Speaker Date Topic
Karen Carlisle, 2022-23 KCA President Oct 04, 2022 11:45 AM
KCA Officer and Director Installation
KCA Officer and Director Installation

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Karen Carlisle
Executive Director of Development
Kennesaw State University

Karen Carlisle joined the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta in 2015 and has served on the Interclub, Grants, Hospitality, and Invocations committees, on the club’s Board of Directors, and as Annual Fund chair of the KCA Foundation Board of Directors.   Previously, she was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Marietta.

She is the Executive Director of Development for Kennesaw State University, raising major gifts for student and faculty support since 2015. Before joining KSU, Karen was Vice President of Development & Communications (2006-2014) for Tommy Nobis Center, a Cobb County nonprofit that provides job training and employment for people with disabilities. 

Karen has 27 years of health care industry experience, heading Government & Public Affairs for Solvay Pharmaceuticals-US, and serving previously as Director of Marketing & Public Relations for Northside Hospital, HCA West Paces Hospital, and Georgia Hospital Association. 

Karen received her MA degree in Public Relations from Georgia State University, and a BA in Journalism from Auburn University.  Her community contributions include YWCA Academy of Women Leaders, Leadership Cobb, Honorary Commanders, Cobb Executive Women Steering Committee, and various leadership positions at First United Methodist Church of Marietta.  Karen is a native Atlantan, a proud War Eagle, and a doting grandmother of two.

INSTALLATION:  Sandy Welfare
C. David Moody, Owner, C.D. Moody Construction Oct 11, 2022 11:45 AM
"Turning Trauma into Triumph"
"Turning Trauma into Triumph"

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C. David Moody Jr. is a native of Chicago, Illinois, who spent his childhood years there before relocating with his family to Ann Arbor, Michigan. From there, he matriculated to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, graduating with a degree in psychology in 1978. He then attended Howard University, earning a professional degree in architecture in 1981 after three years of study.

In 1988, he established C. D. Moody Construction Company, Inc., now one of the largest African-American-owned construction companies in America. For more than two decades, Moody’s company has appeared every year on Black Enterprise magazine’s “Top 100” list of the nation’s largest Black-owned industrial/services companies. The Atlanta Business Chronicle has ranked his firm as one of Atlanta’s top 25 commercial contractors and top 100 private companies.  Over more than 34 years, his firm has safely built and delivered more than 150 commercial projects valued at more than $2 billion. Some of his recent projects include the new home of the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons, Mercedes Benz Stadium; the new home of the Cyclorama at the Atlanta History Center; and the Maynard Jackson International Concourse at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.

Moody also has a keen sense of community service. He founded the C.D. Moody Foundation to provide financial assistance for students with a passion for construction and entrepreneurship, and to date has awarded more than 80 individual scholarships. He has funded endowed scholarships at Morehouse College, Howard University, Georgia State University and Central State University. Besides money, Moody devotes time with students, where he personally instills in students the endless possibilities that are directly associated with hard work, perseverance, and a positive attitude. Moody has served on numerous for profit and non profit boards. Moody is the 1st African American President for the Associated General Contractors for the state of Georgia.

Moody is the author of “Fighting through the Fear – My Journey of Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse,” co-authored with his good friend and former Morehouse College roommate, Charles W. Cherry II. The book describes his harrowing personal journey as a childhood sexual abuse survivor. Moody’s next big adventure is hiking Mt Kilimanjaro in January 2023. His personal blogsite, MoodySpeaks.com, showcases his talents as a photographer, motivator and inspirational resource for healing for other survivors of childhood sexual abuse. MoodySpeaks.com also allows people to see him in another role as a successful husband and father. Moody and his wife Karla they have two children, daughter Karia and son Charles III. He is now a 1st time grandfather. He and Karla reside in Lithonia, Georgia, just outside Atlanta.

Barry McCarthy, CEO, Deluxe Oct 18, 2022 11:45 AM
Payments with Purpose: From paper to digital, the transformation of the Original Check Company.
Payments with Purpose: From paper to digital, the transformation of the Original Check Company.

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Barry McCarthy is President, CEO and Director of Deluxe, a NYSE listed (DLX), Fortune 1000 company generating more than $2.2 billion in annual revenue.  He transformed the 107-year-old company from a check printer into a Trusted Payments and Business Technology company. 

Today, Deluxe processes nearly $3 trillion in annual digital payment volume or roughly 15% of US GDP.  In 2021, DLX stock appreciated nearly 3x faster than its industry peers.  In recognition of this transformation, he was name 2022 EY Entrepreneur of the Year®, Heartland.  His book, Small Business Revolution, published by Wiley & Sons, debuted at #2 on the Wall Street Journal Best Seller list.  Through Deluxe, he produced the twice EMMY-nominated, #1 unscripted lifestyle program on Hulu by the same name.  Barry is a Forbes Contributing Editor, has been profiled in Time, twice appeared on Jim Cramer’s Mad Money, and featured on the cover of multiple trade publications. 

He started his career at P&G and held executive roles at First Data, Wells Fargo, Verisign and founded Silicon Valley start-up, MagnaCash.    He created or supported the creation of many everyday products including ApplePay, Google Wallet and Android Pay, web-based card payments, gift and pre-paid cards, modern ATMs, and dozens of personal care products for Oil of Olay, Old Spice, Secret, and Pantene. Barry serves on the Board of Deluxe and previously served on the Boards of Bank of America Merchant Services, Standard Chartered Merchant Services (Singapore), ICICI Merchant Services (Mumbai), MerchantLink and eSurg.com where he was Chairman prior to its acquisition by Henry Schein, Inc (NASDAQ: HSIC).  He advised the DOJ, FTC, Federal Reserve, Senate Banking Committee, and House Financial Services Committee on complex Payments industry issues.  Barry is passionate about economic empowerment leading to self-sufficiency, youth leadership, and education.  He serves on the Boards of the National Urban League, Carter Center, Woodruff Arts Center, Minnesota Business Partnership, Metro Atlanta Chamber and has served multiple community- or faith-based or Boards.

Barry earned an MBA from Kellogg at Northwestern University.  He is the proud father of 3 thriving young adults and has been married to his beautiful, best friend for 30 years. 

Frank Brown, CEO, Communities in Schools Oct 25, 2022 11:45 AM
The Pandemic Generation: Helping Students Recover from Devasting Impact of COVID-19 Learning Loss
The Pandemic Generation: Helping Students Recover from Devasting Impact of COVID-19 Learning Loss

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Frank Brown, Esq. is the Chief Executive Officer of Communities In Schools of Atlanta. The organization’s mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

CIS of Atlanta is part of the nation’s largest and most effective organization dedicated to keeping kids in school and helping them succeed in life. CIS site coordinators work within local schools to improve attendance, behavior and academic performance while connecting students and their families to basic and critical resources. During the current academic year, CIS of Atlanta has programs at over 62 schools within the City of Atlanta, Fulton County, Clayton County and DeKalb County public school systems.

Under Brown’s leadership, CIS of Atlanta has invested in innovative new programs and partnered with private corporations and other nonprofits to increase its impact. Such new partnerships and programs include CIS of Atlanta partnering with the Multi-Agency Alliance for Children (MAAC) to support youth in foster care. A 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grant from the Georgia Department of Education that supports our Real-World Academy after school STEM program. CIS of Atlanta has also created an Alumni Affairs Division that provides support to students in college and a LatinXcellence program that provides bilingual and culturally responsive wrap-around services.

Also, under Brown’s leadership CIS of Atlanta’s staff has expanded to serve additional students in more schools and districts.  These positive impacts have led the organization to receive numerous awards and honors.  Brown is also a graduate of Leadership Atlanta, Class of 2019 and was most recently accepted into the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program at Harvard Business School.

Before leading CIS of Atlanta, Brown served as the first Executive Director of the Butler Street Community Development Corporation (formerly known as the historic Butler Street YMCA). In that position, he established year-round youth programming, launched the March on Washington Film Festival in Atlanta, reestablished the Hungry Club Forum, and secured partnerships with other nonprofits and governmental agencies that enhanced the organization’s healthy living and social awareness programming.

 Brown received his J.D. from the University of South Carolina’s School of Law and his B.A. in history with honors from Johnson C. Smith University.

INVOCATION: Paul Marston
Garrett Cathcart, Exec Dir, More Perfect Union Nov 08, 2022 11:45 AM
"Earn It"
"Earn It"


Garrett Cathcart is the founding Executive Director of More Perfect Union, a veteran-led movement to strengthen our communities and heal the divide in our country by creating meaningful connections through service and leadership.  Garrett is also a co-founder of 550 Capital Partners, a venture capital firm that specializes in pre-seed funding for start-ups founded by military veterans. 550 believes in the convergence of the veteran and founder communities offers the opportunity to partner with founders carrying their military experience and values into solving problems in the commercial sector.

Previously, Garrett served as the founding Executive Director of Mission Roll Call, a national organization that provides veterans a powerful and unified voice in public policy, and as the first Southeast Regional Director of Team Red, White and Blue.  Garrett served nine years as a United States Army Cavalry officer and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Garrett’s service included three years in ground combat leadership roles beginning as a Reconnaissance Scout Platoon Leader in Baghdad during the Surge in 2007, colloquially known as the bloodiest year in Iraq. Garrett was also an embedded military advisor living and operating with the Iraqi Army in 2008, and as a Cavalry Troop Commander in Afghanistan where he was commended for his work with local Afghan militias to fight the Taliban.

Garrett’s awards include three Bronze Star Medals, an Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device, and a Meritorious Service Medal.  Garrett is currently a Major in the Army Reserves where he serves as an Associate Professor of Leadership and Military Science at Georgia Tech.  Garrett graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2004, the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University in 2018. He is a Truman National Security Fellow and a George W. Bush Veteran Leadership Scholar.

Garrertt regularly speaks on leadership, service and building innovative teams. He has addressed the Atlanta Hawks, New York University, The Home Depot, The Federal Reserve Bank, and guest lectured at the US Military and Air Force Academies. He has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, New York Times, CNN, USA Today, and on Fox News, and CBS World News.