Catherine Meeks, PhD, is Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing. Prior to the center's opening she chaired its precursor, Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism for the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. A sought-after teacher and workshop leader, Catherine brings four decades of experience to the work of transforming the dismantling racism work in Atlanta. The core of her work has been with people who have been marginalized because of economic status, race, gender or physical ability as they pursue liberation, justice and access to resources that can help lead them to health, wellness and a more abundant life. This work grows out of her understanding of her call to the vocation of teacher as well as her realization that all of humanity is one family which God desires to unite.
Catherine is the retired Clara Carter Acree Distinguished Professor of Socio -Cultural Studies from Wesleyan College and Founding Executive Director of the Lane Center for Community Engagement and Service. She characterizes herself as a midwife to the soul of her students and workshop participants. She has spent many years sharing the insights that she gained from her pursuit of the truth. She has had many great teachers including her sons, the Bible, Jungian psychology, cross cultural stories and other books of wisdom. But her greatest teacher is rheumatoid arthritis because it has forced her to learn many new ways to listen to her body and to pay attention to the messages from her heart. She is frequently asked to present commentaries on Georgia Public Radio and other radio and television programs. She is the author of six books and one inspirational CD and is the editor of the bestselling book, Living Into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America and co-author of Passionate for Justice: Ida B Wells as Prophet for Our Times. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Clark Atlanta University and PhD from Emory University.
Board of Directors
Center for Racial Healing
Rev. Dr. Ken Swanson, Chair
Judge Clint Deveaux
Dr. Catherine Meeks
Bishop Brian N. Prior
Rev. Julia Rusling
Rev. Fabio Sotelo
Sandra Williams Tarver
The Center welcomed Sandra Tarver as the Administrative Coordinator on December 3, 2018 and a new day dawned for us.
She comes to us after having worked for the Cam Newton Foundation as well as running her own Public Relations business, and working for top PR agencies. Her client experience includes BMW, Cover Girl, Dell, Proctor & Gamble, McDonald's, Nike and other major corporations, government agencies, nonprofits and small businesses. She brings much talent to our Center and already has made a significant difference in the day to day operations.
Sandra's presence will be crucial in helping to move the Center toward its next level of work as the hours are expanded and new ongoing programs are added to the current offerings. Her public relations background will be an asset as well as she helps in identifying community resources that will assist in drawing the circle of influence of the Center even wider.
Sandra is a native of Pittsburgh, Penn., attended the Pennsylvania State University, and volunteers with various organizations.