“Cheers!” is an Atlanta Voice feature highlighting the everyday accomplishments of everyday people

Compiled by Kalin Thomas Contributing Writer | 7/3/2013, 6 a.m.
Cecilia Bailey

Cecilia Bailey has been named the new Director of the NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center  for Resources for Residents and Communities of Georgia, Inc.

 Bailey has more than 13 years of experience working with nonprofits as a director, trainer, and community educator.

She is a dedicated community servant having served on various community boards including Fannie Mae and Progressive Redevelopment.

Shonta Chambers, M.S.W., director of the Office of Prevention and Wellness for the Georgia Department of Public Health, received the Louis B. Russell Jr. Memorial Award from the American Heart Association (AHA).

The award recognizes an individual who has rendered outstanding service to minority and underserved populations.

Chambers was honored for her highly effective efforts to expand the association’s outreach in minority communities in Georgia and increase diversity on local AHA boards and committees. 

Channell Goodson, of Therrell School of Health Science in Atlanta, is one of 50 Georgia high school seniors to receive the 2013 Horatio Alger Georgia Scholarship.       

Atlanta            Recipients are chosen to receive the $5,000 scholarship based on their commitment to education and community service, and their strength of character in overcoming personal obstacles.

 Other metro Atlanta winners include:  Kinsey Simpson of North Atlanta High School, Jasmine Thomas of Frederick Douglass High School, Rita Ebhaleme of South Gwinnett High School, Beth Hanawalt of Sprayberry Senior High School, Halimo Hassen and Nnennia Mazagwu of South Cobb High School, Carmel Ibeawuchi of Gwinnett School of Math and Science Technology and Taylor Josey of New Manchester High School.