Paedia is a recognized leader in the refugee service community. She led the successful merger of RRISA and RFS from initial concept through the creation of New American Pathways on October 1, 2014. Her vision for a comprehensive service model that guides a refugee’s journey—from arrival in the U.S. through swear-in as a U.S. citizen—captured the attention of the local and national philanthropic community and resulted in a merger fundraising campaign that exceeded its $1.5M goal.
Under Paedia’s leadership, New American Pathways’ resettlement program has been recognized nationally as one of the most successful in the country, placing more than 90% of refugees in jobs within their first six months of resettling in the U.S. Among her many accolades, Paedia was selected for Leadership Atlanta (2016), is a graduate of Leadership DeKalb (2012) and of the Fanning Institute’s Executive Leadership Program in Non-profit Organizations (2010), and she received a prestigious scholarship to attend the Harvard Business School’s Executive Nonprofit Leadership Program for “Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management” (2013). Earlier in her career, Paedia served in fundraising and program roles at Junior Achievement Worldwide, the Carter Center, and Catholic Social Services. She has a Master’s degree in International Affairs and Development from Clarke Atlanta University, and a BA in International Relations from Georgia State University.
Peter has over 40 years of experience in public and private accounting, with for-profit and non-profit entities, and publicly held companies and private businesses. He received top honors in the Nonprofit category of the 2014 CFO of the Year Awards sponsored by Atlanta Business Chronicle, in partnership with the Association for Corporate Growth Atlanta chapter.
His career began with the public accounting firm of Price Waterhouse and has included periods as CFO, Director of Finance and Corporate Controller with SunTrust Service Corporation, The Portman Companies, The Macauley Companies, Tatum Partners, Perimeter Community Improvement Districts and the Alzheimer’s Association Georgia Chapter. Mr. Armstrong has been directly involved with non-profit organizations since 2003 and currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Alzheimer’s Association Georgia Chapter. He is a CPA and received his BSBA degree in Accounting from the University of Florida.
Amy Crownover, Marketing and Communications Director, brings 20 years of experience in communications, marketing and fundraising to her role. Before New American Pathways, Amy served as the Development Director for RRISA and as a freelance writer and editor, including grant, training, and communications development for a variety of for-profit and non-profit organizations. She was a founding board member for The Museum School of Avondale Estates, a start-up DeKalb County charter school that opened in August 2009, and serves today on its Foundation board. She has secured major grants up to and over $1 million from government entities, public and private foundations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Florida State University.