Nelson is the Director of Development and Fundholder Services at the Community Foundation for the CSRA. From 2001-2021, Matt served as a minister for churches in North Carolina, Metro Atlanta, and the CSRA. In transitioning to non-profit work through the Community Foundation, Matt is excited to marry his passion for intentional service with community development, utilizing his skills in relationship management and executive leadership. Matt holds a Bachelors of Science in Building Construction and Contracting from Georgia Southern University and a Masters of Divinity from Duke University. Professionally, Matt received a Ministry Entrepreneurship Certification from American University and the Lewis Center for Church Leadership, attended the Young Clergy Leadership Forum at the General Board of Church and Society, and holds certifications in church development and coaching. Personally, Matt enjoys playing golf, watching Duke basketball, and brewing beer at home. Matt and his wife, Anne, live in Augusta with their two delightful teenagers, a playful English lab, and a happy brood of chickens.
Lyndsey has held varied finance positions in the United States and overseas. She and her husband have had the opportunity to live in diverse locations around the world with his job in the United States Air Force. Prior to joining the Community Foundation for the CSRA, Lyndsey was part of the Reports & Analysis division of the 51st Security Forces Squadron at Osan Air Base in the Republic of Korea. Preceding this job, she worked in assurances at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Helsinki, Finland, as part of an engagement team for a multinational client. Lyndsey also has over ten years of experience in accounting and office management for CPA firms in Colorado, California, and Texas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Global Business and Public Policy from the University of Maryland and an MBA in Accounting from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Growing up in an Army family and an Air Force spouse for over 20 years, Lyndsey is excited to finally plant roots as her and her husband settle in Augusta.
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.”
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.