Board of Directors

boardThe RiSE Scholarship Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors :

Jena Young- Co-Founder 

Jena and her husband, Steve, Co-founded RiSE in 2010. She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications from Mt. Vernon College in Washington D.C. She previously worked as an interior designer and in the design business in California and Georgia. Jena has actively volunteered and is a patron to many civic and non- profit organizations, such as The Atlanta Speech School, The Howard School, Holy Innocents Episcopal School, SOAR camp, Fernbank Museum, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, The Atlanta Ballet, Parent to Parent of Georgia, Garden Club of America, The Atlanta Botanical Garden, Fernbank Musuem, Agape Youth and Family Center and The Children’s Museum of Atlanta.  Jena enjoys promoting LD awareness on behalf of RiSE, as well as researching alternative and nutritional therapies for the treatment of ADHD and SPD.

Stephen T. Young- Co- Founder

Steve attended Georgia Southern College and is currently the Vice President of General Wholesale Company in Atlanta, Georgia.  He has served and/or is currently on the Board of Directors at the Madison- Morgan Cultural Center, The Howard School in Atlanta, Christ School in Asheville, North Carolina, South Carolina Beer Wholesalers Association and National Beer Wholesalers Association. Steve and his two brothers (Bill Young and Howard Young) established an athletic endowment and Neel Reid Memorial Scholarship at the University of Georgia in honor of their parents. Steve and his family were honored as the “Family of the Year” at University of Georgia for their outstanding loyalty and service to the community, the University and the Alumni Association. Steve is actively supportive of research for pancreatic cancer through Translational Genomics Research Institute (Tgen) , a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta and a National Trustee of the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

Tanya Thomas

Tanya lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband and three children. She holds a Bachelors of Art degree with a concentration in accounting and finance from Mount Vernon College and a Masters of Taxation from The American University.  In addition, Tanya is a licensed CPA and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  Tanya’s professional career has been in the accounting and taxation area, both in private industry with a large hotel corporation, and in the public accounting industry.  Tanya currently volunteers for various positions at her children’s school and  serves as a member of the Montgomery County Advisory Council for Junior Achievement of the National Capital Area.  She and her husband ( Robert Thomas) are actively involved in the charitable organizations of the Wounded Warrior Project, Junior Achievement, the Paul Rabil Foundation and The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Jessica DeHart

Jessica and her husband have three sons ( their twins are owners of the popular streetwear company Lucid FC). Jessica is the founder of A Brilliant Life Foundation. She graduated from the University of West Georgia with Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing. After years of working in marketing, sales and teaching ice skating to school age children, in 2007, Jessica found her niche with A Brilliant Life Foundation. She is dedicated to teaching America’s youth how to be all they were created to be. She teaches in public and private schools, the home school community, nonprofits, community centers, and writes curriculum for nonprofits such as Big Brothers Big Sisters.  In 2007, Jessica was selected #76 out of 1000 “People who are making a difference in America’s schools”.

The RiSE Scholarship Foundation, Inc. Advisory Council: 

  • Nancy Christensen        Orton Gillingham Tutor, Atlanta, Ga. 
  • Carolyn Ferrari             Ferrari Fine Art, Atlanta, Ga. 
  • Amy Glenn                       Orton Gillingham Tutor, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Margaret Jameson       Atlanta, Ga. 
  • Ashlee Rood                    Atlanta, Ga.