About Us

The LWWF honors Lisa Elaine Woods Washington, who left us far too soon. The intention was to create an organization that would encompass and serve who Lisa was as well as her passions. One was playing tennis, which she started as an adult. She encouraged anyone to pick up a racquet and learn the game.

Lisa also valued education, a central focus of her life and time. An excellent student in her own right, she embodied academic achievement through the countless hours she volunteered at her daughter’s school. Along with many career accomplishments, she also started her own daycare school with her partner, June Estelle. The LWWF scholastic achievement programs support education through classroom resources and scholarships.

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The Foundation serves to promote and develop the growth of youth tennis and scholastic achievement within the community.

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The LWWF embodies the essence of Lisa’s spirit. The foundation, like Lisa, exemplifies the following:

  • Love: Lisa, who had a passion for everything she did, warmly showered others with love. Love was a quality you could easily associate with her character.
  • Charity: Lisa was always an advocate of service and good work. She logged countless hours volunteering within her community, church and school programs.
  • Spirit: Lisa touched everyone she met with her generous spirit. Always happy, she had an affectionate effect on others.
  • Life: Lisa’s zeal for life was palpable. She always had and maintained a positive outlook on situations.
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People are at the heart of LWWF. Lisa always left a piece of herself behind, either through her words or actions. For this reason, people who work with the LWWF are inspired to follow her model. LWWF’s leadership team and board are committed to serving the foundation’s mission and programs.

Board of Directors

Isaac T. Washington
Co-chair and Banker

Isaac Washington was married to Lisa Woods Washington for 19 years. The two shared a loving 26 year relationship, which began with their courtship in high school. Isaac and Lisa are the proud parents of Jandolyn.

Isaac is a Senior Underwriter for the Southeast region of Wells Fargo Private Bank.With more than 21 years of banking experience, Mr. Washington has a diverse background in both loan origination and credit with industry leading financial institutions.

Isaac is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta and sits on several local Boards, such as The Howard School, Boys and Girls Club (DeKalb County), Hammonds House Museum,and Children Burial Assistance. His civic involvement extends to serving as a Big Brother for Big Brothers/Big Sisters for the past 11 years and a Loan Committee member for Family First’s Ways To Work Loan Program. Isaac has an MBA degree from Auburn University and a B.A. from Clark Atlanta University, where he has garnered academic honors from both institutions.

Jandolyn E. Washington
Co-chair, Daughter and Student

Jandolyn Washington is the gifted daughter of Isaac and Lisa Woods Washington. Jandolyn is presently a rising 8th grader with a concentration in Spanish and has always had an affinity for languages and learning about various cultures. Jandolyn studied Mandarin for three years and has traveled to more than 20 countries, thus far, that included Columbia, Costa Rica, Mexico, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, and Spain, just to name a few.

Jandolyn has a passion and love for service, like her parents. She also enjoys traveling, dancing, acting, making videos, playing the piano and tennis.

Dr. Lynette Wilson-Phillips
Pediatrician

Dr. Lynette Wilson-Phillips is the owner of Decatur Pediatrics Group P.A. Dr. Wilson-Phillips is originally from Charleston, South Carolina and has earned her Medical Degree at the Medical University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Charleston. She completed her residency at the Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Wilson-Phillips is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a member of many professional and community organizations.

Dr. Wilson-Phillips is an avid tennis player, having served as Lisa Woods Washington’s doubles partner and best friend for 17 years. Dr. Wilson-Phillips is married to Jonathan “Jay Pee” Phillips and has three daughters.

Greg Head
Business Owner

Greg Head is a partner at SmartThink. Greg has over 20 years of strategic consulting and market research experience. As a marketing professional, Greg has a broad array of experiences with Fortune 500 companies and advertising agencies, helping them produce award-winning creative, launch successful new products and revitalize older brands. His work in the field has also been recognized by his peers as he has previously won the Coors Innovation Award, the American Marketing Association AMY Award 2000, and the Turner Broadcast System Marketing Science Award 2007. His insights have been instrumental in two clients receiving Golden Effies for their ads. He is also a holder of a patent for his work in New Product Development.

While SmartThink is an integrated marketing strategy and research consultancy, Greg’s passion started with building new brands. Long before the internet was a commonplace marketing vehicle, Greg’s new product team was using the internet in the 90’s to attract trend-setters and early adopters.

As a result of his expertise and passion, Greg has been frequently called upon to lecture and share his experiences with others. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Morehouse College. He has completed further graduate studies at the University of Denver and Regis University. He also holds certificates in New Product Development from the Harvard Business School and Business Development from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Greg is the proud husband and father to Yolanda and their two boys.

Karmen Williams
Marketing and Communications Professional

Karmen has over 20-years of driving solutions for clients as a marketing and communications executive with a diverse background across business acumen and various marketing functions. She utilizes creative, innovative strategies from concept to execution that produce measureable results. Acknowledged as a highly effective leader with ability to manage client relationships, large-scale projects, direct reports and crossfunctional teams, she is a skilled communicator, integrating sound business principles, technology and trends into the marketplace. Her expertise lies in event planning and
management, entertainment & sports marketing, staffing, training & development and graphic design capabilities.

Karmen holds a B.S. in computer science from Spelman College and an MBA in marketing from Clark Atlanta University. Married for 25-years to Kenneth, they both are the proud parents of two children – daughter, Kamille, a recent graduate from Spelman College and current student at Meharry Medical College; and son, Kenneth, a high school student and budding entrepreneur. Her hobbies and special interests include tennis, mystery novels, travel and handmade arts/craft projects. She has a special interest in youth initiatives and has volunteered countless hours working with high school business programs such as FBLA and Junior Achievement and community service projects. Her goal is empowering students to excel within any professional realm.

Clarence Boyd
Tennis Coach

A 2007 graduate of Georgia State, Clarence Boyd begins his second season as an assistant coach for the women’s tennis team. He works with head coach Miha Lisac with all aspects of the program.

Boyd joined Lisac’s staff prior to last season after working for four years with the Georgia Tech men’s tennis team. While at Georgia Tech, Boyd helped coach Guillermo Gomez as he became the ACC Freshman of the Year in 2008 and a three-time ITA AllAmerican.

Boyd graduated from Georgia State in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He played four seasons on the men’s tennis team, earning 10 wins each in singles and doubles play throughout his career.

Jonathan “Jay Pee” Phillips
Business Owner

Jonathan “Jay Pee” Phillips is co-owner and project director of Visions USA, a national events and promotions agency. Jonathan Phillips oversees day-to-day Operations and directs staff in the planning and implementation of conferences and events for various clients. With over 22 years of experience, he understands how to create impactful events that leave a lasting impression.

He has volunteered countless hours with area high schools and a strong parent advocate with programs such as the founder of “New Dads 101” and a member of the National Partnership Network for Fathers and Families. Professionally, he is a member of the Society of Government Meeting Planners and the National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners. Married to Lynette Wilson-Phillips, they both are the parents of three daughters, Rochelle, Ryann and Rhamsei.

Veronica Plaut McDaniel
Educator

Veronica graduated from AIS with a bilingual IB diploma in 1997. She went to Vassar College and received a B.A. in International Studies with a focus on Latin America and played collegiate soccer. During college Veronica worked as a research assistant and did research for a book written by Robert MacNamara. In 2001 she lobbied on Capitol Hill for a Latin American Human Rights firm, and worked with Hispanic youth in an HIV prevention program run through the University of Maryland, Baltimore. After returning back to Atlanta she interned at the Carter Center in their Americas program. Veronica worked three years for an independent documentary production company and we produced documentaries for ESPN: The History of Women in Sports for the anniversary of Title IX; The History of Drugs in Sports for Outside the Lines; and SI at 50: the History of Sports Illustrated. After having coached soccer to middle school girls, she missed her passion for coaching and being with kids and left the film world for teaching Spanish, PE, and coaching various middle and upper school sports at AIS. Veronica received a Masters of Arts in Education, Global Policy Studies from University of Illinois.

Veronica has a range of volunteer experiences from being an interpreter at Grady Health System to working with youth in after school programs. She is currently working on raising awareness on human trafficking and supporting local organizations that work for the cause. She is married to Mark McDaniel and has two children.

Emily Poe
Attorney

Emily Poe was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. After graduating from Westminster Schools, she received a B.A. in History with a certificate in Environmental Studies from Princeton University, where she was a member of the Women’s Varsity Soccer team from 1997-2000. She then moved to Asheville, NC, where she combined her love of the outdoors and working with children by working at several camps and experiential education facilities, serving as an Assistant Director at The Green River Preserve in Cedar Mountain, NC. She attended law school at the University of Georgia, and graduated in 2006. Emily practiced environmental law with Balch & Bingham LLP in Atlanta for 3 years before moving to a general litigation practice at Weinberg, Wheeler, Hudgins, Gunn & Dial, LLC. She also volunteers with the Truancy Intervention Project, a local non-profit program that provides pro bono counsel and representation to junior high and high school students charged with truancy.

Emily lives in East Lake, and when she’s not in the office, can frequently be found outside walking her dog, working in her garden, or kicking around a soccer ball. An avid sports fan, Emily especially enjoys supporting the Atlanta Braves, and will always cheer for her beloved Princeton Tigers and Georgia Bulldogs.

Turhan Berne
Business Owner

Turhan Berne grew up in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands where he learned and developed his passion for tennis. In 1979, Turhan attended Hampton University from which he obtained a Bachelors and Masters in Biology. Upon graduation, Turhan had a 5-year stint of teaching Life Science and Biology at a Middle School, High School, and two colleges. While in Macon, Georgia in 1989, Turhan began teaching tennis part time at Tatnall Tennis Center and for the next 25 years, Turhan developed a tennis business to include: coaching many junior tennis players who have earned tennis scholarships and one player, Grace Min, who is currently on the WTA Tour; conducting 30 annual tennis tournaments and tennis fundraisers to include: 1). The Hope and Will Women’s Charity Tennis Event to benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, 2). The Hank & Billye Aaron Charity Tennis Event to benefit Morehouse School of Medicine; 4) The American Tennis Association National Tournament in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and 5). Several Sectional and National USTA sanctioned tennis tournaments.

Turhan is also the owner of The Berne Group, a Leadership Development business that provides life changing information for personal and professional development.

Turhan currently lives in Norcross, Georgia with his wife Carol. Turhan has two children, Turhan Berne, Jr. and Brian Berne. Turhan Berne Jr. and his wife Nikki Berne has blessed Turhan Sr. with three grandchildren, T’Nyka, T’Naysia, and Tehran Berne.

Lonnie J. White
Principal Sequoyah Middle School

Lonnie J. White, III Ed.S. is the principal of Sequoyah Middle School in Riverdale, GA. Lonnie has held several leadership positions throughout his more than 20 years of professional experience in the field of education. Mr. White has been recognized as Coca-Cola’s Educator of the Year, Who’s Who Among Teachers and Educators in America and the recipient of Atlanta Journal & Constitution’s Honor Teacher award, Atlanta Braves/Bellsouth Excellence in Education Award, just to name a few. Lonnie holds degrees from Albany State University (BS), University of Minnesota (M. Ed.), Lincoln Memorial University (Ed. S.) and is presently pursing a doctorate in education from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.

Lonnie is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and has coached athletic sports for nearly 20 years. He is married to Margaret Davis White and they have two children, Lonnie IV and Layla.

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  • Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta
  • Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta
  • Local Schools & Community Centers
  • Kumon Learning Center
  • Sylvan Learning Center
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Although several community-based programs need support, LWWF currently supports Youth Tennis and Scholastic Achievement.

Youth Tennis

Tennis was a major pastime for Lisa. She loved the game, and her love for tennis inspired her daughter and other young players to play. The Lisa Woods Washington Foundation was created to provide youth tennis programs to underrepresented youth and communities.

image18Tennis was a major pastime for Lisa. She loved the game, and her love for tennis inspired her daughter and other young players to play. The Lisa Woods Washington Foundation was created to provide youth tennis programs to underrepresented youth and communities.

Tennis can be a great resource for fitness, networking and socialization throughout your entire life. If you aspire to become a professional or just want to play recreationally, everyone can enjoy tennis. The LWWF focuses resources on advancing youth tennis.

  • Tennis Team Programs
  • Community Tennis Programs
  • Youth Coaching Programs
  • Tennis Scholarship Programs 

Scholastic Achievement

Lisa’s parents, William and Janice Woods, were lifelong teachers. Lisa was a champion for education and a continuous learner, not only for herself but also for others. Throughout her academic career, she excelled. A graduate of Southfield High School in Southfield, Michigan, and Howard University (honors/cum laude) in Washington, D.C., Lisa understood the important role that education plays in one’s life and instilled this value in others.

LWWFLWWF recognizes and supports scholastic achievement. Our programs make resources available, which will aid academic performance and honor ambitious achievers. The LWWF focuses resources on recognizing those youth who aspire to learn.

 

 

 

  • Teaching Resources and Tools
  • Teacher Honors Program
  • Student Achievers and Academic Scholarship Programs
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