Emmanuel Glaze / Founder and CEO
Emmanuel Glaze is the Founder and CEO of the nonprofit Optimize The Vizion. His sports roots run deep into the red clay of Georgia. He played on the perennial powerhouse and multiple state champion Lincoln County High School during his high school days. He continued his athletic prowess at Morris Brown College where he lettered in football and track and graduated with a degree in Mathematics. After graduation, he never lost his desire to compete and fulfilled that need by coaching football programs at both Kell Middle and High schools. His marriage of 20+ years to his college sweetheart Jennifer has produced two beautiful daughters that are a huge motivation for Emmanuel. When asked how he continues to break the mold of what people think a guy from Lincoln County, GA should be able to accomplish, his reply embodies his quiet faith: “You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.”
LaShahn “Cookie” Cook / Board Member
Hailing from the Metropolitan area of Washington, DC LaShahn “Cookie” Cook has always been an advocate for the youth and has worked for over 15 years in various capacities with children. Cookie received her B.S. in Business Administration from DeVry University and worked for the following organizations: Kennedy Center, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and SunTrust Bank. She has owned and managed I Am Movement Atlanta Dance Studio, was a former internet radio personality, consultant to several recording artists and journalist for a number of music publications. LaShahn currently operates Cookie’s Creative Workshop-providing a space to nurture talent, confidence and passion within the youth in her community. Through coaching and guidance, the students learn team building, public speaking, writing, and challenge their physical and mental endurance with practical and written arts education. Being a mother of twin daughters, Cookie understands being a role model is action based. Cookie’s motto, “Knowledge is power”.
Hannah Joy Gebresilassie / Board Member
Hannah Joy Gebresilassie is an award-winning journalist, media personality, motivational speaker, photographer and entrepreneur hailing from Atlanta, GA. She transitioned from working in the sports industry then as a TV Reporter/Anchor to launching her own media platform, HannahJoyTV, along with the Promote Positivity Movement. Her mission is to share uplifting content and promote positivity worldwide. As the daughter of Ethiopian and Eritrean immigrants, she also created a lifestyle brand inspired by peace initiatives between the two east African nations. Hannah is a proud alumnus of Georgia State University, Georgia Tech and Northwestern University. She is very passionate about working with the youth, traveling and community development.
Monica McCoy / Board Member
Monica McCoy is a highly-sought after global speaker, business strategist, executive coach and consultant. As founder of Monica Motivates, LLC., Monica provides coaching, speaking and consulting services, that helps women transition from being mere spectators, to pursuing their dreams and becoming active participants in having fulfilling, successful personal and professional lives. A former Acting Global Director of Strategy and Innovation for the McDonald’s Division for The Coca-Cola Company, McCoy left to pursue her own dreams in 2017, after 15 successful years. Now her business focus is helping individuals identify their purpose and passion, while showing them how to best leverage their newly found knowledge for the benefit of their companies and themselves.
Lewis Preston / Board Member
Lewis Preston is a former championship Division I Head and Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach. Once he transitioned from collegiate coaching, Lewis created his own website (www.CoachLewisPreston.com) to connect with youth, student-athletes and professionals in different sports fields. Lewis likes to help people in all walks of life to better develop their leadership and professional skills. Currently, Lewis is involved and contributes to numerous activities in the Kennesaw, Acworth and Cobb county communities. Lewis’ professional highlights includes: Agent – Men’s Basketball (www.theBDSAgency.com), Member – Cobb County Chamber of Commerce (Chairman’s Club), Contributor – Hawks-Naismith Holiday Basketball Classics (Atlanta Hawks), Contributor – Georgia Hoop Circle (@GaHoopCircle) and Basketball Analyst – SUVtv (www.theSUVtv.com)
Corey Sharrod Jones was born and raised in St. Louis, MO and attended power house Hazelwood East High School where he lettered in both Basketball and Football. After high school Corey continued his football career at the University of Kansas where he studied Business/Sports Management! Corey later moved to Atlanta where he started a career in Sales/Telecommunications for AT&T and met his now wife of 18 years Starr H Jones. They are now the proud parents of two handsome, intelligent young men. Corey has served his community for over a decade as a Football Coach for The McEachern Youth and Middle School Programs. He also, served as President of the Southwest Baseball Association where he also coached and helped launch the Southwest Sox Travel Baseball Academy. Corey is also the CEO/Founder of ReaLStarr Sports and Entertainment, LLC. https://www.realstarrsportsent.com