Hope Inc.

Board Members

Kenita Smith – President/CEO, Founder

Kenita Smith graduated from the American Intercontinental University of Buckhead with a B.B.A concentrating in Healthcare Management in 2007, and also obtained a M.B.A concentrating in Healthcare Management from the same University in 2008.

As founder and chief executive officer, her responsibilities encompass the overall leadership and development of the organization. In addition to her vocation, Mrs. Smith is a published author and stays actively involved in the local church as she serves as a leader for many church functions.

Lisa White – Secretary

Lisa Larry White is a native of Bessemer, Alabama, and has resided in metro-Atlanta since 1996. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), receiving a B.A. in Mass Communications and Journalism with a minor in English. Over the course of her career, she has worked in various industries including healthcare, pharmaceutical, property management, and currently in tax and financial education. She currently works as the Office Manager for Protax Plus Financial Services, LLC, a full-service tax preparation and accounting firm, located in Stone Mountain, Georgia. She also serves as the Vice President of Operations for the firms’ satellite offices in Alabama, Virginia, and South Carolina. Lisa was recently promoted to EVP Platinum with myEcon, the Personal Financial Success Company, located in Snellville, Georgia.

Lisa is passionate about her community and uses her life experiences and “gift of gab” to motivate others. It is her desire that through her written and spoken word, people are inspired, encouraged, and strengthened as she shares her knowledge. She works tirelessly to ensure that the community is educated on matters that impact their daily lives in the areas of taxes, credit repair, and financial literacy. She is also a motivational speaker, writer, editor, and entrepreneur. Lisa is the mother of three young adult children; D’Lisa, Davida, and David Jr.

Steven Dowdley – Board Chair

Steve is a seasoned healthcare executive with broad experience in management, regulatory affairs, quality assurance, business development and R&D. He currently serves as Global Director of Regulatory Affairs for a medical device firm, where is responsible for setting the strategic regulatory direction for the company and leading a global team of professionals who work with health authorities around the world. He also serves on several international industry boards, focused on proactively influencing healthcare policy and establishing industry guidance.

Steve is passionate about helping others and believes that life is too short to not live it to its fullest. He believes that everyday give us a second chance to live, laugh, love and learn better than we did the day before.

Wassia Kamon – Fundraising Committee Member

Wassia KamonWassia graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting. Since then, she accumulated over a decade of progressive experience in corporate accounting and finance, with a focus on strategic planning, financial analysis, and business process improvements. She is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), with a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA). She currently serves as Associate Director of Finance for a Pharmaceutical Company.

Aside from work, Wassia enjoys gardening, cooking, and of course eating, while trying to keep up with her 2 young children. She believes that happiness is a choice and loves to spread positivity around her.