Marsha Morgan, Chair
Service has always been a way of life for Marsha Morgan. Her involvement with the Community Investment Network is fueled by the notion that giving back is a way to make a difference. She impacts her community as an active member and leader of several community and professional organizations. As a Founding Member and former Chairperson of the Birmingham Change Fund, her impact has had a ripple effect across the nation.
Marsha is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Professionally, she has a diverse background in the electric utilities industry, which includes Engineering, Project Management, and Compliance.
Marsha currently resides in the greater Birmingham area. Her philanthropic belief is rooted in a quote by Francis of Assisi, “For it is in giving that we receive.”
Colette Lewis, Vice Chair
As a Midwest native, Colette Lewis developed a strong sense of devotion to collective philanthropy growing up in a close knit family-oriented community. Colette’s passion for giving back and “paying it forward” fuels her leadership commitment to the Community Investment Network (CIN). She happily admits that her personal and professional success is due to the love of many selfless men and women who have poured into her life. In adulthood, she rekindled that passion as a founding member of Birmingham Change Fund.
Colette has obtained a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a executive MBA from C.T. Bauer College of Business at University of Houston. She is President and Founder of FFG Strategic Consulting, a power industry engineering services firm, and has served for over 20 years providing engineering design and leadership in the energy industry. She intentionally makes time, however, to strongly support STEM career initiatives, mentor, teach and support causes to “pay it forward”.
Terry Love, Secretary
A native of Lawton, Oklahoma, Terry Love is a graduate of Duke University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Religion, and is currently a Senior Consultant at Continuous Improvement Consultants. There, he supports clients in food distribution, oil & gas, energy, and manufacturing industries, with an emphasis on Change Management and Process Improvement.
Anthony C. Hood, PhD
Dr. Anthony C. Hood is an Associate Professor in the UAB Collat School of Business where he conducts research at the intersection of social networks, shared cognition, communication and innovation in interdisciplinary teams. He received his PhD in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship from the University of Alabama and a Certificate in Community Health Leadership from the Morehouse School of Medicine. He is also an alum of the Teaching and Learning Studio at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University.
In addition to the Community Investment Network, Dr. Hood serves on a number of boards including the Birmingham Education Foundation, the Woodlawn Foundation, and the Birmingham Industrial Development Board. For more, visit www.anthonychood.com.
Shani Hilliard serves as a Lead in EDI Services for Delta Dental of Colorado, a nonprofit dental provider that is dedicated to improving the oral health in the communities served across the state. Shani is a native of Denver and is a founding member of the giving circle S.P.I.N. Sisterhood of Philanthropists Impacting Needs and has been active in Denver’s community and non profit areas working with and for a variety of local and national organizations. Shani is a 2011 graduate of the Urban Leadership Foundation of Colorado. Shani truly believes that serving the community is heart work and cannot be monetized. Her passion is demonstrated in her contributions and dedication to organizations and programs designed to empower others.
Tobi Shannon is a connector and community engagement influencer. She takes an active role in helping people gain access to all the tools they need to be successful, as they see fit. By donating her time, talent, and treasure, she has immersed herself in each and every community she’s been a part of. Most recently, her career has led her to influence corporations in the Seattle area to be socially responsible in their community by donating to causes surrounding poverty, specifically in hunger relief. Tobi truly believes that “service is the rent we pay for room on this earth.”
Tanaka is originally from Byhalia, MS and received her BA in Sociology from Jackson State University (JSU). She recently relocated to the Austin area by way of Denver, CO. While in Denver, Tanaka thrived in the non-profit sector and various educational roles supporting and leading the charge for equity and decreasing education gaps amongst minority students. She was very active in the community, working as an organizer and liaison for the Urban Leadership Foundation of Colorado, the Annual Five Points Jazz Festival, and 100 Men Who Cook Black Tie Gala.
She graduated from The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Impact Denver Leadership Program, served as the moderator and co-chair of an HBCU initiative at the Vickers Boys and Girls Club first Annual HBCU Day, and was a regular volunteer for the Center for African American Health
Tanaka is the proud co-founder of Denver’s first African American women’s philanthropic giving circle, Sisterhood of Philanthropists Impacting Needs, SPIN. In her spare time she loves grilling and cooking for friends, thrift store shopping, and is an avid golfer!