2017 Holly Palmer Rhodes Changemaker of the Year Award
Honorees Cindy & Kevin Abel
On Saturday, April 22, Hands On Atlanta will honor Cindy & Kevin Abel with the Holly Palmer Rhodes Changemaker of the Year Award for their outstanding support of Hands On Atlanta for over 26 years!
Cindy and Kevin Abel, long time Atlanta residents, have supported Hands On Atlanta since its founding days. In fact, they attended the second volunteer orientation of the organization at the Days Inn on Buford Highway, a standing room only, packed affair that put Hands On Atlanta on the map.
Cindy and Kevin both started their careers at Anderson Consulting before founding their own technology consulting company, Abel Solutions Inc. Cindy and Kevin’s company, Abel Solutions, was a generous supporter from the beginning, sponsoring Hands On Atlanta Day year after year, bringing their employees, spouses and children to painting and planting projects perennially. Cindy served on the Board of HOA for 6 1/2 years and was Vice Chair during the latter 2 years of her term. Cindy continued as member of the Advisory Board.
Last year Cindy agreed to serve as interim CEO of Hands On Atlanta while a search for a new CEO took place. Soon after Cindy’s tenure began, the Development Director moved to a new organization, leaving Cindy with not only her chief executive role, but also that of "Fundraiser in Chief!
In 2011 Cindy and another partner co-founded Liv2bgirl, a positive place online where all girls feel comfortable being themselves, where they can connect with other girls that have common interests, goals, and concerns, and where they can safely share the ideas, thoughts, and images that define them.
Cindy and Kevin have three young adult children. Cindy has served as president of the high school PTO for the last three years, and is the past board chairperson of the Vibe Performance Company where one of her daughters danced throughout middle and high school. Kevin is vice chair of the board of New American Pathways, a refugee resettlement agency that helps refugees in Georgia thrive.