Meet The GGI Atlanta Team
Our dynamic team of leading ladies
Basja Tibbs is the Programs Director of Global Girls, Inc. Atlanta. She graduated from Georgia State University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. When she isn’t chowing down on various Asian cuisines, she spends her time reading personal development books, watching her favorite beauty bloggers, and traveling as often as possible (for the love of food).
Basja volunteered with SafeHouse Outreach in Atlanta, GA for four years. There she mentored and had the privilege to serve pregnant and parenting teen mothers for Atlanta public high schools. She facilitated discussions on subjects such as sexual and intimate violence education, positive mental health advocacy, and practical parenting skills. This experience sparked Basja's interest in becoming a more role model to young girls in the community.
At Global Girls Inc. Atlanta, Basja serves as a key mentor and directs the courses, information, and education provided to the girls of GGI Atlanta; including The Female Body Portrayed in Mainstream Media and How to Trade Fear with Gratefulness. Basja utilizes a significant portion of subject matter from her undergraduate degree in Sociology and pairs it with developmental content to create relevant and dynamic teachings.
Basja possesses a passion for growth and personal development along with an inherent desire to inform and equip girls of all ages. She considers it a privilege to mentor, teach, coach, and train, today’s youth in hopes to create real, lasting change.
As the Creative Director of Global Girls, Inc. Atlanta, Shaleen creatively manages GGI's website, social media accounts and teaches art lessons at each annual GGI Conference. After spending much time with the amazing "Global Girls" of GGI, Shaleen knows that it takes a village of loving and invested people to reach each girl effectively. It's a beautiful thing!
Shaleen studied fine arts at the Academy of Art University and worked at the Mable House Arts Center in Mableton, GA for almost a decade. She taught art classes to children, regularly led the Underground Railroad art project for local field trips, and participated in gallery shows and community theatre. She is currently employed at Georgia State University in the College of Education and Human Development, where she has worked since 2013.
Outside the office, Shaleen enjoys teaching art workshops and camps to children in the community. Her world also consists of detailed charcoal portraits and vividly colorful paintings and teaching. Her work is in numerous private art collections both nationally and internationally.
Global Girls, Inc. Atlanta is an organization that Shaleen knows changes lives. She has witnessed true positive change and growth in the girls associated with GGI, knowing that it is an absolute honor to be part of such a valuable nonprofit.
Cameron Abney, a native of Rome, Georgia is a licensed realtor and has worked in property management for 18 years. In addition to her advisory duties with GGI Atlanta Rome, Ms. Abney is a board member of Open Door Children's Home, a board member of the Junior Service League of Rome, and a board member of Daughters of the American Revolution Xavier Chapter. Mrs. Abney is a vital contributor to the organization.
Marlene brings two very distinctive characteristics to GGI Atlanta, over 25 years of operations experience and a heart for helping youth. As a commercial property manager for several companies, including Coca-Cola and AT&T, she has excelled in the areas of customer service, financial stewardship, contract management, talent management, and leadership. Additionally, one of the most rewarding aspects of both her professional and personal life is helping people, particularly young women, achieve their full potential.
This began early in her career when she had a temporary employee who did not know, what many consider, very basic life skills. Marlene then began to realize how many young women didn’t have the advantage she had of a mother and sisters who taught her fundamentals that all young women should be taught. With that knowledge, her passion for helping as many young women as she could begin.
Marlene has served as a board member for City of Refuge in Atlanta, an advisory council member for Safehouse Outreach in Atlanta, a team captain for projects for Make-a-Wish Foundation, a youth Sunday School leader and teacher, and countless other volunteer opportunities with a variety of non-profits and schools. As Executive Director for GGI, she takes great joy in helping young women navigate through the challenges of life in an effort to help them avoid pitfalls and gain wisdom. “If you just do what you know in your heart is right, even if it's not what you want to do, your life will be so much easier”, is only one of her commonly shared philosophies on life.
Marlene is a native of Atlantan and has lived in metro Atlanta all her life. She has a husband of twelve years, John, and a 11-year-old son, Shawn.
As the Development Director for Global Girls, Inc. Atlanta, Jackie responsibly manages GGI’s resources and coordinates its fund-raising activities to ensure that the needs of the organization are satisfied. A native Atlantan, Jackie is currently an Executive Manager with the IBM Corporation, however, she has held various management positions at IBM for more than 25 years.
Jackie has always had a passion for volunteering and working with nonprofits. Inspired by having volunteered as an Economics Junior Achievement teacher at local high schools, participating in numerous high school Career Days, and working with other charitable functions, Jackie’s passion is focused on helping young people in their career development.
Her passion led to her involvement with GGI Atlanta where she now merges her corporate experience with her volunteer spirit to support GGI Atlanta's activities. Despite an individual’s circumstances, Jackie feels that everyone can achieve their own personal success in life.