Founders & Board Members

Aarti Sahgal

Synergies Work is a personal mission that stems from life experiences of Aarti. As a parent of a child with Down syndrome she is constantly challenging the soft bigotry of low expectations that excludes people with intellectual disabilities from living their true potential. In the past 10 years she has worked as a diversity consultant in the disability field. Before that she worked in the marketing & advertising field for 14 years.

Karen Hunter

Board President

Karen Hunter is an Atlanta native, with a passion for helping make connections with a purpose in both her professional and personal life. Through her volunteer work with NY Cares, Open Hand, Techstars Atlanta and Meals on Wheels, she has developed a passion for humbly helping others. She has spent her career helping global companies, including Coca-Cola, Kimberly-Clark, Deloitte, and Strategy&, grow their capability and capacity to innovate in meaningful ways. Karen and her husband Bill lives in Atlanta, where she continually indulges her love of running, food, friends and family.

Wayne Jones

Board Vice President

Wayne is currently working as an architect and interior designer in Atlanta. He has a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Georgia and a Master of Architecture degree from Georgia Tech. His most meaningful work experience was volunteering for a year with Shelter Associates, a non-profit in Pune, India.

Minna Hong

Secretary

Minna is a mixed medium artist. She’s a jewelry designer, a painter and a food artist. She is committed to creating a community where ALL are welcome at the table. 

Minna is on the Delta Advisory Board on Disability and, also, sits on the board of United Spinal.  She is also a community partner to New Mobility Magazine, a magazine for active wheelchair users, includes resources for participating fully in life, and articles concerning disability lifestyle and a community partner to One Bread, food outreach program to end food scarcity. 

Prior to her recent retirement, she was the SCI (Spinal Cord Injury) Peer Support Manager at Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia. She was also a Board Member of Disability Resource Group and distribution committee member for Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund, Georgia.

Ashish N. Thakur​

Treasurer

Ashish N. Thakur is a recovering banker, failed start up, successful fundraiser, loves people and is not afraid of public speaking, death or taxes! Find him on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashishnthakur/

Judge Johnny Mason

A native of Atlanta, Judge Johnny Mason obtained his B.A. in 1978 from the University of Pennsylvania, and obtained his law degree in 1984 from Woodrow Wilson College of Law. In 2000, on appointment by the Governor, Judge Mason serves on the Workers’ Compensation Board. In addition to his judicial service, Judge Mason has, for the last 18 years, been a board member and officer of Day League, who provides care and services for survivors of sexual assaults.