Childspring International

Staff Directors

Childspring’s mission is carried out by a diverse team of employees, interns, and volunteers in various stages of their lives and careers. We vary in perspective and experience but are bonded by our commitment to the children we serve.

ALISON FUSSELL, Executive Director

Alison Fussell joined Childspring International as executive director in 2012. Her expertise in fundraising, community relations, and business development stems from over two decades of working in the nonprofit and corporate sectors. Prior to her position at Childspring, she served as executive director of The Giving Tree, an adoption agency that placed foster children with stable, loving families. She has also served as the president and CEO of IMAGE Film & Video and the General Manager of Atlanta’s public access television center, People TV, and The Youth Channel. She worked with Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc. for more than 17 years, including as director of marketing for TBS Superstation, and served as the inaugural co-chair for the Turner Community Group. Ms. Fussell is a winner of Hands on Atlanta’s Social Entrepreneur Award. She graduated from Leadership Atlanta in 2006, where she continues to volunteer her time and experience.

DREW REYNOLDS, Program Director

Drew Reynolds, PhD, MSW, MEd is a social worker passionate about advancing the lives of children and families on the margins. Drew joined Childspring in 2019 as the Program Director, bringing 10 years of experience working in health, human services, and education settings. Prior to joining Childspring, Drew served as an Assistant Professor of Social Work at UNC Charlotte where his teaching and research focused on human services programming to support the health and well-being of children and families, often in school-based and other social-service settings. Drew has also consulted with nonprofits on the use of data-driven approaches to programs and services. Drew speaks Spanish fluently, has traveled to 16 countries, and enjoys opportunities to learn new languages and cultures.

DARRYL-CHRISTOPHER PAYNE, Resource Director

Darryl-Christopher Payne is Resource Director for Childspring International, which helps children in developing countries get access to life changing surgeries. Darryl-Christopher earned his Master of Arts degree in International Comparative Politics from Georgia State University in 2002. Following 15 years with Continental Airlines in Cargo sales and service and 13 years as a stay-at-home father Darryl returned to the job market, specifically in health-related not-for-profit services. Childspring was a perfect fit, having more than 20 years combined employment and volunteer service in finance and Human Resources. Current responsibilities now include financials, recruitment, communications, logistics and executive assistance. Darryl-Christopher has been employed by Childspring International since February 2014.

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