Our Team

Carolyn Polakowski, President

Carolyn Polakowski is a community affairs and foundation executive with extensive experience in leading corporate and nonprofit foundations with emphasis on human service, youth development and pediatric healthcare. She has expansive expertise in public relations, community affairs, corporate relations and grant allocation programming... (Read More)

Michelle Watkins, Vice President, Business Development

Michelle Watkins, a native of Birmingham, Alabama is a a dynamic force in philanthropy with more than 14 years’ experience driving marketing, fundraising and grassroots recruitment efforts for nonprofit organizations. She has been instrumental in orchestrating over 90 large special events with upwards of 10,000 in attendance.  Her special gift is securing corporate engagement and sponsorships.  She also has a record of connecting celebrities as national spokespersons for nonprofits. She is not content...(Read More)

Lauren Burkholder, M.S., Community Outreach & Social Media Manager

Lauren was born in New York but became a true Georgian when she moved to Peachtree City as a young girl. She has a Masters of Human Services Counseling: Marriage and Family degree. Previously, she served as the Director of Preschool Ministries with Dogwood Church in Peachtree City. This was a wonderful position that fulfilled her love for children and families. Since joining Cay Communications in 2015 as Community Outreach... (Read More)

Barbara Ann Bush, M.P.S., Director of Operations & Resource Development

After receiving her Masters from Loyola University New Orleans’ Graduate Institute of Community Ministries, Barbara began work in the Atlanta Area in behavioral social work when HIV/AIDS surfaced and was enfolded into that area by the Federal Government’s funding streams. She learned about many health issues and health systems from that experience. For eighteen years, she was founding executive director of a nonprofit consultancy which worked with other nonprofits, state and local government agencies performing a ...(Read More)

Andrea M. Brantley, Director of Client Services

A fundraising professional with 13 years of development experience, Andrea came to us from The Center for Children & Young Adults where she was the Director of Development, overseeing fundraising and marketing initiatives. Previously, she was a team captain for the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, leading 20 women and raising over $100,000. Her expertise is in event planning, community outreach, and fostering long-term donor and volunteer relationships. In Andrea’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and hiking with her rescue dogs.

Lauren Fici, Director of Special Events

Born and raised in Marietta, Georgia, Lauren has a drive for serving others.  She is a graduate of Valdosta State University (Go Blazers!) with a Bachelor Degree in Speech Communications.  Happily married to a man she has known since both were in elementary school, they are very active at their church and they actively serve on the hospitality committee.

Christine Zobel, Finance Manager

Christine is from Peachtree City, Georgia and has been managing the teams's financial reporting since 2015.  She is instrumental on advising on client reporting and IRS filings.  Now in Marietta, her husband Josh and she have two young children that, when she is not crunching number for Cay Communications, keep them beyond busy.
Stephanie Watson, MSW, Nonprofit Growth Consultant and Grant Writer

Stephanie M. Watson has served the Social Work/Social Services program and administration field since 1991 offering time-tested and innovative services and consultation in non-profit growth and program development, as well as grant strategy, funder relations, and proposal writing. Through her capacity building and business development work, ...(Read More)

Jennifer Collier, Director of Marketing

A Tennessee girl at heart, Jennifer Collier has spent much of the past 20 years in Atlanta, working for Post Properties, Frank Betz Associates, Inc., and Havertys Furniture. Jennifer has a B.S. in Communication (Public Relations) from Kennesaw State University. Most of her career has been spent honing her skills in corporate Marketing, Sales Operations, and Client Relations, but she has never met a project or challenge she didn’t like. From coordinating and sending relief trucks to hurricane victims, to formulating and implementing sales contests, budgeting, and creating and editing company websites, document...(Read More)

Ginger Musser, Project Manager

Ginger Musser is the key to keeping every project for every client organized and on task. Ginger has over two decades under her belt working within the financial industry in multiple capacities. Ginger has led many projects over the years from integrating internet processes to creating strategic product sales development.

She has started a new chapter this year, by putting her diverse experience to use in the nonprofit arena.  When she is not working, she enjoys gardening, writing and photography. Ginger holds a BA in history political-science from Wesleyan College in Georgia.

Keely Phillpotts, Research Coordinator

Keely Phillpotts is a graduate of Georgia State University (GSU) with a B.S. in public policy with a concentration in nonprofit leadership. Keely enjoys focusing on environmental education and policy but has extensive experience supporting a variety of other causes. While attending GSU, Keely interned for the Georgia Aquarium and worked for Fernbank Museum of Natural History, where she was responsible for youth animal education classes. She also interned for the Fragile Kids...(Read More)

Ambria Clark, Auburn University, Intern

Ambria is a rising Senior at Auburn University, Montgomery, where she is majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Graphic Design. She has been an intern at Cay Communications since 2016 during which time, she has made herself indispensable to the team!

During her free time, she loves the outdoors, painting, knitting/crocheting, and traveling. Once she graduates, she wants to travel to Europe and other countries to visit museums and learn more about each country's culture.

Colin Edwards, Kennesaw State University, Intern

Colin is a proud graduate of Blessed Trinity Catholic High School in Roswell, Georgia (Go Titans!) and is currently a senior at Kennesaw State University.  He is pursuing a degree in Advertising and Public Relations. He is passionate about charitable organizations and wants to work for organizations that actively serve their communities financially, through volunteerism and advocacy. He lives in Kennesaw and enjoys honing his musical finesse.