Camp Kudzu is blessed with people who believe every child needs a chance to grow, to learn and to know that he or she deserves a healthy life. We are year-round staff members whose work is a calling, not a job. We are Board members, who lead because we believe that our organization meets its mission at every camp session and because we want to serve as many children as possible. And we are volunteers dedicated to making a difference in the lives of kids even when it means losing sleep or getting messy.
Alexandra M. Allen (Alex) serves as Camp Kudzu’s Executive Director, leading its professional staff and working closely with the board on policy and planning, budgeting and finances, and on relationships with our friends, donors and other nonprofits. Alex is one of the original founders of the organization, and has eleven years of corporate consulting experience and eight years in nonprofit management. Alex was awarded her Masters in Business Administration from the University of New Orleans, with a focus on Finance. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic/Latin American Studies and Economics from Emory University. Alex is the mother of three children, two of whom live with type 1 diabetes. She finds great joy in efforts to make the lives of our campers full of promise. She has a soft spot for horses and dogs, and is trying to love gardening.
Director of Development
Sandra “Sandy” Yates is the Director of Development at Camp Kudzu. She works with the staff, board members, and volunteers to gain philanthropic support for the mission, programs, and activities of Camp Kudzu. This goal is facilitated by engaging individuals, foundations, and corporations who desire to make a difference in young lives with our need to cover the expenses of first class diabetes programs.
Sandy has 27 years of nonprofit experience and 20 years of fund raising experience. During that time she has worked at colleges, national nonprofits, and local nonprofits.
Sandy and her husband of 30 years, Rev. James A. Platt, have 6 sons, two daughter-in-laws, and two grandchildren. Sandy earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Wesley College in Dover, Delaware. She is a veteran of the United States Air Force.
Clinical Program Manager
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Anna will ensure that our medical operations are well-planned, the volunteer staff are trained for their roles in helping our youth with their diabetes and our diabetes care and education remains strong. Her dedication to children living with type 1 diabetes has been evident for years. We know her to be a professional who strives for excellence.
Anna Albritton is a registered and licensed dietitian. Most recently, Anna was the Diabetes Education Coordinator at Diabetes Association of Atlanta. You may know her as our former Dietary and Nutrition Coordinator at Camp Kudzu.
You’ll find Anna at camp throughout our sessions, leading our clinicians and managing the Med Lodge. Anna will be working at Camp Kudzu’s office at all the other times!
This position marks a wonderful collaboration between Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Camp Kudzu to bring the best possible resources and programs to children living with type 1 diabetes.
Anna earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from Auburn University of Alabama and her Master of Science in Health Science, Nutrition, from Georgia State University. In her spare time, she teaches fitness classes and enjoys following Auburn football.
Doris is a veteran fund-raising professional with 17 years of experience in fostering long-term donor relationships in national and international non-profits and higher education. Her expertise in planned gifts, major and annual campaigns, database management and event planning and execution with nonprofits such as Habitat for Humanity International, in Americus, Georgia, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, D.C., makes her a great asset to the Camp Kudzu’s Development Team.
Doris’ primary focus at Camp Kudzu is fund-raising events: the Kudzu Cup Fore! Kids and the Camp Kudzu Benefit Luncheon. She supports board and volunteer leaders with Spin for Kids and other third party events. Doris is a key team member for communications, marketing and planning.
Doris is an Army veteran, having proudly served our country in Italy, Korea, Washington, DC, Savannah and New York.
Doris has one daughter, Paula, and one granddaughter, Laurynn.
Outreach and Program Manager
Whitney helps Camp Kudzu reach children in need. She identifies communities where children with diabetes live without access to specialty care. She takes steps to ensure they know about our programs and have transportation and scholarship solutions. Whitney coordinates our efforts with those of hospital social workers, Georgia’s departments of Health and Human Services and other agencies. Whitney is also responsible for the evaluation of our programs’ effectiveness. She is involved with many aspects of summer camp preparation. Whitney grew up in the panhandle of Florida, where she graduated with a degree in history before moving to North Carolina for a master’s degree. No stranger to nonprofits, she has worked for Florida’s Bay Area Food Bank, the Autism Society of North Carolina, and in various programming and administrative roles over five summers of youth camps. She lives in Marietta with her husband, Matthew, and their Pembroke Welsh corgi, named Rue, and much beloved mixed breed Bradley.
Database Coordinator and Registrar
Mandy helps families and campers arrange to participate in our programs. She handles registration for our programs and assists families through scholarships, payment arrangements and making sure specific needs are met (dietary, cabin requests, schedules). She manages the camper, family and volunteer database. Mandy’s previous positions have been with Camp Twin Lakes where she served as Partner Support and Hospital Programs Manager. Her background gives her full appreciation for the questions that families have who are new to diabetes and haven’t had their children away from home since diagnosis. Mandy is a Georgia native, with her a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from Georgia State University. She earned her master’s degree in Child Development and Family Relations from East Carolina University. She has a passion for working with children and families and looks forward to serving the families of Camp Kudzu. Mandy and her family live in Tucker with her husband, son, and their two dogs. She enjoys the outdoors and hiking with her family.
That warm and friendly voice that greets you on our phone belongs to LaShonda Reese. LaShonda, as Camp Kudzu’s Administrative Coordinator, ensures that our office runs smoothly and that key staff are supported in their work. LaShonda is also responsible for publishing our E-News monthly and maintaining the stock of information that Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta shares with newly diagnosed patients. LaShonda recently took on the role of coordinating office and single day volunteers.
LaShonda is a Fort Wayne, Indiana native and an Indiana University alum. This is LaShonda’s first opportunity to work in a non-profit environment and she is ecstatic to have the opportunity to do so. In her spare time she loves to roller skate and any sports related activity. She is also a die hard Indianapolis Colts FANatic, Go Blue!!!!
Anna is helping to keep things at Camp Kudzu running smoothly throughout registration, scholarships, and management of the camper database. She has been around Camp Kudzu for over 15 years as a camper and volunteer, and comes to us with 4 years of non-profit experience at JDRF and the American Diabetes Association. She graduated with Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education from Georgia College and State University.
As a person who has lived with type 1 diabetes for over 18 years, Anna is committed to the amazing work Camp Kudzu does teaching children with type 1 diabetes to feel supported and empowered as they grow through their personal life and diabetes care. She lives in Atlanta and loves camp and Clemson football!
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