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 as well 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 writes for Huffington Post, and 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 holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Clark Atlanta University and Ph.D from Emory University.
Board of Directors
Center for Racial Healing
Rev. Dr. Sharon Hiers, Chair
Rev. Grace Burton-Edwards
Dr. Barry Jenkins
Rev. Fabio Sotelo
Rev. Ken Swanson
Chelsi describes herself as being “the essence of a church girl' because her grandparents are pastors and because she has rarely missed a Sunday, Wednesday or Saturday church service or any type of social or spiritual program hosted by her church. She served on the youth fellowship team as well as the praise and dance teams. She is very vocal about her faith and the role that it plays in shaping her political and ethical philosophy. She is the founder of M.O.G.U.L. (Mentoring on Girls Unique Level) and was elected as Miss Clark Atlanta University 2014-2015.
She is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University who has spent most of work life using her talent to design, develop and implement programs that benefited young people. She has a passion for teaching and that passion along with her desire to serve youth and young adults has led her to pursue a seminary education.