Our Team

We believe ​every person deserves the opportunity to fulfill their potential.

Kristen Thompson

Executive Director

Kristen Thompson joined the Mentoring for Leadership team after pursuing careers in teaching, business ownership, and sales. She loves the work of helping Marietta students find and pursue their dreams as well as helping the Marietta community connect with the organization through volunteering and generous giving.

Kristen is married to Luke, has three great kids in the Marietta City School system, and calls North Metro Church home.

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Beverly McAfee

Founder & Dream Weaver

Beverly McAfee has been a force of compassion, vision, and action in Marietta for decades. She is the driving force behind Marietta Mentoring for Leadership and has dedicated her life to mentoring those around her. She cares deeply about helping students achieve their full potential and reach for their dreams.

Beverly is an active member of First United Methodist Church. She has served and continues to serve on numerous boards and committees…there are simply too many to list. She works tirelessly to make Marietta one of the best places to live and learn.

She is truly a force to be reckoned with and she greets each day with the goal of getting the support needed for her various causes. Her motto has always been, “If it can’t be done in Marietta, then it can’t be done anywhere!”

Claire Dodd

Marietta High School Program Coordinator

Claire Dodd, a former Blue Devil herself, works closely with our students as the Program Coordinator.  She is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where she earned a degree in Human Development and Family Sciences. Throughout her 4 years in Athens, Claire led tours for prospective students and parents through the UGA Visitors Center.  Her experience working closely with the university paired with her youthful perspective, brings a wealth of knowledge surrounding the college application process.  She has a passion for encouraging, inspiring and exposing students to new opportunities and perspectives that will allow them to recognize their potential and grow in their identity.

Meghan Daniel

Events Coordinator

Meghan brings both a love of Marietta and expertise in event planning to the Mentoring for Leadership team.

Our Board of Directors

The MFL Board of Directors is composed of members from both the public and private sector. With designated representatives from Marietta City Schools, MFL is a community based mentoring program partnering with the school system to augment and complement school initiatives. Many members of our board actively serve as mentors and on committees and all support the organization financially.


» Beverly McAfee
Community Activist

» Amber Thomas-Hutson
Principal, Way Forward Inc.

​Vice Chair

» Kristi Knight
Cobb EMC


Past Chair

» Joy Doss

Board of Directors

» Dr. Marvin Crumbs
Principal, Marietta High School

» Marie Barnes
Community Activist and Former Georgia First Lady

» Shikera Cook
CEO, Meant 2B Entertainments

» Jane Cooley
Retired teacher, community activist

» Dr. Dayton Hibbs
Human Resources, Marietta City Schools

» Jaillene Hunter
Parent, Marietta City Schools Board of Education

» Marge Kellogg
Retired former Director of Mentoring for Leadership, Retired teacher

» Alan Levine
The Law Office of Alan J. Levine

» Bill Kelly
Corporate Sales Engineer, Inframark

» Al Thompson

» Kelly Lee

» Michael McClung
Kennesaw State University, Georgia Bureau of Investigation

» Molly Metz

» Dr. Marco Holland
Human Resources, Marietta City Schools