At CFI, our role is to open the window of opportunity for recovery for individuals with mental illnesses. We support progress in all aspects of life: work, education, living skills, health and relationship building. 


We also promote personal choice and accomplishment of goals, valuing the role of peers, families, and professionals in partnership on the road to recovery.

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Randi Engel Schnell, Attorney, Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore

Julie A. Segal, M.D., F.A.A.P., Pediatrician North Point Pediatrics

Lei Ellingson, The Carter Center Mental Health Program 

Carole Galanty, Community Advocate

Allison Hill, Peachtree Psychological Associates

Willa Presmanes, MTM Services

Sherry Jenkins Tucker, Vice Chair, Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network

Community Friendship, Inc’s (CFI) Board of Directors is responsible for the organization’s mission and for providing overall leadership and strategic direction. They set policy and ensure that Community Friendship, Inc had adequate resources to carry out its mission. As a group of volunteers and as representatives of the community, they are charged with upholding the public interest of those served by CFI.

Regina Cannon, Corporation for Supportive Housing

Some cases of mental illness are long-term, severe and persistent…the quality of life for such individuals can be improved by their focusing on their recovery and well-being and by access to services

By ensuring access to the treatment and recovery supports that are proven effective, recovery is accelerated and the further harm related to the course of illness is minimized.


The World Health Organization has reported that four of the 10 leading causes of disability in the US and other developed countries are mental disorders.

Richard P. Shuey Esq., Attorney, Law Office of Richard P. Shuey 

Christine N. Schneider, Esq., Bryan Cave LLP

Susan Culpepper, Fund Development Consultant

Marion D. Fern, R.N., Retired

Board Of Directors - Members

Bill Warren, Board Treasurer, Pricewaterhouse Coopers

​​Mckenzie Clark, MSN Student-Emory School of Nursing

Eve Byrd, Emory School of Nursing

Keith Wood - Board Chair

Robin Ratliff, Board Secretary, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Anno Hardage, Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta

Donna Williams Lewis, Retired Assistant Bureau Chief, The Atlanta Journal/Constitution DeKalb/Rockdale

Weslee Knapp, Keller Knapp Real Estate

CFI Board of Directors

Facts About Mental Illness

James M. Ney, Esq., Retired, Attorney Holt, Ney, Zatcoff, Wasserman

Robert W. Ethridge, Ph.D., C.C.A., Retired, VP of Equal Employment Programs and Disability Services Emory University

Jennifer Katze Campbell, Esq., Attorney, Coca Cola Company

Jim Maddox, Retired Atlanta City Council - Council District II  

Frank S. Alexander, Esq., Attorney & Law Professor, Emory University School of  Law

​Keith Wood PH.D, Board ChairEmory University, School of Medicine Grady Psychiatric Services

Board Of Directors - Officers


The Community Friendship, Inc. (CFI) Advisory Board is a select group of people who provide an independent source of information, advice and support for the Board of Directors regarding strategic issues and/or risks confronting the organization. The Advisory Board encourages the development of a governance framework that enables growth and creates a potential source of members for the Board of Directors. 

CFI Advisory Board

Richard Fields, M.D.

Facts About Mental Illness

Jay J. Levin, Esq., Bryan Cave LLP



John J. Gates, Ph.D., Retired, Dir. of the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Addictive Disease 

CFI Advisory Board

Jo Ann Haden-Miller, Cultural & Heritage Marketing, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau 
John Watson, M.S.W., Vice Chair,Retired-Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities​