William M. Johnson has a passion for youth in urban communities. He desires to see all youth maximize their full God-given potential.
Equipping students, adults and leaders to rise to the top for more than 14 years as a Student Pastor and through working with Young Life as a mentor and counselor. He has served as a chaplain for the Gwinnett Youth Detention Center in Georgia, serving and planting seeds and positively impacting students for 7 years.
William is also the founder and executive director of Thrive Youth Development, Inc.
The organization positively impacts more than 100 students a year through coaching and mentoring in the local school systems, youth detention centers and community initiatives throughout Georgia.
His goal is to bring awareness to the need for social justice and help raise up more leaders across the country that will get involved in missions in their back yard that will unlock their community and save our youth.
Greylyn is originally from Charlotte NC, and has criss-crossed the country living in Tampa FL, San Jose CA, Washington DC and now Atlanta. She's thrilled to be back in the South closer to family and friends. As an Executive Assistant for 15 year, Greylyn has worked in several different industries including sports, entertainment, and technology/software. She is currently assisting the CEO of Manhattan Associates.
Greylyn is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Four Corners Group team as they seek to be change agents in communities where it is needed most. She attributes her willingness to volunteer to her parents' lifelong example and encouragement to serve where God leads you.
Greylyn hobbies include travel, classic rock, kickboxing and hiking (any excuse to be outdoors). In her down time, she loves spending time with the two loves of her life - her husband Mike and her Italian Greyhound Remy.
Lisa Wallace is a native New Yorker who has made Atlanta her home for the past 20+ years. While in her 20’s she had the privilege of helping to “entertain and care for” her roommates, many nieces, nephews and godchildren that would often visit and sleep over.
From there she went on to tutor students, serve with her church’s youth ministry, as well as guide, walk alongside and experience life with the many young people in her life. Her deep passion for charitable work led her to undertaking various administrative assignments, facilitating job readiness training for youth, as well as serving on nonprofit advisory boards.
As an Analytics Director in the Financial Services sector, Lisa utilizes her analytical, project management, strategy and process improvement experience to create and re-engineer various operational strategies in her role as Operations Analyst. Additionally she spearheads data capture initiatives that help tell the story of the youth we serve and to secure funding for our mission. Her goal is to see youth excited about creating and building the life they dream about.
In her spare time she enjoys being in service with other philanthropic work, quality time with friends and family, chill time on beach vacations, traveling and spa days.
Janet was born and raised in Kansas, right in the middle of America! She moved to the Atlanta area in 2011 in order for her husband to accept a job with Lockheed Martin. Janet and her husband have 2 adult children (a daughter and a son) and are foster parents to two girls. Janet recently resigned from her job as Family Ministry Leader to be a full time foster mom and a director/CFO for Four Corners Group (FCG).
Janet is honored to be serving alongside an amazing team at FCG and with the Pathways Youth Leadership program. She cannot wait to see what God will do for the families that FCG/Pathways will serve!
In her precious free time, Janet enjoys reading, playing table games with her family and meeting for coffee with her friends. She also loves taking adventurous hikes with her husband and exploring new places with him on the rare occasions they have a date night.
Justin Squires is a native of Marietta, Georgia who currently works for a Japanese real estate investment firm. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 2019 with a degree in Linguistics and a sub-focus in Japanese language and culture.
Justin wants to contribute to the end of the institutional oppression of all peoples by helping the youth who grew up on the front lines of this oppression to heal themselves. In this, the institutions that sustained their suffering will be healed as well.
His current passion and pastime involve looking to understand the meaning of this life!
1625 Indianapolis Team Leader
Melanie is passionate about radiating sunshine to those around her. She enjoys making a difference in the lives of youth. She believes that every person is significant and a smile brings a moment of joy to a person’s day.
Melanie brings over 20 years of experience in education, particularly counseling to the Thrive team. Melanie attended Ball State and Indiana State Universities respectively studying social work and school counseling. She is excited to use these skills in her role as coordinator by leading the 1625 Indianapolis Team to recruit volunteers, plan monthly sessions, and make an impact on the lives of our local youth.
In addition to working with youth in Thrive’s program, Melanie loves spending time with her family, serving at her church with the children’s and music ministries, and attending extracurricular events of her children and expanded Village. Melanie is currently working on a second master’s degree in educational leadership through American College of Education to expand her service to advocate for youth.
Learning is a lifelong process that we all must embrace. Sometimes it’s formal and other times experiential. Live, love, learn and THRIVE!
1625 Georgia Team Leader
Jonathan is passionate about giving back to the community with his talents. He is a firm believer in developing the gifts in others to bring out the best in others. Jonathan began his journey into musicianship at the tender young age of 7 when he began to play the drums. After becoming a proficient drummer and also adding keyboard, lead guitar, and bass guitar to his repertoire, he took his talents to Atlanta, Georgia to study music and also discovered a knack for business. Upon completing his B.S in Business Administration and music minor at Georgia Tech he has thrived in the music industry and in entrepreneurship starting 2 business.
Jonathan brings a wealth of knowledge as an entrepreneur, leader, and musician of 15 years to the FCG Team. Currently, he serves as the Team Lead in Marietta, Ga where his responsibilities include preparing and organizing teams to visit the local Marietta facility, supporting Dr. Johnson in team management, and producing educational music performances for the students to learn and grow from.
In addition to working with the 1625 program, Jonathan serves as the Music Director for Kingdom Living Ministries. He also enjoys leading worship sets for the International House of Prayer, creating his own music, developing his businesses, and spending time with family.
Ron Green was born and raised in South Bend, IN and has been a resident of the greater Atlanta area for 19 years. As a father of 6, he knew he had a gift to impact youth! Mr. Green is a Program Facilitator for the Independent Work Program at the Collective. He’s also the Founder and CEO of Operation Snatch Back, a 501(c)3 nonprofit youth development organization. Mr. Green specializes in equipping youth to withstand negative influences, push through hardships, and make a successful transition to adulthood. He helps them to uncover gifts within, so they become leaders in their homes, schools, and communities. His vast training in counseling, including experiential group training and CIT training allows him the ability to show empathy, connect well with people and the ability “to walk in other’s shoes”. In his spare time, Ron enjoys traveling, reading, and most of all, building relationships with people of all walks of life.
Will Guy, II
Hometown: Stone Mountain, GA
Owner & Executive Chef, Thin Line Catering
Cookbook Author, The Audacity to Cook
Graduated from Georgia Southern University (Hospitality Management - 2014)
Has served with Thrive Youth Development as a mentor and facilitator since 2015
Loves Duke Basketball, San Antonio Spurs, and he will beat you one on one.
Addicted to Avocados
After being arrested at 17 and facing up to five years in jail, he later gave his life to Christ after his release and is on a mission to see young guys become the man God created them to be!
Qayyim enthusiastically believes in the expression Pay it Forward. He is passionate about seizing any opportunity to learn from, inform, positively guide and uplift at-risk children and his community.
Qayyim’s early start as a youth mentor began at Thrive Youth Development mentoring students ages 12-18. Being “all in”, Qayyim connected strongly with the youth, organization and community and was selected Volunteer of the Year (2) times for his outstanding community service and leadership. He later became a certified Toastmasters coach and earned a certificate for Outstanding Services as a Toastmaster Coordinator. Additionally, he had the grand opportunity to teach a life skills and universal principles curriculum to an all-male group at Dekalb Academy of Technology & Environment and public speaking skills at Marietta Middle School as a Toastmasters Instructor and Coordinator.
In addition to his role as Toastmaster Coordinator for the 1625 Initiative, Qayyim is a paraprofessional at the Center for the Visually Impaired (toddler level). He holds a bachelor’s degree in Film and TV Broadcasting from Full Sail University and is a freelance writer, creative director, and producer for several visual mediums.
When he’s not pouring into the lives of youth, Qayyim enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, and creating vision boards.
Terrell K. Johnson
Born May 6, 1984 in Jackson, Mississippi. Terrell is a gifted and passionate speaker, mentor, trainer, and coach. After having success as an assistant coach at Stephenson High School (2004, 2008 and 2015 State champions) and as an AAU coach (10 tournament titles), coaching basketball led Terrell to realize the same principles he taught students to win in the game of basketball were the same principles they could use in winning in life. Terrell worked with Thrive Youth Organization where he served as a Lead Trainer and mentor 2009-2015, served in prison ministry with Four Corner from 2010-14, worked with served as Youth Pastor at The House Of Miracles and Blessings from 2013-2016, serves as a member of Jackie Brewton’s Y.E.S. Team (Youth Empowerment Speakers), worked as a Recreation Supervisor in the Department of Juvenile Justice 2013-2014, works as paraprofessional at Stephenson High School, he is in his 15th year at UPS and in his 16th years as assistant coach of the women’s basketball team at Stephenson High school.
Terrell has spoken on a host of different subjects and areas that include abstinence, college preparatory seminars, training seminars for teaching at-risk students, leadership classes, life group sessions, volunteer training, relationships, single life and much more. Terrell believes it is essential to change the mindset of society and in order for this to change to occur, we have to change what and how we teach young people. Terrell is a graduate of Stephenson High School and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from Clayton State University.
Colby Hall is passionate about developing relationships and learning from those who are different from him. He believes that Jesus calls his followers to serve and love others, seek justice for the oppressed, and have compassion for those who are hurting, and FCG has given him and many others a way to follow that calling.
Colby was born in Conyers, GA and has lived in Loganville, GA, a small town east of Atlanta, for almost his whole life. His regular trips visiting relatives in the Northeast US ignited his interest for travel and experiencing different cultures and languages. Beginning in his high school years, that interest inspired him both to start studying Spanish and to volunteer with Haven of Hope International’s Refugio de Esperanza Orphanage in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, which he regularly visits on mission trips to serve and love their at-promise youth. After graduating from Georgia State University in 2019 with a B.A. in Applied Linguistics and a minor in Spanish, Colby is thankful for the chance that FCG gives him to use his language skills and be a regular, encouraging presence in the lives of at-promise students.
Colby brings over 6 years of serving at-promise/orphaned youth, Spanish language skills, and general communication and intercultural skills to his role as Success Coach at FCG. As a Success Coach, he maintains regular communication with students and their families about their progress, celebrating in the students’ highlight moments and encouraging them at their low points. He also aids in whatever is needed to help the 1625 Pathways Program run as smoothly as possible.
One of Colby’s primary additional interests is music. He writes, produces, arranges, and plays various musical instruments for his band, LOOKiT, and he also produces music for other artists. He is an avid New England sports fan due to his New England roots; lastly, he still loves to travel, especially to places where he can practice his Spanish!
Robbin Barnes was born and raised in Panama City, FL. In 2015, she and her two daughters relocated to the Atlanta area. She is very passionate about empowering youth and has a strong desire to help them find their way out of an unclear path.
Most of Robbin’s career has been in education, working with at-promise youth. She has worked as a reading and math tutor, credit recovery personnel, youth advisor, and as a key catalyst in leading students that are in an alternative environment to graduation from high school. She was happy to lend her hand to the youth in our communities all while raising her daughters and accomplishing her goal of obtaining a bachelor’s degree from Argosy University in December 2017.
As a Pathways Success Coach, Robbin’s goal is to bring a restored, more productive, hopeful thought process to our youth, leading them down a more successful path in life. She is committed to bringing families together, helping them to create healthier support systems as one cohesive unit.
In her free time, Robbin enjoys spending time with her family, listening to music, watching movies, and traveling.
Laronda is passionate about universal education. She considers herself a lifelong
learner and supports the learning of individuals at all ages and stages, whether it’s
chemistry or cooking.
A true Alabama spirit, she will readily greet you with a smile and a hearty “Roll Tide!”
She has worked in the areas of youth and family programming, social work, and
international education. She has traveled an interesting career journey that has
brought her to her current passion--school counseling. In addition, Laronda is
currently pursuing doctoral study at the University of Georgia.
She strives to help students be their best versions of themselves and has been doing
so for the past 10 years. She has learned how to be creative, flexible, patient, and
adaptable to changing situations. These are the skills she will be using as a Success
Coach to support youth towards becoming thriving adults.
When Laronda is able to find a moment of spare time, she spends it reading,
volunteering, and soaking in joy and laughter from her loved ones.
Peggie’s driving passion is helping others become their best selves, recognizing that expressions of appreciation, encouragement and support are key factors in unleashing an individual’s confidence and effectiveness.
A retired administrative professional, Peggie’s desire to use her corporate skills in a nonprofit environment led her to Four Corners Group (FCG). Her primary responsibility as Executive Assistant is providing planning and strategy support to the FCG Executive Director. In this role, she enlists communication, organizational, and delivery skills honed over three decades to connect and reinforce the diverse resources required to serve our communities’ at-promise youth.
In addition to her volunteer work with FCG, Peggie is an actively involved member of Liberty Church (the church with the flags) in Marietta, Georgia, where she serves as small group leader, prophecy coach, and inner healing lay counselor. Her spare time is devoted to discovering her inner gardener, spending quality time with family and friends, and planning her next DIY project.
Administration Support Specialist
Cristen is passionate about engaging in her community. She believes that the best investment one can make is in people, not material goods.
Coming from a family of educators, Cristen was raised to value quality education. She graduated magna cum laude from Hampton University in 2019. At the time, she was President of the Honors College and 8 semesters Dean’s List recipient. Cristen majored in Biology/Pre-Medicine because she saw the need for more representation in health care settings. Afterward college, Cristen spent a post-baccalaureate year in clinical oncology before joining the pandemic relief as a COVID-19 administrator. Her strength is in advocacy, which will help her grow towards advancing medical care in areas of underserved and in-need.
Cristen brings her administrative, innovative and organizational skills to the FCG team. She is excited to use these skills in her role as Administrative Support Specialist, where she will handle several clerical tasks for the organization, including special projects, communications, data entry and volunteer onboarding. From the moment she found Four Corners Group, she knew God orchestrated her steps. She is excited to contribute to our youth, and the future leaders of our society.
In addition to working with FCG, Cristen is a member of Cascade United Methodist Church. Her hobbies include music (percussion), food, exercise, reading, volunteering, home and garden decorating. A loving daughter to Marvin and Caren Flewellen and sister to Marcus, Marvin Anthony, Camille and Motown, the family’s Cava-Tsu. In addition, she is a proud dog mom to Caesar, her energetic 2 year old Morkie.