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Congratulations to Ronni Chandler

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Ronni Chandler (PGK Executive Director) recently participated in and graduated from the Executive Leadership Program for Nonprofit Organizations hosted by the University of Georgia J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, The Georgia State University Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and the Georgia Tech Institute for Leadership Studies.

More about the program – The Executive Leadership Program for Nonprofit Organizations (ELPNO) is a professional development program for upcoming executives and leaders in the nonprofit sector. It offers an engaging format that provides opportunities for peers to translate theory into practice and concepts into strategies that are relevant, immediately practical, and useable in their work.”  (

Ronni learned a wealth of information as a participant in the program that will prove valuable to her as Executive Director of Project GRAD Knoxville.

We are very proud of Ronni and congratulate her on this great accomplishment.

To learn more about The Executive Leadership Program visit their website at When you visit, you will have the opportunity to view more pictures of the Class of 2015.

Picture of the graduating ELPNO Class of 2015


Graduates of the Executive Leadership Program for Nonprofit Organizations

Graduates of the Executive Leadership Program for Nonprofit Organizations



Friday, February 27th, 2015

The 2015 Scholars Celebration Dinner will be held on Sunday, April 26, 2015. The event will be held at the Knoxville Convention Center beginning at 5:00 p.m. (doors open at 4:30). What an exciting evening for the Class of 2015 Scholars!

Project GRAD Knoxville hosts a partnership workshop during “Worldwide Week of Partnerships”

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

“Partnership—a relationship in which we are jointly committed to the success of whatever project or process we are in”

On October 24, 2014 GRAD Knoxville staff and several youth serving partners participated in a training experience as part of the Power + Systems Corporation “Worldwide Week of Partnerships” hosted by GRAD Knoxville.   Each year during the third week in October, P+S makes its corporate sector resources more available to the non-profit world by providing high impact leadership development pro bono to selected non-profits.  Special thanks from GRAD to Kara Davis/KCDC and the United Way of Greater Knoxville.


Project GRAD Board Names Knox County Alum as New Chief

Monday, August 11th, 2014

The Project GRAD Knoxville Board has voted to promote Vrondelia (Ronni) Chandler as the designee to secede retiring executive director Jerry Hodges effective November 1.   Chandler joined GRAD at its inception in 2001 after more than 20 years on staff at Pellissippi State Community College and has served GRAD as program director and associate executive director.  She is a native of Knoxville and a graduate of Austin East High School, Pellissippi State and Tusculum College.   GRAD is an acronym that means “Graduation Really Achieves Dreams.”  The organization works to increase the number of innercity students graduating from both high school and higher education.



Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Congratulations Desmond!

Desmond Humphrey passed Boards and has opened his own firm in Atlanta:  Humphrey Law and Associates!

From Linked In:

“Desmond is a native of Knoxville, TN but currently resides in Atlanta, GA with his beautiful wife and adorable puppy. Desmond attended Lee University in Cleveland Tennessee, where he majored in Religion with a minor in Political Science. After his tenure at Lee University he attended the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.

With his thirst for knowledge at an all-time high, Desmond decided to pursue his childhood dream of becoming an Attorney. In December 2013 Desmond graduated from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School with a Juris Doctorate Degree in Law.

With God as an ever present force in his life since the age of 8 years old when he was called into the ministry, he has made it his life’s goal to serve God, and the people of God in spirit and in truth. In July 2011 Desmond became a licensed minister to preach the Gospel. Whether he is standing before a judge trying a case, or before a church congregation preaching, God will be glorified through his works.”


Project GRAD has truly been the driving force behind my College career! Every since graduating high school I have the determination to make my Project GRAD family proud! Not only am I a senior at the University of Tennessee but I have been accepted into law school. Thank you Project GRAD for being that support system.

Desmond Humphrey – University of Tennessee Knoxville Class of 2011